甘いもの

私は甘いものが大好きだが姉も好きである。そして2人ともコレステロール値が高い。これは母からの遺伝のようだ。母の体重は脳梗塞前いまよりも10キロは多かったが、9ヶ月の入院中(うち7ヶ月はリハビリ入院)に15キロほど落ちた。戻ってきてからなかなか太ることもなく、また甘いものを食べとすぐに中性脂肪値やコレステロール値がびっくりするぐらい高くなってしまうので、食事のことは私が神経質になっていた。2度目脳梗塞をしたら今度は寝たきりになっちゃいますよと血液検査の結果を見たドクタたちに脅されていたし食事指導も受けていた。がそんな母ももう80歳である。この春くらいから覚悟を決めてこれからは好きなものを好きなだけ食べさせようと決めて、そして母に食べたいものを聞くと80歳のおばあちゃんなのに肉やグラタン、トンカツ、エビフライなどボリューミー。そして圧倒的なリクエストは甘い食べ物である。シュークリーム、ショートケーキ、プリン、みたらし団子、大福などなど。ご飯は食べなくても食後の甘いものはペロリと食べるので体重もついに40キロ台になり見た目もふっくらつやつやとしてきた。ご近所の人や裏のおじさんが久しぶりに母に会うと、とっても元気そうになって、綺麗になった!と驚いてくれてそれがまた母を喜ばせている。私も嬉しい。見た目も元気そうになったのだが私があれ?と思ったのは記憶や言動がしっかりしてきたこと。度々の変な言動が私をあわてたさせてきていたがそういうことが少なくなり、笑顔の回数が多くなった。社交的にもなった。裏のおじさんの夜の突然の訪問にもニコニコしていたし、この前の電話事件もそうだが以前は「誰とも話したくないの。。」と言って友人たちを避けていたのが「お友達に電話したい!」と言い出したりも一例である。ついには今週呼ばれて母の部屋に行くと今からXXさんが来るよ!という、さっき電話して話したら(電話の掛け方も思い出した!)すぐ来るってとお友達を家に招待していた。そして本当に数年ぶりのXXさんが来て二人は楽しそうに2時間くらい話していただろうか。甘いものをたくさん食べるようになってブドウ糖が脳が活性化しているような気がする。もっと早く大好きな甘いものをたくさん食べさせてあげればよかったな。ほんと、正解がない。10年以上やってるのに、ああ〜と後悔ばかりだ。

 

元の会社のグループラインでLINEのスタンプの作り方を聞かれて、昔は面倒だったけど今は簡単に作れるアプリもあるみたいだよ?という話になり、言ったからには試してみようと職場の昼休みに10分くらいで作って(写真を切り抜けばできる感じ)申請しておいた。すごく雑なスタンプなので審査に通るかなと思ったらあっさり。審査基準甘くなったんだなぁ。1個ほんと落書きみたいだからプライベートにした。昨日友人と外国?みたいなところにいる間に申請承認のお知らせがきたのでそのままその場所でリリース^^ きっと使うたびにこれから「これはあの時あの場所でリリースしたなぁ」と思いそうだ。

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そこで食べたご飯。サラダ類の味付けも食べなれない異国のお味であった。フランスのケータリング会社のものとのこと。甘いものもこんな感じ。。。。母はともかく私は食べ過ぎ注意だ。

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Oct 14th, 2017

フロリダはまだ半袖でいいのね。突然こんなに寒くなると困る。ヒートテックに文句を言っていたが早速着た朝。

1)   Akira Shimizu, an actor and celebrity impressionist, apologised at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday night after his son Ryotaro, 29, was arrested earlier in the day on suspicion of violating the Stimulants Control Law.

2)   Police on Wednesday arrested a 66-year-old man on suspicion of violating the Public Election Law after he assaulted a candidate for the Oct 22 lower house election while he was giving a public speech in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture.

According to police, Yoshio Amano approached Yoshitaka Sakurada who was campaigning in front of Kashiwa Station at around 7 p.m. Wednesday and hit him in the head, Sankei Shimbun reported. Nearby staff subdued Amano and called police.

Sakurada, a member of Japan’s ruling Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP), was not injured, police said.

