"When you change the way you see things, the things you see change." - Author Unknown
Uh Oh! No snow, no white. Instead, we are blessed with a troop of wild friends! Merry Christmas!!
Dana posted this on 12/25.
Snowflakes falling, what are you doing?
Are you on a journey or a quest?
Enjoying the fly or
Watching the world turn white?
Or creating the sculptures of the best?
Ice freezing, how are you feeling?
Too cold to flow straight through a stream?
Hoping for the sun or
Just plain having fun?
Or wish for a nice, long dream?
Snowman smiling, what are you thinking?
Of the world, all blanketed in white?
Of children caroling, or
Happily ice skating?
Guess what? Santa's coming tonight!
Jenny posted this on 12/24.
Giving the Sweetness
. An array of holiday greetings
. A heartful of best wishes
. Two drizzles of sweetness
. Ten fingerfuls of fun
. A roomful of laughter
(PS: Look at our trayful of accomplishments from Tuesday night! BT and I enjoyed a wonderful time making our almond cookies for her friends!)
Dana posted this on 12/24.
For the first time in his life, Alan wiped the sweat from his forehead as he dialed 9-1-1.
BT was weeping and calling, “Save Mamma!” How I wanted to put her in my arms but I couldn’t; my left hand was pressing tightly on my right hand; the profusion of bright-colored liquid streaming out. It looked a little scary but Alan’s expression was so funny to me, it seemed as if he was going to faint before I would.
“What are you doing? 911? Oh come on, I’m not dying!” I called.
Ten minutes later, two EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) came. They looked really tall and muscular. I guess they were ready to put me on their backs to the ambulance and whizz me all the way to a hospital.
It must have been a great disappointment to them when they saw the relatively small cut on my finger.
Anyway, they gently wrapped my thumb in gauze like wrapping a tiny baby.
I bet that was the smallest job they had ever done in their lives, and I restrained myself from laughing out loud.
“You need to have some stitches at Urgent Care.” said one man.
“What?” I couldn’t believe my ears. “Do I really need that?”
That night, BT observed closely undergoing surgical procedures performed on my thumb in an operating room.
A rare experience kids have the chance to have. That's the best part I enjoyed the night last Wednesday.
Forget about the word Julienne. Don’t overlook the dangerousness and cruelty of a blade.
Have good holidays with WHOLLY fingers, toes, ears and hearts!
Dana posted this on 12/20.
A Friend, A Treasure
Dana posted this on 12/14.
Do You Have All of These?
Dana posted this on 12/9.
KITARO - CARAVANSARY
Dana posted this on 12/1.
Today is a double holiday in our family! Mom gives me extra extra hugs, she says I'm a big gift.
I think I know the reason, but I don't exactly understand.
On Tuesday at school, I made a thankful turkey. I give my thanks to...
My family, my friends, my teachers, all people who care about me and trees, flowers, animals etc.
Happy Thanksgiving! Grrrrrrrrrr!
Here's what I learned:
Thanksgiving, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. The First Thanksgiving, which lasted three days, was celebrated to give thanks to God for helping the pilgrims survive the brutal winter. Traditional Thanksgiving foods include turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, but the first feast did not consist of these items.
Jenny posted this on 11/26.
Dana posted this on 11/23.
It seems we're having cloudy days recently. It's nothing new to me; started to use eye glasses since I was in high school, I consider that glasses /lenses are almost a part of me. But it just makes my heart ache when I imagine BT pouncing around with a pair of glasses on her nose.
Visited an ophthalmologist last week, here's the information he gave me:
. Myopia is genetic and there is nothing you can do to slow or stop it;
. Wearing corrective eyeglasses will never make your eyes worse and you should wear it all the time.
How disheartening and helpless these sound! But I was not convinced and I've been doing my own searching and learning online since then.
What I found seems more authoritative and proves the eye doctor's words were not true.
1) Both genetic and environmental factors, particularly significant amounts of near work,
are thought to contribute to the development of simple myopia.
