February 23, 2017

Thursday - Rainy, clearing at night

A good day.

I got up this morning a few minutes late, but was still able to watch ER.  I rather enjoyed it with my breakfast!  I stayed up, but ended up snoozing on the couch for a bit.  

After I dressed and did a few household chores I set up my slow cooker to make pulled pork.  I soon had the little device working away and left it to do its thing.  

I managed to get a handle on my column today and finished it.  I left it overnight to tweak it a little.  I always like to give myself a touch of distance if I can.  I’ll listen to it tomorrow and if it is okay I’ll send it to the editor.  

I watched some of the TV from the DVR and mostly enjoyed it, and then the news at 4 pm.  No big deal.  

F called me around 6:30 or 7 pm to say he was on his way home, so I made some coleslaw and then he was home.  I gave him a few minutes to get sorted out, but we had our dinner then.  It turned out quite well.  F didn’t eat a lot, but he did eat, so that was good.  We have enough to eat for dinner tomorrow night too.  Hurray for no cooking!

I did the dishes because F seemed to have disappeared again.  He did have the grace to apologize a little later.  But…he had asked if I’d like to go out tonight and I said yes.  

We went over to McDonalds and had a McFlurry and an iced tea each.  We chatted a little and took a selfie and then went over to the grocery store.  I’ve been going through soy milk and garbage bags like crazy, so I bought more of those!  I had bought a case of soy milk at Costco but I’m nearly finished it.  I didn’t think I used that much but I do.

We came home and at 10 pm I watched the New-to-us-in-English Hawaii Five-0 and quite enjoyed it.  I sewed a few squares together as well. Yay. 

That was about it.  F went to bed around midnight and then I started blogging.  I have also made plans to meet up with a friend for lunch tomorrow and of course I have to polish my column and do more packing and throwing out of stuff.  I did actually get around to doing a bit of that today.  I got a lot thrown out which was really satisfying!  Yay me.  

Come back later if you will and see how my Friday goes.  Until tomorrow….

February 22, 2017

Wednesday - Clear and sunny

A good day.

I had a good morning today, I got up on time and I didn’t have to worry about F coming home for lunch as he had a big driving day. I showered in the afternoon and did a couple of loads of laundry and got around to putting my other laundry away.  I didn’t do much packing, but I did finish watching the movie I started last night.  

I also did a little prepwork for dinner so that I could get things ready to go when F came home.

However, when F came home, he didn’t feel like eating again.  I made us some tea and I cooked and ate and didn’t give him a hard time. I wasn’t angry about it tonight, but I am getting a bit worried about him.  He is having a hard time eating.  He also complained of toothache tonight, but he said that was also from his medicine.  I’m not sure I believe that one though.

I had a Johnsonville Garlic brat on a tortilla with mustard and kimchi, plus salad and some anchovy potatoes.  It was all quite nice really. Too bad that F didn’t want any.

After dinner I did my dishes and put everything away, then told F I’d need him to pick up some things for dinner tomorrow night before he came home.  He suggested going out to get the things tonight, so I took him up on that. 

We went to the grocery store and picked up some buns and shredded cabbage salad for me.  F however, picked up some beer, cup noodles and ramen packets and soda and a few other things.  I was quite surprised. 

We came home and had a quiet evening.  I watched CSI: Cyber and did some square-sewing…I got a few done tonight.  I made some smaller panels, I’ll try and join them tomorrow night.  F went to bed fairly early as he has an early driving assignment tomorrow. 

I’ve been working on my column tonight as well. I had to stop to blog because I do have to go to bed sometime! I’ve written about 4 movies so far, I have a huge list, but I think I’ll just mention a few more for my topic (top secret at this time, sorry!)

I haven’t quite decided what I’ll do tomorrow. I could/should stay home and work on my column, but I might take myself out to a movie, since there I won’t be able to do that for very much longer.  I could also go and get my hair cut, but I’ll have to see about that too.  

Come back later and find out how I decide to fill my day.  Until tomorrow…. 

