Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The weed whacker put into use. The mole that is no more. Gap, Old Navy Spring shopping and a few extra bits for good measure

A few weeks back. Before the snowman was built. Anyway the weeds next door have grown out of control. The problem for us in they make seeds. Weedy seeds and they blow off into neighboring yards. Mostly ours. But like I mentioned on here before, Ayumi-chan's mom also mentioned to us about the yard next door and we all agreed and the grandma next door also. The 3 of our households have chatted about this last Summer. The problem is, the grandma and grandpa couple who own this land, the grandpa died last year. So no one to care for the weeds. I suggested they give her some grace time/period. It must be hard for her being elderly all by herself. Others suggested contacting the towns people/heads. @_@ Me being the softy I am. Mentioned to Noboru, maybe we can help her by cutting them for her. Plus you did get that new weed whacker for New Years. That way you can try it out next door. Hey, hey, great idea, right? : ) And even if she doesn't know who helped her by cutting her weeds or frankly even if she doesn't know the weeds were taken care of period, or who did it/helped her, you doesn't really matter. As long as we'll know, that's all what matters honestly. : ) Noboru agreed. And I felt like I did a good thing by suggesting it but Noboru did the most right on thing of actually getting out there and cutting them down for her. Noboru went next door and got started on them. He did clear a huge amount of weeds for her. and that way none of the neighbors will complain this coming Spring and Fall. This is the land next door that we would absolutely love to buy. But so far not for sale. : ( Bummer. It was bitterly freezing this day. But I stood outside, chatting with Noboru. keeping him company. I guess I just figured if he was willing to cut the weeds for me, the least I could do was sit and chit chat with him. And for the record, Noboru found 2 soccer balls. 1 baseball and 1 toy gun, the toy gun was not Branden or Noah's. Amazing all the junk found in the field next door. : ) I think this was the day we BBQ'ed but don't quote me on that for sure. See this is what happens when I delay posting. : ) I forget. The next paragraph is about the mole so if things like that bother you, don't read the next paragraph.
In other news. Noboru caught our resident mole. Moles are teeny tiny as you can see in the picture. They have incredibly clean fur. No eyes (we think) or (else they must be) super tiny eyes. But we looked and we saw no eyes. More then likely for being a creature who lives underground, they probably just evolved that way over time. Since he's a digger, you can see he has super wide front hands/paws. Imagine if you had huge kleenax boxes attached to your hands, the wide width way. @_@ It was a weekend when this happened, Noboru told me that morning, I caught him. I was surprised. Went outside. And felt sad. He looked so small. I felt so sorry for him. He didn't look like a horrible monster. Much the opposite actually. He looked so small. Noboru said, so what do you think? All I could come up with killed him. : ( The boys made their way outside and we turned it into a learning thing. They got to see the incredibly wide/fat front hands. The extremely clean fuzzy type fur. His incredibly odd shaped snout. We said can you find his eyes. They both looked. And Yeah we couldn't find the eyes either. Not even itty bitty ones. Life of country kids, I suppose. Catching frogs, zarigani in the Summer. And if we lived on an actual real farm they'd have to get used to not being too close/attached to the animals because they could be turned into food. You know. Inaka type stuff. : ) Also we learned that they must not apparently live in groups, because since the end of our resident mole, no more holes have been dug in our yard. So we think either they are loner types? Or this one had no family. : (
When the weather has been good, which is few and far between lately. But this pic was taken 3 weekends ago? The neighbor boys do come to play, when it's a day that it's not snowing or raining or just plain freezing cold. : )
I wait for Gap to have a 25% -30% sale online and that's when I usually purchase a large order.
I am slowly but surely gathering things for Spring/Summer type weather for Branden, Noah and myself.
These are Noah's things. A couple tees and a couple hats. Especially since he'll be wearing regular clothes starting in April for school. A white tee with bright colored stripes. And a yellow V neck. 1 navy blue Old Navy cap with red and white writing/stitching. And 1 pretty colored blue Gap hat and 1 in orange since yellow and orange are Noah's 2 favorite colors.
I also ordered Branden this polo top. I liked the aqua color with orange stripes. And the same colored hat Noah got, in blue. I also ordered Branden 1 in orange, but it was not pictured. Because, it wasn't in the order, like it was supposed to be.... I called Gap immediately and they shipped one immediately too. Telling me sorry that the robots sometimes make mistakes. Me thinking...what??? @_@ I thought/assumed humans packed the boxes. Nope the lady kindly said, it's all automated now. @_@ Wow, learned something new that day. ; )
Size 10-12 for Branden.
