We had another day with a cool morning but the afternoon turned out to be moderate instead of hot. Not to worry though, that season is on it’s way. I wish we could send some of this to the eastern half of the U.S.
The ‘Zany Day’ song was “Love Potion Number Nine”, originally by The Clovers and later by The Searchers. This week has been full of Old School tunes, so ‘Old School Friday’ is going to be updated for this week only. “I heat up, I can’t cool down, you got me spinning ‘round and ‘round. ‘Round and ‘round and ‘round it goes, where it stops nobody knows… __ __, I wanna reach out and grab ya. __, __” Hint: One word title is a word often used with magical acts, and no, it’s not Shazam (555).
This morning we drove north of town to Doy Din Dang ceramic studio. We hadn’t been there since Lisa’s first week in the cast when Cousin Ellen was here. Tamako greeted us as she was making her morning flower rounds. She goes around the property and creates little arrangements in some of Somluk's pots and urns. We sat and had coffee and talked about the upcoming event that they are hosting at Rai Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park on February 14. “Wheel and Flute” is the title and it will feature a 14th generation ceramics master from Japan. His family has been passing down the craft for about 400 years. The father of the featured artist was Somluk's master. A young man who plays the traditional flute will perform, as well as a famous soprano from Japan. She will sing a love song that is very popular in Thailand, but originated in Japan. They are expecting it to be a sing-along. One of the goals is to draw people from the community to the park for some international culture and free refreshments.
Going into the downtown area during mid-morning is not something we often do, but Lisa’s new distance glasses were ready so we got brave. Parking near the shop is near to impossible so we parked in front of Edison, a local department store that has space for customers. We walked through the store, window shopping on the way, and left on the other side of the store. When we lived at The Wancome Hotel in our early days here, it was the main place to shop for things. It was the only store with quality clothes and accessories. I’m surprised it’s lasted this long with all the new shops and the mall. We handled our business and toured the other side of the store on our way out.
Chinese New Year is celebrated from Feb. 4th through the 10th with the actual day falling on the 5th. With all the visitors from China and the local lineage, it looks like this will be one of the bigger celebrations we’ve seen since we’ve been here. Decorations are going up, costumes are for sale everywhere, and I’m sure there will be a parade or two. Nitchanan’s school will be closed as will many others with Chinese connections. There will be lots of fireworks to ring in the Year of the Pig.
Have a Wonderful WeekEnd. Time for the ‘Funnies’.