Friday, January 06, 2017

In my neighborhood

You don't see this kind of thing in Texas.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The first day of 2017

I took Mimi on a walk through the neighborhood today. I captured the blue sky with wispy clouds visible behind the stark bare branches of a winter tree.
I used to have a young American friend, Katherine P, who lived in one of those twin towers just outside my apartment complex. She's been gone for 7.5 years, but every time I go on a walk, I see her towers and think of her. 
Mimi was walking on the boardwalk when I started taking photos. She turned her back to me so her face wouldn't be in the photo. I whistled shrilly to try to get her to turn her head, but she knows that trick too. Finally, she couldn't take it anymore and did a fast two-step u-turn to put an end to the nonsense. I caught her in motion. She looks a little uncomfortable, but she's just twisting her body and getting ready to run.
A canal runs through the middle of my very large apartment complex. There are two bridges over it, a walking bridge and a drive-over bridge. Mimi's goal in life is to cross to the other side of the walking bridge as often as humanly (caninely) possible. She enjoys the smells on that side, and she gets more exercise. No one else knows this little secret, but as far as we're concerned, the name of the bridge is "The Mimi Bridge." Shocker, huh?

That's the first day of 2017 here in Bamboo Forest. Have a year full of God's blessings!

So far, so good

It's 2017 and all is well in the Middle Kingdom. I think 2017 is going to be a better year for this blog. (I found a better internet solution, and I'm not as exhausted as I was during most of 2016.) Keep checking back. 

I'm related to these people

Part of my family got together during the holidays. My brother J and his immediate family, my parents, J's mother-in-law, and J's son-in-law are all in the photo. H and her husband T live in Seattle, so group photo ops like this are rare. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Necessity is the mother of invention

It may look stupid to you, but everyone in China is singing the praises of whomever thought up the "e-bike jacket." If you ride through the streets at 30-40 mph, you kick up quite a wind chill in the winter. It is unbearable, and it makes you want to stay indoors all winter.  But NOW! Mine is midnight blue. I get out much more now than ever before.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A whisper in the night saves the day

My dog Mimi woke me up the night after Christmas. I checked my phone to see what time it was: 2:40 a.m. I saw a note on my phone that said someone had signed into my Apple account from a new device. I got up out of bed fast!

I never did find out what Mimi cried about that woke me up. But I spent the next hour changing all the passwords on all my online accounts. Unfortunately, I made a mistake on remembering the passwords and almost locked myself out of this blog account, but I got back in. Whew!

Thank God He nudged my dog to wake me before the hacker had a chance to mess things up in a big way. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas time is near

I wasn't sure a Christmas tree was going to happen for me this year. I threw away my old one when I hastily left for the U.S. two years ago for cancer treatment. I'd have to travel two hours round trip to the countryside to get a real tree, and my energy is still too low for that kind of outing. I was gone to Thailand for 10 days smack dab in the middle of December, so that slowed my holiday progress. I got to attend a Christmas party there with delightful friends, but the tropics don't really put me in the mood for Christmas. But finally, I got back to my own place, and IKEA came to my rescue! I got a tree, some decorations to add to what I already had, and even found real live Christmas wrapping paper here for the very first time ever. Starbucks coffee mugs contributed to the Christmas decor a bit. And I still have my Texas ornament that I got back in the 80s. I have plans with friends on Christmas Day, services to attend on Christmas Eve, and the weather is even going to get cooler. It's shaping up to be a good holiday after all as we all prepare to celebrate one of the greatest miracles in history, the arrival of Immanuel, God with us!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Shot day


My babe is wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in front of the door so she can see who comes and goes. She had her rabies' shots on Monday and shot day always mellows her for a day.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Beautiful days of fall

I really love autumn in the Middle Kingdom. These gingko tree leaves turn golden and catch the light. It soothes the soul. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!