A few things for myself also. Gap has been rockin' lately! I am so glad they've been selling the logo stuff for us ladies again. They came out with tees called post card tees. From different places. The bottom left one is called, the Gap Los Angeles tee. The picture and colors are pretty so I ordered that one. Then the UK post card tee. Has a guardsman riding a bicycle and in his bicycle basket is a GAP bag. That is probably my favorite tee for Spring. I can't wait to wear these for Spring. And again, I got them on sale when I made my purchase. The pink top also says Gap. And the flash dance type sweatshirt with blingy GAP wording. Cute.
Yep, says Gap if you look closely. : )
I love these "perfect shorts" that's what they're called. I bought some last year. And they really were the perfect shorts. I'm a mom. Fashionable, in shape mom. But still a mom. So, I don't want to wear daisy dukes, booty type shorts with buns hanging out, know what I mean. @_@ I do dress age appropriate, not like a teenager. However I don't want to wear bermuda length either that hide half my leg. These are a perfect mid point. They're not too overly long, yet not too overly short either. They really are a conservative length, still preppy, feminine and classy. And like it says sewn into the label, they're perfect. They honestly are the perfect length. If you prefer bermuda these would be way too short for you. If you prefer daisy dukes, these would be too long for you also. But I love them.
I bought the khaki color "perfect shorts" last year. And this year, I bought the berry color "perfect shorts", these color are so pretty. The berry color is almost sold out now. And the black pair. I can always use a perfect pair of preppy black shorts.
Seems a lot of the retro style dresses are getting popular in America again. I liked this one the second I saw it online. Navy blue. With beautiful tulips. It was just really eye catching to me. It is conservative and preppy looking (figures and yes so typically me). Which is definitely my style, preference or whatever. Size L. As it says, however this does run big as the people said and I think if I were living in the US, I would have bought this is a medium for sures if I could have tried it on beforehand. However I'll probably wash it and throw it in the dryer and hope for some shrinkage. I think a simple pair of navy blue ballet flats. And my hair super pin straight down and maybe some red lips. Or who knows. I can't wait for the warmer weather now.
Both of the boys needed new swimwear this year. And I waited for that sale. This is Branden's pair.
Both the boys are UPF 50.
Surf Gap rashguard and Old Navy bottoms/trunks. Branden also has a matching navy hibiscus baseball cap. And I think this is going to be really cute for Branden this year. He really loves this. And we really do as you know, swim a lot, go to beaches a lot. So they do use their swimwear quite a bit. So, I am now very relaxed knowing Branden has his swim set.
I really loved the color of these shorts for Noah. And with the fact he will be wearing and needing regular clothes for school come April, like I said. These were perfect.
Size 6 slim. Poor guy really needs the slim sizing. He's just so skinny/thin.
This is supposed to be a Saint Patty's hat. But you know what, I loved it anyway. Loved the whole Lucky 7 with shamrock on there. I bought one for Noah since again he needs them for school this coming April. And also picked one up for Branden in a size bigger.
I also liked that it said Gap at the back of the bright green lucky 7 hat. I think they can wear this anytime of year. It's just that cute.
Noah's swimwear. Gap had this gorgeous orange and yellow rash guard and also sold the bottoms separately. It was super cool. and knowing full in well those are Noah's favorite colors. I bought it ASAP. Love this swimsuit. It's so eye catching, I'll spot Noah on the beach immediately.
It's really nice. And he has orange hats already. So it's gonna go really well. And again on sale.
All the little details on his trunks. Anyway....I just really liked it. Noah loved it when he saw it.
Branden needed more jeans. And not really wanting to drive all the way back to the outlets again. I just picked him 2 pair from Nissen. He loves them, and has been wearing them since he got them.
The dvd's got here last Friday. Which is so nice, I'm really glad I got these for Valentine's Day. Branden and Noah loved Real Steel. It was such a great movie for boys. Noboru and I watched Paranormal Activity 3, after the boys went to sleep last Friday. And we still felt it was scary. Yikes. We also watched A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, Saturday night after the boys went to sleep. We were cracking up over that. We'll watch the others this coming weekend.
On the left, 3 preppy type skirts. Mini skirts with cargo pockets, and not so mini that booty's hanging out, it's a good conservative length, above the knee but not mid thigh or anything too short. Navy blue, (khaki) tan and army green. The price was just cheaper then buying at the actual Gap. The quality is excellent. And I can wear these a lot this Spring/Summer. And on the right, 2 pair of work pants that I teach in. Tan and army green colored pants. Wide leg type. And I wear these with matching colored cardigan sets. That's usually the stuff I wear to work.
Last week, I baked a banana bread.
The boys, and Noboru devoured it and it didn't make it 24 hours in our house. : ) I admit, I had 2 slices myself. This was so good. And the walnuts added that perfect crunch.

