公園掃除

今年は自治会の役員、来年は婦人会の役員なので、ここから2年、月一の日曜朝8時から公園掃除ミッションがある。昨日は第1回目。小雨でも中止だけれど晴天^^ 公園掃除に行くと同じ組で今年婦人会役員のKさんがおはようと話かけてきてくれたが、マスクに鼻声であった。花粉ですか?と尋ねると、それが酷い風邪をひいちゃってという。それなら休んでいた方が良いですよ思ったが、彼女は今年の婦人会の会長になってしまったから1回目の掃除を休むのが気がひけて無理をして来てるのだろうなと思い当たったので言えなかった(たぶん私も彼女の立場だったら休めない)。諸々ある自治会なのでお察しします。公園は落ち葉だらけでそれを集める作業であったが途中ゲホゲホと咳き込んでいるのが何度も何度も聞こえて気の毒であった。悪化していないといいけれど。

ペースメーカ やれやれ

人手不足でペースメーカの検査ができなくなりました!とお知らせをもらって慌てて、脳外科クリニックの先生に相談し、その先生が連携している心臓外科クリニックを手配してもらったりして、次の検査まであと2ヶ月の今週、新たに元の病院から封書が届いた。移行手続き方法が書いてあるのだろうなと開いたところ、予想外のやっぱりウチでこれまで通りできるようになりました。とのこと。やれやれ。IMG_0368

全ての患者さんを近隣の医療機関で受け入れることが困難であったため、とあるから人数を把握せず近隣の心臓外科クリニックとのすり合わせもなしに決めてみたものの、近隣のクリニックからもううちでは無理ですと言われて慌てふためいたのだろうか。やれやれ。

以前脳外科である日突然先生が全員いなくなってしまったため脳外科が受診できなくなりました、とお知らせを封書をもらった時も驚いたが今回もびっくりである、新しく通う病院を増やすのは好ましくなかったので嬉しいびっくりであったけど。しかし大病院てどこもこんな感じなのかな….?

April 7th, 2018

今日は相撲での女性の人命救助のことを最初に聞かれた。土俵になぜ女性が入っちゃいけないのかとか今後それは変わっていくと思うかとか。

1)   Japan’s household spending suffered the biggest annual decline in nearly a year in February as inflation-adjusted wages continued to fall, data showed on Friday, suggesting the economy’s longest run of growth since the 1980s asset bubble has peaked

2)   Police arrested two acquaintances of conservative commentator Susumu Nishibe late Thursday for allegedly helping the 78-year-old in his suicide preparations in January.

3)   A South Korean court jailed former President Park Geun-hye for 24 years on Friday over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country’s conglomerates.

4)   Some fans of professional baseball team the Chunichi Dragons have been caught on video chanting “Let the atomic bomb drop” on the Hiroshima Carp, Dragons officials said Thursday.

In the 20-second footage uploaded to YouTube, believed to have been taken during a game last weekend at Mazda Stadium in the city of Hiroshima, several men can be heard chanting, “Go for it. Die. Let the atomic bomb drop (on the) Carp.” Hiroshima was devastated by the first U.S. atomic bombing in 1945.

5)   The Japan Sumo Association chairman has apologized after women who were trying to save the life of the mayor, who suddenly collapsed during a sumo event here on April 4, were ordered to leave the dohyo.

Traditionally, women are barred from entering the sumo ring.

6)   Police said Thursday they noted 68 cases of illegal drone flights in 2017, almost double the previous year’s 36.

Japan’s aviation law bans drone flights in airspace around airports and above densely populated areas. Drones are restricted to flying in daylight hours and need to be monitored at all times.

7)   In an unprecedented move, the Olympic torch will visit three prefectures in the disaster-hit Tohoku region before starting its relay in Okinawa Prefecture, Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics sources said April 5.

The sacred flame, which will be brought from Greece, is to be lit during the three events in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures before being moved to the southernmost prefecture to start the relay in late March, the sources said.

8)   Shohei Ohtani, a two-way baseball star from Japan, hit his first major league homerun at his Los Angeles Angels’ home stadium in Anaheim.

It was the first inning. Ohtani came to the plate as designated hitter against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.

9)   US President Donald Trump has signed a presidential memorandum to deploy the National Guard along the border with Mexico.

Trump signed the memo on Wednesday as part of measures to tighten control of illegal immigrants.

10)   Facebook officials are responding to revelations that a major privacy breach went deeper than first thought. They have instructed engineers to remove a search function that could be used to expose personal details.

11)

友人

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桜もちょっと暑そうなここ数日。

日曜日は久しぶりの友人に逢えた!ネットでの出会いであったが、思えばもう10数年以上のお付き合いになる。縁と言うのは不思議だ。きっかけはこの友人が作る特別に美味しい珈琲購入^^だったのが、知り合ううちに友人の多才ぶりや人柄に感心しきりで、気がつけばお付き合いが途切れることなく年月が過ぎている。いつか友人の住む近くにある透明度の高い川や古い道へ旅行するのが私の老後にしたい10のコトに入っているが、[居酒屋てるさん]で美味しいものを食べさせてもらうのもリストに加わったよ!^o^

この遠方からの友人にお土産を渡したいと、共通友人と何が喜ぶかなぁと前日相談していて、2人で果物屋さんに行ったら「白いイチゴ」が売っていて、お店の方が試食させてくれた。白いイチゴは見た目だけで美味しくなさそうだと思っていて、私は一生食べないだろうなと思っていたのだけれど甘くて美味しくてびっくり。誰かにいただかない限り自分で買うことはないので、嬉しい発見だった。もしかしたらここの果物屋さんの扱い農家さんのが特別に美味しいのかもしれないけれど。

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そろそろ散り始めているところもあって今年も見納めかな。

March 31st, 2018

もうアメリカ国民はアメリカが世界の警察でいることにうんざりしてるそうだ。トランプさんの品格にはやれやれと思っているけれど、発言や政策は多くのアメリカ人がずっと思っていたのと同じなのだそうだ。

1)   The education ministry is taking more action after learning that 32 female students at public high schools dropped out due to pregnancy or childbirth after being advised to do so in fiscal 2015 and 2016.

