Easter 04/05

Today me and my family did the same thing most people do for Easter. We went to a relatives house and ate some food. Since we no longer have any young kids in the family (my daughter is at her moms this Easter) we didn’t do a egg hunt. Boring family stuff, but there was something else amazing happen today.
On Friday, my mom took my daughter to her mothers’ house and she took our cat with her. My moms’ intention was to leave the cat there. When they got there the cat ran off. My daughters’ mother house is almost 8 miles away. Anyway, after coming home from the store today,  I noticed a familiar cat in the neighbor’s bushes. Turns out, our cat took a nice little tour of the town for 3 days to make it home. It amazes me that a cat who has never been out of our neiborhood could find his way home  from 8 miles away. I wish I had a natural GPS like my cat does lol.
The cat also finally recieved a name today after us having him for 2 years.
Since he was given away on a Friday and returned on Sunday (Easter weekend) his name is now Jesus.

Yard sales Daily blog 04/04

I Iove and hate going to yard sales.
Most that I visit, the person doing it is an old lady selling old clothes and stuff from the 70s and 80s. Most of the stuff people try to sell in my area is either items no one wants or they price it as much as a store would. Such as yellowed lamps, irons, rotary phones, and clothing they only wore a few times but they want 5$ less then the 20$ price for them at the store.

Although I deal with this alot, it only takes one item to change it into a goldmine. I went to one and got Mario Party 8 for the Wii for 5$. Ill be able to flip it for a 22$ profit at Gamestop. Just that one find made the day for me.

I’ll continue going to yard sales even if I dont find anything because I know eventually I’ll find something of value.

Water Daily blog 4/02

In Japan the Sakura are blossoming. People will go outside and take tons of photos of the white pedals that form before they fall shortly after blooming.

In America, there is not really anything natural like that where people wait all year just for a beautiful picture from nature.

I’d like to think that the way i feel about water is the same way Japanese people feel about Sakura. The only place in my area that has a beautiful pond is at Crowley’s Ridge which I talked about the other day. The pond, more importantly; the water fall, is the main attraction to me. I like to climb half way up the stairs beside the water flowing down the hill and listen to the amazing music only moving water can make.

If I am having a bad day I could go sit by it and all my problems wash away. Water, as we all know, is what we use when we take our baths or showers, go swimming in, consume to stay hydrated, and what substains life on this Earth. So for me, to be able to go and listen to water flowing down a hill it also renews my spirit and makes the worst things seem not so bad.

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Water is fun, water is beautiful, and most of all , water is life.

Daily blog 4/1

Today I’m not looking at the news for the fact 90% of it will be fake. It’s April 1st which means it’s April Fools Day. A day where even the mightest companies will troll the population.

I’m avoiding the news because half of the time they announce some fake product, I want it. Then my dreams are crushed.
So lets all stay away from news outlets and social networks where today is nothing but a giant troll day.
See you all again tomorrow if we survive this trollmageddon.

Why i started blogging: Daily blog 3/31

I’m going to keep this one short I hope haha. The past few weeks Japan has peaked my intrests again like it always does. When it does, I start watching YouTube videos from Jvloggers. I stumbled upon one Jvlogger that I just couldn’t stop watching. The Jvlogger in question is non other than TexaninTokyo.

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Grace Buchele Mineta is a native Texan, founder of the hit blog “Texan in Tokyo,” YouTuber, and author of the autobiographical comic books, “My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy” and “My Japanese Husband (still) Thinks I’m Crazy.” She lives in Tokyo with her husband, Ryosuke, where she blogs and draws comics about their daily life as broke newlyweds, navigating silly cultural misunderstandings as an interracial and intercultural couple, and dealing with the loneliness and frustrations of being a freelancer in a foreign country.

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Their videos are mixed with information and a little bit of comedy. Can I say poop hat? I haven’t had time to watch alot of their videos because I’m stuck at work to much but out of all the other Jvloggers, I think they are the most favorite of mine. You can feel their love for each other in every video and it makes my hardened heart soften.
After watching a few videos, I found out that Grace runs her own blog. Naturally I felt compeled to start reading it. Her blog is just as informative and funny if not more than the videos she makes with her husband, Ryosuke. Also, her comics are adorable and hillarious.

