July 23, 2016

Saturday - Warm and sunny

A good day!

I woke up a bit late this morning, but nothing unusual really.  I got ready to take a shower and just as I was going to, F came home.  I showered and then we did our usual fighting over where to eat.  F wanted gyudon, I didn’t really, but said I’d go.  We went to the car and then he said that he’d go somewhere else.  I tried to suggest a couple of places that he might like, but these days it is almost impossible if they don’t serve ramen.  Finally I decided to please myself and suggested a place in S-Mall.  We went there and I had my favourite tuna and mushroom cream spaghetti and it was as nice as ever.  I didn’t have any sides with it like I usually do. F had cold ramen salad. He said it was okay.

We had an iced coffee downstairs after a quick run through the hundred yen shop, then came home.  I went into the apartment, F went over to check on his mother.  He came back a few minutes later and then I took a nap.  

F has been in a bad mood for a while now.  It’s the rainy season so his back is really bad and his medicine doesn’t seem to cut it.  I think I just have to have patience with him (or try anyway) until it is over.  

I got up a bit before 6 and we began the whole rigamarole about deciding where to go for dinner tonight.  We wanted to see a movie, and were planning to walk to the theatre so wanted something on the way.  I came up with a few ideas, like stopping at the grocery store for a couple of things and eating there if there was a table area or a restaurant or two that F didn’t like.  We ended up going to a little casual restaurant near the main post office.  They serve local food and it wasn’t bad.  I had chicken steak and F had some kind of pork dish.  

After dinner, we still had an hour before our movie, so I suggested we do a little walking around.  Well, there was a festival on just down the street, so we went and had a look.  F being F, we didn’t buy anything and I didn’t really ask to look at anything, although I would have if given half a chance.  It was a really nice night out and the festival was quite fun.  

We went to see 45 Years with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay and it was fabulous.  Looking at IMDb, it sounded boring but with good performances.  However, I forgot that most of the fanboys that comment on that website are into superhero movies and don’t like cerebral British dramas.  Okay, maybe I exaggerate, but the movie was really good.  I didn’t think F would like it, but he did AND he “got” it.  We left the theatre and chatted a bit about the movie.

We decided to go to a bar or an izakaya for a drink.  F’s first choice was busy, so we went to another one down the street.  After dinner, and popcorn I didn’t really want much to eat, so we stopped at a Fish Izakaya and had a drink each and a little food.  It was quite nice and then we walked home.

At home, F went to bed, and I stayed up and watched a little TV.  When the TV I wanted to watch finished, I put on a movie.  Yes, I am that crazy.  And now I’m watching videos from the 90’s.  Right now it is Alannah Myles and Black Velvet! And Right Said Fred!  Do not believe his jumpsuit!  It leaves very little to the imagination!

Okay, I have to get some sleep. The sun is coming up and I know that F will be getting up in a couple of hours!  I’ll probably talk to you again in a few hours.  Until…later today…?

July 22, 2016

Friday - Sunny and Hot

A good day.

I got up on time this morning, had some breakfast and tea and a while later started to do some laundry.  I did a couple of loads today, along with putting away some of the dry stuff.

In the afternoon I watched a bit of stuff from the DVR and then cleared it off.  Yay me.  I had lunch and it was very nice too.  It was mostly leftovers, but I like leftovers a lot.  

Around 5 pm I started to get the kitchen ready for dinner.  I got the ingredients ready and when F came home a bit after 6 I was ready to cook.  I made Migas which I first heard about from a reader to this blog (Thank you!!!)  I didn’t have anything spicy to put in, but the tortilla chips and a bit of cheese were well received.  

After dinner F went to bed and that’s where he still is.  He’s been sleeping for 6 hours.  Obviously he got out of doing dishes and even though he said he’d go for a walk, he didn’t get up, so no walk tonight.  Sigh.  

I spent a quiet evening by myself watching telly.  It wasn’t bad, but it was a bit lonely to be honest.  

