Weekly Photo Challenge-Sweer and Sweet

I have someone who likes sweet. I also have someone who is sweet. Let me explain.

My husband likes sweet because he has sweet tooth. He likes donuts. The biggest donut he has had was voodoo donut which is bigger than his face. He had it in Portland, OR. He also loves dark chocolate. On Valentine’s Day many years ago, I bought him a 2-pound dark chocolate covered nuts. He finished them in two days. I think eventually he had a problem with his skin. I still buy him dark chocolate candy for Valentine’s Day, but I only buy 1/4 pound. He eats dark chocolate every day. The kind he eats is the 85% cocoa. When we visit Mercy, Will, and Autumn. Lynton brings his dark chocolate so that his daily consumption won’t be interrupted.

I also have someone who is sweet. She is my granddaughter Autumn. She has a sweet personality. She rarely cries except when she is extremely tired or hungry. If we feed her timely and sooth her to sleep, we seldom hear her cry.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Sweet


Weekly Photo Challenge – Tour Guide

We joined a church group to take a city tour in our neighborhood several months ago. We have been living in La Habra, California for twenty-six years. The City of Fullerton is behind the retaining wall in our backyard. We do a lot of thing in Fullerton such as go for walks in Laguna Lake, biking on trails, eat at the restaurants, have my hair done, or go to the hospital. We drive through downtown Fullerton hundreds of times but have never taken a leisure walk in that area.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the city history and was very efficient to show us the historic part of Fullerton. Fullerton was founded in 1887. It secured the land on behalf of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Historically it was a center of agriculture, notably groves of Valencia oranges and other citrus crops.

When we moved to the neighborhood 26 years ago, there were many orange patches. Many homes such as mine have orange trees in the yards. As cities developed, orange patches gave way to offices and housing.


In 1886, the city began negotiations with George H. Fullerton, president of the Pacific Land and Improvement Company, also a Santa Fe subsidiary. They offered free right-of-way and a half interest in the land to the railroad and named the city after him. On July 5, 1887, the negotiation came through and the railroad station is now the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fullerton,_California

We walked 45,000 steps in two hours according to several peoples’ apps.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

Weekly Photo Challenge – Beloved

I met my beloved husband Lynton in a church group for single parents. It was the last meeting before summer break. The group didn’t meet again until the following fall season. We exchanged phone numbers and that was the beginning of our twenty-four years of relationship.

One of our first dates was going to a Motivational Leadership Conference. I know, it wasn’t too romantic, but we both were interested in administration and management. When the conference was over, on our way to the parking lot, I thought, it would be nice to keep an admission ticket as souvenir. I turned my head and looked at him. Before I said anything, he reached out to his pocket and took out a ticket, asked if I would like to keep one. It impressed upon me that our antennas received signals from each other already.

Lynton has been supportive of me in many practical ways. I had the administrative credential seven years before we met. For various reasons, I didn’t feel I had the strength to hold an administrative job. An administrative job is a twelve-month, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. position whereas teaching is a ten-month, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. position. When I was promoted to the administrative position in 1998, I was ready to accept it because of Lynton’s support.

He was a great cheer leader when I decided to get my doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. I went to school full time in addition to my full-time job. All my evenings and weekends were spent on assignments and projects and dissertation in the final year. For three years, he watched television wearing a headphone. I worked on assignments in my office with the paper and books laying on the floor. And I did my reading in the living room where he watched television. At least I was in the same room with him. I dedicated my doctorate degree to him.

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We now both are retired, we go to the gym together three times a week. As I mentioned in the previous posts, he is doing all the cooking, doing dishes, and working on many house projects.

We remind each other again and again that it was a divine appointment in which we met. It’s His guidance and our respect for each other that sustain our relationship!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Beloved

SoCS February 3, 2018

The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “in other words.”

Last Saturday, January 27, 2018, I attended a Women’s Retreat. It was a day of reflection on our personal life in 2017. We spent the first hour leisurely charting the major events, the spiritual journey, and our insights. The following hour was sharing our charts and thoughts. The next hour was meeting in groups of three to pray for each other. We also had individual time to be alone doing the reading, meditating and writing.

The retreat was from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. held in a private home with plenty of space for small groups and individual time. The pace of the schedule was just right. I came away feeling very refreshed and peaceful, ready to face my new journey of 2018.

One precious thing I valued deeply was spending a whole hour with just three people sharing. We were not chitchatting superficial things. We shared our deep concerns and prayed with each other. It was a unique experience that I didn’t have before. It is so often when we meet, we talk about the busy events. If we don’t share our concerns, even when we talk for hours, we still go away feeling unconnected.

