Sunday, April 11, 2021

National Poetry Month

I didn't know this, but I read on the Atlantic that April is National Poetry Month. I'm not a big poetry reader or lover, but I used to keep a little pocket sized notebook with poems when I was younger. I don't know where that little book ended up.

I like this poem by A.A. Milne (1882-1956), who is famous for his Pooh stories.

Us Two

Wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
"Where are you going today?" says Pooh:
"Well, that's very odd 'cos I was too.
Let's go together," says Pooh, says he.
"Let's go together," says Pooh.

"What's twice eleven?" I said to Pooh.
("Twice what?" said Pooh to Me.)
"I think it ought to be twenty-two."
"Just what I think myself," said Pooh.
"It wasn't an easy sum to do,
But that's what it is," said Pooh, said he.
"That's what it is," said Pooh.

"Let's look for dragons," I said to Pooh.
"Yes, let's," said Pooh to Me.
We crossed the river and found a few-
"Yes, those are dragons all right," said Pooh.
"As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That's what they are," said Pooh, said he.
"That's what they are," said Pooh.

"Let's frighten the dragons," I said to Pooh.
"That's right," said Pooh to Me.
"I'm not afraid," I said to Pooh,
And I held his paw and I shouted "Shoo!
Silly old dragons!"- and off they flew.

"I wasn't afraid," said Pooh, said he,
"I'm never afraid with you." 

So wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
"What would I do?" I said to Pooh,
"If it wasn't for you," and Pooh said: "True,
It isn't much fun for One, but Two,
Can stick together, says Pooh, says he. "That's how it is," says Pooh.

Do you have a favorite poem?

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Saturday Finish - Crazy Quilt Ornament

I added a few more stitches to the little piece, then made it into a round ornament.

A nice little finish.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Friday Finish - Strawberry Thief

I finished the stitching recently, but wasn't sure about the finishing.  The kit came with a wooden hoop the size of the stitched circle, but not the directions on how to do it.  I saw on the internet how someone finished  a piece by cutting the fabric a little bigger than the hoop, then stitching the extra bit of fabric to a circle of felt.  It wasn't as difficult as it looked. It's not perfect, but I think it is okay.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

To Walk or Not?

Walking or standing still on the escalator? With so many train stations and shopping areas, there are many escalators in Japan. Frequently this issue is in the news.  Finally, one prefecture is doing something about it!  

This is the situation -- People are busy and need to get to work or to catch a connecting train so they want to move quickly up or down the escalator. Others want to stand still. Depending on where in Japan you are, the standers stand on the right or the left and the walkers (sometimes runners) move on the other side. SoraNews24 reported that there were 775 escalator accidents in Japan last year, half of which were caused by not standing still and not holding the railing. 

On March 26th, Saitama Precture (which borders Tokyo) passed an ordinance forbidding walking on escalators.  This goes into effect in October. I don't know if there will be a penalty for walking after the ordinance goes into effect. 

I live in a slower area and don't feel the need to walk on the escalator, even when I go to a city. In addition, as a foreigner, I need to be on my best behavior and not do anything that could cause an accident or annoy someone. What is it like where you live?  Is walking on the escalator okay?  Do you do it?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Work In Progress Wednesday

I continue working on my fish. I had no idea this was going to be so much fun.

The bottom of the afghan's design is stitched and I'm working upward.

This heart is a free pattern from

This is also a freebie, found at

The border for this one was from a free pattern, the inside was from the above piece.

This little set will be a gift when finished.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Pay Phones on Bullet Trains

In 1965, the Tokaido Line shinkansen (bullet) trains were the first to have coin operated public phones. This was just one year after the shinkansen trains started carrying passengers. Soon the shinkansen trains on all lines had this amenity.  Like other pay phones in Japan, this is coming to an end.  Beginning June 7th, Japan Railways will be removing pay phones from individual trains and expect to have all pay phones removed by June 30th. Ha! I didn't even know the shinkansen trains had pay phones! Pay phones will still be available at Shinkansen stations. Are there pay phones on trains or in train stations where you live?

Monday, April 5, 2021

Monday Morning Star Count - Zipper Pouch and Week 48

I used a handkerchief, a zipper, and a hexagon piece and made this bag. The handkerchief is folded in fourths, so it makes its own lining for the bag.

Year four of the temperature quilt 

Week 48

March 21 - 17 

64, 57, 59, 68, 61, 66, 64

I am reporting the high temperature each day.  My Year Four temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme remains the same: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black  

You can see my finished Year One Quilt here.   

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sakura Spring time in Japan

I live just a few blocks from Osawagawa, which is lined with cherry trees. I can walk down the road next to the river to get to work.

This heron seems oblivious to the cherry blossoms, intent on fishing for its breakfast.

The people in the houses along the river must love living there in spring.

There are small walking bridges crossing the river that make it easy to see up and down the river and the tree branches full of blossoms.

This is springtime in Japan.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

The People's Choice - Blue


Jo at Serendipidous Stitching is hosting a Stitch A Long the first Saturday of the month, with the topics chosen by her readers.  This month's topic is Blue. 

Blue is my color of choice for everything. Here are some of my blue stitching projects.