Monday, July 18, 2016

Sewing


相公拿他的衣問我看是否能補救。我回說,這夠破舊了,像那些之前破的就丢吧。
他說這件是他喜歡的衣,之前在F15工作組。
Steve asked me whether I can save his shirt.  I said just buy a new one, it is old enough that you can get rid of it like previous shirts. 
He said this one is different, it's one of his favorite, ex-team shirts.


好吧,就縫補,大大小小的洞在两個袖内邊及腋下週圍。
他問我從那學會針線。我從媽媽那學到一點點。(我俩位姐有到外上學缝紉,針線方面好多多,她們一定不屑的看我這樣的雕品小技也要貼上網。)
Alright, I was starting to stitch those broken parts, several holes. There were holes around both sleeves and arm pits.
He asked where I learned how to sew. I said I learned a little bit from my mom. (Both of my sisters are much better in sewing.)
Steve says he doesn't know how to sew, so while he was single, he just used a stapler to repair things like broken belt loops on his clothes.
我分享的重點是,相公說他完全不會縫紉,以前單身,如他的褲帶扣破時,他是用打書機釘補在褲上。
所以,我這夫人不是少奶奶命有丫鬟婢女的。夫人是大至吸塵機,小至打書機。我喜歡做小的,有成就感。這段就不寫英文了,寫也看不懂,我指他。


用了两個小時半總算把洞封密,我的'巧手'還可以吧?
沒回應,相公已睡了。
It took me 2.5 hours to seal the holes. Is the result okay?
No respond, Steve is already in bed.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

US - Tennessee


美國有50州,每個州都有名勝景點,如果一年安排幾天只旅遊一個州,50年才能遊完。
哇,不要說遊完全世界,好像遊完全美國都不容易,不知還能活多少年,還是萝想就好,實不實現就看命。
7月7日我們駕車來到Tennessee 州旅遊幾天。
We stopped at Kentucky Dam, a lock & dam on the way to Tennessee.


The Woodlands Nature Station was closed when we drove through Land Between the Lakes.  This is a side route in the park.  


We followed this jeep until the water had completely covered the road.  Neither of us attempted to drive across.  The people were from the area and said the water is normally about 10 feet below the road level at this spot, but they had major storms the night before.


Fort Donelson - a Confederate fort during the U.S. Civil War.


 The Parthenon in Nashville, built for the Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exhibition. This is a full-size reproduction of the original Parthenon at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.


We were fortunate enough see the original Parthenon on a visit to Greece in 2009.  The original temple was dedicated to Athena, the patron goddess of Athens.


Close-up of one of the pediments, this one showing the birth of the goddess Athena.


Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategic war, and skilled crafts.


Athena Parthenos!
The statue of Athena is over 41 feet tall, and Nike, the goddess of victory in Athena's hand is 6 feet 4 inches tall.  Even taller than Steve!


The tour guide provided some great info about the artistic construction of the temple. 

A few notes: the extra tall steps going up to the temple cause the head to naturally bow as you go up to the temple doors.  As you enter, the door frames the statue. Unfortunately, the large bronze doors at the entrance aren't open to see this.

The pillars in the main hall could have gone to the ceiling but were split about waist-level on the statue by the horizontal beams. This immediately draws the eyes to the statue.

Due to its size, from the waist up the statue is oversized, which makes it look "correct" when viewed from below.

In the original temple, lighting would have been much dimmer, so the gilded statue in the dim temple would have been a much more impressive sight.


One of the figures on the 7.5 ton giant bronze doors.  Many people, including Steve, feel the need to pet the lion's nose.


A reproduction of one of the griffins adorning the roof of the Nashville Parthenon.  The Greek version of a "maneki neko" (beckoning cat) statue?


The opposite end of the building.  The pediment on this end shows the competition between Athena and her uncle, Poseidon, to become the patron god/goddess of Athens.  Athena won. 


The visitor's center at Stone's River National Battlefield.  We stopped just long enough to get a stamp in our National Parks passport.


We stopped in Chattanooga, TN, and visited the Ruby Falls cave on Lookout Mountain.




"At 1,120 feet underground, Ruby Falls is one of the deepest commercial caves in the world. "




 


"At 145 feet tall, Ruby Falls is one of the largest underground waterfalls accessible to the public."


"Ruby Falls" - the tall waterfall inside the cave.  Named for Ruby, the wife of the cave's discoverer.
This was one of the more beautiful caves we've visited.


The top of the inclined train on Lookout Mountain.


A panoramic view of Moccasin Bend from Point Park on Lookout Mountain, part of the Chicamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.


Time for a little quiet meditation at Point Park, part of a Confederate fort on Lookout Mountain.
我坐在石岩上,想起一個故事,有一僧人懊腦自己禅坐常昏沉,所以決定坐在石岩上以警戒自己精進專注,但還是失敗,結果跌下山崖。當僧人跌下時,即心生懺愧,就這一心生起,却被菩薩救度了。
你相信這故事嗎?
我呢,連這樣的決心試法,都不敢。


After leaving Chattanooga, we took a southern route, sneaking up on the Great Smoky Mountains from the North Carolina side.  We stopped briefly in Bryson City for information and some great ice cream from The Chocolate Shoppe, before heading up to Cherokee and into the mountains.


  At an elevation of 6,643 feet, Clingman's Dome is the highest point in the park.


The trail from the visitor's center to the observation deck is only 0.5 miles, but the altitude makes it a tough, uphill walk.


The 360 degree view from Clingman's Dome was spectacular.  This is the view to the east.



