February 27, 2017

Monday - Clear and Sunny

A good day.

I got up this morning and got dressed right away. I boiled the kettle and got my breakfast ready before I turned on the TV.  I watched the Oscar pre-show and then of course the actual Academy Awards Event.  I Facebooked it with some friends in Canada and in Japan.  It was rather fun.

Speaking about the show…no huge surprises. It was nice that Mahershala Ali won for Moonlight…I used to watch him on The 4400 and he was also in Predators.  I was glad that Emma Stone won, although I would have enjoyed seeing Meryl take it again!  Jimmy Kimble’s schtick was quite funny and I just enjoyed today’s show.  The bit with the tour bus was fun, the musical numbers were good…but that ending!  Yikes!  I really feel for the La La Land gang, but from what I have heard Moonlight is very deserving of the Best Picture Award.  Everyone acted with honour in their situation, so there wasn’t a bad taste left in the audience’s mouth, so to speak.

Since most of the day had passed before the show was over, I accepted a package in the mail for F and then took a shower. 

After my shower, lunch was on the schedule.  I took a break for a bit and then started on dinner.  F called to say he was going to be late, since his mother wanted to go to an onsen tonight.  She had a coupon which was about to expire. I said it was fine, and it mostly was.

While F was out, I made some quinoa, washed the lettuce we bought yesterday and put together the ingredients I was using to make skewers.  When F called to say he was on his way, I started to grill them. I also made some miso soup from packets.  

When he arrived and was able to sit, we had a good dinner.  Everything was quite nice and F was able to eat for a change. Yay for that.

He did the dishes and afterward I realized that my silly teen show was on, so I watched it and did a bit of squares sewing.  I went a bit overtime as I remembered that the Oscars were usually rebroadcast, so got F to put them on so he could see some of it.  This year, he seemed to enjoy it quite a bit.

And that was about it.  F has gone to bed early and I am actually thinking about heading there soon too. I’m not sure if I really will though! 


Come back on Tuesday and find out what is going on with me.  Until tomorrow….

February 26, 2017

Sunday - Clear with a bit of rain later on

A good and busy day!

I was surprised this morning that F didn’t go over to his mother’s house.  He had said that he would the night before, but didn’t.  In fact, when I was thinking about getting up, he went back to bed.  I did get up a few minutes later.

We went out for lunch today, and I suggested Hyakken Bori, the restaurant on the lake.  It was good. I had teriyaki chicken, and F had a noodle dish.  His tooth was bothering him again, so it was a good thing I guess.  

After lunch, we talked about what to do and ended up at the Chido Museum.  Their display today was about maps of the area and it was quite fascinating.  F told me that the maps basically said it took 12 to travel from Tokyo to Tsuruoka.  Nowadays we can do it in an hour by air, or 4 by train, so a bit different.  

We talked about having coffee, but then I had another idea.  I suggested that F go and visit his mother, invite her out for dinner tonight and and let her know that we need to drop off some boxes too.  So, that is basically what we did.  I sent over some of my boxes of books and dvds.  We took them up to our rooms upstairs and then bundled F’s mum into the car and went for sushi!  It was quite a nice meal. F ate quite a bit, which I was glad about, his mother did well too.  I only had a few plates of sushi, but that was fine really.

We asked if she needed shopping, but she didn’t really.  We dropped his mum back at home and made sure she was safely inside, then we left.  

I suggested going to the mall for a cuppa of something.  When we got there, the new Tokyu Hands “Truck Market” was open, so we snooped a little.  I checked out the hundred yen shop too and bought a couple of things, then we came downstairs again and went to Doutors.  F had Royal Milk Tea and I had a soy latte which was really nice.

We got a couple of things in the grocery store and then came home.  Spotlight was on at 9:00 pm, so we watched that and I did some squares sewing too.  I got quite a few done tonight too.  

