How many things happened to me in 2015.
Today David & I could have a nice time together with smile & love together.
We cleaned up our rooms bathroom and kitchen for New Year.
A little big cleaning is Japanese tradition in the end of year to welcome a new year with clean feelings.
We took a walk on the seaside on Edmonds beach and we really talked a lot about our 2015.
We could pass through all of my getting Green Card (permanent residence in the U.S.A) together after long process finally.
This year is the first new year which we started to live together in Seattle after our marriage in Japan in 2012.
So to be together longer, we could understand each other to love more and better, we realized.
We struggled our differences sometimes but in the end, everything made us understand each other to love more in the end.
We realized how we love each other truly and each importance of existence in this world.
And we are just happy only to be together.
To exchange each love every single day could make us grow up for better way as a marriage couple.
And we can be loving more and more.
We never forget our deep & true love always and forever.
I just really appreciate with all of David's effort and love for me and I am so thankful for this year.
Nothing happened to me in vain and everything could give me a great leaning how to love each other more and better.
So just we are happy to love each other in 2015 and we will be happier in new year more and more, for sure!!!
I wish that every my friend in this world have a happy new year with Blessing from Seattle!
During stay at Vancouver in Canada, David and I woke up in the middle night by sudden earthquake in the midnight.
We were sleeping in the bed but the shaking of earthquake was a little big and we woke up by the impact.
I have experienced bigger earthquake in Japan many times, so I knew this size of moving was not so huge and near from the hypocenter immediately.
But David seemed to feel so huge impact that he just felt shocked by sudden earthquake in the middle of night.
This was the last night of our stay in Canada and David said that this earthquake was not so often on the west coast of North America.
I tried to start to sleep again but only 4 hours sleeping, my mind became not to sleep anymore.
I felt my body needs to sleep more but my mind felt sharply awake in the early morning.
Our staying place was firmly built so our ceiling was not falling down onto us but it might happen to us if the size of earthquake was more huge.
But fortunately we are safe with peaceful sleeping and I felt so much relieved to be with David.
To felt "Haven" with David after this earthquake means to me deeply and strongly.
Tomorrow our safety of life cannot grantee by anyone & anything but today I can feel so much safe with David's love and smile.
This trip is our celebration for my Green Card (permanent residence in the U.S.A) and I realized how we love each other and I need David in my life more than before.
To love someone truly and to be loved by someone honestly with generosity are my the best priority and I felt this importance after this earthquake in Canada.
Tomorrow doesn't know what happen to us but I am very happy to be with lovely my husband David.
And it means to me a lot and I realized how I am blessed with his love.
Only today & tomorrow remain in 2015 and new year is coming soon...
David is my treasure and I want to cherish him more and better from now on.
Whatever would happen to me tomorrow, I could feel happy and relieved only to be able to be with David, for sure.
Through this trip in Canada, we could have a great time to feedback each other in this year to connect with new year.
And I could feel so much energy to live with David through all experiences in this short trip in Canada.
We will come back to Canada to explore another place with David again soon...
And I really appreciate with today's fortune without any trouble & bad things to us and wonderful stays at Vancouver with David at the end of this year.
I never forget this trip and we will love each other next year more and more, we can feel each other through this trip.
David and I came back to this organic sushi restaurant "Shizen Ya" at another branch in Vancouver to have a dinner tonight again.
Last night we had a dinner another branch and we missed to eat another menu so much.
And we came back to here again to enjoy another fabulous menu and this is the first time to have the same restaurant for 2 nights for dinner.
All menu looks tasty and we need to have another stomach to taste more at a time...
This restaurant was selected THE BEST SUSHI in Vancouver of Tripadviser before and it seems to worth to get the prize, we can tell.
All staffs was very friendly and great service for us with lovely smile and David & I really enjoyed having dinner again tonight.
Happy time with great foods can make people happy easily and it last all day long, I realized it last night and tonight, too.
And we wanted this owner of Shizen Ya to open a new branch in Seattle because many people in Seattle will love this great taste & service, for sure!
Anyway we had a wonderful time together and we really happy to enjoy having dinner at Shizen Ya both tonight and last night.
All staffs worked so hard with great hospitality and it was very great for all customers.
We will come back to eat another menu here again and I became to a fan of this organic sushi restaurant.
And I wanted to try cooking my original organic rice rolls at home for David someday soon...
David's holiday has just started for 6 days for new year!
So I wonder where we will visit together to enjoy together.
David & I talked about visiting Canada together for the first time after I can get my Green Card (permanent residence).
So I suggested him to visit Canada in the end of this year to enjoy something new.
I found a nice sushi restaurant "Shizen-ya" at downtown Vancouver.
When I showed this HP of Shizen-ya, David seemed to be interested in there so we came to this restaurant for dinner.
But to drive in Canada for us was very difficult without map & navigation system.
Finally we found this sushi restaurant and we really enjoyed having dinner together.
I wanted to express my gratitude for David somehow so I decided this payment was my treat tonight.
David looked so surprised that I finished payment for our dinner during he went to the bathroom.
But I really wanted to express my gratitude for everything which David has done for me in this year.
