Saturday, August 28, 2021

#Ten Things of Thankful: August 28, 2021

  1.  I talked with T* last Sunday. 
  2.  Earlier this week, I deep cleaned the kitchen extractor fan at last. 
  3.  I also cleaned the sink thoroughly on the same day. 
  4.  I am rereading RESILIENT by Sheridan Voysey.
  5.  I am thankful for blackberry leaf tea.
  6.  I am thankful for the vacuum cleaner. 
  7.  I enjoy studying Hebrew and Greek words.
  8.  I'm thankful for tofu. 
  9.  I'm thankful for ordinary days. 😊
  10.  I'm thankful for the chorale prelude I played at church on Sunday:

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (C. H. Rinck)

Thursday, August 26, 2021

#Six-Sentence Story: Train

When I lived in a small city surrounded by the mountains years ago, I went to another town by train almost every Sunday. Between the stations were a number of long tunnels, and we saw dark walls out of the windows most of the time. 

The two-car train I took on my way back, however, happened to be a special one named "Yume-zora," meaning "Dream-Sky," where videos were displayed on the ceiling while it was going through the tunnels. The computer graphics movies were usually about stars and galaxies, which made us feel as if we were in a planetarium. They sometimes showed videos about fireworks, too. The railroad company, Hokuetsu Express, took advantage of the long tunnels and turned the train into a theater to entertain the passengers. 

this week's prompt: train

Friday, August 20, 2021

#Sky Watch Friday: August 20, 2021

I got up more than one hour later than usual, and I didn't go for a walk early this morning. After breakfast, I went to the riverbank nearby and took a picture of the sky. It is going to be another hot and humid day.

Skywatch Friday

Thursday, August 19, 2021

#Six-Sentence Story: explore

He doesn't always hear what I hear.
I don't always see what he sees.
His way of thinking is different from mine. 
The closer I get to him, the farther away he seems to me. 
He is a vast terra incognita. 
I would like to explore every nook and cranny of his world. 

this week's prompt: explore

Sunday, August 15, 2021

#Ten Things of Thankful: August 15, 2021


  1. I played the organ at church on Sunday last week. 
  2. The controversial Olympic Games in Tokyo are over.
  3. The typhoon hasn't done damage to our area. 
  4. After the typhoon, it has got much cooler. 
  5. I saw the eye doctor last Tuesday.
  6. I attended the Bible study meeting last Friday. 
  7. We had a good time chatting after the meeting. 
  8. During the chat, someone told me how to transpose a piece in D flat major to D major. 😊 As soon as I came home, I tried it out, successfully. --Though I have been playing musical instruments for decades, I have never studied music theory systematically.  
  9. I'm thankful for the simple recipe in the newspaper on Saturday. I cooked the miso soup with enoki mushroom, okras and cherry tomatoes, which was good. 
  10. I'm thankful for the crossword puzzle in the newspaper on Sunday. 

Friday, August 13, 2021

#Sky Watch Friday: August 13, 2021


Temperatures have plummeted after the rain. I got up at 4:20 yesterday and went for a walk. I took the photo on the overpass at 5:08. I walked longer than usual and I was tired when I got home.

Skywatch Friday

Thursday, August 12, 2021

#Six-Sentence Story: The Wind

I was absolutely sure that I had locked all the doors and all the windows of my studio apartment before going to bed, so I was startled when I suddenly felt the strong wind blowing into my room in the middle of the night. I heard a roaring sound, and my blanket began to flutter, and I gripped its edge firmly for fear that it would be blown away. I was so terrified that I couldn't open my eyes. I didn't know how long, but I held on to the blanket until the wind stopped.

After a while, I got up, turned on the light and made sure everything was all right: the doors, the windows, the roof, the air-conditioner, and everything else. 

When I told a friend of mine about this incident the next day, she said I must have been dreaming, but the way I felt the wind was so vivid and realistic that I couldn't believe it was just a dream.

this week's prompt: grip

Thursday, August 5, 2021

#Six Sentence Story: My Butterfly Net

I didn’t miss my butterfly net until the bus was about to get to the railroad station. I had put it against a big oak tree by the bus stop at the foot of the hill while waiting, and got on the bus, leaving it there. We had a train to catch, and we didn’t have time to go back for it. It was a hot and humid day in August decades ago, when I was eight years old. 

I had got the butterfly net only a few weeks before, not because I wanted to catch insects on the hill but because I thought it would help me look ‘stylish’ when going on a picnic with my family and friends . 

Soon after we got on a train, it began to rain heavily, and I felt sad to think of the butterfly net left behind under the big oak tree.

this week's prompt: net