June 28, 2017

Wednesday - Hot and sunny

A goodish day.

I got up this morning when F did and went out with him.  He dropped me off at the Internet Cafe and I went in and got a massaging chair for myself.  I spent the next 3 hours there and enjoyed myself. I did some crochet, watched some videos and even closed my eyes for a few minutes.

When my time was up I walked to the train station and finally managed to get my tickets for my trip next month.  Of course, it took longer than I hoped and the clerk made a mistake so she had to fix it, but after a while things got sorted out. Whew.  

I met my friend and after buying a drink, we went over to her apartment for some lunch and crochet.  She had made some gorgeous curries and we had them with bread.  After lunch, we did some crochet and knitting together.  I showed her a couple of techniques to help her with joining yarn. I’m hoping I did a decent job, but thought that maybe she was a bit confused.  

When it was time to go, she dropped me off at S-Mall.  I had planned to go and get a hair cut, but honestly, I completely forgot, so I just hacked the mall instead!  I put my backpack in a locker, had ice cream at Baskin Robbins and then did a little window shopping.  I went to Doutors and had an iced coffee and a cookie later on too.  

F called me to say he was finished work. I grabbed my backpack and after a long detour where he bought  a drink we were off.  He went to the car dealership where they put in the new GPS.  Let’s hope this one actually works this time.

We got gas for the car and then thought about dinner.  Although I had wanted more curry I didn’t say anything and let F pick.  He wanted fish, so we went to the restaurant/bar near the station.  I wasn’t that happy about the whole thing, but didn’t care too much either.  

We picked up a bento for K and I picked up some food for lunch tomorrow.  We came back to the house and vegged upstairs.  I watched the end of one movie and then The Martian was on again and I watched it. I tried to crochet during the movie, but F was so damn noisy I wanted to yell at him.  I didn’t.


The colours so far are dark grey, light grey and pink.  There will be cream as well later.

Close up!


Anyway, he wasn’t going to take his shower first, so I asked if I could go instead.  I had an okay shower and then when he went I watched a bit more telly.  


That’s really about it for today.  No big plans for tomorrow, but F needs me to find some important personal papers for him. No idea why really!  Come back in a bit and see how my Thursday is. Until tomorrow….

June 27, 2017

Tuesday - Hot and Sunny

A good day.

I woke up with F this morning, but I didn’t get up!  I went back to sleep after he left which is the first time I’ve done that for a while.  After 9 am I went downstairs and had breakfast with K.  

I came back upstairs and got a load of laundry ready to wash, then took it downstairs.  I worked on some of my computer stuff and also finished my column.  I got it ready to send off to the Journal editor. 

I went downstairs and made lunch for K and I. It was another simple one. I had a bagel with ham slices, K had soft bread with ham slices and mayo.  We both had some soup and salad on the sides.  She seemed quite happy to have lunch and even did the dishes afterwards for us.  Woot.  

In the afternoon I did a couple of postcrossings.  I did one a couple of weeks ago, but it is going to Russia, so I worry it’ll take forever to get there.  The cards I sent today are going to the US and Germany, so there’s a chance they’ll arrive soon.  I also wrote a birthday card for a friend and stamped it.  I decided to go out exploring.  I took my postcards and envelope to the nearest post office, dropped them in the mail box and took a quick tour of the post office.  Sadly, the nearest one is actually not a full service post office and I won’t be able to send international packages from there I think.  Darn. 

I did a little exploring of the area on my bike. I was quite pleased to see that I’m not as far from some things as I thought I was.  Still too far from the station and the movie theater though. I discovered another convenience store so I bought an iced coffee and a snack there and ate and drank in their seat section.  I didn’t stay long, but it was nice to be out of the house alone.

I rode back to the house and went upstairs.  I did some of my crochet, got 3 or 4 rows done while I watched an odd Sandra Bullock movie.  I didn’t finish watching it as F came back from work and we went out.  

