Where is my stuff?タイトルをクリックしてください

As I get older, it becomes more difficult to remember some things.  People's names, dates, etc.  Also, where did I put it?? Today, let's talk about places.  Here are the basics that I teach to elementary school kids: IN, ON, UNDER,BY. In the box. On the table, Under the sofa. By the TV. But, even some of these are a bit strange. The picture is on the piano. Painting My Piano | Piano room decor, Painted pianos, Piano decor The picture is on the wall. Let's go to the next level.  How specific can you tell me where something is in your house?

  1.  My corn holders are at the back of the 2nd drawer from the top, next to my oven.
  2. My Bufferin is in the plastic case on the left side of the 2nd shelf from the top, in the cabinet next to my bathroom sink.
  3. My wine glasses are on the right at the back of the cupboard over my kitchen sink.
  4. My summer shirts are in my walk in closet hanging on the right side of the rack.
  5. My white out is in the 2nd drawer of the filing box under my computer.
  6. My cabbage is in the bottom drawer of my refrigerator.
  7. My eggs are in the egg holder in the door of my refrigerator.
  8. My dress shoes are behind the middle door of the shoes box in my entrance way.
  9. My grandchild's toys are in the snoopy chest in front of the bookcase in the Japanese room.
  10. My heart is in your hands.
So, can you tell me where your stuff is?  Give it a try! https://youtu.be/LtHr7gluh08

Antigen or PCRタイトルをクリックしてください

Akita City has provided Antigen (抗原検査) test kits for all the school teachers in the city.  I didn't think I would get one, but Friday afternoon I got an email informing me that I should pick up the test at the City Hall.  I did and  I took the test yesterday. Here are the simple steps: Wash out your mouth, take three deep breaths, and spit into the paper cup Dip the swab into the saliva.     Put the swab into testing bottle, wait for 10 minutes. Put three drops from the bottle into the test kit.   Wait three minutes for test results. Cheer when your results are negative! Cheers Cheering GIF - Cheers Cheering WellDone - Discover & Share GIFs | Gif, Cheer, Cool gifs Now, I have had both PCR and Antigen tests.  Do you know the differences?  I didn't, but I looked into it. PCR tests are more expensive and time consuming, but the results are more accurate.  However, false positives are a small problem. Antigen tests are cheaper, faster, and DIY, but false negatives are a small problem. To me the biggest problem for both tests, is they only tell me the results today!  What happens if I get Covid 19 tomorrow? Oh well, I'm still waiting on the vaccine. https://youtu.be/BjfT6H6QUIA  

Golden Week or "Gaman" Week?タイトルをクリックしてください

Are you enjoying your vacation?  The daily increase of Covid 19 cases in Japan and Akita, have put a huge damper on Golden Week this year.  25 cases yesterday!!!(May 1st) In English, "MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY" is a distress call, just like SOS.  I guess it's fitting that we had the most cases in Akita on that day.  Somebody HELP US! I'm trying to "Enjoy Home" this week.  The same as last year! So, today, let's talk about 我慢. In English, it is usually translated as "endurance", or "patience", but these two words have very different meanings. Five phrases about endurance:

  1.  My car is old, but it can still take a licking and keep on ticking.Takes a licking - Keeps on ticking Card | Zazzle.com
  2. The sudden change of teaching style has been a trial by fire for many teachers.Trial by fire: This year will expose the best and worst tech startups | VentureBeat
  3. I'm going to pound out this marathon even if it kills me!15,000 pound out marathon - PressReader
  4. Are you ready to go the distance in this marriage?I Can Go The Distance! - Hercules - Magnet | TeePublic
  5. My P.E. teacher's favorite motto was; "when the going gets tough, the tough get going".When the going gets tough, only the tough get going: Funny and intelligent Notebook, Diary And Journal for everybody with 120 Lined Pages 6x9 inches | Notebooks, Willys Wisdom |本 | 通販 | Amazon
Now five phrases about patience.
  1. Give him some time, you know Rome wasn't built in a day.  Don't expect him to speak perfect English this week!ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY – Canvas 888
  2. We have to take this one step at a time, or we will end up being overwhelmed.Determination - happens one step at a time. - Coaching Focus
  3. You know what they say; "a watched pot never boils", give him some space.A watched pot never boils
  4. You know all things come to those who wait . . . .so . . .WAIT!!Good things come to those who wait | Wisdom Life Quotes
  5. I don't really expect results in the next 10 years, I'm playing the long game.  Someday the stock prices will shoot up I'm sure.Digital Marketing Is A Long Game | LeFace
So, what do you think is the best word for 我慢?  Endurance, or patience.  If you can think of a better word, please tell me.  

