The past two weeks or whenever I last wrote a blog post…we have meandered into autumn here.
The temps are finally aligning with the season. Sitting here at my little writing desk that overlooks my garden and the valley beyond I’ve got the engawa doors rolled wide open and I feel a bit chilly. Wonderful! I don’t know what it is about that first autumn chill that seems so comforting and cozy but I just love it.
We are keeping an eye on a typhoon that seems to be headed our way. Although typhoons in this part of the world are normal-we have been fortunate so far that we have not had anything beyond what we in Saipan call a “banana typhoon”.
For those that don’t know- hubby and I spent the greater part of our lives living on the small and remote island of Saipan. It is where our children and most of our grandchildren were born. About half the clan still lives there.
Anyway-“banana typhoons” are only strong enough to blow over the banana trees-which aren’t difficult to blow over. A real typhoon to us is one with sustained winds of about 90 MPH with gusts over 100 MPH. A typhoon like that will give you a run for your money. Strongest one I’ve ever experienced was Super Typhoon Kim in 1986-winds were clocked at over 220 mph. Knocked us flat. No power or water for 4 months. Most places on island went longer.
At any rate-I spent the past few days texting back and forth with my best friend who lives in Florida-before and after that terrible hurricane they just had. Praising God that they were alright even though the eye passed right over them. My other very good friend also lives there-in FT. Meyers, They were also ok even though there was destruction all around them. I attribute that to all the praying we did. That took up pretty much most of my time these past few days.
Of course the daily chores still got done.The cooking can’t stop.
I got some baking done. I don’t like to bake during the hot months. Without air-conditioning in the kitchen it gets way too hot.
Speaking of air-conditioning I was watching some US news on YouTube and the reporter said-“we still don’t know when electricity will be on so that we can use basic services like air-conditioning”. I thought….good grief…seriously air-conditioning a basic service? Most of the rest of the world lives without it. All of the tough years living on Saipan taught me so much. I am so thankful. I don’t need much to survive and be content.
I also got the tatami cleaned. Everything was moved out of the way and I vacuumed every inch slowly to make sure it got a good cleaning. It is really important to maintain your tatami mats in order to avoid “dani”-dust mites that love to take up residence in your mats. They bite kind of like fleas do. I didn’t know about them when we first moved to Japan but I found out. I am clean but now I’m super clean. You have to be diligent in-order to keep the millions of bugs away. Japan has more insects than I have ever seen.
Our little dog -Chibi managed to snore though all of the vacuuming.
I also managed to knock off a crochet scarf during the evenings. I’ve got three more projects I am working on but took a break to produce something “quick”.
Sometimes when I have bigger projects I am working on I like to stop and set them aside and make something that I can finish in a jiffy. Why? I don’t know-I think it’s because of the need to see the finished product…
With autumn comes moon viewing, a popular custom in Japan. I was outside about a week ago when the moon was full and took an autumn moon photo. The moon was actually huge and it was so lovely to stand in the cool night air listening to the crickets chirp while looking for the “rabbit on the moon”. In Japan there isn’t a man on the moon…there are rabbits!
With the autumn come all the lovely seasonal foods. My father-in-law gave me a kabocha squash from his garden and hubby brought home some chestnuts from the farmer’s market.
I boiled the chestnuts and had a lovely break just sitting, enjoying my garden, a cuppa and some fresh chestnuts. We boil them and then use a knife to cut the soft shells in half. I scoop out the nut with a tiny spoon.
While I was having my little chestnut snack the doorbell rang. It was a deliveryman with a package for me. I tried to remember what I had ordered? Nothing!
I opened it and what a surprise!
Inside was this awesome crochet accessories bag and a beautiful skein of yarn!
It’s a really nifty tote-it stores your yarn, hooks and accessories and it has slots in the top so that the yarn can thread through from the inside. My best friend in Florida surprised me! It’s my birthday at the end of the month and she sent me this gift.
How awesome is that!
Tomorrow is Friday already and I’ll prepare for the Shabbat and a possible typhoon this weekend. Looks like Saturday and Sunday will be wet and windy. Looking at the weather app it says “heavy rain and wind” for Sunday. That means we will have to spend part of the Shabbat securing the outside because we can’t do it all Friday. Gah.
It has been an active typhoon season around the world and we just started.
FYI- Hurricanes are called typhoons here.
Well then-looking at the clock I see it’s time to get supper on….stay safe out there everyone…lots of planetary upheaval going on!