I had a lot of free time during the State of Emergency, so I started gardening. I’ve been working on improving my cooking, so I wanted to grow some herbs and vegetables. I got some free basil seeds, and, now, the seedlings are doing well. I also saved some paprika seeds and dried them in the sun. I was surprised that they actually sprouted. I hope I can cook with them in a few months.




Thanks to Michael Shillingburg for the gif from Gifhy

Animals in nature

I’m from Arkansas in the U.S. There are a lot of wild animals, and sometimes I miss being close to nature. So, when I see animals in Japan, I usually take a picture. There’s a small river near my apartment, and in the morning there are usually koi swimming around. It makes me want to go fishing. The other day I was at Magomezawa station and I saw some baby birds in a nest. Their mom was flying back and forth bringing them food. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a picture because she was too fast! In a few weeks I’m planning to go hiking somewhere on the Chiba peninsula, so I hope I can get some pictures of some other animals.




Tequila Sunrises and Mexican Food

Last month, I was craving some Mexican food, so I cooked some black beans with taco rice and guacamole. Then I made these tequila sunrises to go with it. Keeping with the Mexican theme, my boyfriend and I watched Instructions Not Included while we ate. The movie was hilarious and the ending was really unexpected. It was a great night.

Do you ever get cravings? Tell us what you crave for.




Jabble Family Part 1

Get to know your Jabble family. We asked everyone at Jabble a few questions. Here’s what they said.

Part one; Tokyo area schools. Shinjuku and Shimbashi.

1.What was your favorite toy as a kid?

2.At which store would you like to max-out your credit card? (max-out= reach your spending limit).

3.What was the worst punishment you received at school?

4.Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under? 


Shinjuku; Kelly, Ayami and Mark.


I had a lot of G.I. Joe and Transformers toys.

I wouldn’t max-out my credit card!. I’m cheap and I hate shopping. Ha ha. (If I HAD TO choose, Yodobashi Camera; I like electronics)

As for punishment we used to get “off task” points. I used to get them for talking with my friends too much in class. (I can’t say the real one because I’m not sure if students would find it as funny as my friends and I did.)

I hang the toilet paper over, of course. I’m not crazy.


1.My favorite toy was my stuffed Doramon.

2. I would max my card at an outdoor store.

3. I’ve never been punished although I seemed to annoy the teachers sometimes for doing stupid stuff.

4. Toilet paper hangs over.


1. My favorite toy was probably my battery powered He-man sword that came with a bunch of lights and sounds. It would light up like a Christmas tree.

2. I would shop at one of the large music stores in Ochanomizu. I would love to have a Rhodes electric piano!
3.The worst punishment?That’s a difficult one. I remember having to sit against a wall for lunch time detention for pretending to be a Dalek from Dr. Who.
4. I was told you’re an optimist if you have the toilet paper hang over. So from that point on, I’ve been a Toilet Paper Hang Over man.

Shimbashi: Kenny, Miki and Nik


I had a lot of Star Wars toys.

I would max-out my credit card at Disk Union. It:s a record shop in Shinjuku. They have a great selection of industrial noise tapes.

The worst punishment was that I got caned for getting drunk on a school trip in Russia.

I put the toilet paper over but I don’t think it’s intentional.


I rarely played with toys. I preferred playing outside when I was younger.

I would max-out my card at clothing shops like Zara.

I was never punished in school but I always slept in class.

I hang the toilet paper either way.


I loved my Star Wars figures.

I’d max out my credit card at Antenna America (a great craft beer spot).

I got suspended (made to stay home) for 1 day for flushing someone’s swimsuit down the toilet.

I don’t care how the toilet paper is hung. Put the roll on the floor , it’s all good.




Mind Challenge Monday#9

Trivia day!

6 trivia questions just for you! Good luck!

  1.  What is the day after Christmas called in the UK, Canada, Australia,New Zealand, and South Africa,

  2. What country did bagels come from  (由来) from?

  3. How many ribs ( 肋骨) are in the human body?

  4. What’s the world’s largest island?

  5. Which Disney movies features the song “When you wish upon a star?”

  6. Which country won the first World cup (soccer) in 1930?


Learning English From Movie Quotes

『2001年宇宙の旅/2001 A Space Odyssey』(1968)
監督:スタンリー・キューブリック/Stanley Kubric

はい、『2001年宇宙の旅』です!徹底的な科学考証と圧倒的な映像美で、人類の進化を描いたSF映画の金字塔。初めて見た時の感想は「わけわからないけど、すげー!」でした。1968年、CG技術がほぼない時代、まだ人類が月へ降り立つ前の時代に撮られた作品とは到底思えません。これを劇場で目撃した当時の人たちが羨ましいです。400万年前、類人猿が知恵を手に入れて人類への進化の一歩を踏み出すところから物語りは始まります。その後、宇宙開発を行うまでに発展した人類は木星への有人探査を行いますが、途中でAI (HAL9000) の反乱に遭います。乗組員とHALの緊迫した戦いが繰り広げられ、そして物語りは更に宇宙の奥深く、未知の領域へと進んでいきます。HAL、めちゃくちゃ怖いです。


This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.


too+形容詞or副詞~+(for A)+to+動詞の原形…
例:He speaks too fast for me to understand.
例:Is it too late to go back to college at 40?

Allow A to+動詞の原形~
Let A to~よりも少し硬くてフォーマルな表現。allow you to jeopardize(危険に晒す)it(=mission)を直訳すると、「あなたがこの任務を危険に晒す事を許可する」となります。
例:My dad won’t allow me to date until I graduate high school.
例:You are not allowed to smoke here.


Mind Challenge Monday#4

Can you guess the food in the pictures? 

That red fruit in the photo  is called a Pomegranate.

Check out the website below for a fun ‘guess the food quiz.’

I got 6 out of 8 on the quiz. Tell us your score!