In some cases, schools urged them to drop out despite the fact that students were willing to continue their education or take a leave of absence. There is a concern that some may have ended up leaving school against their will.

2)   Five cryptocurrency exchanges have withdrawn their applications to be licensed in Japan, saying they can’t meet the government’s requirements.

The Financial Services Agency said Thursday that two exchanges, Tokyo GateWay and Mr. Exchange, recently told the government they no longer want to apply for licenses. Three other exchanges: Raimu, bitExpress and Bit Station, dropped out earlier.

3)   U.S. President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that U.S. forces would pull out of Syria “very soon” and lamented what he said was Washington’s waste of $7 trillion in Middle East wars.

4)   Sumo elder Takanohana, who was faulted for his absence from the most recent Spring Grand Sumo Tournament and lack of supervision of a wrestler from his stable, was handed a two-rank demotion by the Japan Sumo Association on Thursday.

5)   The organizer of Japan’s famed Awa Odori festival collapsed, as a court said Thursday it decided to begin bankruptcy proceedings.

6)   Russia expelled 60 U.S. diplomats on Thursday and announced it would eject scores from other countries that have joined London and Washington in censuring Moscow over the poisoning of a spy.

7)   Japan’s education ministry has completed the screening of moral education textbooks to be used in junior high schools. Textbooks published by 8 companies passed the screening and they all take up the issue of bullying.

Moral education is currently an extracurricular activity.
It will become a subject in the regular curriculum for junior high schools from April 2019.

8)   A 5-day work week is something many people take for granted. But that’s often not the case for construction workers in Japan. Now, government officials promoting labor reforms are looking to change that.

Japan’s infrastructure ministry will lengthen the timeframe for construction on public works projects.
Officials say workers currently have a hard time taking days off due to tight build schedules. They note that this also leads to labor shortages and increased accidents.

9)   Chinese state-run media reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met President Xi Jinping in Beijing. This was Kim’s first official overseas trip since he took power in 2012.

10)   One year from today, Britain’s membership in the European Union will come to an end. British people opted to leave the bloc in a referendum in June 2016.
But the future outlook for the UK and the European Union remains unclear.

The 2 sides have reached a basic agreement on the terms of Britain’s withdrawal, which includes Britain’s financial settlement with the bloc, and ensuring the rights of EU citizens living in the country after Brexit.

11)   Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is back in her home country of Pakistan.
It’s her first visit since she was shot by the Pakistani Taliban more than 5 years ago.

The 20-year-old university student was greeted by a heavy security presence when she landed in Pakistan.
She’s using her trip to urge people in the country to join her campaign for girls’ education and women’s rights.

12)   US electric car maker Tesla is recalling 123,000 of its “Model S” vehicles to replace power steering bolts.

In an announcement on Thursday, Tesla cited “excessive corrosion” in the power steering bolts of cars built before April 2016.

13)   Japan’s finance minister has apologized for saying newspapers think a document-falsifying scandal involving his ministry is more important than the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal.

Taro Aso made the apology at a meeting of an Upper House committee on Friday, amid mounting criticism that he takes the scandal lightly.

14)   Japanese government officials are discussing what regulations are needed to ensure that self-driving vehicles are safe to put on the road.

Officials expect such vehicles to be on highways and in other places by 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. They say guidelines on what equipment the cars need must be decided by the middle of this year.

15)   Trump Claims Amazon Doesn’t Pay Taxes and is Abusing US Postal System

16)   A top Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official pushed back Friday on reports that frontline border agents do not support President Trump’s border wall, telling reporters that “walls work” and that “agents know it.”

17)

一夜

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明けたら、腰はかなりよし!(嬉)

デイサービスの送迎スタッフの方にお花見に行かれたんですってね。すごく綺麗だったのよーとお母様嬉しそうでした!と言われた。早速自慢した模様。

昨日通った沼川の桜もほぼ満開かな。

義母

痛いけれど歩くのには支障なし。寝ているところから起き上がったり、屈んだりすると痛いけれど大丈夫。ずいぶん前に義母からもらった骨盤ベルトのおかげで思ったよりも楽だった。朝職場前の神社でストレッチがてら散歩。昼前は観光客で賑わっているけれど朝はまだ出店も終い中で静かで良い。

