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Monday, 19 December 2011

My Mornings

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

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Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


It is always interesting to hear about your life in China, both the differences and the similarities.
Your daily morning schedule sounds a lot like mine. Your comments about living somewhere further away from the terrorists and protesters in the country sounds a little like what our country seems to be moving toward. So far most protesters activities take place in the larger cities with a handful of devastating terrorist activities in the larger cities.
Years ago when I was old enough to listen to and understand a little about foreign news, I felt so safe and fortunate to be living in our country. At the time, I remember wondering what it would be like for our citizens to be similar to those in the world struggling against their governments. The activities that were always overseas, of course are moving closer and closer. We seem to be in the beginning of our own strife in this country.
I alwaysl enjoy hearing more about your life.
Michigan Grandma

Loved adding the pictures, now I really feel like we were visiting..you really show how we are all living in a global village now..everyone throws that term around, but your writing really brings it home, so to speak...just love your writings...Though times are changing once again, I feel like we have lived in the best of times and hope my children will be able to say the same, and my grandchildren too...Change isn't always bad or dangerous..I can almost smell your coffee this morning...

I really liked that little bicycle.

I can see how your trip over and back is exhausting. I am at the stage where I think very carefully if I am going to see or do something so wonderful that it is worth 2 or more days of uncomfortable travel. It forces me to look more closely around here for amazing trips, and surprisingly there is quite a bit to uncover. Safe trip home!!

Well, Johna,when you are leaving China for the last time please remember to wear your Perry Ellis coat.

Because,in the unlikely event that you misplace your Passport, the U.S.Immigration officer will recognize it and allow you into the Country again.

Looking forward to more stories of both China and Washington.

Most interesting, as usual. I love hearing about your routine in China and seeing the pictures. Thank you.

Nice to picture you in those neat, cozy and inviting spaces.

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