a nuisance

The latest nuisance for me is sodium hydroxide.

I bought it at a drugstore a long time ago to make some olive oil soap. I used to make it by myself, but recently I haven't made it at all. I didn't think that I would make it again in the future, so, I decided to throw away tools which are the sodium hydroxide, the pot, the ladle, and so on. I then I threw away everything except the sodium hydroxide.

However, as I didn't know what kind of garbage the sodium hydroxide was, I called a garbage office to ask which garbage collecting day I should take out.
To my surprise, he said that the best way is to make soap!
"What? I beg your pardon. What does it mean?" I asked.

The sodium hydroxide is one of the hazardous substances, so, you can't throw away easily. If you want to throw it away, it will cost you very expensive. If you do that, you should ask the special office in Sapporo because our city garbage office doesn't deal with it.

I was at a loss to hear this. I had already thrown away the tools. To use up all of the sodium hydroxide I have, I will have to make a lot of soap. Besides, I will have to buy the tools again. Anyway, I don't want to make soap again.
What should I do it? What a headache!





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Aleppo Soap

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I've heard Aleppo Soap from a newspaper or a TV program recently, and I knew how it was very hard to produce the soap in Aleppo, Syria. I'm not sure whether the workers still work there, or some workers fled from the battlefield, and they produce the soap in an adjacent region.
I felt like supporting the workers even though it is a very little thing.

When I was younger, I often would make olive oil soap by myself. So, I've been interested in Aleppo Soap.
This soap was made of olive oil and laurel oil. It is said that Aleppo Soap had started back in 8th century. You can use it for anything, such as for body, for hair, and for clothing. I wouldn't use it for my son's soccer stockings, though.

It smells of natural like soil and plants. I felt that it was unusual and powerful. It has experieced hardship. It doesn't bubble so much, but it is genuine, and good for your skin.
I will keep using Aleppo Soap.





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Mr. Saenai's wife

Since my son had watched a serial TV drama 'Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai' on Saturdays, I often had it with him although it came to an end last week.

Mr. Saenai's wife was bad. Although she was a housewife, she didn't work anything at home. Whenever Mr. Saenai came home from work, she was lying on the sofa and playing with her smart phone. As soon as he opened the living room door from work, she ordered him to make meals for his family, to clean the bathtub and prepare the bath. He also made box lunches for his children as well as his own one. He did every housework instead of his wife. One day, his daughter forgot to take her box lunch. His wife called Mr. Saenai to take it to her school although he was having an important meeting. He always ended up following her orders.

His wife always excused why Mr. Saenai had to do instead of her. I liked to listen to her excuses in the TV drama. Her excuses were unreasonable, but I thought I wish I were her once in a while. I bet some wives thought the same thing as me.

On the other hand, some husbands might have felt comfortable to watch the TV drama because their wives were better than Mr. Saenai's wife.




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workshops / Rubber Stamp and Succulent Arrangement

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I made some Cinnamon Rolls for the first time yesterday. The walnuts went well with the bread. They were delicious, so I want to make them again someday. Just after baking was much better than the next day.
I used this recipe to make them.

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I joined some workshops with my friends today.
One was for Rubber Stamp and the other was for Succulent Arrangement. I tried them for the first time.

Actually, I hadn't been interested in Rubber Stamp, and I don't have a good sense of picture, but I was glad to learn how to ink. There were many stamps including words in English. At first, I didn't understand why there was a stamp written 'Dig in!'. I learned it meant 'to start eating' later.

As for the Succulent Arrangement, I learned about succulents. They seemed to be easy to grow. I hope to see their tiny flowers someday.

Between the workshops, we ate delicious bread and a cup of coffee for lunch.
I had a good time there.





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Spring has come!

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Today, I found some sprouts of alpine leek (行者ニンニク) in my planter.
I was surprised to see them. Because, we had a lot of snow last week. Yesterday, it was raining and snowing. The snow on the ground has been melting recently. The temperature was around 5℃ today.
I was glad that the number of sprouts has more than doubled since last year. When they grow adequately, I'll cook them. I'm looking forward to eating them in the near future.




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I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
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