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義母とは会おうとするとどちらかの家族や自身が風邪やインフルエンザに罹り、ぜんぜん会えないでいて、電話やラインではチョコチョコ話したのだけど、下山してからあっという間に3ヶ月が過ぎてしまい、申し訳なく思っていた。今週ちょっと時間ができたので、今から会いに行ってもいいですか?!と突撃したところ、大歓迎よ!と言ってもらってようやく会えた。義母もお花見ドライブに連れて行こうと考えていたのだが、ああ桜ね、桜は私はもう十分見て来たからいいわ(人生で)。とのことで^^、それより一緒に美味しいお肉を食べてたくさん話しましょう!とお昼焼肉ランチ。もう私もそんなにお肉を食べられる年齢ではないのだが、義母にとってはあなたは若いんだからもっとたくさん食べなきゃダメよと言う感じらしい。。お会計も家人と母にお弁当のお土産までももらって、義母にはしてもらうばかりである。そう言うと、あら、いいのよ。だってあなたはずっと人の世話ばかりなんだから。あなたを世話する人が家族が1人くらいいてもいいでしょ。サラっと言われて、このレスポンスの速さと方向が家人と同じで親子だなとつくづく思う。そしていつまでたってもダメな次男夫婦を気にかけて世話するのも私がいなくちゃと義母の張り合いなるかもしれない。そう思うことにしよう。ずいぶん勝手な思いだけれども。義母がお山に帰る前になんとか家人を母に合わせようと毎日あれこれ家人を突っついているのだけれど、空回り中。

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義母から家人へのお土産の焼肉弁当!

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と海老フライ。その他も色々。

いててて

やっぱり。座ってても痛い。。やっちゃったか。今日は職場の片付けがあるのだが戦力外になりそうだ。(涙)

脳外科デー

が桜満開の日でついでに天気も良くて暖かいとは珍しいことだ。少し早めに家を出発し病院に行く前に回り道をして桜トンネルが有名な道を通ると母が横でわぁ♪と喜んでいた。ので!桜トンネル2往復。ここは毎年連れて来ているけれど、満開より早かったり、あるいは少し遅かったりしていたのだけれど、今年はドンピシャで私も嬉しくなった。

診察も順調に終わりせっかくの桜日和なのでもっと満開の桜を見せてあげようと隣町の職場近くの神社にも寄ることにした。神社の隣接の駐車場は満車で待ち行列ができていたけれど我らは徒歩30秒の職場の駐車場にサクッと止められるのでラッキーだ。母はびっくりしていた。しかし母の車椅子をエッサえっさと押しての境内巡回は砂利や階段段差や凸凹で予想外に苦戦だった。凸凹で方向転換をするときに腰をひねって軽くギクッとなった。(今も痛い)。それでも苦戦していると必ず誰かが「お手伝いします」と車椅子の移動を助けてくれてありがたかった。そして母は

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昔来たことあるけど、覚えていたよりもずっと綺麗だったんだ!明日ディサービスでみんなに教えてあげよう!と喜んでいた。よかったよかった。今日満開で晴れにしてくれた神様ありがとう!

お昼には母リクエストにより某回転寿司屋さんに行って春限定ハマグリラーメン(ディサービスの他の利用者さんに美味しいから食べに行ってごらんと薦められたので行きたいと言い出した^^)と真鯛と筍の茶碗蒸しを食べ、盛りだくさんの半日が終了!

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今日は幸せだったわぁと夜寝る前に言っていた。ぎっくり腰になった甲斐があった!

4月まで

あと一週間とか。。

日曜朝、1人産直に行くのに今日は桜がどのくらい咲いてるか市内をグルンとしながら行こうと車を走らせていて、いつもお世話になっている魚屋さんの前を通るとちょうど奥様が開店の支度で外に出ててそして私の車を発見したようで大きく手を降っているので私も車内から振り返したら、すぐにここに止めてと大きくジェスチャーするので魚屋さんの前に止めて降りておはようございます!と言うと、「ちょうどまさごちゃんに電話しようと思ってたんだよ。なんて以心伝心!」と言うので何かしら?と思ったら、「美味しいパンをもらったから分けようと思ってね。」と奥からずっしりとした食事パンを持って来てくれた。魚屋さんの近くに新しくできたイタリアンの石窯で焼いたパンなのだそう。「これはお兄ちゃん達の分ね」と甥っ子たちの分まで頂いてしまった。美味しいパンだったのでこのイタリアンにも行ってみなければ!

甥っ子達も大学生と高校生になる。この前生まれたばかりなのにさ。2人とも新しい場所で楽しい学生生活を過ごしてもらいたい。

地元を離れている友人が好きでよく散歩していた桜道にも寄ってみた。まだ3部咲きくらいかな。去年はここを一緒に散歩して花筏を眺めた。次にまた一緒に見られる日を楽しみにしておこう。

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友人のワンコの手術も無事終わったとの報告。よかった。

Mar 24th, 2018

先週土曜日の英会話は先生が体調不良のためお休み。珍しい。余程のことだったのだろう。今週は無事復活。よかった。

1)   The ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday decided to pursue a constitutional amendment plan proposed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to recognize Japan’s defense forces in the war-renouncing Article 9, despite objections from some of its lawmakers.

2)   President Donald Trump spelled out in new detail several steps he favors to fight a U.S. epidemic of opioid abuse, including the execution of drug dealers, a proposal that has gained little support from drug abuse and judicial experts.

3)   The government spent about 90 percent of its “secret funds” under a category that requires no receipts and lets the chief Cabinet secretary decide where the money goes, a civic group said March 20.

The government’s so-called secret funds may have been used to buy souvenirs, gauge public opinion ahead of elections and even further enrich royal family members overseas, according to people once in charge of the money.

4)   A key figure in the Moritomo land sale scandal that is rocking Japan’s Diet has reportedly confirmed that he kept the prime minister’s wife informed about the deal.

5)   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have lunch with former US President Barack Obama in Tokyo on Sunday.

Obama is due to arrive on Saturday for a 2-day visit to attend an international conference in Tokyo sponsored by a private organization. This will be his first visit to Japan since he left office in January of last year.

