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Oh! Southern Comfort Food!

The food is great here in Tokyo, but every once in a while I want Mama Penn's.  If you are not from Anderson, SC, you probably don't know about Mama Penn's.  Mamma Penn's serves good, simple southern food just the way I like it.  One of the best things that they give you with your meal is a buttermilk biscuit.  If you are my age or older, you probably remember this ad on tv.

My 2nd grade daughter

My daughter makes me laugh in a good way almost everyday! As school was starting recently, I found her to-do list that she had printed out to help her remember what she had to do that day.

Our shipment from America!

Count the crates, 1,2,3. We shipped a total of 8 crates to Japan, but only 3 arrived. The other 5 crates were forgotten in the U.S. We have been in Tokyo for 9 weeks now and wee so anxious to get our stuff. Now, we will have to wait another 4-6 weeks! Still, things could be worse.

Beautiful day for touring around the mountains.

I took a ride to the mountains west of Tokyo today.  They are beautiful and remind me of North Carolina and Tennessee very much.  This picture was taken at about 4,100 feet above sea level and it was considerably cooler than in Tokyo.

Here was a cool dam that I saw in the mountains.  This lake is about 3,200 feet above sea level.


If SC farmers could sell their peaches for this much, they would be happy for sure! This is 580 yen for a 2 pack if really nice peaches or about $3 each.

Mother-Son Date night

Well, I have recently taken out our two girls on father-daughter dates and I guess that our son was a little jealous.  Last night mother and son went to a restaurant that specialized in fugu, a poison blowfish that if not prepared correctly might be your last meal!!

Beautiful, Expensive Fruits

These grapes as well as many different "nearly perfect" fruits can be found for sale in the bottom floors of the nicest department stores in Japan.  Today, the exchange rate is about 98 Yen to 1 Dollar, so this is a $32.00 bunch of grapes!!  You can buy more reasonable, but still expensive fruits that are "less than perfect".   For example, you could buy a different variety of grapes that are good for about $5.00 for a bunch.