I really have no idea what we’re going to get up to this weekend.  I’m hoping to be able to see a movie, but I don’t know if F will be up for that.  You’ll just have to come back later and find out.  Until tomorrow….

July 21, 2016

Thursday - Sunny and hot

A good day.

I woke up early so that I could go to a movie if I wanted to, but decided to skip it and sleep a bit more.  I ended up sleeping a lot more instead.  Sigh.  Still, I got up and had my breakfast and tea, and that was great.

I decided that today’s project had to be my niece’s birthday present, so I wrapped everything and then boxed it up and then wrapped the box. That took a while.  Then, I still had to scan the postcards I wrote last night.  I was trying to get them all done, but realized that I wouldn’t make it before the post office shut.  I decided to ask my husband to take me to the main branch if he finished work in time.  

Luckily for me, he did finish in time and graciously took me there.  We sent off the package after the woman checking very thoroughly that I hadn’t packed any dangerous goods in it.  (I hadn’t!  I like my niece and have no wish to send her something that would harm her!)

We came home afterwards.  F called his mother to see if she needed him tonight, but she didn’t.  I took a quick shower and then we talked about dinner. We both had the same idea, so went to Kintaro Sushi tonight.  

I didn’t have a lot of sushi, I had the sashimi plate and a few bits of sushi and miso soup.  It was nice.

We hit up the grocery store for a few things and surprisingly, they were selling cartons with a dozen eggs in them! I’ve only ever seen cartons of 10 here, or 6 occasionally.  I was quite surprised.  I got one as I’m planning eggs for dinner tomorrow.

We came home and F wanted me to go for a walk.  I said no at first because I’m finding that I need a break sometimes, but decided that I’d go for a shorter walk.  Last night we were out for almost an hour and walked a long way, tonight was closer to 30 minutes and walked a couple of kilometres. We didn’t go to a convenience store either.  

At home, I watched most of Bones while F had some snacks.  I decided that I’d make myself some popcorn, so did that.  That’s really about it.  Tomorrow I’m hoping to do a bit of laundry and try and stay cool.  I also have a project that I need to start for my woman’s group.  And the table runner for my sister needs to be finished as well! 

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

July 20, 2016

Wednesday - Sunny and warm

A good day.

I got up early today, but fell asleep on the couch.  Sigh.  I had a really bizarre dream that woke me up, and I was shocked to see the time.

I had a late breakfast and some iced tea and then got on with my day.  F didn’t come home for lunch which did surprise me a tad.  

I watched most of a movie on NHK this afternoon while I set up my slow cooker for tonight’s dinner.  I was trying a new recipe, lemon chicken in the slow cooker.  It turned out okay, not great though.  F liked it, I wasn’t so sure.

After my quick lunch of cucumber sandwiches I took my big bicycle over to the drugstore and bought a few things.  I came home afterwards and started thinking about dinner.  F called to say he’d be late, but of course, wasn’t that late after all.

Still, dinner was good and on the table fairly fast.  I served him up quite a few leftovers with the lemon chicken.  I made “Buddha Bowls” for dinner though…I made a pot of quinoa and F had some rice with his and we topped them with the chicken and whatever toppings we wanted from the table.  Dinner was quite good.

When F finished the dishes he started chomping at the bit to go for a walk.  I really wasn’t that into it tonight again.  I guess I am really feeling the need to have some peaceful time after dinner to digest and relax.  I might need to talk to him about that actually.  

We went for a really long walk, it took almost an hour and of course we went through a convenience store for ice cream and in my case, a sports drink.  

I watched a couple of TV programs, while F vegged, bathed and then headed off to bed.  I stayed up as ever.  Sigh.  

I’m not sure what I’ll get up to tomorrow.  If I can drag myself out of bed I might go and see a movie or two at the local theatre.  That depends more on my budget and whether I can get to the theatre before the movies start or not!

Come back in a bit and see what I manage to do on Thursday.  Until tomorrow….

