Happy Birthday

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to you, mom-in-law. Mei-Shun would love to drive Ms. Scarlet toward a pâtisserie and a florist for a birthday cake and an arrangement. It is quite freezing outdoors as we have  小寒=shokan, the 5th of winter 二十四節気 while meaning a start of 寒中=kanchu period. A mother and a daughter in a legal relationship were both born in the coldest time of the year.

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Japanese Culture@holiday

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Shin and Mei-Shun visited the nearest shrine yesterday for 初詣=hatsu-mode, new-year greeting to Gods. The former drew an omikuji lot of 吉=kichi, lucky while the latter dai-kichi, the luckiest as following below. It might be the first time for her to see one with both the 1st number and the luckiest there. She feels so happy, takes it as the best words of protection in 2018.

Thank You

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So this is the last post from Mei-Shun in 2017. How was it for you — full of pleasure? That is great! For the writer, half of her goals have been accomplished. She therefore put another eye onto this だるまさん, daruma doll. It is freezing outdoors, while wind stopped today to give us relief in shoulders. She wishes you, kind follower a happy new year from the bottom of her heart.

Happy Sweets

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She made it. Yes, finally. Mei-Shun treated herself to high-calorie ice cream this morning because the scale showed her success last night. And that’s all. She will keep current eating and exercise as long as being a woman — to reach further goal. Oh, another achievement was informed by fax. She passed the exam to be a legal guardian. Year-end Jumbo, a lottery is now expected to celebrate it.

Happy Birthday

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Mom, Mei-Shun and her elder sister would like to say it again. They gathered at her home today to hold a lunch party celebrating her 2-month-delayed anniversary. She told them that a pack of crape mix is available, yet it was found to be for pancakes. Well, no problem. Two housewives were flexible enough to bake, cook and serve; green vegetable soup, pumpkin salad, potato filling and a mountain of pancakes were on the table.

Another Resurrection

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Mr. Avocado, we are so happy to see you again. Since you moved onto our garden last year, conditions have been harder. However, you survived growing greener, stood tightly on the ground. Even in winter, you looked all right putting off browned leaves one by one. And it stopped there — nothing seen on your stalk until yesterday, when mom-in-law found your second baby.

Happy Birthday

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… to you, mom, now on vacation at her cottage in Kusatsu. It rains hard with respites for a while all day long today unlike normal years. Mei-Shun would like to e-mail her, yet communication between Ibaraki and Gunma Prefectures really depends. Mom has been surprised by messages from her younger daughter delivered at midnight. Their voice on line never sound comfortable …