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Lens-Artists Challenge #90 – Distance

Tina looked at the “Social Distancing” and invited us to focus on DISTANCE this week as a challenge to serve as a reminder of its importance.

I grew up in a big city and now live in one. When we traveled, it amazed me to realize some people live in a great distance from each other. It made me think that these people do not have the convenience to access many things, things at our fingertips we take for granted. These people also don’t have the luxury or technology city people have. I asked myself why people choose to live in these locations and live in this lifestyle. “Are they happy?” Then the next question is, “What makes people happy?” I think people either have no choice or choose to be content wherever they are and however they live.

 

The first set of photos is the distance in the land.

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.”Robert Morgan

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Longleat in Somerset, UK, is an English Stately home. The house is set in 1,000 acres of parkland with 4,000 acres of let farmland and 4,000 acres of woodland.

 “Ocean separates lands, not souls.” – Munia Khan

Four Miles Beach Port Douglas, AU

Four Mile Beach is considered the premier beach of Port Douglas, Australia, beginning at the northern rocky headland and continuing for four more miles without any buildings or construction interrupting the pristine views.

 “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

Denali National Park, AL

Denali in Alaska is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level. With a topographic prominence (measures the height of a mountain or hill’s summit relative to the lowest contour line) of 20,156 feet (6,144 m) and topographic isolation ( the minimum great-circle distance to a point of equal elevation) of 4,629 miles (7,450 km).

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The next set of photos is our family practice of social distancing.

Because of the Covid-19, I canceled my flight to be with my daughter, Mercy, for the birth of her second daughter. I planned to be there to watch Autumn while she was in the hospital. They live close to Washington sate which is on the top three states with most Coronavirus cases and death. I live in California which is one of the three states among the top three. It was for the safety that I canceled the flight. If it were not for a dangerous situation, they could have friends volunteer to watch Autumn. Under these circumstances, on Sunday, March 22, my son-in-law was able to take my daughter to the hospital but not staying with her during her labor. They did video chats during her labor. After baby Nora was born, their friends watched Autumn in the afternoon so Will went to the hospital and held Nora in his arms. They continued to do video chats in the next two days. The hospital discharged my daughter on Tuesday. Baby Nora had the first check-up appointment on Thursday.

Mercy and I did video chats and sent video messages to each other. She set up a Tinybeans.com account for her older daughter Autumn. She also posted many photos of the family and Nora on that account. That is the account I don’t miss checking every day. I can’t get enough to look at the photos and videos again and again.

“Distance means so little when someone means so much.” – Tom McNeal

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Happy mother and daughters. I think Autumn read to Nora!!

“I exist in two places, here and where you are.” – Margaret Atwood

2. Autumn practices

Autumn practiced care for the baby in the car seat.

“Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars.” – Gilbert Parker

4. Autumn & Nora

Autumn had Nora on her laps. She was very gentle with Nora.

Let’s do our part and keep social distancing. Stay safe!

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #90 – Distance

 

 

 

New Baby

Yay! I’m a grandma of two granddaughters now!

 

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I planned to go to Portland, Oregon early last week to be with my daughter Mercy when she delivers her second daughter. I also wanted to help with watching the two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter. Because of the coronavirus, Mercy and I decided it’s for the safety of me and the little ones that I postpone my trip. So, I stayed and prayed for them.

On Sunday, Mercy went to the hospital at 5:00 a.m. with 7cm dilation. She video called me at 9:00 am before taking a nap. Baby Nora was born at 12:30 p.m. weighted 6 lbs. 7 oz. Her husband Will sent me a couple photos right after the baby was born. Mercy video called me around 1:00 p.m.

The doctor discharged her on Tuesday afternoon, even though the baby didn’t eat too much and didn’t have too many pees and poos yet. Because of the Coronavirus, the doctor sent her home with distant support. She called me again yesterday when she was feeding the baby. They’re very happy.

Again, I learned to trust God even though I worried about Mercy and the care of Autumn. Their friends in the neighborhood watched Autumn when Mercy went into labor. Because of the Coronavirus, Will is working at home. He started taking paternity leaves. After they get on a routine, he still can work at home. It’s so good to have him working at home in times like this.

