Yesterday Yuki and I went to a park, there a small workshop which was probably intended for kids was held. However there were no attendee, so I participated it. And I partly made it, it means the organizer made this wreath and Yuki and I put some ornaments. First I asked her to make it all, but she said making it brought good luck, so we "helped" or "joined " her by putting these ornaments.
The wreath is made of rice stalk.
Well, well, I thought I might make it using lemon grass stalk I grown in my garden instead of rice stalk --- the year after this coming year.
There I got lots of YUZU citron. So I put them on the entrance shelf.
My preparation for the New year is finished.
I thought M and A-chan was going to come tomorrow.
However the schedule has changed, they are going to come the day after tomorrow. -- (And they are going to stay until the first weekend of January -- I didn't expect it.)
I already made pre-dishes for them until this weekend.
So what shall I do tomorrow?
I have no plan --- it is a rare day for me.
1 Why do you think that most American shoppers are looking for deals in the holiday shopping season?
2 Do you often look for deals or bargains when going shopping? Why or why not?
3 Do you celebrate Christmas? Why or why not?
1, Of course they know nowadays before the day of Christmas many stores starts to mark down prices on Christmas goods, because they don't want to carry an inventory.
Is it right?
Well, two days ago I went to 100 yen store to buy something I forgot to buy, -- however they didn't have been sold, not sold out. The Christmas section got smaller and the New Year's section had already been opened.
---- I'm not sure where did the inventory go? Were they thrown away???
2 In my case, though of course I like bargains, I don't look for bargains so often than before.
As I tell you, now I discard 15 things constantly, so I try not to buy things, and when I think a thing is necessary even it's a little bit expensive, I buy at that time. Oh, I have to tell you. There is an exception. Yuki's things are exceptions. Unfortunately the belt of his watch broke "naturally" according to his explanation. Anyway he fixed it with pins. ---- but ---
so I asked him to look for bargains.
2 I have been enjoying Christmas. I'm not a Christian, so I don't go to church. However Christmas is a good excuse to enjoy our life. However I try not to spend money too much, because here in Japan after the Christmas in 5 days we have New Year's party. It's a habitual event day for Japanese people. I have to give some "money" called Otoshidama to (not to my daughters) our nieces .
We celebrate "New Year's day" to go family get-together .
1Do you find the figures presented in this article worrisome? Why or why not?
2What do you think are some signs of depression?
3Do you think that therapy alone, without any medication, can help cure depression? Why or why not?
Here in Japan "depression" as an illness is getting bigger and serious problem.
Compared 20 years ago the word "depression" gets a common word. Probably since it became public that Crown Princess Masako has been suffering from depression brought on by a condition known as adjustment disorder.
Before that "depression" was not considered as a kind of illness.
It means ---
People who suffered depression tried to get out of the situation by themselves --- and some of them could, some of them could endure and the others hide (or dropped from usual lives) or --- might have chose suicide "secretly". Because the families and relatives wouldn't disclose them.
Now people can "allege" that I'm suffering depression. It gets a better situation.
And some people sometimes just claim to be suffering depression. It sometimes causes a problem.
Usually women who are in their 40's or 50's tend to have a trouble of menopause disorder. I used to have. The women who have this trouble tend to get depression.
When my mother's generation, probably they didn't know the word of menopause, and they, of course didn't take medicine. They had to struggle and fight against it by themselves.
Now, it gets easy to go to women's clinic, and -- doctors prescribe medicine for headache, too much sweat, cold body, and -- tend to prescribe anti-depressant drug.
It's not bad. Usually they work well.
On the other hand, one we start to take anti-depressant drug, it sometimes difficult to stop it even if the doctor advise them to stop it. It's addictive.
Such drugs relieve our symptoms and sometimes less our own cure ability.
I ate it at a small café whose owner is a woman. She is in her late 40s, she quitted her job and started this café 2 years ago.
As some people know, I "love" café and "used to " eat out .
However since I stopped to do volunteering works outside, I seldom have lunch outside.
On the day, in the morning I had to go to the police to apply to renew my driver's license. And in the afternoon I also had to go to the bank to sort winter bonus --- "sorting winter bonus" means I sort bonus and put each of them into fixed-term accounts for annual paying.
(Does it make sense?)
I wanted to do these errands effectively, so I had lunch at this café instead of returning home temporally. --- It's a good excuse, isn't it?
Now most errands which we have to finish in December are almost finished.
This weekend we have to get a new heater --- and it's also a good excuse for Yuki to go to an electronic store.
Last night I had a lesson for a boy who is in the 7th grade.
He came here by bike as soon as he got home from school
. He complained "I'm not hungry, but I really want something sweet.". It's unusual. Usually he claims "I'm very hungry".
Well, well, among my students, their claims are usual, so I usually prepare rice for them and I let them to make rice balls by themselves.
Last night we had a little time to do something,
So I suggested him to eat a banana.
However he doesn't like bananas very much. But, he couldn't be against his eagerness to want something sweet.
So I suggested him to fry a banana.
Though he "never" cooks at home, here he always shows an interest to cook.
Fried banana is easy to cook. You can see granulated sugar in the pan.
