April 18, 2015

Saturday - Sunny, with a cold wind

A good day.  I overslept a bit this morning, but did get up and I took a shower.  I spent a bit of time on my computer and F came home early this week.  Yay!  We talked about going out for lunch. I suggested on place, F suggested another and we agreed on that one.  

We went to the old farm restaurant near Voice.  It was quite lovely.  I had apple flavoured pork and masu-yaki.  It’s a type of trout apparently.  F had pork with another flavour and another fish.  The meal was very nice.  

After our lovely lunch, I suggested going to Yamaya via the Grand El Son to see if their restaurant had re-opened.  It has.  It looks quite spiffy from the outside.  I really hope that it hasn’t become too spiffy pricewise!  We got to Yamaya and did a little shopping.  The best buy I got today was a big block of Gouda. I also got more tuna to make the tuna burgers again.  We spent a few minutes in the hardware store nearby.  I got myself a rubber tube for exercising.  Let’s hope I really try and do it!

We came home and then took a little walk over to Tsuruoka park for our hanami.  The park was lovely, but it was quite windy.  The cherry blossoms are just past their peak, but the weather was bad earlier in the week.  F and I had a tama-konnayku each and then came home.  





Tama-Konnyaku with hot mustard.  If you have seen the latest Gotochi card from Yamagata, you might recognize this!

F went off to his house to take care of his dog, and then came back a bit later.  We had dinner at a restaurant behind Pal. It was great.  F had ramen (that he didn’t complain too much about) and I had a pork chop type of thing that came with soup, salad, and dessert.  

After dinner, we had to race back to Machi-Kine to see our movie.  By the time I sat down, I’d missed all the previews, but luckily was there in time for the movie to start.  We saw Fast & Furious 7.  It wasn’t Shakespeare, but it was so over the top that I was howling at it.  And yet, at the end, I shed a little tear at the lovely way they said goodbye to Paul Walker.  

We came home after the movie and had a quiet night in. I watched Penny Dreadful which was a humdinger tonight and now I’m watching Marple.  I did a little knitting, but I haven’t had that much time for it tonight.  Hopefully I will get it done soon though.


And that is it for my day.  We have plans for tomorrow, so I’ll try and tell you about my day later.  Until tomorrow…. 

April 17, 2015

Friday - Cloudy & rainy in the morning, clearing in the afternoon.

A good day.

I got up early this morning, but went back to bed and overslept a bit.  I know, I shouldn’t have gone back to bed, but I did.  I had a nice relaxing morning really.  I checked my blog, I had breakfast, I did some laundry, the usual.  

In the afternoon I scanned my cards and wrote a couple more.  I wanted to take them out with me to mail when I went to the mall.  I finally got them all done.  

Around 5 pm I left the apartment and headed for S-Mall.  When I was about half-way there F called me.  I was crossing a road at the time so I waited until I was on the other side before I answered! I told him I was on my way to the mall and that I hoped he’d have fun at his party.  

In the mall I mailed my postcards first and then had a look around.   There was a sign up on my coffee shop saying that they were going to close early tonight so really there was no point in going there for tea.  I went up to the hundred yen shop, but didn’t see much to buy.  I was looking for double pointed knitting needles, but no luck there.  I checked out the grocery store, didn’t get anything and then picked up a sandwich at Subway.  I brought it home, left it and my magazines and went out again.

This time I went to a drugstore that is nearer my apartment than the one I usually go to.  I got there, had a poke around, picked up something and then came home via the convenience store.  All I bought at the convenience store was a bottle of mugi-cha and a Coolish ice cream.  

At home, I proceeded to do dishes first, then ate my dinner.  I knew there was a telephone meeting at 8:30 pm.  I even baked myself a pizza from our freezer. I ate it very quickly so that I’d be done in time for the meeting.  

Well, at 8:30, I was on line, but it didn’t seem like anyone else was!  I left a couple of messages on Facebook, but it wasn’t until after 9 that I got any response!  Finally, 3 of us managed to connect and had a good chat about movies and crafts.  That was nice. F came home while I was in the meeting, but was quite quiet so that was good.  At the end I confirmed some plans for Sunday with one of the ladies and we all rang off.  

I watched some TV, F napped on the couch.  He was rather sweet.  He did get up and go to bed a while ago.  I’ve had quite a long and busy day myself, so I think I’m going to go to bed now too.


