November 18, 2017

Saturday - Cold and rainy

A good day.

It is so late that I don’t have time for a full update. 

Basically, F and I went to see Logan Lucky after lunch at The Grand El Sun. I enjoyed it, he fell asleep.  

We went out to Mikawa Shopping Centre and did a lot of Christmas shopping. I got quite a lot of things for the people in my life, which was really good.  

We came back to Tsuruoka and F went to bed quite a while ago, and I spent too much time on my computer! 

It was a good, but seriously cold day.  I think I might turn into a popsicle if we don’t work on a proper heater for up here.  


That’s it….come back later for all the Sunday news….until tomorrow!

November 17, 2017

Friday - Cold 

A mixed day.

Last night I was so pleased that I was able to go out and to talk to my sister that my day was great.  Today, my day just didn’t feel as good.

I got up at my usual time and watched a bit of telly before going to make breakfast.  This morning I decided to give K some warm milk with her cereal so that she wouldn’t get as cold.  I think it was good for her. I enjoyed my breakfast as much as usual.

Upstairs I relaxed and watched some more videos from the DVR. I watched an episode of Reign again. I have rather a lot and I want to clear some room from the DVR.  

I went downstairs around 1 to offer K lunch. She accepted and I made her some open-face ham sandwiches, plus a hot salad.  It’s some veggies in a pack from the store that you microwave and then put a dressing on.  They were good.  We shared the meal and had a cup of diced peaches each afterwards.

After lunch,  I vacuumed the stairs and also a bit of our room.  I got the worst of the foam that F had left lying around.  

There wasn’t much on the TV and since I had a couple of hours I decided to watch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  I must say that I quite enjoyed it!  I haven’t told F that I watched it yet. I might let him in on it, but I’m not sure. He’s not really watching things with me these days.  

F came back to the house a little after 5:30.  At first, he was in a good mood.  We asked his mother if she’d like to come out with us, but she said no.  We got out to the car and F did the thing where he demanded I tell him where to go.  I suggested a couple of places but he didn’t like them.  I asked him and of course, he said a ramen shop.  When I said I wouldn’t go he got all mad and told me never to ask him again.  I can’t win.  I don’t eat ramen, but I suggested places where he can get ramen and I don’t have to, but they aren’t good enough for him.  Sigh.  

He decided to take us to a bento shop which I agreed to, and then he changed his mind.  As he drove out of the parking lot, I suggested going to Gusto again and then ordering a take-out bento for his mother at the end.  He seemed to like that idea, so we went to Gusto.  

The food at Gusto was fine. I had a roast beef and rice meal, F had a rice gruel thing that he often orders.  He got a bento for his mother and we left.  I had requested that we stop at a drugstore and he followed me doggedly through every aisle, despite me suggesting that he wait in the car.  Finally, I told him we might as well just leave because I wouldn’t buy anything with him looking over my shoulder.  He finally backed off.

We came back to the house and he immediately changed into his pyjamas, although he didn’t go to bed yet. It is very cold in our room up here, sadly, a portent of things to come. I am not looking forward to this winter at all. We had some tea and then F went to bed and is sleeping away.  


I’m not sure what we’ll get up to tomorrow. F has a busy morning planned with his mother and going to the doctor. I’m hoping to see a movie and perhaps do a bit more Christmas shopping. Wish me luck with that. Come back later and see what happens.  Until tomorrow…

November 16, 2017

Thursday - Cool, rainy

A good day.  Also, happy birthday to my younger sister!

I actually slept in late a few minutes this morning.  Since they have shuffled the foreign news broadcasts in the morning, I haven’t had the same reason to get up for 8 am on the dot.  Still, I got up and had my tea and did the bed and got dressed, the usual.

I went downstairs and had breakfast with K.  We had some tea, but a little after we finished our breakfast as the water wasn’t on.  It was nice.  I did the dishes and then went upstairs.  I watched an episode of Reign. I enjoy it, but it bears no resemblance to actual history.  Megan Follows is pretty great though.

