A Little Girl Playing in the Street

I fell asleep in the “English Room” last night and ended up sleeping there all night. This morning I’m still in the kotatsu thinking I should get up, when I hear someone come to the door. Tak went to the door to see what he wanted. “Excuse me. But there’s a little girl playing in the street all by herself and it’s dangerous.” Tsubaki.   She put her rainboots on and went out all by herself to play in front of the tulips. She really likes flowers. Since Tak put the magnet on the front door, she can’t open it … Continue reading

Onsen Moment

So, I went out today with just the girls. We went to Matsue Castle to see the cherry blossoms which hadn’t bloomed yet. But it was fun and we met new friends. On the way back, we went to our favorite onsen – Yurari in Hirata. Tsubaki was a bit wound up and crazy. I had to keep chasing her down until we finally got into the bath and she settled down a bit. Hana was being a good girl, as usual. Tsubaki may make me a bit crazy sometimes, but she is so much fun. I really like taking … Continue reading

Just a Regular Day

Last night, I was thinking, “We didn’t do that much today…” And then when I thought through what we did during the day, it really was quite full. 7:30 am: Get up. Snuggle in the futon with Hana for a while. 8:00 am: Actually get out of the futon. Gaku is urgently demanding that he is hungry and must be fed now, and he wants pancakes. 8:30 am: Eat pancakes! 9:00 am: Get in the shower. 9:45 am: Tak takes the girls to daycare for a special meeting at daycare. He realizes at the last minute that Hana and Tsubaki … Continue reading

Autumn Changes

I’ve never liked fall. It’s the season that comes before winter, and I really don’t like winter (too cold and dreary). In fall the trees lose all their leaves and, while the colors may be temporarily pretty, they start to look like mere skeletons of their spring and summer glory. I love summer: hot, sunny days spent at the beach. I’ve never liked the cooling of fall. Until this year. This year I seem to be developing a greater appreciation for fall. I took Tsubaki for a bike ride a few days ago. The wind was really strong and gusty. … Continue reading

Puppy Love

Okay, I have to confess to feeling a bit ambivalent about getting a little puppy. I know that Tak would be the one to take care of her, but still… I kept thinking puppies are cute, but can be so annoying. Even when they’re kept outside. Barking, chewing on things… I have to say the prospect of walks with a dog does appeal to me. So, this weekend Tak started seriously talking about getting a dog. I thought okay, but I wasn’t overly excited about it. I was more excited about the fact that the kids were so excited about … Continue reading

To My Granny

To My Granny Sunny Cottage Sleepy Drive Backhomesville Dear Granny, Matthew’s got the measles, Mandy’s got the mumps, The sea is full of jellyfish, My bed has got big lumps, Mummy’s got a migraine, The dog’s got a disease, The car’s got a puncture, And we’ve all got fleas, This week has been the coldest And the wettest of the year. I think the tent is leaking. P.S. Wish you were here.   Taken from: Anholt, Catherine and Laurence Anholt. Big Book of Families. London: Walker Books, 1998. ISBN: 9780744549591   I thought this was too cute not to share! … Continue reading


So, we now officially have a chicken! I would have never guessed that we’d end up with a chicken before we got a dog. From Tak’s talk, I had kind of figured we might get one sometime in the future. They did have one when Tak was growing up. They also had a cow, but I don’t anticipate us getting a cow… ever. Our chicken’s name is Koko-chan. Gaku decided on the name. But then he wanted to call her Tamago-chan (which means egg). But Tsubaki was looking at the chicken and saying, “Koko, Koko.” So Tak asked Gaku if … Continue reading

Exploding Head

So I went to Tokyo for 2 days. I was fine on the trip to Tokyo, but I was in agony for the last bit of the return to Izumo, as soon as we started the descent… I have had problems with this in the past, but not for a long time and many plane rides, so it completely caught me completely by surprise today. Basically, it is a sinus problem. I didn’t even feel congested at all before getting on the plane; another reason I was so surprised. I never have problems on the ascent, just on the descent. For … Continue reading

The Never-Drying Laundry

One thing about being back in Japan is hanging the laundry. For a while, I was kind of groaning about it. But hanging up the laundry isn’t so bad. It doesn’t wrinkle as much as in the dryer. You can flatten out any creases at the bottom of your shorts before you hang them up and they’ll dry out nice and smooth. On the first day we were back, Tak said he figured we do really need a dryer. I’m the one who said maybe we really didn’t. They use a lot of electricity. But that was the first day … Continue reading