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I hope this isn't off-putting to those who don't speak Japanese, but
it's before nine here and seemed like the right greeting, okay I'll add it in English. I just found the Create Entry Button, fortunately,
because I was getting the feeling I was getting too scattered all
over too many threads. Still, I am fascinated by all the topics I've
found, and the many points of view and backgrounds, so thank
you all, especially those who have sent messages and comments
For those of you who read my previous entry, the snow is still here
but a new location for ski pole use. We are still waiting to have
the well technician back, and while not exactly a Shinto
Princess, cleanliness is an important goal so we continue in
our creative water supply endeavors. Toilets must be flushed!
It's okay to talk about them, I'm sure, due to the emphasis on
cleaning them in the many Tales of the Uchideshi we have
read and heard.
Anyway, we got water by hose from the neighbor, enough to
function pretty well! (no pun intended) and with bajillions of
empty water and milk containers plus a close to eighty gallon
dog bath, numerous buckets and bins we have done amazingly
well considering the circumstances. Then we had the bright
idea of putting the dog bath under the gutter pipe and got
snow melt water, so much it was overflowing.
Sometimes I think this experience was an incentive to
getting back in training from a certain shihan from Hokkaido the
land where it snows a lot, by the way. My husband and I
try to think of things positively, though we regret the shihan's
passing. Our phrase is "I hear wings flapping."
So my husband was shoveling more snow on the roof this
Sunday, and then I was gathering water from the dog bath
under the gutter. Laundry gets done in buckets and then
the rinsewater goes in the....(as in the Siamese Cat
mystery stories popular here) "commode"
Forced by circumstances to take recycling one step further.
Let me add before I get too carried away by daily life. I regretted
circumstances keeping me away from practice, starting with
plantar fascitis which may have led to knee injuries, but it
did give me a perspective when I managed to get to the local
dojo to watch a portion of a seminar sandwiched in between
taking care of meals for the family and helping my husband
deal with his construction and cabinetmaking company.....
The perspective I have is this, how Aikido has grown and
developed. If you were in it continuously, you probably did
noticed but from my point of view it is simply amazing. I
didn't get to talk to Second Doshu, but maybe what I got
from him is even better than words. If you saw him in
the hallway, he just beamed and I know it was because he
was happy that the art his father had studied and developed
was spreading all over the world.
If you think the impressions of an observer are interesting, I hope
you will visit my blog from time to time. In the meantime I'm
preparing to go back to training, using the famous ski pole
to keep from falling on my way to and from the dogbath under
the gutter at the back of the house. Gotta keep clean, it's
Shinto (I know my point of view is simplistic, but, hey, that's
the tone of my blog, the educated stuff I leave to the others,
whose writings I am fascinated by)