Slight Sunlight

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We have 夏至=geshi, the 4th of summer 二十四節気 today. It means the longest daytime, while hardly recognized caused by 梅雨=tsuyu, our most rainy season. However, dry and windy weather allowed Mei-Shun to hang futon mats and laundry outdoors in the morning. Afternoon saw it get darker and cloudier, let her bring them in to find lady’s tresses bloomed a bit.

Blue Beauty

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Mei-Shun went out early this morning with Shin to visit home of her parents. Mom invited her younger daughter to stay for a while with elder one as well. A welfare personnel came to check her health, decide if she is eligible to receive subsidiary money when put a handrail along porch stairs. Well anyway, it is great to meet your family in person, isn’t it? Thanks a million, daddy, for leading them to gather here.

Tabby Tail

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Perhaps thanks to yesterday’s harsh rainfall, it is cloudy yet dry enough for Mei-Shun to hang futon mats and do laundry this morning. However, while she drove toward her horsey riding club in the afternoon, windshield of Ms. Scarlet started to catch fine drops. Well, they seem too slight to stay on the ground. Since Ms. Sagittarius has missed her from January, it is better to go ahead.

Joy of Park: 1

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… and this is the last day of solar May, yet rather rainy from early morning. On sunny weekend, Shin and Mei-Shun visited 乙戸沼 Park to walk together around the pond after months. 八重桜 or layer-petal cherry trees hold little, lovely fruits among green leaves. Hi, fountains, great to see you three open toward blue sky. Now they are heading to an iris garden perhaps in blossom.

Elegant Emerald

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Rainfalls from June to July in our country have magical power, says Mei-Shun’s instruction book for orchids care. Since recent weeks have been like such rainy season, she put Mademoiselle Vert outdoors — not on the ground while verandah floor, to let these ladies have a shower. Oh, what a difference! Natural watering seems far better than one every two days by a woman.

Sunny, Windy,

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We have 立夏=rikka, the 1st of summer 二十四節気 today. Also Children’s Day, blue sky nicely covers fresh green here and there. Such a sight reminds Mei-Shun of tea called 八十八夜摘み新茶 she ordered, perhaps already available at the shop. However, she finished 知覧茶 purchased at the same place this morning, opened 嬉野茶 Shin brought home from Saga recently.

Mom’s Memory

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Rainy days give Mei-Shun good chances to make a long phone call with mother. Her younger daughter serves photos of Momo-chan every year, that makes her delighted to see such beauty getting more and more splendid. This princess is the 4th generation, descended from her grandmother. “She kindly peeled its fruits for me,” always the same comment which has never come true here.

Novel to Normal

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Mei-Shun went to a research institute with mom-in-law today, to get the 3rd vaccination against that coronavirus still “new” following 4 kinds already found among us human beings. Gods of rain kindly stopped falling when they got on Ms. Scarlet. It was the first time they entered the site. Beautiful trees in light green, white and pink welcomed them under gray sky. It might be why they saw no crowd.

Cherished Cherry

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Thank you so much, Dr. A. Mei-Shun asked her to introduce a good ophthalmologist the other day. “All right, she is mother of a classmate of my son, very soft-touch”, the former lady said. It is Dr. N who manages a clinic in Tsukuba, kindly took care of above patient yesterday. She enjoyed driving toward there along many sakura trees in almost full blossom, including 染井吉野 and 大島桜 breeds.

Table Talk

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Shin brought home above arts of delicacy from Nagano Prefecture. Mei-Shun is happy to see strawberry join regular members of みすず飴 including apple, grape, plum, peach and 三宝柑=sanpo-kan orange. She knew this simple jelly made of agar and fruit jam from childhood: grandfather on her mother’s side was from 信州, while was not a soba noodle lover.