Share Your World – October 16, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – October 16, 2017

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

If I had to move, I wouldn’t want to move to another country. I don’t want to start over to make friends and establish my community. After my retirement, I have established my exercise routine, learning environment, community group, medical need access, and shopping for a healthy diet. This is very important for me to maintain this environment. If I had to move out of California, the only place to would move to is Portland, Oregon, to be close to my daughter, son-in-law, and my new granddaughter.

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What color would you like your bedroom to be?

We just had our bedroom painted to be beige. Our bedroom is facing south, not too much sunlight comes in. Beige makes the bedroom looks lighter.

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What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

  1. To have faith in my belief. It is the source of my joy.

  2. To maintain a good relationship with my husband. A harmonious marriage is important to be joyful in life

  3. To be close to my daughter, my son-in-law, and my granddaughter. My daughter has been the joy in my life and the motivation for my living.

  4. To be close to my friends and community.

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.

My granddaughter weighed 7 lbs 9 oz, 2 oz more than her birth weight last Wednesday at two weeks old. She weighed 7 lbs 14 oz las Saturday. She has a healthy growth. This is not something we would take it for granted. We are very thankful and happy.

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Cee’s Share Your World – October 16, 2017

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Seven Days Seven B&W Photos Challenge #4

I’m challenged by Cheryl of  The Bag Lady and Stella of Simple Dimple do the Seven Days Seven B&W Photos Challenge. This challenge is to post seven black and white photos, no people, no explanation, of everyday life for seven consecutive days.  Challenge one new blogger each day.

This is my day #4.

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Today I challenge Stella https://simpledimplesite.blog

Have fun!

Share Your World – October 9, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – October 9, 2017, questions and my responses.

1. What do you consider is the most perfect food for you? (It can be your favorite food to something extremely healthy.)

I have several most favorite foods. I naturally crave for cooked green vegetables. I feel uncomfortable and dry internally when I don’t have that on a regular basis. Perhaps it’s the habit my body is used to when I was growing up. Since April this year, my husband has been making the green smoothie with kale, celery, carrots, mint, parsley, mixed berries, and cinnamon. I have the green drink every day. As far as having cooked vegetable, my husband cooks mushrooms every day except weekends when we may eat out. A couple other healthy foods I have regularly are avocados and bananas.

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2. Are you focused on today or tomorrow?

I am only focused on today even though I do make plans for tomorrow. I am here in Portland, Oregon with my daughter who just gave birth to her baby daughter eleven days ago. Will took two weeks off from work. I came to spend three weeks with her. Whenever she thought of the time when she is alone taking care of the baby, she gets scared. She tries to practice doing things by herself now to prepare what would be happening two weeks from now. She ended up feeling anxious and frustrated. Yet it takes more effort to take care of a one-week-old baby versus a three-week-old baby. Will and I let her know not to worry about things that might or might not happen two weeks from now.

Baby Autumn is making such great progress that she could stretch to a four-hour sleep last night, whereas she woke up every two hours a week ago. Mercy is encouraged today to find out from the doctor’s visit that baby Autumn not only caught up with her birth weight but gained additional two ounces. Now Mercy doesn’t have to wake up every two hours to feed the baby.

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3. If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

My maiden name is Lee. Lee is the second largest Chinese surname in China. I don’t even have the slightest idea of how to do a family tree on my side of the family. I remember my grandma on my mom’s side. My parents went back to China during WWII and lived with my grandma. My grandma went to Hong Kong with my parents when the War was over. I would ask her what the life was like in China during WWII.

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4. 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.

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Cee’s Share Your World – October 9, 2017

 

SoCS September 23, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “hot/cold.” Use one, use both, bonus points if you start your post with one and end with the other. Enjoy! – Linda G Hill

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Cold air doesn’t agree with my body temperature. When I get up in the morning, I bundle up with several layers so that I wouldn’t feel the cold in the house. I start my day with two cups of hot coffee with cream, no sugar. I usually like to drink my coffee in the garden, checking on the flowers and plants. Sometimes I end up trimming the roses or pulling weeds. By the time I’m done with the coffee, I’m ready to peel off one layer at a time.

The cold in the winter makes me less motivated to go outside. It helps when the heater is on a timer so I could wait for the house to warm up before I get up. Other than the hot coffee I drink first thing in the morning, I also drink hot tea most of the day, except that I only use one tea bag and keep adding hot water to it.

After 4:00 p.m. I would have no caffeine or sweet because they keep me awake at night, so I only drink hot water. When we go out to restaurants, I order hot water. Most of the restaurants serve ice cold water, I have to make sure the servers hear me saying, “Hot.”

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Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS September 23, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017, Questions and my responses.

  1. Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …

I want to learn more about watercolor painting. When I did acrylic painting, I was told that acrylic painting is very forgiving. If I don’t like a certain part of the painting, I could paint over with white color and change it to what I prefer. Watercolor is different. There is a glaze technique when I can paint one layer, let it dry, and then put another layer of color on it. It always starts with the light color, and gradually put the darker colors on the previous colors. If I make a mistake and drop the dark color on any spot, I can use water to brush it off right away. I can’t use white paint to cover the dark color though. There are so many techniques to learn in watercolor.

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  1. On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

For me to have a good night sleep on any vacation, a comfortable bed is required, that is a given. I am a light sleeper. Quietness is a must because I don’t wear earplugs.  We always ask for a room with the window facing a quiet area. Another thing is equally important, that is the almost complete darkness of the room. Some hotels have thin curtains; the light of dawn would wake me up. I wear a mask to go to sleep in any place, but the light from the thin curtain could find a way to wake me up.

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  1. What is your greatest extravagance?

The greatest extravagance was getting a car I always wanted. When I graduated with my doctorate degree in the year 2000, I reward myself with such a car. I made a list of all the features I wanted. I used the Consumer Report of Cars and picked 5 makers, copied the features of those 5 cars on a spreadsheet to make a side by side comparison. After that, I picked the car with the most reasonable price and had all the features I wanted. I still have the same car after seventeen years. It is a great car. I think I’ll keep the car for a few more years.

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Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51: GIFT & SONG

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My daughter Mercy’s baby is arriving any minutes by now. I still remember back in March when we skyped and talked with each other. Mercy and Will showed us the ultrasound film. We made a virtual hug at the end. The joy of parenthood, the wonder of bringing a new life into this word were so overwhelmed. Mercy has been excited and celebrated the process by capturing the moments in photos. The family and community are so enthusiastic and supportive. This gives them a firm assurance and confidence.

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Watching baby’s sleepy eyes

Overwhelming joy

Parents’ faces radiate

Gift of fulfillment resides

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Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG

Weekend Writing Prompt #19 – Abundance

Prose Challenge – Write a story of 150 words that focus on a quality that you think the world could do with in abundance. – Sammi Cox

I would like to approach this challenge from the viewpoint of being individuals of this world; we try to be responsible for our living and spending so that we are not wasting the world’s resource.

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My husband has retired for a year. I have retired for seven years, even though I would have worked for two more years. Due to the unexpected but timely discovered cancer, I retired a year after the treatment was over.

I’m grateful that we are retired with abundance. We lived frugally throughout the years. Keeping up with the Jones didn’t come across our mind. When our neighbors borrowed money to do remodeling, we only did it when we had money. We didn’t buy many “toys” to show off our lifestyle. We shopped wisely and bought only what we needed. We also made wise decisions on investments.

Our retirement is filled with plenty. We have the freedom to continue our life style, dining out with friends, relaxing at home or going on trips.

We are blessed with prosperity and I’m proud that we have been good stewards of finance.

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Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #19 – Abundance