Yes, my kitchen table where no one ever eats, but I love to decorate it seasonally. Mac got me more glass pumpkins and a kitty-cat sitting on a real pumpkin and he lights up. We'll put him out on the porch for Halloween.
Got some Chrysanthemums for the front steps and some pansies we haven't potted yet.
I started a new cross-stitch, but I'm afraid I pulled something in my hand and when I use it much it hurts across the palm, so it's going to be slow going.
Finished the mew J.A. Jance Joanna Brady book, Field of Bones, I have to say it was just ok. Hope the next one is better.
Didn't like Robert Galbraith/ J.K. Rowlings latest, Lethal White, as much as the earlier books. Didn't dislike it, just didn't like it as much.
I've started 4 books, but after a chapter or two I deleted them. Can't even remember their names. Now I'm doing a reread Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie and rereading a bunch of Georgette Heyers----love her books and some of them I've read many times.
Supposed to rain tomorrow and we need it, we'll see.
Kyoto was wonderful. We were staying for 5 days so we rented an apartment and it felt great to have room to spread out.
We saw loads of shrines both Buddhist and Shinto--so different and so amazing. I think we all agreed that we preferred the Shinto. I'll talk more about that in a later post.
Now I want to talk about food. I'm such a fussy eater that finding a place for me to eat wasn't always easy, but our daughter, armed with Google, did a great job. I'd told her how much we enjoyed Benihanas in Atlanta and she did her best to find something similar. What she found was a place where you cook your own food on a hibachi grill and she was the chef.
We ordered chicken, corn, shrimp and scallops. All of it was great, to say nothing of the fresh avocados we started with. Dinner was so good that we went back 2 nights later and did it again.
We got home from Japan Monday morning and it's taken till now for me to have the energy to post. There were 2 typhoons while we were there, the first delayed us from getting to Miyajima the island we were going to. They suspended trains and ferries and we had to stay on the mainland. Luckily our daughter, with her great Google skills found us a hotel overlooking the water so we had shelter from the storm.
The new day we went to Miyajima and it was a beautiful place. We explored the "floating" Shinto Shrine and did some drawing. We stayed at a Roykan, a traditional Japanese hotel, with dinner served on a low table and futons to sleep on. It was wonderful. After dinner our daughter and I went down to the communal baths, one for women and one for men. It felt heavenly.
This has got to be one of my favorited places in Japan.
The next day we headed to Kyoto.
We're in Japan. The typhoon made us a day late to our Sunday destination, Miyajama, but we got here this morning and it's beautiful. We're staying in a Ryokon, a Japanese style room. Thank God there are some chairs or I'd be crawling around on the floor. Next stop is Kyoto.