February 21, 2018

Wednesday - Cold and mostly crisp

A good day.

I got up this morning on time and did my morning things.  I went down for breakfast and while I was there the phone rang.  I didn’t answer it because most people wouldn’t be phoning me here anyway.  I took my breakfast and went upstairs as usual.  

I watched some of my TV off the DVR and around 12:30 I heard K calling me downstairs.  I went and F’s sister was here.  They told me that K and F’s sister were going to go out.  I was really pleased for K.  She doesn’t get to go out that often and when she does it is with her son and daughter-in-law who spend most of their time on their phones! I saw them out.

I looked for a couple of things in my file cabinet which is still downstairs and then I decided to borrow K’s vacuum cleaner.  I did a little work in the hallway and also went up the stairs.  Her vacuum is much lighter than mine.  I got to the landing near the top and stopped there.  I put away her vacuum, or at least put it back where I got it!  I got mine out and did the bit under my desk (it needed it desperately) and then did the top of the stairs.  Whew!  One big thing off my list.  

I had lunch and then went outside to check the snow situation. It had snowed a bit overnight, so there was fresh snow to move.  I cleared a lot of it away and then put away the shovel and came back inside.  

There wasn't the usual news late in the afternoon, so I had no excuse not to start my column. I wrote about 4 movies which is a pretty good start in my opinion.  I’ll need to write more tomorrow though.

Oh, F texted me during the day to say that the thing he had misplaced yesterday was found. Someone else had taken it and hadn’t told him they had.  Honestly…He was so upset and worried last night, he even went in early to work today to look for it.  

F was a bit late tonight, he returned around 6:30.  He knew that his mother was out so we relaxed a bit.  We left the house to go for dinner just as his mother and sister returned.  We made sure she got back in the house safely and then we left.  

I had asked to go to Fireball tonight as we haven’t been there in ages.  It was a pretty good choice in my opinion.  We shared two kinds of pasta, a chicken curry cream pasta and a bacon and hacksai cream pasta.  They were both good, but the first one was a bit too salty.  When we left, F just had large bills, so I had to pay with a smaller bill!  That was funny.  He paid me back later and doubled my money. Woot. I like that kind of loan :-)

We got a few groceries and then came back to the house.  F watched the Olympics for a while.  I took a shower and then came back up. I wasn’t able to watch my show, so I DVR’d it.  F left the room just as something decidedly not Japanese came on the channel. It turns out that they are running Victoria on this channel for the next few days.  Darn!  I’m leaving on Friday. I’ll see if I can DVR it, but I might not have room on the disk. I saw two episodes tonight, the first two.  They were very good.  

So that’s it.  Tomorrow I have a load of laundry to do, a column to do more work on, and all the usual stuff that I get up to.  On Friday I’ll be up early.  F is taking the day off and has promised to buy me breakfast and drive me to the station to catch my train. If all goes well I’ll be back on Monday night, although you might not hear from me until Tuesday, depending on how tired I am!

Don’t miss me too much! Until next time….




February 20, 2018

Tuesday - Warmer then snowy. Boo!

A goodish day.

I got up pretty close to the right time for me, but couldn’t watch the news for a while. I had to fill up the kerosene heater up here and also my water bottles for my water pot. It took a few minutes, but I got it done.  

I had a quiet little morning. I did some laundry after 10 am, and also found more of F’s stuff in the washer. I hung it up here so it would have a chance at drying.  

I had a fairly good day. I finished packing my suitcase and put quite a few things in that I had forgotten before. I discovered that my suitcase has a big crack in it. I’m very upset about it as I have no clue when it happened. I also ripped a couple of CDs that I hadn’t done before so I would have a bit of “new” music on my iPod. I watched a few things on TV today, but after a while just turned it off and listened to a podcast or two.

I decided not to bother going outside but changed my mind. I was rather surprised when I was out because there was some snow in front of the house. I shovelled it away and then did a bit more in the yard.  However, it was starting to snow. I went for a quick walk around the block and then came back inside.

F was quite late tonight for a fairly good reason. He misplaced something important at work today and spent a couple of hours looking for it.  I was worried about my suitcase since we had planned to send it to my destination this weekend.  I finally got him dressed and ready to go, or so I thought.  He spent a few minutes wasting time and then we set out.  Luckily, the Takkyubin place was still open and we were able to send my bag to my hotel.  It should arrive the day before I get there. 

We had a pretty yummy meal at Coco Ichibanya Curry…it is the season for Grandmother’s Curry again.  We had that and a drink each. We also used the free wifi in the restaurant. Well, I did, I’m not sure about F.  

