Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Roman Holiday

I learned through internet news that Eddie Albert, once in the limelight as a movie star and contributed as Gregory Peck's carefree cameraman pal in Roman Holiday, died recently. I love the movie very much and saw the video thousands of times. Audrey Hepburn was so beautiful and graceful, her costume and hair style were terrific! The story was romantic, and a bit comic as well. The video not only gives me a pleasure time but also helps me a lot to study vivid English. Eddie Albert died at 99 years old. May him rest in peace...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Who did it?

On Friday two weeks ago, my husband and I stayed at a lodge in Kaida Highland. We were there for the whole weekend and chose the lodge to spend the first night. In the afternoon that day, we enjoyed fishing. My husband, he called himself "a legendary angler," caught 4 chars and I, a whimsical angler (wry smile), got one. Needless to say I got flustered at the sudden bite, and then jumped for joy.

It was a rather cold day. My husband cleaned the catch and his hands were numb with cold water. We had 2 of them charcoal-broiled for dinner and the rest of the catch were left beside the water supply. The gills and guts he removed form the fish were also left there and we forgot all about them.

We were sitting by the fire, eating, talking, and enjoying a quiet night, just 2 of us alone in the camp site. Neither of us ever expected to find such a mysterious incident at that time.
When I got up the next morning, my husband was preparing breakfast, which was supposed to be the chars. However he was cooking Yaki-Onigiri, or grilled rice ball in English, instead. What happened to our catch? He told me that someone took them away (even with gills and guts), and we found the empty paper plate, partly bitten, nearby. Who or what did it? A crow? We suspected so.

After breakfast we went to a hot spring bathhouse. It was very relaxing and since it was a fine day, we had a nice view of Mt. Ontake from the open air bathtub. Why do we, Japanese like hot springs so much? I don't know but I'm glad I'm Japanese.

To our big surprise, when coming back to the lodge, we found a box of chocolates was gone this time. I ate 3 of them the night before, but look, nothing was in the box and the lid was torn. We also noticed an unsealed bag of rice crackers disappeared without leaving a trace.
Who did it? Wondered... Raccoon dog? Fox? Or two-legged creature? We have no idea.

Monday, May 09, 2005

From Idaho

Received a parcel with a heartwarming message from Idaho. Rooster Salt & Pepper Shakers. Our daughter's host family remembers my hubby was born in the year of rooster. Host mother's handwriting reminds me of the last 10 days of 1995. We had such a wonderful time together. I really appreciate that we still keep in touch.
The rooster behind the shakers is from Mexico.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Medical Check

My hubby had an annual medical check last month and got the result recently.
Although he has chronic gastritis, which was not serious, otherwise nothing wrong according to the data. I'm relieved.
Around this time last year, he felt something wrong with his intestines and went through colon cancer screening at a hospital. I was there with him and so anxious about him that I felt it took a long time waiting for the result, thank God, which was a good one. He is younger than I by 6 years, but no one can compete with time. We should pay attention to our health more than ever.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Amid Golden Week

Had outdoor lunch with our late friend's family. We have kept a good family-to-family relationship for more than quarter of century. When he passed away due to multiple organ failure at the age of 54, 5 years ago, they had only one grandson, but now seeing 4 grandsons enjoy splashing water in the river, I wish he were here with us.
Ate a lot, talked a lot, enjoyed ourselves a lot...
May 5th is Children's Day. A lot of carp streamers are swaying in the sky over the river.