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Saturday, December 9, 2023
Friday, December 8, 2023
I found a pillow form that was just the right size at the fabric store inside Bay Dreams shopping mall.
In 2006, I finished this matching bell pull kit. I know it was 2006 because I stitched my initials and the year on the backside.
Nice to have both pieces finished.
Thursday, December 7, 2023
On Tuesday, it was twelve years since I moved to Japan. My, how time flies. I arrived in Hokkaido during a blizzard. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to start a new life here and I am thankful every day, even for the mountains of snow those first few years.
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
This is another strange crime story from Japan. Strange and sad.
A 77 year old man in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture was arrested on suspicion of assault for hitting his 80 year old wife with a cane in the nursing home where they both lived.
According to the police, the incident happened about 4:30 pm last Monday. It was reported the man hit his wife in the face with his cane after accusing her of letting another male nursing home resident come into her room. The wife of the suspect suffered minor injuries to her face and told police no other man had entered her room. The police detained the man for questioning and quoted him as saying, "I guess I must have hit my wife if I'm at the police station."
I have to wonder if this violence toward his wife is an isolated incident or if this is what their life was like even before coming to the nursing home to live. How very sad.
Monday, December 4, 2023
Sunday, December 3, 2023
If you've known me long, you know I love my birthday and celebrate the entire month of December. My friends invited me for a sushi birthday lunch yesterday, as they have in the past. They are always so kind.
After eating sushi, we talked and looked at a United States map and I pointed out various things. I hadn't looked at a US map in a while and I think I had forgotten how big the country is.
When it was time for me to leave, I was given this trio of special Japanese sweets made especially for me! On the left is Mt. Fuji with sakura petals, Miho no Matsubara (pine trees), ocean waves, and Happy Birthday. The middle sweet is my favorite animal, complete with a bamboo snack. On the right is a mikan, a tangerine type of citrus fruit which is grown locally.
I am so thankful for the good friends I have here in Shizuoka. I think I will stay here forever.
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Every month, on the first Saturday, Jo at Serendipidous Stitching hosts a Stitch A Long, with the topics chosen by her readers. This month's topic is Chocolate. I don't have any stitched chocolate, but in 2015, I did stitch a blackwork piece called Box of Delights, which I imagine are chocolates with fancy tops in a box.
Friday, December 1, 2023
Thursday, November 30, 2023
KitKat Japan has hundreds of flavors. Now, they come in Santa shapes. The regular chocolate flavored Santas were introduced on November 6th, but I haven't seen them in my local stores. They come individually packaged in packs of six, seven, and twelve.
They are very cute, but a little different than the regular shaped Kitkats because to get the Santa shape, some chocolate areas are a little thicker.
I think KitKat should get a marketing award for all the flavors and now shapes they come in. As cute as Santa is and even though I do like chocolate, I don't think I will buy any. What do you think about them?
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
I finished the stitching on this pillow and need a pillow form for it. I checked at the closest fabric store to where I live, but they didn't have the size I want. The store clerk suggesting regular loose fiberfil, but I don't want it to look lumpy. I will check another fabric store to try to find the size I want.
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Another fun afternoon with my stitching friends!
First some show and tell from the last project - drawn thread and chicken scratch.
I had already started my Japanese Hanging, but the rest of the group was starting on Sunday.
Here is what they did during our get together. We are using kimono and obi cuts for these hangings. We will meet again next month to continue.
Tea and sweets
Until we meet again...
Monday, November 27, 2023
Sunday, November 26, 2023
It is easy to get lost on the internet looking at interesting embroidery. Here is another -
Broccoli (2021) by Japanese textile artist, Konekono Kitsune
(I won't be able to look at vegetables the same way again.)
Saturday, November 25, 2023