Golden Week is over. My whole family stayed home for the whole week, and I enjoyed being with my son. He intends to take his entrance examinations for transfer students in June and August. I was always with him when he was studying English. We both tried to solve questions in a workbook. The questions were so difficult that we needed dictionaries to answer them. I think that he felt relieved to find out the questions were complex, even for me. There is only a month before the earliest examination. He's going back to his dormitory tomorrow. I hope he keeps working hard and that his efforts will be rewarded.
We are going to hold the 50 days Shintoism service for the death on February 19. Shintoism memorial services are simpler than Buddhism ones. With Buddhist rites, flowers, fruits and cooked food are placed on a alter. On the other hand, sakaki twigs, a small amount of uncooked rice and dried fish are placed on a Shinto alter.
Last weekend, it was cold and we had snow. We were going to talk about memorial services with a Shinto priest, but we postponed it for a week because we had snow. The priest will come tomorrow afternoon. We've never seen each other, so I'm a bit nervous. Tomorrow is also my husband's birthday, so my children and I decided to have his birthday party one day early
I began to do an email correction service. Writing an email is easier than writing a diary, because an email is 200 letters shorter than a diary. I can ususally finish writing an email within 10 minutes, but I need one hour to finish writing my diary. Writing diaries is kind of like talking to myself. I hardly talk to myself, so it is not easy for me to think of what to write about.
All I've had to do recently is go to the hospital to see my mother-in-law. She is 83 years old and in poor health. Since early this month, she has not been able to eat or drink enough water. She was dehydrated when she was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. She got a drip infusion there. We wanted her to stay in the hospital, but the doctor said there was no room for her to stay, and moreover she was not ill, she was just decrepit. There was nothing that the doctor could do for her. The hospital's staff said we needed to take her home. How? We were puzzled about what to do.
In the end, we wrapped her with a blanket and then we carried her into the back seat and laid her down there. Before we left the hospital, we contracted with visiting nurses. My mother-in-law had been complaining of having difficulty breathing, so the doctor arranged to send an oxygen inhaler to us. My mother-in-law began to get a drip infusion at home and use the oxygen inhaler. It wasn't likely to amount to much. She could only get 200cc drip infusion a day. Human beings need about 2 liters of water a day, so we were worried about how long she would live, and that she would not make it through the year. I made a phone call to tell my father about this situation.
Four days later, we got a phone call from the hospital,and they said there was a bed available for my mother-in-law. We felt relieved to hear that. I called my father again, and updated. When I finished, he said he had cancer and just had surgery, and that the cancer hasn't spread. I could not believe my ears. Why he didn't tell me anything when he found that he had cancer. Furthermore, he said that his wife, my step-mother also had surgery on both eyes caused by cataracts. I was really surprised but proud of my parents, because they are always composed.
On the other hand, my parents-in-law always overreact. They keep everyone busy. I am tired of it.
I went shopping to buy some New Year's items and some beverages for Christmas. After I went shopping , I began to decorate my entrance and Japanese-style guest room. I already set up a Christmas tree that my daughter and I decorated; it's outside the front door.
We are going to have a Christmas party with children we will invite. I want to make them surprised and jump for joy. I am considering the party plan and looking for games in English online. We Japanese don't have any games for Christmas, so it is hard to imagine when and how to play them.