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  • 過去の記事 …
  • Big Hunk of Chocolate
  • Looking back, this summer turned to be a very humid one I'd never experienced in New England. It reminded me summers in Japan
    . Even the uncomfortable summer, its heat is already missed on these days with 50s weather...In the hot and humid evening of Augus
    t, 90 pounds of chocolate was dropped off at my house. My 93 years old house has no central air conditioner. The temperature was a
    lmost [続きを読む]
  • 和風カプレーゼ
  • 久々の日本語のポストです。もっとマメに更新するべきなのでしょうが、無精なので勘弁してね。今回はその無精さから生まれたレシピのお話。ここニューイングランドは春がとっても短いので、遅霜の心配がなくなり次第、種蒔きしたりや苗を植えないとなんでもよく育たなかったりします。今年の春は仕事に追われて数ヶ月週末なし。ようやく一息ついた時にはすでに7月。花壇は雑草が生い茂り、ハーブガーデンはオレガノ、ディルと紫蘇 [続きを読む]
  • Shake Up the Pantry
  • A little later I moved into the house, I set up my pantry in the basement. My kitchen is small. It's tiny. Tiny like a NYC
    apartment kitchen. Because the kitchen used to be a pantry. Yup, I cook in the pantry.That means there was no pantry when I moved
    in. So, I set up a new pantry in the basement. The basement has a small closed off area with a door. It was just a perfect spot fo
    r it. With [続きを読む]
  • Makeshift, Facelift ~ Part 5
  • Cover UpOpen shelves have been in for a while. I personally don't care for it so much because I think it's high maintena
    nce. They are so easy to get dusted. I don't want to dust them all the time. So, my shelves need a covering. I also still wa
    nt to maintain easy access to everything. Here are the options I came up with:Sliding doors - in this case, it needs multiple pane
    ls.Divider [続きを読む]
  • Makeshift, Facelift ~ Part 4
  • The base was done. Here comes meaty part...Shelving SystemI shopped around shelving systems. Some of them are even flimsy, but st
    ill not cheap. Finding a right one requires careful attention. I knew what I wanted and didn't.I want...Relatively sturdy (n
    o need for heavy duty, either)Solid board shelvesAdjustable systemMetal tracks and braketsRelatively cheapCompact systemI [続きを読む]
  • Makeshift, Facelift ~ Part 3
  • I thought it was time to paint the walls. Ah, the trims and the baseboard...Strip Them All!This task has to be done when the weath
    er is nice enough to keep the window open because of the fume from the paint stripper. In the short summer in New England, there i
    s no time to waste. Let's get to it.I put a gel type paint stripper. The key is to be generous.20 minutes later... This is [続きを読む]
  • Makeshift, Facelift ~ Part 2
  • The first thing is first. The wallpapers have to go. It started one cold winter weekend.Wallpaper ChallengeThe top layer of the w
    allpapers seems to be from '70s or later. I can say that because it has plastic, vinyl or some sort of a film on the top whic
    h prevent water to penetrate. No matter how much water I sprayed, it didn't come off at all. So, it's time to call my de
    pendable [続きを読む]
  • Makeshift, Facelift ~ Part 1
  • You see the top layer of the paint is flaking. Whenever the doors open and close, those flakes fall off like confetti. Should I ca
    ll them door fairy dusts?I scrubbed the doors, then vacuumed them. It didn't do much of my favor. The paint seems to be read
    y to fall off, but its flakes don't come off as they are supposed to, but when the doors open and close, of course, they come
    off. Urg!! [続きを読む]
  • Days in New York ~ Part.3
  • The last day in New York. We checked out the hotel and dropped off our luggage at Penn Station. We were on the 7th Street. The sun
    was out with blue sky. We walked down the street to West Village sipping coffee. It was a beautiful day again. It was hard to de
    cide not to take advantage of the weather.We saw a crew was filming a show on the street. We saw people were carrying huge branche
    s of [続きを読む]
  • Signs
  • It's been one year since I touched the velvety floppy ears last time.Marilyn has sent me her signs time to time. Unfortunatel
    y, I'm not spiritually intuitive. So, I often miss them. She must be so frustrated with me. But, there is one occasion that I
    didn't miss one. This is the story about it.Message from the HeavenAfter I sent her off to the Rainbow Bridge, I missed her
    all the time [続きを読む]
  • Shopping at an exhotic grocery store
  • I was at a Korean grocery store the other day. I saw an American woman talking to Spanish speaking workers there. She was asking a
    bout Baby Bok Choy. Sure, they were working there, but it's not necessarily they are familiar with Asian vegetables since suc
    h vegetables are most likely not a part of their diet culturally. Plus, they were guys. No offence, just think how many guys can n
    ame 5 [続きを読む]
  • Days in New York ~ Part.2
  • Looking back the trip to New York City in February...We had a whole day in the city in the day 2. It was loosely planned, but not
    much time to sleep in. We stayed in Midtown. We booked a tour at 11:00 in the lower east side. Our morning goal was to have break
    fast before that in the area.Smart NavigatorWe took shower, then opened Citymapper to find out how to get to the breakfast place. [続きを読む]
  • Make Lemonade ~ Cope with good memories ~ Part 4
  • This is the last post for this series. I put together a couple of things associated with Marilyn in a shadow box.Last Paw PrintWhe
    n the vet took Marilyn to cremate, they took her paw print for us.Her nails were long, but we didn't bother trim them since s
    he got stressed by her front paws being touched. At her last vet visit, one of their vet techs did a quick trim for her saying jus
    t [続きを読む]
  • Make Lemonade ~ Cope with good memories ~ Part 3
  • We don't even realize how many pictures we have taken from special moments to daily routines. Once they are gone, especially
    ones captured everyday life become much more significant than special occasions. Without words, those pictures tell you all storie
    s which keep you nodding.Projects with pictures are easy to get hooked with for most of people. Material is easy to get. You could
    find all [続きを読む]
  • Make Lemonade ~ Cope with good memories ~ Part 2
  • This is not like a little project in Part 1. And, you would probably put your thoughts into the most. I hope you would find what t
    he most makes sense to you...Home AgainMarilyn came home a week later after sending her off to the rainbow bridge.When Marilyn tur
    ned 10, I sometimes thought about how I would do with her ashes when the time would come. It made me sick to think about it. But [続きを読む]
  • Make Lemonade ~ Cope with good memories ~ Part 1
  • Feelings cannot be always in the state we intend even though we think, believe, or even want them to be. They are parts of us, but
    it is sometimes the most difficult to control.Grieving a loss of loved ones is never easy to deal with. Everybody takes it differ
    ently and handles in their own ways. One thing for sure to anybody is that denying or avoiding grieving wouldn't help you. We
    accept our [続きを読む]
  • Days in New York ~ Part. 1
  • It was a while back... One Friday in March... This was the package we'd been waiting for that week. The bialys at Russ & Daug
    hters had gotten stuck in our heads for a while. After a little bit of Googling, I ordered some bialys and bagels from H&H Midtown
    Bagels East, which is knows as one of the best bagel places in NYC. I actually thought ordering from Russ & Daughters, but I coul
    dn't [続きを読む]
  • Cherish It
  • Last month of yesterday, I gave my last gift to Marilyn. It got to the point that I was not able to give her comfort she needed a
    nymore, no matter how hard I tried. It was the most powerless moment I realized that. There was only one thing I could do for her
    at that point. When you recognize your fur babies have lost sparkles in their eyes, you know the best thing you could do for them
    . [続きを読む]
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