Taue- Rice Planting

On Saturday evening we all got together to have a kind of pre-rice planting pep-rally. Sushi, fried chicken, beer and laughter -everyone enjoyed the excitement of anticipating a fun family day. We hadn’t seen my brother in law Nobu and his wife for quite some time because of covid. It was nice to feel a…

Cobbling it Together

Cobble together- to make something quickly and without a lot of care. Not worrying too much about it. Just using whatever is available. I was thinking about this- cobbling together of life that many of us have had to do over this past year and a half. Its been a time of cobbling together joy…

Yoshi’s Project

Sitting here at the kitchen table in my pajamas. Breakfast dishes are drying in the rack and the house smells like fabric softener. I’m waiting for the washer to beep so I can hang the second load. I wonder if Japan will ever invent “home clothes dryers” but then again I’ve found that hanging wash…

Midlife Lifestyle Changes

The first year of the pandemic was chaotic for me. I felt like I was in canoe in the middle of the ocean during a typhoon. I was looking at my weight app- “Happy Scale”. Ha. Last year was anything but. I’ve noticed that my eating habits reflect my mood and mental health. Last year…

The Garden Shed

Hello there, so kind of you to visit today. It’s so wonderful when folks drop by to have a look around. If you haven’t already, please pop over to the “about” page. Might make this story a bit clearer. ( see the 3 bars at the top right? Click on them- it’s the menu). Now…