2020 I can see clearly now

Welcome to a NEW Year! 
       Full of NEW Hope 
  and NEW Possibilities!

And the birthday continues!

Feeling very spoiled as the celebration of my birthday continued tonight with my TOPS group CA1340, Seaside!
Thom De La Cruz brought me a perfect yellow rose, 3 wonderful pens (you know I love purple), a sweet card and subway gift card so I can go get my favorite salad.

Such kindness from Robin Kimball, the most amazing t shirt with the phrase "Actually, I CAN"! A wonderful card and a shopping spree in store for me with an AMAZON gift card. I loved that the I CAN is the same as my tattoo.

Helen Chambers knows I love to write, I love to journal. She put such thought into her kind gift of a journal with one of my favorite phrases on the front " She believed she could, so she did". I loved the card she gave me and will treasure it. I cannot express enough how amazing it feels having someone know the things that bring me joy.

And lastly, My life long friend Brenda Roush, who probably knows me better than anyone, got me something that made me jump up and down and scream with excitement! A year long pass for me and a guest to the San Francisco Zoo! She has been many times there with me and knows how much I love that place, it makes me so happy to have a friend like her. 

I love these people, and thankful to have them all in my life.

Happy Birthday to me!
It was a wonderful day. I got to spend my birthday with some of my favorite little people celebrating Lunar new year.

When I got the mail today my Welcome to KOPS letter came. On my birthday! how perfect is that?

 Then as we were all in the toy room building with blocks, the littles got excited as they spotted a man walking to the door with a birthday cake! The squeals and giggles of 'WE GOT CAKE! SOMEONE SENT YOU A CAKE!" rang out through the room. When I answered the door, the delivery man was laughing out loud, and said, sorry guys not the kind of cake you can eat, it is a flower cake. I smiled. I took the "cake" and then everyone was excited for me to read them the card. The flowers came from a local florist Swenson and Silacci, and the card read Happy Birthday! We love you Paul and Eileen. It is the perfect "cake" for someone trying to stay at goal.

There was a flood of happy Birthday well wishes on Face book that made me smile, calls and texts from friends. It has been a good day.

Then at the end of the day this!  WOW! I am blown away!  This is one of these moments where you go
"Wow, they were really listening!" My friend and Coach Bonny Toy sent me a gift certificate for my favorite place on the planet to eat!

The Cliff house in San Fransico.  Aside from wonderful food, this place has a special place in my heart. My Dad would tell me stories of this place. When he was a boy and he would go there and climb the cliffs to watch the "fancy" people eat. He never got to eat there because he was poor. In 2012 when he was visiting us from Oklahoma, I helped him join that club of the "fancy" we took him to the Cliff House to eat. It is one of my fondest memories.

January 18th It is time for the Lunar New year, My favorite holiday

This is the year of the Golden Rat! 

We went to San Fransico's Chinatown to get ready and celebrate with our friends Robin & Brenda.

The Lunar calendar has a five-elements each 12-year zodiac cycle has an element, producing: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. It’s believed that people have different characters and destinies according to their birth year’s zodiac sign and element.

New Year preparations begin weeks in advance. How you enter the new year sets the tone for the 12 months that 

follow, so it's crucial to start off on the right foot in order to enjoy a year of luck, health, and prosperity. 


In China, the Lunar New Year festival is a 15-day event and is considered to be the most important holiday of the year. All measures are taken leading up to and during the celebrations to increase the odds that as much good fortune as possible is bestowed upon the household.


Traditionally, the house is swept, cleaned, and decorated for optimal feng shui. The deep cleaning that is done before Chinese New Year is usually the most thorough of the entire year, so clean out those old drawers, throw out dead plants, and tidy up all that clutter to make room for better things to come.  It is critical that you finish all of your cleaning before the holiday arrives. Sweeping the house the day of the Chinese New Year is considered unlucky, as you could be sweeping the fresh, incoming good luck away. Even taking out the trash, doing laundry, or washing your hair on the day of the lunar new year is considered taboo.


Using sharp objects during the entire New Year celebration is believed to cut out good fortunes for the coming year, so get your hair cut and trim your nails beforehand. 


Food: Groceries for the festival dinners and regular meals need to be purchased in anticipation of the holiday. 

Fish — an Increase in Prosperity. ... 

Chinese Dumplings — Wealth. ... 

Spring Rolls — Wealth. ... 

