Friday, April 3, 2015

Blooming trees

First were the Japanese Magnolia/tulip trees. 
I think the Bradfords were next (unless they beat the tulip trees). 
Next came the dogwoods. 
And now, sakura! I also saw one at the neighbors. 
It has been a great spring for trees so far!

Sorry if these pics are crazy - I've been working quickly on my tiny screen. At least you can get the idea. 

1.5 hours until this day gets going!

Thursday, April 2, 2015


I've arrived and am happily tucked into my hotel room by the airport. The flight really wasn't bad - the seat was pretty comfortable and there was an empty seat between me and the guy in the window seat. 

I started feeling a cold coming on a few days ago. That really worried me for the flight. But it wasn't too bad. I think I felt worse when I got off the plane. Better off the plane than on the plane!

As we landed in Tokyo, I was so excited to see sakura from the plane. There's some near my hotel, too!
What a special year to see Bradford pear, dogwood, and sakura all blooming. Sigh. Lovely. 
And, for Mom
When I got back to my room, I had a handful of Skittles for dinner and watched a beautiful sunset. 
It's not even 7, but I think I'll pack up my stuff and get ready for bed. Good night!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Well, we've said our goodbyes. 

I navigated the lonely security line. 

The souvenir shop has all my money, and I have three drinks. 

Now, I'm just sitting at Gate 17 waiting and listening to a few of my favorite songs. One song became two. I wanted to hear Touch the Sky by United, but that was followed by Shoulders, and I couldn't turn it off. 

I really do have to economize on battery, so I better go. See you the next time I check in!

Bye, Mississippi! 

Mississippi send-off

The sunrise was glorious this morning. What a fabulous start to my last full day in MS until August!

(must sleep now)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mississippi Day

Well, my departure is coming ever nearer, and I’ve been feeling a little glum. I’m sure I’ll be OK once I get going. There really are tons of things I’m looking forward to in Japan, but it’s also going to be a little difficult to leave.

Anyway, here are some pictures of my very Mississippi-ish day.

I won’t be seeing this view until August!


I drove for an hour to visit my friend (dear road work, PLEASE stop!). Her family just acquired 4 new baby chicks. Aren’t they cute? Their peeping was pretty adorable, too.


She took me out to a restaurant located in a lovely old home. The food looks different, but it was delicious! And the coffee and peach cobbler were simply delectable.


Here’s the interior- I love this style of window.


And the exterior!


Dogwoods were blooming in front of the old courthouse. Lovely!


The riverfront has a lot of unique murals.


What I couldn’t capture here was the ethereal watercolor feel of the new spring leaves on the Louisiana side of the river. I may have gotten a little distracted by a train track and a river at the same time.


You know me and train tracks!


When I got home from picking Mom up from school, my brother and I went out for a bike ride.


Tried to take a selfie – this is me realizing mid-selfie that I’m heading into danger.


We had one of my favorite dinners – a Mexican casserole – and then I flipped my Hokkaido calendar and saw this. It’s a famous Wakkanai landmark!


All in all, it was a great second to last day of my 3 month stateside tour.