When I chose the title for this blog, I immediately thought of this. I urge you to check it out.

You may have noticed that the frequency of postings has diminished over the past couple of weeks. This is due to a couple of issues. First Terry and Geoff have been suffering bad colds for awhile now – so bad that they had to cancel a dinner party and their Christmas Open House, which disappointed a lot of people, we can tell you. The Open House particularly had become the hottest ticket in Jiaxing, since it was the first time “A Canadian Tradition Comes to Jiaxing” had been hosted. The invited guests have been very gracious and have articulated both their concern for our health and their excitement about the rescheduled event in January.

About our colds. Once Geoff gets one he is in trouble. He has had pneumonia twice and if he gets a cold it settles into his chest and he is good for 5 or 6 weeks of hacking away. Terry, on the other hand has a different cause. We have mentioned, I’m sure, that there is no central heating in the apartment or the school. Terry’s office has a heater so when she is there she can be quite comfortable. Not so in the classrooms. There is no heat and the Chinese have a thing about fresh air – they love it. So each morning the windows are opened. This works well in September when it is warm – not so well in December. She will often have four layers of clothing, plus her winter coat on while teaching. The kids get a heavy winter jacket as part of their uniform and they wear it all through the day in class. It is very odd. Apparently we are in the south of China as schools in the north of China have central heating (although we seem to remember other teachers who were in Beijing not having heating…). This love for fresh air is seen all over town. There is a printer I go to to get things printed (had a door-sized, full colour Christmas poster run off for $8.00). The shop is a bit of a tunnel – about 15 feet by 50 feet. They keep the front door and the window at the back open and all wear winter coats and gloves. Go figure.

After staying in the apartment all weekend, we both trundled off to school this morning. Geoff lasted for a couple of hours, long enough for Daisy to come in to Terry’s office and suggest the reason he is unwell is because, get this folks, he has lost too much weight and he needs to eat more and get his strength back. He is too thin in the face. LOL. Mr Zhao also came to see how Terry was and then took her down to the school infirmary to get her some Chinese herbal medicine. She too came home early. Mr. Zhao is ready to take both of us to the hospital.

Anyway, the second reason we haven’t written as much is that we have settled into our daily life and our adventures have become a little less frequent. Daily life in China for a couple of older folks is much the same as it would be at home – go to work, come home, have dinner, play a little cards, watch a little TV and go to bed. BUT this Friday our dear friend Ken arrives and we will have enough adventures with him to last until we leave for Thailand in February.

One last item. We were at a tea shop awhile ago – I think Terry wrote about it. We bought some Jasmine tea. Here is how you make it. (click the arrows to make it full screen).

7 thoughts on “Reflections

  1. Petra Kintzinger

    That is just too cool for words …..beautiful. I’d send you a picture of my glass of wine, but it would pale in comparison, so I’ll just keep it to myself. πŸ˜‰

  2. Peter Therrien

    The jasmine tea is very cool!! Now about the colds! As I used to say to my kids at school: if you were a germ/virus, where would you be? Out in the cold and damp or in nice warm places with heaters where there ae lots of bodies to snuggle into? I think the Chinese have it right! On the other hand, it’s no fun being cold all the time!

  3. Val

    The Jasmine tea looks like fun. They serve this type of tea at my favourite book store in Winnipeg, McNally’s. I will have to try it sometime. I hope the colds improve quickly so you will be in the proper mood to celebrate the season ahead. Cheers and have a wonderful Christmas and a safe New Year.

  4. lois marsden

    I was given a tea ball like that from our Chinese neighbours once and \i did not know how to activate it as you did in your clip….so here I was trying to stomp the poor thing to death…Thanks for the education…will try again with another little ball of beauty. Did not know it would open like that. Beautiful. I wonder how long it would last as a decor item? Regards

  5. jantherrien

    The Marmalades! Interesting reading the words….I probably sang over half of them wrong! πŸ™‚ reflections…Happy New Year! It truly is a new one for the two of you. Xxoo


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