Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017, Questions and my responses.

  1. Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …

I want to learn more about watercolor painting. When I did acrylic painting, I was told that acrylic painting is very forgiving. If I don’t like a certain part of the painting, I could paint over with white color and change it to what I prefer. Watercolor is different. There is a glaze technique when I can paint one layer, let it dry, and then put another layer of color on it. It always starts with the light color, and gradually put the darker colors on the previous colors. If I make a mistake and drop the dark color on any spot, I can use water to brush it off right away. I can’t use white paint to cover the dark color though. There are so many techniques to learn in watercolor.

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  1. On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

For me to have a good night sleep on any vacation, a comfortable bed is required, that is a given. I am a light sleeper. Quietness is a must because I don’t wear earplugs.  We always ask for a room with the window facing a quiet area. Another thing is equally important, that is the almost complete darkness of the room. Some hotels have thin curtains; the light of dawn would wake me up. I wear a mask to go to sleep in any place, but the light from the thin curtain could find a way to wake me up.

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  1. What is your greatest extravagance?

The greatest extravagance was getting a car I always wanted. When I graduated with my doctorate degree in the year 2000, I reward myself with such a car. I made a list of all the features I wanted. I used the Consumer Report of Cars and picked 5 makers, copied the features of those 5 cars on a spreadsheet to make a side by side comparison. After that, I picked the car with the most reasonable price and had all the features I wanted. I still have the same car after seventeen years. It is a great car. I think I’ll keep the car for a few more years.

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Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017


New Normal

This is a reblog of the post I did a year ago. I updated the first line of the post.


This month marks the 8th anniversary of Remission from my cancer!!

What was my normal schedule and activities all my life until 2008?

Getting up before 6:00 a.m.

Rushing to get on the road to go to work

Multitasking on the job and loving it

Keeping up with cooking dinner and other chores

Keeping up with all the family and social activities

Traveling one to three trips a year

What happened from summer 2008 to summer 2009?

Melanoma Cancer

Six months of chemotherapy

Four surgeries

Five weeks of radiation

What is my new normal?

Thank God for retirement, or else I would not be able to do the following:

Deal with the side effect of chemotherapy – lymphedema on the legs

Unable to fall asleep until the numbness and tingling of my legs subside

Time to get up would have to depend on the time I fall asleep the night before

Running errands is as big a job as climbing mountains

Making two to three stops are manageable, the fourth one has to wait for another day

Elevating my legs and resting is a daily route, whereas years ago I considered it as wasting time

Exercise is a necessity, not a luxury

Priority is the key to manage my schedule

Something for my spiritual, physical, mental life, and make time to be a blessing to others

No promise is made to do everything and I don’t feel guilty if I can’t do it

God bless my being, even when I can’t measure up with my doing!


Contribution to Debbie’s Forgiving Fridays

SoCS September 9, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “motive.” Use the word “motive,” in any form, in your post. Enjoy! – Linda G Hill

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I want to finish the trimming and planting in my garden before winter. What is my motive? I want to get it all done before September 14. That’s the day I go to Portland, Oregon, five days before my grandbaby is born.

I planted some flowers, but the heat wave returned and killed quite a few before they get rooted. I bought some more flowers. The rain clouds have drifted our way. I decided to replant them today.

I have neglected the Date Palm trees the whole summer because I couldn’t be in the hot sun. As a result, the eighteen Date Psalms were overgrown. I set a goal of trimming one a day. After trimming several, I was interrupted. Finally, the last few days, my motive of finishing the job got greater. I trimmed four trees in one day, three the next day, and two yesterday. There are four more to do.


My last job is to tidy up my office/family room. One month ago I decided to rearrange the furniture. I have books from three book shelves. I stacked up some and piled some on the couches. At the meantime, I decided to recycle or donate some of my books. There is a great motive to get rid of some books.  I simply have too many books. Now I’ll have to sort out the books that I don’t want to keep. I hope I can get it done next week.