I’m not exactly sure what will happen tomorrow, but hopefully we’ll be able to go to a movie.  That would be fun. F has to take his mother out in the morning too.  Tomorrow night I’ll catch you up on all the details!  Until then....

April 16, 2015

Thursday - Warm and sunny

An okay day.

I got up right on time this morning and went through to the living room.  I had a quiet morning on my computer. In the afternoon I vacuumed and then sat at my computer and did some stuff.  I watched a bit of taped TV and knitted for a little while.  That was nice.

In the afternoon I washed the dishes and the nabe for F to use later on. I enjoyed watching old Project Runway on WOWOW. F called me around 5:30 and said he’d be home soon.  

F showed up after 7:30. I was starting to worry about him but he was at his mother’s.  I suggested he get dinner started right away and he did.  

He made us a nabe and it was good. I wasn’t sure that it would be, but the man can make good nabe!

I did the dishes and then settled in to watch House and Bones.  F fell asleep on the couch.  I watched the first part of The Blue Lagoon and then ended up watching the last part too.  The other show was a repeat, so I skipped it.  The Blue Lagoon was an odd mixture.  On one hand it was soft porn, on the other it was an almost thoughtful look at how two children would bring themselves up if on a deserted island.  

F finally woke up and took his bath, and now I think we’re both going to go to bed soon.  I know I am! 


Tomorrow I’m alone for most of the evening.  I think I’ll go out and get something for my dinner, or something for my lunch, or both.  You’ll just have to come back and find out what happens!  Until tomorrow….

April 15, 2015

Wednesday - Sunny in the daytime with some cloud and rain later on

An okay day.

I woke up this morning at 8 am when F woke up late and loudly.  Yikes.  He is usually out the door before 7:30 as he has to go to his mother’s before work.  He dressed hurriedly and left.  I didn’t go back to bed, I stayed up.  BBC in America was on so I watched that and made some tea for myself. 

I watched a bit of tv, finished knitting my swatch and got on with my day.  Around 11:30 I took a shower and then afterwards I noticed that F had called me.  He invited me out for lunch and I said okay.  

He took me to the Chinese place near the bridge.  We had to sit on tatami which I dislike (because I hate taking off my shoes and then putting them back on later) but had a fairly decent meal.  I had a bacon and vegetable stir-fry that came with rice, soup, some eggplant stew and pickles.  It was okay, probably the best meal I’ve had there, which really isn’t saying much.  F brought me back home afterwards and I got on with things.

I watched Broadchurch and a few things that I had recorded, then about 4 episodes of Project Runway.  I loved that. I don’t care if they were repeats.  I spent a lot of time on my computer today, but I didn’t mind at all. 

When F finally came home it was almost 7 pm.  We discussed dinner plans and he suggested one Japanese place that was absolutely fine.  I suggested another one that we’ve just started to go to as a possible other choice.  We decided to go there, and tried to.  It was closed sadly.  And thus began our sad evening.  We drove towards F’s first choice and just as we got there he suggested a new Korean place that he’d just seen.  I like Korean food so said that would be great.  The problem was…he couldn’t find it.  He thought it was down one street, so we drove along and didn’t find it.  He turned into a store’s parking and came back.  Then, he turned into the parking lot of a Japanese ramen and set meal restaurant. What the heck? The sign on the door said they closed at 8:00pm and it was after 7:30…not a great time to show up in Japan.  

We went in and they said it was okay.  I was pretty upset because I didn’t want Japanese food of any sort.  F chooses some big yakiniku meal with ramen on the side, and I couldn’t face having rice twice in one day.  I ended up having udon with meat.  It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t good either.  We’ve never been there before and I don’t have any idea why he chose that place in particular.  And, to make everything even better…he only had big bills, so I had to give him most of the money for our dinner!

Of course, on the detoured course that he brought us back to our area on, he drove right by the Korean restaurant that he mentioned.  I was so annoyed.  I tried to make the best of things, but the food didn’t agree with me and I’ve had a touch of indigestion all night.  So, thanks to my husband, I had two pretty bad meals today.  I would have preferred so many other restaurants, but he wasn’t interested in them.  

We bought groceries for tomorrow.  F is going to make a nabe tomorrow night.  I think I’ll be on strike! 

