Barbecue party at Mr. B's vacation house


My husband and I were invited to his friend, Mr. B's vacation house in Karuizawa.
Mr. O and his wife, who were also invited, had stayed there since a few days before.
According to my husband, Mr. B and Mr. O's friendship has been special, and famous among everyone in the office.
They seem to have more-then-family relationship.

Anyway one more friend invited was Mr. S, who didn't acompany his wife because she was sick.
We were seven in all.

The three men were same age peers when they were at the company.
I enjoyed talking with them, especially with Mr. O's wife, who is the same age with me, as if we were old friends though it was only the third time I met them.
Mr. B and his wife were so kind and seem to get used to entertain guests that I could feel at home, and enjoyed the time with them, eating grade AA meat, sea food, and etc.
I had a great time.


I've been going swimming very often since I quit a part-time job three months ago
After swimming I usually take the jacuzzi bath, where I see a lot of friends, and enjoy chatting.
I saw Mrs. M today after a while since, and noticed her beautiful arm musles.
She told me that she didn't notice herself, but a few of her friends took note of them, too.
She guessed that the soybean protein, which she'd been taking after workout at the gym, might have had effect.
"It tastes good with a flavor of coffee", she said.
I got very interested.
I asked her how long she has been taking it.
She answered that more than three months had passed since.
It sounded fascinating.
Can I have such musles as her just by taking protein after exercises?
She added, however, she'd been working out for about two hours at the gym almost everyday.
・・・Well・・・, yeah, I figured.
It's not so easy to get musles.
It's very difficult for me to keep working out so vigorously.
Anyway I'll start taking protein at the very beginning.

without a car of my own

My husband commuted to wok by train for a long time, so he didin't use our car during weekdays.
So I could use it freely while he was at work.
Since he retired from work about three months ago, however, we've faced this inconvenience of sharing the car.
In this automobile-dependant countryside almost everyone has his or her own car.
In fact our activities in daily life are extremely limited without a car per person.

I usually go to the sports club, grocery store, sometimes to karaoke, my parents house, and etc.
He usually goes for a walk in nearby pasture, sometimes to shigin lesson (recitation of a Chinese poem), and etc.
In addition my mother-in-law often asks us to drive her to see a doctor, to a grocery store, and etc.
We usually adjust our plans, and wait for the car to come back.
When our schedules conflict in any way, however, my husband drives me to my destination, and picks me up later after he's finished his errands.

In fact I need to start a part-time job again because I'm running out of my pocket money, but in this situation I can't.
For the time being I have no other choice but to continue good work sorting out rooms, building my body at the sports club, and practicing singing.
Actually I hadn't had time to do them until three months ago, when I was busy working part time.

In this boiling summer it might not be bad to do without a part-time job .
In due course of time I might find a way to add a part-time job for only a short time in my life.

a trial lesson to brothers

Two brothers came to my house for a trial lesson of English.
One of them was in first grade at elementary school, and the other was a kindergarten child.

As soon as they got to my place, the well in our garden attracted their interest.
They wanted to see inside it, and asked me to remove the wellhead.
I told them it's dangerous, so I couldn't open it.
They looked disappointed, but listened to me obediently.

When they entered the house, however, they got interest in the escalator this time.
It was installed about 20 years ago, when my father-in-law got ill.
After all he died a few years later, but now my mother-in-law uses it.
It is a rare thing for ordinary homes, so they may well spark their interest in it.
Every child who came to my house wanted to ride it.
I gave them a permission to get on it for a while.
They got excited, and went up and down again and again.

Finally I stopped them, and started to give them a lesson.
For my surprise they knew a lot of English already.
They were really bright boys.
Unfortunately there were too many things in my house to keep them studying.
They seemed to be distracted by new things around them.

After they left, I've been thinking how to teach them.
They got excited today to see new things around them for the first time, but soon they willl get used to them, and then they might start concentrating in studying.
Or should I teach them separately?

Their mother told me in advance that they had better to take a lesson individually because they would be pumped up together .
I have in two minds.

They are such bright boys that they will learn a lot if they get good lessons, I believe.
What do you think?
I'd appreciate it if you could give me an advice.

meeting with a pretty, sophisticated young mother of three kids

Mrs. O, a young pretty mother of three kids came to my house to make a preliminary examination about my English class for kids.
She told me that she learned of me from Mrs. T, the mother of a kid under my charge.
I was very glad to find from what she said that Mrs. T spoke highly and fondly of me.

Mrs. O also told me about her kids and her own interesting background.
She and her family had lived in Tokyo for a long time, but they decided to moved to this area because they traveled around the country, and liked this place.
Since two months ago, when they moved here, her husband has been commuting to Tokyo.
She said she would also start commuting to Tokyo in a few months.
In addition their parents, who had lived in Saitama, moved to their new home to live with them.

What a lifelong decision!
It was a little surprising for them to have gone so far.

She also told me that she had once lived in Indonesia until she was ten years old.
Her good footwork might come from this experiance and others.
I'm interested in her and her family.
I'm looking forward to seeing her cute and bright-looking sons, whose pictures she brought to me, next Saturday.
I have to get ready to provide them interesting lossons.