Share Your World – December 4, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – December 4, 2017

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

I don’t like to do dusting at all. The house gets dusty so quickly due to the drought and winds.

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We don’t have enough rain in southern California to clean the air. It gets worse when Santa Ana winds appear. The winds are strong, extremely dry and down-slope winds that originate from inland affect the coastal southern California. Santa Ana winds are known for the hot dry weather in the fall, but they can arise at other times of the year. These winds, which can easily exceed 40 miles per hour, carry the dust for miles and drop them anywhere on the way.

I’m in the middle of writing this post and found out that the Santa Ana winds just caused several wildfires in southern California. The winds are blowing 50 to 70 miles per hours. The fire broke out in the middle of the night last night and was burning at nearly an acre per second. About 150,000 people in Los Angeles were affected by evacuation orders for the Creek fire near Sylmar and Lake View Terrace. One horse escaped from the fire and fell into a crack upside down. It was kicking the wall for hours until it got the attention. The firefighters were able to break the wall from inside to rescue the horse. It was given the anesthesia and taken to the hospital.

A friend’s son and the family live in the fire zone. His wife took the girls to drive 120 miles through local streets from Ojai to Fullerton City to stay with my friend. In the meantime, my friend’s son stayed behind to take care of his students and their families.

Smoke billows over Ventura on December 5.
CNN – Ventura fire, CA – December 5, 2017
Firefighters work to put out a blaze engulfing homes in Ventura. The fast-moving fire forced sheriff's deputies to scramble into neighborhoods and knock on doors to warn residents to evacuate.
CNN – Ventura fire, CA – December 5, 2017

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

I am a volunteer counselor. I’m passionate about helping people with emotional needs. I feel alive when I listen and focus on what they are going through and help them process their struggles. Many ladies, who sought help, expressed that I was the first person who listened to them. The counseling helped them to process their grief, anger, abuse, and other kinds of sufferings. At the end, they were able to experience self-forgiveness, forgiving, love, and a new life!

I got my master’s degree in counseling. I did full-time counseling for two years. Then my life took a turn, and I became an educator – a teacher and a school district administrator. After I retired from my education career, I decided to do some volunteer work that makes a difference.

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How many times have you moved in the last ten years?

I have been living in my current home for twenty-five years.

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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.

I appreciate the privilege of being alive which is not something I take for granted.

Three of my friends are battling with the complications of long-term illnesses. One friend started with lung cancer and cancer has gone to the brain. Another friend started with a heart problem and is now battling with lung problems. Yet another friend who started with the brain tumor a year ago, the news today was that the family requested setting up the hospice at home.

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Cee’s Share Your World – December 4, 2017

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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

Share Your World – November 13, 2017

This is my response to Cee’s Share Your World – November 13, 2107

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?

We do that often, especially in Laguna Lake. My husband and I love to walk around Laguna Lake which is 0.77 miles around. We walk around the lake twice, then find a shaded bench and sit down. The lake is a home to many kinds of ducks, Egyptian Geese, turtle and many sea creatures. The irrigation system keeps the water of the lake flowing while there is stillness on a calm day. In the summer, the ducks enjoy their lazy nap by tugging their heads under the wings. We relax and watch people doing their leisure fishing, riding their horses, their bikes, jogging, walking their dogs, or walking their babies in strollers.

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When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?

We do all of them. My husband has a large rechargeable industrial lantern by the bed upstairs. We have different sizes of flashlights. When the electricity is out due to a storm or other reasons, I usually turn on a small flashlight to find the lighter to light the candles. As soon as I have five or six candles lit, I would turn off the flashlight. Candles light up the immediate areas around each candle. With several candles. We could see quite well walking around the house.

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Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

Given $10,000 for my own use would only benefit me. But given $100,000 to give to strangers would benefit many people. I would give $500 to each individual and $1000 to each family. So, it would benefit more than 100 individuals and families.

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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. 

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Cee’s Share Your World – November 13, 2017

Share Your World – October 30, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – October 30, 2017

Where do you eat breakfast?

We basically eat breakfast at home five days a week. My husband cooks breakfast and dinner. I mean he cooks all the meals. He said I cooked for twenty-one years plus packing his lunches. He is retired now and decided to do the cooking. We eat two meals a day – brunch and dinner. Well, for health reason, he is disciplined of what he wants to eat. I gladly let him do all the cooking. On Saturday and Sunday, we have soup and salad bar for brunch at restaurants.

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Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want to have an evening with?

I have a friend who brags about having dinners with famous people. I passed the stages of admiring heroes to a point of wanting to spend an evening with them. I prefer to spend an evening with family. I also would enjoy spending an evening with longtime friends and have a heart to heart conversation.

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If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

I like the lilac color. If I could be a tree, I would like to be a jacaranda tree. Jacaranda tree has a thin trunk with a large canopy which provides shades. In the summer, the whole tree is covered with beautiful lilac blossom.

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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. 

After spending three weeks to help taking care of my granddaughter, I went home for one week. My husband expressed many times that he was glad that I was home. I came back to Portland today and spend another two weeks here. The last two days he kept telling me he would miss me. I appreciate that he expresses how much he loves me.

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Cee’s Share Your World – October 30, 2017

 

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

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

 

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