We drove around for a while and then went to the older udon shop he likes. It was good tonight, we both had the same thing, udon with some tempura.  We shared a caesar salad too.  

After our dinner, we went to Gusto for dessert and wifi.  It was nice to have it again! Wifi I mean, although dessert was okay too.  We picked up dinner for K there and then made a quick trip to the local Homac for some tape for me.  

We came back to the house and then F and I went for a walk.  It was a lovely evening and it was a good idea.  We went for about a mile.  Neither of us was in tip top condition, so for a first night, a mile was a good distance.  

F took his shower, and then I did.  And that’s about it for the night. I did a little more crochet, I’m about 15 rows in and the blanket is looking great.  I watched a little TV and next I’m off to bed.  

I won’t be at the house all day tomorrow. I’m going to have lunch with a friend and then I’ll go back to the mall and wait for F.  It’s a small mall, so I’m sure I’ll like it when he picks me up afterwards!  


And that was my day. It was quite good.  Come back later and see how my Wednesday turns out!  Until tomorrow….

June 26, 2017

Monday - Cloudy and cold

A good day.

I woke up when F got up this morning, but went back to bed for a little longer.  I got up around 8 to watch the news and then a little after 9 I went down to prepare my breakfast.  While I was there, K asked if she could have some of my cereal too.  It was absolutely fine, so I made her a bowl of it too.  We ate together, and even had some tea too.  I did the dishes and then came upstairs again.

I took a bit of a nap, but got up and did a few things on my computer.  After 12:30, I went down to have lunch. I made some for K too.  She said she liked it but I was worried that it wasn’t what she was used to.  We each had half a bagel with chicken salad on it, plus some lettuce on the side.  Since it was cold, I thought that we should have some soup too, so gave us each an instant soup in a cup.  It went over rather well.  Whew!

I did the dishes again, and came upstairs.  This time I worked on my column and I think I have finished it.  Yay me! I’ll proof it tomorrow.

I walked along the road a little to buy a pop from a vending machine. It was nice to get out of the house for a bit.  I came back in, but K was going for a walk too!  

F came home and wanted to go out this evening, but then spent ages looking for our sheets.  When we finally went out we ended up at the Grand El Sun. I was surprised because it can be expensive at nights, and it was!  We shared an appetizer and had one dish each.  I had a very yummy pasta with  crab and mushroom in a cream sauce, F had balsamic chicken with rice.  

We finished the evening in an exciting tour of the grocery store where we picked up a few items for the house and K.  

We came back to the house, put the food away and then came upstairs.  F took a bath and I watched some TV.  When my show was over, I offered to let him watch something and he found August Rush, one of my favourite little films. We watched the end of it together. F had completely forgotten it!  I did a bit of crochet too.  I started using the second colour, and it looks very nice next to the other one.  

And that was it.  Tomorrow I have to polish my column and send it in, then write a birthday card and probably send that off to a friend.  I don’t know if I’ll be making meals tomorrow or not.  


Come back later and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

June 25, 2017

Sunday - Cloudy and then rainy

A good day.

We slept in this morning and it was lovely to be able to do so.  Finally F and I got moving.  We went over to Hyakkenbori for brunch and it was nice for me.  I picked their summer special and really enjoyed it.  F, poor F, picked an udon dish but I saw there was a hair on it.  He did tell the waitress and of course they replaced it, but I don’t know if he enjoyed his meal after that.  

Cold udon with goma sauce, and steamed chicken.  Yum.

We drove out to Mikawa after our lunch and went to the mall.  We went and looked at the yarn section and I bought three colours.  Joining with what I have leftover from the last blanket I made, I should be able to make something nice for the newest member of my husband’s family.  

The yarn we bought, pink and dark and light grey.  I also have some cream left.


We also looked at socks for F. He got a couple of pairs, I got one as well. 

We had a doughnut and some coffee at Mr Donut, then went and bought our movie tickets.  Today’s movie was King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. It wasn’t good.  There were some good performances, a few good scenes, but overall, it really was a meh movie.  