360度的視野。


眼界有多遠?
How far is the view?



看世界是需要眼,更需要腿,才能帶着眼去看。
To see the world, we need eyes.  Legs are important too, to take the eyes with us.



但眼不能看得遠,眼還得帶着心,才看得遠。
However, the eyes couldn't see very far.  The eyes need bring the heart, then we can see the far view.


The North Caroline-Tennessee border passes through the mountains.
Standing in two states at once!


Gatlinburg.  A tourist town - a cross between Niagara Falls in Canada and Branson in Missouri. 


The next morning, we went back into the Smoky Mountains to explore more.  This is the old homestead house at Cade's Cove beside the visitor's center.


At the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Steve found the Tiny Titan - a small computer cluster used to teach high performance computing concepts.  Now, he wants to build one at home.


On the way home, we stopped to hike a little at Lilly Bluff overlook on the Obed Wild & Scenic River.
This trip we drove about 1,450 miles through 6 states: Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina.
至今,10年遊13州。

Thursday, June 30, 2016

鼻手術


側睡時,鼻子總會塞,左側睡就會左邊鼻孔塞,要讓左邊鼻孔不塞就轉右側睡,過一會,左鼻孔不塞,可是右鼻孔却塞了,除非平躺睡,但是我不能總是平躺不翻的睡覺,所以每晚鼻塞的現象,不能舒暢的呼吸真是干擾!
不知什麽能耐,我竟能忍了十幾年。
在檳城工作時,我没有去詢問公司醫保的鼻專科福利情況。
拖到我搬來美國,我也才三年前才去看這裡醫保的鼻專科,每次專科看診付US$30。那鼻耳喉醫生是我的前内科醫生介紹,我解釋我的鼻塞情況,那醫生叫我試用噴鼻藥,或試換洗床单枕套的清潔劑,看是否敏感問題,再來看診。我覺得那醫生的馬虎及不是很友善的態度,却步,没再去看診。
又拖至到两個月前換靠近我家醫院的中國人内科醫生(内科門診US$20),很滿意她及驗血、X光醫務人員的友善態度,檢驗費都是醫保。第二次去找她做婦檢後,我要她介紹鼻專科。
第一次去找這Dr. Kest,我解釋完,他穿鏡檢視我的鼻内情況,就很清楚的講解原因給我們知道可以手術切掉一點鼻内的tissue,但先試噴鼻藥三晚,然後停用,如真還是鼻塞,就約做手術。
就這樣安排了做手術,不須付一分錢,手術費是醫保。做好手術我還麻醉沒醒,醫生與Steve説,我的鼻可讓卡車通行了(can drive a truck through now)。
真的很滿意醫生認真以及這家醫院的醫務人員非常友善的態度。還給謝卡,很感恩。
十幾年,終於睡覺呼吸通暢了,真好。

Thursday, June 23, 2016

No longer network service for 2G


不怕你笑話,  我的手機是'老爺'的。
我2007來美國前,Steve單身一人,他沒社交,没有手機。基本上,買這手機是給我出去時可以用。而且是預付 $25 限期90天,每90天加額時都有剩遺額加上,所以用不完。
 我的朋友和同學說用Whatapps 和Wechat。不了,我沒有smart手機。:)

Seemed everyone already has a smart phone, but I still use this old type 2G cell phone. 
Steve didn't care about a cell phone when he was single, before I moved here in 2007. Basically, this cell is for me when I was out alone or with a friend. It's prepaid $25 for 90 days and we always have balance added in when we refilled. 
My friends told me we can chat in whatsapp and wechat. Sorry I don't use a smart phone. 


最近被通知該網絡已升級,2G 設備服務將於 2016 年尾終止,須盡速更換 3G 或 4G LTE 設備以免影嚮服務。
Recently, we were informed: Due to planned network upgrades your device will no longer work on the AT&T network after December 2016. To avoid service disruption, upgrade to a 3G or 4G LTE device as soon as possible.    

噢噢,看來非得換不可了。
Oh o, we need to say goodbye to it soon.
Can anyone out there recommend a plan network?  


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

莓得吃


那天在屋内望向後窗,一隻松鼠在紅莓(覆盆子)籠内,我的自然反應就是冲出去嚇走牠!
因為來得太突然,牠急冲不出黑色的鳥網,團團轉两、三圈,冷靜三、五秒,很快就攢出,逃得很快。


另一棵的紅莓已被吃光了。
看了,心是很不爽。


長出新葉的藍莓,也不見葉子。
還亡羊補牢。


Steve 再加蓋上雞網。


機關重重的,我想要摘莓,都要費勁!
第一年我看到松鼠,覺得牠們很 cute。Steve 說,I told you,they are evil!
我只說一次 cute,但他每次看到松鼠都說,they are evil。
松鼠却是牙尖嘴利的,细鐵網都破洞!
種菜、瓜、果...花幾十元買鐵網圍着、鳥網蓋上。
紅、藍、黑莓都種,但我最終才吃不到幾粒,甚至'莓'得吃。
各種瓜菜也没收成。
喂,松鼠呀,你真讓我很灰心於耕種。


倒不如我花錢去店買吧!


前年種才去年開始結果的黑莓,我當時看到它們變紅但還沒黑熟,就全部清光。我連一粒都没嚐到。


種了幾年的葡萄,去年蓋上鳥網的葡萄,也被吃光光,一粒没剩。

今年又結滿果了,應該只能看爽而已。
松鼠的家族越來越多,牠們沒錢去買食物又不要去公園找吃,就來我家園佔便宜,噢不,是佔免費!

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