Read it here.
2) According to American Vision
using corrective lenses reading creates a vicious cycle by causing more near point stress,
which causes more myopia, which causes stronger lenses, which causes more near point stress.
What basically happens is that the corrective lenses treat the symptoms (the blurred vision) but
aggravate the underlying cause.
I believe there IS something we can do, and there is A LOT we can do! Fight Myopia!
Dana posted this on 11/19.
Hide and Seek
Hello, li'l bulbs,
how are you doing today?
The sun is shining bright and
it's a good day to play!
Hide in the cozy bed and
there you shall stay,
Get lotsa water to drink and
I'll seek you in May!
See you later! Li'l bulbs,
under the cover you'll go.
Wish you a beautiful dream,
you would I just know.
Don't peek out early
the winter is cold,
Wait until spring comes
I'll see your smiles glow!
Jenny posted this on 11/14.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday honoring military veterans who had served in war, it is usually observed on November 11.
World War I, which started in 1914, was very long and harsh. After four years of fighting, an armistice was signed, and the countries ended the war.
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first Armistice Day, which later was changed to Veterans Day.
Now, we celebrate this day with parades, speeches, songs, and taking two minutes of silence at 11:00 on this day to think about and remember those who fought to protect us. They kept our nation strong.
One of my favorite daily routines with BT is having her sit on my laps (I'm glad my legs are strong enough to hold
such a big mass) facing me and playing All Ears - a game we invented for daily after-school talking.
For having fun, we use a pair of silly earrings resembling radar antennae; one is red for happy news and another black one for bad news.
BT burst into laughter every time when I declared "I'm all ears" with my antennae ready, then she would talk about
the good news and bad news to my antennae respectively. Sometimes she mixed her news when she broadcasted them,
so my head had to turn repeatedly from side to side for receiving the information accordingly. I’m glad she's been scrupulously
fair in paying attention to both the right and left side of my ears.
When she finished her talking, she would put on the antennae and expect her turn of listening about my day, imagine how warm I felt.
Listening, with all ears, is an act of love and also the beginning of effective communication.
Dana posted this on 11/5.
A phantom army crawling
Through the sky,
Jack O' lanterns looming
Into my sight.
Ghosts, monsters and witches
Cackling with glee,
I see Frankenstein is
Waving to me.
There are vampires, skeletons
And spiders galore,
They are haunting creepily
From door to door.
Guess what am I?
A harmless wild fright.
Have a happy Halloween night!
Jenny and Dana posted this on 10/31.
Yes We Can, Albert!
Always admire the shape of it, the way it withstands the force of storms,
it's another obsession of mine.
Got a blue one for our front yard last Friday.
The landscaper who planted the new tree said he doesn't remove the burlap or metal cage from the trees when he plants them.
He explained the burlap and metal cage would help to hold the roots of the tree in place for the harsh winter days. But I doubt it.
Thinking of an unfree creature standing there, I try to refrain from turning blue myself.
You’re my new commitment, Albert, how about we work together like this? I pull hose, you stretch toes.
I believe we can do it. Yes we can, Albert!
Dana posted this on 10/29.
After watching us play with bottles and dance in pajamas for five days,
finally he got bored. Probably he felt that we don't like him and he doesn't like us either.
So he slipped out of the door when we were chewing the fat about perfectionism and excellence. He is gone.
Been there, done that.
We W-O-N! Yay!!!
Dana posted this on 10/23.
Perfectionism vs. Excellence
BT and I enjoyed a fun time talking about perfectionism and excellence, here's our conclusion:
The Pursuit of Excellence
Avoiding activities/subjects I am not good at, such as tennis ball, soccer etc.
Choosing what I am interested in and I know will be good for me or just have fun!
Hesitating to raise my hand when I'm not sure about the answer.
Putting up my hand quickly and trying my best!
Spending all my weekend hours on the assigned home project.
