#WeekendCoffeeShare: Alone At Last!

Good Monday morning! Welcome to #weekendcoffeeshare! Be careful there, it’s quite slippery out there after the 3 inches of snow that fell last night. If you will please follow me, we’re going to take the stairs to the 5th floor (I no longer trust elevators) to raid the coffee machine in the break-room. 😉

If we were having coffee, I would first apologize for being absent for the last few weeks. Life has been crazy and I think it’s finally beginning to slow down for a while. As of the end of last week, my aunts and cousin have gone back home to China. Well, my cousin and his mother left on the 24th of January and my mom’s youngest sister (the-fun-yet-sometimes-annoying aunt) stayed until the 7th of February.

My cousin went back to China to say goodbye to his grandfather who had been having health problems since the start of 2019. He hated hospitals and refused to go even though his feet were swollen to the point he had difficulty walking. He had cancer for years and it was slowly killing him from the inside.

Anyway, after a trip to the hospital, he had just about given up on living but the people around him refused to let this poor 88-year-old man go so easily. They’d try anything to get him better, not knowing when the old man’s mind was made up, it was made up. He left this world about a week after my cousin and aunt reached home.

If we were having coffee, I would tell life has been much better with less people in the house (even though in three weeks, my aunts, uncle, and cousins are coming back). One can always use some peace and quiet to focus on some other things like writing, photography, etc.

Speaking of some other things, you might have noticed I have been a little absent on the blog lately even though I do still post the daily inspiration posts. This is because I have been practicing my photography and learning cool tools in Lightroom.

With my mom away at her monthly training this past weekend, I finally have a chance to be alone and when I’m alone, I like to go explore and experiment (I got to try photographing the night sky from my backyard but as you can see, it didn’t turn out too well). So when it’s not snowing, I have been going to local parks and places I’ve spotted from the highway – places with water, to practice long-exposure photography.

It has certainly been a learning process. I learned just like all photos, you can easily overexpose long-exposure photography and sometimes, when a photo is too overexposed, even Lightroom can’t help you.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from this past week:

Finally, if we were having coffee, I would thank you for joining me today and hope to see you back here in a week.

13 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare: Alone At Last!

  1. Gorgeous photos. I love them, you have such talent 🙂 I’m glad you’ve had free time to experiment and be alone, it will make handling your mom and your relatives when they come back easier. I’m glad to hear your Aunt can be fun, & that your cousin went to say goodbye to your uncle, his dad. Many people get upset when others choose not to fight cancer. Maybe if he had treatment 8 years back it would’ve gotten rid of the cancer? But, more likely, through avoiding cheemo & related treatments he lived a longer life on his terms & I think he’s allowed. Especially in his 80’s, I can understand his want to avoid painful treatment. What do you think on this? He could’ve been treated earlier again, but that could have also weakened him more & decreased his life quality or age. It’s a gamble either way w/ cancer. Glad things are mostly good for you. Take care my friend & have fun w/ your free time 🙂

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    1. Thank you.
      Actually, my cousin went back to China to say goodbye to his grandfather, who has no relation to me whatsoever. The old man’s had cancer for years and he went to see the doctor often, always the clinic (out-patient), never in-patient but I agree, people do get upset when they see people they love refuse to fight. At the same time though, I think the old man’s ready to be united with his wife who passed, I think, more than 10 years ago.
      Thank you for reading and have a great week.

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  2. Beautiful photos, Yinglan. I love all of them! I, too, spend a lot of time learning, and, in my case, relearning. I wish I could retain what I have learned 😉 I agree with previous blogger that you are talented! Can’t wait to see more of your photos!
    Have a wonderful day!

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