Thursday, April 24, 2008

Trinket the Blogger

I left the laptop sitting there unattended, see what happens? If you receive mysterious comments from me, you know who did it.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Teresa Teng Biography

My entry from last year about Teresa Teng's biography has received many hits from Google searches. Some of the them from the US and some from the other side of the ocean, Taiwan, China, Japan, Singapore, etc. I assume many of the readers are Chinese so I'm going to present this post in both English and Chinese.

This is the book I borrowed from our local library, 邓丽君全传. The subtitle is 邓丽君逝世十周年典藏纪念版. I have seen this book displayed in some of the clips on YouTube. It must be one of the official biographies.

Book was published by 香港明报, (地址,电话如下)。Click on the picture to see a bigger version.

Forward by 邓长禧(邓丽君的五弟).

A copy of the book is available for sale here.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Doggie Snuggle Finished

Finished the mitered squares doggie blanket for Dogs on Thursday Snuggle Project. This is one of my quickest knits, took only about two weeks. Trinket has been sampling it and says it feels fine.

Previous picture is here.

If you want to make something similar, a very good basic mitered square blanket pattern is here. I used two strands of worsted weight acrylic (or other combinations of yarn to get to similar weight) on size 11 needles. Each side is 24 stitches. When all the blocks are done I added a round of single crochet to pull it together. Finished size is about 3 feet X 4 feet.

The blanket will be donated to PugSavers.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Kids on Thursday

Testing my new camera the other night, got these cool shots of my children.

(Bucky: drop it, drop it, he's going to drop it.)

(Trinket: Can I play with your ball? no wait, it's my ball!)

(Trinket: but I don't want it on my head!)

(Bucky: Get Henry!)
(Trinket: .... kids ..... )

Last year I thought this was bad:

Now we see this -- it's a hole big enough for the big toe to poke out. It took only two weeks.

Friday, April 04, 2008

A Fool's Manual

Lesson 1. When they say, "Don't try this at home", listen. Lesson 2. Always remember your age, or at least remember you are not the same age as your child. Lesson 3. Taking ones shirt off while laying flat on ones back may cause neck injury. Lesson 4. Sometimes it's mighty nice to spend quality time with your TV, enjoy while you can. Last Saturday Henry got his purple belt in Tae Kwon Do. The child has been practicing for the last year and half and making great progress. His instructor wishes there are more students like Henry. Later in the day we went back to the studio to watch a black belt testing. One of the new black belt holders is in his 30s. In the audience there were couple of ladies from the adult class, one of them being someone I work with. We chatted after the test and I mightily admired their courage and persistence. Sunday morning I did my usual yoga stretches, then tried Kicking Combination Number One that Henry had showed me before -- front kick, sliding front kick, jump front kick and pop up front kick. All was well until my neck decided to go a different direction than my body. It was a slight strain, not bad, I could feel it whenever my neck had to move, but it didn't stop me from walking to the farmers market with my friend and then hang out at the mall. Or maybe the mall made me forget about the pain the neck. Monday the neck was a bit stiff, and I had to move my head with my hands, still not too bad. Monday night I tried to take my shirt off while laying flat on my back. My neck decided that was too much to ask for. The pain shot though my head and down the spine. I couldn't sleep half of the night. The rest of the week was a blur. There were lots of painkillers, lots of time in front of the TV, and unfortunately, lots of pressure to show up at work. My beloved gave me nightly massages, brought dinners home, along with two bunches of daffodils. They are all blooming now, bright yellow, and beautiful.