February 21, 2017

Tuesday - Cold, snowy and windy

A good day.

I got up this morning on time and turned on the heater.  I did my usual morning things and enjoyed them as usual.  Boring I know. True though and I’ll miss my little routine when I have to give it up.

F came home for his lunch again and I worked on scanning my cards to send.  I got them done quickly as there were only three so far this week.  I also had to arrange some stuff to send to my sister, so did that as quickly as I could.  I planned to take some of F’s coins to the post office for him as well.  I got ready to take everything to the post office and got there a little after 3:20.  I started with the coins, deposited them and then paid for my envelope to go away.  I had put the postcards in the outside mailbox.  

Sadly I had to leave the nice warm post office, but not before I withdrew the money for the coins in something a little easier to carry.  I strode off home again.  

At home, I put out the money for F and then had my lunch.  Today it was simple.  I had a toasted onion bagel with some smoked salmon on it.  Last night we saw a packet of smoked salmon in the shop for half price.  Today was the last day on it and I got it.  F said he didn’t want any of it, so I ate the whole thing.  (It was less than 100 grammes, so don’t think it was a huge amount or anything!) It was amazing.  Really, one of the nicest lunches I can remember having!

I did dishes after 5 and F called to say he was coming home, but would soon go out again.  When he came home, he saw his money and told me I could have it.  Woot! Yay. 

While he was gone, I prepared the kitchen for dinner.  I wasn’t cooking tonight, but I know how nice it is to start from a clean kitchen.  Unfortunately, I usually am the one to clean it here!

F came home and made us a nabe.  I went out to the genkan and tidied up a bit and tossed a few things that I know we didn’t need anymore.  F has a lot of stuff out there, but I’m sure he won’t be going through it unless I make him.  

Dinner was good.  We’d bought a nabe soup base at the hundred yen shop on Monday and tried it tonight. It was a yuzu-chicken one and was pretty good for a hundred yen!  F couldn’t eat all that much again, I’m sad to say.

I did the dishes and then settled in to start my column.  I did do a little and I even watched most of a movie on YouTube to refresh my memory of it.  I need to finish it when I can.  I did a bit of knitting while I watched it too!

At 11pm I made myself some tea and went to the couch to sew and watch the Criminal Minds offshoot.  I LOVE Gary Sinise, but I don’t really like the show at all.  It comes over as being quite arrogant that these FBI officers go to other countries to “rescue” Americans.  Not sure I can say exactly why I don’t like it, but the attitude on the show is very similar to the attitude that the Americans that lived near us had in Norway when I was a child.  It was condescending, that’s how it seemed to me.  

Anyway, I watched another couple of things tonight and worked on my blogs.  That’s really about it for tonight.  

On Wednesday, I hope to spend more time on my column and also do some packing of things if I get the chance.  I also have to work on dinner, but F thinks he’ll be later so that gives me a bit of time I hope.  Come back later and see what happens.  Until tomorrow….

February 20, 2017

Monday - Rainy and windy

A good day.

I got up this morning rather early and checked that F had taken out the garbage.  There was a lot going out and he had. Hurray for that.

I stayed up and when I went looking for today’s clean clothes, found F’s shirt hanging on the drying rack.  I have half promised him that I would fix it, but I told him it had to be clean first.  Well, it was clean and I had a bit of time, so I did it.  His button at the waist level had vanished, but in doing so, had ripped right through the fabric.  However, F likes the shirt a lot and I thought I could figure things out for him.  I made a patch for the back of the button and sewed it in, covering the hole.  Then, I sewed on a button, which I craftily took from the bottom of the shirt. F tucks in his shirt, so no one will notice that it is gone.  I finished just as he called to say that he was coming home for lunch.  I didn’t tell him what I did, just hung the shirt back up again.  I wonder if he’ll notice.  (PS…I don’t have a suitable button to replace the one on the bottom, when and if I find one, I’ll likely add it.)

F had his lunch and then left again.  He came back when he officially finished work and then went to his house.  

I had lunch then. I finished up the taco mix from last week and it was lovely.  I did the dishes then too, and decided to get to work.  

