Over the weekend, I tried my hand at making one of those faerie light jars, like you see all the time on Pinterest. I bought the supplies at the ¥100 shop: a small caning jar, two strands of LED lights, and a pack of batteries.
Once home, I made a hole in the lid with a screwdriver and hammer. Then, I strung the lights through. All that was left were the batteries.
In Sakae, there’s a faux-golden boar decoration. Thought it looked pretty cool, so I took a shot on my way back from the Cat Cafe.
An ikebana christmas display thay I saw at a train station.
V and I tried a new karaoke place recently. It was a horror themed shop, where we could wear halloween costumes on loan from the shop if we so wanted to. The rooms and hallways were covered in decorations and the staff spoke like villians from those cheesy 1950s era horror movies. Next to each elevator, was one of these swords.
In case of emergency, break glass?
No, no, it’s not what you think! I don’t still have food left over from Christmas in my refrigerator, don’t worry. I’m not talking about those sorts of leftovers.
I mean leftover holiday displays. Around where I live, a lot of people still have their decorations up. This might be due to the recent cold spell we have found ourselves trapped in, but it seems like there’s just more left out than in previous years.
As I said in previous posts, it seemed like the holiday sprit has been stronger than usual. I don’t know if that’s because of all the other rotten stuff that’s been happening (you know, to balance out the bad with some year end good) or if people just are starting to get back on their feet finance wise. Whatever it is, that sentiment is continuing into the new year.
These flowers are one such example. I found this display in an office building, while I was getting some paperwork done for my new job. At first I was a little surprised, but once I noticed that these plants were the real deal, I understood. Plants are living creatures, not things to be thrown away when their purpose is complete.
They haven’t gone completely green yet and seem to be doing well, so I assume someone’s taking care of them. That make me glad.
When I was a little girl, I used to be so envious of my grandmother’s plants. She would receive half-dead cuttings from her sister, and from them, manage to grow spectacular plants. These plants would live for years! I, on the other hand, am complete rubbish when it comes to taking care of anything that isn’t a cat.
Anyway, for my 8th birthday, my grandmother gave me a supposedly indestructible plant, that she claimed would survive my mother’s chain smoking and the lack of sunlight in our apartment. As she said, it did thrive, sat on my windowsill until I was about 15.
“Merry Christmas” in advance to those who celebrate and “I hope you have a good couple of days” to those who don’t. May this time be filled with good food, a warm (for those in the North, like me) or cool (if you’re South) house, and happiness in whatever you do.
I’m going to enjoy a bit of time off, now that classes are over for good, before returning to the grind after New Year’s. I’ll bother mom and brother, give out gifts to those who’ve stayed by my side through thick and thin, and curl up with Kit under the fleece blanket to catch up on my Doctor Who.
So, it’s almost Christmas. This year it seems nothing big’s going to happen at our house. In a few days my friends will come and we will exchange presents, but ma and I aren’t doing anything big. We’ll exchange gifts (1 gift each on Christmas Eve, the rest X’mas day), eat, and probably watch some New Who.