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

 

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SoCS October 6, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: save/safe. Use one or both. If you start and end with either of them, you’ll get bonus points. – Joey

When I was promoted to a school district administrator position in 1998, I began to save my vacation days so that we could take major travel trips as well as mini trips. As an administrator, I had 22 vacation days, 10 public holidays, and 10 personal leave days. Combining the vacation days and personal leave days, there were six and a half weeks for me to travel.

My work schedule was twelve months a year versus teachers being on ten-month a year. I could take off anytime during the year as long as I planned ahead. My husband had his own business so he could go any time of the year also. This was very helpful in our planning for trips. We mostly travel during offseason. The advantage of it was having cheaper airfares, plus the tourist areas were not as crowded.

My husband was born in Walla Walla, New South Whale, Australia. His family went to live in England when he was ten years old. They got a better quota to emigrate to U.S. from England. His family traveled to U.S. when he was twelve on the British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth. Ever since they arrived in U.S. in 1968, none of the family members had gone back to visit. We were the first ones went back to visit Australia. It was the first visit for me. We went to Sydney, Bandi Beach, Blue Mountain, Caine, Port Douglas, and Cape Tribulation. While in Caine, my husband went diving in Great Barrier Reef. I came home with several pieces of black opals.

When traveling to different countries, it was considered as sightseeing trips. We do take vacations for the main purpose of relaxation. The place for relaxation turned out to be Maui, Hawaii. We got married on Maui Beach in 1996. We had gone back for at least four times. The Road to Hana was one Highway we drove through on every trip. We went up to the top of the volcano a couple times and visited different beaches. There was always time for a morning walk on the beach by the condo we stayed and time to watch the romantic and reflective sunset every evening.

Our last visit to Maui happened during the storm season. The last two days being there was worrisome for me. On a normal circumstance, I wouldn’t worry about extending the stay. But it happened that I was scheduled to pick up Mercy and Will from the airport the day after our return. The following day four of us were going to a wedding. If our flight had been rescheduled, it would have created a domino effect. It was too much for me to think of the possible solution had it happened. I concentrated on praying for the weather instead.

Eventually, the storm made a detour and was diminishing and fading away. Our flight was on time and we had a safe trip home.

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Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS October 6, 2017

Share Your World – October 2, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – October 2, 2017

  1. If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would go?

My husband is a helicopter pilot by hobby. He flew a lot before we got married. He has never flown after we married. Even if he flies, I wouldn’t fly with him due to fear of collision. He described that he had such “close call” encounters at least two times.

When we went to Alaska, we went on a helicopter ride. I don’t mind flying with a professional helicopter pilot. The pilot said if my husband has the license with him, he would let him fly.

We had a great view of the glacier, the mountains, and looked at the water from above. It was a wonderful experience.
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  1. What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)

I’m not an official vegetarian. My daughter has been a vegetarian for twelve years. When I’m with her, I eat tofu (from soy) and quinoa for protein. My husband has a new diet since April 2017. We have mixed vegetable green smoothie every day. We eat eggs for breakfast, salmon or fish for dinner, and have meat once a week. I eat nuts for snacks. My husband is doing great to reduce his blood sugar level with this diet.

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  1. What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon?

I’m a night owl. When I was younger, I could stay up until 2:00 a.m. every night. Right now I try to go to bed before midnight. Due to the nerve damage from chemo treatment of cancer, I still have tingling in my legs. The sensation is stronger at night. I take medication several hours before bedtime, but the sensation still may keep me awake for a while. Therefore, I don’t fall asleep until the tingling stops

The time I wake up depends on the time I fall asleep the previous night.

  1. 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. 

By observing my daughter giving birth to her baby Autumn, it reminds me again that life is a miracle. Safe pregnancy and safe delivery are not something we could take it for granted. Any second could bring us stress or joy. I’m thankful for her safe delivery of a healthy baby. They came home yesterday. Their friends came to decorate their front porch to welcome and congratulate the new family.

Cee’s Share Your World – October 2, 2017

Weekend Writing Prompt #21 – Day and Night

Prose Challenge – Write a story in 150 words that is set in both the day and the night or mentions both the sun and the moon. – Sammi Cox

When I saw this prompt, I was excited. I love taking photos of the sun, especially sunset. I’m also interested in the moon phases and have taken photos of the full moon in different months.

We love walking on Laguna Beach visiting tide pools. During the high tides, the waves bring sea creatures to the beach. The water recedes during low tides and leaves the creatures in the tide pools. Each day, there are two high tides and two low tides. The tides are affected by the gravitation of the sun and moon.

When the moon is full or new, the gravitational pull of the moon and sun are combined. The force makes the high tides very high and the low tides very low. During the moon’s first and last quarter phases the sun and moon work at right angles, causing the bulges of the water to cancel each other. The result is a smaller difference between high and low tides.

We went to Laguna Beach once when the tide was 10 feet hide. Such a high tide also makes the beach a surfing parade.

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Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #21 – Day and Night

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

First Sign of Autumn

My daughter Mercy is waiting for her first baby’s arrival. She and I went for a walk to the local park today. We first went to the post office to mail an international letter. Before heading to the park, we stopped by a bakery to pick up some pastries and hot drinks. We then went and sat on the bench in the park, watching the kids running around, going up and down on the slides. The sun came out after two days’ off and on rain. We had such a relaxing time and heartfelt conversation together.

Here are some photos I took on our way to the park and this is the first sign of autumn I captured. The leaves on the maple tree just started to change color. How lovely to see a homegrown pumpkin!

I’ll stay with my daughter until the end of October. The colors of autumn will be gorgeous later next month!

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Unusual Stones

We took a family vacation to China. When we were in Beijing we visited one huge department store that sells items made with different kinds of stones. One piece of display caught my attention. The sign didn’t specify the kind of stone, but by looking at the price which was 1,800,000 Chinese Yen, I could tell that the stone must be unusual. I think it was a jadeite. The amazing thing was that one hundred horses were carved in this stone. All one hundred of them were galloping in different positions.

We also visited the Imperial Gaden in the Forbidden City which was the Imperial Palace from Ming Dynasty to the end of Qing Dynasty (1420 – 1912). One section of the Garden had the “Exotic” stones on display.

On another vacation, we went to London. While in London, we visited Stonehenge which is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge consists a ring of standing stones with each stone around 13 feet high, 6 feet 11 inches wide and weighing 250 tons.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Stones