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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #91: Simplicity

Patti Moed invited us to focus on the theme Simplicity this week as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads and intensifies, many of us around the world are spending a lot of time at home, following governmental regulations to shelter in place.

As of April 6, 2020, California has 15,221 cases reported and 351 deaths, according to a New York Times database. The government issued the rules of wearing masks outdoor and when shopping.

 

We have tried our best to stay home and keep things simple. We set up a home gym with workout bench, dumbbells, and treadmill. Hubby has a manikin to practice boxing. He runs in a nearby park. I walk around a nearby lake or in the neighborhood.

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We eat simple food with eggs, avocados, tomatoes, and fruits for breakfast, vegetables and alternate chicken and salmon for dinner. The shopping list is simple, so Hubby only goes once a week for a quick run. I rarely go to the stores.

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To increase physical activity, I do more gardening when weather is clear. I planted some seeds for gladiolus several years ago. They multiplied, and some flowers grew under a grapevine last year, not getting enough space and sunlight to grow. I dug them up last week and transplanted to another area to grow better.

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My daughter has a Tinybeans.com account where she posts photos of her kids and family activities. I checked the account every day to look at the photos and videos. They give me much joy and I look forward to them every day. The daycare is closed, so Autumn stays home. She plays in the backyard, rides her balance bike or skateboard in the nearby park or on the street.

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Stay safe and please share with me in the comment how you maintain simplicity yet keep your life interesting.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #91: Simplicity

 

 

SoCS November 10, 2018

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “mean(s).” Use it with or without the “s,” any way you’d like. – Linda G. Hill

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My husband and I eat simple meals with fruit and vegetables plus eggs for brunch; and for dinner, have salmon instead of eggs. That means we eat basically the same thing every day.

Friday evening is our regular night out at a local steak house Cedar Creek. He orders the same thing every time – prime rib steak, 18 oz cooked medium well, French fries, green vegetables, house salad and horseradish for the steak. He makes it clear to the server that the horseradish must be fresh to a point it clears his sinuses. The same server waits on us for more than a year, so he knows exactly what my hubby wants. Sometimes the server is rotated to the patio section and we prefer to stay inside.

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I may eat 2 oz of meat now and then. When eating at home, a large plate of plain broccoli stir-fried with olive oil, a bit of salt and pepper serves me well. It’s hard for me to find a large portion of vegetables in American restaurants. At this restaurant, I order the Brown Derby Cobb Salad with romaine lettuce, small cubes of turkey, tomatoes, bacon, blue cheese crumble, broiled eggs and avocado.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Delicious

The theme for Tuesday Photo Challenge is Delicious!

My husband likes ultra-thin crust pizza. All the pizzas we have had in the restaurants or bought from the stores are not thin enough for him. When we visited Mercy, Will, and Autumn during Christmas, we finally went to a restaurant in Portland, Oregon that makes ultra-thin crust pizza to his liking.

Last year, He started making homemade pizza. He watched videos to get different recipes. He only gave me the ingredients of his first recipe. Since then he kept a secret for the changes he made in the subsequent attempts. By the fifth try, he considered that he had perfected his recipe for his desired thinness and taste of the crust.

As for toppings, he always wants extra cheese and extra pepperoni. Eating too much cheese upset my stomach, so my portion of the pizza was always different, depending on the vegetables available in the refrigerator. I used to like Canadian beacon, so for the first try, I asked to have a thin layer of cheese with pineapple pieces. Subsequently, when he made pizza again, I chose different vegetable toppings on my portion.

Whatever secret recipe he has, his homemade pizza is super delicious. Oh, we made blackberry pie to go with the pizza.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Delicious

Share Your World – October 30, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – October 30, 2017

Where do you eat breakfast?

We basically eat breakfast at home five days a week. My husband cooks breakfast and dinner. I mean he cooks all the meals. He said I cooked for twenty-one years plus packing his lunches. He is retired now and decided to do the cooking. We eat two meals a day – brunch and dinner. Well, for health reason, he is disciplined of what he wants to eat. I gladly let him do all the cooking. On Saturday and Sunday, we have soup and salad bar for brunch at restaurants.

 

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Home brunch

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want to have an evening with?

I have a friend who brags about having dinners with famous people. I passed the stages of admiring heroes to a point of wanting to spend an evening with them. I prefer to spend an evening with family. I also would enjoy spending an evening with longtime friends and have a heart to heart conversation.

 

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Family game night

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

I like the lilac color. If I could be a tree, I would like to be a jacaranda tree. Jacaranda tree has a thin trunk with a large canopy which provides shades. In the summer, the whole tree is covered with beautiful lilac blossom.

 

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What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

After spending three weeks to help taking care of my granddaughter, I went home for one week. My husband expressed many times that he was glad that I was home. I came back to Portland today and spend another two weeks here. The last two days he kept telling me he missed me. I appreciate that he expresses how much he loves me.

 

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Cee’s Share Your World – October 30, 2017

 

Cee’s Share Your World – July 10, 2017

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“Share Your World (SYW) is all about having a safe place for everyone to answer random questions that I post each week.” – Cee

The following are Cee’s questions and my answers.

  1. How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Living in southern California, it seldom has downpour rain. A rainy day would just be another regular day. I do business as usual and go places as scheduled. We have a leak on the patio cover, so we have to get out some buckets to catch the dripping water. We don’t have gutter for the roof in the front part of the house. There are some potted plants in the front yard, I would move the potted plants to catch the rainwater from the roof and give them a soaking treat.

