Sunday, July 31, 2016

Puzzler Hints

I have shopping om my agenda today. Nothing unusual about that though. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for August 2016:  “un-“ 否定、逆を表す接頭辞/prefix がついた言葉

= not, reverse, against

1.  Her shoes were unsuitable for climbing. 彼女の靴は登山には不向きだった。
2.  He is unhappy with his new car. 彼は新しいが車気に入らない。
3.  Don’t unfasten your seatbelt. シートベルトをはずさないで下さい。
4.  I’m unfamiliar with the roads here. 私はこのあたりの道には詳しくありません。

unknown(未知の、知られていない、未確認の)
uncharacteristic (典型的でない、~にとって珍しい)
unfortunately(残念ながら)
unpack(~の中身を出す、~の梱包を解く

Do you know what UFO stands for?

Breakfast in Atami. Those are small cups so I made two.



Saturday, July 30, 2016

Puzzler

We are gonna go do some drinking tonight. Looking forward to it. ALSO, check out the new Home Project below. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for August 2016:  “un-“ 否定、逆を表す接頭辞/prefix がついた言葉

= not, reverse, against

1.  Her shoes were unsuitable for climbing. 彼女の靴は登山には不向きだった。
2.  He is unhappy with his new car. 彼は新しい車が気に入らない。
3.  Don’t unfasten your seatbelt. シートベルトをはずさないで下さい。
4.  I’m unfamiliar with the roads here. 私はこのあたりの道には詳しくありません。

unknown(未知の、知られていない、未確認の)
uncharacteristic (典型的でない、~にとって珍しい)
unfortunately(残念ながら)
unpack(~の中身を出す、~の梱包を解く

Do you know what UFO stands for?


The view from our room in Atami.


Friday, July 29, 2016

The handkercheif that North Wind forgot

Let me tell you about the story I read. Once upon a time there was a young bear. He lived alone. The sad news is that papa bear, mama bear, brother bear and sister bear were all shot by hunters. He was so lonely. He put a sign outside his house. It said "Please teach me music." He hoped music would cheer him up. It was winter. One day he heard a knock on the door. North Wind Man was there. The bear invited him in. He had a trumpet. The bear tried to play it but only succeeded in breaking his front tooth. North Wind Man charged him a can of pineapples for the lesson. Later North Wind Man's wife showed up with her violin. He tried but couldn't play it all. She charged him the box of grapes he had in the fridge for this lesson. His food was all gone now. Later North Wind's daughter came. (BTW they were all a blue color and rode blue horses) She was very kind. She had a magic handkerchief. She made lunch for them with it and then left. She also left the handkerchief for the bear. He put it in his ear. He could hear music all the time. He became a happy bear. The picture is the rice field next door this AM.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A trip to Atami

We left Saturday right after my final class. We got on the highway at Okegawa-Kano and two hours and fifteen minutes later we were eating delicious seafood at the Ajikurobe restaurant in Atami. The plan was to buy snorkeling gear and see the fireworks the next day. We did neither. But we did have a good time. There is a small public beach 10 minutes on foot from our resort mansion. I went there twice. The first time was in the morning at 9AM. The water was warm and I swam out to the raft to do some diving. The second time was at 3PM. The water was chillier but OK.  Between then, we sang karaoke in the guestroom where I also practiced my violin. We went out for lunch where we waited 40 minutes to eat. We went shopping at the local supermarket. We brought home food and drinks for supper. We ate and then watched a beautiful orange moonrise with binoculars. It lasted 30 minutes and then got lost in the clouds. More karaoke and I swam in the pool and we drank beer in the room. Going to see the fireworks seemed like too much trouble. Maybe next time.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Reading Japanese

I came to Japan some 30 years ago. I came to learn the language. I started by going to a Japanese language school in Tokyo. At first I only wanted to learn to speak. But I soon realized that I must be able to read and write Japanese in order to master it. I studied hard. I also did lots of reading and writing in my free time. I think that after five years I could speak the language as well as understand spoken and written Japanese. I tried different jobs which use Japanese such as doing wedding receptions as an emcee and as a minister at weddings. I also joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Omiya and the Rinri Hou Jin Kai to continue using Japanese. But for the last four years I have done none of these and my Japanese skills have weakened. So, I decided to start reading again. I need Japanese to communicate with people in charge of our lessons at Community Centers, etc and I also need to speak Japanese to students moms. So, I borrowed one book from the library and then I bought one at Maruzen. They are for children. Again, so far so good.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TIME magazine