We had a good evening at home.  I came to the couch…had to tell F that I was going to sit beside him…and did a bit of knitting for two hours.  It was quite therapeutic for me. 

And, I had some sort of spat with my sister about whether I was being sarcastic when I expressed sympathy for her dental pain.  I actually wasn’t.  I can see why she thought I was, because I am quite sarcastic normally, but I wasn’t on this occasion.  

Anyway, that’s about it for me for today.  I’m not sure what I’ll get up to. Why don’t you come back and see?  Until tomorrow….

April 14, 2015

Tuesday - Cloudy and a little rainy

A good day.

I got up this morning and used my new teapot in the microwave.  I’m not sure how long to heat it for, it’s a bit confusing.  Honestly, I think I’d rather just boil the kettle and do it that way!  Still, I had some of my bargain darjeeling tea and enjoyed it a lot.

I had a quiet day, mostly at home.  I watched some TV and some DVR’d stuff, then I started scanning my postcards.  It took a while as I had a lot come in yesterday.  I finally got them all done up, but it was so close to 5 pm.  Could I get to the post office in time?  I needed to go in and buy a stamp today.  I zoomed off on my bike and just made it.  I got my stamp, but I just missed the post office pick up.  

I came home again a little slower and decided to look for a recipe for dinner.  I had chicken pieces and I had shimeji mushrooms, so what could I make?  I found a recipe for simple soy sauce chicken and I had or nearly had all the ingredients, so I decided to make that.  It wasn’t very difficult, and soon I had it bubbling away on the stove.  

F came home around 7 pm and dinner was virtually ready.  I made myself some couscous and gave F a pack of his rice.  Then, we ate.  It wasn’t bad.  I could improve a few things on the recipe, and had already…I used a real onion rather than dried onion, next time I’d use a real clove of garlic instead of powdered, and so on.  I used the shimeji instead of canned mushrooms.  Anyway, it was pretty good and F quite liked it.  He said it would be okay to have it again some time, so I’ll file the recipe away.  Yay for that.

In the evening, I did something that I’ve been putting off for a bit.  I ordered yarn from Deramores.  Many of my friends rave about their yarn, so I decided to check them out.  I have a baby blanket to make, so thought that i really should get started.  I had to do a little substitution as some of their wool was out of stock, but I think it’ll be an interesting blanket.  I’m doing it in blues, a light brown and a grey.  Gosh, I hope it works out okay, and that I ordered enough.  Fingers crossed I did!

We had a quiet evening here.  I started knitting a little bit of a swatch to see how my knitting needles and the yarn will work, and then I put it aside to blog.  F went to bed around midnight and I really should get there soon.


I have no idea what I’m going to get up to tomorrow.  If the weather is decent I might go out and check out the cherry blossoms or I might just stay at home.  Come back and find out what happens here.  Until tomorrow….

April 13, 2015

Monday - Cloudy then rainy in the evening

A good, busy day.

I got up this morning a bit late, but I did get up.  I had a quiet hour or so and then decided to get on with things.  I made the bed, showered and then came through to the living room and got a start on dinner.  I had decided that I was going to make Tuna Patties from Simply Recipes for dinner, so I wanted to get them made early so they could chill in the fridge all day.

I made them, and then put them in the fridge.  Then I got on with the business of cleaning up the kitchen.  And today, I did do a bit of cleaning!  I washed the dish strainer rack and also one of the burners on the stove.  It’s the one that F uses for his ramen and it was very messy.  Still, I felt quite glad that I finally did it.  I also washed up all the dishes from my cooking and the weekend.  

In the afternoon I watched a bit of TV from the weekend, especially while I was in the kitchen.  Later on I had a late breakfast and then a later lunch.  I read the paper too, and despaired that The Japan News has become even worse since its recent revamp.  I’m going to ask F to cancel it.  I hope he will.  

When F came home I asked him if he wanted dinner right away or after a while.  He chose as soon as possible, so I did my other stuff.  I put on some hash brown patties in the toaster oven to cook, set the table and cooked the tuna patties.  We had a “patty” kind of dinner today.  F didn’t realize that they weren’t hamburgers at first!  They were really good and F asked that I make them again some time.  Of course, that means I have to buy big cans of tuna again.  

