Thursday, June 24, 2021

#Six-Sentence Story: Season

The rainy season has set in. 

Tamara is sitting by the window, looking at the hydrangeas in front of the house, thinking of Grandpa, whom she hasn't seen since he moved to a senior citizens' home in a small town by the sea when Tamara was six years old. 

She doesn't remember seeing Grandpa smiling.

Her father has visited him a few times before, but he has never taken Tamara with him to the small town by the sea. 

Grandpa has never called her or written to her, either. 

Sitting on the wooden chair that used to be Grandpa's, Tamara is listening to the rain falling, wondering if it is also raining where he lives.

this week's prompt: season

Saturday, June 19, 2021

#Ten Things of Thankful: June 19, 2021


  • learning to play a short phrase in E major from Short Phrases for Church Organists by Arthur Henry Brown. 

  • having solved a computer problem 
  • flowers in our humble garden 

  • taking a walk by the vegetable fields on the 'island' yesterday 

  • plums I bought at the supermarket  
  • a glass of water first thing in the morning  
  • an invitation to a free online seminar  
  • practicing BWV 869 (The Well Tempered Clavier I, #24) on the electronic keyboard everyday
  • the newspaper (We still have the paper version delivered every morning.)
  • having no difficulty falling asleep at night

Have a great weekend.

Friday, June 18, 2021

#Sky Watch Friday: June 18, 2021


I got up a little later than usual this morning, but I went for a walk anyway, partly because I wanted to take a picture for Skywatch Friday. 😀 I went to the place we call 'the island," between two rivers. There is a short bridge connecting the 'main land' and the 'island.' (I should have taken a photo.) On the island is a gravel pit, and a lot of vegetable gardens. I haven't explored the entire 'island' yet.

Skywatch Friday

Thursday, June 17, 2021

#Six-Sentence Story: Remnant

I clicked on the wrong button in the wrong web site carelessly, which caused my personal computer a lot of trouble. 

Fortunately, I didn't press more buttons in the fake virus alert screens that subsequently began to appear one after another, because I instinctively knew that they were dangerous traps. 

However, I ended up spending almost a whole day trying to deal with the invaders, worried that my precious computer might be completely ruined by the malicious program. 

I searched for reliable information on the web, and followed the time-consuming procedures to solve the problems.

For the time being, the remedy seems to be working.

Unfortunately, it was such a stressful day that I don't have a remnant of energy to come up with a good six-sentence story right now...

this week's prompt: remnant

Saturday, June 12, 2021

#Ten Things of Thankful: June 12, 2011


  • A friend has given me some asparagus leaves from her garden. 
  • We celebrated the 83rd birthday of Mr. T* this week. 

  • I'm thankful for the rice cooker.  
  • I walked to the park by the Uchikawa River early in the morning last Tuesday. 

  •  I saw some Chinese hypericums in the park. 

  • We had some pot stickers for lunch last Tuesday. 
  • The new sunscreen lotion seems much better than what I used last year. 
  • It is the best season for horse mackerels, and I often cook them these days. They are tasty and good for the health. 
  • I went to the monthly Bible Study meeting yesterday. We've started reading Judges.
  • I'm going to play this chorale prelude next Sunday. 

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr

composed by Nicolaus Decius 
arranged by J. P. Sweelinck 
played by Romi

Friday, June 11, 2021

#Sky Watch Friday: June 11, 2021


Walking along the Uchi-kawa River early in the morning, I heard a number of bullfrogs croaking for the first time this year. Though I heard them, I didn't see them. 

The photos above were taken near the small park by the river.

Skywatch Friday

Thursday, June 10, 2021

#Six-Sentence Story: Early in the Morning

It is quarter to five. 
The sun has already risen. 
I ache all over, but I get out of bed anyway and get ready. 
I take a walk along the river, listening to reed warblers, cuckoos, and other birds. 
As I keep walking, I feel the pain in my legs disappearing. 
I come home around six o'clock, totally refreshed.

this week's prompt: quarter

Saturday, June 5, 2021

#Ten Things of Thankful: June 5, 2021


  1. A friend has lent me a CD of a Japanese singer, 時田直也 (Tokita Naoya), which he wants me to listen to. I didn't know anything about the singer before, but I am familiar with the hymns on the CD.
  2. I got to read a short poem aloud at church last Sunday. 
  3. I saw the eye doctor last Tuesday.
  4. The pickled pineapple I made was sour and tasty. It went well with curry and rice.
  5. Purple orchids are in bloom. 

  6.  I have finished reorganizing the chest of drawers for the summer.
  7.  (When it comes to ironing clothes, I tend to procrastinate till the last moment.)  Finally, I forced myself to iron two of my cotton blouses, out of necessity. Listening to the CD mentioned in #1 while I was working on them was helpful.
  8. I enjoy walking along the river early in the morning, and I am thankful for the lovely flowers I see. 

  9. I am thankful for my frying pan that I use almost every day.  
  10. I am thankful for the people who reads my blot.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

#Six-Sentence Story: Presence

When I came home, my father was watching a samurai drama on TV in the living room. 

Overhearing a familiar line in the supposedly feudal-era Japanese language, "Zu ga takai: Tono no gozen de aru," (which roughly means, 'Don't be arrogant: you are in the presence of the lord), I took a glance at the typical scene in which the chief official sitting beside the lord was warning someone in front of them.

Immediately, the phrase, "in the presence of the lord," reminded me of the Lord, with capital L. 

I believe that He is always with me, and I ask Him for help when I am in trouble, but I am not always aware that He is constantly watching over me. 

I have been unkind to others countless times as if I were not in His presence.

What will it be like if I am always conscious that God, who is invisible, sees me all the time, wherever I am?

this week's prompt: presence