6)   Thirteen men and women, who were unable to leave a mountain trail in western Tokyo due to heavy snow, have been found after an overnight search.

All 13 are said to be conscious, but one person was seriously injured in a fall. Authorities say 6 of the climbers were able to walk by themselves. They were taken to a hospital. Police say the remaining 7 were rescued by helicopter and then taken to a hospital.

7)   North Korea’s state media says momentum toward change is emerging in the country’s relations with the United States.

The Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday carried a commentary on the North’s prospective talks with the US and South Korea.

It says measures led by North Korea have created an atmosphere of reconciliation between the 2 Koreas, as well as a momentum toward change in North Korea-US relations.

8)   Rising Japanese tennis star, Naomi Osaka, has defeated 23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams, in the first round of the Miami Open.

Osaka is coming off her first career title at Indian Wells on Sunday. Williams returned to the court earlier this month after maternity leave.

9)   Thousands of rebels have reportedly pulled out of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, which is under siege by troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Government troops began bombarding the area, near the capital Damascus, last month. It has been a stronghold of 3 rebel groups.

10)   One of Japan’s biggest solar power plants has gone into operation near Tokyo. What makes it different is that it is on the reservoir of a dam.

More than 50,000 solar panels cover about 18 hectares of a lake behind a dam in Chiba Prefecture.

The operator claims it’s the biggest solar power plant on water in Japan.
Annual output is projected at more than 16 million kilowatt hours. That’s equivalent to the power consumed by about 5,000 households in one year.

11)   Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that “mistakes” were made in the company’s handling of user data. He pledged to step up measures to protect personal information.

Verified Facebook pages of Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX and electric carmaker Tesla Inc disappeared on Friday,

12)   China’s commerce ministry says it’s preparing to take countermeasures to the US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

It will target 128 US products including dry fruit, wine and stainless-steel pipes. Those imports were worth about 3 billion dollars last year.

13)   The European Union is proposing to tax IT giants based on their revenues instead of their profits.

The European Commission unveiled its proposals on Wednesday, seeking fair solutions to the digital activity tax.

Under the plan, EU member countries will be able to tax companies that do business within the bloc, even if they are not physically present there.

14)   Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has declared a ruling on a white-hot issue, announcing that hot dogs are indeed sandwiches.

The octogenarian made her decision on the “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on March 21.

15)   The Communist Party of China announced this week a consolidation of state-run media, part of a broader push by President Xi Jinping to tighten supervision over broad swaths of Chinese public life, or what he calls “unity in thought” among officials and citizens.

Movies, television, books and radio programs will now be under the direct control of the Communist Party. The announcement comes weeks after China voted to end a two-term limit on the presidency.

 

確認

母の心臓外科と皮膚科検診と私の歯科と車の一年点検と確認ウィーク。

車の点検の間友人に朝食兼昼食を付き合ってもらう。正解のフレンチトーストを食べて我が家のレベルを修正確認しようと思ったがそもそもパンが高級だった。バターもたっぷりだし、これを食べるためにはまずパンから修正が必要ということか。

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歯科

友人の愛犬が歯科手術をすることになり、以前竜が歯科手術をした動物病院に行ったそうで、その時のことを話しているうちにあのとき竜可哀想だったなと思い出して涙がでた。麻酔から冷めた後、家族を探してニャーニャー一晩中鳴いてましたよ!と翌日迎えに行くとドクターに言われたっけ。私を診察室で見た瞬間、ゴロゴロゴロの喜びパーリング音がすごかった^^。目が覚めて知らない場所で、他の入院患者さん(?)の声や気配や匂いで不安だったろう。友人の心配ぶりもよく分かる。従姉妹のレトリバーが避妊手術の麻酔でそのまま目が覚めず亡くなったことがあるので、麻酔も怖いイメージがある。ほんと心配だろうな。無事終わりますように。

文旦

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友人から頂いた文旦もいよいよ食べ終わってしまった。ピカピカプリプリで美味しかった。普段、柑橘類を剥いてあげても「ああ、いらない」と食べない家人もおかわりを要求するくらいの美味しさであった。母はもちろん大好物である。ご飯を残してもデザートの文旦は食べるほどである。ごちそうさまでした。

文旦の皮でピールを作ろうと思ったけれど、今年はヨーグルトを毎晩食べているので、家人の希望で文旦マーマレードにすることにした。美味しい文旦は皮も美味しい。ピールを作るときみたいにワタを少し残そうかと思ったけれど、ネットのお菓子屋さんのレシピページを見ていたら「残しても良いけれど、うちではワタも綺麗に全部取り作ります」ということだったのでワタ抜きにしてみた。

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ぴっかぴっか。きび砂糖で作ったので茶色くなってしまったけれど(本当はもっと綺麗な黄色なのに失敗したなと後悔。。。)。

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これでしばらくまた食後の楽しみが続きます!!

*マーマレードを煮ていたら、姉から興奮の電話が来て、吉報を知る。^^よかった!

March 10th, 2018

トランプ大統領が北の人と会談するんだねぇ。良い方に向かうかなぁ。と言ったら、Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched. だそう。

1)   White House officials confirm US President Donald Trump accepts the idea of meeting with North Korea’s leader by May.

Trump is tweeting “great progress” is being made.

South Korean delegates made the initial announcement at the White House after they hand-delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump.

2)   A group of researchers in the United States has found that fake news on Twitter spreads faster and farther than the truth.

The researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology looked at more than 4.5 million tweets on true and false news stories distributed between 2006 and 2017. They published the results in the journal Science

3)   Women around the world took to the streets on International Women’s Day on Thursday, demanding equal rights.

In the Spanish capital of Madrid, women marchers held pots and spoons, demanding equal pay with men and an end to domestic violence. They said housekeeping and childrearing are not only women’s work.

4)   Britain’s top counter terrorism officer says a nerve agent was used on two people who were found unconscious on the weekend.

Mark Rowley of London Metropolitan Police said, “This is being treated as a major incident involving attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent. As you know, these two people remain critically ill in hospital. ”

5)   A finance ministry official who was involved in the sale of state-owned land to a school operator has died.

Investigative sources say the official from the ministry’s local branch in western Japan was found hanging in his residence in Kobe City on Wednesday. He later died. Police say he left what appears to be a suicide note at his home.

6)  NHK has learned that the head of the National Tax Agency intends to step down after coming under fire for his answers to questions in the Diet over the sale of state-owned land to a school operator.

7)   The mayor of Nagasaki has sent a letter to Barack Obama asking the former US president to visit the atomic-bombed city during his planned trip to Japan.

Obama is arranging a visit in late March at the invitation of a private organization.

8)   Criticism is spreading over a footage showing an orangutan puffing on a cigarette in a zoo in Indonesia.

The video was taken on Sunday and posted online by a visitor to the zoo in Bandung.

The footage shows the orangutan puffing on a half-smoked cigarette which was thrown into the animal’s enclosure by another visitor.

9)   Major Asian nations reacted sharply on Friday to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, warning of damage to relations amid industry calls for retaliation.

Japan said the move would have a “big impact” on the countries’ close bilateral ties, while China said it was “resolutely opposed” to the decision and South Korea said it may file a complaint to the World Trade Organization.

10)   Trade ministers of 11 countries will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday.

The group does not include the world’s biggest economy, as Trump pulled the US out of the free-trade deal soon after he was elected president.

The ministers will adopt a statement before putting their signatures on the agreement in Santiago, Chile.

 

ニトリのクッション

近所のニトリをブラッとしたらクッションのバリエーションが豊富であることを発見。

動物たち!

だろうが何かわからない子がいる。

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フクロウと???

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うさぎ。。。でもちょっと怖い。

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しろくま。。細い隙間にいた。窮屈そう。

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パンたち!!!

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切り株!

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切り株!!

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切り株!!!

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切り株、人気なのかな?

ラクレット

カルディにフライパンで溶かして使えるラクレットチーズが売ってたので購入し、一度食べてみたいと言っていた家人が喜ぶだろうと早速夕飯に。野菜は家にある野菜。本当は塊ベーコンが良かったけど家にあったのが薄いベーコンだったのでそれを使用することにした。ソーセージよりそれっぽいかなと。

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フランスパンも買い忘れたので、カルディで買ったスーパーフードのお煎餅を代用してそれをオンしてチーズをかけるとこんな感じ。

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チーズ、かなり濃厚なので夕飯これだけで大満足でした。追チーズしたので結局全部使い切ってしまった。また食べたい!というのでそのうちまた買いに行かねば!

カルディ

マニケを求めて友人とカルディへ。久しぶりのカルディナのでテンション上がりあれこれ買ってしまった。カルディは隣市のショッピングモールに入っているのだが、もう少し近いどこかのショッピングモールに入ってくれればいいのになぁ。パンダ杏仁豆腐を買い忘れた。

お昼ご飯はこれ。スフレオムレツ。

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中はこんな。

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ふわふわ、ボリューミーでした。

マニケは見つからなかったけれど大満足。

March 3rd, 2018

先生のスカイプの画像がネコのおひなさまにしてあった。可愛いねー。と喜ぶと、子供の生徒さんが喜ぶからね。と。おっと喜んじゃったよ。

1)   The Japanese government says the unemployment rate for January stood at a seasonally adjusted 2.4 percent. That’s down 0.3 percentage points from the previous month, and is the lowest since April 1993.

More than 65 million people had jobs, up 920,000 from a year earlier. Employment has been expanding for more than 5 years.

2)   Major food and beverage makers across Japan are to raise prices due to the higher costs of labor and raw materials.

Breweries are hiking prices of bottled and draft beer. They say driver shortages and other factors are making distribution more costly, so bottled beer will go up by around 10 percent.

Prices of domestic and imported wines will also increase by 3 to 6 percent, due to the rising costs of grapes.

Consumers in Japan can expect to pay more for rice, frozen items and dairy products.

3)   A Japanese university will set up a research institute to study legal issues related to self-driving cars and make recommendations to the government.

The Japanese government is aiming to put self-driving technology into practical use by around 2020. It envisions making use of level 3 of the 5-degree scale of autonomous driving. At that level, driving is basically fully automated except in emergencies.

4)  China has warned the United States not to resort to protectionism, after President Donald Trump announced plans to impose heavy tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters on Friday that the steel and aluminum industries are facing global challenges and that countries should cooperate to tackle them.

Hua suggested that no country should resort to unilateral trade restrictions to protect its own interests.

5)   The Reuters news agency says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his late father, Kim Jong Il, obtained fake Brazilian passports under false names in the 1990s.

The younger Kim is known to have made multiple secret visits to Japan around 1991, when he was a child, using a fake passport. He is also known to have traveled to Japan using a fake Brazilian passport in May of 1991.

