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Feel Good Friday


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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Well, I won’t be home to link up with this meme today but I am thinking of all of you.

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Today I am in Karatsu, Japan. I have three posts about it, here, here, and here.

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I am here having tea and looking out at a beautiful garden. Later, I will buy the biggest bag of rice that I can carry home. This place has my favorite tasting rice. I’m a wuss and I guess 10 pounds will be it, unless I have already bought too much to carry and will be shipping it to the airport.

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Have your best week ever.

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Posted by on October 29, 2010 in Abundance, garden, Japan, Uncategorized

 

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SHOPPING IN JAPAN

Today is my last day in Kyoto. I have places to go and shopping to do.

I wonder how early the stores will open. I know the department stores don’t open until 10 AM.

I am thinking of studying the way of tea.

So of course I need a kimono.

Actually I bought a beautiful green kimono the last timeI was here. Today I would like to find an obi and cord and whatever else I need to complete the ensemble.

I’ll post pictures when I get home.

And today is my last chance to get sesame tofu.

I want new geta.

and stationery

and spices…

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Posted by on October 27, 2010 in Japan, Uncategorized

 

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Harvesting Coffee

Coffee blossoms

My husband was talking with a neighbor one day. The neighbor noticed our coffee trees and said,

Oh, is it much work to grow coffee?

My husband immediately replied,

No, not at all.

I was standing behind him and my jaw dropped!!!

What do you think?

Here’s what I do to harvest coffee.

Plant the trees with some gypsum to help neutralize our alkaline soil.

Add pine needles to further acidify it,

Water and fertilize heavily.

Prune.

Pick the coffee cherries as they turn red.

Discard any that float.

Take the outer red skin off.

Ferment for 24 to 48 hours, no longer.

Dry the beans in the sun for about two weeks.

Crack off the parchment coating.

(My husband did discover that gently crushing the beans between two boards made it much easier to get the parchment off.)

Green beans on the left, parchment on the right.

Store the ‘green’ beans until ready to roast. Then roast, grind and enjoy a great cuppa as seen here.

The coffee trees  aren’t suited to this desert and lower altitude, so I spend extra time hosing them off to make them think they don’t grow in the desert.

Does your husband think things happen easily? I would never say it isn’t any work to harvest the coffee like my hubby. He is however, a master of making things easy. It’s one of the things that attracted me to him. In addition to figuring out that crushing the parchment makes it easier to remove; he also discovered that smashing the ripe cherries between two cutting boards speeds that process up by 80%. He put water lines on our plants and cut my watering time by about 95%. I love efficiency, so I can do more things.

I have my comments off because I won’t be home till next week. Today I am spending my last day in Kyoto, Japan. I must eat some sesame tofu, (made from sesame instead of soybeans). It’s so yummy. I wish I could give you some. XD

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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Abundance, garden, How to

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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I’m in Japan today and won’t necessarily be able to link up. I am thinking of you all however.

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Today I am going to Sanjusangendo temple. The first time I went I was moved to tears by the overwhelming compassion. I won’t say more in case you get to go some time. I knew I wanted to return here.
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Also my husband is close to impossible to buy for. Last time I was here, I found a gift for him that he has kept in his den.
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They sell these satin embroidered bags, about the size and shape of a tea bag.
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This one has a tree embroidered on it and is a blessing for health.

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They have all different ones. I bought some for the grandchildren, with an image of a boy and girl. They are a blessing for children. One lady in my group was asking if they had one to find a mate. I don’t think they did.

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As I recall they cost about 500 to 800 yen. ( about $6 to $10.)

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This golden one looks like it came from Sanjusangendo.

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This is paper with some thickness inside.

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If my memory is correct, this one I got for myself. It’s a prayer for relief of headaches. Now, let’s see if they have one for memory. XD

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Sending you all a prayer and good wishes.

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Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Japan

 

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FIve Fingers Shoes

It seems strange to call these shoes. They are more like feet enhancements. They are utterly flexible yet protect.

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My daughter and sil surprised me with these Five fingers. I love them and feel so cool wearing them.

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My doctor recommended that I walk and jog in sand to strengthen my feet so my knee won’t go out. It has worked beautifully. My knees are so strong now. I’ve been exercising in the sand barefoot and will still do so. In addition, now I have the option to wear these five fingers when I want to. They are good in water or on land.

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My favorite thing is to wear them around town and feel very very cool.

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I love these shoes and did not receive any compensation for writing this post. The shoes were a gift from my family who spoil me just right. XD

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Posted by on October 20, 2010 in Abundance

 

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I’m off to Japan

I’m writing and scheduling this post Sunday night because I leave early Monday morning. I arrive in Japan on Tuesday evening because of crossing the date line.

By ~ezs Miss Izs

In Japan they will make you up like a Geisha and take your picture. I saw someone who had it done and couldn’t recognize her at all.

So guess what? This could be me. It could happen. I’m just sayin’.

Do what you love this week.

 

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Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Abundance, Japan, Uncategorized

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday meme. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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It’s like Christmas in October.

Oh my goodness, I could be saying that about the MUSE online writer’s conference that I am attending.

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But right now I am saying it about the fed ex box that arrived with all my info for my trip to Japan next Monday.

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All these papers and maps and info came in this cute little folder.

It has a fan motif. I still use the one from my last trip.

Lots of maps and language handbook.

More maps and brochures of places I will go.

And a book to help me understand the culture.

* I am so excited. For me going to Japan is what I do for myself and not to please anyone else. I am so pleased. What do you do when you are not trying to please anyone but yourself?

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Posted by on October 15, 2010 in Abundance

 

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