Cherry Change

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Oh, how lovely fruits your branches are full of! Shin and Mei-Shun visited 乙戸沼 Park together after almost half an year. They missed 八重桜=yae-sakura, petal-layered cherry blossom here, yet could greet children of that beauty. It might be the biggest difference between above breed and 染井吉野. The latter is so artificial that has no pistils for reproduction.

Sleepy Silver

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Meow, my day has come again. It is quite warm outdoors, lets mom hang futon and blankets to dry well. Sunlight has drawn toward south, spare her labor of putting cushions here and there to protect white-wood floor and tatami mats against burning. However, wind suddenly started to blow from the north after lunch. That is why I moved under her 半纏 coat, purr …

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Snail Soon?

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Mademoiselle Vert opened her second flower, made Mei-Shun very happy. It was followed by Professor S whose 2021 birthday was yesterday. The former send the latter lady a bouquet by post, forced out of meeting in person by that novel coronavirus. By the way, one of two stems is shaped like — how to say, or could you tell mom the reason why you gave up going between leaves?

Ibis Infants

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They are called, Toki-no-ko from Niigata Prefecture wrapped in bluish green paper following below. Shin and Mei-Shun love such sweet balls made of white-bean jam and chocolate. Similar to 銀のすず or silver bells, shape of bird eggs has another type; little orbs of cake including かもめの玉子 and 雷鳥のたまご, while with chocolat-coating as well.

Blanket Baby

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As Mikan-chan kindly posted, it dawns earlier day by day. Sunlight came deep into rooms in winter, helped Mei-Shun to dry futon indoors when gale tries to blow them down on the ground. However, it draws little by little toward the border between 広縁=hiro-en, wooden floor and 畳=tatami, straw mat. Thanks a lot for sparing her time to cover 縁=heri, edge of the latter to avoid suntan.

Me & Momo

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Mom’s current favorite, of course. My sister in the garden increases in number of flowers day by day. Since she stays in a bright color for only 10-15 days, I am generous enough to let her taken more photos than me. And I look down on her from higher place, showing who the boss is. Oh, nice scent of honey comes into rooms through open windows. Purr … purrr …

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Meow Memory

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10 years have passed since we had that horrible mega-quake. I was alone at home, rushed into the corner behind a TV set whose tube was one of my favorite places for a nap. Mom came back around dusk, called my name in a soft voice. That gave me power to move and climb into her arms. She was also out today by chance, joined silent prayer at her horsey riding club.

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My Meow

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It also sounded yesterday, 2-28 read in our language. And the last day of February leading to today, the 1st starts from Monday. 丑=ushi of 2021 is not among 3 leap years 子=ne, 辰=tatsu and 申=saru, gives the same weeks to March. Mom looks happy to have such cycles, since it is easy to make a monthly schedule. Now you are going out to dance with horseies? No problem, I’ll keep a good girl.

My friends fm dad’s friend

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Half Moon

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Mei-Shun saw her shine in dawn purple. Yes, lunar New Year’s Day takes only one week left. Still freezing in the morning and evening, yet sunrise is getting earlier while sunset later. It is helpful for this housewife to start laundry machine just after breakfast, vacuum rooms and hang futon mats. It serves Mikan-chan as well for longer sunbathing on the sofa, shampooing carefully.

Beans Beat

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Meow, we heard it is very rare to have 節分=setsu-bun; just one day before 立春=risshun, the 1st of spring 二十四節気, not tomorrow but today. It is for the first in recent 124 years — at the end of Meiji Era, when mom’s great-grandparents were young. And it sounds like my day along with 3, 22 and 23 while with dogs 12 and 13. Not 4 and 24 when I say hiss!

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