Above is the 3rd gift from Shin to Mei-Shun, from which he won a cock-shape fève. 4th is a cute pair of crystal cats; bigger one is mom, smaller another is Mikan-chan, according to dad. And a warm message via e-mail from mother arrived in the morning, while a pretty basket full of spring flowers at night from Professor M. Oh, the 1st full moon of 2022 appeared in the sky.
A Happy New Year! How did you kind 454 followers spend recent weekend? To tell the truth, Mei-Shun had believed that January 3rd was a national holiday, making at least 3-day winter vacation in our country. However, 2022 calendars show the first Monday in black, not in red. All right, since lunar December starts from today, our parents in the sky might give us a message to work much.
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.
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.
Ms. Piano, you sound much better since tuned by Mr. O. Mei-Shun feels happy to sing with you, while a bit weird when she uses a pedal in higher keys. Since Shin is available working at home to replace light bulbs above you, she would try again tonight. Oh, a beautiful half moon has appeared in the sky. 松の寿 would also be practiced with dark windows as a wide mirror.
So lunar October starts from today. Mei-Shun meant to walk to the nearest shrine after just a whole month, greet Gods and draw omikuji lots. However, she had to give priority to room cleaning which went behind the trip to Kyoto last week: she makes Fridays full of housework to enjoy fresh weekends. Her fluffy daughter, who was forced to stay home alone, likes this pattern as well.
We have a full moon tonight. 大安=tai-an, the best day among 六曜. And power outage before noon that Mei-Shun has already been informed on. Construction cars arrived around 10 : 30 in warm sunlight, started to replace electrical wire. A fixed telephone stopped soon, 20-min. blackout. However, nothing woke up after 30 minutes passed. She went down to see mom-in-law who asked “what is a breaker”?
Thank you so much, Professor M. He reminded Mei-Shun of the thirteenth moon or 栗名月 seen last night. It abruptly turned to the end of autumn from Sunday with a cold, too cold rainfall. Putting on 袷=awase or a double kimono, Mei-Shun visited Master Bando’s place today to start lesson of 松の寿, 長唄. On the other hand, Ms. S would dance 寿, 大和楽 on a stage anticipated next year.
Meow, we have 寒露=kanro, the 5th of autumnal 二十四節気 today. It means that dewdrops would be frozen in cold air, yet it seems all different. Room temperature keeps a bit below 30 degrees Celsius in daytime, above 20 all through the night. Mom told me that a beautiful 3rd crescent welcomed her at the nearest station, where she picked dad up in the evening.
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So lunar September starts from today. Mei-Shun visited the nearest shrine again to greet Gods first, then draw 2 omikuji. She saw 吉=kichi, lucky lots for both of the couple; one for Shin numbered the 21st, the other for herself the 45th. Now is the time to jump and stretching under that great tree. Oops, please do not bite her, mosquito. Your season is already over.