A hedge or a fence?タイトルをクリックしてください

I'm still on the fence about what to replace our old fence with. In the meantime, as promised, here are a few idioms about hedges.

  1.   Hedge your bets.  Do something to prevent or prepare for future damage or loss.  With the banks failing in the US, it's a good idea to hedge your bets by putting half your money in gold.Hedge Your Bets Meaning – What Is Hedging Your Bets? – Old Blog Posts |  Poker chips, Poker, Gambling
  2. Hedge in.  To make a border or barrier around something.  When I came out of AEON, I discovered my car had been hedged in on all sides by other cars!  I was stuck.Traffic Jam
  3. Hedge fund.  A high risk high return investment. In 2011, his hedge fund had a return of 50 percent.Hedge Fund Strategies
  4. Dragged through a hedge backwards.  Look messy or disheveled.  What happened to you??? You look like you  got dragged through a hedge backwards.Hilarious before and after photo goes viral showing first day at school
  5. A hedge between keeps friendships green.  Privacy is important for good friends also. I didn't ask too much about his children.  You know what they say;  A hedge between keeps friendships green. A hedge between keeps friendships green. | Healthy quotes, Friendship, How  i feel
おまけ:  Hedgehog ハリネズミ I have a family of hedgehogs living in my hedges!Free Animals Hedgehog photo and picture Little hedgehog song:   https://youtu.be/UmbgykJLavY How was your Golden Week?  I spent  three days in Tokyo, visiting my grandkids.  It was wonderful.  Then I was very busy for the rest of the week, but I did find time to finish some projects, and enjoy spring a little. [caption id="attachment_2558" align="alignnone" width="853"] My new sign. New classes start Monday.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2559" align="alignnone" width="853"] I finally finished repairing and staining my terrace. I'm satisfied with the results.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2560" align="alignnone" width="853"] Visited Inokashira Park Zoo with my grandkids. Surprised to see a カモシカ in the zoo![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2561" align="alignnone" width="853"] Had dinner at Sizzler restaurant in Mitaka City. It was delicious![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2563" align="alignnone" width="853"] Enjoyed beautiful azaleas at Senshu park.[/caption]

NEW CLASS INFO   新クラスタイトルをクリックしてください

Free Kids Children illustration and picture 5月より、新しい子どものクラスをはじめます。 定員:7名 月謝:4,500円

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A fence or a hedge?タイトルをクリックしてください

Do you have a fence around your house? . . .a hedge? My home has had a tall metal fence around two sides for the last 20 years.  Suddenly in February, it was torn down without any warning.  Our house is fully exposed to the world.  I feel NAKED! We have been thinking about what to put up in place of the old fence.  There are many pros and cons to both fences and hedges.  Please give me some good advice. In the meantime, here are a few phrases, idioms about fences and hedges.Large Banner Image for Hedge vs Fence Blog

  1.   On the fence.  To be undecided about something.  I'm on the fence about building a fence.Sitting On The Fence | Great PowerPoint ClipArt for Presentations - PresenterMedia.com
  2. Good fences make good neighbors.  It's always good to have clear lines marking your side and their side. My neighbor's dog keeps coming into my yard, I guess I'll have to put up a fence.  You know what they say, "good fences make good neighbors".Mending Wall” Video Summary - YouTube
  3. Fence in.  To trap, or feel trapped.  I really feel fenced in by all these Covid 19 restrictions!Free Hands Children'S Hands photo and picture
  4. Go for the fences.  To try your hardest, make your best effort. I'm going for the fences in starting my new classes.  (This comes from baseball, homeruns).Don't Go Swinging For The Fences | Seeking Alpha
  5. Mend fences.  To repair relationships.  I was finally able to mend fences with my high school friend after 30 years of separation.BBC Learning English - 今日短语/ Mend fences with someone 重归于好
Next time, Hedges Today's BGM:  Don't fence me in. Willie Nelson Oh give me the land, lots of land Under starry skies above Don't fence me in Let me ride through the wide open Country that I love Don't fence me in Let me be by myself in the evening breeze Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees Send me off forever but I ask you please Don't fence me in Just turn me loose let me straddle my old saddle Underneath the western skies On my cayuse let me wander over yonder Till I see the mountain rise I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences Gaze at the moon until I lose my senses I can't look at the hobbles and I can't stand the fences Don't fence me in   By the way, have you had time to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms this year?  Here are a few photos of the last few days. Akita is so beautiful. [caption id="attachment_2534" align="alignnone" width="853"] Taihei River April 9th, so early![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2535" align="alignnone" width="853"] Taihei River[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2536" align="alignnone" width="853"] Kakunodate, Hinokinai River, April 15th, my first time to see Kakunodate Cherry blossoms.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2537" align="alignnone" width="853"] Hinokinai River[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2538" align="alignnone" width="853"] Famous Kakunodate Weeping Cherry Tree[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2539" align="alignnone" width="480"] Skunk Cabbage at Sashimaki, April 15th.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2541" align="alignnone" width="853"] Dog tooth violets at Sashimaki[/caption]