I pulled out all of the old futon and quilts that have been moulding away in the closets in the tatami room and got them ready to go out.  F promised me that he’d help me take them to the gomi station.  We took a car load full of them and it was very interesting.  It cost us about 700 yen.  

I had wanted to ditch some old chairs from my school, but F said he’d take them to a secondhand store.  I told him they were worthless, but he did it anyway.  He got 200 yen each for them, which I let him keep since it nearly covered the other expense!

Cafe latte and Soy Latte!

Hina Doll set up, plus other types of dolls

We had a nice coffee in Cafe Studio Cinq and then F dropped me off at home again for a while.  He came back fairly soon after checking on his mother.

We had dinner at a fish restaurant tonight.  Usually we have raw fish on rice, but since it was cold I wasn’t feeling it.  I had cooked fish and F had raw.  We also shared a salad, although I got most of it!  F couldn’t finish his meal again tonight.  I don’t know what is going on with him.  He just isn’t enjoying his food lately.  It might be his new medicine or just a holdover from his flu, I wish I knew.  

We came home and after some tea, F went to bed.  He got up a few times, but hopefully is sleeping now.  I watched a bit of TV and also something off the DVR.  I wrote 3 postcards as well tonight, just to have something to do!

Tomorrow I’ll be off to the post office at some point and I hope to get back to boxing, packing, sorting and throwing things out!  Oh, how exciting.  Come back and hear what gets done.  Until tomorrow….

February 19, 2017

Sunday - Sunny, with bits of snow

A good day.

I got up early this afternoon, but I still managed to get up before my husband!  He went to bed before me, but stayed in bed instead up getting up.  I didn’t mind.  I put on the kettle and made us some tea. He got up for that.  Then, we discussed the lunch thing and decided to go to the Grand El Sun since their lunch goes until 2:30.  

We had a nice if slightly petite lunch there…local pork in a tomato sauce with breadcrumbs. It was very nice. After lunch F took me to the mall and dropped me off. He went to have his hair cut, and I went looking around.  

I bought a few practical things in the hundred yen shop, including some cleaning supplies and some coffee filters, then bought us a couple of drinks at Doutor after that.

F dropped me off at home and went over to his mother’s house to check on her.  I got out a box and taped it up, then put a few things in it.  F came back while I was doing that.   We both spent a few minutes boxing things up and throwing things out.  I have to ask him how to dispose of some things because I have no idea!  

Finally we went out for dinner again to the Indian Restaurant.  It was really good tonight.  We had a higher priced set than usual so we could pick our own naan.  I had garlic, F had butter.  Mine was, as usual, better!  Poor F ate about half of his and then stopped.  He really is having a problem with food these days.  Still, he ate some of it so that is a good thing.

We came back home and watched Room on WOWOW.  I had seen by myself it last year when it came to the cinema.  I had told F for weeks that I was dying to see it when we saw the previews, explained that it was by an author who lives in Canada and how the book had moved me, and then he threw a mood when it was in town and refused to go.  So, I went by myself, loved the film and even put it at about number 3 on my yearly top ten list.  Anyway, he did watch it with me and he loved it too.  Hurray for that.  I did quite a bit of sewing on my blanket tonight too.  I have joined about 5 rows of it now.  I still have to finished some of that, but it is well underway now. Whew.

I watched Downton Abbey, made us some tea as well and then F went off to bed. I should really get myself there too soon.  

So, even though there is a ton of work to be done, at least some of it has been started.  Tomorrow we’re going to try and take some of our useless junk to the town dump, if F finishes his business thing early enough.  

If you are interested, come back later and find out about my Monday.  Until tomorrow….

February 18, 2017

Saturday - Clear, with some snow

A good day.

I got up this morning and took a shower.  I had some tea and then F came home. We drove to the doctor’s clinic and spent the next hour or so waiting!  

We had lunch today at Naa, the farm restaurant that F likes. It was very nice, but my fish was quite bony today.  I’m not a fan of that.  Over lunch I talked to F about a few things that needed to be said and suggested. 

