Pictures around and about week of February 2nd to the 10th

I haven’t officially retire, that happen on the 30th of March (which happen to be Good Friday).  I only work 3 days a week currently until the end of March.  During my time off, when I am finish with my honey do list and cures, I am busy taking our 2 dogs out for a walk.  I usually have my Nikon camera with me, so I take random shots with my iPhone or DLSR camera.  The following are pictures are from February 2nd to 10th.  Next week is the start  of the Chinese New Year.  Chinese New Year starts the 14th and goes to the 21st of February.  I will be covering 3rd shift those days, so my  co-worker Juan can take off (Juan works in China as L2 Support also).

It will be a power pack Wednesday.  First, it is the Chinese New Year “The Year of the Dog” (1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are also known as Dogs), and anyone born in an Earth Dog year will be communicative, serious, and responsible in the workplace (that would explain my son Daniel personality).  Second, it is Valentine’s Day, the feast of Saint Valentine. I am off the hook this year.  My wife (Michele) told me we do not have to exchange gifts for Valentine’s Day, because we need to cut our expenses for retirement and beside we do not need one day of the year to express our love for each other.  But I know, if do not get her any thing, then I will be in the dog house.  Third and most important, it is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent (“Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.”  –  “Remember, man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.”).  I  am giving up soda (Dr. Pepper), chocolate, and donuts.  

The first picture is a sculpture of a Spider Lily.  The artist Susan Pascal Beran created the sculpture of the Spider Lily in full bloom. The sculpture is behind the New Bern Convention Center facing the Trent River. It moves as gracefully as the living flowers do in the breezes off the Trent and Neuse rivers.  It stands 29 feet tall. The Spider Lily is an unique flower with a red starburst flower atop a single stalk. It is said that they bloom two weeks after the first good fall rain. 

My other picture were of sun rise and sets (what can I say I love sun rise and sets) and wild life in my backyard or the trails. 

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