Wrong Fortune Cookie

Wrong Fortune Cookie

Wow, did I get the wrong fortune cookie.  It read, “You enjoy watching competitive sports.”

WRONG!

So, if anyone out there puts their trust in fortunes from fortune cookies… think again.

I personally don’t know anyone who puts their trust in those things.  Most of the time they are more words of wisdom.  I guess this company has decided to make statements about people instead.  Strange they would think that would apply to everyone.

My favorite fortune of all time read, “Eat more Chinese food.”

I felt like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine!”

“Ovaltine?  A crummy commercial?” Ralphie says in response.

Love it.  That’s exactly how I felt with “Eat more Chinese food.”  Obviously, someone had a sense of humor at the fortune cookie company.

Favorite Holiday Movie

A Christmas Story is my favorite holiday movie.  It isn’t so much about Christmas as it is growing up in that era.  I remember clinkers in the furnace, snow clothes so bulky you couldn’t get up if you fell, and being told excuses why I couldn’t have a BB gun.  It’s a right-of-passage movie for anyone born in the 40s or 50s.

Lunch

Speaking of lunch, we got takeout from Happiness Garden (212 E Main Street, Palmyra, New York).  Note to self:  Elizabethe doesn’t like the sauce on the garlic chicken.  I do, but she doesn’t.

Wet Leaves

Wet Leaves

Wet leaves don’t suck up very well.  With the reports of rain, mowing the lawn is top priority today.  The leaves are wet and are clogging the chute.  As a result, I only vacuumed part of the lawn.

The grass is green, which is an improvement.  This summer was so dry I worried the grass would completely die.

It took me all morning and part of the afternoon to cut the grass.  You can’t drive fast when things are wet.  The deck can clog up and stop the blade completely.

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Wet Leaves

Mower

For a big yard, a ride-on mower is the only way to go.  There are a lot of flaws with current mower styles.  We’re stuck with the paradigm of reel or rotary mowers.  I’d love it if someone could think outside the box.  Here’s my wishlist…

  • damage-free blade
  • ability to mow at higher speeds
  • zero-turn radius
  • clog-proof grass and leaf collection
  • dumping grass/leaves without getting off the mower
  • vacuum without mowing (i.e. ability to vacuum a driveway)
  • beltless

Chinese for Lunch

After mowing the lawn, I crave a hearty lunch.  We went to Happiness Garden and got our monthly Chinese for lunch.

It is time to try something different.  I ordered beef in garlic sauce.  It is quite good.  I will figure out how to make garlic sauce.  It’s sweet and savory.

 

 

Sunny and Freezing

Sunny and Freezing

Today is sunny and freezing.  When you look out the window you think it is a beautiful spring (almost) day.  But, when you get outside it is sunny AND freezing cold.

I had to turn on the heater in my office today.  And, every trip from my office to the house was chilling.  I don’t remember a day like this before.  Normally, it’s overcast and cold.  The sun seemed to have little effect on keeping things warm today.

I attempted to do a few shots in the studio, but it was pretty cold in the camera room.  That chill took the enjoyment out of things.  While I could have fired up the heater, it’s expensive to warm the room from a cold chill to 68 degrees.

Giving up on cooking anything, we headed to Happiness Garden for some take-out Chinese food.  I got my usual boneless pork, and Elizabethe got her usual chicken and snow peas.

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My Fortune

There you have it – Think no evil, hear no evil, see no evil.  That was my fortune cookie.

Speaking of Fortune Cookies…

Did you know they were created in Oakland California?  That’s right.  They didn’t originate in China, but in a little shop in downtown Oakland.    Shortly after Elizabethe and I were married we went and visited the shop.  They gave the children a tour and samples.  They had these huge bags of “misfortunes” (broken fortune cookies).  We bought a couple of bags and they must have lasted a couple of years.

After our late lunch, I managed to catch up on a few more e-mails and then I called it a day.  Before retiring, I went downstairs and started the boiler.  I thought a few days ago when I turned it off it would stay off until next winter.

Chinese Meatballs

Chinese Meatballs

The nice thing about frozen meatballs is you can throw them in the crockpot with some sauce and away you go — Chinese Meatballs.  Yes, that’s right.

I don’t think you’ll find this on the menu at a Chinese restaurant.  I took some homemade sweet-n-sour sauce we canned, some pineapple and the meatballs and threw it all in the crockpot.  Served with rice it is like sweet-n-sour pork without the bones.  And, we have enough for another meal even after feeding the missionaries!

Sisters Petersen and Jones came to dinner.  We enjoyed the meatballs and then ice cream for dessert.  Since it was Fast Sunday, they shared a message about the power of fasting.  (In the Mormon church we fast on the first Sunday of each month.  To us, a “fast” consist of going without food or drink for 2 meals, and contributing what we would have spent on those meals to a fund that is used to feed the poor and needy.)

We had a large number of visitors at church today.  You can tell it is tourist season, we have to open the partitions in to the cultural hall in order to fit people in the chapel.

Tomorrow is the First Monday Event, and I’ve already had two people say they can’t make it.  I know Gary is coming.  I hope we have more people.  After all, it is a fun event.

