Dave and Alex went off to the mountains to cross country ski. Fortunately, I had brought Alex’s boots and ski clothes.
I wanted to introduce the girls to my friend who owned the Saigon restaurant and usually she serves very delicious Vietnamese soups. Both sides of the roads were very interesting shopｓ。I pointed to the pharmacy and across the street was a statonary store and I have always wanted to go in there.
While poking around, Liza discovered the paints that she used to do Japanese screen painting, and of course she was all excited. To make it more interesting, the guy spoke abit of English and we had a nice chat with him. He said he accepted credit card but then he could not make the machine work. Everyone pays cash here and so the machine is kind of rusty, I guess! I was disappointed about that.
Miri-san, the owner of the restaurant greeted us and we had a nice meal. She spoke no English but she was very patient with us and i could decipher what she was talking cos she repeated stuff and spoke slowly. All in all it was a nice lunch.
Lucy and emma wanted to go back tot he apartment so Liza and I carried on along this interesting road and we went to Bob’s Hill, a cute store with French and American gifts。I had met the young lady who owned the store before. I walked in with a half finished knitted baby blanket and she was knitting a scarf so we sort of “bonded”. Her English was not great and my Japanese was non existent but we laughed alot. This time, she had her daughter come and introduced herself in perfect English and Liza and I were very excited but when I started asking her questions she stood still and did not answer. It was me all over with Japanese. I could ask questions and introduce myself but when they speak back I could not understand or answer back! Anyway, I bought a few things there. We also noticed that her house at the back of the store was very American. She had nice curtains, and bay windows – so unlike a boxy Japanese house. I bet she has couches and dining tables and such!
I have not been invited to a Japanese home yet but I suspect they don’t have couches cos when i had my friend from the gym over for lunch, as soon as she arrived she sat down on the floor, and at lunch she folded her legs and sat on the chair like that. That would give me the cramps and pins and needles!!
Liza and I carried on walking and I took her to a couple more of my favourite stores. One is a paper store and the girls there greeted us warmly and I introduced Liza and we checked out all the beautiful papers. When we left, Liza said “Mom you have made a lot of friends!”
Tonight I made wontons and soup and baked some more mince pies. I love my new Cuisinart! Making pastry is such a snap now.
About 8.45pm Dave and Liza drove to the station to pick Steve up from the station. He had soup and we exchanged pressies.