I decided recently that I should read more. I read the Internet but mainly sports news. I found reading news on-line to be tedious. That means troublesome or a nuisance. So, I checked the interment in search of (looking for) the weekly magazine NEWSWEEK. I used to read it long ago. I found it but I couldn't understand how to get the international edition. The magazine they offered was for the USA. It had discounts and a very inexpensive (cheap) price. Unfortunately I couldn't get that in Japan. I gave up and tried TIME magazine. It was pretty much the same situation. But they had an easy link to the International edition. I clicked it and went there. It is expensive! But I wanted to try it so I subscribed (ordered). They started coming last month. They come every week. They are very thin. However they are just what I needed. I also believe (think) that my memory is improving by reading more. They are easy to read. I can pick them up any time and read. I turn the pages. They also have good photos. In other words. so far so good.  

Monday, July 25, 2016

Puzler Answers

Back to work, but not as much as usual. As a matter of fact, we are still in Izu! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

And now here is a Super Scrabble puzzle for your perusal. Cool Words:

JURY    HIATUS   GHOST    DIGEST     NIBBLE    NAIVE      IDIOM    THWART

So, how abut hem BLANKS? Can you figure them out? Answers are way down below.

PLUS: Can you find the mistake? Of course, way down below.

































HORN/HAPPY  PORN/PAPPY        TEST/OMIT         GROOMER/GROOMED       STALK   

      Mistake?    RLLOED should be ROLLED. Oops.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Puzzler Hints

I should be swimming in the ocean today and then watching fireworks tonight. Summer Fun! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for July 2016:  “-ward ”  (方向を表す接尾辞/suffix )がついた言葉


1.  He can say the alphabet backwards.  彼はアルファベットを逆さまに言えます。
2.  The typhoon is slowly moving northwards.  台風はゆっくりと北上しています。
3.  My seat is forward section of the plane.  私の席は飛行機の前の方です。
4.  She started on the steep upward climb.  彼女は急勾配を登り始めた。

afterward(s)...後で、後に、
downward(s)...〔位置が〕下に、〔レベルなどが〕低下して
homeward(s)...家〔自宅・本国〕の方向に向かって
outward(s)...外側へ、
Move forward in your life!

Mexican food. Yum-mee!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Puzzler

I am truly enjoying my extra time off. We will take a small trip to Atami tonight. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for July 2016:  “-ward ”  (方向を表す接尾辞/suffix )がついた言葉


1.  He can say the alphabet backwards.  彼はアルファベットを逆さまに言えます。
2.  The typhoon is slowly moving northwards.  台風はゆっくりと北上しています。
3.  My seat is forward section of the plane.  私の席は飛行機の前の方です。
4.  She started on the steep upward climb.  彼女は急勾配を登り始めた。

afterward(s)...後で、後に、
downward(s)...〔位置が〕下に、〔レベルなどが〕低下して
homeward(s)...家〔自宅・本国〕の方向に向かって
outward(s)...外側へ、
Move forward in your life!

View from our cruise ship





Friday, July 22, 2016

Gardening

I slept well and I woke up at 4AM on Monday, Marine Day, a national holiday. I was in the garden at 5:00. First, I attacked the Dokudami weeds on the south side. I had to push all the stones back to dig them up. Next I pulled up a lot of flowers in the front garden. I think this will help our two sick conifer trees there. I then pulled weeds in our South garden and also pulled out three small trees, cut the tops off the blueberry tree, and trimmed the hydrangea plant some more. Then I went next door to pull weeds in the vacant lot. They are not so tall but they are plentiful. I then trimmed the bamboo island. I gave it a pretty (rather) short haircut. I found an old bamboo rake recently. It came in very handy (convenient) to get the cuttings out of the middle of the island. I cleaned all those up. Finally I sprayed weed killer on the vacant lot. I got my little "Ghost Busters" tank from the attic and put in water and a lot of liquid weed killer. I sprayed for about 15 minutes. At this time the sun broke through the clouds. I was finished at 7:45. Time to relax. PICTURE: The bamboo island is in the background. If you come toward the camera you can see Toyoaki's rose bush.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A trip to Yokohama