Making it Up

Making it Up

We’re making it up for dinner tonight.  Rice, shredded pork, carrots, peas, cabbage, mock pineapple, onions, peppers, and a whole bunch of different sauces all for the missionaries to create their own Chinese dish.

It actually turned out quite well.  I think we’ll do this more often.

I made brownies for dessert since Elizabethe isn’t wild about cake.  You can never go wrong with brownies in this house.

Today was fast Sunday.  The Sunday School lesson, taught by my friend Matt, was a great lesson comparing the Beatitudes from Matthew 5, 3 Nephi 22 and the Inspired Version of the Bible.  Matt had some great visual aids comparing the Lord’s promises in the Beatitudes and Satan’s counterfeits.

Then, in Priesthood Meeting, John Harmer gave a great lesson on the 10 Virgins.  He explained the role of the bride, the bridegroom, the parents, and so forth.  He talked about the importance of light and why the lamps (filled with oil) were so important.  It was a great lesson and explained very well.

So, I came away from church today filled.  Even thought it was a day of fasting, I was spiritually fed and filled.  It’s like the old saying, “Seven days without God makes one weak.”

Great Chinese Food

Great Chinese Food

Happiness Garden has great Chinese food.  We decided we were too beat to fix dinner and so we ordered Chinese food.  Even though they are only take out, the flavor and freshness is always good.

This time I decided to try something different, so I ordered pork with Chinese vegetables (carrots, bok choy and snow peas).  It was quite tasty.  Elizabethe went for the chicken with snow peas.  The sauce on the two was the same.  Oh, well.

When in Palmyra, you must eat at Happiness Garden.  Great food and the owners are good people.

While it was quite cold last night, the temperatures are warming up today.  By warming up, I mean they are in the 20s.  Last night they were in the single-digits.

Most of my day was spent retouching pictures.  It won’t be long until software is smart enough to do all the retouching.  Right now, there are packages that do a so-so job, but they often times miss where the eyes and eyebrows are, can’t figure out the lips, etc.  They are getting close, but still have some flaws.  Watch out when they do.  Because, once they figure that out, there’s no reason why they can’t build it in to the camera.

Hong Wah

Hong Wah Chinese Restaurant

A friend treated me to lunch today at Hong Wah Chinese Restaurant in Penfield.  For about $6 you can get a lunch special with entre, rice and egg roll in a pleasant sit-down restaurant.  I was quite impressed.

Today was another one of those very packed days.  The morning started off with a networking meeting at the Log Cabin Restaurant.  I sent straight from there to the Smith Farm to take some pictures for an assignment.

 

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Replica of Box Used to Store the Gold Plates

One of the items I was to photograph was a replica of the box Joseph used to store the Gold Plates.  I also photographed the hearth where the plates were hid.  They removed the bricks, dug a hole, placed the plates in the hole, and then cover the hole with the bricks.

It amazes me that evil always draws its forces against truth.  We see it a lot today.  Granted, things like torture and being cruel to people is evil, I think the subversive evil that is more dangerous are those who try to subdue the truth.  Evil never wins, and truth always prevails.  The entire scene surrounding the mobsters attempts to obtain the plates is evidence of this.  It was their desire to stop Joseph Smith that lead to the heinous acts they committed.  Yet, in the end, even the murder of Joseph Smith did not stop the work from moving forward.  (Neither will the acts of evil people today who try to thwart the work.)

As soon as I got my photos taken, I was on the road for my lunch time meeting.  And, as soon as it was done, I came home for a short period of time before Elizabethe and I headed to the temple for our ward temple baptismal activity.

We had a nice evening at the temple.  All of our family names had been done, so we did some work for some other ward members.

After the temple, Bob Ingold and I went to give Bart Dahneke a blessing.  He had a run-in with a chainsaw.  Fortunately, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but he was obviously in much pain.

Dim Sum Date

Elizabethe and I went to the Chinese grocery store for our date.  They had some dim sim we purchased, and then we drove to Burger King for drinks.  Pretty cheap date, I know, but who can resist pork buns and sesame balls?  (Gosh, that sounded almost dirty.  No puns intended.)

The owner of the store saw us looking at rambutans and came over, broke one open and offered it to Elizabethe to eat.  He then opened one for me.  They are pretty tasty.  If you don’t know what one is, here’s a link…  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rambutan.  They are pretty good and would go well in a fruit salad.  And, they look pretty strange.

Chinese Food Cooking

It has taken me a while to master cooking Chinese food, and once I did I was surprised at how easy it is.  The biggest part is learning not to over cook things, and when to mix stuff together.

Tonight Sisters Chatterson and Hatch came to dinner, and because Elizabethe is out of town, I invited Bishop and Sister Taylor too.  I made sweet and sour chicken, squash and eggplant with garlic sauce, Asian cucumber salad, steamed rice and pot stickers.  (Okay, the pot stickers I didn’t make, I just cooked frozen ones.)

The Taylors stuck around and helped me with the dishes.  I always enjoy their company.

After dinner, I retired to the bedroom to work on my drawing techniques.   I’m getting better, but not at the point where I’m ready to post my work on-line.