Last late night Yuki, my elder daughter T, and I came back from Tokyo by car.
Well,well,we'll finally I could buy these doughnuts.
You might know this.
They launched in Japan about 5 or 6 years ago, and they caught a big hit --- only in Tokyo.
Or you can say they have branches only inTokyo. I don't know they have branches in other cities, however unfortunately we don't have any branches inUtaunomiya.
I used to ask my dangers to buy them when they came back here. However they would say "I have a big bag, so I can't have more things".
And---- I've forgotten the existence of he shop.
However, yesterday we came back to TOKYO in the day ( when we go to TOKYO by car to avoid congestion, we usually go there very early morning or late night, so most of shops are still not opend or already closed), I notice a branch near my mother's house is open.
I blamed my elder daughter again saying why you don't tell me the existence of the branch nere my mother's house.
She said " I thought you would have lost an intereseted to the shop".
Anyway I could bought, I have wanted more, but they couldn't be frozen.
These were today's our breakfast.
Well, well in a few hours, "the" adorable and noisy girl comes. I'm cooking for her.
Now the last business week in this year has started.
In next week our (Yuki, and my) family task week (as grand parents, and parents) will gave start.
Before the busy week (though you can say it's a happy winter vacation it's the busiest week in a year for us), let's enjoy Christmas week.
Last week my students and I made cookie trees.
The materials are still left. So some neighbor kids will come to make one this week.
The biggest event of this year for me was finished with big success.
Once a year Utsunoniya City International Association holds a event "let's read picture books in foreign countries together".
It is the seventh time event. I'm really happy to join it this year again.
This time 6 people who are from Italy, German, Syria, Philippines, Kirghiz, and Costa Rica joined it.
Of course they live in Utsunomiya. I always surprised that even in this small town some people come and live from foreign countries and the countries are really various.
This time I supported a lady from Philippines. Philippines have two official languages, Tagalog and English. I supported her speaking in English.
It was fun.
Many people and kids joined us.
I participated in this event as a volunteer. But it's really good. Though the spread-over is long, it's almost all day, lunch is served (not so bad) and after the main event we have a small tea party and I get 1000 yen for a transportation cost.
I bought this book from my wallet, so I payed more than I received.
However it's OK, all participants did that, they cooked something, they printed photos in large size --etc. All participants are volunteers including the guests. It was fun.
This Japan, of course. I try to listen to world news every day. However it's Japan, it's isolated.
Yesterday at the party I talked with a lady from Syria and German. For them the issue of refugee and religion is a "real" topic.
I know my English skill is not so good, however moreover I have nothing to talk to them. What I could was just listening to their conversation.
She came as a government sponsored foreign student 5 years ago, now she has studied as a self supporting international student. Her parents took refuge to German, now she has no house in Syria
The man from German showed his complicated feeling frankly.
I was very surprised. --- This is what I can say now.
If you are American, you celebrate Thanks giving day.
Last weekend, we had three days-off in a row. It is Labor Thanks Giving day on November 23, though we don't do anything special, just it's a holiday.
HOWEVER, it was a three-day weekend. It means --
Yes, Akari came. To tell the truth, during the weekend she spend her another grandmother, and came here to spend me for "usual days".
So I tried to do usual things.
We decorate Christmas ornaments.
I took her to a nursery school, -- it was a day for my volunteering.
I read English picture books for kids of the nursery school,and Akari could join them.
And --- after "my" volunteering work, we dropped by a restaurant which accepts babies. (In Japan some restaurants (which are my favorite) don't accept babies, (it's a reason why they are my favorites).
This is "her " lunch.
First I was going to share it with Akari, but she ate up all except pickles.
Today, though it was raining we went out to see an exhibition and to a shrine.
The shrine is Mamada-shrine, which is famous for HIKU (It is a kind of short poem and the style has 5-7-5 sounds in Japanese.) At the shrine HIKU we make is be able to dedicated for free, and the HIKUs which are made in the month are showed on the bulletin board in the shrine.
Kouyou no Hitotsu hitotsu to Tebanashite
Colourful leaves falling down one by one
Hachi kiku no Enji hounou Omokarou
How heavy such kindergarten kids put the pots of chrysanthemum to dedicate
In the shrine there is a smouring, it's unusual. In this area, SUMOU for kids is popular.
Amefurino Sabishiki Dohou(smou ring) Aki omoi kana
What a lonely smou-ring, looking like sentimental in autumn rain
This place is a gallery where my friend holds an exhibition.
She makes accessory with MIZUHIKI which is a kind of string.
MIZUHIKI no Gold hana ni Kureru Aki
Shining gold Mizuhiki while it's drawing in one autumn day
Today it's a national holiday, however Yuki goes to work as usual, so for me it's a usual day.
I removed all Halloween goods, and put this stuffed turkey on the shelf.
Here in Japan "thanks giving" is not popular, however I run a small English school, so I show TURKEY (fake). Of course if I have a chance to eat whole-turkey I want share to kids. I get import-turkey, but it's really expensive.
In the afternoon, I struggle with icloud for windows. I has used ipone and ipad. so I started to use icloud. BUT it doesn't work well on my computer.
Today's afternoon seemd to be finished with struggleing with the computer.
Now a new week has started. Though it's a holiday today on Japanese calender, Yuki goes to work as usual. I do chores in the morning, and in the afternoon I'll go out to attend a workshop instead of seeing the dentist.
