Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Morning Star Count - 110 Hexagons

Sixty new hexagons for a total of 110.  I think I’m ready to start putting them together.  Check back next week!

Linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

How Others See Us

Our almost five year old neighbor gave us these pictures he drew of us.  Are my eyelashes really that long?


 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Panda Paws and Yaktrax

Ted gave me new warm gloves and I love them!



 

Yesterday, Beth in IL commented that she’s afraid of falling when there’s snow on the ground.  Me too! Here in Hokkaido, it’s hard not to go out for the six months or so when there’s snow on the ground, though.

Ted and I have these things (called Yaktrax) to put on our shoes.  They are pretty small when they aren’t on shoes and are fairly easy to put on and pop off. They grip into the snow and are great for keeping you upright instead of horizontal when it's snowy and icy out.


 
They are also recommended by my friend Karen, fitness expert and writer of the blog for walkers, WalkTalk.
 
Kimono Exhibit
On a totally different subject, check out Plays With Needles to read about a wonderful Kimono Exhibit that was held at the Metropolitan Museum. Susan has some beautiful photos and great descriptions and information, plus links so you can see more!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Walking Inside

Ted and I have been cross country skiing outside as much as possible, to get ready for the cross country ski race next month, but some days there’s not enough time to get out with all the clothes and gear.

 
Last year the University built a new gym with an upstairs walking area. It’s just across the street from where we live, so it’s perfect when there’s not so much time to exercise.  When I go over in the morning, I’m the only one there. Later in the morning and early afternoon, I see volleyball and basketball classes held in the gymnasium. Later in the afternoon, athletes come to train and it gets kind of crowded.  I like being here in the morning best.





 
This is a view out the second floor window toward the soccer field.

 
This is a view out the first floor window – snow!  It snows a lot here and is very deep, so first floor windows have to be covered with boards to prevent the snow from breaking the glass.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday - Miniature Bedspread Progress

This is taking much longer than I thought!  It may be small but these tiny stitches are taking a lot of my stitching time.  I hope to have this finished to post next week for the Smalls SAL.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Zealand Immigrant Society and Hong Kong Culture through Cooking and Discussion

Saturday, Ted and I attended a cooking class led by local English teacher, Edwin, from New Zealand.  His family moved from Hong Kong in 1997, when he was still very young.


We’ve attended other cooking classes here – Vietnamese cooking with Chi, Sushi making, and Cooking with Audi.   I’m not so interested in cooking (although I did make sushi after that class), but the social aspect of the classes is fun.

Before the cooking started, Edwin gave a short talk about emigration to New Zealand and Chi talked about the possibility of the Paralympic athletes for the 2020 Tokyo competition training in our town at the University.


Everyone was assigned a cooking group and Edwin gave us instruction from the front cooking area.




Everything was well organized, with each group having what they needed to prepare the three dishes at their cooking area, and each person getting  a little cookbook.












We made Spicy Radish with Pork, Stir Fried Squid with Oyster Sauce, and Steamed Egg Dessert and ate the delicious food after preparing it.






We had fun and made some great food.  Thanks, Edwin!