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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Temple Cat

We met a new cat today that hangs out at another temple on our street. This one was on someone's lap being petted when we arrived and went up to say hello to the man and the cat. The man soon got up and left, and the cat remained. From the look of this one, he is an elder of cats, and he was also the cleanest animal we've seen since arriving in Beijing. Well, besides the otters maybe. He's a golden tortoise-shell/tabby, with fur that has a gleam going on. He sat a bit forlorn-looking and I sat... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The end is in sight...

Here it is, Sunday... We have only three more days before flying home. Monday we have a tour of an antiques market planned, and Tuesday, a trip out to a section of The Great Wall. We have a quiet day in mind today, just a stroll down the street towards a grocery store and a couple of restaurants. I expect we will choose one of those for lunch. We ordered room service last night. One dish was simply steamed broccoli in a light garlic sauce, the other was some kind of thing that was not green... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Starting Saturday

Today we plan to visit the zoo, especially the pandas. We'll take a taxi there and back again to save my back and hips which just can't take all the walking, so we will cut back on that as we can. The subway system is only a couple of blocks away, and would take us right there but would take a lot longer in transit. Charlie found something sort of fascinating in a terrible way: puppy-shaped ice cream. He said it was good and chocolatey, but acknowledged he should not have named it. Wu Ping, if... Sign in to see full entry.

a few more notes on the trip

For the first time since we arrived here, I have managed not to fall asleep around 5pm here-time which is 3am home-time. This improves the chances of not waking at midnight, ready to begin another day. Naturally, our internal clocks will adjust pretty much in time to go home and be off by 14 hours there. Something happened on yesterday's tours that was unexpected and amusing: three times Charlie and I were asked by different pairs of women to let them have their photos taken with us. It's kind... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Poetry in retrospect

Waking again in the wee hours of Beijing time, with no other recourse for using the time before the morning birds open the day, I have gotten to some 'housekeeping' here. Looking at my listings for items on offer on the page listing my blogs, I have updated the first, the one for LAYS OF MIDDLE-EARTH, lowering the price and changing the excerpt. It was always meant to be presented in three installments, if there was interest shown in the first. There has not been much, though, so the project... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

connections

It seems the only actual connection possible here in Beijing on my little notebook is Blogit. No facebook, no gmail... nothing opens but Blogit. How about that? I have been journaling the trip on an actual notebook, and will transfer those entries to my Adventuring travelblogue on Blogit as time and battery permit. For here and now--my internal clock is very confused about now --I will just say, Here we are! Also, I plan never to fly a trip like this on American Airlines ever again. And also, so... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

heebie jeebies...

So here it is, hours before departure time... the time I start to get really antsy and anxious. Will I forget something important? Will I miss a flight? Will I lose something like glasses or camera? recharger cords? Spare glasses, camera, wallet, purse stuff is lined up to go into my underseat luggage. Electrocity pmt is written out and in the envelope. Instructions for critter and plant care are written out for Rob who will be looking after them. Speaking of birds... There are eggs in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 29, 2019

The weekend before

It is becoming night outside, and today Colorado Springs has had all the weather: Yesterday and the day before, temps were in the 70s, today, the low 50s, with a bit of snow, also thunderstorm, and a tornado that touched down about 20 miles west of here, with car-denting hail in that area. Yep, welcome to Colorado Springs! Charlie went to work today, has had no pain the past couple of days, and it is fairly safe to say, the trip is still on. He has also got a new app on his phone--a translator!... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Maarifa

Some months ago, I dreamed of one of our theater friends who had a pet baby rhinoceros. I don't know why I dreamed of this friend, a very casual friend, or why the little rhino came into it. But it was so sweet and funny, I sent the friend a message, and we laughed about it together. I suggested she might 'adopt' a baby rhino, in fact. She said she'd think about that. At the wedding this past Sunday, we encountered each other, and laughed again about the baby rhino, and she said she was going to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Update...

Charlie is feeling much better this morning. A little stomach crampy, but that could be from not eating but one meal yesterday, and that of a mug of broth and rice. I have not yet canceled the trip or any parts of it... Sign in to see full entry.

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