And that was about it.  We ended up watching Mad Max: Fury Road when it was on, it isn’t really a restful before bed movie…I love it but it is wake you up kind of thing!

So, tomorrow is the Oscars and I shall be Facebooking with my friends.  I am woefully behind though, I’ve only seen one of the best picture films and only two of the best actress performances.  I’m looking forward to it, I hope it goes well.


Come back later on and see how Monday goes!  Until tomorrow….

February 25, 2017

Saturday - Warmer, with a bit of sleet later on

A good day.

I slept in a bit this morning, but got up and had tea eventually.  F was home and we both did a bit of tidying up and sorting.  He threw out a few things, so that was good.  I tidied up the living room near my computer, haven’t done that in a while and it was good!

F and I had lunch at home, ate a little of the leftovers in the fridge.  F couldn’t eat much again.  

We did more cleaning and sorting and then around 3 pm got changed and went out.  We ran an errand or two, including taking back some ink cartridges to the store and trying to pick up some boxes.  We arrived at the mall and first off went to check out the yarn shop.  I was lucky and was able to buy three more balls of yarn in my dye lot.  I had bought a lot before, but because I made it bigger than I planned, needed more.  Hurray for that.

We also went shopping for a present for a friend of mine and managed to get a couple of nice things I think.  I hope she likes them.  We had a cup of Royal Milk tea and a doughnut each at Mr Donut.  Mine was a fat reduced one.  It wasn’t bad, but it was really squishy-soft!

We put my shopping in the car and then went to the theater.  We redeemed a couple of point cards so were able to see La La Land for free!  Yay us.  We did buy our own popcorn though!  The movie was great.  We both really enjoyed it.  I felt bad for F though because he was in a lot of pain and not doing well.  For a change I was glad that he wasn’t sitting beside me.  He had moved over a seat as usual.  

After the movie we had dinner in the mall.  F had the fast food sections ramen (not great) and I had a bibinba…pretty darn good!  We came back to Tsuruoka and home.  

At home I watched a bit of telly and sewed a few more squares together.  Actually, today I sewed part of the panels together.  It’s just in one direction, the sewing and it went quite well, but to try and keep it invisible and even is a bit tricky.

F and I shared a cider that we got on my birthday trip and then he went off to bed.  I will try and get some sleep soon too.  I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring, I’m thinking that we might take some of our stuff over to F’s house.  It would be got to get some of the stuff out of our apartment and make a little room! 


I hope that tomorrow goes as well as today did, but you never know what will happen.  Come back later and find out what happens on Sunday.  Until tomorrow….

February 24, 2017

Friday - Clear, snowy and clear again

A good day.

I got up this morning on time but had to fill the kerosene heater.  It must have been working on fumes last night!  That done, I settled in for my ER fix along with breakfast and tea.

I took an early shower and then got dressed.  My friend said she’d be a little late so when the later time arrived, I went out to the lobby of the building to wait.  She arrived about 2 minutes later, so no problem.  

We went to Pisolino, the buffet and pasta restaurant and had a very nice lunch.  It was a bit tricky making sure that she was able to eat things, but I think we managed.  After our meal, she had to go to work, so she dropped me off at home again and then went on her way.

In the apartment I watched a bit of TV and then got stuck into the spare room again.  I didn’t throw out a lot of stuff, but I did go through a lot of bags and dusted off some books that I’d all but forgotten about.  I boxed them to take with us.  

When F called to say he was on his way home, I got the things out of the fridge for dinner. However, when he got home, he said that he couldn’t eat again.  Oh no!  I’m getting rather worried about him.  

After I ate and did my dishes, he asked if I wanted to go out for anything.  I actually did.  I needed something from the drugstore, and we needed more kerosene.  I was doing a questionnaire from the hotel we stayed in for my birthday and it was taking forever to load.  Finally done, we went off.  