I looked at the clock and realized that I had to move my butt if I was going to get out of the house on-time to catch my bus.  I really was quite ready to go, so it wasn’t a big deal.  I left the house after saying goodbye to K.

I caught the bus easily. I was a bit worried because the front of the bus didn’t have the right number on it, but figured that it was a mistake on the driver’s part. It seems that it was as the bus went exactly where I needed it to go! 

I got off at the station and walked back to the post office.  I was looking for Gotochi cards for a swap I’m doing.  I went in and the first person I saw was a worker from my old branch.  I think she’s a floater as I’ve seen her in another branch too.  Anyway, her face lit up when she saw me and we were both pretty happy to see each other!  I don’t know if she understands English, but she seems to, although she hasn’t spoken any to me.  Anyway, I got the cards I wanted and then I was off again.  

I walked back to S-Mall. I passed a new shop on the way and discovered that it was a tarot reading place.  That was interesting!  I was hoping it was a new coffee shop.  At S-Mall, I did a little pre-buying, or window shopping until it was time to go outside and meet my friend.  She picked me up and we went off to Anmol, the Indian restaurant.  We had a lovely lunch and lots of conversation.  Sadly, around 3 we had to leave the restaurant and she had to get back to work.  She graciously left me off at the mall again.  

I walked to my hairdresser to see if I could get a haircut today.  She was busy and asked if I could come back tomorrow.  I said I couldn’t, but made an appointment for next week.  I’ll go back again on Wednesday.

I walked back to the Mall and did a little shopping.  I bought a couple of small things for presents and then went to Doutors and had a lovely cup of coffee.  F came and joined me when he finished work. 

We picked up some food for his mother there and then delivered it to the house.  I did a quick email thing I had to do and then the two of us went to the Internet Cafe for a little massaging chair action.   We both had dinner there too.  Afterwards, F used our points to pay for the evening, so we only owed about 500 yen.  Woot.  

We came back to the house via the grocery store. I’d forgotten to get a few things that I needed earlier.  I got things that I can share for lunch tomorrow if necessary.  

We had a quiet evening in.  I did manage to FaceTime my sister to wish her a happy birthday. It was lovely to see her, although the phones kept cutting out.  


And that was my day. It was a good one, but now it is over and I have to get to bed.  Come back later and see what I get up to!  Until tomorrow….

November 15, 2017

Wednesday - Rainy, very rainy

A good day.

In the morning, I did my usual things and went downstairs and had breakfast with K.  It was quite nice, but also not a big deal.  

I watched some of my shows off the DVR and decided to bring in some of my laundry.  I brought some stuff back in and hung it over my heater so that it would dry.  It was at the stage where I wasn’t sure if it was dry or just cold.  It worked and I was able to put things away later.

I went down a bit after 1 to see if K wanted to have lunch with me.  I felt terribly guilty yesterday when I didn’t go down until almost 2:30.  Anyway, she did want lunch.  We had the leftover chicken and salad from yesterday, shared a piece of bread, and had the rest of the nabe from last night.  It was quite good. Also, I managed to tell K that I wouldn’t be around tomorrow afternoon.

I did the dishes and then went upstairs again.  I worked on my little Christmas ornament that I’m making for an exchange and got it done. Yay!  I think it turned out rather well.


I brought in the rest of my laundry and again, hung it up to warm up and dry.  Honestly, today my day was quite boring. I kept planning to do a Postcrossing or two, but never got around to it. I also didn’t get around to my Christmas Letter either. I’m debating not doing one this year.  It hasn’t been the best year for me after all.

F came back to the house around his usual time and was tired.  We talked about dinner and I suggested going back to the chain udon shop.  He liked that idea, so we went.  I had the same dish again and was pleased with it. I also had a couple of pieces of tempura too.  F didn’t really like his dish though. It looked okay, but mine was good.  He should have had it!!