Working hard on the project but managing my time properly.
Beating myself for losing a contest.
Congratulating myself for my work and deciding to do it again next time with better preparation.
Losing my temper and starting over when I goof up a project.
Thinking of ways to fix the mistake.
Being afraid to make decisions for fear of failure.
Getting what I want and enjoying the experience and adventure!
I only enjoy the good words about me.
I appreciate the words which help me improve and learn.
Fearing unpredictable situations.
Embracing the opportunity and expecting the unexpected.
CRYING when I fail.
THINKING when I fail.
Always expecting to be #1 in the class.
Always striving to be my best self.
Feeling stupid when I make a mistake.
Laughing away and correcting the problem.
Reminding myself to save face.
Reminding myself to be true to myself.
Giving up 'cause I see it risky.
Stepping forward 'cause I see a challenge.
Dream. Dream. Dream.
Dream. Action! Action!!
I guess we'll have more to append later on.
Jenny and Dana posted this on 10/21.
Dana posted this on 10/14.
Guess what I got last week? A NOP from my daddy! I cannot believe it had gathered dust for more than one year!
Do you know what a NOP is? It's a New Old Phone.
It has many cool features, but my favorite one is the camera, for sure.
Riding the bus back home seems a long trip to me every day, so I use it take silly pictures of me and my friends on the bus. Look!
Here's my recorded greeting message, "You have reached Baby Tigerrrr.
Sorry I cannot hear your ringing, and I would return back to you if I could.
Please leave your message after the grrrr. G-R-R-R-R!"
I hope you could dial my number and hear my greeting, but actually you can't 'cause my phone doesn't have service. A prelude version I suppose.
Jenny posted this on 10/14.
Every Monday morning I go to school. With a big smile.
Have a job there. A job I can sneak a peek at BT. A job I love so. A volunteer job.
As usual, this Monday morning I was sitting in the hallway, pre-checking the students' homework -- Language Arts and Math. When I was absorbed in the pile of papers, suddenly I felt a clutch at my neck which really gave me a surprise! Who was this?
I turned my head around. It was a little girl. She looked tiny with short cut hair, eyes glittering with joy. Her arms wrapped around my neck and clasped me tight. "Hey! How sweet you are!" I smiled, putting my arms around her back. "What's your name?" I asked, but she skipped away without saying a word.
I could tell she was one of the kids with special needs at school. Watching her gradually disappear from my sight, I felt like tasting a Littmus Lozenge.
It had a bit of sweetness by seeing such a girl get around happily at school, but it had more ingredient of sadness. What does the world look like in her eyes? How does she feel?
How would her journey be? What would be the best way to help? ... I wish that moment didn't pass so quickly; I wish I could hug her longer...
Dana posted this on 10/7.
I got armed for my Mama Tiger. How about you?
Jenny posted this on 10/4.
Beautiful tin box nicely wrapped,
I crave to open it and up I snap!
My mouth is watering with such a passion,
With lotus seed and yolks, what a sensation!
Alright, enough talking, the feast is to begin.
Here's my plate; my face spreads with a grin.
WHAT? KIDDING? ONLY HALF FOR ME?
Mama you must listen to my plea:
A FULL MOON means a FULL MOON CAKE ,
How come I get half? That's a mistake!
But I devour it, little is more than none.
Oh my, how D-licious, wish I were not done!
Moon cake, moon cake, yum, yum, yum!
Heavenly scrumptious in my tum tum tum!
Let me have more, let me indulge!
I'll run 10 more laps tomorrow my tummy won't bulge!
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, or in Chinese, Zhongqiu Jie, is a traditional harvest festival celebrated by Chinese people, Koreans, and Vietnamese people,
dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty. The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar,
which is usually around late September or early October. It is a date that parallels the autumn and spring Equinoxes of the solar calendar,
when the moon is at its fullest and roundest. On this holiday, mooncakes are eaten, of which there are many varieties.
Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon and eat moon cakes together.