Herbal Medication

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I baked an onion bread.

Ingredients:
(to make dough)
180g milk
250g bread flour (I used 10g of mix powder consisted of sesame, almond, and soy beans. Also, I used 20g of whole wheat flour and 230g of normal bread flour.)
3g salt
10g sugar
10g olive oil
3g dry yeast

(after making dough)
some sliced onion
some cheese
some mayonnaise
a little of salt and pepper
some sliced ham

1. Put these ingredients and set a bread machine to make dough. (It takes about one and a half hours.)
2. Take out the dough.
3. Make a ball shape with the dough and leave it in a large container for about 30 minutes.
4. Roll out the dough and put some sliced ham.
5. Roll the dough.
6. Put the dough into a loaf pan.
7. Slash on top of the dough.
8. Put the rest of the ingredients on the top.
9. Leave it in the oven at 37℃ for 30 minutes.
10. Put it in the oven at 170℃ for another 30 minutes.


The other day, I went to a herbal drug shop (漢方薬局) for my father having dementia.

A man like a doctor listened to me at first a little, and he gave me a seat. While we were talking, I found a sign which said 5,000 yen for a counsel. I became worried how much I would have to pay when I leave there.
Actually, he was very talkative. He said that herbal medication isn't effective immediately. It is good to keep on taking.

When about one hour passed, he told me that pay 5,000 yen unless I buy any.
I didn't want to pay for just listening, so I decided to buy some herbal medication he recommended. He ended up talking to me for one and half hours.

I sent them to my father. I hope they will be effective on him soon.




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take care of my parents

It's been a long time.
I've been very busy to take care of my parents.

The end of last month, my father was carried by ambulance to the hospital in the early morning again. To make matters worse, my mother was also carried by one in the afternoon on the same day.
Fortunately, my father came home soon, but my mother was hospitalized for about two weeks. She had a critical condition once. She fortunately got well now.

To make matters worse, one of my aunts and two of my uncles passed away recently.

It was difficult for my father to live alone, so, my brother and I had to take care of him by turns while my mother was hospitalized. We also visited my mother at the hospital almost everyday by car.

Actually, my husband moved out a few years ago because of his job transfer, so, I had to leave my son who is a junior high school student alone for several days. He managed almost everything such as cooking and laundry by himself. Some mom friends helped him to drive for his club activities and his cram school. My mother-in-law also came to help him last week.

Since I can't stay with my parents longer, I came home now. I'm very worried about them, but it can't be helped.
My brother and I have been uneasy since we left them.

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↑Mt. Hakodate

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↑I didn't know what the mountain was, but it was in Aomori or Akita prefecture, maybe.

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↑Mt. Fuji from Mishima

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↑At the Hakodate Airport.

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↑At the Hakodate Airport.




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Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year !

My family visited Hokkaido Shrine to pray for the new year.
I found the Sakhalin Development Monument (I'm not sure its English name is correct.) on the premises.

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↑樺太開拓記念碑 ( Sakhalin Development Monument )

I took a fortune slip there and it said "Great Fortune".
The last year was not so good for me, so, I hope this year will be better.

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I hope to...
drink 1.5L water every day.
drink some soy milk.
eat more fish than meat.
exercise more often.
update my blog more often.
study English harder.
reduce my belongings.

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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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opera


Pink / Beautiful Trauma

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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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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