3)   A man serving a 10-year jail term for attempted murder has confessed to murdering another woman in 2006, saying he “has changed his mind to repent after falling sick,” investigative sources said.

Hirokazu Suzuki, 37, who is suffering from a cerebral infarction, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stabbing Yuri Kuronuma, 27, in Kawasaki, near Tokyo in September 2006.

4)   A key member of an international organization that won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has criticized the Japanese government for effectively ignoring a landmark U.N. treaty that outlaws nuclear weapons.

5)   Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Thursday stressed the central bank’s resolve to maintain its ultra-loose monetary policy, even as its U.S. and European counterparts begin to dial back their massive, crisis-mode monetary stimulus.

Kuroda offered an upbeat view of Japan’s economy, saying it was expanding moderately with rising incomes leading to higher corporate and household spending.

But he said inflation and wage growth were disappointingly low, despite such improvements in the economy.

6)   Shares in Japan’s Kobe Steel dived on Friday on a report that its widening quality scandal has spread to more than 30 foreign customers, including Boeing, General Motors, and French automaker PSA.

The embarrassing scandal for Kobe Steel — a venerable firm that once employed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — has already hit wide sections of Japanese industry, including automakers Toyota, Nissan and Honda which used the affected materials in their vehicles.

7)   The United States said Thursday that it was pulling out of the U.N.’s culture and education body, accusing it of “anti-Israel bias” in a move criticised by the head of the Paris-based organisation.

8)   Gun control in Japan, combined with the prevailing respect for authority, has led to a more harmonious relationship between civilians and the police than in the U.S. The Japanese police, in choosing to use sub-lethal force on people, generate less widespread fear among the public that they’ll be shot. In turn, people feel less of a need to arm themselves.

The U.S., meanwhile, has a more militarized police force that uses automatic weapons. There is also less widespread trust between people (and between people and institutions). The factors combine to produce a much fearful culture that can seem to be always on edge.

9)   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s snap election gamble looked like paying off after media forecasts showed his ruling bloc heading for a surprisingly big win, possibly enough to re-energise his push to revise Japan’s post-World War Two pacifist constitution.

10)   Yuriko Koike says she went into politics to be a player, not a bystander.

Now Tokyo’s first female governor is shaking things up as her new Party of Hope challenges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc in an Oct 22 poll, called by the Japanese leader to seek a fresh mandate after nearly five years in office.

11)   Wildfires continue to ravage northern California in the United States, killing 31 people over the past 4 days. California State officials say the fires that started on Sunday have burned about 77,000 hectares of land, mainly in the wine-producing counties of Sonoma and Napa.

They say about 3,500 homes and stores have been destroyed and that more than 20,000 people have been evacuated. Local media are calling the wildfires the deadliest in the state’s history.

12)   The Spanish prime minister has demanded that the leader of Catalonia clarify by next Monday whether he declared independence from Spain.

13)   An Iraqi court has issued arrest warrants for the members of the Kurdish electoral commission that organized last month’s independence referendum. The Kurdish regional government unilaterally conducted the referendum on September 25th, despite objections from Iraq’s central government as well as neighboring Turkey and Iran, and the United States.

The majority of voters supported the independence of the Kurdish autonomous region from Iraq in the poll. The regional government says it wants to proceed with negotiations with the central government for independence, based on the referendum. But the government in Baghdad regards the referendum as invalid.

14)   A record-high 2.47 million foreigners were living in Japan at the end of June.

The Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau says the number of foreign residents was 2,471,458

15)   Tokyo’s benchmark stock index ended on Friday above the 21,100 mark for the first time in nearly 21 years, on expectations for strong Japanese corporate earnings.

16)   Japan’s big brewers are struggling to reverse a decline in their business. They say a change to the pricing law and cooler weather led to record low summer shipments.

The top five brewers say, from July to September, combined shipments of beer and beer-like drinks came to just over 1.3 million kiloliters.

That figure is down 4.2 percent from the previous year and represents a 7th consecutive year of decline.

17)   Tokyo’s Haneda Airport is set to introduce Japan’s first unmanned immigration gates as it moves to free up customs officers to handle the growing number of international tourists.

The Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau on Friday held a demonstration of the machines’ facial recognition technology. The bureau plans to start operating 3 gates for Japanese citizens next Wednesday.

18)   Australia’s government says it will not allow entry of North Korea’s under-19 soccer team for a championship qualifier next month because of Pyongyang’s continued nuclear and missile development.

 

みかんの悩み

夜も8時過ぎ玄関のチャイムがなるのでこんな時間に誰?!とどなたですか?と中から尋ねると「俺だよ〜!」と裏の家のおじさんの声がする。え?おじさん!?とドアを開けるとおじさんがパジャマ姿で立っていて「うちの女房の実家からみかんがさっき届いたからサナエ(うちの母)に食べさせてあげたくて」とみかんがたくさん入った紙袋を渡される。「どうだ?サナエは元気か?」というので「おじさん、上がって会ってやって!」と促した。裏のおじさんはもう90歳を超えたであろうか。裏とはいえ我が家に来るにはぐるりと角を回って暗い中うちの階段を上がって来たのか。パジャマで。。これまた寝る寸前のパジャマの母が突然入って来たおじさんを見て「おじさん(母もおじさんと呼んでいる)、やだ、何十年ぶり!」(去年組内の弔事で会ってるけどね^^)「おお、なんだー元気そうだな!ウンウン」とパジャマの二人。突然おじさんが「まさごになぁ色々世話になってるんだよ。電話するとこの子はすぐ飛んで来てくれて色々助けてくれるんだよ」と言うではないか・・・・・そんな事実はまったくないのに。「私、そんなこと全然してないよ。おじさん!」と私は慌てていうとおじさんは「そうなんだよ。そうなんだよ」と母にニコニコしている。母も「そうなの。良かった!」と言ってニコニコしている。うーん。多分これおじさんの横隣の家のヒロミさんと勘違いだな。ヒロミさんがおじさん家のことを気にかけてくれているというのは以前聞いたことがある。もしやこのみかんは例年通りヒロミさんにあげているのが何かのはずみでおじさんの頭の中でヒロミさんと私が入れ替わり、プラス母のことを思い出し、突然、届けたくなって夜8時過ぎておじさんパジャマだけど来たような気がしてきた。これまでこんな風にみかんをいただいたことはないから。いつ会ってもおしゃれでしゃんとしていたおじさんがパジャマであるから尚更おじさんの変化を感じる。おじさん宅まで送ると「ありがとな。またなんかあったらよろしく頼むな!」と言って玄関に入っていった。「また」・・・いや何もしてなくてごめんなさい。・・・みかんもらっちゃってよかったのかな。もう食べてしまっているけれども。

水族館

つい先日姉の会社の謎の券とスマホを持って行くとヒートテック(極暖でも)を無料でもらえてホクホクしていたが、ヒートテック・・・って考えるだけで暑い週末であった。そろそろ大掃除の神待ちなのだけど、これじゃあ降りて来ないな・・・。

家から10分くらいのところに数年前にできた水族館へ行ってなかったので、家人と港でお昼を食べた時にじゃあ行ってみるか?と全然期待しないで行ってみたところ小さな水族館だけど色々展示に工夫してあって楽しいところだった。シーラカンスやダイオウグソムシ?がウリであるようだけどそれらに興味がなくても大丈夫。もっと早く行ってみれば良かったな。知人夫婦は年間パスポートを買っていて時折ぶらりと行くそうである。週末は入館するのに長い行列ができるそうなので平日がお勧め。空いている上に何かの撮影にも出くわしそう。(出くわした)

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*たくさんの種類のカニがいるのでカニが食べたくなることに注意?

びっくり

車の後ろが凹んでいた!いつ凹んだのか何故凹んだのかがわからずびっくり。凹みもショックもショックだけど、どうやらもしかしたら凹みに1ヶ月くらい気づいていなかったらしいことにびっくりである。後ろを走っていた友人が教えてくれなかったらこの先しばらく気づいてなかったかも。とりあえず修理の予約をして、凹み範囲は広いけど幸い深くないので綺麗になりますよと聞いて安心して、しかし値段を聞いてしゅんとなって、家に帰って瀬戸ジャイアンツを食べて癒されている。<= イマここ

Oct 7th, 2017

ラスベガスの事件の話などなど。

1)   Japanese Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii said on Friday that unauthorised technicians had been found certifying vehicles at five Nissan Motor Co plants that the ministry has been inspecting.

