Saturday, April 26, 2008

Wasabi.

After I have recovered from the fever, I have been lazy not sewing many things. Maybe it is because of this hot weather? It is hot in VA in this few days. I felt like my head might be burning when I was watching ants working so hard for their nest in my front yard this afternoon. I asked them "How come you guys can work so hard in this hot weather? We will have rain this evening, according to the forecast. Your nest will be destroyed soon...", but they don't definitely understand it. And they would start to work after the rain over and over again. I used to give them some sugar before, but I stopped it once they have scared me by coming and coming out from the nest to get the sugar. It became a big black spot. I felt like I might be eaten by them too.

I have found an interesting fabric on the internet yesterday.
This is it.



It's not uncommon to see Sushi patterned fabric. The problem to me is the Wasabi that is on the left blow corner. This shape is ... a biggie ... in Japan. I understand that Wasabi is served with Sushi like that shape, but it's totally different. It's like a jaggy mountain, not like a soft cream. I have to tell this to my Japanese friends!

By the way, do you know why Wasabi is always served with Sushi or Sashimi??
It is not only for taste, actually Wasabi has a power of killing bacteria that come with raw fish. You may not particularly like Wasabi, but I think you better eat it a little when you eat raw fish :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Shogun.

We are in spring now!




When I see this kind of Sakura, I feel spring is going over, and summer is start soon. They are so beautiful like western ladies.

I have had an unexpectable fever since the last Friday, it was not a cold, just headache and fever. It's almost gone now.
In the beautiful spring day, it came suddenly. I was quite normal that day, but got a high fever after the night. Took aspirins and vitamins every 4 hours for one day, and took Ibuprofens in the same way for another one day, but they didn't work at all.

To stay in the bed all day is really no fun, but staying up is difficult with high fever, but cannot sleep all day. My rabbits are also stuck in the cage all days, should be no fun for them too. My husband at least takes care of handicapped one, but others. It doesn't mean he doesn't care about other rabbits, just he doesn't know how I am doing for them everyday.

I was feeling so miserable for myself, wondering what was going on with my body. On the 3rd day I started to have the fever, I told my husband that I want to do something to get out of this situation.

He said to me, "Well, there is not many things that you can do. Just stay in the bed and try to forget about it. How about to watch TV?"

But I cannot enjoy TV programs because of my English problems, even we don't have good connection to TV wave, so our TVs sometimes don't give us both pictures and sounds :( Most of the time, sounds and hardly see pictures. (Public channel is always clear.) Of course, we don't have cables. So I don't watch TV often.

I felt a little irritated about what he said. I always envy him about he can laugh watching TV. I said to him, "I don't want English now. I am too tired to translate. I even want you to speak Japanese, no more English now." I know he doesn't speak Japanese, I was mean.

I have some DVDs that my mother sent me from Japan, which she recorded Japanese programs at her home. I thought this is a good opportunity to watch them since I didn't have time to watch them until now.
But, we don't have a DVD player, so we have to watch DVD on my husband's computer. But he has a transmitter from the computer to the TV. He tried to set them up for me, but unfortunately it didn't work. It seems be because of different file type. The DVDs work on his computer, but the transmitter doesn't transmit the picture to the TV.

I am appreciate him for spending his time for it for 4 hours. Actually I couldn't stay my body up for 4 hours, so I fell in asleep waiting for him.

After that, he brought me old videos (7 cassettes total) "SHOGUN" which is his favorite.
I have just finished 2 cassettes though....., it is odd. I am very sure about people who saw this dram of movie whatever, must think that Japan is very crazy and odd country. I haven't been in that old time in Japan, but as seen many of Japanese movies and dramas in Japan that drew about Japanese old time...., they are basically the same, which means Japanese old time was that way in real, I think.

Anyway, he did what he could do for me, and I am almost recovered as I went grocery shopping today. My rabbits will get a normal life from tomorrow, some are from today :) Being healthy is wonderful.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

犬張子 -- Inu hariko --

"Inu hariko" is a Japanese traditional toy for children since old time. It is a dog shaped toy. I did know the dog, but didn't know what it is for. All I knew was "Japanese traditional something". Nowadays, it is used like a good luck charm for children.

When I made a bag with this patterned fabric, my husband said, "it is a cat!". Yes, it also looks like a cat, but it is a dog. I have read some informations about it on the internet, and started to feel it is very pretty. In fact, I sew that many Japanese people make their original items using the dog.

So :-D
Here is my original illustration of the dog! It took more than half day to draw though..., I think it is pretty!





I printed on a T-shirt transfer sheet, and ironed on white fabric, made a tote bag with it... though... I feel like something is strange :-( I anyway post this tote on my shop, but I am not sure if people would like it or not.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Tax return.

The due is almost here.
I hate to do tax thing every year, I think only very limited people like it to do :-(
I dairy take care of papers and receipts for tax, and I give the papers of for a year to my husband, he reads through the papers and receipts. He gives me numbers of how much spend for what, and I make a table using Excel. Then, we bring everything to H & R Block, always in the last minute.

My husband is seriously, really, bad at paper work. I don't understand at all what is so difficult for him, but he is often confused by himself, read the same paper over and over again. It's take unbelievably long time, as I could make 4 patterns of cards while I was waiting for him in front of the computer to be given the number.






We have finally finished all tax things, just go to H&R Block on this Monday!
I hope everything will go well this year too.

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I have bought some fabrics from Japan :)



They have just arrived today!
It is very surprising that they came in 2 days later of ordering day. I thought it would take at least a week. I will make tote bags or petit granny bags for sale with these fabrics :-D

Monday, April 07, 2008

Japanese manga (comics)


I used to love Japanese manga very much as manga was most important thing in my life, when I was a teenager. All of my money I could spend was spent for manga, I had many, many of them as I don't know how many I have had.
I had to clean all of my belongings I had in Japan, when I went back to my home in the last summer, so I sold all of them to a used book store. I was really unhappy about it, but I couldn't help it :-(
I have lost my time to enjoy manga since I started to have a job after graduation, and seldom read it around middle of 20's, I am away a lot from manga now as I don't read it at all.

When I left Japan for the USA 4 years ago, I had a few manga that I continue reading because the story was still going on. And forgot about it after came in the USA, didn't think about it a lot even when I was in Japan the last summer. But I have only one manga, I really want to know the story until the last.

I was actually almost forgetting about it either, but I have one customer who loves manga, and we chatted about it when she ordered my tote bags. I knew all about she told me about her favorite manga, I was so excited even.

Now, she has sparked my interest in that manga, I have been looking at the website that I can read it since then. Nowadays, it is really convenient we can read books on the internet. It is not free though, a lot less expensive than purchasing real books. I don't have to store the books on my shelf, I don't have to think about reselling them after finish reading. I don't want to have many things around me (except fabric, and most of them are for my shop), since I have noticed that I don't need many things in my life.

Anyway.
I have been fighting with myself about if I read the manga on the internet or not, because manga is like a drug for me which keep myself in a dream world :-( Oh my.