2011年5月25日水曜日

otsukaresama

Otsukaresama means thanks for your hard work. You say it at the end of a job/ the end of a day at work.

Today I said it to my gardening pants.

Because the soil is clay here it stains. To avoid staining all my clothes I have gardening pants that I wear when outside and keep in a box by the front door to wear whenever I go out there. I don't wash them every wear but just when they get really grotty- if they're in the wash I can't wear them and would have to sully a second pair of pants.


K doesn't understand not washing your pants every time you wear them so a gentle reminder is necessary so he doesn't throw them in the wash!

I have been using the same pants as gardening pants for about three years now. Before that they were regular pants. I bought them in Osaka when I was an exchange student there so I guess I've had them for about 11 years.

I said otsukaresama to them today though. Job well done gardening pants. The splits in the knees I could deal with. The L shaped split in the thigh I sewed up. The split in the other thigh I could deal with but today they split from knee to ankle in a big upside down L shape that flaps when I walk. Time to say otsukaresama and retire my gardening pants.


Or so I thought until I went to help re-bolster the sides of the rice paddy walls. The water is now almost knee-deep. Under the water is a layer of thick mud so when you pull your feet up to walk you really squelch and splash dirty water around.

I need paddy pants.

Paddy shorts really...

Hmmm.....


Otsukaresama gardening pants, hello paddy shorts!


3 件のコメント:

Vicky さんのコメント...

You are the master of recycling!!! Most impressed. I have two pairs of gardening pants and two shirts that I need to wear or I get bitten by every bug that goes by. And a big floppy gardening hat. I noticed I've worn a hole in my gloves but it's on the top of my hand so it will be OK for another few weeks.

Gina さんのコメント...

I agree, I'm impressed too! I'm glad you turned them into shorts! : )

Sort of along the same lines. I bought this night tee the year we got married. So it's 14 years old. It used to have a picture of milk and cookies on the front. But the picture disappeared about 10 years ago after frequent washing. I have other night gowns of course. But you know, quite frankly I've had that nightgown before I even had kids. : ) It came from Colorado same as me. And I think the sentimental value of it, is definitely more then the monetary value by now. I just can't get rid of it. My husband has given up asking me to throw it out. It does have 1 very teeny tiny hole from wear but it's in a spot that doesn't really affect the night tee in any way. And I know I'm making excuses to keep it, but I just don't see me ever getting rid of it. Not ever. : )

And as far as just gardening stuff. Noboru wears 1 gardening outfit. He never switches. It's always the same pants and same shirt. And he says the same thing to me.... that Vicky also mentioned in her comment about the protection of bugs....he says those particular pants protect his legs from mosquitos. : )

Anyway I'm happy those pants got a second life as...shorts!!! : )

thefukases さんのコメント...

yup, no matter what the weather you need long pants and long shirt when gardening here. And I avoid gardening at dawn (not that hard!) and dusk (more of a challenge) at all due to the nasty buyu (midges?) that come out in swarms at that time of day.

And Gina- sleepwear NEEDS to be comfy and cosy. The more love in a pair of pjs the better. My favourite pjs are all ones my sister or mum gave me for Christmasses- makes me think of them!