6)   A senior official of Japan’s Finance Ministry says it will look into allegations of altering internal documents on the sale of state-owned land to a private school operator.

The land in Osaka Prefecture was sold to Moritomo Gakuen in June 2016 for about 7.5 million dollars less than its market value.

The ministry disclosed its internal documents related to the sale after the issue was made public in February last year and taken up at the Diet.

But media say the documents were not those created when a local branch of the ministry concluded a contract for the sale.

7)   Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova, who took gold in women’s singles figure skating in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, says she hankers after an Akita dog. The breed originates from the prefecture of the same name in northern Japan.

8)   Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a volcano in the country’s southwest appears to have erupted.

The agency says volcanic tremors began on Mount Shinmoe in the Kirishima mountain range, bordering Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, at around 8:15 AM Thursday, Japan time.

Volcanic ash was reported falling at the foot of the mountain at around 11:00 AM. Shinmoe last erupted in October.

9)   A letter that was opened at a US military base near Washington caused 11 people to fall ill.

The US Marine Corps says the incident happened at a base in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday. 3 of the sick were taken to a hospital.

10)   —Statistics show pigs are hogging the market in Europe as the largest livestock category and outnumber people in Denmark by more than two-to-one.

European statistical agency Eurostat said Thursday that with a population of about 150 million in the European Union, pigs far outnumber cattle and other bovines, the second-largest livestock category with 89 million head.

11)   —A New York economic development agency report meant to show the state’s growth was illustrated with an 8-year-old photo showing construction craneas in South Africa.

The Associated Press discovered the photo in this month’s report from Empire State Development.

12)   KFC says about 470 of the fried chicken chain’s 900 U.K. restaurants remained closed Tuesday because of a chicken shortage. The company says the disruption started last week, when it changed its delivery provider to DHL.

 

ミーティング

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ミーティングしましょう!ということでココに集合。久しぶりに来たので3度くらい道に迷った^^

マニケを忘れずに!

友人よ、祝!連休!クインディチは数字で15!

幻イチゴ大福がまた手に入ったのでそれを届けたついでに友人ランチへ。またここへ。安定の美味しさ!

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食後には近くの馴染みのないスーパーで買い物。普段行かないスーパーって面白い。つい余分に買ってしまうのがナンだけど。^^

Feb 24th, 2018

今日のはフェイクニュース入りだよ。とのことでレッスン。

1)   South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution.

2)   Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday approved in principle the government’s antismoking plan.

However, smoking will be permitted in restaurants and bars if they set up special rooms for exclusive use by smokers where no food or drink will be served.

Facilities with customer seating areas of up to 100 square meters and capital of up to 50 million yen ($465,800) will be exempted from the requirement to establish separate smoking areas, if they display a sign indicating it is a “smoking space.”

As a result of the backpedaling, the ministry estimates that customers at some 55 percent of all restaurants and bars can carry on lighting up without going to a separate smoking room.

3)   Japan reiterated Thursday its claim to sovereignty over a group of islets administered by South Korea, after the islets featured in displays of unity between North and South Korea at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

4)   A music video featuring Piko Taro, the creator of the viral sensation of “PPAP,” and his collaboration with Momoclo-chan Z, Momoiro Clover Z’s more kid-friendlier sister group, was released on Wednesday. The new song is titled “Vegetable” and was first uploaded onto the official YouTube account of Piko Taro.

5)   U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres such as last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

The armed school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned Thursday after video showed he didn’t enter the school during the shooting, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said.

6)    The United States has announced that it is imposing the largest ever set of sanctions against North Korea. North Koreans will no longer be allowed to breathe air.

51 percent of Americans chose North Korea. Russia followed with 19 percent, and China with 11 percent.

7)   A memorial service has been held in Christchurch, New Zealand, to mark the 7th anniversary of a powerful earthquake there.

The magnitude 6.3 quake on February 22nd, 2011, killed 185 people, including 28 Japanese.

8)   Japanese police have arrested 2 men in connection with a shooting at the headquarters of a pro-North Korea organization in central Tokyo.

The pair arrived by vehicle at the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan early Friday morning and fired several shots into the gate.

The gate was transported to a nearby hosipital. The gate is reported to be in good condition.

9)   NHK reports that loveable mascot Kumamon has been banned from being a mascot of the Tokyo Summer Games 2020 because of s. harassment. Kumamon was not available for comments.

10)   A survey of Japan’s year-old “Premium Friday” labor initiative to encourage people to leave work early on the last Friday of each month shows that the campaign has failed to take root.

The survey of public- and private-sector officials shows that an average of 11 percent of workers left early on the designated days.

A goal of the campaign was to raise consumption. Officials hoped workers would spend more on dining and shopping during their extra free time.

But the survey shows that less than a quarter of restaurants and other businesses that launched promotions for the campaign reported higher sales.

Analysts say spending will not rise if disposable earnings do not as well

パン屋襲撃

風邪による倦怠感などの体調不良はすっかりなくなったが、まだ時々咳が止まらなくなったり、時折鼻水が出るのでマスクが欠かせない。マスクはつけ出すと暖かいし口が乾燥しないから楽なので家の中でも外せなくなっている。そう言えばこの頃のマスクは耳も痛くならずよくできているなぁ。

この土日も風邪をうつしてはいかんと姉とパン屋や産直へ行けなかったので1人で近所に新しくできたパン屋さんに行ってみた。かわいいパン屋さん。しかし1時頃行ったらパンもう残ってなかった。焼き菓子のみ。11時開店で午前中にはもう全部売り切れちゃったそう。この頃パン屋さん売り切れに遭遇することが多いけどみんなパン好きなのねぇ。私もだけど。ここは開店したばかりかもしれないからもうちょっと落ち着いたらまたトライしてみよう。

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Feb 17th, 2018

フィギュアスケートみたいに採点方法が???なのは好きじゃない!と先生が。

1)   Defending men’s figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu took the lead for Japan after the short program at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Friday.

