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"Hoppy" New Year!タイトルをクリックしてください

HOP HOP HOP into 2023.

Cartoon Happy New Year Funny Image For Kids | Happy new year funny, New year cartoon, Happy new year quotes A belated happy new year to all my friends and students, and a VERY belated return to Marks's Phrase. I've learned not to make promises I can't keep, but in the spirit of new year's resolutions, I will try harder to post more here on this phrase page . . .try, try, try! I did have a wonderful Christmas and お正月. I spent it with family at home, quietly.  I will post some pictures below for those of you who are interested. In the meantime, I will continue my new year idiom tradition.  This year is the year of the rabbit.  So here are some common English rabbit idioms:
  1. Like a rabbit caught in the headlights.  To be very surprised and freeze.  When I asked my son where he was all night, he looked at me like a rabbit caught in the headlightsPaying it Forward. | Rugby Physio
  2. Timid as a rabbit.  Someone who is very shy or scared.  It took a lot of courage to propose to my wife, I've always been as timid as a rabbit.The Timid Rabbit by Elizabeth Shaw
  3. Pull a rabbit out of the hat.  To do something surprising or amazing.  I can't believe I made it in time for the party New Year's Eve.  I really pulled a rabbit out of a hat that day.  (I'll tell you the details later).Magician Pulling Rabbit Out Of Hat Photograph by H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock - Fine Art America
  4. Multiply like rabbits.  To have a lot of kids.  That family has 19 KIDS!  The parents really multiply like rabbits.multiply like rabbitsSupersized: The 21-member Bates family of Tennessee, pictured, were given a reality show by TLC. The show, which premieres tonight on the network, will follow Jeb's arrival as well as the other children
  5. The rabbit died. To be pregnant.   I guess we're having  another kid . . .the rabbit died.The rabbit died - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
  6. Go down the rabbit hole. To start a strange journey or search that only becomes curiouser and curiouser.   If you really want to go down the rabbit hole, click on this link.What does it mean to go down the rabbit hole? - Quora
  7. If you chase two rabbits you can't catch either one.  An easy to understand (?)  proverb. The government is trying to cut taxes and increase welfare at the same time, but if you chase two rabbits you will not catch either one.He Who Chases Two Rabbits - KidMinScience
  8. Rabbit food. Salad greens.   One of my new year's resolutions is to diet, so I've only been eating rabbit food this week.Types of Lettuce: A Visual Guide to Salad Greens | Kitchn
  9. Rabbit on.  To talk and talk and talk!  I called to say a quick happy new year but he rabbited on for 45 minutes!Blah Blah Blah 25 Transparent – Pattern Crew
  10.   Rabbit's foot.  A good luck charm . . . but clearly not lucky for the rabbit!   I put a rabbit's foot in my pen case for good luck on my entrance exams.Rabbit Rabbits Foot KEYCHAIN WHITE/NATURAL 4 Pieces - Etsy 日本

Today's BGM:

In a cottage in the wood

In the cottage in the woods, Little man by the window stood. Saw a rabbit hopping by, Knocking at the door.

“Help me! Help me! Help me!” he said, "Before the hunter shoots me dead!” “Little rabbit, come to me, Happy we will be.”

A rabbit song for adults;  White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

https://youtu.be/TKZVUtvjBdM   [caption id="attachment_2482" align="alignnone" width="630"] Building a snowhouse with my grandson[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2483" align="alignnone" width="490"] Nothing better than a winter barbecue.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2484" align="alignnone" width="510"] with delicious meat.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2485" align="alignnone" width="531"] This year's Christmas lights.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2486" align="alignnone" width="1005"] This year's Christmas tree[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2487" align="alignnone" width="487"] Taking my grandson for his first bowling experience.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2488" align="alignnone" width="570"] First winter camp of the year.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2489" align="alignnone" width="506"] Snowshoeing in beautiful Akita.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2490" align="alignnone" width="477"] Blume Messe's Poinsettia tower.[/caption]


I'm floored!タイトルをクリックしてください

I spent the weekend on the floor.  No, I wasn't drunk (most of the time).  I finally decided to put down a new cushion floor in my classroom.  It was the first time I've tried it, so I spent a few weeks researching "how to" videos on you tube, and started Saturday afternoon.   [caption id="attachment_2442" align="alignnone" width="363"] Step 1, measuring and cutting.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2443" align="alignnone" width="800"] Step 2 fixing the holes in the old floor.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2444" align="alignnone" width="337"] Step 3, putting down glue and waiting for it to dry.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2445" align="alignnone" width="337"] Step 4, lay cushion floor.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2446" align="alignnone" width="800"] 1st half finished.[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_2448" align="alignnone" width="800"] Step 5, remove furniture from other half, . . repeat.[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_2450" align="alignnone" width="800"] Almost finished, completely exhausted![/caption]       [caption id="attachment_2453" align="alignnone" width="800"] The final product[/caption] I was actually very pleased with the results.  It came out better than I had expected.  What do you think?  Be honest! The worst part of the whole job, was moving furniture.  I had to take out four big bookcases, a huge desk, three tables, a white board and a big monitor.  I hope my back will be okay. This got me thinking about "floors".  There are many idioms in English that use "floor".  Here are a few:

  1.  I'm floored!  This means "I can't believe something, or I am very surprised.  I was floored by the prices in the supermarket last time I went shopping.
  2. Rooted to the floor.  This means I was so scared or interested that I couldn't move.   When I saw the terrible news about former PM Abe, I was rooted to the floor.
  3. Mop up the floor with.  This means to win decisively.  The Angels mopped up the floor with the dodgers (I wish).
  4. Get in on the ground floor.  This means to start with something from the very beginning.  If only I had gotten in on the ground floor of Apple, I would be so rich now!
  5. Have the floor.  This means to be in charge for the moment.  I will now turn the floor over to our new President.Have the floor - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
  6. Sink through the floor.  This means to be so embarrassed you want to disappear.  After I tripped going down the aisle in my wedding ceremony, I wish I could have sunk through the floor.
  7. On the cutting room floor. This means some idea that was thrown away.  I had some great suggestions during the meeting, but now they're all on the cutting room floor.The Cutting Room Floor | Homiletics Online Blog
  8. Pace the floor.  This means to be very worried about something and walk back and forth on the floor, literally or figuratively.  I've been pacing the floor for weeks about my new job.Nikolaj Recke: Pacing in circles
  9. ROTFL, Rolling on the floor laughing.  This means something was so funny I couldn't even stand up anymore.  It's used in SNS as ROTFL.  That YOUTUBE video had me ROTFL!!Free vector graphics of Rotfl
  10. Eat off the floor.  This means the floor, or house is so clean, you could eat off the floor.  It's used as an exaggeration.  My new floor is so clean you could eat off it . . . .until tomorrow.It's Now Safe to Eat Food That's Been Dropped On the Floor | Glamour
So, I think that's enough for now.  Do you have any idioms in Japanese that use floor?  Please tell me this week.   Today's BGM;

One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor

There’s been some hard feelings here About some words that were said Been some hard feelings here And what is more There’s been a bloody purple nose And some bloody purple clothes That were messing up the lobby floor It’s just apartment house rules So all you ‘partment house fools Remember: one man’s ceiling Is another man’s floor One man’s ceiling Is another man’s floor There’s been some strange goin’s-on And some folks have come and gone And the elevator man don’t work no more I heard a racket in the hall And I thought I heard a fall But I never opened up my door It’s just apartment house sense It’s like apartment house rents Remember: one man’s ceiling Is another man’s floor I tell you, one man’s ceiling Is another man’s floor And there’s an alley In the back of my building Where some people congregate in shame I was walking with my dog And the night was black with smog When I thought I heard somebody Call my name Remember: one man’s ceiling Is another man’s floor


Goodbye my lilacタイトルをクリックしてください

One of my favorite flowers has always been lilacs.  I have memories of waiting for the school bus in front of my house next to my mother's lilac bush.  The flowers smelled and tasted wonderful. About twenty years ago, I bought three lilac bushes at the Ueki Ichi in Yabase. Two of them died, but one of them slowly grew into a tall and beautiful tree. Unfortunately, about two years ago, it started dying.  First I lost half of it. Then this year, it completely died! I was so sad! I spent yesterday morning digging up the tree and the huge roots. Here is my hope for the future. Finally after a week with a bad back from cutting up my lilac tree, I planted two new lilacs this morning.  Here's hoping they grow into great trees someday.

Today's BGM

We'll gather lilacs in the spring again

Frank Sinatra

  We'll gather lilacs in the spring again And walk together down an English lane Until our hearts have learned to sing again When you come home once more And in the evening by the firelight's glow You'll hold me close and never let me go Your eyes will tell me all I want to know When you come home once more And in the evening by the firelight's glow You'll hold me close and never let me go Your eyes will tell me all I want to know When you come home once more  


I'M GOING HOME!!!タイトルをクリックしてください

After many weeks and months of thinking, worrying and planning, I have decided to return to America.  I'm going home today.  This will be my final post here. Thank you for all the wonderful years, I really enjoyed teaching all of you . . . most of you . . .  some of you!                     Kid Friendly April Fools Day Pranks - The Children's Clinic - Pediatricians  

I'm JOKING!!!

