Tuesday Photo Challenge – Time Changes

Last weekend was my first time watching The Frankenstein Chronicles, the Netflix TV series with Sean Bean as John Marlott. My husband started watching it last Thursday night. He was watching Season 1, Episode 2 when it caught my eyes with Sean Bean’s familiar face. After I found out that it was the Frankenstein story, I started watching it half-heartedly. I’m not a horror movie fan. I don’t watch scary movies or TV shows at night. They give me nightmares. But these Frankenstein series were good at staying with the detective story rather than a scary one. I found myself wanting to watch what happened next. We stayed up three nights to watch the 2 seasons with 12 episodes. It was Saturday night at 1:00 a.m. (on Sunday) when we finished the last episode. We slept in the next mornings.

We missed church, inevitably, because we got up late. By 3:30 p.m. I started noticing the time on my computer and my phone was different than the time on the clocks that need to be set manually. We went on a late lunch, using the lunch coupon that was good from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cashier politely asked, “Do you have a dinner coupon?” So, I used a dinner coupon. I started questioning about what happened to the time difference. That was when the possibility of time change came up. But it was only March 11, I thought. Yes, spring forward, fall back. Spring hasn’t come yet.

As soon as I got home, I searched on the internet of Daylight Saving Time in California. It was confirmed that we missed changing the clocks this year!

Every year I pay close attention to Daylight Saving Time starts and ends and promptly change all the clocks by 10:00 p.m. on Saturday (who would get up at 2:00 a.m. the first day of Daylight Saving Time to change the clocks?). Somehow, I let the announcement slipped out of my mind. I surprised myself!

Some countries start Daylight Saving Time on March 11. Many countries start on March 25, and some countries don’t have it. Did you miss changing the clock if your country starts on March 11?

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Time Changes


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!


Autumn.5 months

Weekly Photo Challenge – Story

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Forces

I was a student at Seattle Pacific University, Washington in May 1980 when Mt. St. Helen had erupted. The ashes drifted over many states and could be seen from Chicago. Mercy, Will and I went to visit in September 2016 and saw a lot of plant growth. This is a great illustration of the force of destruction and the force of life.

Mt. St. Helens



Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Forces

Debbie’s Forgiving Friday – Forgiving Connects



Weekly Photo Challenge – Out of this World

My husband and I had an out of this world experience last Wednesday evening. I’m an opera lover. One of my favorite operas is Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. It’s a love story with a sad ending. Around 1830, in Paris, France, there were a lot of prospective artists who are poor, but happy. Puccini described their ordinary life in his opera.

I always want to go to the opera in The Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York. But it’s a long way to go from California to New York to see an opera. The good news is that since 2006, the Met Opera has made the viewing available through Live in HD around the world. It’s a live transmission in movie theaters, followed by encore showing. The performance of La Bohème at the Met and live transmission was Saturday, February 24; the encore was last Wednesday, February 28.

We went on Wednesday evening and arrived the theater early. After we purchase the tickets, we went to the nearby restaurant to have a nice dinner. Six friends of ours also went to the Wednesday encore presentation. We had a good time viewing the opera as well as socializing with friends.

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It was an out of this world evening!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Out of This World


Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd

Our family vacation to China and Hong Kong was a memorable trip. When I first made plan for the trip, we had ten people on the list. The travel agency was able to book a private tour with a van and our own driver. Our itinerary included Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and Hong Kong. We flew from Los Angeles, U.S. to Beijing, China to start our tour. The travel agency made arrangement for the connecting flights and had local guide/driver pick us up from each city. Several weeks before the trip, three family members were not able to make it. With only seven of us, we thought the travel agency would put us in a large group. It was fortunate that we still could have our private tour.

During this trip, we saw faces everywhere. In this post I only include a few photos of Beijing and two photos of Hong Kong. At the Beijing airport, we were a small crowd with seven of us and a few people around. I love to take scenery photos, but in popular vacation places, it’s hard to take photos without including a crowd.


In fact, Will, my son-in-law’s mom Kathy had never seen a big crowd such as the one she saw in Hong Kong, and she gave us a surprised look! The night life is full of energy in this city!

Weekly Photo Challenge – A Face in the Crowd


Weekly Photo Challenge-Sweer and Sweet

I have someone who likes sweet. I also have someone who is sweet. Let me explain.

My husband likes sweet because he has sweet tooth. He likes donuts. The biggest donut he has had was voodoo donut which is bigger than his face. He had it in Portland, OR. He also loves dark chocolate. On Valentine’s Day many years ago, I bought him a 2-pound dark chocolate covered nuts. He finished them in two days. I think eventually he had a problem with his skin. I still buy him dark chocolate candy for Valentine’s Day, but I only buy 1/4 pound. He eats dark chocolate every day. The kind he eats is the 85% cocoa. When we visit Mercy, Will, and Autumn. Lynton brings his dark chocolate so that his daily consumption won’t be interrupted.

I also have someone who is sweet. She is my granddaughter Autumn. She has a sweet personality. She rarely cries except when she is extremely tired or hungry. If we feed her timely and sooth her to sleep, we seldom hear her cry.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Sweet


Weekly Photo Challenge – Tour Guide

We joined a church group to take a city tour in our neighborhood several months ago. We have been living in La Habra, California for twenty-six years. The City of Fullerton is behind the retaining wall in our backyard. We do a lot of thing in Fullerton such as go for walks in Laguna Lake, biking on trails, eat at the restaurants, have my hair done, or go to the hospital. We drive through downtown Fullerton hundreds of times but have never taken a leisure walk in that area.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the city history and was very efficient to show us the historic part of Fullerton. Fullerton was founded in 1887. It secured the land on behalf of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Historically it was a center of agriculture, notably groves of Valencia oranges and other citrus crops.

When we moved to the neighborhood 26 years ago, there were many orange patches. Many homes such as mine have orange trees in the yards. As cities developed, orange patches gave way to offices and housing.


In 1886, the city began negotiations with George H. Fullerton, president of the Pacific Land and Improvement Company, also a Santa Fe subsidiary. They offered free right-of-way and a half interest in the land to the railroad and named the city after him. On July 5, 1887, the negotiation came through and the railroad station is now the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fullerton,_California

We walked 45,000 steps in two hours according to several peoples’ apps.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide