Mii Creative – Pain by numbers


There are many online stores selling “Paint-by-numbers” types of products (16×20 canvas). Some selling identical pieces, some have unique ones, and some are only accepting custom ones (you upload photos and choose different types of look).

Northern California’s “Shelter in place” order started on 3/17 so I place two orders with two different companies on 3/19 and 3/23.  The custom one I used Mii Creative with one image I took from Switzerland last summer. They came with a rolled canvas with paint in tiny containers with numbers on the lids plus three small brushes.

Some of the areas are very small.  I paint a little bit every night after dinner and it took me about a week to complete. It was very therapeutic and relax (not so relax on my eyes and fingers because the brushes were too thin to hold for a long period of time).

The other order was with “My Paint By Numbers” with 6 from their painting collections and only one arrived and the other 5 are still somewhere (after almost 2 months). NOT RECOMMENDED.

Both companies shipped from China. The custom one was placed a few days after the other one and arrived way sooner, with a better quality of canvas and with instruction.

There are many these type of “Paint-by-numbers” companies so I think most of them are shipped from China, few are from the USA; however, I do believe some has better quality or tracking system than others so choose wisely.

Here are what I have seen, and I am sure I have missed a few.    I ordered 6 paintings but only received 1 in two months. Only Custom piece (from your photos)  more expensive but nicer choices a UK company, has nicer pieces

There are also other websites that you can try to create your own “special color blocks” image.

Turn an image into paint by number:
Image processing with artistic effects:

我在臉書的廣告上常看到這一類按數字上色的美術勞作品, 有點像繪本, 以前工作忙, 練書法都來不及了, 沒想過買來試試, 但三月中舊金山灣區因為武漢肺炎的疫情被強迫就地避難, 多數人都被迫在家上班, 不能在家上班的就被迫停工或失業, 很多商家都關門不營業, 除了可以外出買菜, 遛狗散步, 看醫生 (有些醫生也不看診了), 餐廳只能做外帶外送, 其他時間都鼓勵你待在家裡.

時間變多了, 於是就有興趣來試試按數字上色的事了. 我分別跟二家不同公司下訂單, 二家都是從中國大陸寄出的, 一家是從他們的畫作主題裡選擇喜歡的六款, 一家是我上傳去年夏天我在瑞士拍的一張照片. 前者(“My Paint By Numbers“)到目前為止我只有收到一幅, 後者(Mii Creative)我還晚了近五天才下單的, 但我都已經畫完了, 前者的另外五幅還不知道在哪裡 (前後都快二個月了), 所以非常不推薦這家公司.

照數字上色不難, 細心一點都能塗得乾淨. 不過附贈的三支畫筆都太細, 握久了手很酸, 有些區域很小, 也挺傷眼, 所以每半小時還是得起身動動, 不過大致上說來是挺療癒的. 那幅畫我每晚的晚餐後就畫一點, 大概花了一週時間完成.

市面上有很多家公司都是做這種按數字上色的產品, 有好幾家公司賣的畫作都一樣或類似, 也許他們都是來自同一家公司吧; 有些公司有比較特別的畫作可以選, 有些公司的價格高一些 (也許品質好些), 有些公司只做特製 (你上傳相片), 所以還是要多比較一下.

市面上還有一些網站可以讓你自己弄出 “色塊類” 的照片檔, 有興趣的也可以試試.

Recipes: Desserts & Bread

ZOFP – Swiss Bread


In Switzerland, Zofp is the country’s national bread. The history or story behind it come with two versions, read HERE.  The tradition is customary to gift a zopf on Swiss National Day (August 1st). It’s also known as a Sunday bread, when you can expect the table to be groaning with a sizeable loaf, butter and jam with cheese and dry meats.

Zofp bread is everywhere in Swiss and you can buy a freshly baked Zofp even in a gas station.  You can also buy a half-baked Zofp in a supermarket and bake it at home to enjoy.  Zopf is similar to Jewish bread, challah, in terms of shape and taste but one major difference is the use of butter – after all, it is called butterzopf for a reason. It is also similar to Brioche but I personally like Zofp more.

Making a zofp at home from scratch is easy if you have made other types of bread before.

ZOFP  (for one loft)

240g All Purpose flour* 中筋麵粉
240g Bread flour* 高筋麵粉
12g Sugar 糖
8g Salt 鹽
1 pk or 7g Active dry yeast 酵母
75g Soft unsalted butter 放軟的無鹽奶油
270g warm milk 溫暖的牛奶
1/2 Large egg (the other half save for egg wash on bread) 大顆蛋

** Trader Joe’s AP flour has a higher % of protein than other brands so if you are using TJ’s AP flour, you can use a total of 480g (no bread flour needed).

  1. Mix dry ingredients first in a stand mixer’s bowl, then add milk, egg, and butter.
  2. After everything is mixed, set at slow speed and knead the dough until the bowl is clean and the dough is not sticky, about 18-20 min.
  3. Leave the dough either in room temperature for 1-2 hours or in the fridge if you plan to use it later the day or overnight for the next day (first proofing).
  4. Cut the dough into two portions, flatten a bit, fold and roll, and put aside for 5 min as second proofing.
  5. Roll each portion into long strings and start braiding (see below).

6. Egg wash the bread, sit aside for 15-30 min, and the egg wash it again before baking.

7. Preheat oven to 350F, bake for 25-30 min or until golden brown.

Nothing better than freshly baked bread!!

Zofp (ㄗㄡˋㄈㄨ , P不發音) 是瑞士的國民麵包, 傳統是週日才看得到, 或在8/1瑞士國慶日的時候當禮物送人, 但現在你在各大超市都買得到剛出爐的或者半烤的麵包 (省時間又可以吃熱騰騰的), 即便在加油站都可以買到.

Zopf 跟猶太人的challah 麵包, 在形狀和口感上很像, 但其中最大一點的不同是奶油. Zofp跟法國的 Brioche麵包也很像, 但我更喜歡Zofp, 如果做得好的話.

如果你自己做過麵包, 在家做Zofp很容易.

** Trader Joe’s 的中筋麵粉含有較高的蛋白質, 所以你可以全部都用他家的中筋麵粉, 如果你是用別家的中筋麵粉, 就要按照食譜, 再搭配240g的高筋麵粉.

  1. 先將乾的材料混合, 再加入牛奶, 蛋, 奶油.
  2. 全部都倒入Stand Mixer, 以慢速打到麵團乾淨不黏, 大概18-20分鐘.
  3. 將麵團放置室溫1-2小時或者放冷藏隔夜 (如果沒有馬上要用) (第一次發酵).
  4. 將麵團切成二等份, 稍微壓平, 往內捲折(成棒狀), 放置一旁5分鐘(第二次發酵).
  5. 然後各自揉成長條狀, 擺成十字型, 開始編織 (看影片).
  6. 塗上蛋液後放置一旁約15-30分鐘, 再上一次蛋液後就可以進烤箱.
  7. 烤箱設定350F, 烤25-30分鐘或者呈金黃色.

這個麵包就是在加油站的商店裡買的, 很多加油站的商店裡有烤箱, 所以麵包都是新鮮熱呼呼的.

Recipes: Desserts & Bread

Brioche, Blueberry Morning Buns


I haven’t been baking for a long time. . . (the last blog post on baking was Sep. 2013, almost 10 years ago).

Due to COVID-19’s Shelter-in-Place from 3/17 which has been ONE month today, I have time and mood to do some baking.

I looked up a post I wrote back in March 2013 on Brioche, I decided to give it a try again. This time I made Blueberry Morning Buns, and Brioche à Tête using Brioche dough.

The receipt of the Brioche Dough makes about 4 loaves so I cut the receipt in half which allows me to make 12 Blueberry Morning Buns, 6 mini Brioche à tête (tête means head which I didn’t have), and 2 Rolls with white chocolate chips filling.

You need to make the dough a day ahead because it takes time for the dough to rise and chilled. The dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or you can freeze the dough too.

A side note: The receipt website’s print function is very cool.  You can decide to delete any pictures or texts in order to fit into a page or two.  They use this Print Friendly which has a Chrome Extension version and blog bottom version.

我很久很久沒有烘培了, (最後一篇有關烘培的文章是2013年九月, 將近整整十年).

因為武漢肺炎而實施的就地避難, 從3/17至今整整一個月, 我有很多時間, 也剛好有心情重拾烘培.

我看到一篇我以前寫的March 2013 on Brioche, 決定再來做這個麵團. 這次我用這個麵團做了 Blueberry Morning Buns, and Brioche à Tête.

這個麵團的食譜可以做四個吐司, 所以我把食譜減半, 一共做了12 個藍莓早餐包, 6 個迷你餐包, 和2 個內含白巧克力粒的餐包.

你必須前一天就做那個麵團, 因為它需要時間發酵和冷藏後才能使用. 這個麵團放在冰箱冷藏可以到五天左右, 或者你可以將它冷凍起來.

Events, News Articles

Quarantine or Shelter-in-place – Here are things you can do at home

美國政府一開始對如何控制疫情的反應太慢, 現在可能自覺了卻又反應太激烈, 這我無法控制, 所以不予置評. 新聞媒體的標題為了吸引大家的注意, 多半太聳動卻不是實話, 而很多人似乎就看新聞標題而已, 要嘛沒有仔細把英文新聞全部看完, 要不看別人寫什麼就照抄, 因為我看到一堆朋友臉書上都寫著北加州封城. 我實在看不下去了, 所以寫這篇來灑一下消毒水!!!!

英文新聞原文 / 部分新聞的中文翻譯 (好康媽的加州休息站)

北加州 ” 沒 有 封 城 “, 只是(Shelter-in-place)就地避難

拜託各位, 英文新聞乖乖看完, 不要加入自己的情緒或理解, 因為大規模恐慌就是這樣開始的. 從大陸疫情開始發展至今四五個月, 我對自己在網路上寫什麼和轉貼什麼是非常警慎小心, 也對別人貼什麼, 我選擇讀哪篇文章也很小心, 因為我能做的, 就是不要製造出更多的害怕和恐懼, 並且讓自己保持在某種程度上的冷靜.

新聞不用一直看, 知道哪裡又有確診的人或者死亡人數又怎樣, 我們能做和應該做的, 就是常洗手, 想戴口罩就戴, 多喝水和吃維他命C, 少去人多的地方, 放些輕柔的音樂, 保持情緒穩定, 天氣好就去外面走動一下 (曬太陽有助情緒穩定), 趁這個機會好好陪伴家人, 對別人心存慈悲憐憫 (Compassion), 如果周邊有需要幫助的人 (去餐廳外帶食物, 因為他們也要養家; 替周邊老人去採買), 量力而為, 在網路上警慎發言, 然後就聽天命了.

你讀一堆負面新聞會造成你的情緒起伏, 你一直處在緊張或恐懼的情緒裡, 會讓你的免疫系統降低, 然後你就容易生病, 最後打垮你的未必是武漢病毒, 所以請慎選你所閱讀的東西, 我相信就算你完全不看新聞, 只要做到你該做的去保護自己和周邊的人, 你會安然度過這個疫情的.

May all beings be free from suffering,
May all beings be healthy and happy.


市面上買不到乾洗手抗菌噴霧, 沒關係, 自己用精油做. 買不到酒精, 就找酒精濃度最高的伏特加Vodka也可以.

在家閒得發慌, 沒關係, 以下是你上網就可以做的

The Digital Concert Hall now free for everyone The Philharmonie is closed – so we will come to you! The Philharmonie Berlin is closed until 19 April to help contain the coronavirus.
As everyone moves life indoors for a while, more virtual opportunities are being created. You can take an afternoon tour of the British Museum in London, or tune in nightly for a performance streamed by the Metropolitan Opera. And we just discovered that you can still get your fix of nature, too, by taking a virtual walk through the U.S. national parks for free.




小孩無聊, 沒關係, 以下是可以讓孩子上網的







上網訂外賣, 送達你家, 就不用出門了.


【買菜App攻略】by 矽谷Bonjour

1.Amazon Fresh:全美有whole foods的地區都支援,Amazon Prime會員滿$35免運費,非會員前30天免費試用。蔬果肉品奶蛋品質極新鮮、提供多樣有機商品,價錢和實體whole foods一樣。灣區目前部分地區下單後開始出現「暫無送貨時間」,或者送貨檔期隨時調整,不妨每隔一段時間查看,有朋友就是這樣取得兩小時送貨呢。

2.Instacart:跟全美各大超市 Kroger’s、Albertsons、Costco、Ahold-Delhaize、HEB、Safeway等合作,矽谷南灣還送Sprouts和H Mart。第一次下單免運費,之後$3.99起,加入Instacart Express前兩週免費使用,之後年費$99,多數超市滿$35免運費。目前南灣 H Mart和 Sprouts下單後顯示暫無配送時間,Sprouts店經理說最快一週內會好轉。

3. Google Shopping (Google Express):送貨範圍廣,和Costco、Target和Ranch 99等合作,適合大量購買Costco,懶得自己搬的人,產品單價偏貴,可能有額外運費。多數滿$35免運費,生鮮菜品類的選擇較少。以前送貨1-7天內,目前配送狀況約10天。

4.Shipt:支援全美的超市代購,美東和中西部為主,包括Fairway Market、Morton Williams、Safeway、Smart & Final等,美西也送Ranch 99。生鮮蔬果肉、熟食點心到日用品都有,年費$99、前兩週免運費試用。送貨一般兩天,灣區目前Ranch 99和Safeway排到至少一週後或暫無配送時間。

5.Safeway Delivery:滿$30提供送貨或自取,貨品齊全,蔬菜水果、生鮮肉品、飲料乾貨都有,服務地區:加州、亞利桑那、馬里蘭州、維吉尼雅州和華盛頓州,多數地區出現延遲狀況,商家表示一週內會補足。

6. Weee:支援舊金山灣區、西雅圖和洛杉磯。菜品齊全,蔬果生鮮、熟食奶茶外賣應有盡有,價格和亞洲超市差不多,蔬果品質蠻新鮮。可參考促銷、熱賣商品或新品專區再下單,首單減$10。以前是隔天送達,灣區我前天早上訂購下週可到府,昨天下午訂顯示10天後抵達。

7. Yamimeal:支援舊金山灣區、洛杉磯、斯托克頓市和波特蘭。下載App後輸入SJ在搜尋欄,就能看到SJ Distributors超市,以各式亞洲海鮮肉品為主,也有蔬果乾貨。海鮮價錢相當吸引人,蔬菜比一般亞洲超市稍貴。App操作介面還算好用但有改善空間,目前灣區配貨速度相當快,我15號傍晚下單,顯示隔天下午三點前能送達。目前提供額外5%折扣。

8. Imperfect Foods:把外表有瑕疵但品質好的食材做處理,以較便宜的價格販售,可選擇每週送一次或兩次的訂閱宅配。有生鮮蔬果、肉類、零食乾貨等。新用戶還能收到貼心的食譜建議和小卡片。免年費,運費按距離計算,價格跟Walmart差不多,目前送貨速度較不受疫情影響。



11. Peapod:美東和中部城市為主,芝加哥、紐約、紐澤西、康州、馬里蘭、賓州等地區,提供各式生鮮蔬果肉品和Meal Plans。年費$119無限次送貨,若選周二到周四送貨,年費$55,相當實惠。目前因疫情供貨短缺,暫不提供取貨服務。

12. Jet City Grocery:Walkmart旗下的送貨服務,以前以家居產品為主,現在還提供買菜,而且無需手續費,$35以上免運費,不採會員制度。雖然部分商品價格貴了一點,但客服迅速、支援免費退貨,可以把握免手續費時窩在家買買菜跟零食。


看看歷史, 這一切都將會過去.