I'll stay in Akita forever . . .maybe? So, today is one of my favorite days of the year.  I woke up with plans on how to fool my family and friends.  It is now 9:30 a.m., and I have already fooled my wife and friend.  I still have 15 hours left!  I'm so excited. Have you fooled anyone today?  Here are a few famous April Fool's Day videos.  Maybe they will give you some ideas. In 1957 the BBC broadcast a famous April Fool's Day news clip about the spaghetti harvest in Italy: https://youtu.be/tVo_wkxH9dU

23 WAYS TO HAVE FUN AT HOME || APRIL FOOLS' DAY PRANKS

https://youtu.be/folseMrN5IU

10 DIY April Fools ♥ Pranks That Aren't Mean

https://youtu.be/_3-KF0XybFs  

April Fools' Day Pranks with Mark Rober

https://youtu.be/hdDBKxJSAHQ

ENJOY YOUR DAY!!

  For more ideas, scroll down.                       Arachnids, Araneae, Arthropoda, Big, Giant, Spider


Give Peace A Chanceタイトルをクリックしてください

https://twitter.com/i/status/1497067710131417088   https://youtu.be/gEX7Xxfr-qc I've been feeling very sad, depressed and discouraged this last week.  I've had trouble sleeping with all the turmoil in the world going through my mind at night. I have nieces from Ukraine with family who are stuck there.  My brother is doing all he can to get them out safely. In the face of all this, I want to focus on PEACE today. These quotes and more can be found here. peace quotes albert einstein peace quotes jimi hendrix   peace quotes dalai lama

  • Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.” —Lyndon B. Johnson
  •  If you don't know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he's just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It's one world, pal. We're all neighbors.” —Frank Sinatra
  • “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us and the world will be as one.” —John Lennon
  • An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” —Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.” —John Lewis
  • “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” ―Indira Gandhi
I am not naive.  I know these quotes won't get us out of our current problems, but for today, I choose to focus on PEACE!


Cinnamon Rolls, my comfort foodタイトルをクリックしてください

Waking up on Sunday morning to the delicious aroma of my mother's homemade cinnamon rolls.  What a wonderful memory! As a child these were one of my favorite treats. When I came to Japan in 1984, I don't remember seeing cinnamon rolls anywhere.  I missed them so much that I tried to make them a few times. Let's just say I wasn't successful.Purse-Owner! — Burnt Cinnamon Roll Too Bad For This World, Too... Last year, out of the blue, there was a cinnamon roll boom in Akita (Japan?).  After reading about the best cinnamon rolls in Akita in Mari Mari, I went on the hunt for the ultimate cinnamon roll. Here are the results:76 Bakery Starbucks タミーユ bakery YOUパン パンノキ ヴィ ド フランス [caption id="attachment_2458" align="alignnone" width="627"] ルーシーカンパニー[/caption] All of the rolls were delicious in their own way, however my favorite was from a little shop ルーシーカンパニー,in Omagari AEON.  I will continue my search for the ultimate cinnamon roll. So what is your comfort food? Comfort food is food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone, and may be characterized by its high caloric nature, high carbohydrate level, or simple preparation. The nostalgia may be specific to an individual, or it may apply to a specific culture. I did enjoy a kind of non-calorie (or minus calorie) comfort food last week.  I had my first winter campout and snowshoeing of the season.  Nature is one of my comfort foods!


The Year of the Tigerタイトルをクリックしてください

I hope you have all been doing well!

Today we will learn some idioms about tigers.Sunda Tiger | Species | WWF

  1. Paper tiger.  Something or someone who is all bark and no bite. Many people are quite scared of North Korea, but I think it's really only a paper tiger. Chinese innovation – paper tiger or king of the hill? – Global Public Square - CNN.com Blogs

  2. Catch a tiger by the tail.  To be involved with something or someone that is too powerful or threatening.  I started trading BIT coin, but now I feel like I've caught a tiger by the tail and I can't let go!TSH Newsroom: Catch a tiger by the tail..

  3. Tiger team. A group of the best employees gathered to do something.  You are our tiger team for the corona vaccine!So Just What is a Tiger Team?" - Tiger Team Marketing

  4. Tiger juice / milk.  Hard liquor, whisky or brandy etc.   Let's bring a couple of bottles of tiger juice for the campfire tonight!Tiger Juice recipe ingredients - How to make a Tiger Juice cocktail drink

  5. The lady or the tiger. An unknowable outcome to a problem.  The Lady and the Tiger Review | Board Game Quest

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