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Share Your World – January 22, 2018

Cee’s Share Your World questions and my response:

List 2 things you have to be happy about?

I need the help of all the fingers and toes when I count my blessings.

I’m happy to have my daughter Mercy, her husband Will and now my granddaughter Autumn in my life. They have brought so much joy to me. I’m delighted to see Mercy and Will strive to grow individually as well as together. I was touched to watch them day by day, learn to be loving parents. Autumn is an adorable baby with good temperament. Mercy said, “This little girl melts my heart every day.” I’m privileged to share the same joy with her.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Cheeky Grins

Being a grandma is such a joyful experience to me. I was with Autumn the first day of her life on September 28, 2017. It was an incredible feeling to hold her in my arms. I had the privilege to help taking care of her the first six out of the eight weeks. Then Mercy, Will, and Autumn were at my house during the Thanksgiving week. I’m looking forward to spending time with them for Christmas.

I try to understand and observe the infant’s vision development of the few months.

  • At birth, babies’ vision is abuzz with all kinds of visual stimulation. While they may look intently at a highly contrasted target, their primary focus is on objects 8 to 10 inches from their face or the distance to parent’s face.

  • During the first months of life, the eyes start working together and vision rapidly improves. Eye-hand coordination begins to develop. By eight weeks, babies begin to more easily focus their eyes on the faces of a parent or other person near them.

  • Babies begin to follow moving objects with their eyes and reach for things at around three months of age.

My observation of Autumn was that she started to follow objects with her eye movements before eight weeks old. She focused on her parents’ eyes and responded to them with her grins in the following photos. Autumn will be three months old when I see her in Christmas. I love her cheeky grins!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cheeky

SoSC December 2, 2017 – Thanksgiving

Linda G Hill’s Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cramp.” 

Thanksgiving 2017 had come and gone. This is a little recap of the detail. It has something to do with decorating the Christmas tree. I’ll get to it toward the end of the post.

I was hosting the Thanksgiving dinner this year. The previous time I hosted it was in 2009. That was the year I received the chemotherapy and radiation for my melanoma cancer from January to July. I know, I was so brave to host the dinner for 28 people four months after the cancer treatment. With the limited energy, I took two months to get the house ready, cleaning the house one room at a time. On the day of Thanksgiving, my daughter Mercy helped me do most of the cooking, I had written the schedule of the day from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. when the family would arrive. She followed the schedule to put the turkey in the over, cook other dishes and set up the hors d’oeuvre and dessert tables. She did such a good job that all I did was get myself ready for the family dinner.

Well, for this year, I couldn’t plan too far in advance. I went to Portland, Oregon on two different trips when Mercy gave birth to her first baby. I went on the first trip in mid-September by myself when Mercy was due. Her baby was overdue, and I had to come back to California to take care of my After-school Care business.

My husband went with me on the second trip scheduled on September 28. The night before the trip, my son-in-law, Will called, and said Mercy was in labored and admitted to the hospital. I prayed every minute from the time he called to the time we arrived Portland the next day afternoon. We took a taxi from the airport straight to the hospital. Mercy was in pain but was not ready to deliver. By 10:00 p.m., Will asked us to go back to the house and will call to give us the update.

We went back to Mercy’s house, but I wasn’t able to sleep. I set the phone to the lowest ringtone because my husband went to sleep. I looked at the phone every five minutes, making sure I didn’t miss a call. By 4:00 a.m., Will called and said Mercy had delivered the baby through C-section. It was too much to coordinate by the time the doctor decided to have C-section, so he didn’t call earlier. After the delivery the doctor said Mercy could have visitors and that was when Will called me. We rushed to the hospital and were so happy to see our first granddaughter.

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My husband went back to California after a week and I stayed for six weeks. I helped to take care of the cooking, doing laundry and other chores. I took the first “shift” at night to watch Autumn so Mercy and Will could rest a little. Mercy had to feed Autumn every two hours and Will tried to help. Being new parents were quite a learning experience to Mercy and Will. Mercy tried holding Autumn in different positions for feeding but there was a latching problem. Will went back to work after two weeks of paternity leave. He continues to help when Autumn wakes up during the night for feeding.