I told Miwako that I wanted to see some Firework Displays this summer. I generally (usually) never go to see them. But, it seemed like something easy to do. So, she booked us on a Yokohama bay cruise. It included watching fireworks for 30 minutes and then a cruise around the bay. That was educational. The Fireworks were cool. So, we left home at 1:00PM. I drove. We arrived in Yokohama around 3PM. We got lucky to find a parking place soon and then started out. We were hungry. We found a nice Mexican restaurant on the 4th floor of a shopping center. Yummy! We then went shopping, bought 3 summer hats and finally made our way to the harbor. We boarded our ship along with 80 other guests. There were tens of boat out there to watch the fireworks show with us. It lasted 30  minutes and was really nice. For the cruise around the bay we sat inside where it was air conditioned. The explanations were interesting and we finally docked back at 9:30PM. Miwako drove home and after a quick shower I was asleep at midnight. Nice trip!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ageo Festival

I also went to Ageo's festival, this time on July 16th. The Okegawa festival is two days, July 15th and then the 16th. Ageo festival is also two days, July 16th and then the 17th. Miwako and I had plans for the 17th (see tomorrow's BLOG) so I went to the Ageo festival on the 16th. I called my friend. He agreed to meet me at Ageo station at 7PM. After my Kenkatsu lesson I had a violin practice. Then I went to Ageo. I met Mark at the station and we walked to the festival. But, What festival? I saw no lines of people. There were no food booths or game booths. There were no lights and music or singing and dancing. Mark used his GPS to get us to the portable shrine. But there was only one! Now my friend informed (told) me that this day is just a practice or a preparation for the real festival the following (next) day. DIS-A-POINT-MENT! But we got in a festive (gay/party/happy) mood for 15 minutes and followed the shrine. Then we went to have some beers and dinner. Maybe next year I can see the real thing. BTW Do you know when the Kitamoto festival is? If so, please tell me. Thanks.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

GiOn Matsuri

The annual summer festival  in Okegawa City is called the GiOn Matsuri. I heard it is named after the festival in Kyoto. I am not sure why, but moving forward, let me tell you about my visit to the Okegawa festival last Friday. It was July 15th. I teach from four till nine this day. The festival is from three to nine. But every year many students go to the festival instead of my school. And this year was no exception (this year was the same). The two 6 o'clock students didn't attend their class here so I walked to Nakasendou at that time to join in the festivities. It was fun. As usual I met some of my students. And as usual I met some of the kindergarten moms and their kids. There is a lot of good things to eat and fun things to do. Of course I cannot drink beer as I must go back to teach soon. But I did eat my favorite festival food. And that is JagaButter. It costs 400en. They give you a potato on a paper holder and then you can choose your topping. There are several toppings but I prefer butter only. It was yummy!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Puzzler Answers

I am free all day today. I am leaning towards just relaxing at home with a trip to the gym. How about you? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

And how about a Super Scrabble Puzzle for your perusal. Cool Words:

ROUST      HOUND        MESSY     REROUTE       BRAVE        ENLIVEN        EXUDE

And now how about them BLANKS? Can you figure them out? Answers are down below.














































GIANT                       DOLLAR                   TIPPED                  GREAT/ATOM

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Puzzler Hints

We will go on a cruise tonight to see the fireworks in Yokohama. We are looking forward to it. I just hope the weather cooperates. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for July 2016:  “-ward ”  (方向を表す接尾辞/suffix )がついた言葉


1.  He can say the alphabet backwards.  彼はアルファベットを逆さまに言えます。
2.  The typhoon is slowly moving northwards.  台風はゆっくりと北上しています。
3.  My seat is forward section of the plane.  私の席は飛行機の前の方です。
4.  She started on the steep upward climb.  彼女は急勾配を登り始めた。

afterward(s)...後で、後に、
downward(s)...〔位置が〕下に、〔レベルなどが〕低下して
homeward(s)...家〔自宅・本国〕の方向に向かって
outward(s)...外側へ、
Move forward in your life!

