I have to MOVE

Hello readers! In short- I can not afford to pay for the costs involved in running this blog! Our economy has been descimated here by the covid19 pandemic. I’m moving my blog to a FREE address. FIND THE NEW BLOG HERE This blog will be gone once my current subscription runs out – I have […]

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Dear Readers! I will be moving this blog! I’m so sorry. 2020 was a hard year. We all suffered in various ways. Due to job loss I can not afford to pay the yearly fees for this blog so I have decided to move the content to a free site (still WordPress). Here is the […]

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Our New Year Celebration

The biggest holiday of the year passed quietly. At least for our family it did. Hubby and I did our usual last minute New Year’s cleaning which is basically a final cleaning of the outside and a quick going over of the inside. We had already completed the major cleaning several days before. Then my […]

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Christmas and New Year

The Christmas holidays have come and gone. In Japan they seem to disappear at sundown December 25th. The following day there is barely evidence that it was Christmas the day before. And of course, Christmas isn’t a holiday here. We had a small family Christmas party. As I said in my Halloween post-we are trying […]

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The Lingering End of Autumn

Today is Christmas Eve here in Japan. We are usually in Saipan at this time of year-spending the holidays with our Children and grandchildren. But not this year. This crazy upside-down year has been such a challenge-ja? We are determined to make the best of it. I’ve got a little extra time on my hands […]

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Repair the World

Sometimes I cringe when I think about this past year. During the early days of the pandemic it was all so new, so frightening and stressful. It was different for every country. Here, for the most part, everyone was orderly and cooperative, but despite the cooperation everything was laced with stress. Anxiety was palpable. Someone […]

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Kofukuji Temple-Autumn

Upheaval. Disappointment. Anxiety. Unexpected and drastic change. 2020 My entire life. There was a time in my life when I envied those who had the blessing of having lived a life where nothing much changed. They never really moved far from home or family. They had never experienced life-threatening disasters or one hard-knock after the […]

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Chestnuts on Sunday

I like turning ordinary tasks into an adventure. I could just take my wheeled shopping cart, walk to the store, shop and, come home. Sometimes if I’m pressed for time then, yes. But, that’s not very much fun. It’s chestnut season. You can buy them ready to eat at the supermarket but, I prefer to […]

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Digging into LIFE

Before I start-this is not a political post. I don’t do politics. Yesterday was Election Day in the US. I don’t vote in the USA however, many of my friends do. I knew it was going to be a day exploding with anxiety and life-draining emotion which would be felt planet-wide like great waves of […]

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Making Memories

I’m exhausted this morning but it’s a satisfying exhausted. That kind of exhausted where I’m lounging in my pajamas with a cup of coffee at eleven AM and it’s okay. I’m not usually a “half-day” pajama person. My in-laws can’t do much anymore. Okasan ( mother) has Alzheimer’s and Ottosan ( father) is nearing the […]

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