We popped into the drugstore, I went right to the thing I needed (a nasal spray to keep the inside of my nose moist) and paid.  Then F bought kerosene.  On the way back home, he decided to go to the grocery store, but I stayed in the car.  He got himself a few things for his dinner.

We came home and watched Ricki and the Flash, the movie on WOWOW tonight with Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield.  It was actually pretty good, and we both enjoyed it.  I didn’t think that F was watching, but he surprised me by asking about the movie afterwards! During the movie I got quite a few squares joined together. I have finished another panel to join to the big one already done.  Yay for me.  

F took an early bath and went to bed, I did a postcard blog entry and then this.  I’ll likely go to bed soon too.  Tomorrow I’m hoping that F will start packing something, because he hasn’t done a blooming thing.  I plan to do a bit of sorting and throwing and I hope we’ll be able to go and see a movie in the evening too.  For the last 3 or 4 weeks there hasn’t been many new movies available in English, now there are 3 new ones that start this weekend.  It isn’t fair!


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

February 23, 2017

Thursday - Rainy, clearing at night

A good day.

I got up this morning a few minutes late, but was still able to watch ER.  I rather enjoyed it with my breakfast!  I stayed up, but ended up snoozing on the couch for a bit.  

After I dressed and did a few household chores I set up my slow cooker to make pulled pork.  I soon had the little device working away and left it to do its thing.  

I managed to get a handle on my column today and finished it.  I left it overnight to tweak it a little.  I always like to give myself a touch of distance if I can.  I’ll listen to it tomorrow and if it is okay I’ll send it to the editor.  

I watched some of the TV from the DVR and mostly enjoyed it, and then the news at 4 pm.  No big deal.  

F called me around 6:30 or 7 pm to say he was on his way home, so I made some coleslaw and then he was home.  I gave him a few minutes to get sorted out, but we had our dinner then.  It turned out quite well.  F didn’t eat a lot, but he did eat, so that was good.  We have enough to eat for dinner tomorrow night too.  Hurray for no cooking!

I did the dishes because F seemed to have disappeared again.  He did have the grace to apologize a little later.  But…he had asked if I’d like to go out tonight and I said yes.  

We went over to McDonalds and had a McFlurry and an iced tea each.  We chatted a little and took a selfie and then went over to the grocery store.  I’ve been going through soy milk and garbage bags like crazy, so I bought more of those!  I had bought a case of soy milk at Costco but I’m nearly finished it.  I didn’t think I used that much but I do.



We came home and at 10 pm I watched the New-to-us-in-English Hawaii Five-0 and quite enjoyed it.  I sewed a few squares together as well. Yay. 

That was about it.  F went to bed around midnight and then I started blogging.  I have also made plans to meet up with a friend for lunch tomorrow and of course I have to polish my column and do more packing and throwing out of stuff.  I did actually get around to doing a bit of that today.  I got a lot thrown out which was really satisfying!  Yay me.  


Come back later if you will and see how my Friday goes.  Until tomorrow….

February 22, 2017

Wednesday - Clear and sunny

A good day.

I had a good morning today, I got up on time and I didn’t have to worry about F coming home for lunch as he had a big driving day. I showered in the afternoon and did a couple of loads of laundry and got around to putting my other laundry away.  I didn’t do much packing, but I did finish watching the movie I started last night.  

I also did a little prepwork for dinner so that I could get things ready to go when F came home.

However, when F came home, he didn’t feel like eating again.  I made us some tea and I cooked and ate and didn’t give him a hard time. I wasn’t angry about it tonight, but I am getting a bit worried about him.  He is having a hard time eating.  He also complained of toothache tonight, but he said that was also from his medicine.  I’m not sure I believe that one though.

I had a Johnsonville Garlic brat on a tortilla with mustard and kimchi, plus salad and some anchovy potatoes.  It was all quite nice really. Too bad that F didn’t want any.

After dinner I did my dishes and put everything away, then told F I’d need him to pick up some things for dinner tomorrow night before he came home.  He suggested going out to get the things tonight, so I took him up on that. 

