The other day, I went to a concert held at the Bible Institute in another city and had a very good time. The concert featured Christian songs that were popular in Japan in the 1980's. On the stage were three guitarists and a vocalist, and all the audience sang along. There were about twenty people there. We sang 38 songs together in two hours! I'm thankful for the Rev. Satou, who organized this wonderful concert. I'm also thankful for the leaders who played the guitar and sang so many songs for us. The coffee served during the break was good, too.
Last Sunday, we had a rice-cake party at our local church. We made some 餅 (mochi ), or rice cake, in a traditional way, and ate it for lunch together. The rice cake was good, and we had a good time talking with one another. I'm especially thankful for Mrs. S*, who cooked the sweet adzuki bean soup for us, in spite of her broken left arm.
making rice cake
rice cake in sweet adzuki bean soup
--The two photos above were taken at the party in 2015. I didn't have a camera with me this year.--
We needed a new fluorescent lamp starter. The one that was in my father's drawer was of a wrong type. So, I added the item in my shopping list. Then I remembered that there were a few unused starters in one of the drawers in my room. One of them, though it was more than twenty-five years old, was the right type. It still works! I don't have to buy a new one.
I'm thankful for the kumquats that I've got at the open-air market.
Several weeks ago, I asked the city library to buy a certain book, though I didn't hold out much hope of their granting my request. To my pleasant surprise, however, they emailed me this week, saying that the book was now available and that I should come to the library to borrow it within a week. I went to the library on Friday. I'm glad that I can read the book so soon!
I'm thankful for the rice crackers that Ms. D* has given us.