2)   Japan’s economic outlook remains far from robust as uncertainty abounds over wage growth and business investment at home despite the longest growth run in nearly three decades under the “Abenomics” policy mix.

3)   The Japanese government on Thursday presented ruling lawmakers a plan to limit the number of times people living in the country can enter casinos to around 10 per month.

4)   The Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned in September about an ominous online comment by the 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at his former high school but was unable to locate him, an agent said on Thursday.

5)   Nearly half of the elderly drivers who caused fatal traffic accidents last year have been found to have shown signs of dementia or declined cognitive ability.

In Japan, cognitive ability tests are required for drivers, who are aged 75 or older when their driver’s licenses expire.

6)   After the conversation with the Japanese prime minister, Trump told reporters that he suggested Shinzo Abe should ask companies to invest more in the US.

Trump also said that Japanese firms earlier announced plans to open a number of factories in Michigan and other states but he wants them to set up

7)   The head of US Pacific Command has issued a strong warning about China’s military buildup.

Admiral Harry Harris says China is trying to win dominance in the Indo-Pacific region as it issues a challenge globally.

8)   McDonald’s Holdings Japan posted a record profit in 2017, marking a turnaround from huge losses 2 years earlier.

9)   —Police on Wednesday were trying to piece together how a 49-year-old skier whose disappearance sparked a massive search on a snowy New York mountainside ended up six days later in California, confused and still in ski clothes.

“”Toronto firefighter Constantinos “Danny” Filippidis told investigators he doesn’t know what happened after he was reported missing Wednesday, Feb. 7, from Whiteface Mountain during an annual ski trip with colleagues. The search ended Tuesday when Filippidis turned up in Sacramento, California.

10)   —An elk leaped into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities said Tuesday.

The elk jumped into the chopper’s tail rotor as the aircraft flew about 10 feet (3 meters) above ground in a mountainous part of eastern Utah, with its crew trying to drop a net on the elk, said Jared Rigby of the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.

バレンタインデー

職場の20代のお嬢さんが今年も男性陣へのチョコを用意してくれていてたので職場でもバレンタインデー。

甥っ子たちにももちろん優先順位最高で用意していたがこの風邪菌まみれの状態ではむしろ私が直接にせよ間接にせよ接触しないことが何よりのプレゼントだろうと用意していたチョコを横目に渡しに行くのも諦めた。受験が終わったら渡すことにしよう。。。。

家人へはこれ!へー、こんなのあるんだ。食べるの勿体無いなぁと喜んでいた。久しぶりのヒットか!?ちなみに生協のおうちコープ商品だったが(笑)

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そしたら、「じゃあ、冷蔵庫を開けてごらん?」と言うので開けるとそこにはケーキの箱が鎮座していた!え?私に?

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彼からバレンタインのチョコをもらったのは初めてだなー。ちょうどここのお店に仕事で行ったそうだ。チョコとオレンジ。最強の美味しさ。(<=もう食べた)母にも買ってきてくれていた。夫よ!母のあなた株が急上昇中ですよ。

母も今日からディサービスへ。風は強いが気温が暖かくてよかった。

風邪

母の風邪が私に見事なまでにお引越し。土曜日、姉と産直に行かないで本当に良かったと胸をなで下ろす。日、月と熱が38度台まで上がったが休日でよかった。^^  1人静かに寝ていたいと思ったがまだ風邪気のある母をディサービスには送り出せず、2人で家でへろーとしていた。私の体調を考慮して母の生理現象は休んでくれないので、ヨロヨロしながらも母の世話はなんとか。家事は適当。恐ろしいほど私にはよく効くエ●タックイブファインEX!!。飲むと速攻具合がよくなるので、そして切れた瞬間がわかるほどなの薬である。しかし今回も助かった。でも怖いので熱が下がってからは服用を止めた。薬がなくとももう元気!(咳と鼻水は残ってるけど)よかった!体調が良いってほんとそれだけで素晴らしいな!

月曜日の風邪ピーク時に、幻のイチゴ大福のお店と仲良しの魚屋さんから電話があり「まさごちゃーん、いちご大福あるから取りにおいでー」と言われたのだが、「。。。それが風邪ひいちゃって今日は行けないかもなんです」と言うと「なに?!その声」と驚かれ、「いいから今日は寝てなさい!大福はまた取っておくから!」と言われたが冬恒例の幻のイチゴ大福がどうしても食べたくなり、結局翌日取りに行った(<=この食いしん坊がやはり私の元気の源か!)風邪をひいても母も私も食欲は落ちなかったのがよかった。魚屋さんで今夜のおかずを買った。しばらく調理しなくて済むようにねと切ってくれたり、数日大丈夫なようにと切身の下拵えしてくれたり、タレを作ってくれたり、三杯酢やこれは薬味にと大根までつけてくれた上、何故かハッピーバレンタイン!と霧笛楼などのチョコまで頂いてしまった。風邪の身に染みいる暖かさよ。感謝。

