January 29, 2010

Patrick Gannon--SCBWI Presentation

Patrick Gannon gave a presentation about cut paper art. It was fantastic! And fun! We got a chance to make one ourselves. I did mine at home. I like doing it.

Check out his beautiful art at his website here. His art has appeared in Cricket Magazine, TIME Asia, and other publications.
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January 28, 2010

Concrete Slabs

The crane also lifted concrete slabs. The worker directed them over to the pile.

These concrete slabs will be the outside wall of the house. Typically, houses are made of wood here.

This netting is to protect workers from falling tools, etc.

January 27, 2010

Jewel Lock Pins

I've had these for years but haven't used them.

I bought them to pin a towel to the top of a blanket. Baba used to use what we call 'diaper pins' to attach towels to blankets.

When Big Sister and Little Brother were babies (18 and 14 years ago) we didn't use diaper pins. Diapers were held on by woolen or cotton diaper covers that had velcro fasteners.

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January 26, 2010

Building the Neighbor's House

A crane was brought in to do the heavy lifting.

It lifted metal sections of the frame. Workers fitted them into place.

Our vegetable stand man watched from below. Can you see him at the corner of his stand?w

January 20, 2010

Litter Box

The litter for this litter box is made out of recycled wood chips. The litter can be used for one month. Urine goes down through the grated tray and is collected in a block of compressed wood chips. The blocks need to be changed each week. For two cats more often. This system is so much easier than other cat litter. Our box has a cover so that the cats have privacy.
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January 07, 2010

Seven Herbs of Spring

I totally forgot this! Packages of the seven "herbs" were sold at our neighborhood grocery store. I kept thinking later, later...then it was too late! Check this link

Kids Web Japan--Seven Herbs of Spring

January 01, 2010

First Tokyo Sunrise of 2010 from Our Roof Garden

Blue moon in the west. (almost had a bird on the wire.)

The rising sun in the east.

Mt. Fuji in the southwest.
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