Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday Morning Star Count - Week 38

Week 38 of the temperature quilt
January 14 - 20 
46, 46, 54, 46, 52, 50, 46





Sarah at Sarah Did It!  is hosting a link up on Wednesdays for those making a temperature hexagon quilt.  Check it out and see what the temperatures are around the world this week.




This is my temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black

Sunday, January 21, 2018

New Year Stitch Group

After the holidays, we were all happy to get together for the first time this year.  


Kogin was a popular project.  Here are two more finishes, date book covers.  



One person started a new Kogin project on her own.  Do you recognize this pattern?



Our new group project is redwork.  Each person chose her design and traced it onto fabric, using the light from the window. After that, the stitching began.  





We had new year treats and omiyage treats.  





And, I received some wonderful gifts!  Thank you, my friends.




Saturday, January 20, 2018

Friday Night Sushi with Pepper

I often go out to a kaiten sushi restaurant after work on Friday.   I like the inexpensive sushi, plus there is a robot named Pepper who welcomes guests and assigns seating. 

 


Isn't he cute?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Not Allowed at This Cafe

I didn't eat at this cafe in Okinawa, but I'm all for these rules for all restaurants!




Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Dance at Shuri-jo

Every time we go to Okinawa, we go to Shuri Castle to see the dance.  Over the new year holiday there are extra performances and live Okinawan music.  














I never get tired of the music, the dance and the gorgeous costumes.  Or the castle and its history.




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Work In Progress Wednesday - New Project

I'm starting a new project - Redwork done in Blue!  I don't have much done yet, but it will come along.  



I saw this pattern (Fairies Hiding) years ago on someone's blog and saved it, but now I can't find where it came from.  If you can identify it, please let me know so I can give credit.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Seven-Eleven in Okinawa

I've been back from my trip for over a week, but still haven't gone through my photos.  I will try to have photos and stories from my trip soon.  Until then, here's some other news about Okinawa.




Seven-Eleven Japan has announced that it will start opening stores in Okinawa, the only prefecture in the country currently without Seven-Eleven stores, in fiscal year 2019.  Seven-Eleven's president Kazuki Furuya told Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga that the company plans to open 250 stores in the prefecture the first five years.  Competitors Lawson's and Family Mart already have stores in Okinawa.  


My students often tell me Seven-Eleven is their favorite convenience store. My favorite is Seico-Mart, which is only found in northern Japan, mainly in Hokkaido. They have the best ice candy (Japanese name for popcicles).   Here in Shizuoka, I like Lawson's, probably because it is the one closest to where I live. 




Do you have a favorite convenience store?



Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Morning Star Count - New Year Catch Up

I need to catch up on the temperatures we've had the last three weeks.

Week 35 of the temperature quilt
December 24 - 30 
52, 57, 55, 46, 48, 50, 52



Week 36 of the temperature quilt
December 31 - January 6
41, 55, 52, 46, 48, 41, 50



Week 37 of the temperature quilt
January 7 - 13
52, 46, 61, 54, 50, 43, 45





Sarah at Sarah Did It!  is hosting a link up on Wednesdays for those making a temperature hexagon quilt.  Check it out and think about joining in.  You can start at any time.  



This is my temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Buffet Lunch

Yesterday I met my friend in Shizuoka and we went for lunch at The Table restaurant at the Century Hotel.  It is a buffet, with far too many choices! We ate and talked for a couple of hours. Afterward we went to a little stitching shop and then saw a paper art exhibit in a department store.  It was a fun Saturday.  




Mt. Fuji is once again covered in snow. This was my view from the train station.