October 17, 2017

Tuesday - Sunny and warm

A good day.

I got up this morning and did things a little bit differently for a change.  I was up and dressed before 8 am, watched the news in English, and then when it was over, went over to the garage and checked on my clothes that I washed last night.  Most of it was still wet, so I left it.  

I came back in, had some tea and then went down to see K and have breakfast with her.  After that, I came upstairs, got changed into some athletic wear and went for a walk in the park.  I was only gone for 30 minutes, but I did one and a half loops, so I was quite pleased with myself.  The weather was perfect for it and there were a lot of people in the park today.  

When I got back to the house today K asked if I’d like some of her bento, but I declined.  I really wasn’t interested in a fishy bento.  I came upstairs, cooled off and even opened a window.  It was that warm!

I had lunch an hour later. I brought it upstairs and it was nice. I had some smoked chicken, salad and bread.  It was all very nice.   I even went downstairs a little earlier to wash the dishes.  

During the afternoon I watched two episodes of Criminal Minds and finally got around to cleaning the corner by my bed.  I had talked to F about bringing my oil heater over there.  It makes so much more sense to have the heater in the room where we need it, rather than quite far away from the bed.  I already feel warmer.  I will have to be careful getting out of bed though. I don’t want to burn myself.  

F called me to say he was coming back, then called again to say he had to go out and did I want to go with him?  I did.  I asked him to help me find a bus stop, but he must have forgotten.  Grrr.  

We went to a couple of tire shops for F’s work, and then went to the grocery store and picked up stuff for dinner.  As usual we bought too much, but it wasn’t too bad really. There are enough leftovers for K’s lunch tomorrow.  

We cleaned up the kitchen and the living room, then F and I came upstairs.  We relaxed, had our showers and I watched Criminal Minds, the newest episode.  Really, that’s about it for the day.
I have to go out tomorrow to meet someone about my class on Friday, and to get my textbooks. I’ll probably leave early on in the afternoon and go downtown since that is the bus that I do know. I’m hoping to go over to Mikawa as well tomorrow night because my pants should be ready and that would be really nice to pick them up!


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

October 16, 2017

Monday - Sunny but cool

An okay day.

I got up this morning around 8 am and it was easy to do. I filled up my water pot and made the first of many cups of tea. I watched quite a few episodes of the TV that I had taped when I was away and then deleted them.

I went downstairs around 9:30 and had breakfast with K. It was just cereal and yogurt, but since it had been rather a long time since I ate, it was nice. After doing the dishes, which necessitated me having to clean the basin and empty the dish drainer first, I did a couple of loads of laundry. Oh, yes, and F popped in for a few minutes while I was getting breakfast ready for us.

In the afternoon I offered K lunch, but she didn’t want any. It’s too bad in a way as it was quite Japanese but that was her choice. I had some eggplant/chicken thing, a chicken steak and a hot salad. That was good. I ate upstairs and then did some computer stuff along with more TV watching.

I did the dishes around 4 pm and then when I came back upstairs I went through 3 of my drawers and removed a bunch of clothes that I don’t wear for whatever reason. Many are a little stained, some are too old, some too tight or too baggy…just things that I don’t really wear anymore.  I have at least one more drawer to go through. Wish me luck. I should also go through my closet as there are a ton of things that need to be removed!

F came back to the house around 6 and we decided to go out for dinner.  I suggested sushi and he chose to go to the new sushi place with the lottery for plates of sushi dropped in the disposal chute. It wasn’t too busy and we got in quite soon.  We ate a lot and then I won a prize tonight.  Woot. I got some Halloween masking tape.  I could use it on a postcard if I wanted to.  

We visited McDonald afterward for some free wifi and dessert, then picked up a few groceries for F’s mother’s dinner. 

We came back to the house, but she had already eaten and was in bed.  It was just after 8 pm.  Sigh.  Why so early?

F and I came upstairs.  I spent some time on my computer, he on his phone.  I watched The Good Wife and a couple of other things and that’s about it.  You are now up to date with my life.  So exciting, isn’t it?


Come back tomorrow if you dare and see what I get up to.  I bet there is more laundry in my future!  Until tomorrow….

