Ms. Piano, you look so happy to see Mr. O this afternoon. He is your home doctor who visits Mei-Shun and you once an year. Scores, cloth elephants and bears have to be moved toward window-side bench. Bottles of vegetable juice are prepared in a paper bag to hand him as a small gift. Dust is all wiped away, ready to be tuned. Now, your time has come to sing lively.
Here is an enormous oak tree we see at 日先神社. Mei-Shun admires it so much, makes it a rule to give honorable greeting after Gods in the main building. Stone lanterns with a crescent on one face, while a full moon on the other, are also photogenic enough to catch her eyes. At the bottom of one lilies flourish, increasing year by year. Gingko tree would soon change his green coat into bright yellow.
竹泉荘 has beautiful 有田焼 dishes served at 竈神=Kamajin, their only and the best restaurant, while lovely glasses were also available for sake. Mei-Shun chose one for dinner, felt quite interested in a souvenir shop next to a small gallery. Shin did as well, visited there in early morning. They decided to bring home a pair of chopsticks rest shaped like flowers with different number of petals.
Mei-Shun has been so much interested in cleaning and treatment for Princess Maria who puts all white coat. Although the rider makes it a rule to visit Her Highness twice a week, she decided to add one more today to attend a lecture held by a “stable master” of our club. He is also good at making various ornaments using horseshoes including this pumpkin for Halloween.
Instead of strolling around in the morning, a concierge recommended Shin and Mei-Shun to go up to the top floor where no guest stayed by chance. Compared to the 2nd floor for them, 5th was over the top of woods with Mt. Zao shining in morning light on eastern face, whose glow of foliage in the middle of autumn would be wonderful only to imagine.
It was set on today for younger Ame-chan treatment. Since Mei-Shun hurt her a bit more, another step must be added to put artificial tooth on the milky survivor. Dr. M, home dentist of the careless patient joined to discuss with Dr. N for the best method. “Fortunately, healthy gum grew enough to cover your basis bone”, they said. “So shall we plant here a tiny part made of glass fiber?”
Shin chose a suite room with a private garden spa at 竹泉荘. Natural hot water here has no color, no scent while its alkaline component might stimulate a bit your small cut or scratch by fluffy pets. It keeps you warmed for long time, would not need any makeup if bathe in the morning. Mei-Shun put on sneakers expecting to walk around the hotel, yet disturbed by an unexpected guest — a wild bear!
Thanks to an autumnal clear sky, we could see 十三夜, the second most beautiful moon last night. Mei-Shun celebrated it by playing scores composed by Master Debussy and Beethoven featuring moonlight. She also would like to receive such magical power as much as possible, kept all shutters facing the south open while going outdoors. Oh, here comes sweetest silver coat. Welcome to share it with mom.
Shin gave Mei-Shun a surprise gift: they went on one-night trip to 遠刈田温泉. They have several nice hot springs listed, while it is always exciting to visit another place for the first time. 3-hour drive was quite comfortable on a weekday, brought them at 竹泉荘 around 16 o’clock. The husband took a nap, the wife enjoyed wide public bath before tasty dinner.
Mom-in-law finally left the hospital. During her stay for 2 weeks, Mei-Shun visited there every day bringing a newspaper and a few report on house matters. What has come into the latter’s mind was that every family member has an important role at home. Here she happily bought a horsey halter in coffee color with a leader by gratuity from the generous ex-inpatient.