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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
This week I finished the mitten ornament, lining it with some pale blue fabric. I think it turned out kind of cute. What do you think?
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The stitch group started a new project this week - a little Christmas tree biscornu, like this one, only on a bigger count white fabric.
We are planning to take a weaving class together next month, so we had to check the calendar to find a date that works for everyone. Won't that be fun!
Monday, September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
I have many many unfinished projects and I do want to finish most of them. Sometimes I just get tired of a project I'm working on, or I get an idea for something and have to start working on it. So anyway, here are some of the UFO's that I really want to finish.
Four Block Crazy Quilt
Rose Cross Stitch Afghan
Midnight Mystery Quilt
Plum Panache Velvet Beaded Shawl
Scrappy Cat Quilt
RSN Rice Fields
RSN Knot Garden
Ribbon Album Mini Quilt
48 Count Silk Gauze Chair Cushion
Yes, there are many more, but these are some of them.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
It seems that every area in Japan has special foods and snacks. Besides green tea, I learned these snacks are a specialty of Shizuoka.
They are hard to describe, but I will try -- they are made from rice and are pink for sakura, with a sweet kind of glaze on the outside. This bag was a gift to me from stitchers. What a nice treat! (It's a good thing I ate them before going to the hospital because I can't eat them now.)
Friday, September 23, 2016
Recently 22 year old Priyanka Yoshikawa won the title of Miss Japan 2016. Her title win has been in the news quite a bit as her father is Indian, so she is considered "hafu" or half Japanese. Critics complain that a "pure" Japanese should have won. This follows last year's Miss Universe pageant winner who was the first mixed-race person to win a major pageant in Japan. Only 3% of babies born in Japan every year are biracial.
A few years ago, we went to the screening of a film called Hafu, which illustrated the difficulties and prejudice biracial Japanese face. If you are interested you can find clips of it on YouTube.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
In the hospital, I wasn't allowed to eat from Sunday noon until Thursday lunch. This is what I was served when I was able to eat again.
|Thursday lunch - rice gruel in closed container|
|Thursday dinner - rice gruel in the open bowl|