“Hoppy” New Year!

HOP HOP HOP into 2023.

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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


Building a snowhouse with my grandson
Nothing better than a winter barbecue.
with delicious meat.
This year’s Christmas lights.
This year’s Christmas tree
Taking my grandson for his first bowling experience.
First winter camp of the year.
Snowshoeing in beautiful Akita.
Blume Messe’s Poinsettia tower.