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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2017, 09:05:05 AM »
Tossing and Turning

Sleeping inside a car on a winter’s night was not comfortable.  Earlier, I called and he sounded like he had a little too much to drink so I told him to stay put.  When I got there, he was knocked out and moving him would be difficult.  Grabbed his heavy coat and covered him up as best as I could.

What was I to do?  I suppose if you can’t beat him, join him.  Slowly, I walked to the passenger side, slide in, use my coat as blanket and scarf as pillow, slide the seat half way down and attempted to get some “ZZZ.”  30 minutes later, there I was, tossing and turning (and a little cold).  The best position to keep warm is fetus –head slightly bend and both leg curl up but sleep didn’t come. 3 ½ hours later, he seemed more alert but not enough to drive.  He mumbled I should go on home and he’ll come around later.  I didn’t argue – and he got home at the crack of dawn.

What did I learn? – Not a fan of excessive drinking-probably never will – And leave an emergency sleeping kit (pillow & blanket) in the trunk.



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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2017, 12:54:08 PM »
Love Overcomes All

I finished watching The General and I – what a great love story- one of those “Love Conquers All.”  Watching a great drama is like reading a good book – hard to put down.  This was like that for me. The dialogues & chemistry of the lead actors/actress (like good writings) melts the heart, brings joy, sadness, and emotions in between. It's amazing to see a guy fall for a girl and made a vow to love her, only her in life and kept it, is not afraid to show his love, fight for her against all odds, and even died for her if needed...this is such a guy.  Yeah, only exist in fantasy land but -it's nice to see that play out in the computer/tv screen.  You've got my vote Chue Be Jie:)

Queen Seodok was another good one.  Even now, I still remember the love story of Bidam and Queen Seondok – Poor Bidam – I still recalled him dying with tears of blood pouring out of his eyes –looking straight as his love- Queen Seondok – trying to reach her.  Bidam, you've got my vote too. 


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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2017, 04:22:08 PM »
A Drive Along The Mississippi River

Starting in MN going southeast – along the way saw some quiet communities and beautiful sceneries.  My favorite little town, Lake City – a tiny little town with the most beautiful view of the Mississippi River w/ tall mountain peaks on the other side, gorgeous.  It has sidewalks along the edge of the Mississippi River for taking evening strolls or walks and benches where you could sit and enjoy the spectacular view. 

The most prosperous little town along the Mississippi River must be Red Wing – maybe the nearby Casino may have been a factor – but that’s a thriving little town.   Further down the Mississippi River in Iowa is the Yellow River – tus dej yuav tsum pom siab thiaj nqig –  and next to it is the Effigy Mounds National Monument.  I could spend a day here - hiking along the scenic nature trails.  Was press for time so took a mini stroll along the scenic path of the Effigy Mounds and pom dej dag siab nqig lawm ces went across to the other side and home :)




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« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2017, 03:51:42 PM »
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Thaum kuv tseem hluas, sijhawm muaj ntau xav tias yuav tsis txawj tag.  Thaum laus zoo li sijhawm tsis txaus nws dhau mus zuj zus ceem tsis tau rov qab. I'm happy in this world you and I are still in it and that in itself is a beautiful thing. 

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« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2017, 08:00:53 PM »
Sunny California For Him

11pm last night I was packing his suitcase and today he's already texting a photo of sunny California.  Unfortunately he wasn't there for pleasure but rather business - funeral business to be exact.   Life and loss...loss and life and the cycle repeats. Life is short & fleeting - make the most it.

Aside from that, I've been busy coordinating for a future event and seeking donation/sponsorships.  It's a win - win for all- you give something and got something in return.



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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2017, 07:37:35 PM »
Another MN Trip

This time I visited Stone Bridge, that bridge over the Mississippi River.  It's a nice little walk in that little park nearby and you can see some old ruins of some old stuff long ago:)  I like the little board walk.. but what I like best is standing up on that bridge, in the middle, and looking at the bubbling water below.  It was a chilly day but during the Summer month, it must be a wonderful little walk from one end of the bridge to the other.  I wanted to visit that waterfall, what is it call?  Oh yes, Minha someting ahhaah... but it was a cold day so I changed my plan.  Instead we went to that mall - that big mall and if I was the local, I don't think I'll shop there much but a great place for exercise.  I love the hanging lights chandeliers... .

Truang Nam Bakery - so I was hoping to see lots of delicious Asian bake goods but no only a few croissants and that famous Banh Mi sandwiches. 







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« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2017, 03:05:34 PM »
"Even if the roads we travel run parallel without ever meeting together I am saying I will go with you like that side by side, all my life."

