Songkran Festival 2015 at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated a Southeast Asian New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro last Sunday April 19, 2015. It rained in our area, traveling to the temple was difficult and by the time we got there it amazed us that there’s not a drop of rain and the temple is only 1 hour and 30 minutes by car ride from us. We had a good turnout.

The Cassia Fistula L. or the Golden Shower Trees are in bloom during the Songkran festival in Laos and Thailand, and in the US the temple is decorated with the pink Azalea flowers, the flowers that are in season during Songkran in our area.

One of our temple greeters.

For most of us when we built the Jaydee Cide or sand stupas we made a wish and donated the good merits for our deceased family members, and as for us it was for our mom. Some might wish for a year of good health and prosperity, I wonder how many people remember the symbolic of the Jaydee Cide, how many people remember the story of Kabinlaphom and his seven daughters Nang Sangkaan?

Songkran is the traditional Lao and Thai New Year also called the Water Splashing Festival. It’s too cold to splash water in our area, and we pour water over Buddha images for blessing and cleansing the rust from our hearts and souls and wish a good year of health and prosperity.

The food vendors were busy, especially the Spicy Papaya vendor.

The traditional morning Almsgiving offering food to the monks.

The traditional Khmer dancers.

Please visit Wat Greensboro’s Facebook to see more photos of Songkran Festival 2015.

Country Living

These photos were taken 3 weeks ago, things look a lot different now. It has been a month since we closed on this new house, and the goal was to put the current house on the market before the first payment of this new house. I don’t know if we would meet the deadline, we only have a few days left.

It has been busy, at this point I don’t know if I’m coming or going. We have not moved, I think we are trying to do too many things at one time. The new house is a fixer upper and it needs a lot of work. The previous owner is an artist so all the rooms are extremely vibrant, and it’s certainly too bold for me. I haven’t decide if I want to keep the art work in this bathroom wall. I still have a few weeks to decide.

As much as I love the doe and its fawn in this bathroom wall, when it’s time to make a decision we did paint over it. It took 4 coats to cover the image.

The carpet was in bad shape, we had to pull up all the carpet in the bedrooms and Bo will be putting down hardwood floor. I had nightmares about the wall paper, kind of surprised me that it’s not as hard to remove as I thought. This room was painted last week, one room down and a few more rooms to go.

Spring came and gone and I’m glad I took these photos.

This will be the new home for the fish pond, and it’s going to be a busy weekend for Bo trying to expand the existing pound and move the fish.

The land in our area is not as expensive as other parts of the country, so this place has plenty of space to roam around.

This is my new garden. It looks like it has been abandoned for many years. There’s a water spigot and a spot light to garden at night I’m guessing.

One of our neighbors is a farm, it’s great that they are not too close and not too far.

More Snow

We all have different reasons why we like snow. Lee loves it because she doesn’t have school, Max loves to eat snow, and as for me it’s an opportunity to photograph snow.