October 15, 2017

Sunday - Cold and dreary

An okay day.

I went to bed around 11pm last night…so early. I had an okay night but was wide awake by 7am this morning.  Yawn.  I am usually not awake at 7 am on a Sunday.  

F and I finally got up around 9:30, got dressed, and took his mother out for breakfast.  We went to Gusto and had a nice but quiet brekkie.  I had my usual scrambled eggs with sausage and bacon and it was fine.  After food we went to MaxValu for a few groceries and then brought them back to the house.  

F and I went to the Internet Cafe for a few hours today.  I watched a couple of CSI shows and also tried to find bits on YouTube about a really silly reality show I watched while I was in Canada.  I saw a bit, but nothing too important yet.  

We left when our 3 hours were up and checked on his mum.  She was fine, and didn’t want lunch, so we went in search of some.  I really just wanted to go to Doutors but we ended up going to FoodEver first.  There was nothing suitable there, so we then went to the mall.  Of course, the Doutors was now very crowded with people just coming in, so we really should have gone there first.  We ended up going to the Pizza Hut and sharing a Bulgogi pizza. It was good, just a little sweet.  

We bought some food for our dinner and went back to the house.  K was cooking some fish and the kitchen reeked to high heaven. I lost any appetite that I had, plus I had just eaten so begged off for a while. 

I went down again about half an hour later and cleaned out the fridge a bit and also did the stuff in the kitchen sink.Gross. That helped me lose even more of my appetite.  

I had planned to eat something, but F wasn’t in the room. He came in and proceeded to get the only thing I wanted to eat out the fridge and spill the contents all over the fridge. He had to throw some of it out, so I just decided not to eat at all.  

I went back upstairs and had a little cry about being back in Japan in a house I dislike intensely.  It wasn’t helped by me not being able to find the light switch in the middle of the room or my bedside lamp switch. 

F came in and gave me a hug which helped immensely. A little while later he had his shower and then I had mine.  My stomach is growling now, but mentally I’m not hungry. I think I’ll wait until breakfast.  

So that was my day. It was rather a bust. I am hoping that the weather will be better tomorrow so that I can go out to the park or something and get a walk in. I have snazzy new shoes now, so I’d really like to use them!


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

October 14, 2017

Saturday - Sunny and warm, rainy at night

A good day.

I slept fairly well last night. I was in bed by 10:30 and fell asleep almost immediately.  I did wake up a couple of times to go to the washroom and because I was too darn hot under my quilt.  

In the morning F and I talked about going out for breakfast but really ended up hanging around until my suitcase arrived.  I unpacked the treasures for other people from it, gave F and K their pressies and then ended up stuffing a lot of clothes back in the suitcase because there is nowhere to put them!   One of the first orders of business next week is to toss a bunch of clothes that I didn’t get rid of before.  I need to make room for the new stuff.

F and I went to Hyakkenbori for lunch today. We had asked K, but she ended up finishing her bento from last night and didn’t want to eat anymore.  We went and had a lovely meal. I had the pork stew for a change, F had udon and fish and quite enjoyed it.  

We went back to the house for a couple of minutes and picked up the pants that I wanted to have hemmed.  We drove out to Mikawa and I had my pants measured on me and then put them into the store’s care.  I had to try them all on and there was a bit of hilarity when I came out of the changing room wearing a pair of leggings that didn’t actually need hemming!  And of course, I noticed that the new pair of shorts I had bought was in the pile too…I didn’t model them, took ‘em back with me.  

F and I had a quick drink and a doughnut at Mr Donut and then moved the car to the other side of the mall.  We went to see War for the Planet of the Apes and both of us really enjoyed it.  It was far better than it had to be, there were even a few biblical overtones too.  I enjoyed it and really think that Andy Serkis should be rewarded for his performances in motion capture.  

After the movie, F wanted to go and look at the food in the grocery store.  I was okay with that, had even suggested buying food and taking it to the house.  We got his mother a few things and dropped it off for her.  F’s sister popped by for a few minutes and I gave her some omiyagi from Canada.  