Health & Beauty, People

Hamilton Family Chiropractic Center in Campbell


A good friend of mine and her husband are seeing Dr. Colleen Conger-Brass and Dr. Michael Brass for their chiropractic needs for about a year now.  She was sharing their experiences with me while we went for a hike last year.  She told me that they are not your typical Chiropractor Doctors because they have a system that incorporates a healthy diet, right exercises, educational workshops, and you need to go see them a few times a week plus they don’t do advertising, all by patient’s referrals.  That sounds very interesting because I have been seeing different Chiropractors from time to time for about 20 years now and I haven’t met anyone like that. So I ask her to tell me more.  She said, they do once a month presentation with a free dinner in a restaurant in Cupertino and she asks me if I want to go (it happened to be two days later, what a great timing). I figure sure, why not.

So I went to dinner with my friend and her husband and two other her friends.  When I saw my friend’s husband, he looks great. He told me that he lost 25 lb in three months because of all the spine adjustments, change the diet, the education he got and the exercises he has been doing.  I was very impressed. The presentation was done by Dr. Colleen Conger-Brass which was very well organized (you can tell they have been doing this for a very long time, maybe with some business coaching help as well). The dinner was ok but what they offer for that night was attractive – $57 for a set of x-rays of your spine.  For all the Chiropractor Doctors I have seen in the past 20 years, I don’t remember anyone of them has taken my spine x-rays. They just asked me how I feel or where do I feel pain and then they checked and adjusted me, and that was it. I may need to go back once a week if the condition was bad or maybe once a month to maintain or however long I want. So I thought, $57 for x-rays and two visits were very generous (of course I also know that is a sales technique to keep you interested) but what do I have to lose since that x-ray alone is well worth it.

We all know that our health is VERY IMPORTANT and it didn’t really matter how much money you have because you can’t really buy health back (think Steve Jobs or any other very wealthy people that you know).  We often spent our time working hard in order to make more money because we think money can buy many things to make us happy.  That’s true to a degree but how much is enough and the happiness that money can buy last for how long? We really don’t NEED much to be happy but we WANT too much and care too much on how others think of us. That’s a very tiring way of living, don’t you think?

Anyway, what I want to say is that taking care of our health is very important. You need to do it NOW not later, not when you make enough money, not when you have time, not when you are sick.  You just need to do what you can right now because you don’t know if you have a second chance for that. I think I have been quite responsible for my health, maybe not 100% but 80%?? Ok, maybe 70% now since I fired my personal trainer at the end of October and I haven’t exercised since. You know I believe everything happened for a reason. If not because I am taking Medical Hypnotherapy right now and in one of the chapters talks about our brain, spine, and Vagus nerve system, I didn’t know how important my spine is. The Vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body, from the brain stem (back of the neck) down into the digestive system, connecting most of our major organs and 75% of its function is for sending signals from the brain to the organs it controls.

If that’s the case, having a good Chiropractor Doctor is vital but how many of us really realize that, and have one on top of our head??

So a few days later I went in for my first visit and took 5 x-rays. Then I went in again two days later to see my x-rays.  I wasn’t surprised that my spine wasn’t perfectly curved and lined up (who does in this kind of environment and lifestyle with computer and cellphone activities) but since I know how important my spine and nerves system is, I want to do what I can to make sure it stays as healthy as I can. So the Spinal Corrective Phase is approximately 3 months – 3 times a week adjustments, 1 x-ray (at the end to compare with the first one for comparison), and classes/workshops. They offer a complete examination and any necessary x-ray free to immediate family members within 7 days of initiating care. If you travel, they will increase the adjustment frequency around the travel schedule. They offer 12 months payment plan and offer family discounts. They don’t take insurance because it limits them what they can do for their patients (I kind of understand that).

So I decided to give it a try because I really want to see what a good Chiropractor Doctor can do for me.  On top of that, I am also very curious about what kind of business coaching training did they get so I can use it on my own healing business. Later I found out that they used to associate with a company called Max Living which is started with two Chiropractor Doctors who create The 5 Essentials – a natural and effective way to align your health by integrating chiropractic care with our four other powerful essentials — mindset, pure and simple nutrition, exercise, and minimizing toxins.

. . . It’s been three months now and I got my second set of x-rays to compare. Guess what?? My spine position and curve are way better.

The normal curve for the neck is 45 degrees, shape like a banana.