Anything else to add: Over half the class of the Sakura-gumi/blue badges are out of school due to the influenza B. Noah who is rarely ever sick. Started feeling sick over the weekend. Monday we took Noah to the doctors and he tested positive for influenza B. So he has been out of school all week so far. Noah was given Tamiflu, 2 medications for his stomach. And 1 fever reducer (powder). He had been vomiting and had a fever and cough. The tamiflu is super strong. It has been destroying his flu since the first packet he took. The flu is weakening with every time Noah takes a packet of tamiflu. He slept for the most part of all Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Finally today Noah is feeling genki and back to his old self. His fever is gone. Noah now only has a light cough and that's all. The doctor said Noah may return this Friday. So Noah will return to yochien this Friday. I emailed the Jogo-san and told her Sunday Noah was ill. She replied so is her daughter K-chan. Reason I let her know right away was because...we all had Shaon kai meetings and other meetings both Monday and Tuesday of this week. Then she emailed me right back, it wasn't a "calling tree" type call, just a yochien mama news that was spread Sunday. The Jogo-san said, Yukina-chan was also sick. Sera. Leggings mom's son. And by the time we widdled the list down, over 50% of the class was to be absent Monday. Everyone had heard through the grape vine, that Noah was also sick. Which surprised everyone since he's rarely ever sick. So the shaon kai meeting was flatly cancelled. I think they said only 3 mom's would be able to come. The rest of us were busy with sick kids. The Jogo-san's daughter will not be returning until Thursday/tomorrow, she was put on tamiflu before Noah. Mostly everyone was absent this week for the blue badges. Anyway the meetings been rescheduled and all. I think I could send Noah to yochien tomorrow but the doctor wants me to wait an extra day and he is no longer contagious at all, he just wants him to rest. However, I have Branden's observation day tomorrow. So I'll put a mask on Noah and take him with me. He is feeling better and I'm not leaving him home alone. Besides he'll rest on the couch all day except the 1 hour we're at Branden's school.

What else. The weather. First this morning, the news said snow should be hitting Chiba today. I heard Tokyo got hit by it today. However our part of Chiba has not been touched with snow yet today. It could snow tonight granted it is freezing rain down right now as I type. But I really have no where to go. Except the shogakko tomorrow which is in our town. And I have 5 days worth of food, so snow or no snow, I'm fine either way. : )

I need to get myself to the hair salon before Noah's graduation. And I'm also assuming with graduation upon many of us, the hair salons should be getting packed as the date draws closer. I have about 2 weeks left? Or somewhere about that. So, I'm thinking head to the salon this weekend maybe or next weekend at the latest, but I'm sort of swaying towards this weekend.

Anything else? I'm heading to the movies with my dear friend Noriko. We're going to the movies this Friday. We're going to see the new Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock movie, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. And we'll probably grab some lunch afterwords. I'm looking forward to this.

I'm baking a lasagna right now. I bought the ricotta last Friday while out running errands. I can smell it right now in the oven, yumm. I also have a fresh baguette of bread from the bakery to make garlic bread with as soon as I post this.

Okay I guess that's it for now. Stay warm everyone.