September 19, 2017

Tuesday - Snowy, rainy and cold

A good day!

So how do I know I'm in Canada?  It snowed this morning!Yes, September and it snowed.  It didn't stay on the ground that long, but it snowed!

I woke up quite early this morning, around 7 am.  I got up and stayed up the rest of the day. After my sister took my nephew to school, we had breakfast.  I had cereal and yogurt.  Doesn't that sound familiar?

My sister did a work out and I took a shower. When we were both finished, we went out to run some errands.  I went to the bank and did a lot of things there, then went to the drugstore and finally to the grocery store with my sister.  I got a few things for me to eat and helped her with her shopping too.  We had decided to make meatloaf for dinner for tonight because we could have leftovers for tomorrow too.

We came back to my sister's house and then had our late lunch. After that she peeled the potatoes and looked up a meatloaf recipe for me.  I looked up one for Brussels sprouts too.  She picked up her son and we all chatted for a while.  She had to take young Z off to a hockey practice, so I stayed in and cooked.  I had made the meatloaf earlier, but I baked it and then did the Brussels sprouts and boiled the potatoes.

Everything finished before anyone else was home!  I had to look at all my lovely food being ready!  Finally, my brother in law came back and we chatted until the others came in.  We had a really good dinner. The food was good, happy to say, and we were all full afterwards. By this time, it was almost 10 pm and I was getting quite tired. I decided to go downstairs. I probably won't go to bed for a while, but I really need some rest.  Jet lag is setting in, but I'm fighting it a bit. I didn't nap at all today.  I did take some cold medicine however.

Tomorrow we might go into the big city and see what kind of trouble we can get into there!  We have a goal in mind, I hope that we are able to meet it.

Come back on Wednesday if you like and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow....

September 19, 2017. Morning

Just a quick update to say that I made it safely to Canada.  I have a cold, but I'll be better soon!

The flight over was great, the plane was nearly empty and I managed to have a bit of a snooze on the plane.  Customs and Immigration in Vancouver was fine too.

I will try and update more later!

September 17, 2017

Sunday - Rainy and very windy

A goodish day.

F and I slept in very late today.  We didn’t have any plans really.  I did wake up early and checked the website of my airline, but there wasn’t any news.  We finally roused ourselves in the afternoon.  I suggested a few restaurants. F got a bit testy with me but finally decided on one of them.  We went to Hyakkenbori with his mother and it was a good choice I think.  

We had a lovely meal in the restaurant looking over the lake and university grounds.  I had chicken and the others had fish.  We were all quite pleased in the end.  

We came back to the house and I spent some time going through my handbag and taking things out.  I put a few things in too, like my passport! 

After a while, I made a suggestion to F that we go out for coffee and some wifi, then go to a grocery store and bring back things for dinner.  He liked that idea.  That is basically what we did.  

It was nice to have dinner at the house with K.  We had a lot of food, I chose roast beef and a small quiche for K & I.  I also suggested a hot salad, which went over very well, plus a bit of kabocha salad.  F picked up a shrimp dog for himself and a couple of packets of pork on rice.  That was quite good too.

After dinner, F did the dishes and I dried them.  We came upstairs and I read the internet and tried to find out about the typhoon.  It is still coming this way.  Some of the early flights at our local airport have been cancelled, but hopefully, my flight will be okay.  If it isn’t, I might have to rebook the trip over.

We came upstairs and I took a shower fairly soon.  When I was done, I printed off my boarding passes and checked my suitcase.  I opened it up, took a few things out and put a big sweater in. Everyone says how cold it is right now.  

At one point I told F off because he kept telling me about the cancellations and I didn’t want to hear it!  I had asked him to try to rebook my ticket to fly out today, but he wouldn’t, so I’m just a little bit grumpy at him.  

I watched a bit of TV and have been trying to keep up with the storm.  I hope things go well tomorrow.  If they do I won’t be updating for a bit. Wish me luck with that!  Until I write again….




September 16, 2017

Saturday - Sunny and warm

A good day.

F and his mother went to the onsen this morning, which left me the house.  Woohoo!  Not really.  I did a little bit of chore stuff and even did a load of laundry so that I wouldn’t come back to a huge mound of clothes!  