Basically, what is coming up is we are moving.  We have to move since we are living in Prefectural housing.  We will be moving in with F’s mother in their house.  I am extremely upset about this to be honest.  We don’t get on very well and I’ll be there on my own with her during the day.  

However, we have to leave this apartment at the end of next month and F has done nothing to get ready for the move.  I suggested a few things like getting rid of futons and quilts that we inherited but never used, getting in a cleaning service near the end to do some of the heavy cleaning and I brought up the fact that we’ll really have to be out earlier than the end of the month so that we can clean thoroughly.  We’ll also need a moving service of some kind because we have some heavy things that need moving.  Ack.  

We came home after lunch because F wasn’t feeling well again and he went back to bed.  While he snoozed I did a bit of sorting in the kitchen, sorting and throwing out.  I made myself some tea and offered F some.  He came back into the living room, had some tea and actually went through a few things.  It’s a start at least.  

We had dinner at Nagomi, the little Japanese udon restaurant and it was nice.  I had wanted Indian food, but when F suggested Nagomi I was quite happy to go there.

After dinner, we went for tea in a little coffee shop near the restaurant, then hit up the drugstore for a few things we need around the apartment.  

At home again, F was rather unwell again.  I’m quite worried about him. He’s feeling dizzy much of the time.  It may be the new medicine that he has to take, I’m not sure.  

We had a quiet evening at home.  I had a bit of couch time for some blanket square sewing, and then did a bit of knitting for good measure.  

Tomorrow I’m not sure what we’ll get up to.  I’m hoping that there will be a bit of sorting or packing, but you never know around here.  Come back later and see what I get up to on Sunday.  Until tomorrow….

February 17, 2017

Friday - Rainy

I had a good morning today. I got up on time and had a small breakfast.  I knew I was going out today, so didn’t want to have a lot of food beforehand.

I had a relaxed morning and got dressed. I stayed pretty casual today.  My friend arrived almost on time and I went out to her car.  I gave her a little gift package of things for her.  I’ve been clearing out the kitchen so gave her a packet of beets, a packet of quinoa and a magazine that I finished.  I also gave her a mini-souvenir from Sendai (some English shortbread).  

We had lunch in Hyakken Bori today and she really liked it.  I like it a lot there but haven’t taken her there before.  One reason for me is that the menu is mostly in kanji, which I can’t read.   She can though, so we did quite well.  I had the daily lunch special, she had the soup.  We talked nineteen to the dozen the whole meal and then we decided to go over to the mall for dessert.  

We drove to S-Mall and went to Doutors.  I had my usual Soy Latte and she had a coffee and ice cream.  We talked for a lot longer and then she had to go.  I had originally planned to stay in the mall and do some reading, but I changed my mind and went home.  

When I arrived, I changed my clothes and then I did a bit more sorting and throwing out of stuff.  I found my first teapot, the one I bought when I first came to Japan and washed it out.  I threw a few things out and spared a few other things as they might make packing easier.  

F finally called to say he was finished work.  He went to his house first so I started to get the table ready.  When he arrived I gave him the choice of tacos again, or taco salad.  He chose tacos.  However, he was only able to eat one smallish taco before he was done. Sigh.  I had a couple and they were good.

I did ask that he do the dishes tonight, and he did them, so that got him brownie points!  He watched the news in English and then seemed to not watch the TV after that.  I started watching TV and even though I asked if he’d like it back to watch something, he never did.  I watched a lot. I felt it was almost too much at the end of the night.

I went over to the couch for some square sewing tonight and got quite a few done.  I have some fairly big panels done, I need to sew them together so that they fit!  The worst thing would be if I had to unpick squares because I sewed them wrong.  It is looking really lovely though I must say. 

That’s about it.  Tomorrow I have a doctor appointment in the morning and then I have to sit F down and have a bit of a chat with him.  I hope that I can actually do it and not lose my courage.  I’m not sure what else we will get up to.  Come back and see in a while.  Until tomorrow….