F was ready for dinner after the movie and suggested driving to Amarume to go to a nice place there.  I wasn’t sure it was open, but said okay.  Of course, when we got there, we found that it is only open Friday and Saturday in the evenings.  Sigh.  We went to an Italian place instead and had a pizza and pasta set.  It was okay, but not that great for the price.  The salad at the beginning was nice, but F and I couldn’t agree on the pizza.  In the end, I let him pick and of course he picked wrong!  He chose a pizza with shrimp and bait on it. The shrimp and bait had no taste whatsoever, all we could taste was the tomato sauce.  The same sauce that has set off my allergies again.  Oh yay.  The pasta was fine, but could have done with a bit more oomph in the sauce.  

We drove back to Tsuruoka and got a few groceries.  I got stuff for my lunch tomorrow, and we picked up something for K’s dinner.  When we got back to the house, K was still up which was a bit of a surprise.  

F and I came upstairs and watched a bit of TV. I also got started on my new crochet project.  I did two and a bit rows tonight and it looks really nice!

Tomorrow I’m not sure what the weather will be like so don’t know if I’ll be able to go out or not.  I do hope I can go for a walk or something in the morning!


Come back later and see what I get up to.   Until tomorrow….

June 24, 2017

Saturday - Hot and Sunny

A good day.

We got up fairly early this morning and took K out for breakfast.  We went to the local Gusto, no big deal.  We came back to the house, dropped her off, and then we headed to our doctor’s appointments.  

After our time in the clinic, we decided to have lunch, but we were still full from breakfast.  We went to Yamaya so I could pick up some decent granola.  I actually got muesli, but that’s okay!  F started driving around afterwards and we ended up at a shop that sells large sized clothing.  We had a snoop around and I got something for myself and something for my niece.  After that I asked if we could go to another clothing store in Tsuruoka.  

We were going to go to the yakiniku buffet place for lunch, but at the last moment, I remembered there was a Korean restaurant in the Kokusai Mura, so decided we’d try there.  We were fortunate that  it was still open for lunch so we had a yummy one.  I had a bibinba, F had a noodle dish, and we shared an order of chap chae.  Yum.  

We went to the other clothing store and I found a couple of things for my niece there. I hope they’ll fit her and that she likes them all.  

I told F that I had a cunning plan, so I took him to S-Mall for Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, and I paid.  They have a “Challenge the Triple” thing on at the moment, so we took advantage.  He ordered the large sized, I got the smaller and was very happy with that!

We went back to the house for a while and sat and had some cherries with F’s Mum.  That was nice, but I really just wanted a nap! After a bit, we left.  We picked up a bento for K and delivered it, then went for our light dinner.

We ended up at Kintaro Sushi and had a nice meal. It was surprisingly busy there tonight, the place was hopping.  

After sushi, we went over to the Machikinema and saw Manchester By The Sea.  It was a good movie, not all that easy to watch, but quite deep. Both F and I had some interesting thoughts about it on the way to the house. 

And that’s about it.  When we got back here to the house, F went to bed, me to my computer.  I watched a little telly.  

Tomorrow I’m not exactly sure what we’ll get up to.  We might go over to the Mikawa Mall as I need to get yarn for a new project.  Yes, another of F’s relatives has had a baby.  I just wish they’d tell me before the baby arrives!  And that’s it for me.  Come back later and see if we have a good day or not.  Until tomorrow….



June 23, 2017

Friday - Hot and sunny

A good day.

I woke up with F and said goodbye, then snoozed a little longer.  I was up around 8 am however so that I could watch the news in English.  I really wanted to go back to bed and take a nap, but I never did.

I spent most of the day on my computer working on my column. I got quite a bit done, about half of it I think.  I also brought in my laundry and made my lunch.  I had planned to make lunch for K too if she wanted, but she napped a lot of the day, so I didn’t see much of her.  I caught up with some of the stuff on the DVR as well, and then F called me around 4 pm.  He’d taken a bit of time off work.  He needed to run some errands and was on his way to the house.  

