Share Your World – 2016 Week 14

Cee’s Share Your World – 2016 Week 14

Epiphyllum oxypetalum (曇花)

Epiphyllum oxypetalum (曇花)

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.

Thanks for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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18 Responses to Share Your World – 2016 Week 14

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    I’m so sorry to hear Jeanne’s loss. Friends like that are a total treasure. Thanks for sharing this week Helen. 😀

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  2. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Sorry to hear about your friend and I hope your plan to honor her memory will create one more good memory.

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    • Helen C says:

      Just realize the comment I wrote disappeared. We had Internet problem these couple of days. Thank you for your comment. Jeanne had done a lot of charity works. I am sure I can pick up one or two 😉
      Have a great day!


  3. loisajay says:

    Helen, I am sorry for the loss of your friend, Jeanne. 2016 has not started out too well for you, so I hope things do get better.

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  4. Jet Eliot says:

    Sweet post, especially your tribute to Jeanne, and your determination to do something in her honor. I am sorry for your loss, Helen~~

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  5. Mabel Kwong says:

    Sorry to hear about your friend Jeanne. She seemed like a great friend 🙂 I liked half boiled egg with soy sauce when I was young. Love having it for breakfast and I still do 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Mabel. Jeanne was a great friend. I have never heard any complains from her. She always helped others. One time I told her someone we know wasn’t doing well financially. Right away, she asked if there was anything she could do.
      Have a great day.

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  6. Sue says:

    Oh Helen- again I am so sorry. Losing two loved ones in a short time is very hard! At our age, death visits more often and it is hard to deal with grief after grief. Aging isn’t for the weak, that is for sure! Again- hugs and prayers to you! Thank you for sharing- it helps ease the burden when you have friends to help.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Sue. I was telling a friend that I thought I had prepared for aging. I knew I might have knee problem, back ache… etc., but I didn’t realize I would lose loved ones, one by one, like this. I will treasure every day, every friend a lot more from now on.
      Have a great day.

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  7. joey says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

    I thought that garage comment from your daughter was absolutely precious! 🙂

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  8. loisajay says:

    Helen–would you be interested in participating in the 7-day nature challenge? I wanted to check with you first. Thank you!

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