Ikebana 2/22/2017 for the Girls' Festival

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I had composed this arrangement of Peach Blossom (桃), Iris (アイリス), Alstroemeria (アルストロメリア), and Leatherleaf Fern (レザーファン).

These dolls were made by my Ikebana teacher's mother.
As you may know, I like handmade things. They make me feel warm.

The other day, I attended a funeral. I wore a black coat and a black scarf which my aunt had made a long time ago. She gave me them a few years ago. The coat is elaborate. I'll write a letter about it to her. I hope she will be pleased to hear this.





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His fever went down in a night. 一晩で熱下がる

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This photo was taken at the library, which I got permission.

My son had a fever, 37.8℃, last night.
He took a bath until he felt warm enough. While he was taking it, I cooked special soup for him. When I had a cold before, this soup worked well. However, it didn't always work. I think that sooner is better.

< Special Soup for fever >

1. Boil 2 cups of water with some kelp
2. Put sliced some (a half of) leek and shredded a clove of ginger into [1].
3. Simmer about 5 minutes.
4. Remove the kelp ( If you want to eat the kelp, you should cut it thinly beforehand.)
5. Put a little salt into the soup.
6. Put one beaten egg into the soup.

While I was cooking the soup, I put a clove of garlic with skin into an oven toaster and I left it there for about 10 minutes. When you eat it, you should remove the skin.

After my son got out of the bath, he ate the soup and the grilled garlic. He then ate three strawberries and drank a glass of water. It is important to take vitamin C. So, an orange instead of strawberries is also good if you have.

Before he went to bed, I put a heat pack on his higher part of back (under the neck) on the clothing. Be careful to not have the moderate-temperature burn.

This morning, I was so relieved to see that his temperature had gone down to 36.7℃. He didn't take any medicines.





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Strawberry and Chocolate Cake

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It was the Valentine's Day.
I gave a box of chocolate to my son before going to school in the morning.
His school teacher had told students on the day before the Valentine's Day that not to bring any chocolate to school on the day.

As my son got some chocolate from girls after school last year, I was expecting who would give them to him this year. Maybe, as did he.
He got home from school earlier than usual because he didn't have his club activity fortunately. So, he was at home. After a while, a door bell rang, but it was only a mail man.

After all, no girls gave any chocolate to him. I'm sorry for him.

Today, I made a Strawberry and Chocolate Cake which I referred this recipe.





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take a walk

I joined an Ikebana Sunday Workshop today.

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↑A professor's two works.

After I finished the workshop, I took a walk around there.

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↑Saint John's Church (函館聖ヨハネ教会)

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↑Christos Orthodox Church (ハリストス正教会)

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↑Catholic Motomachi Church (カトリック元町教会)

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↑Hachiman-zaka slope (八幡坂)

I then had dried curry and rice for lunch at a restaurant.

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The dried curry had many kinds of ingredients. It was delicious.

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After I came home, I had a piece of apple pie I had made yesterday and a cup of coffee. I used some ready-made pie sheets though.

I had a good time today.




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Ikebana 2/8/2017

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I had composed this arrangement of Phormium Tenax (ニューサイラン), Rose (バラ), and Baby's Breath (カスミソウ).

The pink roses are so beautiful. Arranging the baby's breath was difficult for me although it looks easy.


The beginning of this year, I listened to a lecture for the New Year.

To raise my fortune,
1. Act quickly.
2. Put pressure on me.
3. Meet people who are on a roll, or go to shops (or sites) which are popular.
4. Visit the nearest local shrine.
5. Dress me up.



By the way, if you are interested in Eiken Grade 1, why don't you try a word drill where is right side of this article. Click the 'START '. It's a good practice for me although I haven't studied for Eiken in these days.





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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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