In my garden SYUMEIGIKU is too full to stand straight. So I cut some of them and "just " put them into the big vase. Not so bad. We feel fall, don't us?
Well I coincidentally got this herb tea. Do you know that? It seems to be famous in the US? in the UK?
I tried to have it. It tastes --- I was really surprised --- like Chinese tea.
I'm really sensitive to coldness, I hope my body temperature raise up to 36 degree Celsius or more.
My body temperature is usually around 35.5 degree Celsius.
Well, well, according to the newspaper, you should start house cleaning (Here in Japan in December is the season of general house cleaning not spring cleaning. Because I think, in December we don't have much pollen, we don't have much rain even though it's really cold.) from this month little by little ( for senior people.)
I think it's a good idea.
What people usually do?
Cleaning conditioners, cleaning the kitchen stove and a kitchen ventilating fan, and cleaning the bath room and cleaning the windows.
In our case, we usually do cleaning the windows.
(we often skip cleaning conditioners and ventilating fan.)
This house is old, so compared with current houses, we have more windows.
And -- if we were too old to clean the windows ---
I looked up the cost on the net.
It costs 400 yen a pair of large windows currently.
well, well, additionally, it costs at least 12000yen to clean an air conditioner, and it costs also 12000 yen to clean a ventilating fan.
I don't know how call GRATAN in English, according to my dictionary, it is showed as "au gratin".
Anyway, yesterday I tried to make perfect Toufu au gratin, it means that I used only Toufu to make white sauce.
Just I whipped TOUFU with a little powdered consomme.
And bake it in the oven.
Looks perfect. The taste is not so bad, it means -- it was a little TOUFU-ish.
So if you love TOUFU, the taste is wonderful, and you are not a lover of TOUFU, the taste is not so bad.
However it's really easier to make TOUFU cream instead of white sauce.
It might be better to add some soy milk or some cheese (if you don't mind too much calorie).
(I don't know how long we can listen to it on the net.)
Here in Japan having housemaids is not so popular (among not the upper class), of course I can't afford to hire a housemaid either.
However looking back to about 50 years ago, not only the upper class but also landowners or some middle class people used to hire some housemaids. (Well, my grandaunt was single forever, and worked as a professor at a women university, and she hired a housemaid, which was also her friend, my great grand parents hired some housemaids because there were lots of people to live together.)
Now, it's completely different.
And now we face the population decline because of the declining birthrate, though increasing the number of senior people.
So for senior people they have no one to help them. It means they might need someone who do house chores instead of them. However the people in their 60's or 70's are not used to accept other people who do house chores or ask something to other people .
For young people in their 30's or 40's, probably after 10 or 20 years, it will be usual that a couple work "outside" together, (I think doing housework at home is a kind of work.), so they might need a house made, but what such a housemaid does? Do they live in such a big house?
Such couples don't have free time in weekdays, so they can't go to bank or post office to do fill out paperwork. However housemaids won't be able to take care of such paperwork because these days it's really difficult to deal with personal information.
---- sorry I can't put together my thoughts. (even though in Japanese).
In your country (not Japan), Is it familiar to talk with a psychology counselor?
I think nowadays it seems to be usual little by little. So these days I see lots of blog talking about psychology. I'm a little bit fan of two couselors' blogs.
What he said today was that
"people surrounding you look bright and attractive means that you are bright and attractive."
It is said we love our own kind.
So to be honest, these days I feel blue, however the people surrounding me are still attractive and cheerful. --- It means I still have power to get cheerful!!!!
Another phrase was that
Sometimes talking with someone including counselors, is effective, however the final way is just "courage" to break anything saying "let's do it (without thinking".
I think, if I feel my courage, it's not the time to do a thing. For that to happen, it's OK to be still, just wait for coming up your courage.
What phrases encourage you?
This is today's breakfast.Yesterday a friend came to my house and had lunch together.I grilled chicken and made marinated beans. She brought green-tea cake. So I shared it to Yuki for our breakfast. It's not leftover.
Yesterday, coincidentally a woman dropped by my house and gave me "head spa".
And now I checked the word of "head spa" on the net. -- It is JAPANAESE.
Head means or course head, and spa means hot spring.
Head-spa is a kind of massage on our head to clean the skin of scalp, massage it and recuperation( or healing) the hair--- according to the information I got.
Anyway I had a 10 minute head-spa. It was good.
She gave a compliment about my skin of scalp. "How soft your scalp is!, so you have good blood flow.".
It seems to be the first time for me to get such compliment about my body or my health condition.
As you know I'm suffering from stuffed shoulders, and sensitivity to cold (to tell the truth today I put a hot compress on my back to stimulate a pressure point against coldness.)
Probably this must work well.
I give myself massage on my head every morning to prevent from losing hair.
Well, unfortunately having soft skin of scalp doesn't mean being clever, but anyway getting a compliment pleased me.
I searched more about soft skin of scalp on the net.
Having too soft (flabby) skin of scalp means ---
having too bad blood flow
lack of energy
and being negative
These symptoms seem to be applied to me. Automatically I laughed wryly.
There are four members in my family; my husband Yuki, two daughters and me. We live in the countryside.
My daughters already live their own lives in Tokyo. So I'm rethinking about my life after I finish the role of "mother".