I got some stuff done last night but still had a lot to sort out this morning for our guests. Mainly just normal house stuff but wanted to get dinner sorted before they arrived too.
Hub, the gem, offered for him and Granny K to take Shou and Marina out for the morning. THANKYOU. They left at nine and didn't get back until half twelve - after which they scoffed some lunch and Marina went down for a nap.
I spent the morning doing washing, cleaning and making lasagna. Well, minus the lasagna sheets and plus some cannelloni pasta - which is really just result of someone getting creative with lasagna sheets - probably a couple of housewives smoking a joint and wondering what rolled up lasagna sheets would look like. After trying to fill the cannelloni rolls with a friggin teaspoon last time I wised up and stuffed all the mince mixture into a zip lock bag and cut a hole in the corner and piped it in. Saved me some grief. And I so haven't got enough certificates for my obvious qualifications.
Friends arrived at 2pm and we dossed round home letting the boys plus Marina go wild. Was interesting to see Shou playing with an obviously older boy - five year old Jacob. There were some language misunderstandings but nothing that seemed to stop the action for too long. After all, a fire engine and a water pistol look the same in both languages!!
The kids all went down without too much bother tonight, although the younger of their two seemed intent on trying out the shoes in the genkan and practicing walking down the hallway. He was a bit excited about the low level sleeping arrangements and being in a room with only one wall and eight sliding doors. Tomorrow night we are going to try an adults yakinku (BBQ) on the deck after the sproglets are in bed. Fingers crossed. I figure worse case scenario we will have a child each still up - but the good thing about my friends coming to stay is that hub will go overboard in the 'I am Japanese husband of the year' stakes. This means he will put Shou to bed, wash dishes, pour drinks, run baths ....
Anybody else want to come and visit our fine town?
Tomorrow day, after I have dropped my two off at kindy, we are going shopping and then to revolving sushi. Their two like sushi but haven't had the conveyer belt kind yet. No worries obliging to that. Yum yum. Friend interested in buying some caligraphy scrolls to take home for gifts so I got hub to ask Granny K where could purchase such item in such remote crap hole location that is Kunimi. He came back out of her sty with a scroll - hand caligraphy-ied by the GK herself. Is quite a lengthy phrase though and told friend that if they preferred a more styly bought one then the Kunimi caligraphy master didn't need to know and I would just hide it in the back of the wardrobe until such a date comes around when I can dispose of it without notice.
Hub is taking Friday off and we might take friends to baseball batting centre on way to the train station. He was interested in going to one of the multi tower golf driving ranges but due to abundance of vast open spaces there is no need for multi tower range in Kunimi or surrounding vacinity.
So, the house is quiet now. All persons asleep and accounted for - minus gaijin wife - who despite being able to offload thousands of English words today still needs half an hour or so to wind down before bed.
Sweet Dreams, Good Health and Quiet Living.