Happy Chinese New Year

The year of the Rooster flew by and it was a challenging year for me having to start a new job and adjusting to the unfamiliar new work environment. It took me almost a year to learn the culture and establish my credibility, looking back now I’m glad that I switched job and so much happier at the new place.The Chinese New Year for 2018 arrived on February 16, 2018, it’s the year of the Dog. According to the Chinese Horoscope theory from Chinesefortunecalendar.com, “Male Earth is connected to the mountain. Dog mainly contains Male Earth with little Metal and Fire. The sign of 2018 Male Earth Dog year is two mountains sit side by side or another mountain beyond a mountain. That will be a strong Earth. People will focus on real estate, agriculture, environment, territory integrity or religious, spiritual area. 2018 is a Mountain Dog year. Mountain Dog might be a wild dog. It could block your way out. That implies you might encounter some obstacles before executing your plan. You need to use your wisdom to remove the blockage first, then you will see the wide-open road.” This sounds like another challenging year for me.

We have our Chinese New Year tradition, my dad paid homage to his ancestors on Friday, I went by to photograph for him after work.

It’s an exciting time of the year for the kids, Lee said that it’s like receiving a paycheck. My dad, sisters and I gave her money in the red envelopes.

Exciting time for my niece also.

It’s a small decoration but sure makes the room more festive.

We went out to eat at a Chinese restaurant on Saturday, certainly beat having to cook.

I found some interesting reading here of what is expected for the year.


This is one of the coldest winters and we had our first snowfall for 2018 yesterday. We got more than expected and didn’t have to go to work so I’m out and about photographing the snow.

The chicken and ducks are cold and they have to be well-fed to keep their bodies warm, they also fly back and forth to keep their bodies warm.

The snowfall overnight and made the net very heavy.

The ducks don’t mind staying outside in the cold, but I’m sure they can’t wait for Spring and warm weather to arrive.

The chickens stay inside the cope and only come out to eat.

I’m happy to see the snow but can’t wait to work in the garden again.

Max loves playing in the snow, and I enjoyed a day off from work. I went back to work today, the road was treacherous in the morning especially the secondary roads that were packed with ice. The drive home was not so bad, most roads were cleared.

November Garden Update

It has been a while since I last posted on the blog, and can’t believe it’s November already. I took these photos last weekend and it’s the last set of photos for the garden before the Autumn harvest. I had a good turn out for the Chayote squash.

It didn’t start bearing fruits/vegetables until late September.

I planted Summer squash and it did fairly well in September also.

The bell peppers did well, these 2 photos were taken in September and I had a few bell peppers up until last week.

We had our first frost last week and I had to harvest all the peppers and freeze them for the Winter.

We had plenty of Ogras and it was too much for a few of us that I might have to plant less next year.

I do love the Autumn colors and sadly it’s the last of the garden. I won’t have time to plant the Winter garden but looking forward to next Spring.

Plenty of lemongrasses, and all cut and froze for the Winter.

The mint is still pretty but doesn’t smell or taste good during the cold months.

The last few bell peppers.

I’ll be leaving the banana trees outside this year, and harvested the leaves for steam cooking.

I hope to post more often and share more Autumn photos.