Monday, August 14, 2017

Dance like no one's watching


附近公園有音樂會,相公沒興趣,我很不爽,整日待在家,真悶從谷哥 map 找到公園的位置只好自己去。


看一看公園還不小,有幾項球類的場地。



又有湖。







7點,音樂開始了,來享受的人数廷多。









舞吧,不須在意别人怎麼看。



我很喜歡 The Twist 之類的歌,不由自主的也在我站之處 twist ,我拍人舞,也許我也被拍了。



真喜歡這樣的氣氛。



我聽了幾首遶走了一下,看到他們在玩 game,我沒見過的,停下來,問他們是怎麼玩,男的一邊玩一邊跟我講解。Cribbage,須要靠策略,女的說他赢了很多次,指着她的記錄,我看他們俩的互動很有趣,尤其是女的。
看,還有桌布
聊了一會,女的告訴我,很興奮再過两星期他們會乘遊輪去…她就快90歲..…他們dating了6個月就在一起… 

讓我看到,有愛,才不管它什麽90歲,我看到是一位可愛的女孩。


Monday, August 7, 2017

Fence damaged


我聽到鐵籬聲,從書房窗望出去,鄰家的小孩爬上圍籬網跳彈。
我出去告訴小孩們,不要這麼做,不僅把圍籬越弄越壞,鐵的尖端會刮到你們。
I heard a loud noise of fencing, I looked out from the window. I saw a girl was standing and bouncing on our fence. And there had three boys were chatting. The girl got down when she saw me at the window. I just realize how the fence was damaged. I walked away to the other room for 3 minutes, and I heard the fence noise again. I saw a boy was standing and bouncing for few seconds then he got down, and the girl got up doing it again.
I went out to them, two boys tried to hide behind the tree, a boy tried not look at me, and the girl was still on the fence. I talked to the girl nicely, please don't do the damage, and jumping on the fence will hurt you. She is about 5 year old, I don't know she understood what I was saying or not.


相公回來了,我報告,圍籬被弄壞。
他拿相機去拍照。
I told Steve about this issued when he back to home. He went out to look at the damaged fence.


不久,他聽到鐵籬聲,小孩又來弹跳了,他大聲叫小孩離開鐵籬。
After 1-2 hours, we heard the fencing noise again. Steve saw a boy was sitting and bouncing the fence, so he yelled at them.


After our busy weekend, we didn't see the kids today.


鄰家的屋主是位老婦女
隔了幾天,相公告訴她,她說她不知情,並道歉。
似乎是家長把小孩帶來這兒給她看顧的。

Steve went to talk to the neighbor.

When Steve back inside to the house and I asked how was....
The old lady said she didn't know about it, she apology and she will call the kids' dad. He said to her he will buy things to repair it.

I felt not right, the kids' dad supposes responsible to do the repair. However, Steve said he will deal with it.

After I wrote the above, I rethink about it.. I appreciate Steve's compassionate and empathy towards the old lady (the kids are not living in the house, think that she might baby sitting them for living). I hope she lives well and peaceful. That's just a little loss, we can bear it.


相公和氣的對待老婦女,並沒要求他們負責,而自己把圍籬整修起來。
好有君子風度的相公。
My kind husband did a good job, the fence is done.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cousin's son's wedding


Congratulations to Karis and Brian! 


Their wedding on August 4th.


The newly married couple! 


Brian is Steve's cousin's son.


Quail Ridge Lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. 


The groom's parents. Karen is Steve's cousin, one of his aunt's daughters.


The second dance: the bride dancing with her father, and the groom with his mother.


Kathy is Karen's twin sister.


Rose, another of Steve's cousins.


Steve's oldest sister, Joan, and her husband.  They drove 7 hours from Cincinnati, Ohio for the wedding. Last time we saw them was 2 years ago. We are so happy to see each other again.


Steve and his sisters, Joan and Sue.


 Sue with twin cousins.


The next day, we were invited to visit their aunt's old house. Sue and Steve's family stayed with them for a summer while looking for a place when their family moved to St. Louis.
These are their cousins (one passed away last year) who grew up in this house. The house was sold after their parents passed away a few years ago. However, Kathy's daughter managed to buy back the house after two other owners had lived there. 
  

All the cousins.



We had a little tour inside. This is the second generation of boys living in this bedroom. 


Kathy's daughter, Katie, her husband, and one of their boys - the new owners of the house.




We had a wonderful family reunion. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Actress


I have been answering "I am a housewife" for 10 years when people ask me what I do.
Can I say I am an actress now? 
Yay... I will play a role in PAPER ANGELS, directed by Christopher LaBanca (May 2018 performance)

I like the post by the director, Christopher, on their Facebook page:

"Leaving behind my writing brush and removing my sword, I came to America.
Who was to know two streams of tears would flow upon arriving here?
If there comes a day when I will have attained my ambition and become successful,
I will certainly behead the barbarians and spare not a single blade of grass."
The above poem is one of the multitude discovered on Angel Island by Alexander Weiss. I came across it in doing my research for our production of Genny Lim's PAPER ANGELS.
You know, as a younger director, the least favorite part of being a director was the research. I simply couldn't wait to get into rehearsal and "do the real work." But as I've gotten older, I still enjoy working with actors, but I LOVE preparing for a show. Even when it's a difficult or heartbreaking subject, even when it makes me shake with anger, I like to dig in with both hands because these are things worth knowing! To say nothing of the fact that walking into rehearsals prepared to work gives you the best chance of success, the truth is that each production is an opportunity to become what I've always admired about the best theatrical artists: their wide range and variety of knowledge that they've garnered over the course of their professional careers.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Corpse Flower


The Missouri Botanical Garden opened last night from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free admission to view the blooming of the Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum).
巨花魔芋,又名屍花。花序會散發出腐肉的味道。隔幾年才開花,所以植物園昨晚特别開放,免費觀賞。

We got there around 8:15, and (for those familiar with the Garden) the line already went out of the Linnean house, up the wheelchair ramp by the restaurant, past the fountain, and up and around the wheelchair ramp to the right of the exit from the Ridgway Visitor Center.


Even though the notice, 3 hours before they opened, was short notice, it still drew many visitors.  


It took us 25 minutes to get in. Ah... we can smell the 'corpse' when as we came closer to the flower.
A lady in a Chinese family behind us said to her family in Mandarin: "Hmm.. what does this smell like? It might smell a little like durian."
I turned my head and told her, "No, no, no!"
How dare she say it smells like durian!
當我們靠近屍花時就會嗅到那股臭味道。
有三個中國人家在我們後面,女士說:"嗯…這味道?有點像榴槤的味道。" 
我即刻轉頭對她說:''不像,不像!'' 
竟然說像榴槤的味道!太不像話了!


By the time we left, around 9 p.m., the line was back into the Ridgway Center, down the steps, and out the front door. Apparently, people really like very large, stinky flowers.


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