Sunday, May 11, 2008

Some answers...and then...something really nice.

Happy Sunday everyone!!! Today was a wonderful day filled with~~~~ a warm, dry breeze that made doing 5 loads of laundry so much easier~~~some good quality international phone time with my mom and a couple of really good friends~~~a little bit of cleaning which was stress free since both boys were out doing whatever it is they do~~~and to finish up the day, we will make pizza and there might be beer involved (juice for the boys). I'm not even dreading the folding of all that laundry as I'm in a pretty damn good mood!!!

So....there have been a couple of questions asked in comments and I thought that I would supply some answers.

katydidnot asked about cleaning our tatami mats....well..first of all... what tatami looks like:

As it is actual woven straw, when tatami is new, some of it is still green....and will have mold on it. To clean that, I was told a very long time ago, that wiping it with hot water was the best way to get the mold off the mat. Sometimes, if I have left a piece of carpet or furniture too long on the tatami, especially during the rainy season (wet...humid...and more wet = mold everywhere!!), the hot water method doesn't really work as good as I would like it to so I will go and buy some heavy duty cleaning stuff for it. For every day cleaning....or every week, as in my case....just running the vacuum over it will clean it quite nicely. I have, on occasion, used some special cleaner just to freshen it up a bit.

Grandy and Stephanie asked about the Friday Feast that I resort to when time and energy are lacking.....just go to and they post the questions every week. Sometimes, the questions are just too....out there...and I will skip. They are kind of fun to should try them!!!

Karen....Oh My Gosh!! Yes, I remember Rush....Tom Sawyer was one of my favorite songs!!! After I read your comment, I spent about 30 minutes in YouTube watching and listening to their stuff.....thanks for that natsukashii moment!!!

Heidi...(sorry it took me so long to get to this) asked about the languages we speak here at Kuroiwa, I speak mostly English to Issei and Koji. (Koji is kind of hardheaded sometimes---I know...go figure-- and Japanese is just easier for him to understand.) When it is just us, Issei will speak English with me...Koji is starting to really try. But, when we are out, I speak English and the boys speak Japanese!!! The K-man and I speak mainly ( more like 98%) Japanese to each other. Ask Issei if Daddy can speak English and you will get the funniest laugh from him!!! The boys, when playing, either just the two of them or with friends, will speak Japanese. We do get some funny looks at the store from people who are listening to us talk...and yes, they do's quite obvious at times!!!

Okay....and honor of Mother's Day...and in honor of my own Mom....I found this poem somewhere on the net...not sure now exactly where, but I thought it was a good one....I have great friends all over the world, but no one quite compares to my mom. Though we had some difficult times early on...we made it through them...and's just a really, really nice mother-daughter friendship.

You can see it in their eyes,
in tender hugs and long good-byes,
a love that only moms and daughters know.

You can see it in their smiles,
through passing years and changing styles,
a friendship that continually seems to grow.

You can see it in their lives,
the joy each one of them derives,
in just knowing that the other one is there...

To care and to understand,
lend an ear or hold a hand,
and to celebrate the memories they share.

Once upon a memory

Someone wiped away a tear
Held me close and loved me,
Thank you, Mother dear.

Linda and Debbie...April, 1965
(check out those Diva Glasses of Linda Loo's...I do come by this naturally!!)

and Linda and Debbie, Christmas, 2004, Japan.

( make the call!!! :-D)

When Koji was a month old, we had a "blessing ceremony" at the shrine and Mom, bless her heart, flew over for it. (she did for Issei's too...not bad for a girl who really doesn't care to fly!!) This picture was taken in the garden of the shrine.......the woman on the left is Mrs. K.......the K-man's mom....

We laugh because so many people have started that "Oh, you and Debbie look just like sisters." routine with which I have such mixed emotions....(many of you may be in the same situation)....I'm sure Mom likes hearing that waaaay more than I do!!! :-D my my incredible sister-in-law, Leslie (mother of her own 4 boys!) and to my friends with children much older than mine (Susan, Dena, Cindy Kay, Sue....) who I have watched carefully over the years and have taken notes on how things are the friends who don't have children of their own ("Aunts" Cheryl, Trenda, Lila, Kim....) yet who have offered tons of support to me over the past 10 years and have treated my sons like their own (remember you can borrow them anytime!!) my Aunt Janice and Aunt Marcia whom I love my other friends~~both Foreign and Japanese~~~ with kids who, as a group, we have been through so my blogging friends who are also moms....and finally, to anyone else stopping by.....

I wish you flowers....

and hugs....

and a very, very.....


Anonymous said...

Wishing you a very Special day as well.
Luv Ya Shellie

Cheri said...

What a great post!

Happy Mother's Day to you.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I wasn't going to say sisters, but you two do look a lot alike!

Happy Mother's Day!

mrs. blogoway said...

Happy Mothers Day! I love getting your comments all the time. Thanks for being a cyber-friend.

Family Adventure said...

Thank you...and the same back to you my friend!

(Yes, your mother does look very young, but that's a good have her great genes)


PS: Continuing my noseyness - how did you meet the K-man? Were you in Japan already? Did you speak the language?

PPS: Just tell me to mind my own business :)

Mrs. G. said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too, Chicklet!

Paida said...

A very happy mother's day to you and your mama too! There is no one in this world I would have rather started my adventure in motherhood with than you. big kiss!

The Girl Next Door said...

LOVE the photo of you and mom with those pointy glasses. And I might have said "sisters" of the headlock photo. My daughter hears it all the time (she's 15) and I know she totally hates it...I on the other hand love it. Love your blog!

Mary Alice said...

She must have been really young when you were born...because she does look like a sister. I have a sister that is 10 years older than me and sister that is 12 years younger....we don't get too hung up on the age thing...but we all do look alike.

Karen MEG said...

Debbie, I loved this post. I just feel like I had a lovely chat over coffee with a gal pal...

I think it is great that your boys speak Japanese and English. That Heidi is killing me with her questions... I felt like she was right there with us and our coffee. But inquiring minds do want to know ;)

Those pictures with your mom are great!!!

Hope you had a wonderful mother's day as well.

Claudia said...

Thinking of you and yours! I hope you had a truly marvelous Mother's Day filled with magic and love and laughter!!! ♥

Manager Mom said...

Oh - I love that 1965 picture! Old photos are great. The adults always look either vaguely startled, or vaguely annoyed. the kids just look so cute, and dressed in such, *ahem* bold color schemes.

I have a great pic of my dad from '68 with some fierce muttonchop sideburns.

happy mom's day!