December 20, 2011

CHINA: My Mornings

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon / The Elder Storytelling Place / TimeGoesBy / December 19, 2011

By Johna Ferguson

I don’t know how you start your day off; everyone has a different routine, that’s for sure. But this is mine in China.

First up at 7AM. For some reason my circadian clock is set at that time no matter where I am. A quick trip to the bathroom and then to my computer, but it takes time for mine to warm up and get through all its business.

While that happens I go to the kitchen and pour myself a big glass of orange juice and down my morning pills. Then back to the computer which is up and running and into the Post Intelligencer, the Seattle morning paper.

To start the day I think everyone needs a laugh so I first look at the comic strip Zits, about a high school boy and his mother and dad and then on to reading the local news.

I change to the Wall Street Journal to see how the stock market is doing, not that I can do a thing about it, and glance at the top new stories. Then on to The New York Times to read national news and then to Spiegel, the German news to get a different slant on it all and lastly, the China Digital to read their views on the latest world happenings and those in China.

Yes, I can look at all those newspapers here but occasionally, an article might be missing due to censors.

Then it’s time to tune into Time Goes By. I am an Independent, voting for whomever I think is best, so I don’t always agree with Ronni’s views, but I read them and listen thoughtfully to her messages. Finally on to her sub-blog, The Elder Storytelling Place.

But before I read that, I get up and get my bowl of instant oatmeal, a cereal available here. I also pour boiling water from the hot pot onto the coffee grounds in my French press. It will sit and get more flavorful while I eat my cereal, all the while reading the wonderful essays you have submitted.

Some I cry over, others I am amazed at the descriptive vocabulary you have used and many bring a chuckle and often an outright laugh.

They all refresh me in some way. They give me that little boost I need to start on my own writing with my second cup of coffee and a small piece of dark chocolate. Yes, I can’t break this habit and luckily my daughter-in-law keeps me well supplied, even here in China.

It was a long plane trip to Beijing and train trip to Qingdao and we felt just like cattle being herded into the pen for slaughter so this will be my last trip here. After all, I’ve been making this trip for 30 years, back and forth. Therefore I must cram in lots of memories now so I have more stories to write about in the future that might be of interest to you all.

But I have enjoyed my stay with my friendly magpies who daily visit our yard for food I leave them and being back with Chinese friends and families I lived with and lastly, feeling a little safer here from terrorists and protestors who have been so successful at scaring us Americans in my homeland. But enough is enough.

Here are some pictures of our little abode: my favorite rocking chair for relaxing with a good book, a little of our Chinese style furniture and lastly our office where I spend much of my time.

Johna's Rocking Chair
Johna's Furniture
Johna's Office
© 2011 Ronni Bennett.

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