I had pants that didn't fit well in the waist anymore. I have meant to fix it for the longest time but now I finally did it :)
It will be nice to be able to wear them without holding them up :)
When Margret was almost 1 I started this quilt for her (mine😀) doll bed but I never finished it. The only thing left was the binding. I took it with me to Japan a year ago and today I finally got to it and finished it :)
Margret is sick so today was mostly spent in front of the telly. She managed to spill a glass of milk on me this morning and sit on a juice carton this evening, that ended all over me. In spite of everything it has been a fun day and it was so nice to sit with my girl, watching telly and doing some sewing.
Today was another fun day for us. Siffi is in Wakayama all week playing handball so today was a mother/daughter day :)
Every month there is an international BBQ for all foreigners in the city and everyone who wants to get to know them (I think). Today we went to the BBQ, had some wonderful food, met good friends and generally had good time :)
We went to the store today to buy something for dinner. As so often I ended up buying some chicken. Even though it is easy to get fresh fish here in Japan we don't eat it often. The fish I know from home is quite expensive snd I don't know what to do with the rest. So apart from sushi we don't eat a lot of fish. Here is an example of the selection of fish in our supermarket.
When we got to the store Margret proved she is her father's daughter. On a bench outside the supermarket was a washing cloth, call towell in japanese. Japanese people usually have one on ghem to dry their hands if hhere is no towell at punlic toilets and so on. The towell on the bench was very famillier. It was Margret's. She had taken it with her yesterday to the store and forgotten it !!!
When we got home and I started on dinner Margret found my phone, managed to open it and find the camera app. She took 165 pictures before I managed to stop her .,,
I think we have to work on her selfies just a little :)
We are always experiencing something new here in Japan. Tomorrow we will have been here for a year (Siffi a little longer) but there is always something surprising and new to see, eat, hear ...
Today when I was walking to pick up Margret at the kindergarten our lovely neighbor, an old lady with a big vegetable garden who is always giving us something, stopped me for a little chat. I can not really hold up a conversation in Japanese but I can chat a little by now. I was complimenting her on her beautiful garden and how hard working she is keeping it beautiful and everything growing to fast. She started to talk about some flowers I don't know the name of and asked if I like to eat them. I always say YES because I don't want to be rude. She cut some flowers for me and then I went my way to pick up Margret. On your way home she biked to catch up with us and gave us some tomatoes.
So here is one more vegetable picture, just to let you see :)
The flowers have little part of them that is very sweet but the rest is not eatable. It was nice to try something new :)
After making one to give as a thank you gift. I couldn't resist to make one for myself, and I love it :)
I find it really hard to return gifts and say thank you in Japan. Not because I am so rude I can't be bothered, I really try. But Japanese people are so good and they always have to have the last gift or thank you.
For example, there is an old couple that have a garden close by that we walk by every day, they grow all kinds of vegetable and are always giving us something, few potatos, carrots, lettuce, cabbage. One time when I had fresh souvenirs from Iceland, I took them some chocolate. The next day they thanked us so much and gave us more vegetable!
Another sample, there was a house BBQ earlier this summer and it was so much fun. The next day I decided to beat the other people and finally get to make a real thank you. We made thank you cards for everybody, in japanese, and I was so proud, finally I had managed to be properly polite. The next few days we got thank you letters for the thank you letter from everyone!
BUT, there is one thing that I have found they truly appreciate and lets me feel like I have really thanked them. That is homemade gift :)
So later today or tomorrow we are taking this to your new friends as a thank you for all the vegetable and fruits they gave us Saturday. When I was there I saw that she has sewn some things in the house so ...
It might not be complicated and fancy and she probably has one but it is personal and cute :)
My way of saying thank you 😀
Margret and I went for a morning walk to our local shop to buy refreshments and on our way home we stopped to talk to a man we don't know. Then his wife and grandchildren came along and soon we were invited to the garden to play.
Soon, like true japanese people, they started to gather vegetable and fruits from their garden to give us. Then we got to taste some kaki (japanese fruit that is very tasty).
Then we were invited inside were Margret found the play room fun of toys :) before we knew we had stayed for an hour :)
Now we have new friends in town and they asked us to visit again soon, which we will :)
What a great start to the weekend 😀
Once again we are all feeling better. Margret and I have had a cold this week and Siffi some other problems. But as I said now we are getting better.
Tomorrow Siffi is going for a ttrainingcamp weekend with his team. Margret and I will find something fun to do meanwhile :) Anyway I have a lot to studying to do so I will have plenty to do :)
I love Japanese weather and the ability to grow almost what ever here. On my balcony I have tomato plant, salat, strawberries and green peppers. This was my "harvest" yesterday.
Then with some friends I am growing SOYA on a friend's family field. We had a little gathering yesterday and cleanwd and cooked some beans. So much fun and so good :)