For him it was the first experience to peel a banana, and slice it in half.
The sugar got caramelized.
It "seems" to be very delicious --- because he ate up all.
This morning I also made fried bananas.
Yes, they were very delicious and suited on breakfast.
With success and satisfaction performance at café karaku is finished this year.
Yesterday I played the piano with a actress who gave poet recital at Karakku. This time the audience were all our regular audience. So everybody listened to us with eagerness -- so the café was very quiet, and it made me very nervous.
Usually for the first 10 minutes, she gives poem recital, and next for 15 minutes is talking time just listen to music as a back music. However this time all of them listened to me.
And the last 10 minutes, she gives essay recital.
After our performance, we get a treat. This performance is not job, it's my pleasure.
We really enjoyed a good coffee and a good sweet served on a nice Christmas try.
From now on I have to prepare for choosing pieces for next year. As soon as New year's vacation the second Tuesday comes this year --- it is the first day to perform in a new year at Karaku.
Though our kitchen and rooms on the second floor was refurbished, I still continue discarding 15 things every week.
While discarding things, I always revise our rooms , closets and desks. I try to put together things which are in the same category into one place.
This week I revised documents related to my daughters who were at school. Mainly they were kept in their desks, but some documents were kept in the drawer in the living room, in my desk, or closets.
I put together and discarded "anyway" more than 15 sheets including photos.
And I made two files of each of them as their memorial memory holders.
And I changed a tissue cover.
The old one is the upper one in the photo.
The new one is the lower one in the photo.
As you can guess, both of them were made by my daughters. I don't remember which one is made by either daughter.
We had used the yellow one for 15 years or more.
And I knew the pick one had kept in my daughter's desk.
I tried to use it, but it was too small to fit a usual tissue box.
So this time I repaired it and started to use it.
And I know why there is pink thread in my handy sawing box.
Probably when she ( probably my younger daughter) made it, she used it. Since then I've kept it.
I seldom use pink thread, so it is still there.
I wonder I'll use this pink thread from now on.
Did I tell you that -- coincidently I had a chance to get familiar with a used book shop owner. "She " also opens a private library there. So there I asked her to show and lend some of my English picture books. Once a month I visit her and put some seasonable picture books.
The shop is on the second floor, on the first floor there is a café where her husband runs.
So I got a new pleasure time to talk with them once a month having a nice coffee. Of course I love Kararku's coffee, too.
This is my corner at the book store.
Usually this book store and café opens in the evening, because both of them work in the daytime, and as their hobby? or their future work they run their bookstore and café.
The days are shorter
The moon rises earlier
Enjoy long night with hot ginger tee
At a silent winter night
With your favorite book
Stick inside my room
Green and red
Brings us a lot of excitement
In Shiwasu, another name of December
A tree of star cookies
Not only children but also elderlies
Love sweets and Christmas
Yesterday's workshop met with success. All attendees seemed to enjoy it, though two people wasn't be able to come here.
Everybody contemplated their own Haiku. Haiku has one rule that it is necessary to take into only one seasonable word called kigo. Not two, not none.
During a long night
Kudzuyu is a kigo.
Kuzuyu is a sweet Japanese beverage produced by adding kudzu flour to hot water. It has a thick honey-like texture, and in color it appears pale and somewhat translucent. It is served in a mug or tea bowl. Kuzuyu is traditionally served as a hot dessert drink in the winter months.
I served this tree of star cookies.
For a while I enjoy Christmas for my friends and students!
The word "precrastinater" seems to be a current word which is opposed to procrastinater.
This weekend I attended Toast master meeting after a long interval.
I wasn't able to be there he whole time, but I could join the time of table topicks.
This title is one of the table topic questions.
Are you a procrastinator or a procrastinator ? and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
It is an interesting question, isn't it?
In my case, probably I'm definitely "prescrastinater".
It is attributed in part to my job.
It is said preparation accounts for 80 percent of success of lessons or performances.
So anyway I usually start preparation for something as soon as possible.
However, I seem to be strict precrastinater.
Since I had suffered a bad disease for a few days before a big event and couldn't prepare enough for it, I have been a strict precrastinater.
On the other hand I don't make eleventh-hour efforts.
Usually before an event I go to bed earlier without preparation more.
-- So some people say I judge too early whether I can do or not.
So this is my favorite phrase "it can't be helped"
It was snowing yesterday, but it didn't accumulate.
And today, it is a sunny day.
Yesterday, as I told you, I was sticking my house, and --- yes, my next-door woman came.
So we talked together while having lunch.
I baked brad ( not me my HB baked it) , and cooked potato gratin.
She and her husband has already spent their retired life, so I invited her husband. But he "politely" declined.
He must have eaten something for his lunch, anyway she took the rest of our lunch to her house.
The snow stopped in the evening. So my students were able to come as usual. I did usual lessons.
Well, this week I don't go to a gym yet, so from now on I'll go.
Before going there, I already baked pumpkin pudding for Yuki and my snack of this weekend.
Yes, today, it is the last weekday of this week.
And this Sunday I will attend and help a big event.
After the event my Christmas season will have started.
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".