Sunday, July 6, 2014

Week 74 - June 30-July 6, 2014

My cherry tomato plants think they are trees.  Japan has a lot of green house grown vegetables.  I wonder if these tomatoes are altered to grow up so that green house space is better used and it sure makes picking them much easier.  The wind likes to tip them over so they are now tied to the patio dividing wall.
Tuesday when we went to byoin (hospital) Eikaiwa, we arrived a few minutes early and I looked out the window and saw a Ferris wheel in the distance.  I was told it was at the dobutsuen (zoo).  We have not been to the zoo in Kumamoto yet.  We tried on one p-day but the zoo was closed on Monday so did not make it.  We had a fun bike ride instead.
This is the room we meet in for byoin Eikaiwa most of the time.  The picture is looking away from the big windows.
The tantabata tree was up at the International Center this week. 
I looked a long time to find my wish.  It is on pink paper in about the center of this picture, hanging almost horizontally on the tree.  I enjoyed being part of this Japanese tradition this year.
This tantabata tree was on display at the HIJOE Home Store where we took the Shimizu/Tusboi missionaries shopping for a few needed items for their apartment Thursday after inspection.  The tree is much smaller than the one at the International Center with wishes clustered on the lower part of the tree.
We had lunch together with the Shimizu/Tsuboi missionaries after their apartment inspection this week.  I enjoyed shrimp and chicken tempura, miso soup, cabbage salad and rice.  It was a treat!
The Fourth of July found us doing a missionaries apartment check in Omuta.  We had the opportunity to take the Elders there out to lunch at Stamine Yakuniku barbecue.  Elder Koberstein celebrated the Fourth of July with sorbet ice cream in red, white and blue while there.
One of our friends gave us beautiful red, white and blue cake pops she had made and
one of our sons share pictures of the fireworks he watched in Arizona.  All in all we had a wonderful Fourth of July full of friends, family and missionary work.  We are blessed!

Scripture of the Week
D&C 130:18-19
"Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.
And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life though diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come." 






2 comments:

Delirious said...

I'm wondering if it would help your fruit if you would pinch some of those branches back. I left behind some tomato plants in China. I hope the next renter enjoys them. We are in Antioch now. :)

Katie said...

I think you are right, it needs so help.