July 16, 2018

Monday - Hot and Humid, muggy

A good day.

This morning F and I slept in a bit.  It was lovely.  Why is it that we go on holiday and get up earlier than usual, more or less?  I don’t know either.  

F made his mother some udon and I imagine, he had some too.  I was offered it but didn’t want it.  After a while, F came back upstairs offering to take me out to lunch. Nothing came of that, then he started telling me some quite disgusting stories about dealing with human waste at his job and I really didn’t want to eat at all.  Not sure what he was thinking. It’s the second time in a few days he’s told me these stories and I wish he’d wait until another time.  

I realized that he had no intention of going out so after a while I had a very late breakfast of cereal and yogurt.  

We stayed in the house until 2 something I think, then went to the grocery store for a bento for his mother.  I got my lunch foods as well.  We dropped off the stuff and then headed out to the mall in Mikawa.

In Mikawa, we got our tickets and went to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  It wasn’t amazing or anything, but I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.  The reviews have been horrible, but as a summer popcorn flick, I was entertained!

After the movie, F and I had dinner in the mall.  We both had bibinba, but different types.  Then, we walked over to the hardware store and bought a few things.  I got a new cleaning brush for the bathroom, F got something for work.  

Next up, we went back into the mall and had ice cream.  It was Baskin Robbins last day of buy-a-double and get a triple instead, so we took advantage of it.  Yum.

We came back to the house and took showers.  F went first and very sweetly turned off the water heater when he was done. Sadly, even though I was in the kitchen, I didn’t notice, so I had to get out of the shower and turn it back on.  Not best pleased, luckily I hadn’t soaked myself too much yet!

We watched last week’s episode of The Good Doctor and enjoyed it.  No fights like last week. Whew.  I did a bit of crochet.  I hadn’t done any at all when I was in Sendai.  Sigh.  I was just too tired for a change.  

And that’s about it. F turned on the AC around 10 pm as it was about 30 degrees in our room and so humid.  I’ll have to turn it off before bed, but I don’t really want to!


Come back later if you dare and see what I get up to on Tuesday.  Until tomorrow….

July 15, 2018

Sunday - Hot and sunny

An okay trip.

We got back from Sendai and Yamagata tonight. I’m a little sunburnt despite using sunscreen and wearing big floppy hats.  I’m not sure how that happened.

We went to see Winchester with Helen Mirren. It was a “based on true events” story about the heir to the Winchester fortune.  She spent her time building rooms onto her house.  She’d build them for the ghosts of people who were killed by the guns her company made.  There were some good jumps in the film and it wasn’t as gory as it could have been.  

We did spend a lot of time fighting or perhaps it was just being passive aggressive towards each other.  F was generous at times, he bought me a new pair of shoes and also a lovely shirt and cover, but didn’t want to spend much time with me.  I’d be in mid-sentence with him and he’d grab his phone and put on a video.  Things like that.  Rude, certainly, but done often enough makes me think.

Today we left Sendai and headed to Yamagata. We did the Costco thing.  It’s so strange with F, going there.  He just seems gormless when we are in the shop.  I’ll ask him things and he just stares at me.  I’ll ask him if he wants anything and the answer is always no.  Well then, why are we here then?

We got a few things, I got some avocados, some snacks, new ink for my printer, that kind of thing.  F got a new jacket for himself and not much else!

We came back to the house.  K was fine, she seemed happy to see us.  We unloaded the car, I tried to carry too much stuff upstairs at once and fell.  Luckily it was on the turn and I was going up, so really it wasn’t too bad.  I did have to check some of my bags to make sure nothing was hurt.

F and I went out for a very late dinner to the gyudon shop.  I had the newest one with salad on the gyudon, F had the grilled salmon set and complained about the thickness of the salmon.  Yay him.  


Really that’s it.  Tomorrow is a holiday so I have F around again.  He’s got some things planned and I’m trying to give him other ideas so there is a lot to do.  Come back later and see what I get up to on Monday.  Until tomorrow….

July 12, 2018

Thursday - Rainy and cloudy, coolish

An okay day.  This morning I dragged myself out of bed and watched the news.  After it was over I watched X-Files but was a bit tired.  I did a load of laundry today too.  When I come back, I’ll need some clean clothes.

I admit that I did snooze for a few minutes on the bed, but I didn’t really sleep.  I got up after a bit and went back on my computer.  I watched quite a bit of TV from the DVR and I also packed my suitcase for tomorrow’s trip.  

Oh, one odd thing was this morning when I was in the kitchen getting my breakfast, I noticed that a burner was switched on. There was no pot or pan on top of it, the fire was burning away.  It was on quite low, but still, not good.  I turned it off. I didn’t tell K what I’d found as I have a hard time making her understand.  I think she must have heated something up and then forgotten to turn it off.  I’m glad there wasn’t a pot on it.  

After I washed my lunch dishes, I grabbed a cup of iced tea and gave one to K as well.  I hadn’t really seen much of her today.

F came back to the house around 6 pm and reminded his mother that we were going away for the weekend.  She had forgotten. Oh dear. She wasn’t very happy about the two of us going away.  Sigh.  

