During an evening walk, I stopped in a cul-de-sac to stretch.
Suddenly, a young girl and her dog bounded outside and planted themselves next to me on the sidewalk, staring ahead into the street. I thought this was weird until a well-groomed dad appeared from the same driveway, wheeling a portable basketball hoop. He rolled it to the corner of the cul-de-sac and ran back into the house. I imagined he was a screenwriter in the middle of something.
The girl started dribbling, and a cat appeared out of nowhere and settled into a good viewing spot. He watched the girl and ball with great interest.
“Is that your cat?” I asked.
“No, it’s our neighbor’s. He likes to watch me practice.”
The girl’s dog got bored and went inside, but the cat stayed.
For Christmas, I gave Mom several presents, including a set of artisan felted wool coasters. The set consisted of two yellow coasters and two blue coasters, with an artsy silkscreened design on the top of each coaster.
After a few months, I noticed that Mom consistently used the blue coasters on the correct side and the yellow coasters turned over to wrong side.
"You don’t like the yellow coasters?" I asked her one day.
"Then why do you turn it over to this side?"
"What’s the difference?"
I flipped the coaster over. "This side is the design side."
"Either one. No difference."
"There’s a difference: This is the design side . . . this is not the design side."
"It’s you who buys it, not me."
"That’s true, but I intended for you to use the design side."
"And I intend to use the non-design side as the design side," she said.
I'm going to start posting random photos from my collection of Japanese home decor magazines, since I love the combination of Japanese kanji/hirigana/katakana with impeccable styling/photography/layout.
This one is from a magazine called Kawaii [Something], Volume 2. I have no idea what the second word is.
At the top of the cover, there are some characters that read "putesuito na interia to [something] hon." Something interior and something book. aahhh I don't know.