We bought a few groceries and then came back to the house.  

And that was that.  I watched a little bit of TV, but F had some Olympic sports on for a bit too. I’m rather glad as I don’t think he gets to watch much TV these days.  

Tomorrow I will work on my column…I worked on the topic a bit tonight, although I haven’t written anything.  I am just not feeling it, sad to say. That has to change!  

Come back later for my last report of the week.  I doubt that I will be able to write on Thursday night as I’m leaving early on Friday morning.  You might have to rescue me from the snow soon, you never know!

Until tomorrow….  








February 19, 2018

Monday - Sunny and clear

A goodish day.

I tried to get up on time this morning, but I didn’t feel all that well.  The room spun a bit and I just generally didn’t feel that great.  

I stayed in bed until 9 and then did my usual stuff.  I did a couple of loads of laundry today too, slightly inconvenienced by F leaving a load of his stuff in the machine.  Wonderful person that I am, I hung it up for him so it would dry. 

I had my breakfast and watched a bit of TV off the DVR.  I had a fairly quiet morning.  In the afternoon, I watched the rest of a film I’d DVR’d last week. It was rather good.  It was called Little Boy.  Not one I’d normally want to watch but had an interesting point of view.  

I heard K downstairs and when the film was over I went down to say hi and to grab my lunch. I did offer some to her, but she was full.  I brought it back upstairs and ate.  

Around 4 I went down again, did my dishes, and then went outside to see if I needed to shovel snow. I didn’t really need to, but I did anyway.  There was some ice that I tried to clean up and I neatened up other areas.  I also tried to shave the snow a bit thinner so that it would melt.  We still have so much snow.  

I heard from F around his usual finishing time and he came back from work.  He wanted to take a bath tonight, but I didn’t. I had taken a shower here last night, didn’t want to go to an onsen.  Since his mother didn’t want dinner, we went to a Japanese restaurant.  Funnily enough, it wasn’t the one we planned to go to, that had closed already.  We ended up at a new-to-us place.  It was fine and we might be back.  

I asked that we go and get a few groceries so F took us to Mina again.  They didn’t have any salads at all!  I got some steamed vegetables for tomorrow and also more yogurt.  We came back to the house and after a few minutes, F left for the local onsen.

I had a nice quiet time alone. I watched The Great British Bake-off and started re-watching The Silver Linings Playbook when F came back.  He felt better, but not a lot.  

We had a quiet evening together.  I did up the plastic garbage for F to take out tomorrow morning. 


That’s really about it.  I had a good, quiet day today. Tomorrow I hope to do more laundry and maybe finish packing my suitcase and work on my column again.  Come back later and see what I get up to. Until tomorrow….

February 18, 2018

Sunday - Cold and windy, snowy too

A good day.  

Just reading back in my blog, it was a year ago I announced that I was going to have to move.  A lot has happened in that year, and even though the move is over, I still don’t feel “settled in” and don’t think I will for the foreseeable future.  I feel like I have had to give up too much of my independence and autonomy. I am slowly getting used to things here, but that is still a long way from being at home here.

This morning F and I slept in quite late. I was out of bed and at my computer long before he was, which was rather surprising.  I spent some of my time shaving his favourite sweatshirt. I’d bought a clothing shaver at the hundred yen shop earlier in the week and used it on his shirt. It really did look better afterwards.

Around 1 he started talking about lunch, so I suggested going for sushi since his mother would probably come too.  We went to Kula Sushi, which was quite a success.  We had 6 plates of onion rings between us…this time we started off with one plate each and then K asked if we could get some more, rather than stealing all of F’s! We had a nice time there and left a little after 3 pm.  

I had to be at my friend’s apartment at 4 pm, so we dropped off K at the house and then came back downtown.  We had about 20 minutes and F suggested going for coffee.  All well and good, but we got to the mall a scant 10 minutes before I had to be at my friend’s.  After one spin around the parking lot I suggested just getting coffee at a combini, so we drove off to one.  There was one near her apartment.  We went in, and neither of us bought a coffee!  I got a bottle of mugi-cha for later and F got something too.  F dropped me off at my friend’s apartment and we spent the next couple of hours chatting, crafting and then eating.  Yum!  My friend is a good cook and made some pakora for us.  They were so good!  I had supplied some chocolate covered dates and they were very nice too.

F called me around 7:00 pm and asked if I was ready to go. I wasn’t really, but I think my friend had other things to do.  I let him come and pick me up and off we went.  