When I came home a week before Thanksgiving, I rushed to the stores to get fall season decoration. I stopped by many stores, all I saw was Christmas items. So, I had to use Christmas decoration. Why not? Mercy, Will, and Autumn came to spend Thanksgiving with us this year. We had a houseful of family again this year and had a great gathering.

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Our old, artificial Christmas tree was all worn out, and we bought a new one – white color. Throughout the years when I decorated the Christmas tree, I cramped the tree with several strings of lights, many strands of garlands, and years of collections of ornaments. This year, after I assembled the tree, Mercy helped to decorate it. She only used two strings of lights, one strand of the garland, and twenty ornaments. She liked the simple look. You know what? I like it. I like the peaceful and quiet look of a simple tree.

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By the way, Autumn is two months and four days old. She had her first immunization. Mercy said Autumn handled the shots well. “Good girl, Autumn!”

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Linda G Hill’s SoSC December 2, 2017

 

SoCS November 11, 2017

 The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “arm.”

Mercy and Will are very active in sports. They go hiking regularly. They love to do cross country skiing when they hike to the top of the mountain and then skiing down.  They like to do kayaking, riding the mountain bikes long distance, and do home gym exercise. All these exercises strengthen all body muscles and the biceps but do not concentrate on the forearms.

After baby Autumn was born, Mercy finds herself using the forearms a lot in holding the baby, feeding her and rocking her to sleep. After Autumn is asleep, she doesn’t want to change the forearm positions. After a while, she finds her forearms very sore. She must rotate her wrists, stretch the arms and rub the forearms.

During the past few weeks when I help to take care of Autumn, I find the same challenge. I exercise my biceps when going to the gym with my husband. When doing the gardening, it may involve using my forearms but not in a concentrating effort or in a lengthy period. When Autumn is falling asleep in my arms, I try to switch my arm positions without waking her up.

Autumn is 9 ½ lbs this week, two pounds over her birth weight. She is getting big and out grows the newborn clothes. She has more awake time. She can sit in the swing for more than 10 minutes when she is clean and fed.

I’m going back to southern California this afternoon. They will come to join us for Thanksgiving dinner. It will be baby Autumn’s first air travel. Until then, I’ll miss holding her in my arms.

Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS November 11, 2017

Share Your World – October 2, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – October 2, 2017

  1. If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would go?

My husband is a helicopter pilot by hobby. He flew a lot before we got married. He has never flown after we married. Even if he flies, I wouldn’t fly with him due to fear of collision. He described that he had such “close call” encounters at least two times.

When we went to Alaska, we went on a helicopter ride. I don’t mind flying with a professional helicopter pilot. The pilot said if my husband has the license with him, he would let him fly.

We had a great view of the glacier, the mountains, and looked at the water from above. It was a wonderful experience.
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  1. What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)

I’m not an official vegetarian. My daughter has been a vegetarian for twelve years. When I’m with her, I eat tofu (from soy) and quinoa for protein. My husband has a new diet since April 2017. We have mixed vegetable green smoothie every day. We eat eggs for breakfast, salmon or fish for dinner, and have meat once a week. I eat nuts for snacks. My husband is doing great to reduce his blood sugar level with this diet.

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  1. What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon?

I’m a night owl. When I was younger, I could stay up until 2:00 a.m. every night. Right now I try to go to bed before midnight. Due to the nerve damage from chemo treatment of cancer, I still have tingling in my legs. The sensation is stronger at night. I take medication several hours before bedtime, but the sensation still may keep me awake for a while. Therefore, I don’t fall asleep until the tingling stops

The time I wake up depends on the time I fall asleep the previous night.

  1. 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. 

By observing my daughter giving birth to her baby Autumn, it reminds me again that life is a miracle. Safe pregnancy and safe delivery are not something we could take it for granted. Any second could bring us stress or joy. I’m thankful for her safe delivery of a healthy baby. They came home yesterday. Their friends came to decorate their front porch to welcome and congratulate the new family.

Cee’s Share Your World – October 2, 2017

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