Glutinous Rice Cake — a Higher Income or Position. ... 

Sweet Rice Balls — Family Togetherness. ... 

Longevity Noodles — Happiness and Longevity. ... 

Good Fortune Fruit are oranges — Fullness and Wealth.


Clothing: Chinese New Year is a time to look your best. New wardrobes are purchased for family gatherings, temple visits, and public celebrations. Red is the color of choice, but white and black clothing should be avoided during Chinese New Year as they are associated with funerals and death.


Gifts: Small gifts and tokens of love are exchanged during Chinese New Year, so purchase candies, small cakes, trinkets, and candles. Children typically receive money or sweets placed inside of red envelopes. Tea, fruit, flowers, and sweets make great gifts.  


Settle Old Debts: In an act of good karma, old debts of all kinds to friends and family are repaid prior to the Chinese New Year. This is the time to return borrowed items, so give your neighbor back that tool you borrowed months earlier. If a friendship has worn thin, reach out to that person. Forgive grudges and give people who have wronged you in some way a chance to start anew.


Prepare for Good Luck: The whole point of Chinese New Year preparations goes beyond getting ready to enjoy feasts, fireworks, lion dances, and dragons. It's a time for family reunions, new beginnings, renewed romance, and fresh potential for the year to come.Since your actions during Lunar New Year may determine the outcome for the entire year ahead, it's important to make all the necessary arrangements before and during the celebration, down to the most minute details. But with some simple preparations, you'll have no trouble attracting all of the luck and good fortune you'll need.


The associated zodiac animal for My birth is the 狗 Earth Dog.  

The Dog symbol has Yang Earth as the linked element.  The lucky numbers linked with this zodiac animal are 3, 4 and 9, while 1, 6 and 7 are considered unfortunate numbers.  The lucky colors for this Chinese sign are red, green and purple, while white, golden and blue are the ones to be avoided.

Chinese zodiac general characteristics:
There are several traits that best define this symbol: excellent teaching skills, results oriented person, intelligent person, excellent business skills.  This sign shows some trends in terms of love behavior which we present in this short list: faithful, passionate, judgmental, emotional.
A few aspects that may best emphasize the qualities and/or defects related to the social and interpersonal relations of this sign are: takes time to open, often inspires confidence, takes time to select friends, has trouble trusting other people. Strictly referring on how a native ruled by this sign manage his career we may conclude that: always available to learn new things, proves to be tenacious and intelligent, usually has mathematical or specialized area skills, always available to help.
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January 15th Some days it is just about the pens...
I love fountain pens, and brilliantly colored inks. This is my newest a purple Asian Calligraphy Bent Nib Fude Pen. by Duke. It is called the Charlie Chaplin.

Next to it the gift from my amazing hubby a Moonman C2 Fountain Pen with a fine Nib.
to complete the happiness Concord Grape purple ink by Bay State

January 10th, 2020 visit with my son

Wonderful visit today from my son bearing gifts from him and his wife Eileen. They recently made a trip to New Orleans. And brought me back a beautiful piece of art that I just absolutely love and hung near my coffee maker. And I told them over and over about pralines and how delicious they are. I was tickled that he brought me back a real praline from New Orleans. 

And if that wasn’t sweet enough he also   
                 brought me a gingerbread cookie from Disneyland. We all know that Disney gingerbread is the best. Super sweet visit it was wonderful.

January 6th a visit from Licensing

Joe from Licensing came today! We passed with flying colors!
 Joe was happy to see the children again. 
He has got to watch them grow up over the last 3 years
 40 years on the books.

January 4th, 2020 coins!

Every year since 2008 Brenda and I have gone in search of this coin stamp machine so we can create a coin for the year.
It started in Santa Cruz at the Beach Board walk.

and we now go to the Winchester Mystery house in San Jose. It is always a fun time.

2008 It is my choice

2009 Feeling fine

2010 Not if but when 

2012 Hells Bells

2013 Smaller jeans

2015 Getting Lean

2016 Be my best

2017 Feeling keen

2018 Keto 1220-20-60-120

2019 KOPS

2020 Not today

We are feeling younger and stronger than before.

My Journal is ready! It is yellow this year. 
The yellow rose symbolize KOPS status and being below goal. I will write in purple as usual, because Purple represents Power and ambition.
The stability of blue The fierce energy of red. Purple also represents creativity, wisdom, dignity, peace, pride, & independence.