Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekend celebration!

What a week! So much goodness throughout the week and so much to capture! I am just freshly entering the second day of last year in the 30's. All I really wanted was a day hanging out with my little family somewhere that's fun and time together. 

We got off the train 7 then waited for F train to come, so we can get on the Tramway in Roosevelt Island. It is such a beautiful part of the city! I just love seeing the city from a high and above distance and slowly approach to the city and watching all these buildings. All the sudden everything is bigger and taller! If it wasn't a gloomy day, the sun would shine over the buildings and that brings out all the characteristic of each. 

For the first time, we stopped a fancy candy store and I had pick up a milk chocolate pop as the first gift then two streets down I went got my second gift,  a bag of roasted almond nuts. The gentleman said two for five, but I said, oh boy! I really need one today, but thanks!  Quickly I had to have some right away then tucked away the half bag in my backpack (save them for later).  

The city was busy as always! The central park is just gorgeous around this time of the year! Endless tourists, visitors, city people and us! For the first time, I stopped by these poster vendors off the street. I really didn't think I want anything, but then all these small reprinted posters caught my eyes. I gave it a careful look, then I thought I'd better pick up third gift. The vendor told me, today is 4 for five! Oh! That is fantastic! I was so lucky found a little quilt and pillow store poster! Then the little ice cream truck was just behind the quilt poster. I have to have that, too! 

This year, I didn't really want to buy or make a full cake, after the walk, we stopped by the Plaza, just around the corner of Central Park. I ordered two slices of cake! It was delicious and really tasty! All I want just slices of cake then by the end of the day when we got home, I totally forgot about the candles (whoops!) 

As we walked down the fifth avenue, we ran into five gorgeous weddings and watched the bride walked down the aisle in the church where I like to stopped by. As I walked out the church, there was another bride on the street and another one cross the street by the public library. It must be a special Fall day for these Fall weddings! 

Our last stop is Muji store, have you been? I just love that store! I pick out my fourth gift, a black fine pen. I love how the pen writes. I would like to bring the whole place home, but I think that would be too greedy and I probably don't really need all that much.  

Then we had to walked around the Bryan Park; another my favorite spot in the city. There are many constructions up now to get ready for the upcoming holidays. Oh, I love how all the lights up during the holiday season.  That was a lot of walk for me and I had wrong shoes on; glad  the train come quicker than usual, best of that were some seating to rest the feet (oh boy!) 

My dear friends have sent me goodness over the week. New yarns, fabrics, new knitting toys, cards, and sweet treats! I am quiet spoiled by these and smitten by all the texts and calls yesterday! So much that I wanted to remember and write down before all the moment memories fade away. 

Oh boy, 39! I am officially towards the end of my 30's! I didn't really think of this year would come so soon! That means a lot of reflections and journey have taken on! I didn't really like being in my 30's. The first few years in the 30's was vulnerable, but I think I managed survived!  Then the mid 30's was the most challenging time ( I say terrible)! I had letting the depression taken away myself. That was the time, I push away good friendships and hid myself in a hole, so no one can see me. I've tried to get better, but it was hard and I had no idea how to be positive again! Life suddenly went into a dark hole and that had affected the personality and the way how to associate and connect with people and I was very lonely!  It did take a good 3 years to gain that confidence back and endless efforts to walk up to people again! Be open and be excited about life ventures again! 

There are handful of people out here and there have encouraged and supported this long dark emotional journey! It wasn't all that easy, but it is slowly turning me back to a better soul again! and boy! I didn't even like myself, so that was most terrible thing ever! 

Now, 39! I might like it a bit more than last 8 years! I seemed to find that rhythm in life and learning more about myself! I see why I was sad and discouraged from the lessons that I ran into and challenges life gave me. It is not easy, but it does only take a step a day! And it is alright to tear up some and that doesn't mean weak! 

It would be my goal to live honestly daily now! Honest the day with good and bad, honest the friendships from beginning to the end, honest the time being a mama, honest of being who I am!
It would be the one to keep on going now! 

And now, it would be hard to say life is perfect because it is not! I am looking into life in a way that how could I give in before others take their parts. I'd be try harder and not easy to give up! That will help me go on and keep things up and running! I learned that if I keep trying and daring on not fear to fail, then things will eventually fall into their place.   

Oh, so much to say when being older! 

p.s. My first sock failed as I tried to pick up the side stitches! I'll give it a try again! It was a bit crazy working with 5 needles at the time and who knows that would be such a fun project. 

p.s.. The basket wave cowl is off needles! I love how all the waves come together! I just am excited about this cowl; so soft and the color is just lovely! This is ready to post, but have to wait till December! 

p.s... Another honey cowl is on needles! It went quicker this time because I've remember the pattern by now! I'll be knitting up another honey cowl after this one, so good excuse for some new yarn ordering! 

p.s.... The fifth gift was two new indoor plants, so I can run a green house here (yup!) Once I have a fully set up green house, you are so welcome to come to sit and have tea ( smile)! 

p.s..... Thank you for checking out all the patterns this week! I truly hope you love these patterns! I've enjoy writing them this year and will keep them coming! 

more later... 


  1. So glad you had a lovely weekend. You seem happy, reflective, and hitting your stride.
    Happy Birthday! I look forward to hearing more on your blog.

  2. Dearest Chase..I hope you had the best Birthday! You are a beautiful soul..You create beauty, you always share kindness with everyone..You are such a total inspiration to me! You have given me many happy hours in my own life, just by being able to sit here...and read your words, and look at your beautiful photos! Cheers to you my dear friend! Better luck next time with the socks! ( I have not been able to make them yet!!! Still try! Fingers crossed )

  3. Happy Birthday , Chase .. wishing you the best in your life and enjoy your day every moment . I'm glad that I found you, a lovely caring mom and beloved friend Say Hi to Stela too, long time not read her story in your blog, hope she still ok when mom taking picture of her, I know how teen act is.. my daughter already refuse for picture taken ^_^

  4. Happy Belated Birthday Chase. I have followed your writings and photos and life for years. And yes, a roller coaster ride it is. I understand and life is a challenge and a joy and one step at a time. Enjoy yourself and all around you when you want and need to. Thank you so very much for sharing. It is a pleasure to read your blog and watch your life. Truly.

  5. Happy birthday! I'm glad you had such an adventurous celebration! I wish you many good times in the coming year. And I would love to have tea with you! - Wendy


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