More Thoughts from My Journal

Saturday has arrived. It’s Mid-Autumn Festival or “moon-cake” holiday here. I slept through the moon’s rise and fall last night, but I’ve seen some beautiful pictures on my WeChat feed. Tonight I’ll be sure to take a look.

We might be locked down but that hasn’t kept us from having access to the outside world…which means lot’s and lot’s of deliveries of moon cakes from family and friends. Both sweet and savory of all variations. I’m personally a fan of the “meat pie” versions, which are savory pork mix inside a flakey pastry. I limited myself to only one though as I’m trying to look less and less like a full moon myself these days.

I’m sitting in the garden. I’ve shown this view before, but it doesn’t get tiring to me. I’m blessed to have such a beautiful spot to write in. My wife and I just received our Chinese “Green Cards” meaning that we can stay and retire here. It’s a big financial and emotional relief to have that option although still aways on the horizon.

A Rare Selfie

I don’t know why I’m showing my face today. I’ve shared a photo of me and my dog Jack once before, but my face was mostly obscured behind a ball of fur. Maybe I’m coming to terms with myself in some way? Maybe I’m just coming clean with all of you about not being a cartoon pig. Haha.

In response to my less than ideal medical news, I’ve been losing weight. I’ve lost 10 pounds in the past three weeks — about 5% of my starting weight. I’ve still got aways to go, and I’m sure the progress will slow down, but I’m proud of myself for getting this far.

I feel like I’ve lost most of my weight from my neck and face though so I’m turning into a reverse bobble head. Haha. My daughter said I’m looking more and more like our dog Jack since he has a small head compared to his body. Isn’t it common for loved ones to start taking on each other’s looks?

Well, I’m about to join a fellowship session. Part of my recent spiritual exploration. I missed last week due to an overnight hospital stay. I’m not sure what you will make of my random thoughts but thanks for coming along with me.

Be well,



  1. Kathleen says:

    Nice to see you!


  2. murisopsis says:

    Ah Monty! I see you! I knew all along that you were not a cartoon pig. I think you very brave to post the selfie. I hide behind my mouse avatar but have in the past posted some pictures… I always post our Christmas photo card. If you want to see what I look like check out some of the December 23-25 posts from years past.

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Aww. And here I thought I’d played the pink pig role so perfectly. Haha.


  3. gigglingfattie says:

    I’m glad you get to lockdown at home this time instead of in your office. I’m sure that helps a lot with the mental side of lockdowns. And I’m glad you get to retire in such a pretty place!!! Happy moon festival!

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much for your kind thoughts.


      1. gigglingfattie says:


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  4. It’s great to see the man behind the blog! Wishing you well….

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  5. The savory pork pie sounds delicious!
    10lb in 3 weeks? I’d say that’s impressive.
    Nah, I still think you’re a cartoon piggy and are just sharing a selfie of some guy you’ve never met.
    I thought your wife was Chinese (i.e. she wouldn’t have to apply for a green card and yours would be easier to obtain). Or was I just an ass to assume that based on a photo of an Asian lady and you living in China?

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Hahah! They are delicious. I think your assumption was reasonable and she was born Chinese but previously converted to US citizenship so her green card was ironically tied to mine. They don’t do any favors for those that chose to “leave the fold”.

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      1. Ahhhhh. So you can’t be Chinese AND US citizen at the same time. Got it.

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      2. Monty Vern says:

        Right! China doesn’t allow for dual citizenship

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      3. Oh, so you renounced your US one? Fascinating!

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      4. Monty Vern says:

        No. I’ve got a Chinese green card…not passport. They are hard to get but possible.

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