This is going to be a super long blog post. This afternoon, I went back to Happy Embroidery, and I asked some questions regarding my inquiry project. Ms. Li taught me how to do a basic embroidery stitch, and I worked on a red flower for a two hours and thirty minutes, only to accomplish a small fraction of the flower. Embroidering takes a really long time. As well, I learned how to get silk threads ready. First, you make sure they're smooth. Then, you loop part of it around your finger and start braiding it so it's easy to remove one single tread for embroidery. You keep looping and braiding. For embroidery, you remove a single thread of silk from the braid. To make it finer, you split the one thread into half (or thirds/quartes/tenths) if necessary. You need to apply hand lotion before you start as to not mess up the silk with rough skin. You need to make sure the stitches are really close together, or it won't look good.
At about 6:30, Madeline C and I left for camping, because our parents weren't here for parent weekend. Mr. T, Ms. Mai, and Bryce came with us too. We went to ErHai lake, and the water was super clear and looked white-blue. A tree grew in the water, and we could see it's reflection. Though it was cold, expecially at night, we built a fire with twigs, logs, and dried leaves/weeds. I learned how to keep a fire burning, and how to blow on the embers if the fire went out to revive it. It's kinda difficult to collect firewood in the dark. We set up tents and cooked potatoes and corn on the fire. Some potatoes kept dropping into the fire, and once we fished them out with twigs/chopsticks, they were covered in soot. But it was ok because Mr. Tafel had a knife to take the skin off potatoes. We heated fried rice over the fire, with broccoli, onions, and potato in a pot placed on a log. It was so spicy, but delicious nonetheless. It took quite a long time for all the food to cook, so we ate dinner at about 9 in the evening. All in all, the fire was marvelous.
It was getting chilly and dark, so we stayed near the fire talking untl about 11 pm. In our tent, Madeline and I discovered two bugs, which we killed. That's one negative aspect of camping; unwanted insects in your tent. But overall, it was a new experience that would be useful in our spring break 3-day-2-night camping trip.
Picture One: The fire
Picture Two: Cooking stuff on the fire
Picture Three: Tree reflection sunset
Picture Four: Tree reflection sunrise