Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Gardens

Cee’s Fun Foto:  “This week the topic is Gardens.  Gardens comes in all shapes and sizes.  They can be of plants, flowers and vegetables or herbs.”

I include a couple photos of large gardens, followed by my small garden with some of the plants and flowers. There are quite a few Date Palms in my garden. They were shorter than me when I first planted them. Now they are taller than me.

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On one side of the wall, you may find some nasturtiums in front of and in between the iceberg roses. By another wall, the bougainvillea plant is in full bloom. My jade plants had flowers for the very first time last winter. Roses are my favorite flowers. Other flowers do well in my garden also. My small garden gives me a lot of joy!


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – May 23, 2017


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Firework is legal in China. In fact, gunpowder is China’s ancient invention. Fireworks are used as part of the celebration in occasions such as Chinese New Year or opening of a new store business. One of our trips to China was to visit relatives in rural area. My husband and my siblings decided to play fireworks. They spent US$10 and got a whole shopping bag of all kinds of fireworks. The more expensive one was the rocket design with 13 tubes of gunpowder strapped in a hexagon shape.

Upon ignition, the rocket was catapulted straight into the sky so high that we almost couldn’t hear the explosion. My husband was impressed by the powerful display. He was thrilled and played until the last piece of fireworks was spent, because fireworks is illegal in our city in U.S.


Daily Prompt: Catapult

Daily Prompt: Impression

Thank You, My Friends

My dear friends,

I just want to let you know how much I value your support, your love, and your interest in my family as well as the messages I post on this blog. I enjoy so much receiving your comments and having conversations with you, getting to know you and your life. Thank you for your “Likes” for my posts. It means a lot to me.

I took a four-day trip to visit Mercy and Will and came back on Tuesday May 16. Guess What notification I got from WordPress on Wednesday, May 17, 2017?

I will continue to try my best everyday to check on your posts. Even though I am not able to make comments to every post, I am interested to know how you are doing. I am proud to be in this community with you.


Cirque du Soleil

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I love to see Cirque du Soleil. They have different themes for shows. One year my daughter gave me a wonderful treat for my birthday. It happened that Circus de Soleil came to town. She bought tickets online. What I was impressed about the show was that there were many farces happening at the same time as the main act. It kept me entertained, and laughing all night.

I think people working in the circus have their brain wired differently!

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Daily Prompt” Farce

Cee’s Share Your World – May 15, 2017

Cee has interesting questions for this week, and I love to share my answers.

  1. How many languages do you speak?

Well, I read and write Chinese. In spoken language, the official Chinese language is Mandarin. I speak Mandarin, and Cantonese is my mother tongue. I also speak a little bit of Spanish. When I worked as school district administrator, part of my job was working with parents. There were many Spanish speaking parents in my community.


  1. What are you reading, watching, listening to, or eating?

My husband and I watch the nature video every night. Currently, we are watching an Ocean series – South Pacific Islands. Last night we watched the part about “Saving the Sharks.” Some villages on these islands make their living by killing the sharks. The Conservation Program works with the village people, created a tourism business to take divers to the ocean to observe and feed the sharks. The villages benefit from the tourism. The Lead for the diving tour is from the village. His job as diving Lead makes three times more than killing the sharks. The program has been working to save a lot of sharks.

  1. What was the last photo you took with your phone?

I used my phone to take the following photo in Kelley Point Park, Portland, Oregon, a few days ago.


  1. What is your favorite time of day?

My favorite time of the day is morning.  When I have the coffee in my hand, walking through my garden and check on the flowers and fruit trees. It’s my time to make connection to the earth and appreciate the life and growth of the plants.

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Cee’s Share Your World – May 15, 2017

Lawn Be in Charge

One month ago, my husband couldn’t find the mint I had planted for him. He uses mint for tea and mixed drink. I had several mint plants throughout the garden, and was surprised he noticed the missing mint at a specific spot. He eventually found a bundle from the green can where gardeners made the disposal after mowing the lawn. Apparently, one of the gardeners thought it was weed and pulled it out.

This incident was leading to letting go of the gardeners. Since my husband is retired, he would like to mow the lawn by himself. He wanted to get a rechargeable battery operated lawn mower, a trimmer and a grass blower. The total amount of purchasing was closely equivalent to one year of pay to the gardeners. After one year, his continued use of the lawn mower would be a gain. The plan was financially sound and has a great Return On Investment (ROI). I had no qualm of the decision.

I take care of the flowers, fruit trees and other bushes! He is in charge of the lawn. Here we are, having a new lawn mower, and happy mowing every week!

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Daily Prompt: Qualm