I really didn’t feel that well today, especially in the morning. When I first woke up, the room was spinning and I had to keep my eyes closed for a bit. Yikes.  I am not sick. I am NOT sick.  Repeat until true.

F came back around 10 and immediately wanted to talk about lunch.  I suggested a couple of ideas and he actually liked one.  I thought it might be fun to go to the Grand El Sun since that is where we had our wedding.  Today was the second of our anniversaries of course.  He liked that idea…but we both took naps.  I woke up after 12. We invited K along for lunch and were able to get a table.  We had a very nice lunch.  I had the chicken lunch, F had the fish lunch and K had the curry lunch.  It was all nice. 

On the way back to the house, we stopped in at a drugstore for a few necessities and then went back to the house.

F and I took another nap upstairs and then went out to get K something for dinner.  We delivered it and then drove to Mikawa.  We hit up the hundred yen shop for some little things and then went over to the mall.  At the mall, we bought our movie tickets first and then had dinner.  We each had bibimba and they were good.  When we finished, we did a little window shopping. I told F that I just wanted to look, I didn’t really want to buy anything, and I didn’t. 

We went to see Alien: Covenant and I liked it. I’m not sure that F did that much.  I jumped a lot, liked some of the discussions they had and the general idea of the piece.  

We came back to Tsuruoka after the movie and back to the house.  I’ve watched a TV show that I DVR’d today and am trying to decide what to do.  There’s a storm warning for our local airport for the day I fly out.  I might be able to fly out tomorrow if there is a seat, but then I’d have to find a hotel in Tokyo or area for tomorrow night.  That could be a bit tricky and expensive.  Sigh.  

So, if there is no update tomorrow night, you’ll hopefully understand that I am not here!  I am supposed to leave for Canada on Monday night if the typhoon doesn’t come up here.  Wish me luck with that, please!


Come back soon. I hope to be able to update from Canada.  Until tomorrow…?

September 15, 2017

Friday - Colder and rainy

A good day.

We were woken up a little early today by the warning sound from our phones.  Yes, today North Korea sent another missile over Northern Japan.  At least they waited until 7 am to do it…only a few minutes earlier than we had to wake up.  I switched on the news and then stayed up for a change. F went off to work. 

I watched the news and the first part of my silly teen drama then went downstairs and had breakfast.  Unusually, I didn’t see K at all. I cleaned up the kitchen from F’s big bread making of the day before. He’d left everything as it was when he took the bread out of the machine. I got the table tidy again, put away the dishes in the drainer and wiped off the table. K still hadn’t appeared, so I ate in the kitchen. I washed those dishes and then went back upstairs.

I watched some TV off the DVR and did a bit of stuff on the internet. I worked on packing my backpack or at least deciding what I should put in it.  When it was around 12:45, I went down again to see about lunch.  K was finally moving around but she refused lunch.  No problems.  I had some soup, salad, and cut up chicken breast too.  I brought it all upstairs and ate up here.  I turned on the TV and discovered that NHK was running August Rush, a film that I just love, so I was a happy camper!  I watched the film and after I finished lunch, I put a few last minute things in my suitcase.  

F visited the house for a few minutes after 3 and brought me an ice cream.  Actually, he brought two, but I asked if we could share one since I didn’t want to have too much food/milk.

F got back around 5:45 tonight and we discussed what to do with ourselves.  I mentioned the Internet Cafe and he was okay with that.  He suggested going to a Gyudon Shop for dinner and I was okay with that.  We took K with us and had a nice and quite cheap meal, then brought her home again. 

F and I went to the Internet Cafe and were lucky enough to get massaging chairs.  We spent the next 3 hours there.  I watched regular TV, got to see the ER where Mark and Elizabeth get married, and then Castle which was really good as usual.  
After our 3 hours were up, we came back to the house.  It’s quite chilly here, but things have been friendly.  I’m getting things ready for going to Canada. I’ve given F a schedule for my TV recording as I can only schedule things a week in advance. I’m sure he’ll forget about it, but it isn’t that big of a deal.  Many of the shows I like have just finished for the season, so there’s only a few that he “must” DVR for me!

