Nonverbal Communication

My husband and I started work out at the gym together since November, 2016. We have been keeping up. When we use the weight resistant machines, he sets the height of the bench and the desired weight for him. On most of the machines, he lifts, pushes, or pulls 200 pounds. I only do 20 to 30 pounds with most of the machines, and have the bench a lot higher because I am short. Well, I’m not really doing muscle building. It’s just exercise for me.

We take turns to do two sets of 16 counts on each machine. After his set, he adjusts the height of the bench and weight for me. Anyway, this morning, he forgot to do the adjustment on one machine. I tried to push with both arms, but it didn’t make a move. I looked up at him and chuckled. He stared at me for a couple seconds, and got it.

I think I’m spoiled.

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Daily Prompt: Chuckle

Ceramic Painting

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My daughter and I took ceramic painting class when she was ten years old. We both enjoyed this activity.

When choosing a green ware that is a ceramic piece just came out of the first firing from a mode with the clay color. It is still fragile and breakable. We need to clean the rough edges with bladed tools and water. The next step is to paint it with the paint for green ware. After painting, the green ware goes through the second firing. After the second firing, the piece becomes solid. The glaze will be applied and the piece goes through the third firing to have a shiny colored look.

Another way to do it is to purchase the bisque which is cleaned and solid through the second firing. All we have to do is to use a different paint specifically for bisque. We paint the colors, and do the glazing. Then the piece goes through one more firing in the kiln before its completion. The dry brush technique requires different kind of paint, doesn’t need glaze or the third firing.

My daughter and I carry on this hobby separately. I like to paint angels and fairies. When I paint the wings or certain areas in white, I have to be sure to use opaque white that is nontransparent, and covers any unexpected spots of other colors.

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Daily Prompt: Opaque

52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 5

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This is the 52 Weeks of Thankfulness – Week 5 at Haddon Musings

My husband has been retired for six months. He is happy to spend more time at home. I’m thankful that we could do more things together. We have been keeping up our workout schedule at the gym three times a week in the morning. On the same gym day, we go to Laguna Lake where he runs and I walk in the afternoon. In the evening, we try to play board game together once a week. I’m very good at board games, so far I’m winning! This night we played Chinese checkers. I played on green and he played on blue. I reached the destination across the board to his side. He came to my side with two steps before all the checkers were in. ♥♥

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Summer – Fire

Summer Fire _ wedding 1

Fire of love intensified

Called for no distance, no long drive

Tied the knot in the summer, with

Presence of family and friends

Under the Ball of Fire

Summer Fire _ wedding 2

Summer Fire _ wedding 7

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After Spring we move into the active time of Summer.  This is the energy of Fire, the time of activity, warmth, movement, growth and relationship.  Nature itself is moving, the plants are growing, animals are getting ready to produce young and things are busy. — 5 Elements of Nature
 Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Summer – Fire

 

No Sharing Territory

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The birds love to come to the feeding in my backyard. The faithful pair of Gray Jay comes daily for morning and evening feeding. The beautiful American Robins are also frequent visitors. All of them are usually good in sharing. Once in in while, there is a third Gray Jay wants to come for a share. The male Gray Jay somehow always chases him away. I wonder if he is protecting the territory of the feeding or the territory of his partner!

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Territory bird 3

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Daily Prompt: Territory

Weekly Photo Challenge – Wish

Portland

My husband and I live in southern California. My daughter and her husband live in Portland Oregon. There is 1,000 miles in distance. We visit each other several times a year and go places together. My “wish” or “desire” has been that we live closer together. We could just hop over for dinner. We could have a game night until late, and still not too far away to get home. We could go for a walk and talk about everyday life. With technology, there’s no limit to send a text, get on the phone, or skype. Yet, there is nothing compare to being close by and able to do thing spontaneously.

Photos: Portland airport, Japanese Garden OR, Laguna Beach CA, Multnomah Fall, OR

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish

Beautiful Tiny Baby

Seven months being pregnant

Driving from California to Oregon

For a Christmas occasion

“Take breaks more often.” Doctor said

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Still, it was 1,000 miles in distance

When we arrived, I had contraction

Went to the hospital in Salem

 “We are not equipped to care for

Premature babies.” Doctor said

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I was taken by an ambulance

Traveled one hour to Portland

I was holding my baby tight

Praying, telling her, “I love you,”

All the way

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We arrived to the hospital safe and sound

The contraction seemed to quiet down

I had a belt on my belly strapped around

To monitor the frequency of contraction

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Not long after I had dinner

The monitor beeped a warning sound

Yes, my daughter wanted to come around

A Caesarean Section is in order

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 “An experimental drug could be

Injected to your spinal chord

To mature the baby’s lungs, so to

Breathe on her own support

The effect to you is unknown.” Doctor said

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Without hesitation, I wanted the injection

It turned out to be a right decision

Baby Mercy only needed twelve hours of

Respiratory help

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She was tiny and beautiful

I had her in my arms,

Her eyes followed my mine

My baby had the Angel’s guide

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Her birth was years ago,

The vivid memory never gets old

She started with her tiny feet

Her steps have been directed by

Her heavenly Father’s lead

Daily Prompt: Vivid

Daily Prompt: Hesitate