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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

hot summer day

it's been so hot lately.  in the balcony, basil is growing
more than i can keep up with eating.  they are getting
gigantic and now began flowering and producing seed. 
today, i trimed some more for pizza.  bitter melon
is in their last growth spurts and there are about
several more fruits to be harvested in few days. 
although, it won't be any harvest any time soon,
two of my new veges, potatoes and asparagus, are 
doing well, growing taller and greener.  it is
interesting to see new vege growing like this
in own place.  thyme, oregano, mint, and other herbs are
spreading their roots to search any available water on
the concreat while i am gone to work during the
day.  by the end of the day when i can finally 
water them, they become already wilted. 
as soon as i shower them with plenty of fresh
water, they seem to jump out and realived.
summer is all about seeing plants growing, listening
to cicada sing ...and eating water melon!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

first harvest: bitter melon salad pickle

i was able to harvest my very first bitter melon this
afternoon and made salad pickle(pickle salad) with it.
cabbage, bitter melon, carrot, cucumber
all slice very thin,
sprinkle bit of salt and let it sit for 10-15 minutes
add vinegar & sugar
chill in the refrigerator for about 2hrs
i thought my oregano never flowers...
but finally blooming this year.  this means,
i can probably collect the seed! 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

garden visit like last year

 due to so high humidity along with hotness,
i had forgotten to visit lotus garden lately. 
as i recall, it was during end of june when
lotus was in full bloom welcoming all the visitors.
it is almost end of july!  all of the sudden, i remember
this amazingly beautiful site.  so, i walked up there
during lunch break.  it was another hot day with
temp about 30℃ with humidity 80%.
* click the photo for garden tour.

 only this portion was in autumn color.
could this be different kind of maple?

 looks like an alien from outer space, doesn't it?

i am so glad that i was able to catch this
again this year. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014


i did accomplish one thing this morning.  i sewed
summer linen bag and this made me feel wanting to
continue sewing some more other things.
long time ago, i bought a package of sunflower
bird seed.  birds can eat but i can also enjoy them
in my garden and sprinkled some in the garden.
soon, there will be vibrant golden yellow
in the garden.


july window

my bitter melon's green curtain is expanding arms and
legs throughout the window.  each morning,
i see the window getting greener and greener. 
countless numbers of fruits are growing and the
largest one to be harvested soon. 
how is yours, claudia?
wish your weekend is beautiful

Friday, July 18, 2014

so fond of

i just like looking at them once a day
i find myself attracted to small round items
don't you?


Thursday, July 17, 2014

linen bath mat

i tried to finish before summer starts or before summer
ends.  working on few lines every day, i finally made
it through.  i like clunchy texture of linen beneath my
feet and it is such a luxury.

Friday, July 11, 2014

homemade experiment

during plum season, lots of people make plum liquor
homemade is always my favorite in any kind of food.
this is my first attempt of making homemade plum liquor.
in about three months, it will be ready to taste.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

simple skirt

       it is grey out there. 
       the day like this is perfect for sewing.

Monday, July 7, 2014

lemon basil

lemon basil doing well in the garden.   it is becoming
annual summer plants to me and producing many seeds
for next year.  last few years, i have been successfully able
to collect seeds and enjoy sharing with friends. 
big typhoon is on our way in one or two days.  some of
the pots will be taken inside this evening. 
i am now going to get my sewing machine out
and sew summer skirts.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

making own herbal tea

i came up with an idea of
experimenting own herbal tea
white:  jasmine
yellow:  bitter melon flower
red:  cherry sage
each one of them has distinct fragrance

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

this shade

circle stitches never became 100% perfect
but that was the fun part and i take it
as a charm point
imagine sitting deep under the ocean
i started knitting summer mat with
linen combined in blue
what are you knitting?