February 1, 2016

Monday - Clear and sunny

A quiet day at home, mostly.

I got up early, came to the couch and had breakfast and tea, watched some TV, did a short workout until F came home.  I scanned my postcrossing cards and late in the day ran them to the post office.  It was after 5 pm and still a little light out.  How lovely!

In the afternoon I did some laundry and also took a shower, I had lunch and ended up watching a Simon Pegg movie that I had no idea about.  I meant to watch the news, but got sucked in to the film!

After I came back from the post office I actually vacuumed a bit.  The apartment really needed it!  

This evening I finished up my packing and then watched Gossip Girl, because I love it!  Along the way, I cooked dinner and it was quite nice.  We had garlic pork, and reheated sweet potato with salad.  F contributed some of the things he had bought at lunchtime, and we were both pleased.  


And now, I must go.  Although I could blog on my phone, I probably won’t.  Please don’t miss me too much.  I’ll be back either Sunday or Monday.  Until later then….

PS...Here is a quick look at my finished scarf.  I love it!
This is the Ascot Neck Scarf Pattern by Lindsay Haynie

With hat

January 31, 2016

Sunday - Snowy

A good day.

I woke up around 8 this morning, and then went back to sleep for a couple more hours.  Sigh.  I finally sat up in bed around 10:30 and got up.  F was watching TV in the living room with lights and heat on today, so that was good.

He had to run and errand and also visit his mother.  He’d made some bread and wanted to take her half of a loaf, so off he went.  

He didn’t come back until almost 2 pm, which meant that a lot of the restaurants we like to go to would be finished their lunch time by the time we arrived.  I plumped for Bikkuri Donkey!! and that’s where we went.  We had a fairly nice meal there.  We both had their nabe dishes, F had his with rice and miso soup, I had mine without.  It was fairly good.

F and I talked about what else to do during the day.  I wanted to go and get a souvenir to take to Sendai with me for my ex-student.  I took one for her last time and forgot to give it to her.  Ack.  This time I MUST remember.  

We stopped in at the taxi company and ordered me a taxi for Tuesday morning.  I have to go to the bus station and F will be working.  I thought about going to the hotel early when he leaves for work, but it is too early.  Hopefully they will come on time and things will work out!

We drove to S-Mall and got my ex-student something in the grocery store, then had a cup of orzo each in Doutors.  While there, F suggested going to see the one English movie we hadn’t seen yet.  I had heard it was terrible, but what the heck.  It was in 3D, so I suggested going home and picking up our 3D glasses from last week, since we have to pay for them.

We got home and I found mine easily, he couldn’t find his.  We both looked.  I think searched out an old pair of glasses that I had from years ago and gave them to him.  

We headed out to Mikawa shopping centre.  When we got there we first bought our tickets.  It wasn’t bad today because we’d filled up our point cards.  All we had to pay for was the surcharge for the 3D movie.  

We had time for dinner.  F said he wanted to have ramen (what else?) so he went off to a ramen shop, I went off to the pasta restaurant around the corner.  I had a really nice dish of fettucine with salmon and spinach in a cream sauce.  It was small but nice.  

I was done before F, so I went and sat outside his ramen shop.  I noticed that he wasn’t eating so I sent him a text to say I was watching him!  It surprised him and he paid and left!

We went upstairs and saw In the Heart of the Sea with Chris Hemsworth.  It was okay.  I didn’t really like the subject matter…Moby Dick was not my favourite American novel and this story of the story it was based on didn’t really grab me.  It was okay, and some of the cast was good, but it is completely missable in my opinion.  

When the movie finished, we decided to buy a few groceries at the mall for dinner tomorrow night.  We picked up a few things and then came home.  

Here at home I did 3 postcards up for Postcrossing and then during Downton Abbey, I finished my new scarf.  I like it.  I’m not going to take it to Sendai with me because I think it is too easy lose, but I might change my mind.  


And really, that is about it for my day.  It was quite good.  It was nice not to fight with my husband and always nice to get things ready for my trip. Come back tomorrow for a quick update.  If for some reason I can’t post tomorrow, I’ll likely see you back here next Sunday or Monday.  Until tomorrow…?

Oh, before I forget....here's a sneak peek at my scarf.  This was taken before I put the edging on it.  It still looks a lot like this!


January 30, 2016

Saturday - Snowy

A good day.

This was a bit of an odds and sods day.  I got up and took a shower.  Then, F and I went off to see a doctor.  Not a usual one, but one for me.  I’m not going to go into details, I’m not sick, just need to get something checked out.

We came home just after noon to have lunch.  Yes, we ate at home today!  We had a quesadilla which I threw together, the leftover nabe and the leftover pulled pork.  Somehow, the meal worked and it was nice to eat at home for a change.