The hot spring two Sunday's ago.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Puzzler

My summer holidays start tomorrow. I plan to spend the extra free time wisely. Keep your fingers crossed! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for July 2016:  “-ward ”  (方向を表す接尾辞/suffix )がついた言葉


1.  He can say the alphabet backwards.  彼はアルファベットを逆さまに言えます。
2.  The typhoon is slowly moving northwards.  台風はゆっくりと北上しています。
3.  My seat is forward section of the plane.  私の席は飛行機の前の方です。
4.  She started on the steep upward climb.  彼女は急勾配を登り始めた。

afterward(s)...後で、後に、
downward(s)...〔位置が〕下に、〔レベルなどが〕低下して
homeward(s)...家〔自宅・本国〕の方向に向かって
outward(s)...外側へ、
Move forward in your life!
MinamiGaOka Farm that we visited 2 Sundays ago.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Rick vs. Cockroach

Cockroaches are everywhere. They have been on earth for over 300,000,000 
(3 hundred million) years. They have been in my school for 16 years, ever since we opened. I have learned to keep the school clean and throw away all unnecessary things. This will limit their hiding places. I also learned that I have to keep the sink area clean. I also do not leave food or crumbs around. BUT cockroaches still visit. Last Tuesday at the 8:30PM we had a listening practice. The kids were eagerly looking at their texts. I spotted a big mama roach walking on the wall. I got ready. I pulled 3 tissues from the tissue box. He appeared again. I went to capture him as he came out from behind the bookcase. There he was, but I missed! He got away. I kept looking while continuing the lesson. Finally I saw him scooting along the floor by the front door and he went out. But I kept watching. 5 minutes later he crawled back in through a tiny crack in the wall. I didn't know the crack was there. I approached. He froze on the wall. I attacked. Got him! I flushed him down the toilet. I will plaster the tiny crack. Could this be the end of cockroaches in my school? The picture is a giant panda. Did you want to see a cockroach?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wall fan

It's summer time. It's hot and it's gonna get hotter. "Beating the heat" OR "trying to stay cool in the summer" can be expensive. I think an air conditioner,  a.k.a. A/C, is good. But they are expensive and the running cost is high, even with new "eco" models. Five years ago there was the earthquake and following tsunami that hit Japan. I wanted to economize my business. So, I paid 45,000 yen to have screen doors installed in the front of my school. These let breezes come in and keep insects out. Success! Then I had a wall fan installed. I use it alone or sometimes with the A/C to keep my customers (students) cool in the summer. I then had one installed in the washroom in our house. Finally last Sunday I installed a wall fan in our bedroom. We don't like to use the A/C when we sleep. I am afraid (worried/concerned) that I may catch a cold. It took one hour. I had to move furniture and then clean and then attach it to the wall. There were only two screws so that part was easy. We use it each night and so far so good.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Gardening

I worked on the small garden in front of our house last Sunday. The two conifer trees are in bad shape. No one is sure why. I decided to get rid of (throw away) the vine plants that were on top of the soil. I pulled out a lot of them two Sundays ago after our trip to Nasu. They looked good, but I think they are bad for the trees. I think they take too much water. There was also an unwelcomed guest, an intruder. It was a tree that was growing right next to one conifer. No one knows where it came from. So, Sunday at 7AM I got on my work clothes and got my shovel from the attic and began to work. First, I pulled out a lot of the vine roots. Then I got up in the garden and worked on pulling out the tree. It took about 15 minutes of digging, twisting and pulling on it. The work was difficult as it is a very narrow place. It finally came out. I cleaned up the area. I pulled out some grass that was unnecessary. I then arranged the little figures. Then I swept everything up. My hope is that the conifer trees will be able to breathe and drink more easily now and thus become healthy.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tanabata

When I first came to Japan I lived in Chigasaki. At that time I went to see the Tanabata festival in next door Hiratsuka. All I remember were the hoards (large gathering) of people. So, what is Tanabata?
Tanabata is the Star Festival. It is held on the evening of July 7. The festival traces its origins to a legend that the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega) were lovers. They were separated by the Milky Way. They are allowed to meet just once a year - on the seventh day of the seventh month.
The Tanabata festival is thought to have started in China. It was transmitted to Japan during the feudal period and combined with traditional local customs to become an official event at the Imperial court. Commoners soon began observing this festival. Different regions (areas) developed their own unique ways of celebrating.
One popular Tanabata custom is to write one's wishes on a piece of paper, and hang that piece of paper on a specially erected bamboo tree, in the hope that the wishes become true.
I also found a Tanabata festival site in Los Angeles. Check it out if you wish at:
http://www.tanabatalosangeles.org/






