Sirtea 茶翁

This is my journal: It records my thoughts, my cares, my struggles, my achievement and failure, my observation of life and nature, internet circulation、treasures、or recycled junks I found, ... . If you stumbled upon this blog by accident or on purpose, I welcome you. Thank you for your visit and comments. Hurry back!
這裡紀錄著我的生活點滴:我在想些什麼, 做那些事, 關心何事, 我的得與失, 我對人與自然觀察所得, 網路資訊、撿到寳貝、或是古物回收,... 。如果您是專程特地來訪或是無意中路過, 我誠心歡迎您。多謝您來訪及留言指教。請再來噢!

Friday, April 23, 2010

New $100 Bill 新百元鈔

U.S. Government unveils new $100 bill to foil counterfeiters. The new bill includes watermarks and an embedded security thread and will go into circulation in February 2011.
U.S. currency holders/users do not have to trade in their older design $100 notes when the new ones begin circulating.

持有舊鈔的人不必要換新鈔, 新舊鈔票將同時流通使用。

Wild Flowers 野花

God creates lots, lots of beautiful things,
here is one.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Newborn Swallows 小小燕子

I found a nest full of newborn swallows under the awning corner. Due to small space gap, I could not see them. Fortunately, My camera helped capture them. There were at least 4 babies in the nest. The mother swallow was out looking for baby food....

在這個遮日篷⻆發現滿鳥巢新生的小燕子。太狹窄我看不到, 幸虧用相機拍到他們。看來巢中最少有四隻以上的小小燕子。母燕不在家, 我猜可能找食物去... 。

Praise Report 感恩報告

I received this Email From Rev. Hung:

April 22,2010
Dear Brother in Christ,
Thank God for His grace and thank you for your prayers.
The operation to cut out the 2cm malignant rectum tumor and all my 20 cm long rectum was success. I came home on April 20. I lost 2kg in body weight; now only 54kg. There is still pain in my anus when I sit. The anus is still bleeding.
My surgeon says he will operate on me weeks or months later to cut out the 2cm tumor in my lung and a tiny tumor in my liver! It makes me shudden. God have mercy upon me. Please continue to pray for me and my family, who suffer with me. Thank you.
God bless you all.
Gratefully yours,
Daniel m. Hung
P.S. I still have to keep the troublesome subtitute anus for a long time.

感謝上帝施恩, 也感謝大家的代禱。

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I Do 我願意

Two Slovakian lovers
Vlocano eruptions
No flight home for scheduled wedding
Said I do in Taiwan. (Read more...)


Irises 鳶尾花

Lavender Irises start to bloom.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Emergency Rescue 緊急救援

Due to more and more boats on the lake, Public Safety Division blocked off one lane of highway on Cothran Bridge this morning. They were conducting bridge and lake accident emergency rescue training. Hoping for a safe boating season.


Northland's Spring 北國之春

鄧麗君 Teresa Teng (1/29/1953-5/8/1995)


Teresa Teng was a renowned Taiwanese Singer of the 1980s in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, China and South Asia. "Northland's Spring" was voted recently on the internet the most loved song sang by Teresa Teng.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wild Scallions 野葱

Wild scallions are growing everywhere. They are edible. But, they won't be as good as farm grown. I threw them onto compost heap.

野葱到處亂生亂長。雖說它們是可吃的, 我認爲還是農場培育的才更好吃。順手丟棄堆肥堆。(想到小時候老師和課本教--對岸同胞吃草根... !!!)

I borrowed these scallion pictures from Rev. Chuang's blog. They enjoyed the food and one day trip to northeast coast-Yilan, Taiwan. What a treat they shared.


Swing On High Sky 高空中盪

Playground 遊樂場

Swing high,
A favorable tourist attraction;
Scarry adventure.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Catch the Train 追火車

我在魚夫的博客上看到這張照片, 禁不住而留言回應如下:


* 想當年讀初高中時上學返家連續追趕跳了六年的火車。雖是少年無智的行爲, 卻令人回味不盡。

I saw this picture on Yufu's blog, and left a comment (something like the following in English).

Yufu bravely catches the train.
Unfortunately, it's only a posture for picture.
This picture brings to my mind,
Chasing train while I was young.

* For six years, I took the train round trips while I was in junior and senior high school. Even though catching (chasing or jumping) a train like that was not an acceptable behavior, that was what we young lads did long long ago.

Capoeira 卡波耶拉

Capoeira, originated in Africa, is now a popular game in Latin America.
It is a mixture of music, dance, sport, exercise, and competition activity.

卡波耶拉源自於非洲, 風行於拉丁美洲。
它是一種溶合着音樂, 舞蹈, 運動, 體操, 和競技的群體活動。

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Three Simple Meals 精簡三餐

These are our 3 meals, simple yet nutritious:
Oatmeal breakfast, English muffin salad lunch,
Steamed dumplings and sauteed vegetable with chicken dinner.

