Just some bits and bobs (as the English say) about what's going on in my world. Be sure to click on any pictures you like to see larger versions of them.
Pandabonium bought a bread maker a while back and is baking a lot of bread now. He makes whole wheat bread which he can't find in any store, and also white breads. He says it is easy as he just puts in the ingredients and pushes a button. The machine does all the work. About 5 hours later, he takes out a nice loaf of bread. Sometimes K gives me some. :p It can also make mochi rice cakes, but those are too chewy for me.
I think it's too hot to bake things, but he says the bread maker only heats up for a little while and is small, so is more efficient and less of a heat source than a regular oven would be. Whatever. I'm not in the kitchen. I do like the smell of things baking.
Summer can get hot, but there are also interesting things to see around the house and yard. We have a cactus plant in bloom for instance. Really. You probably don't think of cactus and Japan at the same time. Me neither, but it makes me laugh because I think of Snoopy's brother, Spike.
Pretty, but don't get too close!
K has two new hibiscus plants. They are pretty. Pandabonium says they remind him of Hawaii and Fiji.
This big moth stopped for a rest on our front door. He had a wingspan of over 5cm. Not huge, but pretty big for a moth, and cool looking, don't you think?
And this smaller one was on the laundry room window.
I spotted an amageru (Japanese tree frog) on one of Pandabonium's basil plants. Maybe he liked the smell of basil, or perhaps he was using his camouflage while he tried to stay cool and look for bugs to eat.
Pandabonium has lots of plants growing this summer, mostly veggies and some fruits. He rides his bicycle to the garden shop for supplies sometimes and it amazes me how much he can carry.
Staying cool as a jewel just got easier for me. Pandabonium and K bought two big yoshizu (reed blinds) that lean against the patio roof and shade my house and half the patio.
They are 240 cm (almost 8 feet) long and would not fit into K's car. I had to wonder who was driving up when they came home because the store had loaned them a Suzuki mini-truck. Pretty nice of them. K said it was brand new with less than 1400 km (870 miles) on it. I didn't get to ride along. No dogs allowed.
Well, that's about it for now. Oh, I had to go to the Vet for an ear infection a couple of weeks ago. I have to admit that I was shaking because I didn't know what to expect. He turned out to be real nice and his nurse hugged me. He gave me some medicine to take for a week and I'm all better now.
Maybe I'll get to go to the beach one of these days.
I hope you are enjoying summer too.