2009年9月26日土曜日

time- three stories

Story 1

Neighbour Mr K was planting carrots as I took the girls for a bike ride. We've taken one of the training wheels off Meg's bike and moved Amy up to a bigger bike so bike rides are both a) in high demand at the moment and b) incredibly stressful for me what with all the 'Balance Meg!' and 'Peddle Amy! BRAKES!!!!' going on. . Anyway, saw Mr K head down bum up in the field and called out a cheery hello. He came over to exclaim at the girls 'Wow! They've got so big! Hmmm, I think it's been a whole two days since he last saw them and of course then he said 'Wow! They've got so big!' too. Anyway, this time he was holding tweezers and Meg asked him if he had a splinter. No, he raved 'I'm planting carrot seeds- so much quicker this way, I save all that time thinning them out!'

I just have a problem trying to imagine how picking out individual itty- bitty carrot seeds with tweezers and planting them carefully 10 cm apart could be quicker than yanking out a few seedlings later on...

Story 2

I was given a huge bag of chestnuts. Shopping bag size. They were all too small to sell to JA and after harvesting for a week my neighbour said she was sick of the sight of them so lucky me!

Well, lucky me I thought until I started preparing them. K requested kuri-gohan chesnut rice. K very rarely requests a dish so I readily agreed. And started peeling chestnuts

... and kept peeling chestnuts

... and kept peeling chestnuts.

After an hour and a half I had:


A pitifully small pile of chestnuts, an embarrassingly large pile of wasted chestnut attached to the thin inner shell and a nice neat pile of the outside hard shells.

Phew....

Cooked the rice and K and the girls sat down to eat it while I taught. Came back and.... gone... All those chestnuts. All that time....

Story 3

Meg had a melt down today.

Ken told her she won't be wearing makeup until she's finished high school.

And she wanted to wear it now right?

Nope.

She wants to wear it once she starts high school.

Neither of them were prepared to admit this is an argument we don't need to have yet- ten years in advance...

5 件のコメント:

Girl Japan: April Marie Claire さんのコメント...

Peeling Chestnuts are biggest pain in the arse EVER! But they sure are delish! What will you make with them?

Lisa さんのコメント...

I love chestnuts! I don't see them very often here in the US, despite the "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" Christmas song.

Gina さんのコメント...

The chestnuts were gone by the time you came back from teaching. Oh my!!! : )

Lulu さんのコメント...

I think you did pretty well for an hour and a half of peeling- I would of done, maybe 3 or 4 in that time.

The convo between K & Meg cracked me up- apparently the day I was born my dad was holding me at the hospital and said to my mother- "I am telling you now, she is not allowed to date until she is 30" - we never had a discussion about make-up though. Luckily he is pretty clueless when it comes to that and would not notice if I was wearing make-up or not in most cases.

Tell K, I started wearing make-up in highschool (the only other times I did before I was about 14 or 15 was for dancing when I was little and I always HATED it) and I turned out fine. Well I guess it depends on his definition of fine. You are right though, probably an argument they could hold off on for a couple more years!!

Coffeegrl さんのコメント...

Oh no! All that work for those chestnuts and gone! I love chestnuts and am very excited about the possibility of some home-grown ones in a few years. My father-in-law sweetly planted us a chestnut tree when he saw how excited I was about the chestnuts last year. I hope we get some!