It rained all weekend, and I was getting antsy yesterday when it was time for Ray to go down for his nap. It was a good excuse to throw him in the car and go for a drive, so I headed into the mountains. The rain was letting up but the forest was thick with fog, giving it an eerie feeling. I took a bike ride up here in the spring (or was it the fall?) when everything was brown, but this time around there is vegetation taking over the road.
I have mentioned before that Japan has miles upon miles of these little-used, single-lane mountain roads snaking around the country. One can question the utility of them, but they are a nice way to get off the beaten track very quickly. If the sun had come out, there would have been prime picture-taking conditions with all the sun rays breaking through. Maybe next time.
Given all the recent rain I was a little worried about landslides; there are boulders and rocks from recent slides all over the place. But we made it through unscathed. I look forward to exploring these backroads again, preferably by bicycle although the riding is tough since most of it is up the side of a mountain.
I also need to get some decent photo-editing software. Flickr ditched the simple software they used to have which was perfect for just tweaking exposure and contrast, and replaced it with some junk that is pretty useless. Might be time to splurge for Photoshop (or score a free copy from someone).
Things are otherwise well. Leo is adorable, smiling and starting to laugh. He turned three months old last week. Ray is also adorable, though lashing out a bit which tests my patience. I suppose I should get used to that. I have a four-day weekend coming up, sandwiched by four-day work weeks. And then it’s just a few short weeks before summer vacation. The time, it flies.
My garden is going berserk, one of my more successful efforts since I started gardening a few years ago. Granted, when I came home from work Friday, after a day of heavy rain and wind, my corn was laying on the ground, it’s soil turned to mush. I propped them up and think they should be OK.
Today also marks four months since I applied for permanent residency and I still have heard anything, which is normal but I’m impatient. Japan also just overhauled it’s immigration/visa policy taking effect yesterday or today, so that could be part of what it taking so long. Who knows…
Hope everyone is doing well! That’s all for now.