Making Winter Bearable

I’ve never liked the winter and my dislike for the season is just getting worse as I get older. Winters in New York were almost always slushy messes.

Nagoya has milder weather, but insulation here can be lacking in places. So, I have to find little ways to keep my spirits up, or I’ll lay down and give up the ghost until things thaw out.

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Holding out for the weekend

My workweek is only half over and I’m already exhausted. I haven’t made many plans for the weekend yet, save for meeting a few friends Sunday morning. One thing I need to remember to do is buy a thank you treat for the staff at my school. It’s too hot for chocolate, so maybe some sort of light cookie?

An Attempt was Made

Monday, I bought a couple of flowers on my way home from the phone shop. Having a little cash this month, and needing a change, I picked out two chrysanthemums and a cheap bunch of filler leaves. I had an idea of what I wanted, but no actual experience handling flowers.

I only had a rough layout in my mind: the white one would be taller and the leaves in the back would make a W shape.

Once I got home, I took out a vase that I never used, and started cutting. I remembered mom always said to cut the stems on an angle. From there, I arranged the flowers how I wanted them before putting them in the vase.

Big mistake. The neck of the vase was yoo narrow to use everything, so I put the flowers first, then added the greens.