In the afternoon I took a nap.  I was so tired for some reason, I couldn’t stay awake.  I slept for a bit over two hours, which surprised me!

In the evening, we went out for dinner.  F wanted to go to the Chinese restaurant near the bridge, so that’s what we did.  I had some stir-fried vegetables with shrimp, pork, egg and black mushroom.  It was actually quite good, wish there had been more veg though.  F of course had ramen. It wasn’t his favourite.
After dinner, we made a quick stop at the apartment to get his medicine and then went to Machi-Kine to see a movie.  Tonight’s film was My Old Lady and it was rather good.  I was happy because Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott-Thomas were in it and I like all of them.  It was quite a cute little story that turned into a fairly serious drama.

After the movie we came home and picked up the kerosene tanks.  We bought more kerosene and then went to McDonalds.  I wanted to spend a bit of time out tonight.  We had a drink each and then went to the grocery store for a few things.  After that, we came home.

I watched a few shows that I normally watch on Wednesday and finished up the scarf that I am making.  All that is left is to do an edging on it.  


And that’s it.  It was a nice day, for the most part.  And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get some sleep!  Come back later and find out about my Sunday.  Until tomorrow….

January 29, 2016

Friday - Good weather

A good day.

I woke up early this morning.  I got up and decided to spend the rest of my sleep time on the couch.  Unfortunately, I slept and didn’t really wake up properly until 10!  Oops.  

I did have a busy morning once I got started.  I made the bed, got dressed for my workout and then of course F called to say he was coming home for lunch.  I put the kettle on for him and then washed the sweet potatoes and put them in the slow cooker while he was here.

After he left, I moved the couch and did a workout.  I also put some clothes in the wash.  My workout was great, I may not do another one until Monday or the week after, so I needed to get it done.

I spent a couple of hours at my computer today finishing up the cull of my women’s group.  I removed members who hadn’t renewed, sent them a cheery note to say please come back some day, and then had a very late lunch.  I had some of the leftover pulled pork.  It was yummy!

F called me to say he was done work.  He offered to go to the grocery store to get food for our dinner, so I let him.  We had planned to have a nabe.  I had also bought a salad so we could have that too.  And the sweet potatoes.  

When F came home I had the nabe ready for him, so he just had to put the food in.  He made us a nice vegetable, tofu and chicken nabe.  I have a problem with his soup base, however.  I don’t think it tastes very good at all.  It has no taste to me!  However, the nabe was fine, the salad was good and we completely forgot about the sweet potatoes until it was too late.  They are in the fridge.  They’ll keep.  

F did the dishes too tonight, bless him, and then we settled in for a bit of TV.  I watched Castle and worked on my crochet.  I’m making a small scarf to match the hat I made a couple of years ago.  It’s coming along nicely.  

I contacted the former student I plan to visit with when I’m in Sendai next week and did a few things on my computer.  And, that’s about it. You are up to speed!


I didn’t go out, and I am hoping that I can go out tomorrow a bit.  We might see a movie, and do a little shopping, I’m not sure.  Come back a bit later and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

January 28, 2016

Thursday - Rainy

A good day.

I got up this morning just before my time and came through to the living room. I had to refill the kerosene heater, but after that I was able to relax and watch my show.  I had breakfast, today I made oatmeal which was yummy, and then I had some tea too.

I snoozed a bit today, I didn’t mean to, it just happened.  I did some laundry and didn’t get around to my workout until the afternoon.  I did do one however, and I enjoyed it a lot. 

I put away some of my clothes in the closet and got a few other things out.  I picked out more seasonally appropriate ones!  I also got out an outfit for next week and sorted out some winter camisole type things which I put in the wash. 

I know it was late, but I finally set up my slow cooker to cook the roast for dinner.  We were having pulled pork, but the roast was tiny in comparison to the one on the spice packet!  I knew it would cook quickly, so I didn’t put it in too early.

I had a very small lunch around 5 pm and then started working on dinner dishes.  I made some coleslaw and started preparing the rapini that F had brought home a couple of days ago.  It was a bit wilted, but I thought I could work with it.  I followed a recipe from Canadian Living and got the vegetable done up to the blanching and shocking in cold water bit.  I drained it, cut it into pieces and set it aside until F came home.

He was quite late tonight, and arrived around 7:30, almost 8 pm.  We ate quite soon afterwards and had a good meal.  The rapini was a big hit.  The recipe uses garlic and hot pepper flakes and was quite good, even if I say so myself.  We both enjoyed the pulled pork and I have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow.  Yum.  