早餐燕麥粥, 午餐英式刈包配生菜沙拉,

Visitors 訪客

Sirtea Garden visitors: 2 Wrens and 2 Canadian Geese.
This wren sat on top of pine cone flower high up in the air(↓ left) . I used 5X telephoto (my Olympus maximum 5X) to take this picture. It's a bit blurry.
← Two Canadian Geese dropped in to visit. Our white female duck befriended with them. I hoped she wouldn't elope with them.

這隻鷦鷯停息在半空中的松果花上。我用奧林寳五倍遠焦距拍攝, (↑ 左)照片糢糊些。

Friday, April 16, 2010

Because Of You 因爲您

Because of you, I am a richer man.
I thank God.
I thank God for you.

因爲有您, 我成爲更豐足的人 。

You Raise Me Up 你鼓舞了我

是你! 你鼓舞了我超越我自己。
It's you! You raise me up to more than I can be.

歌曲 Song: You Raise Me Up
歌詞 Lyrics: Brendan Graham
音樂 Music: Rolf Loveland
演唱 Sing by: Josh Gorban

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Feather Arrangement 羽毛圖組

2 more pictures of duck feather arrangement.


See previous Duck Feather picture.


Microsoft Drawing 微軟抽獎

This email from Microsoft notifies me a sweepstake drawing today.
Mmhhh, MICROSOFT, MICROSO, MICRO,... (cleaning my eyeglasses).
Wait. It's from Microsoft Corporation Consultancy Firm
Another spam phishing email. Laughingly, I deleted it.

呣! 微軟, 微軟, 微, 僞...(眼鏡擦乾淨)
等等, 是來自微軟顧問公司。
又是網路釣魚下餌電子信。一笑置之, 刪除它。

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Let's Pray-5 請一齊禱告-伍

For Prayer Request, please use the tool on left "Prayer Request ". Or, post your request on this "Comments" below.
代禱事項, 請用左側「請代禱」。或者請留言在此則下面的「回應留言」裡。

For Eyes Only 眼看足矣

For eyes not for mouth.
Beautiful coffee drawings, too delicate to drink them.

咖啡藝術精彩畫面, 好看可捨不得喝呀。

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Root Marks 樹根疤

Riding lawn mower run over tree roots damaging the roots.
These roots healed themselves and formed awesome marks.

刈草機輾過樹根, 弄傷了樹根。

Fence 籬笆

Last December, a strong wind blew down our neighbor's trees. With a chain reaction, the trees damaged to our fence. Recently, our neighbor removed tree limbs and branches on our side. We fixed the damaged portion of fence today.

去年十二月, 一陣強風吹倒鄰居的大樹, 而這些大樹壓壞我們家的籬笆。鄰居清除倒在我們這邊的樹幹和小樹枝。今天, 我們修補那一段壓垮的籬笆。

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fishing 釣魚

Possibly because of pollen particle floating on lake, I could see lots of fishes swimming beneath surface.
可能是湖面上漂浮着花粉, 我可以看到不少大小魚浮上來取食。

I found this bass at the picnic area. I thew it back onto lake for turtles to salvage it.
在湖畔發現這隻鱸魚, 我把它丟回湖中, 讓烏龜和其他的清道夫享用。

People like to fish: some fishing at pier or shore, some with pantoon boat, some compete in bass tournament.

許多人喜歡釣魚: 有的在凸出碼頭獨自垂釣, 有的開平底船到湖中釣, 很多人參加釣鱸魚競賽。

Ping Pong Game 打乒乓球

Watch a game of ping pong.
Mmmh. It's a good match! Who is the opponent?
Him! Wonderful!

嗯, 打得不錯嚒! 哪, 對手是誰啊?
哎唷媽呀, 原來是他!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lawn Care 整理庭院

These few days, I've been busy doing lawn care yard work:
removed dead branches,
spread weed killer on asphalt crack weeds and unwanted areas (except vegetable garden),
trimmed lawn edges and hard to mow places.

這幾天天氣好, 忙著整飾戶外庭園:

Pine Cones 松果

Only a few days passed, I found new baby pine cones growing.

才不過幾天, 開花的松毯已經長出幼松果了。

Scenic Roads 觀光公路

Unique design scenic highways.
Are they highway to heaven or ...?
Good luck driving!


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Haiku And Shells 排句與貝殼

‧Snail and clam Shells,
‧Found in early spring day,
‧Made them funny faces.

I try to write a Haiku poem. A Japanese Haiku needs to have three lines 5-7-5 (17) syllables or less and about one of 4 seasons, and ...
I hope my blog readers in Japan or anyone who know Haiku would give me feedback or comments.


