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A Snowman or a Snow Rabbit?

With all this snow we’ve been getting this weekend, it’s looking like winter. But it’s early October, there are still leaves on trees and green grass. Today, I enjoyed driving to work on almost empty streets that were covered with snow. But in the afternoon, I went out to the supermarket and made this:

Just a tiny snowman. But up the hill a little bit farther, we saw this:

Snow rabbit? With the spruce cones in the face melting the snow, it looked rather creepy.

Has anyone made a snowman yet?

Fall Colours

Went out for a walk today, and saw the very colourful leaves. They’re mostly yellow, but there are some red and orange, and some are still green. Here are a few pictures.

The weather is great today, and no wind. The leaves won’t last long, though. And there’s usually a bit of snow in October, so I’m expecting some within the next month.

I’m actually not a big fan of this season. To me, it means winter is coming, and that’s cold. I don’t like feeling cold. Give me summer or tropical weather all year. I could definitely live in a tropical place.

How’s your fall (or spring for those of you in the southern hemisphere)?

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 29

We’re seeing some good pictures now. I really like some of the photos in this group. I hope you enjoy them, too. There isn’t really a theme here, but there are several colourful leaf photos.

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos!

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Yellow ginkgo

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Mt Fuji and Tanzawa Mountains

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Today's Mt Fuji

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Total lunar eclipse Dec 10, 2011

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Shonan Monorail track

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Park path in late autumn

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Street in late autumn

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UFO?

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Cloudy reflection

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December morning river and shadow

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):

 

Thanks for voting! Please leave a comment below with your choices and reasons for choosing them. I’d like to know what people’s tastes are.

A Few Minutes to Spare and Relax

I’d arrived quite early for work, so I went to the nearby park to sit and read for a few minutes. This is what I was treated to at the park.

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Beautiful, isn’t it? The colours were so vivid, and the weather is amazing. Sunny and warm in the middle of November.

As I sat and read, I realised how easily I could get into the book. It was so relaxing, and despite the colourful sight, I could immerse myself into the book. The time passed so quickly, I couldn’t believe how twenty minutes could have gone just like that. I need to do this more often.

Where do you go to read? Is there somewhere you can relax and get lost in a book? Let me know in the comments below.

The End of August Leaves Me With a Bittersweet Feeling

August 31st. Did all those months just pass by that quickly? I remember July was just starting. It’s been two months already! Of course, we still have another month of hot weather, then October will be more comfortable, but still warm. Just one and a half months until my sister is here, too. But you know, the end of August and the end of summer approaching leaves me with a bittersweet feeling.

The days are getting shorter, sunset is earlier, festival and fireworks season is winding up, and the whole summer culture is going away for another year. Winter is coming, which means cold days and nights, having trouble keeping warm inside at home, and a walk outside means cold hands. This is also my last summer in Japan, though I’m sure we’ll come back frequently, most likely in summer.

On the other hand, there will be less sweating, the return of some really good food, bed becoming a very welcoming place, and my sister will be here soon. And who can forget the hockey season? Looking forward to this season for the Edmonton Oilers.

In the future, if I become successful at writing, I may be able to take long holidays in summer, and we can pack up and stay in Japan for a month or so while our daughter is on summer vacation. That would be nice. Nice, but not very likely. But you never know. We’ll at least take a couple weeks, though.

Summer always seems to be my favourite time, even with the heat and humidity. So it’s sad to see it go. But at least we still have about two months of summery weather left, at least by Canadian standards.

How do you feel as summer ends?

Changes

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As you can see, the leaves are changing colour here in Japan. But there are some other changes happening, and some I need to do.

What’s happening has a lot to do with my daughter. She’s approaching three years old, and the biggest change is her ability to speak. She’s getting more conversational all the time. She’s also getting quite defiant when she doesn’t get what she wants.

There are some things I’d like to change, though.

First, I want to change how and when I write. Any moment I have alone, I should try writing, unless I’m too tired. Mornings when I’m by myself and lunch breaks at work may be the best.

Second, I need to get more reading time in. I tend to read only on the train and sometimes during lunch breaks. I should read at night before I go to bed. I’d get much more read. Maybe I’ll make my 30 book challenge next year.

Another change is that I want to spend more time in the countryside. Trees would be nice.

And so, here are some maple trees for you.

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What do you want to change in your routine?