We settled in for a quiet evening.  I watched Bones and did some crochet that seems to be going well.  F had his bath and went to bed fairly early again.  I know he’s quite tired.  


That’s about it for me.  I’m tired too.  Tomorrow I have to work on my women’s group stuff for a bit and then I hope to do more preparation for my trip next week.  Wish me luck with that!  Come back in a bit and find out about my day.  Until tomorrow….

January 27, 2016

Wednesday - Rainy and warm

A good day.

I got up a bit after 9 today and had breakfast.  F was lounging around, but I suggested he have a shower and start getting ready.  I think it was a good thing really.  He left around 10 I think, for his mother’s and popped back just before 11 to pick something up.  

I had breakfast, watched Once Upon a Time and then made the bed and grabbed a few clothes for later on.  I had a shower and then ate lunch.  I had some frozen pasta and added in the last of the shrimp from the other night’s dinner.  It was surprisingly good!

Around 2 I went out into the lobby and waited for my friend.  Since I was there I decided to sweep a little.  I looked outside and something caught my eye.  This little guy was walking over a snowbank in the rain.  I felt a little sorry for it, and I have no idea why he was doing that.  I can’t say I’ve ever seen a spider on snow before!
Yes she was alive and I left her alone after I went all paparazzo on her!


My friend came and we went to Cafe Cinq near the river for tea or coffee.  The waitress tried to give us the chocolate menu, but I turned it over because we are both trying to watch our weight!
We spent about an hour together, had some great conversations and cheered each other up no end.  Finally, she had to go, and I decided to walk home.  I hadn’t been able to get any exercise for a couple of days, so I needed it!

The walk was nice, but the road was very wet in places.  The snow was melting, but the puddles were deep.  I was close to home when I got a message from F saying he was already home.  

When I got home, we had a nice reunion and we both relaxed for a while.  It was only around 4 and F started talking about dinner.  I wasn’t ready yet!

We relaxed for a while and F watched Apollo 13 in Japanese before I strongly requested dinner around 7 pm.  I originally asked for okonomiyaki, but on the way, F countered with Indian food.  We went to the closer restaurant and had a pretty good meal.  We had the couples set, so we had two kinds of curry (pork and chicken) with two kinds of naan(garlic and plain). We also had salad and tandori and shish kebab and dessert and hot chai. It was quite good.  

We bought a few groceries afterwards and then came home.  I watched some telly and started a new project, but I’m not sure that I like it enough to keep working on it.  Or that I will have enough yarn.  

F went to bed a lot earlier tonight, I’m glad as he was really staying up late.  He has a long drive at work tomorrow.  


Tomorrow I have a few little things to do around the apartment. I should go and sweep the lobby again, and I really need to vacuum the apartment.  Come back in a bit and find out what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

January 26, 2016

Tuesday - Rainy and warmer

A good day.

I went to bed before F last night. He was asleep on the couch and even though I tried really hard to wake him up, I couldn’t do it.  He said he came to bed about an hour later. I was asleep, but sort of woke up when he arrived.

This morning, I overslept a bit, but it is mentally hard for me to get out of bed while F is in the living room.  Just knowing that he’s sprawling all over the couch annoys me a bit!  Today however, when I got up, I ended up asking him to pick a side of the couch so that I could sit on it too.  Even though it is is broken, it is half mine!

F had thought that he was to go to his mother’s but he didn’t have to.  He needed to run a few errands and I came with him for that.  We had lunch together in Cocos and it was quite nice.  I had a chicken stew with multigrain rice and it was good.  After lunch, we hit up the drugstore and got a funeral envelope and also a few things like liquid soap for the bathroom.  

We came home afterwards, and F slept for a lot of the afternoon! I did a few computer things and finally scanned the postcards I wrote last night.

When it was dinner time, I didn’t have a lot of calories left and F suggested Kintaro Sushi.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Kintaro, but when you can only eat 3 or 4 plates of sushi to stay under calorie budget, it isn’t a fun place to go.  And, while we were there, he just decided to leave.  There was no “Would you like anything else?”  He just assumed I was done and called over the waitress for the bill.  I had wanted something else, but…. Oh well.

We came home and watched a bit of TV.  F watched the news in English tonight and then I checked that my show was DVRing.  It was.  Great! 
I watched Criminal Minds and then bits and pieces of other shows tonight.  F snoozed on the couch again, and is still there.  

I did have a drink tonight!  I don’t usually, but a few weeks ago I got some bottles of stuff at Yamaya and thought I needed a treat.  So, I had one.  Yay me. 

Tomorrow I have a coffee date in the afternoon and F will be at the funeral in the morning into the afternoon I think.  I would like to do a little bit of housekeeping and maybe even a workout if I can.  Fingers crossed. 


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