Today's BGM:

Go the Distance

From Disney's Hercules

Sung my Michael Bolton

I have often dreamed, of a far off place Where a hero's welcome, would be waiting for me Where the crowds will cheer, when they see my face And a voice keeps saying, "This is where I'm meant to be" I'll be there someday, I can go the distance I will find my way, if I can be strong I'll know every mile, will be worth my while When I go the distance, I'll be right where I belong Down an unknown road, to embrace my fate Though that road may wander, it will lead me to you And a thousand years, would be worth the wait It might take a lifetime, but somehow I'll see it through And I won't look back, I can go the distance And I'll stay on track, no I won't accept defeat It's an uphill slope, but I won't lose hope 'Till I go the distance, and my journey is complete, Ooh-Yeah But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part For a hero's strength is measured by his heart (Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh, Eh-Eh) Like a shooting star, I can go the distance I will search this world, and I will face its harms I don't care how far, 'cause I can go the distance 'Till I find my hero's welcome, waiting in your arms I will search this world, and I will face its harms Until I find my hero's welcome, waiting in your arms.  

NEW CLASS INFO   新クラスタイトルをクリックしてください

      5月11日より,新しい子どものクラスをはじめます。 毎週火曜日 定員:7名 月謝:4,500円

  • 初級クラス 4:30~5:20
お早目にお申込みをお願いいたします。 Thanks to your continuing support, I am happy to announce a new children's on Tuesday afternoon. Beginner Class:   4:30~5:20 Please register early, first come first served.

I fell off my ladder!タイトルをクリックしてください

Ladder falls more than broken bones | The Senior | 2259 So, yesterday morning (4/11), I was on my ladder re-attaching the "snow-stoppers" that came off my roof over the winter.屋根材別雪止め部|石川県金沢市の株式会社やね屋(公式ホームページ)です。 Suddenly, my ladder slipped, and I fell from the top.  Luckily, I landed on my grass and not the cement wall!  I'm okay . . . I think.  I have a little pain in my arm where I caught myself, and a scrape on my leg.  That's all.  I will be more careful in the future! However, it gives me a chance to talk about "falling off". 1.   To fall from a  surface or position,  to drop off something. Please be careful not to fall off the roof! finally found my phone—it must have fallen off the bed. button fell off my shirt. 

The twigs fell off of him as he stood up.
2. To decline or lessen, to diminish. 
Business falls off during the summer months.
My interest in school fell off when I became twenty.
Because this project is taking so long to complete, people's 
excitement about it has really fallen off. 
Stock prices fell off markedly, after the Amazon scandal. 
The number of staff meetings fell off after a few months, as our new enthusiasm dropped. 
I started a new diet and the pounds just fell off.
3.  To start drinking again.
After three years of sobriety, Covid 19 made him fall off the wagon.Why Falling Off the Wagon is a Good Thing | Wellness Mission
On a happy note, after falling off the ladder yesterday morning, I spent a wonderful day driving around Akita chasing cherry blossoms.  Enjoy!
[caption id="attachment_2116" align="alignnone" width="675"] Behind Herb World, Nishime[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2120" align="alignnone" width="800"] At Honjo Park[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2132" align="alignnone" width="575"] In Yokote, experiencing a Kamakura[/caption]
 As we drove around Akita Prefecture for hours, I listened to a lot of my old CDs.  This song really took me back to my high school days!
Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys.

Let's Compost!タイトルをクリックしてください

I spent a day last week composting my flower beds, and since I had a few questions about it from some of my students, I thought I'd give an explanation here. Step 1: Put your table scraps in a compost bin. Step 2: Put your grass, leaves etc. in a compost pile. Step 3: At the end of the season, mix food scraps and grass, cover with a sheet and let sit over the winter. Step 4: Move to "second compost site", cover with sheet and leave for one year. Step 5: Sift the compost to remove big clumps etc. (I use this big green basket tray). Step 6; Use compost wherever you need it.  This year I put it all around my flower beds and trees.  Last year I spread it on my grass. Step 7: Enjoy your beautiful flowers. March 29th, my first daffodil of spring.   Composting is good for the environment, good for your health, and good for your garden. Let's compost! Today's song is Let's Compost! - YouTube https://youtu.be/GND8jjwTGsw?t=32    

My mother has passed away.タイトルをクリックしてください

As most of you know by now, my mother passed away on February 25th.  Every day since then (even today) has been a rush of things to do, discuss, and finalize.  Being in Japan so far away has made it much harder.  So, I haven't updated my phrase in awhile.   As a final tribute to my mother, I will post her obituary, which she wrote herself before she passed away.  