My neck curve was -5 three months ago (14 degrees/31 degrees) and now is +25 degrees (21 degrees/31 degrees).

From the backside view, the Right side is three months ago and the Left is after (the blue line is where the center should be, the red show how much my spine was off the center, especially, on the lower back).

The past three months I felt the most changes are I sleep better, much regular to go to the bathroom every morning, less pain or discomfort here and there, emotionally stable, and lost weight.  Although I can’t say it’s all because of the spine correction adjustments three times a week since I also do meditation more, cut down sugar/carb/grain, go to bed around 10:30pm for most of the nights, I do believe the spine adjustment has a lot to do with it.

So I signed up for a one-year program and the doctor told me that I only need to do twice a week adjustment but if I want to do three is fine too, as long as I go regularly so the spine can stay in the right place.  They are going to ask me to do more home care exercises, like the cervical traction unit, the Wobble Cushion, and other exercises that would help with spine health. We will get another X-ray after six months.

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去年底我跟一位朋友去健行的時候聊到她看整脊醫師將近一年的經驗, 我自己平常也會去找整脊師, 但不固定. 朋友跟我說他的整脊醫師跟一般的不同, 因為他們不但管你的脊椎, 還管你的飲食和運動, 還要上課, 因為他們認為身體健康是全方位的, 而且效果會更顯著. 他說他和先生一週去整三次, 三個月就有明顯改變, 這讓我很好奇, 他說他們不做廣告, 每個月有一次的免費晚餐講座, 是他們唯一的廣告, 我想說來去看看, 也沒損失. 晚餐的食物一般般, 講座也還行, 比較吸引我的是那個脊椎X光片的優惠價格$57 (我當然知道那是紅蘿蔔), 我看了那麼多年的整脊, 沒有一位醫生有提供拍X光片的服務, 也沒有醫生告訴我需要拍, 不過如果從來沒拍過, 就沒個基準可以比較改善程度啊??

我也是因為後來上醫療催眠課程, 剛好提到我們的神經系統, 而脊椎就是神經系統的保護殼, 我們一般人都太低估脊椎的重要性了, 當我們身體疼痛或不舒服, 多半都是先去看家醫, 而不是去看中醫或整脊醫師, 西藥就是毒藥啊!!! 我的脊椎X光片顯示, 我的頸椎弧度是負五度 (健康的應該是正45度), 胸椎和頸椎也有點走位, 我平常排便很不正常, 好幾天才一次, 身體總是這裡痛或那裡不舒服, 不至於痛到我想去看醫生, 所以多半就是偶而去整脊, 會舒服一些, 所以後來我就想試試三個月的療程, 看看我的脊椎, 在一週三次的調整下, 外加一些飲食上的調整 (減少澱粉, 穀類等會變成醣的食物攝取), 身體可以有哪些改善.

我是去年11月開始的, 12月回臺灣一個月, 然後今年的一月和二月, 每週三到四次的整脊, 可能我本身的健康狀況還不錯吧, 所以第一個月結束時並沒有很大明顯的轉變, 但是睡眠似乎有好一些, 然後我就回台灣了, 但是當我從台灣回來後, 很多朋友都說我瘦很多 (可是我也沒有運動, 在台灣的飲食你也知道, 完全沒在控制),  回美後又開始每週三到四次的整脊, 一月後我就開始早上會想排便, 雖然沒有每天, 但是一週有三四天也算是很大的進展, 然後開始覺得有精神, 情緒也變得穩定很多 (開始冥想打坐也有幫助), 然後二月又過去了, 終於到了要再拍脊椎X光片, 看看三個月的成效, 結果我的頸椎從負五度變成正25度 (雖然離健康的正45度還有一點距離), 胸椎和頸椎也非常接近正常的位置, 醫生比我還高興, 他們蠻驚訝我頸椎的進步程度 (該做的脊椎運動我都沒有乖乖做, 所以這樣的結果我很滿意了).

所以我又繼續一年的保養療程, 醫生說一週二次 (我要去三次也可以), 但有增加幾個針對我的脊椎狀況, 可以在家做的運動, 六個月後會再拍一次脊椎X光.

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