I have enjoyed hearing about your holiday! xiexie for sharing your wishes!! Janet Hartman says: I just love your updates please keep them up I hope everything is going good for you ... I wanted to give you our new website we opened a shop in Anderson Ca its been hard getting it going but we are hanging in there.. www.hartmankustoms.com keep up the good work , Janet
Janet and Johnny Hartman and their son Shaun customized my old 1965 Ford pick up. you can see pictures on my site athttp://www.snowcrest.net/windowboxnursery/trucks/index.html
Shortest day of the year - winter solstice - Dec 22 - Dong Zhi Families get together eattang yuan, sweet soup with rice balls. The day everyone gets a year older. The characters mean "winter arrival" Time to lay down tools, celebrate harvest, come home to families, with a feast. http://mandarin.about.com/od/chineseculture/r/tangyuanrecipe.htm
The closer we get to Christmas the more decorations you see. The parties start. You can see us at Tim and Sandra's house with fiddle player and Tim on guitar in front of Christmas tree. "Good King Wenceslas" brought down the house.
At Ray's Market and BiMart Pharmacy they are selling Christmas trees around $40(RMB 253) for a robust evergreen conifer like doug fir.
Jim Scott came by, he's watching over my bonsai/penjing. I'm going to donate some workshop grade shimpaku juniper and suarro cypress to the Eugene Bonsai Societyhttp://www.eugenebonsai.org/history.html . We lost a big azalea this summer. Most of the trees are managing on very little care. Once it snows we will cover them with clear plastic lids for the winter.
By December 14 I finished an 11-page report for work on social media and sent it in by email. In the morning I spend a couple hours working for my Oveseas department in Beijing. In the afternoon we visit with friends or go shopping. A full moon has shone in my window every night, bright against black Mt Bradley.
On December 24, Christmas Eve, it is sunny and cold in Eugene Oregon visiting my son and baby granddaughter. Eugene is a straight shot from Dunsmuir on I-5, 263 miles or 432 kilometers, taking 5 hours to drive. It is 54 degrees F or 12 degrees C.
Oregon territory was created in 1848. It is the 33 state, on February 14, 1857. The total population of the state is only 3,800,000. The highest mountain is Mt Hood 11,200 feet and the deepest lake is in Oregon, Crater Lake 1,940 feet deep. It lies between 42 and 46 degrees north latitude. (Beijing is 39 degrees north)
Eugene has a population of 135,000 and is home to state sponsored University of Oregon. It sits at the convergence of three major rivers: the Willamette, McKenzie and Amazon Creek.
The morning of Christmas Eve, my son James made breakfast: pancakes, syrup, bacon, coffee and orange juice. Maddie in a darling red velvet dress with white faux fur cuffs and collar, opened some presents. All us adults also exchanged gifts of photographs and clothes. Later we drove downtown to Eugene Toy Store and picked out some train track for Maddies toy layout.
I saw a 50's era trailer and family station wagon similar to what Bruce's family had. It will look cute on his HO layout of Los Angeles in the 60's. We walked from our motel to Hop Valley local micro brewery for lunch and split a French dip sandwich and Blonde lager.
Hui tou jian