Anyway, the day started strangely but seemed to be a fairly good one.  I think that F has realized that I really am going away so he’s being quite nice to me!  Ha!


I’m not sure what we’ll get up to on Saturday, we might see a movie or we might stay in. Hopefully, I’ll be able to blog tomorrow night, so come on back and find out about my day.  Until tomorrow….

September 14, 2017

Thursday - Cloudy, sunny and then rainy

A better day.

I woke up this morning because F had gotten up, left the room, but left his alarm clock on.  I wasn’t very pleased.  

I thought things were okay, but there was great wailing at his health condition so he wasn’t willing to talk to me at all. I suggested that he go to a doctor but I was shot down. 

He was quite nasty when he wasn’t sleeping, so I left him alone and went down to have breakfast with K.  That done, I came back upstairs and spent some time on my computer.  

F snoozed for a while which was good for him.  However, when he woke up he was still really grumpy.  I suggested going for a walk, but he wasn’t interested yet.  

He had set up the bread maker and made some bread.  I had a piece, but there was something off about the whole thing.  I finished my piece but worried that it wasn’t very good.  I don’t think the ingredients were bad, but something wasn’t right.  

He went back to sleep and I ended up taking a nap too.  Emotional days drain me.  I never did go down to have lunch today, I ate one piece of bread, and later on a cup pasta thing. 

F asked around 4 pm if I’d like to go for a walk but it was my favourite time to watch the news, so I turned him down.  Then, I asked if he’d mind waiting until 4:30ish as the news would be over then. He agreed.  

We went for a walk around the park, just once around, but it was good.  It let someone burn off some energy and l got to breathe fresh air.  Yay. F fell at one point though because he was trying to do some weird skipping thing and put his foot down wrong.

We went back to the house and both of us were much more friendly and nice to each other.  We popped out to get K some food and then took quick showers and got dressed up.

F had booked us a table at a nice place in town, but he hadn’t realized that they had moved!  I knew but he didn’t really believe me until he called the owners to see where they were.

We went to Bardet and had a fabulous meal.  We had bacon salad, carpaccio, roast duck and french fries.  Everything was very good and we were quite stuffed.

After we left, we went to another izakaya that F knew many years ago. It had changed a lot and the woman running it was different.  She liked to ask me questions about myself! This izakaya or snack was okay.  We stayed there about an hour but wasn’t that great.

When we left the snack it was raining quite hard.  We walked to the station and got wet.  After a few minutes wait, a taxi came and we came back to the house. 

F was really tired and went to bed soon after we arrived back.  I’m falling asleep over my keyboard, so will have to end this before it happens!  It became a much better day but I’m just not sure why F keeps getting angry at me for not liking the food that he does.

Anyway, come back on Friday if you’d like and see what I get up to.  Tomorrow should be a busy day, wish me luck with it.  That’s it for me.  Until tomorrow….

[edited on Sept 15 because some things I wrote didn't make sense at all!]

September 13, 2017

Wednesday-Cloudy and rainy

More of the same.

This morning before F left for work he was almost friendly in the five minutes I talked to him.  I thought things were picking up.

I had a fairly normal day.  I had breakfast with K and then did the dishes, came back upstairs.  Today I didn’t do a whole lot of stuff, but I did a few things like making more of my CDs and packed a few more things in my suitcase. I also put my two suitcases together and weighed them. I think I’m still safe, but I have to be careful now.  

I offered K lunch, but she said she was full, so I grabbed the stuff that I bought for myself and had it upstairs. It was nice actually.

I watched quite a bit of TV today. I watched Agents of Shield season 4. I have one episode left and hopefully, I can get it watched before I leave. It was great. 

F was late tonight and he didn’t call before he came back to the house. That’s a bad sign.  I tried to talk to him but he wasn’t interested in talking to me. I tried, I really did. I told him I’d leave him for a bit to rest.

A few minutes later he left to go to the grocery store and get food for his mother. I had an idea of a place to go tonight, but when he came back he started undressing again. I asked him if he’d like to go for sushi, he said no. He said he’d brought food back for himself and his mother. He’d brought some soba and a bento. I demanded some money from him so that I could go and get my own food. He handed over a thousand yen note. How nice.