He is doing his best for us every day and I am so thankful for his love & effort.
We talked a lot about this year to look back our marriage life in 2015 to connect with a new year.
Our relationship are changing for better way day by day and I realized how we can love each other more than last year.
And we really liked this sushi restaurant each other and we wanted to taste more menu again...
Anyway I am very happy to enjoy Canada stay with David for the first time!
Today it was raining from the morning, and little by little snow started to mix with rain.
And finally it became to snow in the afternoon.
It was the first snow in this winter.
I felt so much cold in this morning and the real cold winter in Seattle came.
I felt something itches of my ring finger of my right hand last night.
And I found it became a chilblains(Shimoyake in Japanese).
I put on gloves in my hands but my top of fingers are outside of the gloves.
So the chilblains happened to my finger!!
This is the second time of chilblains in this winter.
I felt my finger itches when my body become warm.
I wish my chilblains will recover soon...
Today I got a package which Mom sent David & me MOCHI(Japanese rice cake).
Mom made it by herself and sent it for us to eat for New Year.
In Japan, to eat Mochi is traditional habit to make a wish for long & better life.
Usually Mom makes it and she knows David & I really like Mochi.
She used an express international mail to send it for us and it cost a lot.
Only 7 pounds Mochi needed to cost more than 60$ for shipping.
Of course, we can buy Mochi at some supermarket in Seattle but sending Mochi for us is Mom's love even the shipping costs a lot.
I was very happy to get it from Mom today and David will really love it later after he finish working.
Today is his the last working day in this year, so I will let him eat Mom's Mochi for dinner.
And I really appreciate with Mom's love for us so much.
Mom put on a simple message to us and it said, "Have a happy new year!!", that's all.
It was very simple message for us but it was all what Mom & Dad wish for our marriage life.
I sent a message for Mom to thank her by e-mail after I got her Mochi.
And I wonder what is the best gift for Mom & Dad in return from us...
Today is Christmas day and David could take a holiday today.
But the weather is not good and it was raining a little.
David gave me a present for Christmas even I didn't ask him at all.
I really appreciate with his love & kindness.
But I don't have nothing to give him today as a Christmas present today.
So I asked him to wait for his Christmas present.
I wanted to do something special for him but I couldn't be in time for him today.
But he didn't get angry at all and he told me, "I can wait".
So I felt relieved to hear that and just I really appreciate with his generosity.
Today is Christmas and it means that only 1 week remain in this year.
Just I want to cherish the rest of days in year with David.
Today is Christmas Eve.
I am not interested in Christmas at all but David seems to want doing something special for Christmas.
But today I made a special dinner which David will like it to express my Christmas mood for him by cooking.
I checked some recipes for Christmas cake but big cake looks too much for only two of us.
So I made chocolate mousse with tofu without chocolate.
But I thought that only the mousse doesn't enough for David and I made ginger-man cookie to eat with chocolate mousse.
Maybe it doesn't work for David's favorite mood for Christmas, so I will try to cook another sweets tomorrow again.
And I neglect to decollate Christmas tree this year, because it is troublesome for me a little.
But I decided to decollate for him today to let David feel Christmas mood somehow.
To decollate fake Christmas tree & to clean it up later were only my work.
So I thought that it was just troublesome for me but I changed my mind today.
Only half of day, he have to work today but after that and tomorrow, he doesn't need to work to enjoy Christmas.
So I want to try to let him enjoy Christmas mood with him as much as possible.
Today, we went to our favorite kitchen goods shop with David.
He wanted to get a new steamer for my cooking as a Christmas gift.
I didn't ask him to get it for me but he offered to get it for both of us.
We usually eat organic vegetables every day.
And David wants to eat them more healthy way to make vegetables steam not boiling.
I checked the steamer on internet of this shop before and we went there together to get it.
Today seemed to be Christmas holidays and most roads and parking area was packed with many cars.
And we could get the nice steamer finally and I appreciated with his love for me.
It was very reasonable price and it looked very nice for steam.
It was raining all day long today but we are very happy to get a nice steamer together.
So I want to cook for him to express my gratitude for his kindness from now on.
Soon Christmas will come.
And this week has already come holiday's atmosphere for Christmas.
David & I went to shopping some foods today and many cars are lined up on most roads.
And there were many cars parked in some big shopping malls.
Most people tried to get some present for Christmas and they will buy get something before Christmas.
David asked me what I want for Christmas.
But I told him, "I don't want anything."
Because I have things enough already.
And I felt satisfaction with my staffs and I don't want to get anything for Christmas at all.
Most people tend to think that we want to get something more for Christmas.
But it cause to make them think by Christmas mood & economic advertisement.
I realized how I can feel content with present life.
And I don't feel to want something more at all.
I am very happy with my present life with David.
So I wonder why most people want to get something for Christmas.
I don't know why people want to get something more and more.
To find the content of present life is easy for me and I just want to be with David for Christmas.
And it will make me happy on Christmas even we won't do something special.
But David seems to want something different from normal life on Christmas, so I want to follow his needs.
Author:Masuda Keiko (増田佳子)
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