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Bedcats

Bedcats

I spent this cold, rainy morning catnapping with four lucky cats who got a special treat of Bed Time. They were surprisingly well behaved.
マザー牧場 (Mother Farm)

マザー牧場 (Mother Farm)

Today we took a day off from everything and went on an adventure to Mother’s Bokujo, a farm-theme attraction about a half hour north of us. It exceeded my expectations. For those who like wholesome fun, it’s a great day out. I thought it was nicely...
Happy half-birthday, kittens!

Happy half-birthday, kittens!

Six months ago, Three gave birth to Maura, Futatsuyama, Isabella Bird, and Fritter. These days, they look more like cats than kittens, but they still play like kids. Today they got a lunchtime treat. Maura waited til everyone else rushed for the first bowl, then he...

Happy at harvest

I didn’t take any photos today. The view from Hatanaka’s rice fields was beautiful and it always makes me happy to see the Hiratsuka valley nestled into the mountains. The images are etched in my mind: the red torii in the distance; the mined-flat top of...
Licking Hour

Licking Hour

Ah, the kittens continue to be adorable as they approach their half year birthday. Today I came outside and they came running over to sit near me. They were doing their own things, but everyone had something in common, licking. Isabella Bird groomed Futatsuyama, who...
We have electricity

We have electricity

Our typhoon adventure ended yesterday at 15:30 when the power came back on. Let there be light! Zan decided in the morning that she wanted to return to her house; living here as a refugee with her two cats was really stressful for all of them. After yoga, we helped...
Typhoon #15

Typhoon #15

Fallen cedar across Nagasa Kaido Wow, that was incredible. The biggest typhoon I’ve ever experienced. We went to bed last night knowing there’d be high winds and rain, so had battened down the hatches and let the cats inside for the night. They were nervous. First...
Ashes to ocean

Ashes to ocean

We interred most of Mom’s ashes in a pretty pottery urn inside a vault in shared plot with Dad’s at the cemetery in Ephrata, but we took a small portion to scatter. Is it grim that we saved some of Dad’s ashes all these years, just for this moment?...
Fran Hill, 1940 – 2019

Fran Hill, 1940 – 2019

Mom. In Loving Memory Frances Elizabeth (Burroughs) Hill, 79, of Ephrata, PA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at Maple Farm Nursing Center. Fran was born on February 6, 1940, and graduated from Merchantville High School in 1957. She earned her R.N....