We went to the grocery store and picked up some buns and shredded cabbage salad for me.  F however, picked up some beer, cup noodles and ramen packets and soda and a few other things.  I was quite surprised. 

We came home and had a quiet evening.  I watched CSI: Cyber and did some square-sewing…I got a few done tonight.  I made some smaller panels, I’ll try and join them tomorrow night.  F went to bed fairly early as he has an early driving assignment tomorrow. 

I’ve been working on my column tonight as well. I had to stop to blog because I do have to go to bed sometime! I’ve written about 4 movies so far, I have a huge list, but I think I’ll just mention a few more for my topic (top secret at this time, sorry!)

I haven’t quite decided what I’ll do tomorrow. I could/should stay home and work on my column, but I might take myself out to a movie, since there I won’t be able to do that for very much longer.  I could also go and get my hair cut, but I’ll have to see about that too.  


Come back later and find out how I decide to fill my day.  Until tomorrow…. 

February 21, 2017

Tuesday - Cold, snowy and windy

A good day.

I got up this morning on time and turned on the heater.  I did my usual morning things and enjoyed them as usual.  Boring I know. True though and I’ll miss my little routine when I have to give it up.

F came home for his lunch again and I worked on scanning my cards to send.  I got them done quickly as there were only three so far this week.  I also had to arrange some stuff to send to my sister, so did that as quickly as I could.  I planned to take some of F’s coins to the post office for him as well.  I got ready to take everything to the post office and got there a little after 3:20.  I started with the coins, deposited them and then paid for my envelope to go away.  I had put the postcards in the outside mailbox.  

Sadly I had to leave the nice warm post office, but not before I withdrew the money for the coins in something a little easier to carry.  I strode off home again.  

At home, I put out the money for F and then had my lunch.  Today it was simple.  I had a toasted onion bagel with some smoked salmon on it.  Last night we saw a packet of smoked salmon in the shop for half price.  Today was the last day on it and I got it.  F said he didn’t want any of it, so I ate the whole thing.  (It was less than 100 grammes, so don’t think it was a huge amount or anything!) It was amazing.  Really, one of the nicest lunches I can remember having!

I did dishes after 5 and F called to say he was coming home, but would soon go out again.  When he came home, he saw his money and told me I could have it.  Woot! Yay. 

While he was gone, I prepared the kitchen for dinner.  I wasn’t cooking tonight, but I know how nice it is to start from a clean kitchen.  Unfortunately, I usually am the one to clean it here!

F came home and made us a nabe.  I went out to the genkan and tidied up a bit and tossed a few things that I know we didn’t need anymore.  F has a lot of stuff out there, but I’m sure he won’t be going through it unless I make him.  

Dinner was good.  We’d bought a nabe soup base at the hundred yen shop on Monday and tried it tonight. It was a yuzu-chicken one and was pretty good for a hundred yen!  F couldn’t eat all that much again, I’m sad to say.

I did the dishes and then settled in to start my column.  I did do a little and I even watched most of a movie on YouTube to refresh my memory of it.  I need to finish it when I can.  I did a bit of knitting while I watched it too!

At 11pm I made myself some tea and went to the couch to sew and watch the Criminal Minds offshoot.  I LOVE Gary Sinise, but I don’t really like the show at all.  It comes over as being quite arrogant that these FBI officers go to other countries to “rescue” Americans.  Not sure I can say exactly why I don’t like it, but the attitude on the show is very similar to the attitude that the Americans that lived near us had in Norway when I was a child.  It was condescending, that’s how it seemed to me.  

Anyway, I watched another couple of things tonight and worked on my blogs.  That’s really about it for tonight.  

On Wednesday, I hope to spend more time on my column and also do some packing of things if I get the chance.  I also have to work on dinner, but F thinks he’ll be later so that gives me a bit of time I hope.  Come back later and see what happens.  Until tomorrow….