Yuko-san, one of Mei-Shun’s best friends since high school, kindly sent the latter a brilliant gift. Preserved roses greeting from a tiny white piano are in a transparent box. Here is your little sister, Ms. Piano. Now you are full of pink items including her, a face-cloth used as Mikan-chan’s cushion on Ms. Scarlet, dried roses for Shin and a big cotton scarf from Professor M.
Here is Mei-Shun’s new vacuum cleaner. Named “Ms. Harp” from her color and shape, she would be the best partner for above owner to clean carpets and wooden floor. Oh, how light you are in main body while normal tube and head. Please say hello to Ms. Piano. You two are among Tora-chan’s four kittens who live with a couple in Tsukuba — oops, Piano was a boy.
Mei-Shun noticed エノコログサ, setaria viridis grown beside lady’s tresses whose sofa is put on the eastern verandah floor. When she closed a shutter of Shin’s study, one of ears tried to enter. She once refused, yet gave up soon and let it in. Only a night made it turn from bright green to pale. The husband said that it is because Mikan-chan played with it by punch, bite, etc.
Mei-Shun takes it normal to hear cicada breeds sing one after another. They starts from tenor buzzing in July followed by similar in bass, osin-tuk-tuk and her favorite canna-canna. At the end of this month, ming-ming voices sound like telling children that their vacation would soon over. However, 2022 let her recognize the last first, then high-pitched buzz has come. Who would be the next guests?
Mom-in-law is really good at growing plants. Mei-Shun recognized vines of watermelons behind Ms. Scarlet, took it a good challenge. On the other hand, Shin tried similar on the roof floor years before to make a fiasco. Difference between this mother and her son seems to come from how much they care for fruits and vegetables; she looks them after daily, he does only once a week.
Oh? What happened to you, dear clock above Ms. Piano? It must be around 8 : 15 in the morning, yet you are 8 hours behind. Mei-Shun has to go toward a garbage station soon, surprised at your message when she looked up from a piece of superb chocolate cake. All right, batteries would be replenished later — oops! 8 : 10 at night saw you suddenly start running to reach the real time.
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.
Lunar April started. Solar May 1st was 朔日 with a new moon while the 2nd crescent expected tonight. Mei-Shun was happy to hang futon mats and blankets outdoors — rainfall prevented her from doing it yesterday, so hourly looking up the sky to check weather did not matter. Oh, white flowers of 姫空木 are shining under Momo-chan whose little fruits let her 4th mom feel delight.
Shin and Mei-Shun are lucky enough to be able to see seasonal flowers at home through windows. Plum, cherry and wisteria are not planted in their garden while available in “backyard” for the 1st, at a nearby bus stop for the 2nd and similar to that chimerical ume for the 3rd. The wife recently found it tangled on the top of a tree, perhaps too high to remove from.
We have 穀雨=koku-u, the 6th and last of spring 二十四節気 today. Some of rice paddies around here in Ibaraki are already watered, perhaps waiting for neat lines of young green soon. Mei-Shun would like to walk along such a sight toward the nearest shrine, yet it seems a bit too cold to enjoy it. So Mademoiselle Vert, could you show your youngest sister instead?