He needed to go back to the doctor’s clinic to check on the procedure done last week.  He invited me to come along.  I quickly changed and then came along.  I brought my knitting along and while he was being seen to in the clinic, I did some. It was relaxing.  

We followed that up with a trip to the car dealership where they tried to fix the GPS in the car.  They didn’t manage, but since it is still under warranty, or F is a good customer or whatever, they are going to fix it next week.  Yay.

We got K a bento for her dinner and delivered it, and then the two of us went to the Internet Cafe for 3 hours.  We had dinner there too. I watched some regular TV and then watched a bit of YouTube which was rather fun.  

We left almost at our time limit and came back to the house.  I’ve been watching Twin Peaks and checking out the internet, F has just turned in for the evening.  


Tomorrow we have a few things planned, but nothing major really.  I hope to go and see a movie tomorrow night, and maybe do a little shopping during the day.  Wish me luck with that!  Come back later and see what happens.  Until tomorrow….

June 22, 2017

Thursday - Cloudy, coolish, but muggy

A busy day!

I woke up when F got up so I could say goodbye, then I tried to snooze for a while.  I was a tad worried that K would come looking for me, so even though I tried to snooze longer, I really didn’t manage much.  Finally I got up and dressed around 8 am as I watched the news on TV.  I went down and had breakfast around 9 am.

After my break, I did some laundry and hung it up in the garage on the second floor.  I was coming in when I heard a vehicle come into the parking space. I thought it was my husband, but it was his niece and her baby.  I invited her into the house and let K know she was there.  I hightailed it upstairs for a while, but did come down near the end of her visit to be friendly.

And what was I doing?  Moving boxes, tidying up and doing all manner of things in our rooms upstairs.  I did most of it in the part that I’m using as my computer room, but did a bit in the bedroom area too.  I packed a few things away, tossed two bags of garbage and also found a missing earring that I feared I would never see again.  Unfortunately it is for pierced ears and mine have grown over so I likely won’t ever wear it!  There’s a lot more to do of course, but the good thing is that I am writing this from F’s old desk while F sleeps in the other room. I can sit in here, write and watch TV quietly and not feel guilty for keeping him up.  

I took a break around 12:30 for lunch.  I was having a big salad with sliced chicken on it, I wasn’t sure about K.  I asked if she’d like something and gave her a smaller bowl with some.  We ate in the living room and she seemed to like it.  I did the dishes afterwards and went back to work.

I came upstairs and brought the vacuum and got up a lot of the old dust.  The best thing would have been if we’d been able to do that before we moved in, but F didn’t think of it before he started to take boxes over.  Still, it looks much better in places now.  I still have too many clothes and there are many stacks of “things”, but I can use the desk and the floor looks cleaner and easier to walk around in.  

F came home around 5:30 I think.  He was tired but he suggested a place for dinner and it was okay.  We went to MokuMoku, thinking it had wifi, but it didn’t.  Still, we had a good meal.  I tried a tomato based pasta, hope it wasn’t a big mistake, and F had the one that I usually have with salmon and shrimp.  We both enjoyed them.

We went to McDonald for coffee and wifi, only to find out that their wifi was very spotty.  I had more luck with the wifi in the washroom than I did outside of it.  

We went to MaxValu and picked up a few things for K’s dinner and for my lunch tomorrow.  I got enough to share with K if she wants some of it.  We came back to the house and I actually took my shower before F since he was listening to a podcast and I wanted to be done before 11pm.  

And that was my day!  I was surprisingly busy, but it felt rather good to get so much stuff done.  I know we have a lot to do up here, but a start has been made, and that was good.  


Tomorrow I really need to get working on my Journal column. I have a few ideas for it, but I need to get them down on paper/screen!  Come back later and see what my Friday is like.  Until tomorrow…..