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

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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.

Song of lullaby

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Dark

I wish we were living in the neighborhood of Mercy and Will. We could hop over to each other’s home for dinner with one phone call’s notice. We love to play board games and we could play games until it’s almost bedtime. Mercy and Will are pretty spontaneous about going places on weekends or going out to eat on week days. We love to join them frequently. Well, since we live 1,000 miles apart, we try our best to visit them as often as possible. Many times I go by myself especially before my husband retired. I usually went for a long weekend, arriving Portland on a Thursday and returning to California on a Tuesday. One reason for doing that was for Will and Mercy to pick me up after their work, and for Lynton to pick me up after his work. I had a good time taking sunset photos on the plane.

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Approaching Portland during sunset
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Arriving Portland after dark
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Approaching Ontario, California during sunset
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Almost landing the Ontario airport

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

 

SoCS September 2, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “birth/berth.” Use one, use ’em both, but whatever you do, have fun! – Linda G Hill

My husband has retired for a year. Time flies. He and I discussed our travel plans. One of his recommendations is to take a train trip to go north from Southern California. We could ride long distance and sleep in the berth of a sleeper car. Well, my problem is that I am a light sleeper. Any noise or motion would wake me up.  The thought of riding the train in a long distance has to put on hold for a while.

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Talking about traveling, I bought several round trip air tickets going to Portland. My daughter is due to give birth to her baby in a few weeks. My first trip is coming up on September 14, five days before the baby’s arrival. I will stay until September 23, and come home for a few days to take care of my business. My husband will join me for the second trip leaving on September 27 and will stay for several weeks to help out my daughter with some house chores.

This is such an exciting time in our family.

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Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS September 2, 2017

Wonderful Baby Shower

Mercy had a fun Baby Shower on Saturday. Many friends came from near and far. The hostess was very creative in decorating her house for the party. There were several activities such as filling out a “Guessing” card, guess the gender, the weight, height, eye color of the baby. Another activity was filling out an “I Wish” card addressing to the baby of the thing they wish the baby will be or will do. After eating, Mercy opened the gifts. The person who gave the gift also gave her some advice or insight of being a mom. As part of the support, the hostess had the ladies sign up a “Meal Train” to bring meals to Mercy and Will after the baby is born. It was a successful party full of surprises and laughter.

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Thursday’s Special – Slow

Thursday’s special – Slow
“Slow is my choice of today’s photo Challenge……due to my holidays, you have three weeks to publish your responses. The deadline is 9 August.” – Paula Borkovic
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The tranquility of serene water and quiet neighborhood at Laguna Lake
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Slow trotting for the horse’s exercising
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This family is in no hurry, fishing and enjoying the togetherness
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Time is frozen for this slow in motion turtle

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Paula at Lost in Translation: Thursday’s Special – Slow

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Three

“… Three…As usual, there are many ways to capture an image for this week’s theme, so open up your creative minds and go have fun with this one!!” – Frank

When I saw Frank’s theme for the week is “three,” the first thought came to me was “trio.”

I sang in many weddings. When the wedding of my daughter and son-in-law was at hand, I wanted to bless them with the song “The Lord’s Prayer.” An invitation was sent to two of my sisters to sing a “trio” with me. I copied the accompaniment sound track and the lyrics, mailed one set to a sister in Hong Kong, and one set to a sister in Los Angles. On one side of the tape was only the sound track, but the other side had voice singing. We learned by listening and practicing separately. One hour before the wedding was the only rehearsal we had together before singing for real. Being sisters, we could have sung well together without rehearsal. It turned out to be a meditative prayer to the bride and groom!

To play along with Frank’s theme, I only picked out the photos with three people in them.

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Mercy, the bride, Maid of Honor (left) and Bridesmaid (right)
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Will, the Groom, Best Man (right) and Groomsman (left)
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Will’s Mom Kathy, Will and Mercy
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Lynton, Mercy and me
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Pastor officiated the exchange of vows and rings
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The three sisters, Queenie, me and Yolanda singing “The Lord’s Prayer”
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Mercy and Will, after taking communion, lit two candles into one. Meditated on “The Lord’s Prayer” with Divine’s presence
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Divine moment, Pastor pronounced them “husband and wife”

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Three