Over Ridiculously Priced Pair of Rainbow Sandals Update

I wrote a post Over Ridiculously Priced Pair of Rainbow Sandals back in July 2007 and  it has been my second most popular posts. I feel guilty that I didn’t offer any review but mostly ranting about the price of the Rainbow sandals, and calculating the cost value like most bean counters do. If you were to ask me today the investment was well worth it.

I was skeptical at the time but made my purchase anyway. I visited Laos and Thailand a year later and took my Rainbow sandals with me and absolutely loved it. It’s so comfortable to wear and I haven’t found any sandals as comfortable as the Rainbow sandals. Since I was the beginner photographer at the time, I didn’t have many photos of myself wearing the Rainbow sandals except for this one at Patuxay Monument in Vientiane, Laos. This photo was taken by a fellow tourist, can’t say that he knew my camera better than me at the time but I’m thankful for the photo.

As you can see that I wore it so much that I left a footprint, this photo was taken at one of the temples in Thailand.

It is a custom to take off your shoes before entering the temple.

This year I bought myself a second pair of the Rainbow sandals and absolutely love it.

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The Lantern Fest November 2015 Fayetteville, North Carolina

I didn’t blog as much last year, I was busy trying to sell the old house and fixing the new fixer upper and spent all my weekends on projects. We didn’t get to camp as much either, 2015 was a blur to me. One day I saw a sponsor suggested ads of the Lantern Fest came through my Facebook news feed and it was in Fayetteville, NC. It was a 3 to 4 hours drive, quite a distance for a day’s trip for us. The festival made me think of Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai Thailand, I’ve always wanted to participate but not sure when I’ll have the opportunity to visit Thailand. The 3 to 4 hours drive versus 24 hours airplane ride made the decision easier. I have to say it’s one of the most memorable events that we have attended. It was held at the Fayetteville Motor Speedway.

I’m not sure what went through my dad’s mind but he spoke about the event for several months.

I have to keep reminding Lee that it’s not a hat.

This was our first time and we didn’t know how to light the lantern.

They are coming to Charlotte, NC this year, it’s a 1-hour drive and the decision should be simple right?

August Garden

August is a busy month, I’ve been working on cleaning the backyard and hauling loads of woods and trash left by the previous owners to the landfill, and still have a few more loads to do. The backyard used to be the dumping ground for them and in time I’m sure it will break down and become part of the land but I certainly couldn’t sit and watch it happens.

The ducks and chicken love their new home.

The okras are doing very well this year, the plants are over 5 foot tall and bearing plenty of pods. They grow so fast and I have to harvest almost every other day. I only get to see the flowers open on the weekend, not that they don’t open on the weekday. The flowers open during the daytime while I’m at work, so by evening they already close.

When I visited the farmer’s market they harvested them very young, even smaller than the one below. I think this is a good size for me.

I missed several days of harvesting and the pods are too old, I’ll have to save these for next year’s seeds.

It’s at the end of the season for the cucumbers, it doesn’t look pretty now and the plants are drying out.

If Bo doesn’t take the ripe cucumbers for the ducks and chicken first, I’m saving them for next year seeds.

The Asian long string bean seems to be doing well in this area, Bo’s mom gave me 1 plant and it’s thriving. I will have to plant more next year and have a few seed pods left.

My watermelon is not doing well. I was looking forward to seeing this one grow and the end rotten several weeks back. I’m not sure if we had too much rain in our area. I have a few that’s a good size and they split open in the center. I will have to learn more about growing watermelons.

I have high hope for this one and hope to be able to harvest soon.

The peppers are doing well and have plenty. I will have to start harvesting them and freeze them for the winter.

I have a new addition to my garden, it’s called Duranta Erecta (sapphire Showers) and will grow 10 to 15 feet tall.

I stopped by the farmer’s market several weeks back and have never seen one like it before, the selling told me it was a butterfly bush and I paid $25 for it. The photo below was taken by my sister with her cell phone. It’s an evergreen plant with dark blue flowers edged in white and the yellow to orange fruit in summer and fall. The plant attracts hummingbirds. It’s fast growing, so can’t wait to see its beauty.

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