Ikebana 11/15/2017

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I had composed this arrangement of Broom (石化エニシダ), Gerbera (ガーベラ), and Leatherleaf Fern (レザーファン).

After I practiced this style, I took a monthly test last Sunday. Actually, the mark was not so good. Some instructions from my teacher had slipped out of my mind.

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A professor who came from Shizuoka prefecture arranged these flowers, and then marked our each arrangement.

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I took a picture of persimmons last Monday.

Now, it's raining, which is melting the snow. I prefer rain to snow.





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give up driving

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I made Pickled Herring (ニシン漬け)and Pickled Daikon radish with Beer (大根のビール漬け) with my friend. I have to wait for a few weeks to be done.


Although I call my mother every day to ask things such as "Was anything broken?", one morning, she called me before I call.
She told me that a thing had been broken on the day before, and it was very large. The thing was my father's car!
When I heard the news, to be honest, I was relieved. Since my father is old enough to drive, his children and relatives often told him not to drive any more. However, my parents didn't agree with us because it was inconvenient.

When my father was driving with my mother, he tried to avoid the oncoming car. His car got on the curb stones and two of left tires were broken. A neighbor looking at it kindly called a mechanic nearby (fortunately, the mechanic was about 100 meters away from the accident. And the mechanic also drove my parents to the nearest their relative from there.
I was glad to hear about the kind people.

Although only two tires were broken, my father decided to scrap the car because his car had been already old. And he finally gave up driving.
They took a taxi, two trains, and a bus, then they managed to get home from their relative's house. It was a long traveling for them.

When I called my mother in the afternoon of the day, I was surprised to hear that my mother started to ride a bike again on the next day of the accident. She hadn't riden a bike for about a couple of years or more. Now she goes shopping by bike.
She will be 78 next month.
Now I have another worrying about her riding, after my father driving.





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Ikebana 11/1/2017

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I had composed this arrangement of Siberian Dogwood (サンゴミズキ), Alstroemeria (アルストロメリア), and Gold dust dracaena (ゴッドセフィアナ).


I had a chance to talk with a girl who is a high school student, after a long time. She is in the third grade in technical high school now.
When she was a junior high school student, she had wanted to be an architect. So, she chose the technical high school. However, she is going to enter a completely different department in university. She told me that she had already passed the AO exam of the university, and she changed her dream.
I was surprised to hear this. To my more surprise, she hasn't learned English since she was in the second grade in high school. When she started the second grade, she didn't choose English classes. I had thought that all high school students must study English for three years.

I don't know about other high schools, but it's not good for technical high school students to choose English classes when they are in the second grade. All high school students should learn English for three years. Some students may change their courses on the way in high school like the girl.
I'm worried about her to catch up with other students who had learned English for three years in high school when she enters university and has English classes.





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opera


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A friend of mine gave me a free ticket of "The Marriage of Figaro" by opera.
I'm embarrassed to say that but it was the first time in my life to see an opera. I didn't know about operas well. I had thought that they were similar to musical shows. To be honest, I don't like musical shows because it is sometimes difficult for me to understand the story. I want them to either sing or speak.
So, I hadn't expected the opera so much.

I was surprised to see that her daughter played there although she was not one of the main roles.
Besides, when they were singing, the lyrics were being showed on the beside both boads. So, it was easy for me to understand the story. And they were sometimes singing, but were sometimes speaking normally. 
It was also good that an orchestra was playing in front of the stage.

I was glad to understand the story and really enjoyed it.





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coaching

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The other day, my husband gave me two books for my birthday.
One was a book related to English in Japanese, and the other was written how to coach children.
I've finished reading them.

My son, who is a junior high school student, and I have often fought almost everyday. Our relationship has been getting worse and worse.
So, my husband is worried about us and gave me this book.

It was really good. There were some points and examples to coach children. It is good for school teachers as well.
After reading, I thought I should change my attitude toward him.
While reading the book, he came to me and said something which makes me angry. However, I told him as the book instructed. I ended up avoiding a fight between us.

I want to read and learn more about the coaching.




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Sakae

Author:Sakae
Welcome to my blog.
I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
I hope that you enjoy my articles and photos.

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