We bought a few groceries at the store. We picked up stuff for K’s dinner and her lunch tomorrow.  I’ll probably have breakfast with her again and then leave just before noon. We came back to the house and had a quiet evening in.  I watched some telly and then took a shower.  F and I both had some decaf coffee which was nice too.  

Tomorrow I’m going to catch a bus downtown and then meet a friend for lunch. I have a few other things that I’d like to do afterwards, so come back and find out if I get them done! Until tomorrow…. 


November 14, 2017

Tuesday - Rainy and cool

An okay day.

I had a pretty normal morning today. I got up, had some tea and then went down for breakfast with K.  We didn’t have tea because she hadn’t plugged in her water pot.  No big deal.

I came back upstairs and sorted my laundry out. I also watched an episode of Pretty Little Liars during the washing part of the day.  I did three loads of clothes.  Yay me.

I stayed up here a bit late and went down around two thinking K would have eaten already, but she hadn’t. I asked her if she’d like lunch and she said yes. I threw a few things together for her and I and then we ate and had tea together.  We had salad, smoked chicken, a vegetable stir-fry we had bought and a piece of walnut bread each.  It was quite nice to be honest.  

I did the dishes and came back upstairs.  I started working on a Christmas letter to send out, but it was slow going.  This hasn’t been the best year for me and it is hard to be cheerful and happy because of it.  I suppose I could really be my usual grumpy self in the letter…I could call it the Scrooge Report or something.

When F came home he didn’t want to eat out tonight and suggested getting ingredients to make a nabe.  That was fine, but on the way to the store, he suddenly asked me if I’d make it.  I don’t make nabe and he knew it. However, I have been complaining for ages about his terrible soup base and suggested that I could use consomm√© cubes instead.  He grudgingly said I could.  We bought the ingredients we needed and then came back to the house.  

We both did some of the prep, F did do most of it though.  I made the soup base up, and made it a bit strong, which was a good thing.  I set the table, and F did all the veggie prep.  He put everything together and we put it out on the table.  It was really good!  My soup base was nice. It actually had some taste, unlike his!

I did the dishes afterwards, while F continued to work on covering up the windows.  I know that it is making our rooms up here warmer, but I feel like I’m in prison.  There isn’t much natural sunlight coming in the room at all and it is quite depressing.  Today, I pulled back one of the covers so there was some natural light in the room. 

We had a fairly quiet evening tonight.  F had just gone to bed, and I’m planning to go soon too.  Tomorrow I have a few things to do, so I need to work on that.  


Come back later if you are so inclined and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

November 13, 2017

Monday - Cloudy, a little cold, and clear!

A good day.

I got up this morning on time.  For the first time in ages, I didn’t have to wear an eye mask.  My husband’s alarm clock used to be really bright, now it isn’t, and then our bedroom here is also really bright, or was until F put up the boards on the windows.  Now it wasn’t that bright at all, so I didn’t need the eye mask. 

I had a quiet early morning. I watched the news, made the bed and set out my clothes for later. I had a cup of tea and then went down to have breakfast with K.  She hadn’t put the water-pot on, so I wasn’t able to have tea with her today, but we had our breakfasts and then I did a fast clean up before going upstairs and changing to go out.  

My friend came right on time and we left for the Mall in Mikawa.  On the way, we stopped in at a post office and I bought some Gotochi cards, my friend mailed a package.  

We made great time going to the mall.  We started the trip with some coffee and then did some shopping.  We had lunch around 1 pm and then shopped a bit more!  We both bought things, I got something for my niece and my nephew, she bought something for a relative.  Alas, time got away from us and we had to leave the mall.  I asked her to drive me to her city so that I could catch a train from the station there. It was easier than taking the bus.  

She dropped me off in Sakata at the station, and I bought my ticket, boarded the train and found a seat quite easily.  The train ride was almost too fast!  I didn’t have a chance to really relax and watch the countryside.  

