However, terribly strong winds kept me from having a deep sleep last night.
Those howling winds did not come empty handed. They brought along the Gobi Desert.
What I thought was fog and clouds turned out to be a trillion specks of sand.
I didn't take pictures but you can see a news clip about the yellow sand we had today( click HERE).
The sand has made cars and windows dirty and it has given me a sore throat too!
The dust that covers Japan and Korea (and of course the sandstorms in Mongolia and China) have been growing in proportion these past few years.
Today's blanket carpet of yellow sand was extra harsh....
If you are thinking "well it's just sand!" then please know that it is not only messy but it is also unhealthy.
If you have hay fever, then a spell of a runny nose and watery eyes is "normal". The real danger is in the toxins that attach themselves to the sand as they "fly" over China's industrial zones... of course Japan has industrial zones too, but the chemicals found in the sand are said to be quite toxic and have matched with the chemicals China has been founds to use.... thus the sore throat?
|this is a picture I took in Kitakyushu, Japan (2010 March)|
So...I have had to hang my wash "out to dry" in the house instead of outside as it is usually done.
|socks and shawls|
I found out that I must be liking the colors blue and green since that seems to be my latest buying trend:
|blue wrapping paper, green envelopes, blue and green tape, blue bird clothes pin, a blue silver button and|
in the very back...a four-leaf-clover tin box
Even a book that I have been meaning to read has a beautiful blue on the cover...
I have not been deliberately looking for authors with an "Asian background"... but one book has led to another...
|bought this one by Jamie Ford last week|
|The Asian American Superhero Anthology "Secret Identities"|
which led to this one...
a graphic biography of the mathematician/philosopher Bertrand Russell
Oh dear...the top layer of things on my desk are what I bought last week....what will I find if I dig any deeper?