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'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



10 DIY April Fools ♥ Pranks That Aren't Mean


April Fools' Day Pranks with Mark Rober



  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 May be an image of dessert and indoor 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 didn't even take a picture, this is from their facebook page.   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


FUNNY MASKS . . . and so creative!タイトルをクリックしてください

After four Halloween parties at the end of October, I was exhausted, and took a bit of a break.  I'm back now, and though it's a little late, I would like to finish my series on "masks". Due to corona, all students had to wear masks at the parties of course.  I decided to turn this into an opportunity.  I gave each student a plain white mask as a canvas and challenged them to create their own original mask to wear with their costume.  We had a contest with prizes for the best masks.  I wanted to share some of their wonderful creations with you here, unfortunately, the photo quality wasn't good enough to zoom into the masks without revealing the identity of the children, as you can see here: So, here are some random funny masks off of the internet: Custom look Free hugs The shame mask   You are too close   Class of 2020 Mustache man Stay over there 2020 virus Too close I Hate Wearing This Funny Face Mask Quote - Funny Organic cotton Face Mask(face mask for sale,face protection mask,Funny Face mask,best face masks,reusable face mask,breathable face mask) I wonder, when can we finally take off these masks??? Finally, here are a few pictures from my Halloween.

Masks Part 2😷😷😷😷😷😷タイトルをクリックしてください

Let's get right into it.  Mask idioms.The Mask (1994) - IMDb

  1.   Let your mask slip.  He drank  a lot at that party, he let his mask slip and we saw his true self.
  2. Throw off your mask.  How long have you been living like this?  Don't you think it's time to throw off your mask and show the world your true nature?
  3. Mask out.  I planted some bushes on the edge of my property to mask out the parking lot.
And now, a few famous quotes about masks:
  1. Love often wears a mask in order to test loyalty.   Minna Antrim
  2. Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.   Oscar Wilde
  3. Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.   Victor Hugo
  4. It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth.   Gao Xingjian
  5. Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.   John Dryden
Next time, funny masks14 funny face masks to make people laugh in the supermarket | HELLO! https://youtu.be/NMVsCwKeARQ?t=6  

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