Tuesday Photo Challenge – Family Time Treat

My granddaughter Autumn is nine and a half months old. It is always a treat to visit Mercy, Will, and Autumn. I’m so blessed with the opportunity to visit them once a month so far. Autumn is growing fast and learning new things every day. During my visit from June 26 to July 3, 2018, I watched her eating peanut butter and jelly sandwich by herself. She is a good eater – eats everything given to her. She also started cruising. She took twenty steps on the second day of cruising.

Mercy, Autumn, and I went to a park and had a picnic lunch with Mercy’s friend who just had a six weeks old baby. Autumn had fun on the swing.

We also went to a small rose garden and Battle Ground Lake State Park. It was a fun-filled week for me.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Family Time Treat

Share Your World – June 4, 2018

Cee posts excellent questions in this week’s Share Your World – June 4, 2018.

A piece of clothing from your younger childhood you still remember?

I came to the US 40 years ago as a student. I checked in 2 suitcases to my flight. I had one carry on, and my purse. I wish I had brought more sentimental items, but I couldn’t. In fact, my carry on was too full that the security people asked me to take out something to leave behind. The problem was that I packed them very tight. After I took out something and repacked them, the bag was bigger than before. If you like camping and roll every piece of clothing tight to make your packing compact, you could visualize how I packed my bag.

During my three years of studies in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, I moved 9 times. In 1980, I drove from Seattle to Los Angles, California by myself. It was 1,1 75 miles with 18 hours of driving. I stopped overnight in San Francisco. Next day I still arrived Los Angles after dark. The freeway was very intimidating to a new person in town.

Even if I had brought a piece of childhood clothing, it couldn’t have survived with so many moving. Fortunately, my sister had scanned some of my childhood photos and I made copies of them. The first one was when I was six years old. I wore a Chinese style top and matching fabric pants. The second photo was when I was in third grade with the school uniform, a white shirt and a blue skirt with straps.

Regardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would you do?   Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed.

I would like to be a competitive swimmer. I learned swimming in the ocean when I was in Hong Kong. After I graduated from college and started working, it was hard to find time to go to the beach. I went swimming in an outdoor pool in a park. During one swimming, I slipped and almost got drown. Ever since then, I was afraid of water. I still swim, but only in shallow water.

The photo was taken when Mercy, Will and her friend participated in the Triathlon.

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In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

I had driven long miles during my working life. I stayed in the same school district for 25 years even though we moved three times. The furthest distance was 30 miles with heavy traffic. The longest time it took to go to work was two and a half hours. The driving put a lot of stress on me, so we moved closer, but it was still a 21 miles drive.

After I retired, I don’t like to drive too much, especially at night. If I had a choice, I prefer to be a passenger.

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

I appreciate that I could spend the time to do gardening, trim the grape vines, watching the Red Throat Hummingbirds, the House Finch birds, and the Mourning Doves.

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Cee’s Share Your World – June 4, 2018

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Favorite Family Time

My all-time favorite photos are the ones keep the memories of family time. The precious moments we created together. They always bring a smile to my face and warmth in my heart. These are the photos taken between 2012 to 2018.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – All-Time Favorites

Weekly Photo Challenge – Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

My husband and I spent Mother’s Day weekend with Mercy, Will, and Autumn. Autumn is now seven and a half months old. She started crawling fast on Mother’s Day. What a joyful Mother’s Day gift she gave to her mom. She also learned to clap her hands and feet. Yes, she curls up her legs and claps her feet. She pinches something smaller than a piece of rice with her index finger and thumb. I was impressed with her fine motor dexterity.

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We arrived Portland on Wednesday. Mercy took us to different gardens on Thursday and Friday.

For this post, I include several photos of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. It is a botanical garden located near Reed College in southeastern Portland, Oregon. The garden covers 9.49 acres (3.84 ha), is named for the numerous springs within the garden. Crystal Springs Garden features more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and other plants in small lakes, fountain, and small waterfalls.

Many kinds of ducks, birds, and geese are residents in the Garden. My favorite is Wood Duck. This time of the year, Canada Geese have a whole bunch of offspring. It was fun watching the goslings running around eating seeds.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Liquid

Weekly Photo Challenge – Family Story

Our granddaughter Autumn is five and a half months old already. Even though we are 1,000 miles apart, we try to make frequent visits to watch her growth. Mercy and Will are grateful that they have a healthy and happy baby. It puts a big smile on my face every time I look at her smiling face. I’ll see her next Friday. I can hardly wait!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Story

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

My husband and I spent last week with Mercy, Will, and Autumn. On Saturday, February 17, we went hiking in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. One area is the Trail of Ten Falls which is a 7-mile loop. This loop is a moderately difficult hike with unpaved trails, some muddy areas, steep sections and an overall elevation change of 800 feet.

The photos included in this post are two Falls. South Fall is a 177 feet waterfall where we could walk behind the Fall underneath a rocky canyon. The Lower South Fall is 93 feet, descending from South Fall with stairs. Walking behind the South Fall reminded me of walking behind the Niagara Fall years ago!

It was a heavy rainy day and we all were soaking wet. The three of them wore hiking boots, so it was easier to walk in the muddy area. I was not prepared to go hiking, and I wore regular running shoes. My shoes were wet and muddy and my toes were almost frozen.

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We were in good shapes and found no difficulty with the hike. Mercy gave birth to Autumn four and a half months ago. She has a remarkably fast recovery from the pregnancy and birth.

I was impressed with the spectacular views of the Falls and the mossy forest.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes to Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Good Shape

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)