Tuesday, November 5, 2019



Anyone who blogged with Janet knew she was a huge livelong fan of Godzilla. I don't know when it 

at first they wanted the monster to be a giant octopus, thank god they did not do that, for more than 

likely I would not be writing this blog. From rubber suit to high tech graphics, Godzilla has 

maintained his down home monster look. Godzilla was an important part of Janet's 3rd grade classes, 

she had a two foot tall plastic Godzilla on her desk and she would keep the bathroom passes in his 

mouth. When the kids were working on the floor and they became noisy, she would tell them in 

English ( she had a bi-lingual class) she was going to run thru them just like Godzilla thru Tokyo, and 

no matter what level of English they had, they completely understood.

Our house is falloff Godzillas, as I type at Janet's computer there is a foot tall plush Godzilla looking 

over my shoulder. I don't know when her Godzilla thing began some time after we met, but it could

not has been before November 3, 1954, for that's when the movie was released in Japan, it wasn't

released here until April, 1956. So 3 NOV is Godzilla birthday so to  speak.

Went thru the house and gathered up some of the Zilla  items I could find, this is just a small sample

of what is around the house, some have special meanings, others do not.


Te Zill who guarded the bathroom passes

Baby Zilla

Keyring Zilla

Zilla Fan

This one actually breathes steam!

A special postcard sent by one of Janet's favorite bloggers

My favorite, given to Janet in Japan by our daughter April

Just a bit of Godzillamania, everyone should have at least one Zill!!!!

Friday, November 1, 2019

                         Halloween in Japan Part 11

My daughter dressed up as did most of her Japanese coworkers.

Now a word about her costume. She is dressed up as a NO OBACHANS "NO" is this case is possessive meaning OURS. NO OBACHANS are elderly ladies who like to dress in bright leopard skin prints.

In their 60s and 70s they like to dye their hair purple.

They like to give out candy from brightly decorated purses and of talk.

                                                My view of Halloween in Japan




A few words about Halloween in Japan, keeping in mind that this is just a visitors view, I am no anthropologist. I am amazed and a little jealous how the Japanese take a part of somebody else's culture gleam the best parts and adapt it to their life style. Halloween is a good example, last October we were in Japan and the main colors of most decorations were black and orange. Halloween displays were in just about every shop window.

Trick or treating is not practiced, not house to house, like in the states, candies may be given to friends at parties. The main part of Halloween adopted is COSTUMES, mainly for adults, who really enjoy dressing up. For some reason (ME) I can't load anymore pictures, so all publish this and start another one.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

 Back from a somewhat bitter/sweet trip to London. London was Janet's most favorite city in the world. So I had to go say goodbye for her. I took a friend with me, who had never been overseas. He asked me how many times have I been to London, and after counting, it seems Janet and I had visited London mat least 30 times over the yers. Sometimes just for a day, at the end or beginning of a trip. Janet's favorite animal if the elephant, so I rounded one up, took him to the middle span of Tower Bridge, gave him a hug and a kiss and over he went, to be forever, like Janet's spirit, in the heart of London.

Next was to have a pint and some English chips, she really liked the big tasty chips, we always had to  get on to each other to try to not eat too many of them. Janet was a larger girl, but on a cold day she liked a Guinness.

Last but not least, a night of live theater, my friend really wanted to see the Phantom of The Opera. Janet would have approved. Too much singing to me, but a delight to the eye.

I did a few other things that made me feel good, and then spent the rest of the trip trying to Mudlark. It seems some time in June I fell and cracked a rib, it healed but about a couple weeks before the London trip,I began to have trouble walking. Doctor said it was a pinched nerve and  fractured hip. Now that sounds terrible, but the fracture was barely visible. Now by the time of the London trip things got back to halfway normal, but the London streets took care of that, so I was not at full speed, which is usually WARP speed. I found only one spot I could get to for mud larking, it was pretty much well picked over, not surprising as it was just under Tower Bridge. I found a button that was all.
I am going back next year just to mudlark.

Two weeks before the London trip I sold three oil painting to a business near Piccadilly Circus, their logo was a wolf. I had painted 3 Yellowstone wolves and they bought all three.
I went pass the building hoping to see my paintings but they were redecorating and they said to come back a a month or so, which I will.

                                      Here are two of my paintings of Tower Bridge

Thursday, October 10, 2019

I can't let this Halloween go by without a Janet inspired painting of Godzilla trick or treating Tokyo.

I am leaving shortly for a quick trip to London, Janet's favorite city in the whole world. I need to drink a pint for her,  have some chips and throw a keepsake of hers in the Thames and say goodbye for her.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Don't know if this blog still exist or not. But I am going to give a try. Yesterday was to be 54th anniversary I went to the cemetery and gave a porcelain teddy bear and elephant, two of her favorite critters. I would like to post some of her drawings which I keep finding in drawers and closets.

Sorry about the quality of the scanning, It's hard to scan something in a book. Anyway if anybody reads this, Bless Them.   Mac

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Here are some more paintings, they are some of my most treasured possessions.

More to come.

Friday, June 21, 2019

I would like to show you some of Janet's artwork. She was not one to bragg, but in ways her work is

better than mine. She could sit down and complete her painting in just one go, I could never do this.

The same with sketches, she would just sit there and draw, while I would try different angles and

things. More often than not her drawing would be accurate, if a house had four windows, that what

she drew, I in turn would get halfway thru a sketch and realize I had no room for a fourth window!

Friday, June 7, 2019

This  is Mac, I'm so sad to say that Janet passed away the 30th of May. Her heart and mind and attitude were strong, but her body could not take any more Chemo. She passed quietly last Wednesday night. I should say more but this is hard to write. Thank You for being her friend.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Random Post

Finished the first round of my second go around with chemo and all is well.  They're monitoring me much closer this time and I'm going in for extra fluids.  I feel good.
I've lost all my hair again, just when it was getting cute and curly.  I need to order new pants as I've lost so much weight.
Mac caught a little mouse in a humane mouse trap after he found Miss Kitty with him in her mouth.  Hope he's learned his lesson.
Started reading Us Against Them the sequel to Bear Town and I like it very much.  That's a relief.
I still have quite a bit of energy, don't know how long that will last, but I'm enjoying it while I can.
Rain forecast for here, hope not too much as we have a drive ahead of us this morning.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter

I want to wish a happy Easter to family and friends.  I still have eggs to dye and devil, I boiled them yesterday.  We're having lamb shank, a whole leg would be a waste.
No pictures though Mac brought me a bouquet from the garden.

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