July 19, 2016

Tuesday - Warm and Sunny

A good day.

I woke up late this morning but got up, made the bed, and got dressed so that was good. I made some breakfast and tea. 

I had a quiet morning really.  I didn’t do a lot, but along the way I did some laundry, put some away and got a start on dinner.  I also wrote a couple of gotochi cards and ran them off to the post office.  I just missed the last mail though, so they won’t go out until tomorrow most likely.

I came home and started putting dinner together.  I had decided to poach the salmon that we bought last night, so prepped for that, plus steamed some broccoli and made some potato salad.  When F came home, I started the salmon.  When we were ready to eat, it was really good.  F seemed to like it, but he was surprised when he saw it in the pan.  Dinner was really nice.  I probably will poach the salmon again.  I liked it a lot and I’m not a huge fan of grilled fish, believe it or not!

After dinner, F did the dishes and then set the bread maker.  He promised some bread to his mother and we need a bit too.  He wanted to go for our walk right away so that he could be back when the bread was finished.  

I really wasn’t feeling the walk at first, but as always happens, I got into it and it was nice.  I’m glad I went.

We came home and relaxed a bit.  At 11 I watched Suits and finally finished the crocheted runner I’m doing for my sister.  Except, I’m just not sure if I am happy with it.  I think it’ll be fine and I should block it first and then have a look, but right now I’m just happy that it is finished!

And that’s about it for my day.  I’ve been wasting time and watching much too much TV (Macbeth was on, and I just have to watch Macbeth, y’know!)

Not sure what I’ll get up to tomorrow.  I’m supposed to be cooking so I’ll likely do something in my slow cooker.  Yay for me!  Come back later and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

July 18, 2016

Monday - Cloudy in the morning, Sunny in the afternoon

A really great day!

Today didn’t start out that well.  I woke up early and tried to get up, but didn’t.  F came back to bed and slept, I got up a bit later, went back to bed.  Finally I dragged myself up around noon, and F came through a lot later.  I sent him over to his mother’s house because he hadn’t even seen her yesterday. I took a shower while he was gone.

When he came back, it seemed like he just wanted to go back to bed, but I was hungry!  I asked about going for my picnic, but F said that he didn’t want to as it would be too wet.  I suggested Gusto as a quick alternative for lunch, but when I finally got outside to jump in the car, the weather was looking up.  F agreed to the picnic idea, so we jumped in the car and went to the grocery store. Over at Pal, their grocery store has fabulous sandwiches made with decent bread, so we grabbed a couple there, plus a few other things and something to drink, then we drove out to Oyama.  We sometimes go to the bird sanctuary, but today we went up the hill near it.  We parked the car and found a stone table and ate our yummy lunch.  I was so happy.  I had been wanting to eat outside for a while and this was lovely. Good food, nice weather and views, and not many bugs!

Our food- Camembert Sandwich, Fish Sandwich, Katsu Sand, Soba and Mugi-cha.  So nice!

One of the views from our picnic table

Gorgeous lilies growing almost wild

A modern version of an old fashioned bridge

We walked around the hill and did a bit of exploring.  We saw a couple of old temples and some lovely flowers growing almost wild.  It was fabulous really.

When we were done there, F wanted to drive out to the ocean, so off we went again.  We stopped in Yura and walked over to the little island.  The last time we went there, we came just after they had closed off the walkways for the evening, but today they were open.  We climbed a bunch of stairs, which didn’t make me very happy and then found a whole lot more stairs!  Still, we were committed and I took them slowly and carefully, and it was fine.  When we made it around the island I was so proud of myself!  

View from the island of the mainland

In a lull between the stairs!

The walkway we had to use.  There were bits where we looked down into the ocean.

Gorgeous views!

We drove back to Yunohama with the plan to go to the cafe with waffles, but when we got there, they had just called last order and wouldn’t let us in.  I was a bit ticked at that since the sign on the door said they were open, but whatever.  We drove off to the Farmers Marche and had a lovely cup of iced coffee there instead.  We left just as they closed!