Shopping Part 2タイトルをクリックしてください

To continue from my last post, here are 5 more uncommon shopping phrases.

  1.   Separate checks / split checks.  Divide the bill for each person of a group.  Could we have separate checks please, all I had was a cup of tea. Separate Restaurant Checks Would Spur Harmony and Diverse Friendships

  2. It's a rip off.  Something that costs more than it's worth. $10 for a glass of OJ!  What a rip off, they're taking advantage of us!What is a rip-off? Definition and examples - Market Business News

  3. Shopping spree. To spend a lot of money for many things.   As soon as my Christmas bonus comes, I'm going on a camp gear shopping spree.Go on a Shopping Spree and We'll Guess How Old You Are | HowStuffWorks

  4. Yard sale / garage sale.  Selling your old things in front of your house, or in your garage. We'll have to leave early if we want to find anything worth buying at his garage sale.

  5. One stop shop.  A store where you can get almost anythingCostco is almost a one stop shop, I really wish we had one closer than Sendai!S

Have you had any fun shopping trips recently?

I bought a tent last week, I can't wait to try it out when I go hunting mountain vegetables this spring.

新品Featherstone Outdoor UL Granite Backpacking 2 Person Tent for Ultralight 3-Season Camping and Expeditions

Next time, "Fences or Hedges"

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Shop til you drop.タイトルをクリックしてください

In many of my classes, we have been studying shopping.  Unfortunately, the inflation in Japan (and around the world) has  taken some of the fun out of shopping. I did have a nice day shopping yesterday, and unexpectedly found many good deals at Dodger's Supermarket.  So with a little newfound positivity, let's learn some uncommon shopping phrases.

  1. Shopping Therapy. (or Retail Therapy)  Buying something to make you feel better I broke up with my boyfriend yesterday, I think it's time for some shopping therapy.
  2. Shop around.  Going to different stores to compare prices or services.  (also used for dating).  Don't settle on the first man you see, you'd better shop around!  (see video below)*
  3. Shoplift. 万引き One of the signs of the bad economy is a startling increase in shoplifting.A shoplifting incident
  4. Fit like a glove. to fit perfectly.  That suit fits you like a glove. You should definitely buy it.To fit like a glove – Inglés Málaga
  5. Shop til you drop.  To keep shopping until you're too tired to continue. (it's an exaggeration).  I used to shop til I dropped all night!  These days, one or two stores is my limit.Cartoon of the Day: Shop ‘Til You Drop - Inflation cartoon 04.02.2014
https://youtu.be/QOboRbBytiQ Next time, 5 more phrases. In the mean time, I really enjoyed winter camping and snowshoeing last week. [caption id="attachment_2508" align="alignnone" width="333"] Thursday morning -5. Good morning![/caption]     [caption id="attachment_2509" align="alignnone" width="333"] The path to our tents.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2511" align="alignnone" width="948"] On the Babame road, a season's worth of snow.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514" align="alignnone" width="948"] A beautiful winter river.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513" align="alignnone" width="948"] Our path through unbroken snow, behind us,[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2512" align="alignnone" width="948"] In front of us.[/caption]    

"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

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