  1. List at least five favorite treats(They do not have to be sugary).

My favorite treats are not sugary for sure. Being a health nut with a small stomach, every bite counts. I try not to take in empty calories. Here comes my list of favorite treats: 1) 85% cocoa dark chocolate, 2) walnuts, 3) mixed nuts without peanuts, 4) bite size quiche, and 5) cheese and crackers.

  1. Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

As far as distance from our home, we could drive 10 minutes to Disneyland, 45 minutes to Universal Studio in Hollywood, 35 minutes to Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Huntington Beach. Amusement Parks are more expensive and usually, the lines are long to get on the rides. Unless my out-of-town guests request to go to the amusement parks, otherwise, my favorite place to take them would be Newport Beach. There is a Fun Zone at Newport Beach where there are activities such as Whale Watch, Harbor Cruise, swimming, and surfing, or visiting art museums.

  1. You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?

If I were trapped in an elevator, I would want to be trapped with my daughter. My daughter and I have so much to talk about, but we don’t seem to have enough time to talk. If we were trapped, the building security should know and work on solving the problem. We might as well relax to talk until the technician came to our rescue.

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Cee’s Share Your World – July 10, 2017

Food Volume

I still remember the neighborhood of my childhood. The memory is still fresh of the types of stores within the block where we lived. The bakery made fresh bread every day at four o’clock in the afternoon. We bought one pound of white bread for our afternoon snack. We could buy cookies and crackers in small amounts such as several pieces for a quarter.

My mom went to the market twice a day to buy fresh food for the meals of the day. She didn’t need to store any food in the refrigerator. The refrigerator was the size of a dish washer.

I don’t remember we needed to buy anything in large volume. We could go to a hardware store to buy a few pieces of nails; go to the pharmacy to get a few pain tablets; or a grocery store to get four ounces of sugar or salt. The only large volume of food item that my mom bought was rice. Since rice was the major diet, my mom bought 50 pounds of rice at a time and stored in a large ceramic jug.

I look at my life here in U.S. We buy most of the daily use items in large volume. When I go shopping, I read labels a lot. I compare the amount per ounce, and try to get the most out of the buck. I usually go to a large warehouse for certain items, because I could save a few dollars for larger volume. One disadvantage of buying things in large volume is the lack of freshness.

I especially don’t want to have large volume of snack items available around the house. It’s too convenient to grab it and stuff in the mouth when we don’t need the extra food in our stomach.

I still miss the days when I could get one pound of freshly baked bread every day or several cookies for a quarter!

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Daily Prompt: Volume

Daily Prompt: Label

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Daily Prompt: Label

My husband and I love to go to Soup and Salad restaurants for lunch. I love the varieties of soup and choices to make my own salad. One day, we went to this frequently visited restaurant. To my surprise, I saw my colleague and her husband. We decided to sit at the same table and visit. It was delightfully enjoyable to have company for lunch.

My colleague introduced her husband to us. He owns a labeling company. Through the conversation, I found out something about labels of food products. Many kinds of food have brand name labels or chain store labels. He said the content is the same, but the food with chain store labels is cheaper because the chain order large volume for the retail stores. Whereas the Brand name products are more expensive just because of the famous brands.

Ever since I had the conversation with my colleague’s husband, I buy chain store label products for many of the household items.

Daily Prompt – Ice Cream Float

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In response to the daily prompt – float, I wanted to make ice cream float. I found this easy recipe and easy process, so I decided to make it.

I need blueberries, black cherry ice cream and strawberry soda, and a serving glass.

I put the blueberries and the ice cream in the serving glass alternatively, then add the strawberry soda until the ice cream floats.

Here it is, my first mixed berries ice cream float. Hope you like it!!

Daily Prompt: Float

You Can Be Your Own Expert

A couple years ago, I was diagnosed with an esophageal diverticulum.

What is Zenker’s Diverticulum?

Zenker’s Diverticulum is an esophageal pouch that develops in the upper esophagus that causes debilitating dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and regurgitation of food. It is named after Friedrich Albert von Zenker (1825-1898) who in 1877 published a series of patients with this disorder and described its anatomic pathophysiology.

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http://headandnecksurgery.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=127

Prior to the diagnosis, for almost a year, I had acid reflux. The acid burned my throat terribly. To someone who sings, this is a nightmare. Another problem was that when I swallowed, I could feel the food scratching the “pouch” and caused a pitching sensation.  I told the doctor that I wanted to make sure the valve between the stomach and esophagus is open and closed properly.

The doctor prescribed videofluoroscopic swallow study. The was the most difficult test I had ever taken. My throat was not numbed. A tube with a video camera was put through my throat into my esophagus, almost touch my stomach. I made a swallow, then hold my breath and my throat movement until the fluid went all the way to my stomach. The nurses and I could watch it on the video monitor. If I breath, or move my throat muscle, that swallow wouldn’t count. I had to do 10 swallow. In retrospect, I had to congratulate myself as a trooper, I tolerated it with only messing it up by one count.

As a result, the doctor said I was fine. The diverticulum was small enough that didn’t require surgery. He prescribed prilosec to reduce the acid in my stomach.

I am not keen on taking medication. I would do anything to avoid taking medication. So I started doing research on alkaline/acid balance diet. I discovered all the pretty charts! I printed out one and taped it on the inside door of my pantry as my daily diet consultant. I follow it religiously and stay on the alkaline rich diet as much as possible.

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It has been two years now. I think my “pouch” is gone. I have no more acid reflux. I am not taking Prilosec. I just stay on the alkaline rich diet. In that sense, I am my own Expert!

– Chart from Google images

Daily Prompt: Expert