Monday, July 11, 2016

Puzzler Answers

Did you look skywards last week to see Tanabata? I didn't because I forgot. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

So, here is a Super Scrabble puzzle for your perusal. Are there any -ward words? COOL WORDS:

CHIEF       CHOIR      EBONY       FIZZLES      TOTAL     UNIT    BOUNDS    WHALE

And how about them BLANKS? Can you figure them out? The answers are way down below.













































TODDLE                DEATH                       WOMAN                 MAIN

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Puzzler Hints

I plan to work around the house and maybe go to a movie or Karaoke! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for July 2016:  “-ward ”  (方向を表す接尾辞/suffix )がついた言葉


1.  He can say the alphabet backwards.  彼はアルファベットを逆さまに言えます。
2.  The typhoon is slowly moving northwards.  台風はゆっくりと北上しています。
3.  My seat is forward section of the plane.  私の席は飛行機の前の方です。
4.  She started on the steep upward climb.  彼女は急勾配を登り始めた。

afterward(s)...後で、後に、
downward(s)...〔位置が〕下に、〔レベルなどが〕低下して
homeward(s)...家〔自宅・本国〕の方向に向かって
outward(s)...外側へ、
Move forward in your life!

The bamboo island next door. I gave it a haircut last week.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Puzzler

Summer is here and things will get hotter as we move forward. Take care! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for July 2016:  “-ward ”  (方向を表す接尾辞/suffix )がついた言葉


1.  He can say the alphabet backwards.  彼はアルファベットを逆さまに言えます。
2.  The typhoon is slowly moving northwards.  台風はゆっくりと北上しています。
3.  My seat is forward section of the plane.  私の席は飛行機の前の方です。
4.  She started on the steep upward climb.  彼女は急勾配を登り始めた。

afterward(s)...後で、後に、
downward(s)...〔位置が〕下に、〔レベルなどが〕低下して
homeward(s)...家〔自宅・本国〕の方向に向かって
outward(s)...外側へ、
Move forward in your life!

This is the shop in Nasu where we bought all our goods.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Free parking

Have you ever heard the expression "Kill two birds with one stone"? That means that you do one thing and get two good results. Every Saturday morning I drive to my school. I teach in the morning so I cannot park my car in front of the school. I have been using a neighborhood parking place for many years. It is 450en for all day but I only park in the AM. I thought it a waste but there is nothing I could do. Recently I discovered that MAIN department store has a nice parking situation. The first hour is free and then 100en per 30 minutes after that. I tried it. I can do it for only 300en! Then at Tuesday's lesson one student told us that if you return a book to the library and give them your parking stub they will punch it for you. In that case you get two free hours of parking. That means that I can park for free! Recently I decided that I have to brush up my Japanese. I have forgotten a lot of words. I decided the best way to level up my skill is to read children's books in Japanese. Where can I get these books? At the library in MAIN, of course. Then on Saturday morning I can return the book and get free parking. "Kill two birds, with one stone". Pretty cool. eh?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A trip to NASU Part 2

NASU is a fun place. There are so many, many, many shops. Our goal this trip was to go to the on-sen and eat soft cream at one of the farms. On our way to the on-sen though, we saw all the shops lined along both sides of the road. They sold honey, wine, and baked goods such as cookies, doughnuts, pies, jam and many kinds of bread. There were also many kinds of cheese, ham, bacon, beef, sausages and other kinds of food from farm animals like sheep, cows and pigs. Milk and yoghurt were also plentiful (abundant).  So, the first place we stopped on our way downward was a farm to get the soft cream. I got a premier vanilla one in a cone. Miwako had a peach one in a cone. It was there that we decided to do our shopping. It took close to an hour. We bought Guernsey milk, yoghurt, sliced ham, bacon and sausages. We bought two kinds of soft cheese to spread on bread. We bough soba. We bought cider.  A little later we bought several kinds of bread at a bakery. Miwako drove home while I napped. We ate some of the stuff we purchased (bought) Sunday with the rest of the family. What a day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A trip to NASU part 1