2)   A gunman perched high on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino unleashed a shower of bullets down on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 as tens of thousands of frantic concert-goers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday.

3)   Japan accepted just three refugees in the first half of 2017 despite receiving a record 8,561 fresh asylum applications, the government said on Tuesday, highlighting the nation’s reluctance to accept foreigners.

4)   The Japanese nuclear watchdog’s decision on Wednesday to allow two reactors run by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) to pass its safety review has drawn fierce criticism from citizens who remain evacuated from their home over six years after the nuclear crisis at the utility’s Fukushima complex.

5)   Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike’s new party unveiled on Friday what it calls “Yurinomics” – policies to revitalise Japan’s economy while cutting reliance on the aggressive spending and monetary easing that are central to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s strategy.

It has made populist calls to freeze a scheduled sales tax hike in 2019 and phase out nuclear power, as part of a effort to set itself apart from the government on key issues.

6)   The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time, an AAA study says.

Cars used to have a few buttons and knobs. Some vehicles now have as many as 50 buttons on the steering wheel and dashboard that are multi-functional. There are touch screens, voice commands, writing pads, heads-up displays on windshields and mirrors and 3-D computer-generated images.

7)

In one of the most bizarre British political speeches in a generation, May’s address on Wednesday to her annual conference was ruined by a comedian handing her a fake employment termination letter, repeated coughing fits and even by letters falling off the slogans on the set behind her.

May’s authority was already diminished by her botched bet on a June snap election that lost her party its majority in parliament just days before the opening of formal Brexit talks with the European Union.

8)   A magnitude 5-point-9 earthquake has struck northeastern Japan.

The quake was focused off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture at a depth of 50 kilometers.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority says there are no reports of abnormalities at 2 nuclear plants in Fukushima, including the crippled Daiichi plant.

9)   About 500 people enjoyed the first outdoor ski run of the season in Japan at a resort at the base of Mt. Fuji. The slope in Susono City in Shizuoka Prefecture opened on Friday.

The resort is the first to open for outdoor runs in Japan for the 19th straight year. This year’s opening comes 2 weeks earlier than last year.

10)   The Japan Table Tennis Association is trying to confirm whether China’s Super League has decided not to accept foreign players for its 2017 season, which usually starts in October.

Association officials say World Championship bronze medalist Miu Hirano applied to join a Super League team to improve her skills, but was rejected in late September due to financial reasons.

The team also said the league decided not to accept foreign players this season.

11)   A Chinese billionaire living in the United States has stepped up criticism of China’s Communist Party ahead of the party’s National Congress later this month.

Guo said there is no rule of law in China. He claimed that the family of Wang Qishan, a Politburo member who has led the party’s anti-corruption campaign, secretly possesses massive assets in the US and elsewhere.

Guo warned that the Chinese government has dispatched 27 agents to the United States this year on espionage missions. He showed a picture of what he said was a secret Chinese government document.
12)   Spain’s Constitutional Court has ordered the suspension of a Catalan parliamentary session next week.

The region’s legislature is expected to declare unilateral independence from Spain on Monday.

The suspension order on Thursday follows an appeal from Catalan lawmakers opposing independence.

13)   Japan’s leading advertising agency Dentsu has been fined for excessively overworking its employees.

A summary court in Tokyo ordered the firm on Friday to pay a fine of 500,000 yen, or over 4,400 dollars.

Dentsu was indicted on suspicion of violating the labor standards law. The company forced 4 employees to work illegally long hours.

14)   US Vice President Mike Pence says the United States will return its astronauts to the moon and build a base there to send them to Mars and beyond.

Pence delivered a keynote speech as the chair of the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council near Washington on Thursday.

The administration of President Donald Trump set up the Council to promote manned space exploration.

15)  Retailer Takashimaya has opened a specialty section in one of its Tokyo department stores that sells only robots. Most of them cost between 900 and 2,700 dollars.

