Sunday, December 7, 2014

Week 96 - December 1-7, 2014

The weather has turned cold.  Monday morning when we went jogging there were many leaves on the jogging path.  I think fall is really over.
It is time to get ready for Christmas.  I decorated the small tree sent to us a year ago by our family for Christmas and put the manger under it. 
Tuesday we walked by the Blue Bee.  This bee appears to be used by a shop that sells eye glasses to children.  I had to take a picture with this famous bee.
The second floor of the International center is decorated for Christmas.  We liked the climbing Santa Clauses on the end of shelves.
Thursday was our last transfer day in the mission.  It was not very busy as we took one Elder to the bus stop and picked up one Elder later in the day.

These unusual blossoms are called koutei darie (皇帝ダリア) or tree dahilis.  It is a winter pink flower/tree on Kyushu.  We have seen them blossoming from Oita to Kumamoto as we have driven over Aso.  They are a beautiful surprise in the winter time.  The round street mirror shows me taking the picture.
We finished up December birthday packages for our family, Christmas and some things from our mission for us and then made a trip to the post office this week.  I always hope I packaged items so that they will arrive at there destination without being broken or damaged.
Thanksgiving is over but I had to try making a pumpkin pie after the Nagamine Elders asked for a recipe to make a pie out of a Japanese pumpkin they had been given and said it was very good.  I had bought a can of whipped cream for Thanksgiving.  It was on the shopping list and did not get removed when there were no pies available at Costco.  The biggest challenge in making the pie in Japan is deciding what to do for the evaporated milk called for in the recipe.  I used powdered milk.  The pie tasted very good.
Christmas season is here.  When we were at the 100 Yen store Elder Koberstein found this cute little Santa Claus.  He has a photo cell that makes him dance.  It is time to enjoy the season as we celebrate the gift of Christ's birth.
Scripture of the Week
Luke 1:30-31
And the angel said unto her, Fear, not, Mary:  for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS.

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