They looked quite all right. It was Mei-Shun whose concentration wondered around the elliptical riding ground, going counterclockwise. She likes to see rainy sight, hesitates to step into it without any gears. However, Shin and mom-in-law never share her feeling — could you stop using her favorite umbrella as a walking stick?
This winter is called a warm one, had a summer day in December, mild new-year days while the recent week to see heavy snow. It suddenly gets hot and cold: such an extreme choice the weather makes. It is never easy for us to get rid of catching cold. Why don’t we wish 立春, risshun =the first day of spring set on 4th next month, to really mean?
It is so difficult to keep cut flowers fresh. Our “Yellow Card” started to brown in petals — just 10 days have passed since we cut them. They had looked bright in a pot 3 times as long as they were in a vase. That shows us remarkable power of their mother stock. And it is the reason why we must remove flowery branches within a month to assure her longevity.
The weather forecaster says that it has heavily snowed in Kansai and Kyushu areas. Master Mei-Shu flew to Tokushima, Shikoku last Thursday. It has seemed that she might be a 雨女, ame-onna=a woman to whom rainfalls always follow, since heavy rain often troubles her hometown when she visits there. This time, it turned to snow while 雪女, yuki-onnna has all different meaning.
Our Aladdin stove starved last night. Mei-Shun found it just after taking a bath, set the timer to let him start at 5:00. She wished it worked for left 10 minutes, yet he denied to. It might be the coldest morning of this winter — still in the dark, our gas range made a good job to warm the room while serving us hot tea, soup and lemonade.
Mei-Shun spilled olive oil in the kitchen this morning. She was shocked first, and thought after a moment that it was not so awful. This ingredient is not only a great source of unsaturated fat but also reputed as a fine cosmetic. Then why don’t we make up the floor with it? A bit slippery though.