I’ve been back for a couple weeks and am finally getting back into my groove. Drove out to my favorite beach for an end-of-summer swim and even made it to a local festival. I’ve started getting the garden in shape, but haven’t made much progress because of all the rain. I’m planning to plant lots of greens for winter and also daikon and kabu. The weeds were taller than me when I got back, but I expected that. I’ve harvested a few zucchini and jalepeños and I’m hoping to find carrots in the next area I get cleared.
The rain has been relentless. Two typhoons are contributing to the rainfall-one has passed and the other is moving very slowly this way. It sat above Okinawa most of the weekend, so all of our rivers are swollen and low-lying areas are flooded. It doesn’t look good because the winds and full-on rain haven’t hit yet. We are very close to the river, but I think we are relatively safe because of the way it bends just a little upstream from here. But I’ve never seen the river this full and am a little worried. I feel nervous, but at the same time I am super interested to see what will happen.
Coming back after being gone for 6 weeks to see Jiro’s mom was hard. Even though she hasn’t changed much, I found myself surprised how disengaged she is and how she confuses so many things. Her sister and sister-in-law both passed away while I was gone, but she doesn’t remember. She can’t follow through on anything she begins- even changing into her pajamas- unless someone guides her. I forgot how much energy it takes to support her, especially because she fights the help. Today I found myself getting short with her- she was out on the covered veranda trying to bring in laundry-she was using a curved weeding knife (check the photo below) to pull the clothes off the laundry poles, sitting in pooled water. The laundry was still wet. AARGH! I was already disappointed because the day care service brought her home 4 hours early because of concerns about flooding. And I have a feeling they won’t be open tomorrow.
I’ve started back studying kanji and am really rusty. The JLPT is in December, so I am studying for that. I took a practice test yesterday and did okay except for the longer reading passages. I’ve got a short translation job to get done next week and hopefully I’ll get more jobs soon.
Well, I’ll keep this short and post again soon. Thanks to everyone who helped to make my trip back to the US so much fun- and sorry I missed seeing everyone I wanted to see. Can’t wait for next summer.