Every I go to Japanese class here in Kouda. Today was a special class because we went to a tiny restaurant here in town that serves Hiroshima Okonomiyaki. Yaki means to grill, like yesterdays Yakitori, means grilled chicken. Okonomiyaki literally means grilled "to your liking". I is a kind of a pancake, topped with vegetable and meat, but a bit more complicated I think some pictures are in order, to explain better;)
This was so much fun and now I know how to make Okonomiyaki, something I have wanted to learn how to for some time now :)
Okonomiyaki is special to Hiroshima Prefecture, but also to Osaka, but that one is different.
If you ever go to Hiroshima or Osaka you must try Okonomiyaki :)
Now I am off to get Margret from Kindergarten.
For the last week or so we have had snow here in Kouda. It is not much, but still something :)
Today I went for a little walk. I haven't able to walk as much as I like latly because of my anemia, but today was so beautiful I just had to. Afterwards I took a two hour nap ;)
One of our fave japanese foods is Yakitori, or grilled chicken. Today we went on our weekly shopping trip and I saw this and I could not resist :)
I just grilled it for about 10 min and this was the result ...
Yummi, love it :)
Last night I uploaded two patterns toCraftsy.com
I really love designing patterns and sewing them. Now I am working on a big series but I have just started so I don't want to share it with you just yet. I will share it with you when is further along :)
But back to last night, I uploaded the two patterns I have already uploaded here on the blog just to see if anyone was interested. And what do you know, now less than 24 hours later it has been downloaded 4 times, without any advertising or anything, I love it. I love that someone is interested in my design :)
Next step is to get people to share pictures of their final work, I would love to see what people make from my designs :)
To be able to keep driving in Japan I needed to get a Japanese driving license. It took a whole day of waiting at an office 1 hour away from home but with a lot of help and patience I have it now. Considering that I almost fell asleep several times I am even okay with the picture :)
It is a bit of a "deer-in-a-headlight" look but better than dared to hope :)
Tomorrow I have a doctors appointment and a blood test so I will have some answers as to if I am getting better. I feel a lot better yesterday and today, I haven't even had to take a nap. But I am still very tiered and have no stamina. I will start to build up my stamina again in the next days, that will be my project for the next weeks :)
In the meanwhile I have got my computer back so now I am working on updating my blog, finishing the binding on my wall hanging and I have a new project that will keep me busy for the next two weeks ... I have entered a Japanese speech contest !!!!!!!
More on that later :)
Around Christmas I designed and made these Mug-Rugs for a friend who likes lighthouses. I love designing and sewing things and hope to be able to make it into a little side business in the future. Until then I will continue to practice, both designing and sewing. Here are a few pictures of the process and the final products as well a copy of the design.
You can buy the pattern on Craftsy for 1$
It is simple and you can use the block to make anything you want. I used it to make mug rugs but you could use it making anything you imagination can think of :)
Just now I got home from my sewing store. They couldn't fix my sewing machine at the store and have to send it away for repair.
So now both my sewing machine and computer are in repair. I hope the computer will come next week, then I can start to design all the patterns stuck in my head :)
Before the sewing machine broke down I was making a table cloth to match my wall hanging. Now with the machine in repair I have no choice but to finish the last details on the wall hanging I plan to do by hand but have been putting off so maybe this is a blessing in disguise.
Just got an Amazon shipment delivered !!!!
So I ordered some quilting rulers and a marking pen that washes off. I love it all, it will make my quilt making so much easier.
Then I orders some DVDs and I am very excited to watch them. Sometimes I like to "watch" a movie while I sew or do some housework.
Next few days will be so exciting using my new tools :)
Today has been a great day. This morning Siffi had practice and since the weather was great AND I had some energy (rare change these days) Margret and I went for a little walk.
When we got hone I started a spinach pie, lots of iron ;) and it turned out yummy :)
Our latest accomplishment is a batch of cookies. Our friend just got hurt and is at the hospital so will take him some next week and until then we will try not to finish them ;)
Last Saturday we took a little trip to the nearby city of Iwakuni in Yamaguchi district.
First we went to see the beautiful Kintai bridge. It was originally built in 1673 but in 1950 it was destroyed in a typhoon. A week after the local people had already started to rebuild it and that is the bridge that stands today. While we were there there was some kind of a karate ceremony, it was so cool, then suddenly everyone ran to the river and started to do karate movements there. In 11 C and the men/boys had no shirts on!!!!! COLD
When we had seen enough karate and walk over the bridge we saw a castle at a top of a near by hill. We took a cablecar to the top and walk to the castle. It was beautiful :)
When we had had enough of sightseeing we called our friend that live in Iwakuni and they came and guided us to their house :) We spent the rest of the day eating and talking at their house before we drove home. A great day and we will definitely go back to Iwakuni soon :)