Happy New Year & Merry Christmas! -- Shirley's America Travel Diary 117 & 508th Friendly Greeting - Dec 29, 2015

How are you?

First of all, I would like to thank you for your sincere help, good directions and much care for in the past years and I do wish you and your family members will have a Happier, Luckier and More Successful New Year! And have had a Merry Christmas.

I am sorry for I could not make and send any Christmas and New Year's Card as I had done for 10 years since 2005 to 2014 on the Christmas Eve because there was something special happening in my new house in the USA before Christmas, so that I had to get up at 4:30am, Dec 23, to remove the carpets in the 3 rooms on the first floor and all of the things related to the old carpets weren’t finished until Dec 27.

The good news was that by the good help from my former classmate Mr. Zhu Bin and a young graduate of Missouri State University Mr. Zhao Yunfei in the Christmas Vacation, the foundation of my house had been covered by the cement twice before the biggest storm came. All of the old carpets have been totally removed from my house already.

The best news was: Mr. Ron Buffalow who is the owner of the BTI Pest Control LLC came to my house to identify what the insects which we found on a piece of wood under my sunshine room were. I was happy for he told me for certain that the insects were ants, instead of termites!

But aiming at the situation that I was bitten by something tiny and suffered the allergy, he guessed there were some insects from the dogs of the old owner of the house hidden in the carpets. So, today, as soon as they re-started to work, we made an appointment and his company would come to disinfect my house totally on Dec 31, 2015.

Anyway, no matter what has happened to me, every day, as soon as I completed my daily work on he house and the cooking jobs for the two friends who were working on my house in their Christmas Eve and Christmas Vacation, I worked on my own art creating. In the past several days, I have re-created a piece of music for a classical poem, re-translated the poem, re-wrote the comment, re-sang it in Chinese and in English and made the records...

Also, I started a little landscape since Christmas Eve and completed on Dec 26.

I have recited 1,740 English words since Christmas Eve as well.

I feel lucky enough for professor Meng Weiye who is my 3rd music coach since 2009 and the music director of my publication has heard my newest recording on the web site, corrected my music and typed it to be a former music score with Chinese numbered musical notation already. I would really like to follow his directions to re-record the music and my singing in a professional music studio after I go back China in 2016.

Meanwhile, in Britain, Mr. Mike Joyce who has been my English tutor for free since 2002 and a volunteer work partner since 2005 would like to continue to correcting my English writing.

Mr. Charlie Quang Zhang who is my volunteer work partner since 2005, has been working with me from China for improving the speed of the web site and for resolving some technology problems during the Christmas vacation...

With a grateful heart, I would really like to cherish my time and opportunity in the current travel in the USA, keep working hard on my little cross-cultural and comprehensive art dream seeking...

How about you? Do you have anything special to share?

I am just a student on Arts of Painting, Music, English and Management, to work on the web site in my free time. I would really like to do somethings with what I have learned to make this little web site to be an Electronic Bridge of Cross - Culture and Comprehensive Arts, Language & Friendship. To help the others and this world while improving myself and realizing my own value of life.

I would really like to appreciate you for your understanding, directions, supports and help.

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Shirley Yiping Zhang
Dec 29, 2015 (American Local Time)

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