Because of how awesome they are, I decided that I wanted to start wrighting as well. Not that I’m awesome but thats how this blog got started. So thank you Grace and Ryosuke for getting me started on doing this. 🙂
Btw, she also has made 2 comic books so anyone reading this should give them a read.

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You can order her books from Amazon
And soon on her blog.

So again I’d like to thank them both for giving me the inspiration to do this blog.

Daily blog 3/30

I swear I live off of hotdogs. Everyday, before I head out toward work, I heat up 2 hotdogs and grab an energy drink to take with me. Once I get into my works parking lot, I eat the hotdogs and drink the energy drink. That’ll hold me over through the night. I do this everyday.

Why do I keep eating/drinking them? I know they are unhealthy. To answer that, it’s quick to make. Call me lazy, I guess. I am a creature of habit that knows the habit is bad. I just can’t find something that is healthy and quick to make. I dont have time to cook so I have to microwave whatever I take with me. It’s not really affecting my weight. I’ve been within 10 pounds of the same weight for the past 3 years. Despite my weight not being affected, I’m sure that my organs are a different story.
So, anyone have a suggestion to what I could make or heat up in a microwave that is healthy and quick? Leave me a comment if you think of anything. I will do my best to ditch my “hotdog habit”.

Crowley’ Ridge Daily blog 3/29

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Today I thought I would do something that was different than what I normally do on a Sunday afternoon. For the past few weeks I’ve been wanting to go walk some trails at the AR state park Crowley’s Ridge but I haven’t been able to because of the weather. Lucky for me, the Sun was out and the park was calling.
For those unaware of Crowley’s Ridge here is their description from their website .

“Located atop the forested hills in northeast Arkansas, Crowley’s Ridge State Park occupies the former homestead of Benjamin Crowley, whose family first settled this area. Native log and stone structures, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, set the mood for this park’s rustic warmth. Park facilities include four fully-equipped, modern duplex cabins with kitchens; a group lodging area featuring five bunk cabins, a kitchen/dining hall and bathhouse; 26 campsites–18 Class B and eight Tent sites; picnic areas; snack bar; trails; standard pavilions; baseball field; 31-acre fishing lake (electric motors only); and a 3 1/2-acre swimming lake.”
Yes I copied and pasted it.

I arrived shortly after 12pm and besides a lone jogger I was the only one there. I did the usual walk around the recreation area passing by the main pavillion, playground, and ampitheater. Then I went over a wooden bridge thats been their longer then I’ve been alive. Beside the bridge is a man made wishing well.

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Bridge and wishing well

I went to the top of the stairs and took a few photos of it.

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Top of the wishing well
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I ruin a good photo lol

After staring at the well for a bit, I decided to go and walk a trail. The trail i went on is named ” The Dancing Rabbit Trail” because an Indian seen a rabbit dancing or something like that. I cant remember much of the story besides that. On the board explaining the story, there are pictures of what animals might be seen if you go on it. Animals such as rabbits, squirrels, birds, and the one I wanted to see, red foxes. Unfortuantely all I seen were a few birds and squirrels running away the second they seen me. I mustve looked scary in my Walking Dead jacket and Starlord T-Shirt haha.

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On the trail are a few bridges. Most of them were just ordinary walkways but there is one that sticks out above the others. I cant remember all the information about it but its said that the bridge is a suspension type bridge with the pillars being 50ft tall. It’s a magnificent peice of craftsmanship at least I think it is.
After the bridge, I was torn between 2 choices; the “Moderate” route or the “Hard” route. I chose the hard route. My legs regretted it lol. The hard route is a lot of hill climbing but once I was atop of the hill it became pretty easy despite being out of breathe. All in all, it took me around 30 to 45 minutes to finish the trail.

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Fallen tree on the trail

So after being exhausted I slowly walked back, taking a few last memories of the day, to my vehicle to leave. Days like these come not enough to where you can go out into some woods and walk by yourself to contemplate your goals and future.
If you have a State Park nearby I would highly recommend going. It can be therapeutic and if your depressed it might just cure it a little bit.
Hope whoever reads this had an amazing day and have a great night as well. Comment if you want to share any stories or have any questions. I happily accept them. 😉

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View from the foot bridge