Share Your World – November 27, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – November 27, 2017

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

I always wanted to have a Sunroom as my art studio as well as for my indoor plants. I like to paint in a room with good lighting. Painting in my backyard would be ideal, but I must put the easel, the paint, other materials, and tools away every day. A Sunroom would allow me to leave everything in the room. The sky, the trees, and flowers are always the sources of my inspiration in any creativity. In fact, a Sunroom could be my reading nook and a place for the indoor plants.

We had a quote this year to install a Sunroom. The one with glass roof costs $40,000, and the kind with glass windows without glass roof runs about $27,000. Do I want to pay that much money for an enclosed patio for painting, reading, and planting? I don’t think so. At the meantime, I paint in a room with good lighting.

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Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.)

I feel sunny with the temperature of 75o Fahrenheit. The humidity is 70%. It’s an ideal weather. Too hot or too cold just keep me indoor for different reasons.

I went to the gym with my husband in the morning and had a good workout. In the afternoon, I went to a garden shop and bought a hibiscus plant with salmon flowers. It was a good day for me.

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If you could witness or physically attend any event past, present or future, what would it be?

I love the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music. I listen to his music so much that when my daughter was four years old, she recognized the Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. For many years, my tradition was to watch The Nutcracker in Christmas.

Tchaikovsky’s collective body of work constitutes 169 pieces, including symphonies, operas, ballets, concertos, cantatas, and songs. Among his most famed late works are the ballets The Sleeping Beauty (1890) and The Nutcracker (1892).

Russian dancers Viktoria Tereshkina (as 'Odette-Odile') and Vladimir Shklyarov (as 'Prince Seigfried') perform in the Mariinsky Ballet production of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' with revised choreography and staging (1950) by Konstantin Sergeyev after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanovat. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, New York, January 15, 2015.
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For a composer who wrote so many beautiful and romantic fairytale ballet music, one would think that he had a healthy life.

He was struggling with his homosexuality and suffered from depression. His last composition was The Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, Pathétique. It was his most emotional and melancholy music which was written between February and the end of August 1893. He led the first performance of the Symphony in October, nine days before his death on November 6, 1893.

If I could, I would love to attend Peter Tchaikovsky’s first performance of The Symphony No. 6 in B minor.

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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. 

Mercy, Will, and baby Autumn came to visit us from Sunday to Friday last week. They came to celebrate my birthday, the day before Thanksgiving. They spent Thanksgiving with us along with sixteen family members in our house. It was good to see my husband’s family members. I was also happy to see my sister’s family.

Autumn is a good traveler. She slept all the way through the two-hour flight from Portland, Oregon to southern California. She slept most of the way home.

Cee’s Share Your World – November 27, 2017

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden Lion Dance

“This week’s theme of Golden flows forth from the wondrous tones that I discovered on the island of Skye.” – Frank

We were invited to attend my friend Dr. Edward Wong’s 80th Birthday Party. In Chinese culture, Lion Dance is a common feature in major events such as Chinese New Year, an opening of a new store, or major anniversary of a business. In this event, it was Dr. Wong’s 80th Birthday. He is a successful business man. His guests included Congressperson, Assemblyman, City Counsels, other government officials, and business owners.

 The Décor of the party was the red, yellow, and golden colors that signify positive energy and prosperity. His Lion Dance team was dressed in those colors.  

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The five lions with the Golden Lion in the center
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We had a photo taken with the birthday boy and his loving wife!

Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Golden Lion Dance

Cee’s Share Your World – 01/09/2017

Questions for this week’s Cee’s Share Your World are not easy ones, but I will try my best to answer them.

1. If you lost a bet and had to dye your hair a color of the rainbow for a week, what color would it be?  

This is a hard question for me. I like my hair as it is. Well, if I lost a bet, then I had to do it. Okay, I would color my hair from dark purple and gradually to a lighter purple at the lower portion. I do have a lot of purple and lavender colors of clothing to match with the hair color.

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2. If you could choose one word to focus on for 2017, what would it be?

My choice of word would be “Optimism.” I am an optimistic person, but the focus would be consistent in all circumstances.

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3. What was one thing you learned last year that you added to your life?

What I learned was to be happy with my “new normal,” not to let the lymphedema (swelling) of my leg keep me from being active.

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4. If life was ‘just a bowl of cherries’… which fruit other than a cherry would you be..?

I would like to be an apple. There are many kinds of apple, and I chose to be a red delicious apple because I like the dark red color and the shape of the apple. 

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Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

My husband’s birthday was last week, but he got a cold. He lost the senses of smell and taste. I’m grateful that it didn’t get any worse. He is getting better. I’m looking forward to this new week because holidays are over; my husband and I are back on our workout routine.

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Cee’s Share Your World January 9, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – 01/02/2017

This is my first entry of Cee’s Share Your World. I am to answer four questions plus a bonus question.

1. Would you prefer to receive a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or motorcycle?

I do not wish to receive any of the above. My husband had three dirt bikes and a motorcycle. He sold all of them when he thought he had enough fun out of them. I took a photo before the buyer came to pick up the motorcycle. He still has two mountain bikes and one regular bike.

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2. What is one thing you’d like to accomplish this year?

I will continue to exercise to stay healthy. Will continue to take classes to challenge my mind and learn new techniques in watercolor. I may want to take a Poetry class.

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3. What was one of the highlights of 2016 for you?

The great memory was when we went to Spain to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

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4. Would you prefer to fly a kite or fly in a hot air balloon?

Even though I am afraid of height, but I would like to have a hot air balloon ride some day.

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Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that I could be with my daughter for her birthday last week. We went out for a nice dinner. For the rest of the week, we are waiting for my husband to get well from his cold, so that we could celebrate his birthday. His birthday is today, but we may go out for dinner this weekend.

My daughter’s birthday dinner                            Birthday card for my husband

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Cee’s Share Your World – January 2, 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge – Anticipation

Next week this time, we’ll be in Portland, Oregon. We will spend Christmas with our daughter and son-in-law. It is such a precious time whenever we get together. We have been counting down the months, weeks, and days to the day we go.

My daughter and her husband pay a fee to cut their own Christmas tree every year. I love the scent of the fresh pine tree. Their plan is to take us to Mt. Hood. Oh, how I love to be in the snow! We may go see the Christmas lights also.

My daughter’s birthday is the day after Christmas. We will celebrate her birthday in a restaurant of her choice. She was almost a Christmas baby (I spent Christmas in the hospital)!

Great anticipation to Christmas and her birthday with much warmth in my heart! Here are some photos from last year.

Portland night scene

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Fresh Christmas tree

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Drive through Christmas lights

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The restaurant’s complimentary birthday cake for my daughter’s birthday

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation

 

Birthday Blessings

Living to celebrate another birthday is not something taken for granted for me. This is an extended life of mine granted the grace to be a cancer survivor. My husband, daughter and son-in-law treated me with a day touring the Mission in San Juan Capistrano. Then took me to an enjoyable, romantic sunset dinner at Dana Point, California.

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