-Saimdang, Light's Diary (ep. 12)






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« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2017, 10:50:40 AM »
PH

Even though PH is an online community, it's still a community nevertheless.  Over the years we've shared our thoughts (viewpoints, ideas), life's journey, family, children, political views, trials & tribulations, hobbies,  things that made us happy, sad, mad, go crazy, ticks, fall in love, out of love, what we wear, listened to, our deepest thoughts, etc..

and each of us probably has found a tiny bit of "heaven" or "hell" on here.  Me - an ocean to toss messages in a bottles. 

They say it's the people that makes a community - I must agree.  And like all community -People grow old, people grow sick, people leave, people come.  I know one day I may leave (as in permanently)...and you will too.  In sickness, in health, in joy, in tears – life keeps going even when we stopped.

So make the most of your life with the time you’re given.  Be kind to others.  Give generously to charitable causes, have courage to love and be loved in return, and enjoy every moments you have w/ loved ones.

Maybe I'm getting old and gone to too many funerals - they really remind/ put life into perspectives quickly (and venting on a Monday morning).



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« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2017, 12:56:59 PM »
Drinking Is A Choice

So I was at a family gathering and they were drinking.  They know I don't drink but we were talking about drinking and I said it's a choice.  To prove my point, I down liquors really well that night.  Later, I had a moment of "giggling and crying at the same time."  So, I also found out what sort of drunk I could be hehehe..

But anyway, I don't care to repeat again.. Point made, done.



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« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2017, 10:32:40 AM »
Saimdang

I'm watching this Kdrama and it's about another kind of love - a love that exist even though people are apart, living separate lives.  In their own way, they learn to love, appreciate each other without physically being with one another.   A love that's pure - not those lustful type of love - but a pure love that begins pure and remain pure through life. 

Also, Saimdang is a real historical figure in the Korean culture/life - a genius artist and educator ahead of her time.  Her artworks are outstanding..  Her artwork are so realistic, alive..like you could almost touch it (that's how I see it.)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/16C-Korea-Artist-Shin-Saimdang-Painting-Eggplant-Insects-Replica-on-Canvas-/272234896631






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« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2017, 09:36:11 AM »
The magnolia are starting to bloom, trees, and plants are awaken from their long winter sleep.  Love it this time of the year minus the allergy that comes with it.  Too busy but love to plant flowers around the yard.  I have some Canna bulbs from last year, some new ones this year, Irises, Daffodils, etc.  My Tulips, Hostas, and Coral Bells are starting to come out...

It's wonderful to be able to sit back/ enjoy my back yard in the Summer under a big umbrella with a cool drinks in  hand.  We've camp out in the back too hehehhe...  We have a family of Deer that lives in the woods behind the house and sometimes a pack of wolves came through - you could hear the howling like hyenas..




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« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2017, 11:32:24 AM »
Very busy this week.  Friday:  People coming over for dinner.  Expecting 100+.  Saturday:  The big day.  Evening:  The big party.  Going a little crazy at the moment but will be fine.  Deep breathe..inhal e, exhale....



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« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2017, 09:49:19 AM »
Today is the day of the big days to come hahhaha... and I'm feeling a little bit jittery. 



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« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2017, 10:53:22 AM »
I'm feeling great today.  It was a lot of work planning /coordinating but it's done.  I don't ever have to think about it again until the  next ones come again (sighs).  But i'm always a busy person anyway.

I have a funeral coming up and some ladies and I are prepping up food/appetizer for that.  Tomorrow, we'll be making those khaub piaj noodles, next evening, sticky rice bars, next evening something else.. and Friday, funeral day, I'll be cooking in the kitchen.  Yes, this entire weekend, I can be found in the kitchen..

Arrg...and next week, I'll be having more aches and pain..   There's a sick grandma in the hospital right now and it looks like she could go any day as well.  I hope she gets well/better.



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« Reply #29 on: May 03, 2017, 10:16:40 AM »
I need a vacation -

I just want to drop everything and go to some place warm and tropical for a few days.  I don't want to think about work, responsibiliti es... I just want to relax by a warm beach or some place  exotic.  It's been a while since i've taken a vacation.  I've worked hard almost all my life and there's so much to do and see.  I haven't done those things yet and time is passing by.  Do you feel like that sometimes? 

Well, some people may say, what's stopping me?  Hmmm, it's easier said than done.  Maybe I should play the lottery - today's Wednesday right?  Drawing's tonight?  I haven't play those in a looooooooooooo oooooooong time too, maybe twice in my life so far.  Once when the jackpot was over 1/2 a millions and the second was similar jackpot. 

But, I count my blessings.  It's beautiful to be alive and to wake up to a beautiful sunrise and sunset. 


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