I couldn’t sleep well last night because there was a soccer game. It was a championship game. I was excited from the beginning of the game. I woke my husband up before 12:00. My husband brought a beer when he came to my room. And we cheered for Japan. The result of the tight Asian cup game was that Japan won. The player who made the winning shot was the benchwarmer. He was a Korean before but is a Japanese citizen now. The player scored a goal on a shot. It was a wonderful game.
Bird flu is spreading everywhere in Japan. Chiba prefecture gave an interview today. Large chickens died so it is concluded that bird flu is positive. It happened in Shimane, Miyazaki, Kagoshima prefectures and recently, Chiba,too These are five examples. It is thought that bird flu came from Indonesia and Southeast Asia and was carried to Japan now. But, bird flu was found in Hokkaido last October. The bird flu is similar to that of Mongolia. Siberia’s bird’s virus were carried by migratory bird to Japan.
I couldn't sleep last night because I watched the soccer game in TV. It was the semifinals of the Asian Cup at Qatar, with South Korea versus Japan. My husband waited for the game to start but he fell fast asleep. I watched the game alone until midnight.
The Japanese team was about to win, but South Korea tied with their score a minute before the game ends. It became a PK game. I was worried about PK game because Japanese team lost to Paraguay soccer world cup in South Africa. Anxieties flashed through my mind. I got into bed and I put my hands together. Japanese team won to Korea. I got excited and I couldn’t sleep until 4 am.
I was pleased to finally go to sleep early morning but my husband woke me up. I wanted more sleep.
It has been snowing on and off since this morning. In the afternoon the sun came through the clouds. I walked to the river alone. It takes about 40or 50 minutes on foot. I had a tripod, a camera, and knapsack so it was very heavy. I went across a mountain path. The mountain path is under construction. When I rested at the dry riverbed, I saw two men. They waved their hand at me. They are my friends in bird-watching. “Hi Apsy! What a coincidence!” We exchanged useful piece of information about birds. I left both of them and walked towards the riverside. There are snow remaining here and there. I was exhausted from walking half day. But I had fun.
I am in the coterie of poetry. The coterie's poems are published every year. When I was reading a newspaper before, I found a nice poem. I was moved that's why I called the writer. We talked about poems. He's in the same age with my mother. I then received his letter and poems unexpectedly. I like poems too so I send my poem. He was surprised with my poems and send them to a novelist. They recommend my poems that's why I joined the coterie.
He is getting old. He doesn't have a child. He went out from the nursing home last year. I’m worried about him because he is already very old. I received his New Year card Today. He is still alive so I cried for joy. I’ll go to his nursing home this month.
It's my first time to go to the river for this year. Kingfisher appeared immediately. I got excited and immediately took a picture of kingfisher's hovering. It was so beautiful, so admirable that I can't stop from taking picture of her. When I walked toward downstream I saw a young couple. They look like junior high school students. The couple went under the bridge and sat there. The girl lighted a cigarette. I am hesitant whether to tell them or not to stop from smoking. I had the same experience with the high school students and I told them to stop from smoking. My daughter suddenly told me that it is dangerous to give advice to them so better ignore them. But I warned the junior high school student. I told her that she is still young and pretty. Cigarette is very dangerous to her health. Don't waste your life! Take care of yourself. The girl looked surprise. And she nodded as a reply to my advice. She told me that she will try to quit smoking. She asked me what was I doing there. I told her that I was taking a picture of a kingfisher. I told her about the kingfisher's life. She was amazed because I was familiar with kingfishers. We laughed together. It was already late when I was walking along the river and saw her again with her friends. She shouted to me and said "Thank you! See you again!".
My quiet life returned because my visitors already left. I was tired because of New Year celebration. I took care of my mother and grandchildren and I cooked a lot of times. I had a headache this morning. It was snowing lightly today. But I wanted to go to the river .
It is snowing lightly today. But I wanted to go to the river. Because I have a free time at last. I went to the river first time since last Year. Kingfisher appeared immediately. The kingfisher stayed in the river same time as I did. It was very cold but the kingfisher dived in the river and caught a fish. The kingfisher is admirable I thought. My mind and body felt refreshed. I noticed I had no more headache.