We went to pick up a few things from the grocery store, but when we got to the parking lot, F asked if there was a movie on tonight that we could go and see.  I checked, and there was!  So, we ended up at The Zookeeper’s Wife.  It wasn’t bad. I had read that it wasn’t great…I would say it was quite good.  I didn’t love it but did think it was worth seeing.  

After the movie, F and I hit up a convenience store for a couple of items and then came back to the house.  I got the gomi ready to go out tomorrow and set up the garbage places for next week.  

I took a shower but it was so cold in the shower room I was worried about freezing parts off.  It didn’t happen, happily!

We had a quiet evening after that.  F wanted to watch some of the Olympics on TV, I didn’t really.  He got to see a few things so he was happy.  

And that is that, quite honestly.  It was a good day. I finally got the two pieces of my poncho sewed together.  I’m trying to fish out the basting line now, but it isn’t going well.  Now if I can just do the crochet bit around the neck I’ll be happy!


Come back later on and see what I get up to on Monday. Until tomorrow….

February 17, 2018

Saturday - Cold and snowy-boo!

A good day.

We had a late morning today. F and I snoozed a bit late and that was nice for a change. F got up and took his mother off to the onsen. I, meanwhile, was busy. I made our bed, filled up our kerosene heater and his mother’s, did a personal thing and then got dressed and started to put lunch together for us.  I had some Ukrainian Sausage from Costco (from my hometown) that was expiring, so paired that with some crackers, cheese, kabocha soup, and gobo salad. It wasn’t a cooking meal, but I had to prep everything and set it out. When they came back (an hour after F said they’d be!), almost everything was ready. I just had to heat up the soup.  

We had a very nice lunch, and I even had to refill the cheese, garlic sausage and crackers. Yay! F did the dishes afterwards while I caught up on my computer. F asked me to go out after he was done as he had a couple of errands to run.  

We filled up the car and some kerosene tanks and then delivered them to the house. After that, we went out. We decided to go to the second-hand shop and have a look around on the grounds that we weren’t looking for anything! We did have a rummage through the store. I got a second-hand handbag for very reasonable, and also a cd. F got a couple of books and three glasses.  

We had dinner at a restaurant close to the second-hand shop. It was okay. I had curry and F had ramen, and we shared some gyoza.  

We had oodles of time before our movie started to F suggested going to S-Mall to have a drink. I was okay with that so off we went.

When we got to the mall, I said I needed to go to the hundred yen shop as I’d forgotten something yesterday. We both went and I got a new eye mask for sleeping in and some paper. F got a couple of things for his work. When we paid, I grabbed the bag. I also told him that we should go and get our drink right away as we’d run out of time otherwise.  

When we got to Doutor I used my card to pay for our drinks. I was carrying my purse, our shopping and then the tray. F had grabbed us a couple of glasses of water. Then he wanted to know where to sit. Ack. He suggested a place in a corner. It was great except I wouldn’t be able to get into the corner because of all I was holding. I told him it didn’t matter and to just pick a place. He got a bit upset with me but did sit at the big table in the middle.  It was so much easier to sit there. I tried to explain, but stopped when I realized that he was just getting more upset at that. He did calm down, but it struck me that it really should have been ME who got angry with him, rather than the other way around.  

We left the coffee shop before it closed and drove to the theatre.  We bought our tickets and popcorn and went to see The Greatest Showman.  It was good, but somehow not great.  I enjoyed the songs and the singing, the performances too, but I didn’t find it to be the kind of movie that I would love forever.  It might improve if I see it again.  

We came back to the house via a convenience store and then up to our room. It’s a lot colder tonight so we’ll be turning off water and leaving some taps on so they don’t freeze.  I can’t wait for spring….

So that’s about it for me.  We don’t have many plans for tomorrow, but I will probably join my crochet circle again. I’m looking forward to that, even though I haven’t done much work on anything since last week!  

Come back later and see how I manage on Sunday.  Until tomorrow….


February 16, 2018

Friday - Clear but cool and windy

A good day.  

I got up this morning, watched my early drama and had my breakfast during it.  It was a good choice for a change.  I did a few things in my room and then changed for going out.  It was nice outside so I decided to go outside and wait for my friend.  

She came just a few minutes later and we drove off.  We didn’t really have a plan of what to do, so I suggested going to a karaoke box to have lunch.  We didn’t have to sing if we didn’t want to, we could have lunch there and since we were able to get the family room, my friend’s little one was able to walk around the room and stretch her legs.  It was a good idea. The food was okay, but honestly, we were there for the company anyway!