自學排句詩, 留給自己來欣賞, 無師難成材。
一首日本排句詩要有三行5-7-5 (17 或以下)個音節, 含有四季之一, 且主題 ...

A Loving Pair 你濃我濃

Stand guard 雄鴨站崗。

Poppy-duck: "Honey. It's time to take a break."
Mammy-duck: "Yes, dear. I am coming."
What a kind, and caring scene!

小鴨爸:「哎唷, 小鴨㸰媽, 辛苦您了。 快出來休息一回兒吧。」
小鴨媽:「好, 好, 小老公。就來了。」

Friday, April 9, 2010

Beautiful Sunrise 很美的日出

I mentioned that we had rain yesterday noon, and it rained last night again.
Starting my morning walk at 7am this morning, I enjoyed green lawn and fresh air.
What a beautiful sunsrise morning!

我提到昨天中午下了一陣雨, 昨夜再下了不少雨。
今晨7 點鐘開始每日的漫步。觀賞籃天綠地, 呼吸着清新的空氣。

No Flower Fruit 無花生果

Haa! What is "No Flower Fruit"?
It's fig. Fig is called "no無 flower花 fruit果" in Mandarin.
Fig leaves start to bud in the spring, and tiny figs follow without flowering first. We will have a good crop this year.

大家都熟知的無花果, 春天一到來, 不經過開花的過程就長葉子隨即長出小果子來。

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rain Relief 及時雨

We had rain shower at noon time for about an hour.
It made everything greener and air cleaner.
Thank God for this temporary relief from pollen.

草地樹木看起來青綠多, 而空氣也較清新。
感謝上帝下了這陣及時雨, 暫時除去滿佈的花粉。

More Flowers 花花爭艷

More and more trees and vine plants
are blooming flowers at Sirtea Garden.
Pine Cone flower (left),
Honeysuckle (middle),
Flowering Cherry (right top),
Dogwood (right bottom).


Bicycle Show 腳踏車表演

Fabulous group talent show: 16 Girls ride on 1 bicycle.
讓人驚嘆好棒的特技團表演: 16 位女子共乘一輛腳踏車。

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pollen Formation 花粉構圖

Blooming flowers produced abundant amount of pollen.
I took pictures of pollen formation on surface of lake.

三月雨促使花朵盛開。 花粉特別多, 散佈得到處都有。

Fly A Kite 放風箏

These pictures reminded me of flying kite while I was young long long ago.
Here are some pictures of Washington DC Kite Festival last week.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Duck Feather 鴨羽毛

Male ducks fought for female duck with each other. And then the winner chased the female duck. I picked up some feathers and arranged them. Here are my feather art works.

雄鴨爲爭雌鴨而常爭風吃醋不時打架, 嬴者窮追母鴨。結果我撿到不少羽毛, 而將它們拼湊成圖案。

DC Cherry Blossom 特區櫻花節

Washington DC 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival.


(Pictures from 照片自大紀元)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Pillow Fight 枕頭戰

April the Fourth International Pillow Fight Day.


Pollen Allergy 花粉過敏

"Ah-chiuunn! Excuse me!"
"Bless you!"
"Ah-chiuunn! Ah-chiuunn! Honey, hand me a tissue, please."

「哈啾! 抱歉!」
「哈啾! 哈啾! 甜心, 請遞給我一張絹紙。」

Beautiful spring flowers are blooming. Pollen falls on everywhere, on surface of lake.

Blooming 花開

Walking in the woods, I saw flowers blooming.
Money Flowers Wild Onions-↓ Honeysuckles and other tree flowers. -→

樹林中散步, 我看到到處花開。
金錢花 野䓤花 -↑ 金銀花 (或忍冬花) 和其他花樹 --↑

Sunday, April 4, 2010

He Is Risen 祂已復活

【Jesus Christ is risen!
The angel said, "He is not here (the tomb); for He is risen."
(Matthew 28:6)

天使說: 「祂不在這裡(墳墓); 祂已經復活了。」
(馬太福音 28章6節)

Hallelujah 哈唎𡀔亞

Creative monk-dress performers silently sing HALLELUJAH chorus.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Bach-Matthew Passion 巴哈-馬太受難曲

Bach-St. Matthew Passion
Performed by: Munchener Bach Choir & Orchestra.


Sand Drawing-Jesus 沙繪耶穌

Sand drawing- Awesome pictures of Jesus suffering, death, and risen, etc.

沙畫-耶穌受難, 釘死埋葬, 和復活等神妙的畫面圖案。

Friday, April 2, 2010

Pear Tree 梨樹

A blooming white flower pear tree.


Rock Art 石頭藝術

Incredible art of rocks balancing.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Vegetable Garden 菜圃

These baby plants from seeds soon will be transplanted to our vegetable garden when weather permits.

等天氣穩定暖和下來, 這些從種子培育出的菜栽不久將要被移植到外面的菜園。