The Earth Is a Mystery

Happy Earth Day!

Earth is the third planet from the sun and the fifth largest in the solar system. The earth is a big mystery. It is the only planet that has oxygen, gravity, and constant movement. The Earth consists of four concentric layers: inner core, outer core, mantle and crust. The crust is made up of tectonic plates, which are in constant motion. Earthquakes and volcanoes are most likely to occur at plate boundaries. The crust is the land and ocean where we live.

One of the best places to observe the volcanic activities is Yellowstone National Park.

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Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 sq. km), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The Caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mystery

Easter Eve Surprise

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My husband gave me an Easter Eve surprise. He made his first ever homemade pizza from scratch. We went shopping together after lunch today. I knew he bought pizza ingredients – bread flour, yeast, tomato sauce, pepperoni, cheese, and canned pineapple.

I asked if he had a recipe. He said he did, but didn’t know when he would make pizza.

This evening, he decided to make it, all by himself without any help from me. I loved it – I didn’t have to do anything. My only help was to take out the rolling pin for him.

He made the dough, used the rolling pin to flatten the dough to the thinnest. He made 3/4 pepperoni and cheese for himself. I only wanted 1/4 with kale and pineapple.

He did the baking and slicing and served it to me. What a treat! What a nice surprise!

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Thin Crust Pizza Recipe:

Ingredients

1/2 cup lukewarm water

1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon honey

1 & 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Toppings: Monterey Jack or Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and any other favorite items

Procedure

Mix water, yeast and honey, and let the mix sit for 10 minutes

Stir salt into flour, pour water mixture into flour, and knead well, let dough sit for 5 minutes

 Sprinkle flour on baking sheet, then use rolling pin to flatten dough in circular or square shape, let dough sit for 5-10 minutes

Add toppings evenly on pizza dough

Pre-heat over in 400o

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, or until cheese bubbles, and crust turns light brown

Slice pizza and serve

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Weekly Photo Challenge – Surprised visit by Bees

In one of my posts I wrote about my plum tree. The tree is four years old. The first two year didn’t have any fruits. The tree had full blossom earlier than any other flowers. There were no bees around to pollinate the blossom. Last year, I manually pollinate the flowers and it produced about twenty plums.

By the end of winter this year, the plum tree had full blossom. So I started using my fine paintbrush to pollinate the flowers. But I got tired. I thought I would have another non-producing year.

There is a slope behind the retaining wall next to the tree. The slope was full of yellow clover flowers. I had other plants on the slope but they were all covered by the clovers.

One day, I went up to the slope, pulled out several handfuls of clovers to see what happened to my other plants. To my surprise, I saw a whole bunch of bee buzzing over the yellow flowers. Then I turned around to look at the plum tree. There they were, bees dancing around the plum blossoms.

Oh, how pleased I was to see the bees. How timely they had come to pollinate the flowers. When spring came, I saw young plums covering the tree. I actually counted the plums. You may think that I was silly, but I was very excited. I counted more than two hundred young plums. I can hardly wait for summer to taste them.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Daily Prompt: Timely

Security in Australia Airport

My previous posts on our Australia trip, I missed posting this photo of atop of Sydney Harbor Bridge. At the Bridge Climb Center, we put on special suit with nothing loose outside of the suit. We were also strapped and hooked on to the steel railing as well as hooked on to the team members. A climbing tour guide led up to the top, took the photo, and then made a U turn to go back down to the Center.

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The Sydney Harbor Bridge is steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbor that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbor, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its arch-based design.

It is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge, 503 m (1,650 ft), in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Harbour_Bridge

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When we left for Australia, we had no problem passing the security from the US airport with our passports. We had no problem entering Australia either. On our return trip, we went to the airline counter to get the boarding passes. The airline ground crew questioned our passports, perhaps for security reason.

What happened was that on our passports, our last names are hyphenated. But the names on our US Driver’s Licenses are not hyphenated. Since the names on both documents are not consistent, the crew member couldn’t issue the boarding passes to us. We spent a lot of time to explain, also tried to find other identifications to match with the names on the passports.

What we could find was secondary identifications with no photos. The supervisor stepped in and examined everything. Eventually we were issue the boarding passes to return home.

Ever since having that experience, we had carefully corrected all the major documents to have our last names hyphenated.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

Daily Prompt: Passport

Prudent Life

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Live for the moment is not the same as live as if there is no tomorrow.

Planning for tomorrow with the trust that tomorrow is in His Mighty Hand.

Take treasure the entrusted energy, materials, and means for living.

Be prudent in spending, with His help, live a simple life of worry-free.

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Daily Prompt: Prudent

Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green!

Dense City – Hong Kong

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March 21, 2017 marked my 40th year being in USA. I came from Hong Kong to Portland, Oregon as a student. The campus in Portland was surrounded by sky high pine trees. I remember telling my family that I was living in a forest!

Hong Kong has a special place in my heart. I spent my childhood, my teenage years and my young adulthood there. What I liked the most was everything was close by. Many places I wanted to go were within walking distance. Public transportation system was fabulous even when it was forty years ago. It was easy to get together with friends. One of my leisure things to do was walking miles in “downtown” Kowloon for window shopping.

Our flat was small. The refrigerator was small. We didn’t need a big refrigerator because my mom went to the market for every meal. We couldn’t be packrats, because there was no room for storage. The good thing was that we didn’t acuminate things we never used for years. We only kept what was essential to life.

I just did a little research on the density of population in the world. As of July, 2016, Hong Kong is the 4th dense city in the world. It has 427 square miles (1,106 square kilometers) of land. The population is 7,346,700 with 17,208 people per square mile or 6,644 people per square kilometers.

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People are everywhere in Hong Kong. I was born a city girl, and I am still a city girl. I enjoy traveling, but always want to come back to the city where I am living – southern California.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

Weekly Photo Challenge – Dense Fog

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My husband’s birthday is in early January. He likes to go north, snowy places for his birthday. One year, we decided to visit my sister and her family in Vancouver B.C. Canada for New Year’s Eve and New Year. We were planning to go to Whistler, a Skiing Resort. Upon checking out the weather report; we found out there was raining and heavy snow. Our car was not prepared to drive in snow. My brother-in-law decided to take us to a nearby mountain for snowboarding. When we got there, the mountain presented to us a heavy and dense fog. There was a big crowd doing snowboarding. They might find snowboarding in a dense fog challenging. It was my husband’s first time doing snowboarding. A real challenge to him for sure. My niece and nephew had a lot of fun. They snowboarded to the bottom. Then used the cable if needed, to help them get up to the top of the mountain, and went again. For me, I was a good spectator and a good cheerleader!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense