Getting back to reading

After months of non reading - the itch is in.  Reading is in our agenda now.  I guess we've been too occupied with settling down here - reading didnt happen until the leisure time is piling in - I am happily occupying my time with drawing and reading instead of painting the bathroom.  Thankfully those immediate chores at home are done for now.  For now until the next home improvements tasks needs me, I will bury my head into much delayed reading or doodling mandalas on my crisp new sketchbook. 


Days are longer and brighter here in Texas!

As it almost hits 7:30pm here - the breeze from the window is chilly and wet - the rain came hard for the last few days making the memories of 96 Fahrenheit weather a distant memory.  

No sun in the sky but it's bright enough to read a book by the window.  Kids are playing outside while a dog is barking.  I am laying down on this couch basking in the joy of suburban living.  How peaceful this is... How simple life can be.


Samgyetang - herbal korean chicken soup

I guess living almost 10 years in Korea has seared us more as "Koreans" in that I am getting back to cooking and eating Korean food like we were in Korea again.  

My hubby has been sick lately most likely due to over exertion and the many changes in the environment from Korea to US, and lastly, from sore muscles from finally working out after 6 months of eating our stomachs full (to a point where it kind of hurts to be full..).

I am cooking samgyetang tonight for dinner because its the true chicken soup of Korea and the Chinese(Korean) herbs that go into it indeed has some magic power into making us at last feel healthier after eating it.

I bought a samgyetang herbal mix months ago not thinking that I would actually be cooking it anytime soon, but indeed, that time has come.  It's time to get back to eating Korean!

I bought an organic whole chicken from HEB for less than $6. Almost the same price in Korea but probably cheaper because I read in online news that chicken prices in Korea are up the roof now.

Chunky sliced green onions, 1/4 cup soaked rice, a garlic clove or two - all these stuffed in the chicken will do. And don't forget the herbal pack - just drop the contents into the pot.  Pour 2 liters of water and boil for 45 minutes or more.

That's it! It's fairly simple and versatile.  Hey, I think you could boil a whole chicken by itself with some veggies(ginger, garlic?) and that would be enough.

Thank goodness we have a huge korean grocery around, called HMart! I can get pretty much anything I want that I used in Korea.   I even found the organic soy sauce that I like there - Amazing!


Tomato eating squirrels

What a funny sighting!

A squirrel skips through our back porch with a red ball in his mouth.

It is fleeing away from the tomato patch!

It jumps on a tree and nibbles on the cherry tomato it picked off!

What a funny cute sight!

And then I see another one come out of the tomato bush..with a lesser reddish tomato in its mouth. It climbs the fence while I'm less than 3 feet away seeing all of its antics.

These are the Texas squirrels! They get what they want without any shame! I'm happy to share natures gift. I only planted them. The rain and sun did most of the job. And what a cute sight I am gifted today.

Nature indeed amuses me in many ways.


Korea seems so much more unstable outside of Korea

Maybe it's a frog in a pond thing... I didn't realize how merciless Korea really is at the hands of USA, China, and Japan... it's like being in the middle and not being able to do what you really want because you have no choice but to tag along with whoever is nicer to you.

Now that I am outside of Korea, whatever N.Korea and S.Korea is going through seems so much worse.  N.Korea threats happened often when I was in Korea, but I wasn't worried about it being there, but being away from the country makes me see how Korea  is being bullied.

Naive or fooled by the media, I really thought a WWIII was going to break out... how scary... I worried about the issue much more now that I am out of the country.  I worry for our friends there, the innocent, and also for the helpless country itself.

S.Korea has no choice. 

It's going to be interesting to see what Korea will become with the "new president."

It's amazing how much the media can dictate your thoughts - it really got me!  But once you think outside of their little propaganda, things come together.  They need a bad guy.  There needs to be the savior, a hero.  Military spending must be go on and on and on.  

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