After the retreat, one lady and I decided to meet once a month not chitchatting but to share and listen. In other words, we want to be caring friends to each other.

Badge by J-Dub @ https://jilywily.wordpress.com/

Linda G Hill’s SoCS February 3, 2018


Tuesday Photo Challenge – Decay

Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Decay

My husband and I joined my sister Yolanda and her husband Patrick to go to China several years ago. Patrick’s dad had Alzheimer’s disease. Patrick wanted his dad and his uncle got together before his dad’s memory faded any further.

His uncle and the family were relocated by the government to a nearby village. The former village was demolished and transformed into a giant cement factory. His uncle was assigned a two-story small house that included a courtyard with a well and a patch of vegetable garden. They raised chickens in three cages. It seemed like they were given just enough to live a self-sustained life.

The decayed and crumbling walls and roofs of the houses received no attention or maintenance. I saw older people sitting around to wait for days to go by without going anywhere. Kids on the dirt road entertained each other with a few pieces of rocks they could find.

The visit was a great experience to make me think of my life in the land of plenty and be grateful for the freedom I have, something not to be taken for granted.

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The cement factory in the distance

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Lynton joined the kids to play rockets (firecrackers)


Share Your World – January 22, 2018

Cee’s Share Your World questions and my response:

List 2 things you have to be happy about?

I need the help of all the fingers and toes when I count my blessings.

I’m happy to have my daughter Mercy, her husband Will and now my granddaughter Autumn in my life. They have brought so much joy to me. I’m delighted to see Mercy and Will strive to grow individually as well as together. I was touched to watch them day by day, learn to be loving parents. Autumn is an adorable baby with good temperament. Mercy said, “This little girl melts my heart every day.” I’m privileged to share the same joy with her.

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I’m thankful for my husband Lynton. Now he is retired and enjoys cooking every meal for me and doing all the dishes. Even when he is fasting occasionally, he still cooks for me. He enjoys so much working on the home projects one thing after another. I feel good that he takes care of things before they become problems.

I’m grateful to be alive, surrounded by longtime friends, able to serve others in counseling, and can learn new things every day.

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry?

I collected rocks for many years. I am showing a few pieces of amethyst that I got from different trips. They are inexpensive, so they don’t have too much purple color. When we went to Australia, I bought many pieces of black opal. Three of them were set on pendants and a ring. I still have four pieces not set on jewelry.

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

I’m a big hugger. I like to hug with my arms around with a little squeeze and a few pats. My family and Lynton’s families are huggers. When we have family gatherings, everyone goes around to hug everyone when arriving and leaving the party. All the children grow up doing the same thing. Of course, we would do it with discretion in social settings.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Last week, Autumn had her first coughing and stuffy nose. I happened to call Mercy and we had a nice talk about that. Autumn probably picked up some bugs from the daycare. She didn’t have temperature or infection. The pediatrician said it might take two weeks to go away without medication. I seem to have a strong emotional connection with Mercy. A little bird always tells me to call her in the right timing. I wouldn’t want to miss talking with her about Autumn’s first cough and stuffy nose.

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Debbie’s Forgiving Fridays

Cee’s Share Your World – January 22, 2018

Share Your World – January 8, 2018

Here is Cee’s Share Your World questions and my responses:

Do you prefer a bath or shower?

What do I prefer? I prefer taking a bath, but for practical reason, I take shower 99% of the time because It takes less time. There are days when I’m physically exhausted or mentally stressful, I like to take a hot bath with Epsom salt, Concentrated mineral bath soak with Eucalypti and Chamomile, and lavender bubble bath. I soak in the bath with headphone on, listening to my favorite Romantic Adagio CD. It helps to relax my muscles.

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What do you do to make a living or during the day? If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying?

I’m retired but I am working and have a busy schedule.

I own an after-school care business. Even though I have several people help me doing the tutoring, teaching Chinese and providing childcare, I do all the things that an employer does.

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays are gym days when I work out with my husband.

Thursdays and Fridays, I take poetry, watercolor, and chorale classes for the retirees at Cal State University in Fullerton.

Not to mention that gardening is my regular routine of the day. I also have church activities several times a week.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom?

No, I don’t, and I have never had a stuffed animal for myself.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

The rain finally came last night. It rained all night and it has been raining lightly but steadily all day. I  worried about my garden. Usually, this time of the year provides rain to soak the soil and prepare the soil for spring. This is our first rain of the winter. I hope it will rain a few more time before spring.


Cee’sShare Your World – January 8, 2018