Our Sundays are free. This Sunday we decided to take a drive to NASU. That is in Tochigi prefecture.  I didn't get up early, but I did have time to wash the car. I toyed with the idea (thought about) having the car washed. I didn't want to wash it at home. And I didn't want to wash it at the car wash. I was being lazy. But, I was too early to get the car washed. So, I went to the gas station and found that there was nobody waiting in line to wash their car. Lucky! I did it myself. It was spic and span when we left home at 10:15 AM. The drive was very pleasant. The new KenOuDo highway knocked (shaved/took) about 20 minutes off of the driving time. Nice! And there was not much traffic on the highway. We were having lunch in NASU 2 hours later. There was delicious soba for Miwako and delicious Udon for me. Next we drove to the hotel that Miwako found on the net. It was pretty far from the highway. We were driving upwards all the way there. And the on-sen there was great! It was very therapeutic (healthy). But, perhaps I went in too much. When I came out an hour later I was as red as a beet! But there was no damage. Continued tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Happy Birthday USA

America had a birthday yesterday. Independence Day of the United States, is also called the Fourth of July or July Fourth. It is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  On that day the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies are themselves as a new nation, the United States of America. They are no longer part of the British Empire. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States. As for me, I remember the outdoor parties. As a kid, my father would grill hamburgers and hot dogs in the backyard. We also had watermelon and lots of cold drinks, mostly Coca Cola. When we could drive, we would go to a lake somewhere and go swimming. Then later we would have B-B-Qs at a friend's house or at the beach or a park. We would grill lots of chicken and burgers. By this time we would drink lots of beer. The temperature was usually upwards of 38 degrees and our fun was rarely rained out. Those were the "good old days."


Monday, July 4, 2016

Puzzler Answers

Two more tough weeks. Of course, I am prepared for them. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

And now here is a Super Scrabble Puzzle for your perusal. Cool words:

POEM      AHEAD      RELISH      ROOST       WAIVER       SLENDER    OPTED    BONNY

And now, can you figure out the BLANKS? The answers are way down below.





































ARTIST/SNOW    BLENDER/BE       SMART/STAGE     STINT/SAINT

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Puzzler Hints

Going to NASU today. I wanna eat some farm fresh vanilla soft cream. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for July 2016:  “-ward ”  (方向を表す接尾辞/suffix )がついた言葉


1.  He can say the alphabet backwards.  彼はアルファベットを逆さまに言えます。
2.  The typhoon is slowly moving northwards.  台風はゆっくりと北上しています。
3.  My seat is forward section of the plane.  私の席は飛行機の前の方です。
4.  She started on the steep upward climb.  彼女は急勾配を登り始めた。

afterward(s)...後で、後に、
downward(s)...〔位置が〕
下に、〔レベルなどが〕低下して
homeward(s)...家〔自宅・本国〕の方向に向かって
outward(s)...外側へ、
Move forward in your life!

My rose plant. Thank you, Toyoaki!


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Puzzler

It's JU-LY! Half of 2016 is finished. There will be a upward trend in the heat from now on. Take care. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for July 2016:  “-ward ”  (方向を表す接尾辞/suffix )がついた言葉


1.  He can say the alphabet backwards.  彼はアルファベットを逆さまに言えます。
2.  The typhoon is slowly moving northwards.  台風はゆっくりと北上しています。
3.  My seat is forward section of the plane.  私の席は飛行機の前の方です。
4.  She started on the steep upward climb.  彼女は急勾配を登り始めた。

afterward(s)...後で、後に、
downward(s)...〔位置が〕下に、〔レベルなどが〕低下して
homeward(s)...家〔自宅・本国〕の方向に向かって
outward(s)...外側へ、
Move forward in your life!




The moms help the kids at my Kindergarten lesson










Friday, July 1, 2016

My June

Next door rice field last night.
Let me tell you about my June. First, there are no holidays in June. That means no extra days off. But, we do not play bridge anymore, so my Sundays are free. I decided to abstain from alcohol in June. I am trying to lose weight. When I don't drink I always lose weight. I was successful for the first  three weeks. But, then I gave in and had three drinking sessions. Two steps forward, one step backward. At work, there were the Eiken tests. 25 of the kids at my school took the tests. So, I was teaching very hard. And the kids studied hard. We got some very good results. This past week we could relax, but 7 kids will take the interview part of Eiken. So, we are preparing for that. At home, I did more cleaning and floor waxing. I also did more weeding next door (as well as spraying the weed killer) and working in our garden. I went to the gym 13 times. I practiced my violin. I did a little shopping and we even went to EnomotoBokuJo for some Gelato. I am looking forward to July.