This and That Before Christmas

I'm writing down what occurs to me
for the first time in nearly two months.

Anyway, I miss my kittens.
They are not my cats exactly,
but they stayed with us for ten days.

One night, they were abandoned beside my house.
They are about 4 months old,
lovely & tamely, and following me.☆

Interestingly, each of them has his own personality;
nay, "catality" ! wwwwww

A smart guy !

A sweetie !

And, he is independent !

For my memory,
I made some yarn.
adding an atmosphere of my cats.

Furthermore, using this yarn,
I finished a pair of arm warmers
with a cat tail. wwww

I wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year !

See you soon.


G' Day is Open !

G'd Day !

G'd is an abrreviation of Good.

It's an Australian English expression
used as a greeting, meaing, "Hi" or "Have a nice day."

This time, I would like to use it as a name of
my new brand covering everything I make.
For instance, yarn, knitting works, bread, sweets,
and so on.

I am never going to get money from that.
It exists only for my pleasure and satisfaction.
I just want to add some vivid impact to my hobbies.

Suppose I make something and give it to someone as a present.
If there is a tag seal of my brand logotype on the wrapping bag,
it will be all the more pleasant and exciting, I think.

It is also a kind of my policy
in order to enjoy my own life.

Welcome to G'd Day !


G' Day

I'm renewing this blog after a long, long absence.
To say the truth, I've almost forgot about it. www

I've been engaged in various things, so far;
for example, knitting, spinning, baking bread an so on.

Yesterday, I hit upon an idea.

G' Day is the name of my activities.

I don't call it a shop,
because I don't intend to open a shop actually.
I want G' Day to be the space and time
in which I can express myself freely.

Sometimes, I will present the yarn I make,
sometimes, I will show you knitted works,
and at another occasion, something that has occurred to me.

The rule is that "something" should have
a "three-dimensional shape"!

G' Day means "hello" or "have a nice day"
mainly in Australian English.

Trying to spend one day safe and sound
and finding something good on that day --------

I think that's really important for me and
for my family members as well as my friends
and students.

At the same time
I love corriedale, the name of sheep and its fleece
in Australia.

So, I've chosen "G' Day" as the name of my project.

Really, I enjoy planning this and that.

To begin with,
in achieving this project,
I want a logo mark fitted to my concept.

Yeah, let's start !


Back to the Past

My old hair style has come back to me !

This picture was taken about twenty years ago
in Pittsburgh.

With no special reason,
I've wanted to get it back for several months.

I reached the goal this afternoon!

This is now! ☆

It's a little shorter than before,
but I'm really pleased with my new and old curly style !


Traveling Tells Me a Lot

Traveling always tells me a lot,
but my trip on the weekend had something special to me.

Sometimes nature terrifies us human beings.

At Naoshima, however, nature and artificial work
make a good harmony.

Which is true ? Maybe, both.

A friend of mine is now facing a lot of trouble
in Sendai.
But he never loses his calm mind and generosity.
He keeps a tender mind, really positive toward future.
He himself doesn't have a child, but
as soon as a store opened, he bought a lot of chocolate,
which he delivered to the children around him.
It's not a question of things, but a heart.
Even if he manages to lead a life in his car,
he doesn't forget about what comforts others
under such terrible circumstances
caused by the earthquake.

Human beings are weak, but at the same time, strong,
I realized.

Also I've found again how important the bond between
friends as well as between family members.

On the second day of my trip
I looked at the whole city of Kobe,
where a similar terrible earthquake took place
about 16 years ago, from the ferry from Takamatsu.
It has a vivid atmosphere now.

The people have made every effort to take back
their city.
It's infinite power of humans.

All that I have to do now is
get back to my daily routine with a calm mind.
In order to do that, on my way back to Nagoya,
I dropped in at AVRIL in Kyoto.
A great many kinds of yarn welcomed me.
I almost forgot time in choosing which to buy.

These are what I loved the most !



At this time today
the entrance exams to national universities
seem to have started.

Two of my students are challenging them.
Both hope to become doctors.

I know the road to the medical department
is really steep.

I want them, however, to realize that
it's harder and more significant for them
to treat the life of a person in their future
than trying to pass the entrance exams.

I believe that they are trying their best,
which matters more than the results.

Every year,
as the first thing in the morning of their challenge,
I make it a rule to send a mail to them,
saying, "一発かませ!"
That means, " Be confident and make a winning shot!"


Scent of Spring

It's still cold outside, but
sometimes I feel the scent of spring
in the wind these days.

It's nice to feel it.

For the first time in five years
I put hina-dolls in our living room.
The dolls are over fifty years old.

Isn't it a funny idea to add potato chips
instead of "hishi-mochi" and
clover honey liqueur instead of "ama-sake" ?

I'd really like a nice spring to come to
my students.

Yet, the result doesn't count.

Of course, good news is better, but
what's important is whether they try to
make every effort that they can or not
in order to realize their dreams.

How long it takes depends on each individual.
Still, their strong will and patience to do something
will make fruit some day, I believe.
Never give up.

I'm waiting for spring.