One small robot uses artificial intelligence to help people learn English. It uses the program to respond at the learner’s level.

Another AI-equipped robot helps with the laundry. It folds clean clothes and sorts them according to whom they belong to.

16)    US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has expressed an interest in negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement with Japan.

Perdue affirmed his eagerness to boost farm exports to Japan in a speech in Washington on Wednesday. The secretary said he wants Japan to lower what he called high tariffs on American farm products, such as beef, pork, and dairy products, as well as fruits and vegetables.

Perdue stressed that he wants the 2 nations to enter into negotiations to remove trade barriers.

17)   Saudi Arabia said last month that it’s lifting its ban on female drivers next year. With that in mind, many women are heading to a major motor show in the country, looking forward to getting behind the wheel.

18)   Sony is planning to roll out smart speakers controlled by Japanese language commands in December.

They say Sony’s product will feature high quality sound for playing music, as well as allowing users to give commands either with voice or hand movements.

AI speakers are already popular in the United States, but not in the Japanese market.

眼科検診

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家人の眼科検診へ。網膜剥離はとりあえず今回はこれで大丈夫でしょうと目薬は終了となったそう。ただし今後も3月に1度の検査が必要。今回が4回目の手術となったので、5回目6回目は勘弁してほしいと思っている様子の家人である。。。。病院の近くの山は家人が子供の頃からよく行った山で最近上がった友人がすごく素敵になってたと言うのでどれどれと久しぶりに(15年ぶりくらいか?)帰りに寄ってみたらなんかおしゃれな感じになっていた。こんな富士見カフェまでできていてびっくり。昔は地蔵とやぎしかいなかったが・・・? 元々ここからの景色は伊豆でもベスト5ぐらいに入るほどの景色だと思っていたが、なんせ古臭くてやぼったかったのがこんな風に開発調整されていたとは!義父が寄贈した地蔵さんにお参りに行くとまだちゃんと名前が残っていてちょっと嬉しかった。

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新米

今年も従兄弟より魚沼の新米が届く。

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例年は9月末に届くので今年はまだかな。。。と心配していたがお礼の電話をしたら新潟の皆も変わりなく元気だそうだ。従兄弟は私よりも10歳以上年上だからもういい年齢なので体に気をつけてもらいたい。従兄弟の声が晩年の叔父の声にとても似てきていて懐かしかった。最初受話器越しで聞いたとき「あれ?叔父ちゃん?」と思ったくらい。お葬式にも行っているのにね。叔父は6人(叔母は2人)いたが1人の叔母を除きもう皆他界している。従兄弟が叔母さんはどう?と母を気遣ってくれて、うん、まぁ元気にやっているよ。と言うとそりゃあなによりだ、心配してたんだ、良かった。叔母さん、よく頑張ってるなぁ。と喜んでくれた。

新米は塩おにぎりに。これも母のお楽しみ。これを食べて、お塩だけなのにやっぱり新潟のお米は美味しいねぇ!と母が言うのがこの時期のお約束。

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早生

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まだ仕事はバタバタ。家に帰ると玄関のとこに友人からの愛媛早生みかんのおすそ分けが置いてあった。四国の果物祭り中。^^ 嬉しい。ビタミン補充でがんばろう!

10月1日

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昨日は後輩と同期の子主催の勉強会へ。会場からの景色がなかなか素敵でした。↑普段使わない体の部分を動かしたので今日は筋肉痛。イテテ。でもなかなか面白かった。普段やらないことをやるのはリフレッシュになるなぁ。それで心を入れ替えてこの夏のあまりの暑さのためすっかりストップしていた朝の10分間体操の再開を決意。コツコツ丁寧に体を動かすことが大切だと同期の子も言っていたし。

そして甥っ子2号の誕生日。なので甥っ子たちへと自分のためには買わないお高いぶどうをついカゴへ。2号がもう15歳とは。。。ビュービュー風が吹いてた日に生まれたのを今でも覚えている。あれから15年。不思議な感じ。

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義兄から届いた体育祭の動画を母と一緒に見た。友達と楽しそうにしているのを見るとまだまだ子供だねぇ。でも背丈は伸びたねぇと言いながら。