Saturday, July 11, 2020

#Ten Things of Thankful: July 11, 2020

  1. I am thankful for the radio programs I listen to while working in the kitchen.
  2. The other day, the toenail, which had cracked about three months before, came off naturally without any pain at all. A new, thin nail has been growing under the broken one. The nail has been healing steadily.
  3. The city library has decided to buy the new book on mathematics that I requested. --I had seen the ad in the newspaper.-- I'm looking forward to reading it.
  4.  The geraniums in front of our house have come out at last. 
  5. I'm thankful that I didn't react hastily to an unkind, careless and insensitive remark of someone whose priorities are so different from mine. 
  6. In spite of my temporarily wounded feelings, I'm learning not to hate the person I've mentioned above, though I would like to avoid talking to him for a while.
  7. Writing can help me vent negative feelings indirectly and put things in perspective in an amazing way.
  8. I'm writing a blog in Japanese, too. The articles I post there are different from the ones you read here. I find it therapeutic to write short poems and autobiographical episodes.
  9. I love taking a walk early in the morning. It's refreshing and invigorating.  
  10. I'm learning how to cook Shinoda-tamago, that is, egg wrapped in thin fried tofu cooked in dashi stock and soy sauce. This is my second attempt, and it looks better than the first time. 

Ten Things of Thankful


  1. Interesting egg dish! Lovely list! Glad your toe in healing. Going to check out your blog!

  2. I'm sorry that someone said something insensitive to you. Good for you for not retaliating.
    The geranium is beautiful.

  3. I think we have some geraniums in our lawn... have seen a couple of flowers similar to the one in your photo, but very small. As our practice, when we mow the lawn, we don't cut anything that looks colorful or, otherwise, interesting... (we have a very odd lawn)

    being a clark* I naturally clicked on the link to your blog. I have a question that may come across as... somewhat...unsophisticated, "Writing. How long must that take (I understand there are keyboards in all languages and alphabets) to do it by hand? The details of some of the ...ideograms aiiyee! I have increasing difficulty with consistency in my handwriting and I've been 'practicing for a very long time.

    Have the best of all possible weeks ahead.

    *one of the three personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine

    1. It doesn't take so much time to type in Japanese. Our keyboard is the same as the one in English. I type letters in the way the words are pronounced, then the computer suggests several words in ideograms, from which I select the right one by clicking on it.

  4. It always amazes me how long it takes for a toenail to grow out after one has split or otherwise been injured!
    That is nice that your library was so obliging to buy the book you wanted.
    That egg recipe sounds a bit challenging to me, but it looks great.

  5. Lovely geranium! I have had a toenail get damaged and then grow out and fall off, with a new one underneath. Pretty interesting how that works!


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