I took myself off to the grocery store too. I hate the store near here…much too small…I got some frozen pasta since most of the deli foods weren’t my thing. I also got a few meatballs. I biked back to the house. 

I went into the kitchen and heated up my food and then ate it there.  K came in while I was eating to wash up, but didn’t say anything to me.  Good thing too.

After I did the dishes and came upstairs I set up the curtain and closed the door on the bedroom. I’ve been watching TV with headphones on for most of the evening, save the bit when I took a shower.  

Tomorrow is one of our anniversaries. F has the day off and he’s made a reservation for dinner, but I’m really not sure if it is worth going.  I’ve had enough bad times with him. I suggested that he go to a doctor soon as he’s having some health issues again.


Anyway, I may or may not post tomorrow night. It completely depends on whether I have a good time on my anniversary or not.  Wish me luck with that. Until tomorrow….

September 12, 2017

Tuesday - Cloudy and then very rainy

A mixed day.

When I first woke up this morning, F was awake and reading his phone in bed. I went back to sleep. When I woke up later I got up and put on the news and heated up some water for my tea.  He left to go to the bank after a bit.

We had an okay morning. I brought in yesterday’s laundry, had a bit of a nap and then F came back.  We did a little shopping for his mother, brought some stuff back for her lunch and dinner. 

We drove to Sakata and met up with my friend and her baby.  We talked a lot and had a great time.  The baby was really good and didn’t create a fuss or anything.  We did a bit of our women’s group housekeeping and also had a nice lunch.

After a while, she left to go home and we left too.  I was hoping for Starbucks, but we stopped first at the Sankyo Warehouses for me to buy some postcards. I picked up a few, forgot to buy some of others though. F wanted to go off and buy cake somewhere and then as we drove through the city I saw a post office and I went in. I sent a card to someone and also bought a Gotochi card that had been discontinued earlier.  When we found the cake store it was closed.  I didn’t mind really.  Next up was nashi.  F wanted to buy some more, and I was along for the ride.  We got to the farm, F bought fruit and I stayed in the car.  Why?  Well, every time I go to Canada they ask me if I’ve visited a farm recently.  I wanted to be able to say no!

I was very sleepy on the way back from the farm, so I completely missed the fact that we skipped Starbucks. F turned around and we drove back to Starbucks and had a scone and a regular coffee each.  It was all very nice until someone asked me what I’d like for dinner.  It wasn’t even 5 pm yet, I wasn’t hungry and I had no idea what restaurants were around. I tried to start a discussion with F about where to go and it turned into an argument.  Of course, he wanted to go for a) ramen or b) something at the port and I said no.  I told him that I would stay in the car while he went in. I wouldn’t care.  

We left Starbucks and basically I was ranted at for the next hour or so about how selfish I was for not picking a restaurant (when I wasn’t hungry) and how I always say no to the places he wants to go.  Not true, and he knows it. He did drive out to the port, but for some reason, he didn’t eat there. I’m not sure if the restaurants were closed or what.  I stayed in the car, but he walked all over the port. Surprised myself by not really caring all that much. 

We stopped at the Mikawa Mall so someone could use the washroom and I decided to use it too.  When I finished I hung around outside waiting for him.  I waited about 15 minutes and didn’t see him.  Then I thought that he’d probably gone back to the car, so I walked out of the mall.  He was sitting in the car.  

I suggested a restaurant behind the mall. He said he didn’t like it. I told him I didn’t care.  He said he wouldn’t go in. I told him to forget it.  He drove back to Tsuruoka and then into Fujishima to a drive-in that he likes. We had dinner there. It was okay, but certainly not a fabulous meal. I wasn’t really that hungry, my stomach was tying itself in knots all night because of him and his nastiness.  

We drove back to Tsuruoka and I told him I needed to go to a supermarket. We went to one but it was raining torrentially. He let me off near the door which was nice. I got some stuff and we left and came back to the house.

Things have been okay-ish since then but I am quite upset and I really don’t know what to do. Or maybe I do know what to do and I’m just afraid of taking that step.  


Come back later if you dare and see what I get up to on Wednesday. Until tomorrow….