F did the dishes and we had a quiet night in.  There wasn’t much on TV for me, so I let F watch what he liked.  I wrote up a few postcards for Postcrossing and one as a trade to a friend.  

I also bought a pattern from the internet, something that I have never done before.  I’ve finally found out that the next member of F’s family will be a boy.  I’ve told F that he has to buy me the wool for the blanket, but it’s going to be nice.  I just have to decide on the colours I think.  


F went to bed a while ago, I should get there soon!  I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself tomorrow. I’ll have to scan postcards and make a post office run I think.   I’m also cooking dinner so that’ll be fun!  Or not.  Come back later and find out what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

April 12, 2015

Sunday - Sunny and warm

A good day

I got up this morning to an empty apartment. It was late, I had overslept and only woke up when F phoned me. He told me that he would be home in an hour. I got dressed, made the bed, and turned on the TV. House was on, and it was the one that I missed on Thursday so I started to watch it. Of course, F came home in the middle of the show. He wanted to go out for lunch immediately but I didn't want to. I asked him to wait for 12 minutes but he heard 20 minutes. He decided to make himself some ramen instead. He was quite angry with me but when House was over I was ready to go. He hurriedly ate his ramen and we went out.

We went to Café Soco in Voice. Today I had curry and it came with a salad and soup. I chose oolong tea and hot tea to drink. F had the same dish but he had coffee and cola to drink. We added on dessert and it was very nice. Dessert was a small medley of fruit, a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream with kinako and a small slice of baked cheesecake. It was all delicious and a good value for 200 yen. I asked F if he wanted to do something after lunch and he said he had no idea. I suggested going to the beach and that's what we did.

It was a lovely day and driving to the beach was enjoyable. We parked the car and went for a walk along the shore. As usual at this time of year the beach was very dirty. We picked up seashells and I picked up a piece of sea glass too. It really was a lovely day to be at the beach. I would have been happy if we had stayed there longer but we left.

These were gorgeous, but I left them on the beach. 

We made a brief stop in the Tomato Shop and had a look around. Neither of us was in the mood to buy anything, so we left soon afterwards. F suggested going to the Mikawa Mall to see if there was a movie soon.  I was ambivalent really, but since he wasn’t doing that well, said it was fine.

We got to the mall and checked out the listing.  The one film worth seeing wasn’t on until 6:35, so we decided to come back.  I asked if we could go to the wool shop, and F wanted the bank machine.  I ended up getting some quite pretty blue yarn that I have plans for.  I hope it’s something that won’t take too long to make! 

We came back to Tsuruoka because F had to go over to his mother’s after a while to walk the dog.  When he got back, we headed back out to the mall. 

We had a quick and okay dinner of bibinba and then went to the movie.  We went to see Elsa & Fred with Shirley Maclaine and Christopher Plummer.  I wish I liked it better than I actually did! Christopher Plummer was as good as always, but I’m not a fan of Shirley Maclaine so I really didn’t need to see this movie.

After the movie we bought F some shoes and then some razors.  I hope he remembers to use them in the morning.  His moustache is looking quite bad!

We drove back to Tsuruoka and went for groceries.  I have a cunning plan for dinner tomorrow.  I’m hoping it all turns out well! I haven’t told F what I’m making…I just decided that he didn’t need to know quite yet. I also was lucky enough to find the Darjeeling tea on sale finally so I got two boxes.  It was 93 yen per box and is a foreign import, so yeah, I bought it.  I also got a new little teapot.  I can heat up the water in the microwave so that is a new way of saving energy.  I’ll wash the pot tomorrow and try it out.  Yay me.  

At home I put away the groceries and then I watched Undercover Boss.  It was quite good as it was about a boss in a wedding dress company.  I enjoyed it.  F watched election results afterwards. He wasn’t too happy, but I try to keep my nose out of it all.  

Tomorrow I have to do a bit of cooking early, and then we’ll see what I get up to.  Wish me luck and all that cool stuff.  Oh, yes, the first two or three paragraphs of tonight’s entry were “written” by my computer’s dictation programme.  It did okay, but it didn’t understand a few things such as every time I said “F” it came up with a new word and it didn’t capitalize when I wanted it to.  I also had to manually correct it.  I don’t really know how to use it, so it could be operator error too.  Until tomorrow….