We went to the grocery store as a  family to get her some last minute food.  She barely got anything. F said he’ll pick her up some in the morning.  We dropped off the food at the house and then went out for udon together.  We went to Udonichi again and had a good meal.  F had ordered before I had a chance to ask him if we could have a salad.  I tried to get the waitress’s attention so we could order it, but she was quite busy. Took ages!

Back at the house after dinner, we just vegged upstairs.  I watched some of the stuff off the VCR, F did the phone thing.  I took a shower and a bit later F did too.  That’s really about it.

Tomorrow the mister and I are off to Sendai for a couple of nights. We don’t have a firm plan, but I have a few ideas and hopes for things to do.  I hope we do some of them.  


Come back in a few days and see what we get up to on our trip.  Until Monday or Tuesday then!  Bye….

July 11, 2018

Wednesday - Cloudy, rainy and cooler

A good day.

I woke up this morning before F left and wished him a good day, but rather sleepily! I got up just before 8 and got on with my day.  

I watched a bit of TV today, and once again put on a movie in the early afternoon.  While I was watching it I darned in the ends of the squares I had made. I finished doing them during the time that F had popped in for a quick visit.  The movie was fun and F came bearing ice cream, so it was nice to see him too!

After my lunch and dishwashing, I gave K some iced coffee and took some for myself and went back upstairs.  F wasn’t very late tonight and said that he’d like to go to the onsen again.  Sigh.  I do wish he’d like to go somewhere else!  We got K a bento before we left and then drove out to the Spa. He took a bath, I sat and did a bit of crochet after I updated my phone.

We ate our dinner at the onsen tonight too.  I had Katsu Curry and it was nice.  F had udon and tempura and he liked his.  When we finished eating, we drove back to Tsuruoka.  On the way, F asked if I’d like to go for ice cream and I said sure.  We ended up at Cafe Studio 44 and shared their dessert platter.  We each had a cup of tea too.  The desserts were nice.  There was a cheesecake which F ate, and then some pannacotta and some Catalina, which I’d never had before. 

When we finished we came back to the house.  F fell asleep quite quickly, but he didn’t change into his pyjamas first.  Oh dear.  He’s snoozing on the bed in a t-shirt and jeans despite me trying to wake him to change.

And that’s about it for me.  I had a decent day today.  Tomorrow I really need to pack some clothes for my trip to Sendai on Friday.  Oh, yeah, I won’t be here this weekend. I might take my computer with me, but I’m not sure at all.  

I should be here tomorrow night, if I am, I’d love to hear from you.  Until tomorrow….

July 10, 2018

Tuesday - Hot and sunny

A good day.

I got up this morning after F left, but I woke up while he was still here. I said a sleepy goodbye to him.

I had a quiet morning, doing my usual things.  In the afternoon, I put on a movie and started on the darning in of ends of my granny squares. I still haven’t finished making them, but I realized that I could actually start putting some of it together if I wanted to!  Having the yarn ends darned in just makes things easier to do later.  

Halfway through the movie I went downstairs and grabbed my lunch.  K was snoozing in the living room. I can’t say I blame her. It was hot today…good siesta day.

When I came down later to do the dishes, I washed and then dried everything. I grabbed a freezie thing from the freezer and gave her one.  These are adult Freezie Pops…from Italy.  Very nice, real juice and interesting flavours.  

F was a little late tonight, but not terribly so.  We decided to try and get dinner from the grocery store.  We went and instead of being a simple dinner, F went overboard buying things.  When we got back to the house we all had hiyashi chukka and okonomiyaki. F contributed katsuo sashimi and also some pickles.  I put in some blueberries that I quickly washed tonight.  It was all good, but there was too much food.  I was a bit annoyed with F for putting the sashimi out on individual plates for us.  He gave me more than he gave himself…I didn’t really want any at all.  It was good, but I would rather have taken a couple of pieces rather than a given portion.  Anyway, dinner was good but big.  F did the dishes, in his own weird style and I dried them.  

I asked that we go out for a bit as I wanted to cool down and get a drink.  We went to McDonald's and had our drinks, then picked up a few things in the grocery store nearby.

We came back to the house and put the groceries away.  F took a shower, pipping me to the post.  I took one afterwards and did a spot of cleaning in there too.  I thought that K was doing it but a couple of nights ago wore my specs into the shower for a few minutes and noticed that it needed a good cleaning.  I did a bit of one tonight while I was in there.  The only problem was the scrubbing brush I used was losing its bristles. I had to fish them out of the drain and in doing so cut my finger on the metal on the drain. Sigh.  I took my shower and then came back upstairs.

It was 30 degrees in our little room and after F went to bed we decided to use the air conditioner for a couple of hours.  It’s too hot to sleep in really.  

And that was it for my day.  I watched the British Bake Off while I was blogging….love that show!  It’s just nice and fun. People are polite and funny. And they win a cake stand. 

Tomorrow I may go out depending on the weather or I may do some laundry and watch another movie.  I’m not sure. Come back later and find out. Until tomorrow….

