Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Saying Goodbye To My Niece-In-Law

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. 

We had some bad news on New Year’s Eve 2015.  My hubby’s niece passed away.  She was in her 30’s.  She had a heart attack at home while watching a movie with my sister-in-law.  The days since have been a blur.  The family and friends rallied around my sister-in-law.  We are not supposed to bury our children.  How can a person so young die suddenly?  One feels so helpless because all we can do is be there for her.  We can’t take away or ease her pain.
My sister-in-law had her cremated. On February 21st was my niece’s sea scattering and life celebration.  The family and a few close friends met up at the Neptune Societies boat docked at Pier 39.  The boat took us just outside of the Golden Gate Bridge to scatter her ashes.  I have never been to a sea scattering before.  It was a nice day on the water, sunny and a little breezy.  They had put her ashes in a lovely box.  The Neptune personnel performed a quick service then we all said goodbye before my sister-in-law and mother-in-law put her ashes into the water.  We had some flowers that everyone threw in with her.  It was a lovely ceremony.  After we came back in we went to one of the restaurants near the pier to have a memorial with the people who didn’t get to go on the boat with us.  My other sister-in-law arranged the ash scattering ceremony and the life celebration.  The restaurant is right near the Neptune Society boat.  My sister-in-law set up a slide show of photos  her with my niece-in-law  favorite music playing  in the background.  Her step-father gave a moving eulogy. Her friends and family, including my hubby, stepped up to share memories of her.  We provided some note cards for people to write sentiments on them and hung them up in the netting on the tribute table. There were quite a few people at the restaurant.  She was definitely loved. 
My niece-in-law was such a sweet, generous, loving, loved kids, there for you in times of trouble and family oriented.  She loved all things mermaid, loved to read and loved take photos. May she rest in peace. May you swim with the mermaids and dolphins.

Mermaid 
by Walter de la Mare
Leagues, leagues over the sea I sail
Couched on a wallowing dolphin's tail.
The sky is on fire, the waves a-sheen,
I dabble my foot in the billows green.
In a sea-weed hat on the rocks I sit,
where tern and sea-mew glide and beat,
and where dark shadows the cormorants meet.
In caverns cool when the tide's a wash,
I sound my conch to the watery splash.
From out their grottos at evenings beam,
the mermaids swim with locks agleam.
To where I watch on the yellow sands,
and they pluck sweet music with sea-cold hands.
They bring me coral and amber clear.
But when the stars in heaven appear,
their music ceases, they glide away.
They swim for their grottos across the bay.
Then listen only to my shrill tune,
the surfy tide, and the wondering moon.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Top 5 Favorite Holiday Movies

Happy Holidays!  My husband and I started a family tradition of having Dungeness crab on Christmas Eve.  Dungeness crab and a nice loaf of crusty french bread yum! That is the perfect Christmas Eve dinner. After dinner we always watch a Holiday movie.

This year the Dungeness crab season is delayed due to large Algal blooms in the water.  It is probably due to the warmer ocean waters and the El Nino event. So now we need to think of something else for tomorrow night.  I think we will make homemade tempura shrimp and vegetables. At bed time we read "Twas The Night Before Christmas". My son is a teen now so he reads the story to us.

My top 5 favorite Holiday movies are:

1. Elf
2. Miracle on 34th Street -- 1947
3. The homecoming: A Christmas Story
4. A Christmas Carol -- 1951
5. The Santa Clause

What are your favorite Holiday Movies?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Tonight was the “Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse”.  That is a mouthful to say! This is a rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a super moon.  I read that the last time this happened it was in 1982. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to see it because there were some clouds and since we are on the West Coast, the lunar eclipse would be in progress as the moon rose.  We kept going outside to check on the moon.  It finally came up over the hill and the clouds. At first it was barely visible then it became more visible as it rose above the clouds.  It was way cool to see.  Some of my friends on facebook didn’t get to see it because of the cloud cover.  I shot some awesome pictures of it. So the next one won’t be until 2033 so I’m glad I got a good view of this one.
Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Ballad of Hua Mulan Dance Performance

For the last 3 weeks my son has been attending a theatrical dance camp through our local performing arts school.  In the camp the dancer’s focus on their artistic expression with theater and dance.  They are learning storytelling through dance.  How cool is that? They learn the choreography in three weeks and at the end of the three weeks they have a performance.  The first week of camp they audition and are casted for various roles. The boy was cast as Mulan’s father, a Soldier and Turkish Emperor.

This year they presented “The Wood Orchid: The Ballad of Hua Mulan”.  It is based on the legend of Mulan but not completely.

The dancing, the costumes and the lighting was gorgeous.  They all did such an amazing job bringing Mulan to life through dance.  It is amazing how they can put together a dance performance in three short weeks.  The dancers, the choreographers and lighting techs all did an amazing job! Bravo!