First Fall

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… of snow this winter began around noon, mom told me. Meow, it is so interesting that let me gaze beyond the widest window before stepping down from a sofa for water. She put on dad’s puff jacket, went out to replenish Mr. Blue. Good job, if he gets empty after dark, we would have to stay in milder air warmed by an air conditioner. Oh, Tora-chan sounds coming home. Purr … purrr …

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Sweet Scent

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Here they are, 蝋梅=robai flowers. Mei-Shun is really happy to see them bloom safely, never eaten up all by birds like the year before last. Her mother grew several young trees from fallen seeds, let her younger daughter choose the healthiest one. And it is mother-in-law of the latter who plant it at the best place of our garden. Good leaves protect their fragrant yellow.

Enjoyable Excursion

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Mei-Shun went to a hair salon nearby Tokyo Station today. Rainfall from midnight stopped when she got on Ms. Scarlet. 牛久 Pond, Cup-noodle chimney and Skytree looked all fine. Her favorite beautician gave nice technique as usual, kindly guided her to purchase a bottle of Moroccan oil treatment. And oh, this building accommodating his shop displays a brilliant tree every year.

Joy of Drive: 1

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Shin and Mei-Shun visited 三昧塚古墳 by car on weekend. Oh, green grass covering the tumulus turned reddish brown, shining like copper in morning sunlight. “It is a kind of mystery that nobody knows the name of an ancient king reigned such a rich area,” the husband always says. “That is why he gave me sleep paralysis after we met him for the first time,” the wife replies respectfully.

Flowers Flourish

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Here is Mademoiselle Vert, growing a stalk day by day. Mei-Shun also found 蝋梅 in our garden hides some buds opening a little among still green leaves. She would like to display an image of the latter soon, while could not take any photo today — closed at home by stormy weather. Although we had 大雪=tai-setsu, the 3rd of winter 二十四節気 yesterday, it seems to be warmer than such snowing.

Hello, Highness

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Going into lunar November tomorrow, Mei-Shun looked up the sky this morning. Ms. Crescent sees her from southeast before dawn lately. The latter gets up at 5 : 00 to take care of Shin and Mikan-chan on weekdays, privileged to come across such a fantastic view. By the way, above image was actually taken yesterday, because today was a little too cloudy to catch her clearly.

Celestial Celebrity

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Mei-Shun feels really glad to see a partial lunar eclipse tonight with Shin, who worked at home by chance. Oh, what a sunset in reddish pink! It is incredible — now Ms. Full Moon is on the opposite stage of sky. Already hidden behind our Mother Earth, she looks like a tall crescent. Flowing, light clouds sometimes cover to change her shape from a ripe banana to an orange ball.

Bow-Wow, Bow-Wow

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Meow, they say today is Dog Gift Day, reading month and date numbers as its 4 barks in our language. They should be cared with present boxes like Christmas Day? Hmm. Mine is February 22nd, set in the same 1987 as above by chance. By the way, this fish looks like coming directly from the sea of Nagasaki. Is it a treat for me, dad? Or did mom apply that idea of animal welfare?

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Japanese Culture@holiday

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We have 秋分=shu-bun, autumnal equinox today. Mei-Shun misses mother’s handmade o-hagi, while a bit shocked by the same plant in our garden. Mom-in-law is a wonderful manager, yet sometimes turns into a potent branch-cutter. Bushclover is quite a strong breed, often looked blooming twice an year around here in Ibaraki. Or many gardeners  give it a chance to work out.

Flower Flavor

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Yes, autumn has come. Mei-Shun caught nice scent in a recent morning, looked around yet could not find any tree. Her horsey riding club also has a big fragrant olive, already bloomed a bit. Princess Maria, do you recognize it? Those little, yellowish orange flowers let us relax enough to enjoy cool wind through sunlight still strong. And Professor M, thank you so much for above artistic image.