I’m glad that going to Portland to meet my new grandbaby gives me a great motive to finish the gardening before winter. It also gives me a strong motive to tidy up my office before my trip.


Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS September 9, 2017

SoCS August 26, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: Start with “WHEN.” Write whatever you’d like, but begin your post with the word “when.” Enjoy! – Linda


WHEN I worked in my garden the last four day, it made me think that “There is no such thing as maintenance free garden.”

I couldn’t do too much to maintain my garden earlier in the summer because of the heat. Due to my post melanoma condition, I would get heat rash when I am outdoor under the hot sun or indoor in a hot Jacuzzi.

Last couple weeks, the temperature was lower. It is comfortable to work in my garden. Since I couldn’t do anything for several months, there is a lot of work to do. The twenty-four rose bushes need to be trimmed. The dead flowers need to be removed and new flowers to be planted. All the flowers need to be fertilized. The sixteen Date Palm plants need to be trimmed badly.

I did about four hours of work each day for one section of the garden. By the end of the fourth hour, I could feel that my energy came to the end. I quickly wrapped up and went straight for a warm bath with Epson salt and Eucalyptus Sea salt to soothe my tiredness. There is one more day to go to finish my flower section. Some Date palms are getting taller than me. My husband will help to trim the tall ones. It will take many days of work just to trim the Date Palms.




WHEN I worked in my garden, it also made me think that “There is no such thing as maintenance free relationship.” In order to keep a good relationship, we need the ongoing communication, commitment, confirmation, consideration, cooperation, and compromise.

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Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS August 25, 2017

SoCS August 12, 2017 – Guess

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “guess.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy! – Lind G Hill


Guess! Is my daughter going to have a boy or a girl? I don’t know. They don’t know either. They didn’t want to know. They want to do it the old fashion way.

Back in the days when my older sister started having babies. Her first one was a boy, so was the second one. She wanted to have a girl, so she went on to have the third child. The third child was a boy also. She finally stopped and stayed on contraception. Ten years had gone by, and that year she couldn’t afford to pay for the contraceptive drug. She got pregnant. It was a beautiful girl. What a delightful surprise.

With technology, we can make a prediction of many phenomena, experiment outcomes, or business developments. In personal life, many situations are unpredictable.

We cannot guess with an accuracy of what tomorrow will bring. We face them as they come with acceptance and positive attitude and handle them the best way we can.


SoCS August 11, 2017 – Guess

Cee’s Share Your World – August 7, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – this week’s questions and my answers:
  1. What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?

 I signed up to take the Intermediate Customization course from Blogging University, WordPress. I didn’t learn anything that I’m not doing. But for inserting images, they recommend https://unsplash.com. That was the last URL I bookmarked. There are a lot of nice photos on this site. Here is an example:

Photo by Grahm Holtshausen
  1. Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

I believe there is life after life. When I leave behind the gate of this world, I enter the gate that leads me to a better world where there is no more tear from my eyes, no more death, no mourning, no crying or pain. I will meet my loved ones who have gone before me.


  1. If you were or are a writer, do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

I write many things. In the storage of my brain, there are short stories, poems, and novels. Currently, on this blog, I have been writing mostly short stories and poems.


  1. What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I was in a doctor’s office waiting for my appointment. The magazine on top of the pile was WebMD. I picked it up, and started flipping and came across a short paragraph. Basically, it says that positive people are happier, healthier and live longer. Negative people are sad, have more aches and pain, and probably live a shorter life.


Cee’s Share Your World – August 7, 2017

Writespiration#124 52 Weeks in 52 Words Week 29


“This week tell your story using dialogue only.” – Sacha


“Teacher, teacher, Jose said a bad word!”

“What bad word did he say?”

“The word you didn’t want us to say.”

“I told you not to say many words. Which one?”

“You don’t want us repeating to you either.”

“Well, how do I know it was bad? Say it!”

“He said F-a-r-t.”

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52 Weeks in 52 Words Writespiration – Week 29