Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How to wipe the floor with wiping cloth

I mentioned about ironing yesterday. Today I'll write about wiping.
I don't mind wiping the floor  and stirs every day.  How do I wipe them? by mop? no, I use traditional wiping cloth (or used towels).
Like this.


Oh, my knees are not so strong, so I usually get down on my knees.
If I didn't, probably the same thing happened, and probably a worse thing would happen to me.

This is a normal style.
However in her case
I' don't know why such thing happened.

These photos were taken by her grandfather.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ironing


How many times do you iron ? Every day? or when you need it?
One of my house chores I dislike (or hate) is ironing, or I'm very bad at ironing.
Nowadays, most of shirts got easier to be ironed, but for me ironing is troublesome.

On the other hand I like wearing ironed shirts, and I like seeing a man (especially elder man) wearing ironed shirts.
My neighbor always wear ironed shirts. I've wanted to ask that who irons them.

Well, well, the more older we are, the more "slovenly" (these days I learnt this word, in this case it is too exaggerated.) "disarray" or "careless in attitude".  we are. Wearing easy outfits is easy, I know, on the other hand, wearing tidy outfits is important . Young men are able to cover their careless in attitude saying" other things are more important to me than appearance".  However for elderly people tidy appearance is necessary I hear "make-up therapy" is very effective for women. make-up is one of things of tidy attitude.

Well, well, anyway while I was simmering pre-cooked dishes for this week, I made myself understood the reason while I was ironing.
Probably when Yuki retires, it might be one of his job.

Additionally, I know some men "loves" ironing especially on his pants, and shirts.
And I also hear the wife who has such a man often is irritated by  his "touchy " attitude. Such men are tend to be neurotically  clean.
Yuki is so lazy that I 'm very happy in this point.


 I was sturing while I'm making my self understood the reason why I'm ironing, I cooked pr-cooked dishes.


 

Monday, October 16, 2017

lunch with my friends at Tokyo

I wrote about going to an art museum. On the day the main purpose was to have lunch with my friends, One of them finally complete chemo therapy  and has spent her usual life, though she has still very short hair, so she appeared tying a bandana around her head
The meeting place was at Tokyo station, because I went there from Tochigi, another friend came from Fukushima, other two friends came from Chiba. Just one friend came from Tokyo.
Tokyo station is a easy place to meet together.
We had lunch at a restaurant in front of Tokyo station.
What a good view



The lunch tasted (to tell the truth) so-so, but it was a very reasonable price -- about 1080 yen.
Considering the price the view, and the location (near the station), it was a very nice restaurant.




I took some small present, pick lemon grasses up in the yard, and made ordinal herb tea.
And I also share my ordinal handmade lavender oil.






Of course after the lunch we had sweet. It is "must" thing for women's meeting, isn't it?
What is it? It is red beans sweet.

And, this weekend I am going to take a one day trip with one of them.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Halloween month has started -2-


I was not going to get these pumpkins this year, but it might be the last time to do it because of the number of students, so I bought them.
However people passing my house seem to look at them. It is a good advertisement of my "English school."
I'm going to hold a carving event at the end of this month, so for a while "we" enjoy sticking stickers on them.


These  stickers were sent from my friend. Thanks!!
"My" Halloween activity has already started.
This Tuesday I played the piano at Karaku, and share some candy with this basket at the end of performance. Can you see the costume on the floor?



Of course I enjoyed this sweet set.



And Last Saturday, my friends and I attend an event to play the recorder --- with Halloween costumes.


I've enjoyed Halloween season!!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

season word 012 gentian


 
Gentian, your tight bud, express your preparedness
iritataion  might recede by RYUTAN (Japanese the root of gentian)
 
I didn't know that gentians are used for herbal medicine.
Did you know that? Have you ever used it for anything?
 
 
 
Well, well, I found a youtube which shows gentians in Iwate Japan.
 

 

Halloween month has come! -1-

Halloween month has come. This year my friend sent us the "tooth candy", again. Thanks.
Most of American sweets are  imported to Japan, however, "tooth candy" has not come on shore yet.
Some of my students  were really  eager to get it.
And of course I will take some to my English activity in the library next week.


And, thanks to this kits, I'll be able to hold an sweet-event at the end of this month easily. 




Anyway my Halloween month has started.





Tuesday, October 10, 2017

With high school students 0928

At a high school students class, we took an interesting topic.
Do you have a philosophy that has helped you lead a happier life?

For two students, it seems difficult to discuss about, because they study and do usual activities very hard except doing house chores.

So I mentioned some example talks from my textbook.

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"If we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose --somehow we win out." This is a quote by Ronald Reagan, the former US president. I believer our efforts will bear fruit if we continue to work hard.
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They said "Now we focus on  passing an entrance exam to college, but we are not sure what is the goal, just we try to catch our goal which we see near, and we believe such small steps lead us to a happier life".


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Woody Allen says (well, well, he is a very famous actor because even me I know of him, but he seems too old for them to know of ) "It's important to have some laughs, but you've got to suffer a little too, because otherwise you miss the whole point to life." Although I don't know what's in store for me, I will live through my hardships, however difficult they may be.
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They said, "we understood what he said, anyway it means probably pleasure is the source of pain, and pain is the source of pleasure".


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"Where there is will, there is a way", I love this proverb and keep this in mind when I try to do something new and challenging.
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They said, "we know this proverb, and another familiar proverb is "Rome was not built in a day".


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"My philosophy in life is based on the Latin words carpe diem meaning "seize the day." We only live once, so I think we should live our lives to the fullest and not lament, "I wish I had done this or that".
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They said, "Anyway we should apply ourselves to the job at hand.


All examples seemed to say "study hard".
So we watched this video.


Friday, October 06, 2017

season word 1005 deer antler cutting


This "ceremony" is not so familiar in "Kantou" area. Nara is in Kansai which is the west area in Japan
(On the other hand Kantou is east area in Japan)

In Nara Park deer are protected,  on the other hand, nowadays here in Tochigi prefecture crop by deer which lives in mountains are reported a lot.


Well, well, anyway let me try to make Haiku using deer or something related deer

fond de gibier from deer meat, one of fun, in the mountain village
visiting to Nara, deer antler cutting, another fun
in the sunset, a deer standing alone, what is it watching?