Forest walk 🌳 and how I’m reusing ♻️ my snack bags

I grew up in the city. Therefore taking forest walks like this was impossible except on travels. I love forest and nature sounds, birds singing, water flowing. It is feeling of being alive and that mother nature is beautiful and wonderful.

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Forest and nature sounds, birds singing

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Panoramic picture and forest sounds

Every bit in our efforts to fight climate change and save the earth counts.

Instead of buying sandwich or snack bags, I’ve been reusing these. Good quality bags used by manufacturers to keep our biscuits, sweets and chocolates. Double lock resealable, aluminum foil lined and some with bases too. Not to mention they look good 😊. I always have 1 in my bag for unexpected takeout needs.

wash and reuse

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

3 kittens 🐱 moving in unison…to wish you Happy winter Solstice 冬至快乐!

Impossibly cute and adorable…Happy winter Solstice 冬至快乐!

On 22 December, many Chinese celebrate the Winter solstice. According to the Chinese astrology, Yang symbolizes light and warmth while Yin is the opposite. It is believed that on winter solstice, the Yin is at its peak and will disappear gradually while the Yang becomes stronger.
Therefore to celebrate the coming of warmth and optimism, we eat with our families. Similar to Chinese New Year. One of my favorite is the dessert! Glutinous rice balls (汤圆)symbolizing reunion served in sweet soup.

Nowadays there’re ready to serve glutinous rice balls sold in supermarkets all year round 😊.

glutinous rice balls

Wishing everyone a Happy winter solstice and good times with your family and friends.

How to care for Lithops (living stone plants) in winter ❄️

My succulents collection by the window 😊
New growth 💪🏻 and old leaves drying up

Lithops are also called living stones or pebble plants, since they very much resemble stones and pebbles!

Lithops care in winter through to spring (depends on where you live) is usually a time when littler no watering is recommended. And especially when the old leaf pair is drying out and the new pair develop (as you see in my plant). If water is given too soon, the old “leaves” will try to continue to grow and the plant will not develop properly.

I’ll update this post with new pictures of my plant’s growth. Hopefully it continues to grow well … 🤞🏻

Thanks for dropping by to read this post and please share your experience with Lithops too!

DIY Origami mouse 🐭 to celebrate year of the rat 2020!

I’m not strong in the area of art and craft. I mean I need instructions 😉. As an example, other than making occasional origami, cross stitch is the only other craft I can do reasonably well.

Origami helps boost my mindfulness, patience and attention to details. Miss or skip a step and the final product will either be impossible to make or look “different”.

Do you know that 2020 celebrates the year of the rat based on the Chinese zodiac calendar? According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the first day of the rat year is January 25 2020.

For the Japanese, it’s also the rat year though it begins January 1 2020.

So why not surprise your friends with hand made new year cards or crafts with origami mouse 🐭? You can mount the origami on recycle cardboard/ paper or simply as table decorations. Check out my slideshow of the steps here!

Thanks for dropping by to read this post and hope you’ll enjoy origami too 😊