Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Do you ever do this: live very comfortably in your house or apartment, knowing full well that you could probably spend a little bit more time picking up, dusting, putting away, but for one reason or another and mainly because it really isn't that bad, you juuuuust let it go? And then....when someone, who has NEVER been before, decides to come and visit, you start looking at your abode with different eyes...I was using my late Grandmother's...and suddenly you realize that your soon-to-be-here guests, unless they are blind, might be a tad bit disappointed? Uncomfortable? Disgusted?
My sister and her husband will be flying in from Atlanta on Thursday. I have four days to either get this place whipped into shape...or move to a new house all together.
I might have been....just a little.
I have spent the last day and a half doing just that. The boys' room is now in okay condition....considering that it is somewhere between this
I'm thinking that we are okay here. We do need to clean out a drawer or two for my sis and BIL to use...unless, they don't mind living out of their suitcases for the duration....Hey! it's only 7 days!! :-)
There are certain "storage places" in this house that are just out of control.
here are some shelves in our bathroom that are full of vitamins, lotions, aromatic body washes and soaps, sprays, powders and what-not that I have no control whatsoever when it comes to NOT buying when I see them.
Just for the record....
do NOT open this door...
**Look!! Something seems to be actually trying to escape!!
..and don't even think about touching this...
I think that the excitement of my sister coming for a visit is way more powerful than that of the desire to go and clean the toilet one more time. I can already feel the time until I have until their arrival sloooowly slipping away!!
In the 18 years I have lived here, other than my mom (who has been here 8 or 9 times), her friend Karen (who came with Mom one time) and my good friend Lila (who actually lived here before)....Sara and Jarrett are the only others who have chosen to venture across "the big water" and come be tourists.
Sis Sara and BIL Jarrett are now #'s 5 and 6 on our list of "people who can stay with us when we someday move to Hawaii".
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
....and you get this......
....the perfect one bedroom flat, complete with desk, bugs, some snacks, books...all the things an enterprising young man needs....
Posted by dkuroiwa at 10:04 PM
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thanks so much to everyone who was interested in these beautiful dolls! Some of you sent messages offering to 'adopt' one and I'm saying right now...OKAY!!! As soon as maewestern and I get the answers to the mailing questions I had, I will definitely let you know!!
...a little bit closer now......
Janet is right....there is love everywhere you look!!!
Posted by dkuroiwa at 11:35 PM
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I have been asked one question (in particular) over the years....
I wish I could show you a picture of them, but...as they are safely bubble-wrapped and stored in my Mom's garage in the States, sadly, I cannot share with you their loveliness. Grandma gave them to me when I graduated from university in 1986....they are my treasures.
Posted by dkuroiwa at 11:58 PM
Friday, September 18, 2009
**But before we continue with the regular scheduled blog posting, let me remind you/tell you about the Japanese doll giveaway.......go to THIS POST and read all about it. (But don't forget to come back!!) Okay...continue on....
Today in the mail, along with some other stuff I ordered from from that Internet book place....you know...sounds kind of like Slamajon....I was excited to find this amongst the books.
I had been waiting for a few weeks (one book had to come from the States) and had forgotten I had ordered this little box.
It's my own little Flamingo Garden Set...complete with my own "grass".
Obviously, my flamingos have a bit of a way to go before they are like the ones in the book.
Oh well, everyone needs something to
work towards, right? Right.
In the little handbook, along with party ideas were some flamingo worthy drink recipes. Me thinks we may be trying one or two of those.
Crazy Flamingos...just standing there...ignoring the drinks and I can't believe that not one of them is playing the ukulele!!
After dinner, I brought them back here to my
The gang that has been here a while stood and watched....checking out the new birds...trying to figure out what was going on.
**Photo direction and basic story idea by Koji**
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
(Actually, I think my friends were going to throw them away, which I thought was just wrong!!)
The dolls are old....they belonged to their kids...and their kids are my age....Not that I'm saying WE are old or anything mind you, but as far as dolls go....they are not new.
