0643- Cat puts paw in my mouth, I wake up.
0645-put on some pants, go to kitchen.
0649- make a bowl of matcha tea.
0653- Megumi comes to kitchen, says I am making the tea the “wrong” way. Shows me the “correct” way.
0658- I enjoy two bowls of matcha tea.
0700- go to the study to do some yoga
0715- Zazen start, kids are arguing in next room, in Japanese but it sounds like it is about t=clothes.
0746- 2 bells, start writing down today’s events on a piece of scratch paper.
O752- make breakfast. Rice was cooked last night. Stir nato (fermented soybeans)
0805- breakfast with family. New tea, beautiful packaging. This Tea is some of my favorite, green tea leaves dusted with matcha. like tea with tea..
0848- read comments on the blog, make some short comments back, please forgive the short comments. Practice seems more important than intellectual pontificating at the moment.
0915- Go to toilet, brush teeth. Can still sense the Nato on my breath. Strong stuff.
0926- Zazen start, Iris comes in and protests. “daddy no zazen time, daddy play with me, play with Iko!” I get up and go to living room. Tell Iris she needs to clean up her toys than I will play with her.
0936- restart Zazen timer, Sit. Megumi is yelling at the kids like a Jappanese drill instructor. I am attached to quiet.
1007- 2 bells- I have run out of paper, start typing log in ms word.
1016- gather cloths to donate to good will. Talk with Megumi about today’s plan, she wants to watch “heros” again, but makes no action. I think I would like to give more stuff away, but the family is not game for that right now.
1039- attempt to put up some holiday lights. Look at my neighbors display and give up, I will try again later. I think I need more lights. I have 2 strands of 25 feet each.
1041- Iris is crying, she wants to watch cartoons. Megumi decides we will have a star wars marathon today.
1046- the dog has taught me the dharma by destroying a part of the table.
1055- play with Hannah & Iris, piggybacks and tickle time, dog joins in the fun.
1120- Ice cream
1140- Zazen, kids sit too for a few moments.
1200- star wars marathon begins.
1650- first two movies, and a lot of snacks(celery, carrots, rice balls, pickles) down, kids are getting a shower with their mom, I am getting a Zazen break.
1720- Samu? helping out with laundry, updating blog... Picture won't load,
2034- made it through the first three movies. noted a bunch of Buddhist clichés. started to watch the fourth movie, c3po says it seems it is our lot in life to suffer. I am going to do one more sitting and hit the rack. Hope you all had a happy Rohatsu!
May you be well and happy!