Patchwork Curtains and random scenery

There are times when I feel completely exasperated with things. Like right now. It’s silly stuff, nothing big really.

I’m sure the ladies (maybe a few guys) will be able to relate.

I really want to fix up our home a bit but there are so many issues….to move or not to move is the first and foremost issue. At the moment the move is on hold as Okasan has made a miraculous recovery and it seems no one need panic right now. Anyhow-we really would rather not move now…and then move again in the future.

The second issue is finances. We really don’t want to pour a lot of money into a place that we know is temporary.

But…….it’s driving me nuts not to be able to do much. I mean, it’s a great little old Japanese house. It needs repair in some areas that we must take care of or else we won’t be able to use a room or two. The wood used for the flooring was really thin plywood and it’s spongy in areas. If we don’t fix that soon we will fall right through the floor into the crawl-space under the house.

I made some very simple plans for a small organized sewing / craft area. There was furniture in the home and I kept a big wardrobe that I’m going to put shelves in to make it more functional. I’m really big on using what I have.

The wardrobe will be the central piece and plywood work counters will be made around it-or on the side, depending.

I’ve also stumbled upon several websites with tutorials and ideas on using fabric to spruce things up. I’ve fallen in love with patchwork curtains! I looked at them and I thought….hummm….what a cute way to brighten up rooms. I have some plans to make a few for open cabinet cover-ups and table skirts.

Pinterest is my friend. Have you done any cheap redecorating? Any ideas?

The pictures in the slideshow below are random “out of the car window” shots I took today on the way to the doctor’s office. They are raw-unedited and sorta blurry….but the scenery is beautiful!

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I don’t think I’ve ever posted anything about the place we call home. It occurred to me the other day that many think I consider “home” to be the USA. Other than my passport I really have no connections to what we islanders call “the states” or “the mainland”.

Sure I have a sister and a mom there but I’ve been gone for over 35 years. Been an expat for most of my life. I’ve changed ….can’t really connect with the culture there anymore.

I’m an islander.

Today my daughter and her family left Japan -they were transferred to the states. Her hubby is American and was excited to be going home…but daughter was having a hard time leaving the region of the planet she has only ever known as “home”.

Saipan…..that’s home to us. Funny-even though hubby is Japanese- if you ask him “where’s home”? He will say…Saipan. He too has spent most of his life there.


I borrowed a few photos from my daughter.

Saipan is part of the Northern Mariana Islands. It is located about 120 miles north of Guam.


It is small…really small-only about 7 miles wide and 13 miles long. Can you imagine that I spent most of my life there?


The beaches are awesome although “progress” has not really done much good to the environment.


I miss the stunning sunsets. I miss the island-style life. I miss my family.


The above photo was taken from my daughter’s home. Can you imagine having this view everyday?


This is forbidden-island. The beach below is a wild place full of adventure for the explorer.


I love Japan but there is no place like home…….

Overnight Get-away from Fukuoka City: Discover Old-world Japanese Charm and the Magic of Fireflies!

If you are in the Fukuoka City area during early to mid June and want to have a genuinely magical firefly viewing experience, an overnight stay in the countryside town of Nogata-shi is an awesome experience!

Nogata-shi lies at the foot of Mt. Fukuchi. The hour and a half train ride from Hakata Station winds through farms, flooded rice paddies……..