We came back to Tsuruoka and had dinner at our old favourite Jiro.  It was great.  We decided to do a little shopping, so went to Gyomu Super for some nice stuff.  I bought the last two packages of frozen tortillas…I like these ones because they are smaller, better for my diet.  We got some oatmeal, some ice cream and some frozen foccaccia.  I’m looking forward to trying some of this stuff.  We brought it all home and put it away.  

We went to the drugstore next and got a few things for the apartment.  I needed detergent, and we also found some lavender tea in a bottle. We got one for each of us.  We went to Gusto for dessert.  I wanted to try their “Stone-Bowl Desserts”. It is sort of like a cold bibinba….the one I ended up having had ice cream, whipped cream, cheesecake and berries.  You mix them up and then eat them.  It was pretty good, but a little expensive for the amount of food!  F had a kakigori which needed more milk he said.  

The Stone Bowl Dessert...with F's Kakigori in the background.  Yum!

We bought some groceries for the next couple of days and then came home.  We put away the groceries and then got changed and went out for a walk.  We did a shorter one than usual, but actually it wasn’t all that short!  It was good and we avoided the convenience stores though.

At home again we relaxed.  F got himself ready for work tomorrow, I texted with a friend who had to cancel our plans for this week.  

Honestly, it was such a nice day.  I am really glad that I pushed the idea of the picnic to F, I’m not sure he was really looking forward to it, but it was fun.  Tomorrow, sad to say, we’re back to normal. The weather is supposed to be bad again so I may just stay home.  

Come back later and see if Tuesday was as good as my Monday was.  Until tomorrow….

July 17, 2016

Sunday - Rainy and cloudy

A good day.

I slept in because it was Sunday and that’s what I do!  When I got up, F went and had a nap for a bit.  We talked about going out for lunch and then I asked F if he’d like me to cook us brunch instead.  I had bacon, eggs and hash brown patties in the fridge….pretty easy to pull something out of that! He said yes, and so I cooked.  We had bacon, scrambled eggs and the hash browns and it was nice.  We had a couple of mini tomatoes in the fridge, so they went on the plates too.  There were even a couple of plums for afterwards.  

After our brunch we went out.  F wanted to go to the Internet Cafe which was fine.  I had a bag of stuff with me, but when we were on our way there F asked if there were any movies.  We drove to the local theater to see, but nothing was on for a while.  

The parking lot at the Internet Cafe was full, so we couldn’t park there.  We looked at the times of the Mikawa movies and we had a scant 20 minutes to make it there to see a movie.  It usually takes 20 minutes just to drive out there.  We got to the mall and went up to the theater, but decided to wait and do a little shopping first!  

We looked at handbags for me, bought some socks for F and me, and I looked at the craft work stuff, but didn’t buy anything except socks.  We had an iced tea and a doughnut at Mr Donut.  I even did my good deed for the day when I asked F to move down a chair so a lady at the next table could have a seat.  

We finally went to see the movie, Independence Day: Resurgence. It wasn’t great.  I didn’t like it very much. I was mildly entertained by it, but really wouldn’t recommend it unless people are desperate to see a movie.  

We left the mall after the movie and drove back to Tsuruoka.  I suggested to F that we get something from the grocery store for dinner since we weren’t terribly hungry, and that’s what we did.  We picked up some sushi, tempura and bifun and came home.

We waited for a while to eat and started watching a film called Child 44.  It was about a murder investigation during the start of communist Russia.  Of course, there couldn’t be any murders happening in the heaven that was Communist Russia!  It was quite engrossing and even managed to suck F into it too.  We ate our dinner and had a quiet evening in.

I’m not sure what we’ll get up to on Monday.  It’s a long weekend here, so F will be around.  We may do a version of a picnic or if we have time go and do a little sightseeing.  You’ll have to come back later and find out!  Until tomorrow….