Sunday, January 29, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR -- YEAR OF THE ROOSTER


Happy Chinese New Year!  It's the year of the Rooster.  The Year of the Rooster will start from Jan. 28, 2017 and last to Feb. 15, 2018.
China Zodiac Animal - Rooster
Rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029...

Rooster is almost the epitome of fidelity and punctuality. For ancestors who had no alarm clocks, the crowing was significant, as it could awaken people to get up and start to work. In Chinese culture, another symbolic meaning of chicken carries is exorcising evil spirits.


People born in the Year of Rooster according to Chinese zodiac have many excellent characteristics, such as being honest, bright, communicative and ambitious. Most of them are born pretty or handsome, and prefer to dress up. In daily life, they seldom rely on others. However, they might be enthusiastic about something quickly, but soon be impassive.

If you google "Year of the Rooster", you will find out a lot more.  Such fun although I believe none of it.

Yesterday Joe and I went to the Super China Buffet for lunch.  It was disappointing.  The variety and amount of food has gone way down.  But I got the best chicken egg drop soup.  And long noodles for good luck.  They didn't have any beggar's purses though.  Looking at the list of "lucky" food I notice that Joe got a lot of them without even knowing it.

Lucky food to eat during this 8 day celebration are:  fish (an increase in prosperity), dumplings (wealth), spring rolls (wealth), sweet rice balls (family togetherness), fruit with a golden color (fullness and wealth), long noodles (happiness and longevity).

After we ate, we went to Rite Aid to get a few things.  While we were in the store I began to feel sick -- dizzy, headache, my blood pressure went up and my heart started pounding.  I left Joe in there and went out to the car.  I just felt worse and worse.  By the time we got home my head was pounding.  I think they must have put aspartame in the iced tea.  I get severe side effects to it and those are the symptoms I have when I eat or drink it.  I took a couple of Tylenol and laid down on the sofa.  I woke up 7 1/2 hours later feeling much better.

I got the church bulletin together and went to print it and it wouldn't print.  I did everything.  I cleaned the nozzles, aligned the heads, tested everything.  All the tests turned out right but it wouldn't print when I sent things through to it.  I NEED MY PRINTER!

I got up early today and ran to Wawa to get something for Fellowship Time.  It was my week to bring the treat.  I had meant to bake, but I slept instead.  Then we went to church early so I could print out the bulletin over there.

We were going to go to the parade in Chinatown today, but I am still feeling under the weather, so we took Sunday afternoon naps instead.  I have always loved my Sunday afternoon naps, even when I was a teenager.  Probably mostly when I was a teenager.  I slept a lot in my teens.  So anyway, here are some pictures of the parade instead.




 There's a lot of the week left, so hopefully I will feel better and we can do some more things to celebrate the new year.


 Kathy
Sunrise:  7:11 a.m.
Sunset:  5:17 p.m.
10 hours and 6 minutes of daylight
(Yay!  It's over 10 hours!)
Sunny and scattered snow showers
Temperature:  43*/30*

15 comments:

  1. we didn't eat Chinese tonight but we did eat at Mt Angel Sausage Co restaurant. Phil had a dinner with two types of sausages and purple sauerkraut and bread while I had pulled pork on a brioche bun with sweet potato fries and coleslaw. Afterwards we bought a frozen marionberry strudel. We will bake it later. It was so good after a lovely afternoon walking around the Abbey grounds where I took photos. Will show that later. Loved being out in the quiet and beauty for awhile. We both needed it! Hope you feel better. It might be a good idea to ask how drinks are sweetened. My daughter nor I like aspartame either. Will be praying for your health to be better for you! Hugs!

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    1. I've eaten there for years and never had that experience. But it's the only thing I could think of to make me feel that way.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your reaction. I'm highly allergic to aspartame,almost needing treatment in ER. I was told to take Benadryl but I'm happy the Tylenol worked. I've since switched to ordering 'unsweetened'. You can always add sugar yourself.Feel better soon. Love the parade photos!I like all the colors & the dance movements...thank you for sharing them.
    Hope the rest of your week turns out better.

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    1. I think I'll be ordering water from now on.

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  3. Just gatecrashed your blog...loved the shots of the parade. It's encouraging that we note and celebrate other cultures. Hope the reaction was just temporary and you are fully recovered.

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    1. Welcome, Mike! I am part Chinese so have celebrated my whole life. I am feeling great today, thanks for asking. The bad reaction is temporary.

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  4. Maybe your headache came from MSG in the Chinese food? My daughter gets horrible headaches from this -- Chinese food buffets seem to be a major culprit. Enjoy reading your blog.

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    1. Hi, Renee! It could have been MSG. I did think of that. But I have eaten here for years and never had a bad reaction. I think it was the tea because it tasted differently this time. Whatever, I'm fine now. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Kathy, I would bring my own sweeteners in my purse. That sounds so scary for you. My daughter's big rooster will be happy to know it's his year. LOL. That dang chicken will chase you, if you get too close. Blessings to you and Joe, take care of yourself. xoxo, Susie

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    1. I'm just not ordering tea there anymore. Water is fine. I've been chased by chickens before. Not fun.

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  6. I was born in the year of the Rabbit, at least that is what the place mats in Chinese restaurants say. We have stopped eating in Chinese restaurants because of the high sodium/MSG. I used to get nasty headaches from it. Try Vietnamese or Thai. Much more fresh and not so many chemicals. I enjoyed your photos and sure hope you are feeling better!

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    1. I have eaten both Vietnamese and Thai but since I am Chinese and it is Chinese New Year, I wanted to eat Chinese. Glad you enjoyed the photos. I got them from the local news station. I'm feeling great today.

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  7. Yes, I too was wondering if it could be the MSG, it can give me the worst of headaches.
    Those colorful costumes and decorations are spectacular, I like the sound of Year of the Rooster :)
    Be well dear friend.
    ~Jo

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  8. Very neat photos and information! I hope you've felt better today sweet lady. I'm sensitive to the MSG too...may have caused your reaction as others have said. Hugs!

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  9. I love Chinese food but because of my gluten intolerance there is so little that I can eat. Glad you are feeling better again....sticking to water is good :)

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