The rotten apple finally fell out of the tree. A blue jay preens in the bare branches, picking at moss and tiny bugs as a storm blows in from Hawaii. Between periods of rain, chi dragons curl over the top of Mt Bradley and drift into the ravines from above. Ancient chi dragons, awakened by the rain, begin to drift up to greet the chi descending.
During a break between storms things dry out a little. The snow retreats to shady areas to the north of the house. Roses already have broken dormancy. Snowflakes were blowing while the sun shone the day I finished cleaning up around two large flower beds. I'm wearing my Tsinghua hat in the picture!
Before leaving Beijing in January, I went to Hualian shopping center to buy an electric teapot. A friend of bruce's in New Zealand sent us a wall socket that fit it. Now I can heat water in a flash like I did in my Puji apartment in Tsinghua.
We have been enjoying Ching Po Leung soup, made from dried fruit, mushrooms (funghi), roots and grains and is a traditional Chinese soup usually served in summer. The packets of dry ingredients can be found at many Asian stores. http://comradechufood.blogspot.com/2009/02/ching-po-leung-soup.html
Bruce is doing well. when its not raining we walk together to the end of the block and back.
I checked my garden notebook and see that I usually plant peas at the end of april. That seems a long time away. Several more weeks of cold rain and snow before spring is really here.
See you later