After our time was up we walked a little bit on the main street and then came back to her car.  She went back to her city and I walked over to my hairdresser to see if I could have a haircut. Luckily, I could!

I spent an hour or so with my hairdresser and she cut a lot off my head.  My head feels lighter and my hair looks so very much better! There’s something uplifting about getting a good haircut, maybe it is being pampered a little, but it was nice.

When my hairdresser finished, I paid her and went on my way.  I went to a drugstore first and did a little shopping. I needed some travel toothpaste, amongst other things.  I walked back to S-Mall and visited the hundred yen shop and did a little shopping there too.  I finally ended up in Doutor where I read part of a book on my phone and drank some tea.  

F called finally to say that he was finished work. He joined me and we had another drink together.  We grabbed some food for his mother at the grocery store and then delivered it.  

At the house, I brought in my shopping, changed into more casual pants and grabbed my knitting.  We drove off to the Internet Cafe where we spent 3 hours in the massaging chairs.  I watched some TV, F watched YouTube and we were both happy.

We came back to the house when it was over and watched some of the Olympics repeat.  It was quite good.  Today’s major sport was Men’s Figure Skating, so it was nice to watch.

And that’s about it.  It was a day where I walked a lot and did a lot.  I’m rather happy about it all.  Come back later and find out what I get up to on Saturday!  Until tomorrow….

February 15, 2018

Thursday - Cloudy but clear, snowy at night

A good day.

I got up this morning pretty much on time and watched the news.  I made the bed which was more difficult than it should be because a certain husband had left a bunch of clothes all over his half of it. I basically made the bed and then put his clothes back on it.  He can sort them out.  

I watched my shows, had my breakfast and then took a nap. I didn’t feel all that well for a bit so decided I needed a little more rest. I set my timer for 20 minutes, turned off the lights and the heater and got into bed. After the first 20 minutes I reset the timer and did it again, but after 40 minutes I did feel a lot better.  

I started to pack my suitcase today and I also did a bit of tidying up. I unearthed a bunch of clothes I had forgotten about, things that would be good to wear this season (long-sleeved shirts chiefly) so put a lot of things in my laundry basket. Over the afternoon, I even managed to get a few drawers closed in my chest of drawers.  Woot!

I watched quite a few things off the DVR today and erased them. Around 2 pm I went downstairs and grabbed my lunch.  It was just a chocolate chip bagel, some steamed veggies and a tongue sandwich but it was nice. I knew K was up as I heard the heater go on, but she didn’t come into the kitchen and I didn’t go into the living room.  

A bit before 4 I went downstairs and washed my dishes. Then, I dressed and went outside to do a little snow shovelling. I didn’t have to do very much. A bit of snow had fallen off the porch roof, so I took care of that, then neatened up a bit by the road so F could have a smoother entrance to his parking space. I didn’t take too long to do it, so decided to go for a walk. I walked over to the nearby temple (or shrine…I always get them mixed up). I walked there, looked around and came back! There isn’t much to see and everything was under quite deep snow.  

Back at the house I came in and went upstairs. I finished with my suitcase for today…then waited for F to finish work. He called me at his regular finishing time to say that he was in a place about 2 hours away, so wouldn’t be back anytime soon, and did I want to go to the onsen tonight. I told him I’d think about it! 

F arrived a bit after 7 pm. He’d brought a bento for his mother and came upstairs.  He told me that he really wanted to go to the onsen. I had half prepared to go, I’d sorted out a couple of towels and my go-bag and said I’d go. We hadn’t eaten dinner but would do that after he said.  I was starving!

We drove out to our usual place, but when we were nearly there I had a thought. Today might be their closed day. Oops. I said to F that I wasn’t sure it was open but he thought it was. We got there and it was closed. Oh no! We ended up driving quite far to go to another place that F liked.  We went there together once before, but this time, the men’s and women’s sections had been switched. I liked it this time because it wasn’t busy and the air was so steamy you couldn’t see across the room! I enjoyed this visit, although the onsen doesn’t have a rotenburo.

After we finished, we left the onsen and drove back to Tsuruoka. I suggested going to Gusto for dinner because of the free wifi and the fact that they stayed open quite late. We went there and had an okay meal.  

We came back to the house afterwards. I watched a bit of TV and F stayed up much too late.  Well, me too I suppose.


Tomorrow I’m going out with a friend for lunch.  I might see if I can get a haircut afterwards too.  I am desperately needing one!  Come back later and see what I get up to on the morrow.  Until tomorrow….