I arrived back in Tsuruoka a little after 4 pm. I walked over to S-Mall, did a little bit of scoping out the goods in the shops and then went to Doutors for a tea.  F called me just as I was sitting down with my tea and cookie.  He had some business to take care of first, so he did that and then came and joined me in Doutors.  He had a drink too and then we left.

We picked up some food for his mother and dropped it off, then went off to Kushibiki and bought another sheet of foam for the windows in our room.

We went out to Kula Sushi for dinner and had a nice meal.  We shared a dessert there too for a change, it was nice.  

We came back to the house and F worked on covering another window.  I watched Get Smart, which was worse than I remembered, then went to bed for 10 minutes as I was feeling tired and not terribly well.  

F and I had some tea and I watched a little more TV, including Project Runway.  The right person definitely went home today!


That’s about it for me for today. It was a busy day really, so I’m almost looking forward to a quieter day at the house tomorrow.  Wish me luck with that!    Until tomorrow….  

November 12, 2017

Sunday - Rainy and cloudy

A good day.

I slept in a bit this morning and then got up.  I had suggested to F that we take K out for breakfast this morning, but it was too late for that.  He was going to invite her out for lunch, but she already ate.  Oops.  

Anyway, F and I went out for lunch to Hyakkenbori and had a good one.  I had teriyaki chicken and F had tempura.  We were both pleased. After lunch, we went to S-Mall to buy my bus tickets for my trip to Sendai.  I am going to attend ETJ with my women’s group.  I might even take in a presentation or two this time, you never know.  We got the tickets easily and then had a cup of coffee or tea in Doutors and then a quick trip around the hundred yen shop.

After all of this, we went back to the house for a few minutes to measure the windows in our room.  F had finally decided that we really should insulate them. I’ve been saying that for ages.  The next step though was to go to the various hardware stores looking for the materials.  We went to a few places.  It wasn’t all lost however, I really wanted to work on my Christmas shopping and I got a couple of things at one shop. Yay me.  F finally found what he wanted at a place near our old apartment and then came back to the house.  It was rather comical. He had bought these big sheets of styrofoam, but they were too big for the back of the car.  He had to put them in the car so they touched the ceiling.  Basically, when he sat in the car, his head kept the sheets up.  The back window was covered so he couldn’t see that way either.  We made it to the house, I’m not sure how!

F got to work on cutting the sheets and I left him to it.  He’s much better at things like that than I am.  He fitted quite a few in the windows, so the windows in our bedroom are done.  The windows in the other room aren’t done yet.  I went downstairs and since F had made a big mess on the floor I thought I’d clean some of it up. I was picking up the medium pieces of scraps on the floor when K came out of the living room and started piling up F’s materials.  I didn’t know if he was finished yet and tried to get her to stop.  In the first place, it is our mess, and our responsibility to clean it up, in the second, if he wasn’t done, he wouldn’t be too happy with her for interfering.  

F came downstairs and stopped his mother from helping.  He decided to finish for the night since both his mother and I were hungry.  I cleaned up the mess, threw out the scraps and put away the broom and dustpan.  A few minutes later K got out the broom again and “re-cleaned”.  Oh well, power to her.  I think it was done, and she actually spread what was trapped in the broom out more.  Sigh.  

We all piled into the car and went to Gusto.  Yes, again, but it was fine.  Tonight I had a hamburger with soup and a bun, the other two had Japanese style meals.  One reason I like that place is we can all have something we like.  

We did a fairly quick trip around MaxValu to get a few groceries.  I’m going out tomorrow so we needed to make sure that K would have some food during the day.  That done, we came back to the house and went our separate ways.

I had a veggie evening relaxing.  Both F and I took showers and relaxed a bit.  Tomorrow, F has an earlier than usual start, and I’m meeting my friend quite early too, so K will have the house to herself. I hope she enjoys it!  


Come back later and find out what I get up to on Monday. Until tomorrow….