SoSC December 2, 2017

Linda G Hill’s Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cramp.” 

Thanksgiving 2017 had come and gone. This is a little recap of the detail. It has something to do with decorating the Christmas tree. I’ll get to it toward the end of the post.

I was hosting the Thanksgiving dinner this year. The previous time I hosted it was in 2009. That was the year I received the chemotherapy and radiation for my melanoma cancer from January to July. I know, I was so brave to host the dinner for 28 people. With the limited energy, it took me two months to get the house ready. Mercy helped me do most of the cooking.

Well, for this year, I couldn’t plan too far in advance. I went to Portland, Oregon for six weeks on three different trips when Mercy gave birth to her first baby, and later I helped to take care of Autumn. The first three weeks of being new parents were quite a learning experience to Mercy and Will. Will went back to work after two weeks of paternity leave. He continues to help when Autumn wakes up in the middle of the night for feeding.

When I came home a week before Thanksgiving, I rushed to the stores to get fall season decoration. I stopped by many stores, all I saw was Christmas items. So, I decided to have Christmas decoration. Why not? Mercy, Will, and Autumn arrived four days before Thanksgiving. Our old, artificial Christmas tree was all worn out and we bought a new one – white color. Throughout the years when I decorated the Christmas tree, I cramped the tree with several strings of lights, many strands of garlands, and years of collections of ornaments. This year, after I assembled the tree, Mercy helped to decorate it. She only used two strings of lights, one strand of garland, and twenty ornaments. She liked the simple look. You know what? I like it also. I like the peaceful and quiet look of a simple tree.

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By the way, Autumn is two months old two days ago. She had her first immunization. Mercy said Autumn handled the shots well. “Good girl, Autumn!”

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Linda G Hill’s SoSC December 2, 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 – 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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Home brunch

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 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

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