Back to work


How was your Monday? For me, it was “back to work” and I was sort of dreading it. But, I actually enjoyed it and got a lot of work done! 😃

Today’s photo is of the laptop where I write my daily (mainly nightly) blog post. In fact, I am typing on that laptop right now. The table is pretty low, and I am sitting on the carpet, which is nice because our cat Miki 🐱 can lean up on me and act as a little heater. Convenient, huh?

"Laptop Station" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/80 sec, ISO6400
“Laptop Station” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

This morning was so cold outside (for Texas) that my minivan had ice on the windshield. 🚐❄️ I didn’t think it was so bad, but it didn’t clear up quickly, so I had to pull over and let the heater melt the ice on the windshield. Fun fun fun!

It’s another chilly evening so I am thankful to have Miki here. Please stay warm wherever you may be!



End of the Weekend Ride


How’s it going? Did you have a nice first weekend of 2016?

I’m sad to see the long weekend (and holiday-time) come to an end. Honestly, I am not looking forward to work… but I am sure I am not alone on that one!  😜 Today was another relaxing day spent at home with the family, but I did get out to ride my motorcycle for a little while this afternoon. It was a lot of fun, even if I only had a short while to ride.

Now that it is the new year, I should do some maintenance on the bike, including changing the brake fluid and engine oil. I also should replace a couple of the dashboard bulbs that have burnt out. All-in-all, my motorcycle has been super-reliable and one of the highlights of my life. Every time I go for a ride, I’ve had fun. It’s a real sense of freedom, riding a motorbike! I highly recommend it. 👍

By the way, I have another blog devoted to riding my motorbike, although I haven’t updated it since last year. But please take a look if you are interested!

"Filling Up" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: Motorola XT1064, 3.54mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO80
“Filling Up” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

Lazy Saturday

Hi everyone!

How was your Saturday? Ours was relaxing once again. Today we took down and put away all of our Christmas decorations and also the tree. 🎄 We have an artificial tree which we keep in our garage. That thing is heavy as hell, but at least it separates into three parts so it isn’t too difficult to carry. This year the kids helped remove all the ornaments and lights so the job went much quicker. It was a huge help! 👍

Our holiday decorations are usually pretty limited… several years back we would put more effort into it, with decorations in the yard. But nowadays it’s only the indoors that gets decorated, and just the living room. We enjoy the celebrations, parties, and getting together with family, but we aren’t religious so the Christmas holiday doesn’t have that aspect to it. It’s fun to get into the giving spirit, though, and listening to all the Christmas music will always bring good memories and warm feelings. 😊🎵

"Small Plants" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Small Plants” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

Today’s photo is of a few of the small plants we have in our house. These particular ones live on the kitchen window sill.

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! Stay warm if you live in a cold part of the world!



Daily Photos

Hi! I hope you had a nice start to the new year! We had a very relaxing one, just eating osechi (Japanese new years food) and watching movies.

Lately I have been reading about photography projects, and the one that caught my attention is something like a “personal documentary”. I guess it is sort of like a recording of my own daily life… just normal things that we take for granted, but if we give them attention, they can become important things. Or another way to look at it is that in 50 years, these things might be of interest. I don’t know if this is true, but I really enjoy viewing these types of photos.

So, I think 2016 will be the start of mine. I am not sure if I will take a photo every day, but I’ll try. I’ve done 365 photo projects in the past so I am confident I can keep it going! I’ve started a new category in the blog named “Personal Documentary” if you’d like to sort by these photos.

This first photo is about as everyday as I can get… it’s the pen holder on my desk at home. I’ve actually had this beer can for over 20 years. I think I cut the top off of it when I was at university and have used it to hold pens ever since.

"On the Desk" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/90 sec, ISO6400
“On the Desk” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

This project seems like a New Year’s Resolution, doesn’t it? Well, I rarely make resolutions, so I don’t think I can call it that but it is something I’d like to make a habit.

I hope you all have a wonderful year and give it your all!