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The heat is peeling things

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Summer is not here for class yet, but it is certainly here with the weather. It has been in the mid 30s several days in a row now. The humidity has been high as well. I think we actually used the air-conditioning at home more than once.

That’s not a thing we have to do so much.

A couple of days ago when I was parking my bike at school I saw a monster grasshopper taking advantage of some shade on the back of a recently parked car. I guess the window was still cool from the air conditioning. He didn’t want to be disturbed. I’m not sure how big it looks in this photo, but I thought it was huge.

On my walks during the day my clothes are completely soaked wth sweat. There are some shady spots along the trails, but today I noticed that even a snake thought it must have been too hot and walked out of some skin!

Okay, I know it wasn’t the heat, but I did see a pretty good sized, all in one piece, snake skin that was recently shed along one of the trails I usually walk.

Another little visitor on my walk

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The weather has been so hot and humid these days, but I am still going out for my daytime walks twice a week. When I walk alone and in the daytime, I usually take a route through the forests around Heiwa Park. I often see wildlife there, even a raccoon and a squirrel. I usually see lizards and the like, but they dart away so quickly I don’t usually have a chance to get a photo.

Today I saw a blue tailed lizard who stopped to try to hide from me, so I was able to get a couple of pictures before he realized his ruse was not working and he darted off into the woods.

Here are a couple of the better pics (sorry, they’re just taken with my iPhone, so not that high quality)


Bluegrass for Water

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

My friends and I who make up the band Meito Junction are very excited to announce we will be playing the first of what should be a string of benefit concerts to raise money to bring clean water to an orphanage in Uganda.

Here’s an old photo of the band

Here’s the poster for the first event:

And here is an audio sample of the music we play:


Last year’s blueberries and this year’s blueberries

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

It’s a bit cold for the season here right now, but the growing continues. We are adding more plants to the garden, but in the meantime our blueberry bush (tree!!) is already heavily laden with green berries.

We still had a package left in the freezer from last year, so there’s this…


I’m torn between which cake I like the best now: the one made with the pineapple guava jelly or the one made with blueberries. I guess we’ll have to make both at the same time and do a side by side taste test. That’s not likely to go well on a Saturday morning weigh-in, but sacrifices have to be made.

Here’s the blueberry bush getting after it already: (we usually get several pints of berries from this one set of two bushes. Bake with some, eat some, toss some in cereal, or in a homemade shake.

A garden update of sorts to the fish pond

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The warm weather means we are spending a lot more time in our garden (actually our backyard, but here in Japan it’s just called a garden).

We have a lot of different plants there though not many that make fruit or food. We did recently add some more olive trees in hopes they would make olives. I would love to have those olives like the ones we ate in Spain…

Mostly though we had to take a large percentage of the water flowers out of the fish pond. They were getting too thick and not leaving much room for the fish to swim.

I worried we had taken out too many and left the fish a little overexposed to the birds, but so far they’re all still swimming about and enjoying their newly reestablished roominess.

Here are a couple of pictures of what it looks like now.