Dorothy Ilene Jones


  One by one, the lights are going out - the party’s over - time for farewells….my turn: I, Dorothy Ilene Jones was born on January 10, 1933 in Gering, NE to William (Bill) Henry Bliss and Savilla (Sally) Evelyn Long Bliss.  That year my parents, my brother Wilbur Lee (2 ½ years) and I (2 months) moved to Lynden, WA.  When I was 7 years old, my parents divorced.  Later, my Mom married Jesse Ralph Walton, a Navy man.  Soon after, the war started and we moved to various locations on the East coast following the PT boats’ schedule.  When I was 10 years old, my stepdad was sent over seas and we moved to Long Beach, CA.  Many happy years (especially teenage) were spent there - dancing, swimming, dancing, sewing, dancing, singing in the Luella Barnes’ ward youth choir, and of course, dancing! In the fall of 1950, our neighbor told his nephew, Broadie Firmon Jones, who was up visiting from La Jolla, to look over the fence where I was sunbathing (not in a bikini as my kids insist).  BJ went back to the Korean War and we started writing.   He returned in June.  We married on December 20, 1951.  He went back to the war for 6 months.  I graduated from Long Beach City College with an AA degree.   In 1962-1964 we spent 2 plus wonderful years in Western Samoa for the LDS Church.  In 1968 we moved to Mapleton, UT to live in a small town, near hiking and climbing mountains and as it turned out, to have some of the best neighbors ever.  We have 10 beautiful children (every crow thinks its own’s the blackest) who are also very fun and funny - as in funny HA HA, not funny peculiar- but most important, the kindest kind of kids ever! Rochelle (deceased), Chris & Jim Possin, Laurie (deceased) & Jay Madsen, Janae & Corey Krebs, Bonnie & Jeff Fisk, Mark & Yoshiko Jones, Jay & Arin Jones, Shauna & Joe Quist, Scott & Rachelle Jones, Matt and Jennifer Jones.  We have 60 grand children and 87 (plus 6 on the way) great grandchildren.  At long last through a life, a very happy life of 88 years, marked by many trials and many errors, I have learned that one of life’s greatest lessons, if not the greatest, is this:  Make someone happy and you will be happy, too!  Or in the words of a poet (India):  “I slept and dreamt that life was joy.  I woke and found that life was service.  I gave service and found joy.”   - written by Dorothy Jones    Dorothy Jones passed away on February 25, 2021.  She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and the countless others that she loved and served.  Mom, we will miss your thoughts, your DI finds, your endless oranges, and your constant phone calls that now make ours so very silent.  We were blessed to grow up with a dancing mother who found joy in sharing even the smallest of treats.  May you rest in peace knowing that each of your children knew they were deeply loved by you.  May you be surrounded by the many loved ones who have waited patiently for you on the other side.  God be with you our dear, sweet, beautiful Mother!   A viewing for family will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. and for friends from 10:00 to 10:30 at Wheeler Mortuary in Mapleton, 82 West 400 North, Mapleton, and a graveside service will immediately follow at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery 1997 East 400 South in Springville.  Condolences may be left on this page.   This is the poem I read at her funeral, at her request.  It was very hard to get through the whole thing.


Dance at my death?

Of course,

For I am that much closer

To the stars,

Or play

Or sing--

Most anything

But weep.

I would not like

To lie beneath

Intemperate amounts

Of ill-afforded flowers

Or see my friends

Dark-robed and sad

 Instead of glad.

I go with joy!

So dress in rainbows

On that day,

Play the music

Loud and gay,

Dance 'til you

Are cut of breath,

Make joy and beauty

 Of my death!

Carol C. Ottesen

Today's BGM is one of my Mother's favorite songs.

Sweet Caroline

Neil Diamond

Where it began, I can't begin to knowing But then I know it's growing strong Was in the spring Then spring became the summer Who'd have believed you'd come along Hands, touching hands Reaching out, touching me, touching you [Chorus] Sweet Caroline Good times never seemed so good I'd be inclined To believe they never would So good, so good Look at the night and it don't seem so lonely We filled it up with only two And when I hurt Hurting runs off my shoulder How can I hurt when I'm holding you One, touching one Reaching out, touching me, touching you [Chorus]