Anyway.....I now have about 8 of these dolls in my room...in boxes, stacked neatly against a wall just waiting for something to be done with them.
I would someday like to have ALL of them on their way to somewhere else , whether it's the US, or Canada or London or even another city in Japan (I do have lurkers here, don't I? Hi Kelsey!!)....I don't really care where they go, just as long as they go.
After moving them from another place in my room, AGAIN, in hopes of straightening up said room, I have come up with a plan....one that will help me out and possibly make one of my readers very happy.
Here's the plan:
I would like to be able to offer the dolls to people but, since they were given to me, I don't feel very comfortable selling them (I know! Who would have imagined I'd be thinking like that?!?!), so......I would like to offer them to people for the cost of shipping.
I need to find out how the shipping thing is going to work out.....Will the box make it there in one piece? Will it cost and arm and a leg to send? Will it take weeks or months to reach it's final destination? and once the doll gets there, what kind of shape will it be in?
So....I am going to offer one lucky person....
All you have to do, if you are interested in getting one of these really pretty dolls is....leave me a comment....tell me which doll you prefer.
You will have until Monday morning, the 21st (that would be Sunday night, the 20th for most of you NOT in this part of the world!!).....leave me a comment and tell me which doll you'd like and I'll put your name in the pot/hat/bowl/whatever I have handy at the moment.
The dolls are each about 10 inches tall (give or take), one is a bit shorter than the others...the beautiful traditional clothes are all hand-sewn from Japanese kimono material. The faces are made of a really good quality plastic....that doesn't look like plastic, when you first look at them.
So....look at the dolls....pick the one you'd like and if you're lucky, you will get one!! Good luck...and thanks...you know...for helping me out!!
And so now...I give you (if you're the lucky one!).....
(This one is a geisha with a bird in a small cage and a little boy, who probably would have been her servant.)
(This one is the smaller one. She has a small bunch of flowers in her hand. Koji and I like her feet...very cute!)
So....there you go.
Which one do YOU like best?
Which one would you like to have?
Come on....pick one!!
Posted by dkuroiwa at 11:01 PM
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
My Dear Blog,
First I want you to know that I appreciate all you have done for me for the past 241 posts. You have been there when I needed you and you have helped me feel safe and not so alone many a night. You have introduced me to a whole new group of friends with whom I truly do feel a very close connection.
I also feel, though, that I have neglected you and I need you to know that this was NOT my intention. You....are my first love. But, I have to admit that....well...ahem...I have been spending time with someone new.
Now...don't worry., I know you are much more stable and I need that in my life, but...you know...sometimes, a girl has to live a little crazy and
Please be patient with me my friend....I'll try to be here more regularly...I promise.
Thank you...for being so understanding.
Posted by dkuroiwa at 12:20 AM
Friday, September 11, 2009
I remember, as I sat watching the news at school, the next morning, the moment that huge American flag was dropped over the side of the Pentagon....I sat in that room and just sobbed...uncontrollable tears rolling down my face....feeling the most incredible feeling of helplessness.
I hope never to have to experience that again.
As on that day 8 years ago, my thoughts and prayers, today, are with the families and loved ones of those who died.
Images from GoogleImages
Posted by dkuroiwa at 11:56 PM
Friday, September 04, 2009
I give you.......
He's got a great outfit.... a mean look...an awesome kick....and DUDE!! He's got a pink cape!!
He's even got a very cool flying machine.
**And I am lovin' that pink scarf!**
I wish you all a day where you find a serendipity-esque something that makes you really happy...makes you almost giggle when you think about it.
Posted by dkuroiwa at 11:23 PM
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
put on a pair
Wednesdays, I have one class in the morning that I have been teaching for a little over 5 years. They are a group of 25 (yeah, I know...big!!), but they are one of my all-time favorite classes and I love them. They make my week!
No....my looking like Marilyn Monroe (as with Meg Ryan, Princess Diana oh, yeah..uh huh I've been told that! and Goldie Hawn), I'm thinking it's more of a
So.....if you could channel someone....
who would it be??
Posted by dkuroiwa at 7:51 PM