Yes, this is a kind of special day for Shin and Mei-Shun. Six years have passed since they made it a rule to enjoy 水無月=minazuki, our way to call June while following delicacy popular in Kansai area. Cut into two triangles, the couple share it by another half; thanking one for allowing happy and safe life to them, keeping the other in the freezer to see later when they succeed in weight control.
To you, Shin, just one day before. Mei-Shun has already got ready for his favorite chiffon cake. Chatting on a sukiyaki pan and this handmade dessert, the couple are looking forward to seeing a beautiful full moon at night. By the way, we have 芒種=boshu, the 3rd of summer 二十四節気 today. It means a timing to plant rice and wheat, yet a month late in our modern eras.
Ms. Scarlet was renewed by four tyres. Cost performance much improved, handling lightened. Thank you so much, Shin who always gives priority to safety of Mei-Shun. And same to you, Momo-chan who has bloomed at the end of several branches. Popular cherry breed 染井吉野 in Tokyo is expected to do tomorrow, so it is you who won the first blossom of the year.
It is on you, Princess Maria. How have you been during year-end and new-year vacation? Quite short for you from Dec. 31 to Jan. 2 while between Dec.27 and Jan. 5 for this mom. A staff said you look like rice cake, which is one of the reasons why she added one bag of sugar around waist. Others include a birthday cake for her mom-in-law, handmade red-bean rice, etc.
Shin and Mei-Shun visited mother’s home of the latter today. She has one happy matter to report — her beloved father came back. That means 蝋梅=robai, Chimonanthus praecox descended from mom’s garden bloomed on his birthday January 1st. He must have reached 82 years old to enjoy golf, trekking and painting. Still, welcome back to us on such a cute, shining little flower.
So this is her 3rd exhibition, purr. Mom and dad made a one-night trip to see Kaori-san or こがしわかおり, Ms. Kogashiwa, Kaori. She is one of mom’s best friends from her high school days. Another was held in 神保町, Tokyo where mom also visited and brought a lovely girl to home on Monday. She told me other two would join us soon to celebrate Christmas together. Purr … purrr …
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Happy birthday, Professor A. Mei-Shun visited a restaurant in 銀座, Tokyo on weekend to meet him and Prof. S for his celebration. Prof. M should have joined them to make up a group of friendship called 桐花会 meaning Paulownia Flowers, yet had another appointment. Next chance of all-member gathering is expected soon in a town full of Christmas adornment.
Mikan-chan, mom is so happy to see you healthy in 16 years old. It is just amazing that your age would mean an octogenarian if calculated into human beings. You are the prettiest kitten forever, not a silver spoon in mouth yet a fluffy coat. Do you have a request for a gift? Since your favorite bed almost collapsed, please let her search similar one. Red, warm and shaped like a tent.
Here mom-in-law cooked red-bean rice. Since today is Respect for the Elderly Day, we should have celebrated it for her. However, it was she who did it by herself. Simmered vegetable and chicken, baked cheese cake were also served. Mei-Shun really admires her tough mindset — it is not always easy to prepare for your own commemoration. Oh, how good they taste except the desert of horrible calories!
… to you, mom, who stays in 草津 on summer vacation. Both of solar August and lunar July start today, looks the best timing to visit the nearest shrine. Mei-Shun would make a wish to Gods to protect you in a cool environment, from a frying pan. Since it is too dangerous to go out right now (around 15 : 00, with no shower like yesterday), she would wait until this grilling sunlight is alleviated.