Cabin Fever

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.

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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.

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8 thoughts on “Cabin Fever

  1. Second that — killer pics Casey. Nice greyish-green colors. Hope all is well out there. Watched the sox-yanks game today. You guys have hitting galore, but pitching is underachieving, ne? Saw big papi put in some good swings, thought he was supposed to be done like last year ?- now his numbers are great. What think about the Youklis trade? Still a long season – tough division for you all as always. Giants still haven’t played their best, and are in a weak division which is helpful. Lincecum is the big topic/stress for now – many think he is finished; dunno, he needs to get his head straight. Anyway, best with finishing up classes, enjoy summer vacation coming up. Later — Alexis

    1. thanks alexis…sox suck, i hope they blow up the team over the all star break ๐Ÿ˜‰ youk needed to get traded since the young gun was tearing it up, youk was all banged up and sucking (though naturally now the young dude is hurt and youk is on fire in chicago), and he’s in the last year of an expensive contract and not going to get resigned by the sox…good for him though…talk to you soon

    1. good to hear from you isaac…i’ll go to an onsen for you once it cools off, like next winter…for now i’ll float around in the sea of japan on your behalf

  2. I thought that top pic was the snow covered….bamboos but they are not bamboo trees or bendy LSD trees so I better get some sleep ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. ha, yeah, maybe a good idea…for some reason your comment got tossed in the junk comment file…weird…but thanks for commenting, as usual…

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