July 9, 2018

Monday - Hot, a little rain at night

A good day.

I woke up this morning and was quite out of it. I’d gone to bed a bit too late I’m afraid.  I mostly woke up, watched the news and then watched The X-Files 2016 which was on today.  I enjoyed it for the most part.  I was late going downstairs for my breakfast, but I got it and started the first of two loads of laundry.  The weather is supposed to get humid again soon, so thought I’d do laundry when I knew it would dry soon.  Smart move!

I had a quiet day really. I spent most of the time working on planning outings for my trip to Niigata, and writing my BFF an email.  She’s finished her school year so I finally heard from her!  She gets so busy that she can’t write to me.  

In the afternoon I had lunch, F popped in just as I sat down with my food.  He was away again in a flash. I had hoped to do some Postcrossing but didn’t get to it. I did find most of my DVDs in a series.  I’m planning my next column already, can you tell? 

F called me around 5 pm to say that he was still in Sakata on business so wouldn’t be back on time.  It was sad but understandable.  When he did get back around 6 pm the first thing he said to me was that he wanted to go to the onsen.  I thought he’d say that.  

We went out and got his mother a bento and then we went off to the onsen.  I sat in the lobby and did a bit of crochet while he had his bath.  I had a little snack because I was hungry!  

When he finished, we sat for a while and then came back to Tsuruoka.  We went to Gusto for our late dinner.  I had keema curry which I rather enjoyed, F had noodles which he didn’t.  Sigh.  We both had the drink bar which we needed in the hot weather.  

We came back to the house just after 11 pm and came upstairs. It was hot up here. Sigh.  F went to bed, I watched some telly and then Project Runway. It was a little strange tonight.  They had to make  “good” or “evil” clothes.  The loser was the worst tonight, but there were a couple of other designers that could have gone out and I would have been okay with it.  I think they chose the wrong winner, but what do I know?

F got up again as he is having back pain, likely because of the change in the weather.  He’s having some beer and I’m trying to shoo him off to bed. However, that’s hard to do when I don’t want to go to bed yet!


Tomorrow I’m not exactly sure what I’ll get up to.  I am hoping to start packing for our trip this weekend, or I might go out of the house for a change.  That would be very nice! Come back later and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

July 8, 2018

Sunday - Cloudy and Muggy, warmer

An okay day.

I woke up this morning in an empty house.  I didn’t know when F and his mother had left, so it meant that it was a bit tough for me to do the things I needed to do.  I didn’t do them.  I did have breakfast though.

They came back around 10:30 or so.  F wanted to have lunch or so he said, but I’d just eaten.  I didn’t really want to.  What we did was go out to my cell phone provider to see if I could get it fixed.  Lately, I have noticed that the top was coming away from the body.  They told me that they don’t fix phones there, but I could either get a non-Apple person to do it in the mall or take it to Yamagata city to get an official Apple fixing.  Well, Yamagata is two hours away and while we would be passing by it next week, we decided not to wait.  

We went to S-Mall, put my phone in at the repair place and went off.  F went upstairs to have ramen, I stayed downstairs to have pasta at Pizza Hut Express.  Mine was good, his wasn’t!

We went most of the way to the house and then F asked if I’d like to have a cake set.  I would as it happened.  We went to Unasakahan and had African coffee and some cake.  It was nice and relaxing there for the most part.  I enjoy going there, but the seating is modular and it keeps separating on me!

We came back to the house for a while afterwards.  F and I were planning to go fishing, but his stomach started to act up and he begged off.  No problem.  

In the afternoon I photographed some of my new yarn and put it on my Ravelry page.  I checked out the internet and made some plans for my outing to Niigata in a couple of weeks.  

F suggested getting bentos made for our dinner so I did the ordering myself from my computer. I think F was rather surprised that I could do it, but I’ve seen him do it a couple of times and I figured it out.  F and K both had fish bentos, I had a veggie/meat stir-fry.  We picked them up and brought them back to the house. We all ate together and I contributed some of my new iced tea from the store. It was popular, half of the bottle disappeared.

F and I did the dishes and got into yet another argument about cleaning things.  I wanted to wash the dishes, he wouldn’t let me.  I don’t do the bleach thing, F loves bleach.  He wanted to bleach the kitchen corner garbage collector which was fine, but we didn’t have any bleach! I hate bleach, don’t use it at all.  

I still needed to get my groceries for the next couple of days, so I got him to take me to the store.  We bought a few things and then brought them back to the house.  We had talked about going to a movie tonight but since we had the argument, I wasn’t sure if we still would.  I asked F if he still wanted to go and he said he did.  

We went over to Machi-ne Kinema and saw All the Money in the World.  We both really liked it, F liked it more than yesterday’s movie!  The performances were great. Michelle Williams is really a fabulous actress, and of course, Christopher Plummer is wonderful.  

We came back to the house via the convenience store.  When we got back, I ate my ice cream, prepared the garbage for tomorrow, took a shower and then came upstairs.  It’s very late now and I really need to get some sleep.  I have a lot of things to do tomorrow to prepare for my trips over the next two weekends.  Wish me luck!  


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