F and I went to a restaurant he likes near the main post office. It isn’t a great place, but sometimes the food is quite good.  We had an okay dinner, but the place was quite busy and noisy, so we didn’t really talk to each other tonight.  

And that’s about it. I was terribly tired and really just want to end this so I can go to bed. I seem to be getting more and more tired.  I went to bed around this time last night, plan to go to bed very soon tonight.  


I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring.  We might go to the Internet Cafe, or we might just have a quiet day in.  Come back later and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

October 13, 2017

Friday - The 13th...Ack!  Rainy in Tokyo, clear up here

A good couple of days.

I'm too tired to go into everything but just wanted to say that I'm back in lil old Tsuruoka all safe and sound.  The trip back was fine,  I had no problems at all.

I'll try and update a bit more in the next couple of days...depending on how hard the jetlag hits me.

Until tomorrow?

October 10, 2017

Tuesday - Rainy and cold

A good day.

I got up fairly early this morning and took a shower right off the bat.  My sister was out on personal business, so I thought it was a good way to deal with her absence.  After that, I dressed and went upstairs for breakfast and coffee.

My sister came back just after I finished up.  I was downstairs working on my packing.  I also did some laundry and got the last few things I had worn washed and dried.  My big suitcase is full and is very close to the limit, but should be okay.  My little suitcase is full and not really near the limit.  It is stuffed though.  I'm very glad that I didn't have to send anything to myself!

My sister asked if I'd like to go out for dinner tonight and the answer was yes.  My brother in law had suggested going for dim sum and I was very pleased.  I hadn't had any this trip.

I tried to check in for my planes tomorrow, but the system wouldn't let me as I am on a codeshare.  I hope like heck it'll work out!  I'm sure it will though.

We went into Edmonton and had dinner at the dim sum place my family likes.  It was really good.  We had a bunch of stuff and we were all so full afterwards!  We even brought a bit of food home for my nephew tomorrow.

We watched episode 4 of Star Trek:Discovery, which I am really enjoying.  I'm sure we won't get it on my channels in Japan, but it is a shame. I really have been enjoying it.  It hasn't quite found its footing yet, but has great potential.  I was thinking they were going to go in a Blake's 7 direction by making one of the main characters a convict, but I am sure that is just wishful thinking on my part!

We went our separate ways around 9:30.  I've spent some time redistributing my stuff between suitcases and I think I'll be okay tomorrow. I should go soon as I have to try and get some sleep and get up early to do my last minute stuff before I go.  I also have to say goodbye to my nephew and that will be tough.  He's a great kid.

I won't be posting for a few days.  Don't miss me too much.  I'll be back as soon as I can be.  Until....

October 9, 2017

Monday - Cooler...didn't go out.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A mostly good day.  I slept in a bit, but did get up fairly early. I went upstairs and had my breakfast and coffee.  I'm really going to miss the Keurig machine!

I had a bit of a quiet day, which means that I can't really remember what went on! My headache came back so I took some more headache medicine and then had a lie-down until it started to work. Later we had lunch, which was plates of last night's dinner.  It was really nice.

My niece left after lunch and we gave each other a big hug before she left.  I miss her a lot when I'm not here.

My nephew and I played card games for a while.  That was fun.  He's got quite a way about him.

In the evening, my nephew and I watched Deadpool.  We'd both seen it before, but I was quite surprised to watch it with him. He's only 12, but going on 50.  Some of that film is very adult and I wouldn't have suggested it for him personally, but his mother said it was okay.  I think she'd forgotten how adult it is too.

We went our separate ways around 9:30.  I came downstairs and am now watching crazy reality TV from the US.  Some of it makes me quite annoyed and I'd like to yell at the people and ask them what do they think they are doing?!

This is my second-last night here.  I'll be leaving Canada on Wednesday and will arrive back in Tsuruoka on Friday.  Between Wednesday and Friday, possibly into Saturday, I won't be updating as I'll be travelling or too jet-lagged to blog.  I'm not completely sure if I'll blog tomorrow or not.  If I can do it early enough then I will!

Come back later and see how things go.  Will I get everything in my suitcase?  Fingers crossed!  Until tomorrow...?