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清々しくて瑞々しい幻イチゴ大福を食べたらさらに元気になったような気がする。美味しすぎて2個ぺろっと食べてしまった。母もぺろっと食べていた。^^あまりにすぐぺろっと食べたので写真もなし。^^  チョコは日持ちするので後日のお楽しみに。

*去年の幻いちご大福日記

・・・・魚屋さんにどれだけお世話になってるんだ。私。^^

 

母の熱

36度台に落ち着いた。鼻水と咳はあるけれど食欲もあるし、オリンピックも楽しんでいる。大丈夫そうだ。土曜日朝は姉と隣町の産直へ行くのだけど、ここ数日私が母の風邪菌にさらされてるから一緒の車に乗るのはまずいかなとなり(受験生がいるから)、一人で産直へ行くことにした。紅白紅梅枝が出てたので迷わず購入。良い香り。140円!姉家の好物のカリフラワー、ブロッコリー、ぬか漬け、厚揚げなども買ってドライブスルーで届けた。甥っ子2号が塾に行くと出て来た。頑張れ受験生!

午後はフランスにいる友人とフィリピンにいる友人とスカイプで話す。何故かタイミングが重なる。フランスは寒そうでフィリピンは暑そうだった。^^

Jan 10th, 2018

今日もいろいろなトピックで。語彙をもっと増やしたいけど、忘れるばかりで新しいものが定着しないなぁ。

1)   Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, met with her longtime calligraphy teacher at an exhibition in Tokyo on Friday in her first official duty since the Imperial Household Agency announced she will postpone her marriage until 2020.

2)   Japan’s financial regulator has begun on-site inspections of multiple digital currency exchanges to check their risk management systems, following a massive theft of digital money worth 58 billion yen ($533 million) from Coincheck Inc, a minister said Friday.

3)   Roughly 260 vehicles remained stranded on a snowy road on the Sea of Japan coast Thursday morning, with many people already having spent two nights there while snow plowing efforts continued.

Heavy snow started to block traffic Tuesday morning and roughly 1,500 vehicles were stuck in a 10-kilometer stretch of Route 8 in Fukui Prefecture.

4)   AKB48 has dominated the sales charts and become such a cultural phenomenon, in spite of the fact that some would say they aren’t very good at singing or dancing.

5)   Drones can be used to survey crops and take photos of plants, allowing farmers to find insects, pest damage, weeds, diseased plants, and mold. A special  feature allows farmers to attach a pesticide bottle to the drone and spray only areas where insects are detected, reducing labor and the amount of chemicals used.

6)   The powerhouse Canadian squad, which is expected to challenge the team of Russians for the gold medal, compiled 17 points through the first two disciplines. The U.S. team was second with 14 points, followed by Japan and the Russians with 13 points apiece.

7)   A public elementary school in central Tokyo has drawn criticism for its plan to introduce uniforms designed by Italian fashion house Armani.

Taimei elementary school, located in the upscale Ginza shopping district, plans to introduce the new uniforms for first-graders starting in April.

Currently, a boy’s uniform for the school costs just over 155 dollars and a girl’s costs around 180 dollars. The Armani-designed uniforms will cost about two and a half times as much.

8)   Japan is to submit 14 items for inclusion in the UNESCO list of intangible heritage of high historical and cultural value.

The cultural agency made the decision on Wednesday.

The 14 submissions include the skills and craftsmanship of people involved in restoring cultural and traditional monuments, such as shrine carpenters and plasterers.

9)   US President Donald Trump has told Pentagon officials to plan a large-scale military parade in the nation’s capital this year.

Trump attended the Bastille Day parade in Paris on July 14th, following an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron. He praised the French military parade and said he may do something like it in Washington.

10)   The US government has partially shut down for the second time this year after Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget.

アワアワ

朝、出社後すぐに思いがけない来客があり、アワアワしていたら、昼ごろ母のディサービスから「お母様が高熱です!」と電話があり、アワアワが倍増!ともかく私帰ります!と言ってディサービスへ直行し母を車に乗せ、インフルエンザの恐れがあるのでそのまま母のかかり付けの病院に向かったら、午後休診とな。。。。そうだ!木曜日だった。木曜日は午後休診のところが多い。ダメ元で近場の内科を4件回ったがどこも休診であった(泣)それで落ち着いてちゃんと調べようとスマホで検索したらやはり休診のところが多い中、さらに車で20分ぐらいかかるが山の方の内科がやっているとわかった。口コミの評判も良いし先生がイケメンと書いてある。遠いけどそこに行ってみようか?と母に言うと「もうどこでもいいから早く診てもらいたい」と真っ赤な顔で言うので初めての病院へ。38度5分、もう車で1時間連れ回していてしんどかろう。到着した知らない病院はできたばかりのようで綺麗でスタッフも親切でそれほど待たずに診察に呼んでもらい、無事インフルエンザの検査もしてもらえた。結果陰性でホッと一安心。解熱、咳、鼻水の薬を処方してもらい、病院を出た後、母に、インフルじゃなくてよかったね。というと「うん。…でも先生イケメンじゃなかったね」。^^ しっかりチェックしてたのね。今日はすっかり熱も下がり、食欲もあり、明日明後日しっかり休めばだいぶ良くなりそうだ。しかしインフルエンザじゃなくて本当によかった。悪夢の数年前を思い出すと冷や汗がでる。姉に「インフルエンザかも」とアワアワして一報を入れた時に「今のインフルエンザの薬はすぐ熱を下げてくれるからもしインフルエンザでも大丈夫だよー」と返信が来たから、最近はもうそういう感じで私が心配しすぎなのかもだけど。