If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?
I like Cee’s answer “all three”, but I am going to say “cleaning” and “yard work”. I, actually, like cleaning and doing yard work. Cleaning – I need help getting rid of things. For me, every object has its history and memory; every object is precious. You see my problem? ;-( Yardwork – it has become obvious to me that I don’t know how to grow flowers, so I would hire someone to do that.
What makes you laugh the most?
What children said could be very funny. I still remember the time that my 5 year old daughter asked why our house only had a two-car garage. “Where do I park mine when I get a car?” she wanted to know.
What was your favorite food when you were a child?
Hardboiled egg cooked in soy sauce (滷蛋). My dad told me every time my mom severed that dish, I would jump ups and downs, clapping my hands.
List at least five favorite flowers or plants.
Chrysanthemum – I had never thought a lot about this flower before I was in high school. Then one day, one of my high school friends told me I reminded her of chrysanthemum, and suddenly it became my favorite. Funny how we like or dislike things.
Tulip – it’s the first flower I see after winter.
Epiphyllum oxypetalum (曇花) – For me, this is one of the prettiest flowers. It is called “queen of the night” because it blooms at night. I still remember the night my dad told us to stay up because the flower was going to open. I was so tired; the waiting was quite difficult for me. But when I saw the flower, I was glad that I didn’t go to bed early.
Zucchini – The first few times I had planted zucchini, I thought it was a miracle plant because it had yielded so many zucchinis. Later, I did have a couple of years that I didn’t get many, but the first impression stayed.
Chinese Chive (韭菜) – Chinese chive is easy to grow and doesn’t require a lot of works ;-)… good for making dumplings too.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week was tough. I lost my best friend Jeanne, whom I had grown up with. We did a lot of things together back then. We even took bath together from time to time because we wanted to talk to each other; she was in her bathroom and I in mine; two bathrooms were separated by a thin wooden wall. I am sad, but grateful that I had had her for many years.
This week, I would like to do something in memory of Jeanne. And I have a plan.
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