Unforgettable? I’m 62 years old, and I have a lifetime of unforgettable moments; I had not truly appreciated that fact until I started to look for images to post for Jakes’s Sunday Post.
I now realize that I am blessed to have had far too may unforgettable moments to post on this blog.
Unforgettable: the first time I opened the blanket to touch Baby Elle’s little toes three years ago. (“Image by Mona” … nope my son/her daddy took this shot.)
Unforgettable: All of the incredible moments I am fortunate enough to spend with her as she grows into a remarkable little girl.
Valentines Day 2013
Her first birthday
Elle with her first gift from me.
A little flair on the piano.
Sparkling Beads, Bracelets, Princess High Heeled Slippers, Princess Crown, and ATTITUDE!
Covered in chalk dust, she laughs out loud as Daddy stands by.
10 months old
Unforgettable: If you’ve followed my blog for any time at all, you know that I spent the past two summers working and playing in China, part of it trekking about by myself. The first summer, when I was 60, I took a night-train from Shanghai to Beijing alone and toured the major sites with an English-speaking tour group. The second summer, I spent a week alone in Shanghai. This might not be that remarkable to those of you who are seasoned travelers, but it is quite UNFORGETTABLE and remarkable for me because this was my first time out of the United States.
My 1st day as tourist in a foreign country.
Forbidden City: He works with the female to guard the entry into the buildings
Forbidden City: She guards against evil
Dragon in Yuyuan Gardens, Old Shanghai
Tea House in Old Shanghai
Just passing the time in the Hutong
The Great Wall at Mutianyu was rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty in the 16th century upon the foundations of the wall built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (AD 550-77).
Of course, it is impossible to get on or off the wall without passing through the corridor of vendors. I laughed with them as we haggled over the price of silk jewelry bags and chopsticks.
Shanghai in mist
Shanghai at night
Feicheng: Street vendors
Feicheng: They giggled as they took our picture.
Our workshop participants 2011
Workshop participants 2012
Unforgettable: An invitation to dinner in a private home in Feicheng, Shandong Province, China. What’s even better is that we were allowed to “help” in making the dumplings.
The dough is twisted into a thin rope while the filling (made of chives, mushrooms, tofu and other ingredients) is prepared.
She kneaded the dough the same way I do when I make bread or biscuits.
The rope of dough is chopped into small pieces.
Shaping the very thin dough into circles.
This is what the dumplings should look like.
My American colleague in the background
You can see the plates of finished dumplings with the other delicious dishes. The women waited until we were finished before sitting down to eat.
Here I am (the white American in the middle) with our colleague’s sister (on left) and his wife. They gave me the embroidered cloth that is on my shoulder. They said it’s to protect my clothing, but I think it’s too pretty for that purpose and I’ll wear it on a special occasion.
The son brought tears to our eyes as he played so beautifully after dinner.
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