Princess Peach

Patricia and Tom thought Bowser needed some company during the day, so Princess Peach has joined the family.

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It took awhile for Bowser to accept her in the family, but when she finally rested on the lower level he was able to rest.

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I love this picture of Princess Peach sticking out her tongue.

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A cute happy family.

Happy 80th Birthday Edith

Last weekend we celebrated Edith’s (my mother in law) 80th birthday.
Wonderful she could celebrate with her 3 sons, Roland, Mark, Kevin.

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Her brother Robert and Roberta came for the celebration.

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Peyton, Caitlyn,Roland, Thais

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My family

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We had a great celebration.

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A great visit with the Ellwood’s

While in Vancouver I was able to spend the day with dear friends that we have known since we lived in Kentucky, before these boys were born.
Joan and Sam

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Joan and Max

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We managed to set the timer to get all of us in the photo. Kathleen hasn’t changed in years.

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Sarah is studying in McGill in Montreal, so sorry we missed her.

Made it to Vancouver

Mark and I made it to Vancouver yesterday and happy to see the sun today.

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We enjoyed dinner last night with my nephew Chris,

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And good friend Kathleen.

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The whole group, with Mark and Max

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Tailor on Ten

Mark decided he would like to have a couple suits, and shirts made on this trip to Bangkok, so I figured I would get in on the adventure.
He found the company Tailor on Ten which is owned by a couple Canadian brothers, and has been in business for a few years. Turns out their shop was just a 20 minute walk from our hotel which came in handy as we had to go for 4 fittings.
We were both thrilled with the results.
Tailor who has been sewing for 16 years, as he started when he was 14. Mark Ben

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I picked the blue seersucker material which was a first for them to use in a suit, as usually just used in shirts.
We were all thrilled with the results.

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A blue wool for the other suit.

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Finished off with a monogram on the jacket.

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Mark and I are very pleased with our new wardrobe.

Taxi ride

I decided to take a taxi ride to the airport to conclude my visit to Japan.

It brought a sense of closure as I traveled to the airport the same as I did 5 years ago when I made my emergency stop there, but this trip a lot further.

They still stop the taxis as they arrive at the airport but this time, I was able to show them my passport.

The taxis were as fancy as I remembered with all the doilies on the seats, and the driver wearing gloves.

Now I have a whole new set of memories of Japan, and ones that I will remember with fondness.

Final photos of Tokyo

It was very interesting to see all the skinny buildings.

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The narrow streets

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The busy streets that reminded me of New York.

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Tokyo Tower

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Cool clothing

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Money always paid on trays

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Japan’s form of Bingo

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Statute of Liberty??

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Their love for flavored Kit Kat bars.

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Surprised to see so many Halloween decorations everywhere.

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Their love for sweet potatoes

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I loved it all.

New airplane

Yesterday Mark and I were able to fly on the new Airbus 380 super-jumbo Thai aircraft with two floors.

It holds 507 passengers and this was the second day in use from Hong Kong to Bangkok.

The enormous plane is being used for short term bedding flights to train the crews for longer international flights.

The flight was so smooth and quiet.

The food was good,

and the dessert was tasty.

I think Mark enjoyed the flight a little more than I did.

Learning Japanese

On our trip to Mt. Fuji our tour guide gave us a Japanese lesson.
We learned Japan is bigger in land mass than Germany, and smaller than California.

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She taught us how to count to 10, with visuals which were very helpful.

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Now I can practice.

Japan loves cats

I have noticed while shopping all week the love towards cats from the Japanese.
Especially the money cats. I have seen more than my share in China, but learned today, they copied the idea from Japan.

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Also noticed the logo for their bicycle courier.

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What a great symbol for keeping your packages safe, as a mother cat would protect her kitten.
My friends could not explain what these guys were, but there were a bunch of them.

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