- - - 9/9/2020 - - -

Swallowtail Butterfly #6

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:12 pm

This is the first of a group of Yellow-Swallowtail caterpillars she found.

- - - 8/6/2020 - - -

Stream Camping with Friends

Filed under: — Andy @ 7:51 pm

One of the best things to do to get out of the house and stay away from most people is to go camping. We were joined by some neighbors and school friends of Melina, and went to a campsite in Tanzawa where there is a cold but really nice stream the kids could play in and catch all sorts of things. As one day didnt seem to be enough for the kids to really enjoy the stream we went for a three day two night trip. The kids had lots of fun playing in the stream, catching bugs and frogs and other things, making the campfires, helping with cooking, and smores and fireworks at night. The adults had fun with the exact same things. On the way back home we stopped and did some trout fishing and eating.

The full photo gallery is at: Stream Camping

The full photo gallery is at: Stream Camping

- - - 7/17/2020 - - -

Swallowtail Butterfly #5

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:03 pm

- - - 7/6/2020 - - -

Swallowtail Butterfly #4

Filed under: — Andy @ 7:58 pm

- - - 6/14/2020 - - -

Swallowtail Butterfly #3

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:38 pm

Butterfly #3:


Soon to come, butterfly #4.
She just keeps finding the caterpillars.

- - - 6/1/2020 - - -

MelinaChicken

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:35 pm

Some housemates helped Melina become… MelinaChicken

- - - 5/30/2020 - - -

Swallowtail Butterfly #2

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:35 pm

The second butterfly has emerged:

- - - 5/24/2020 - - -

Herbal Garden Lunch

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:33 pm

We had a nice lunch and afternoon at a herbal garden. Melina got to help with cutting the wheat and feeding the horse.

- - - 5/15/2020 - - -

Rock Candy

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:26 pm

What better thing to do when stuck at home than science experiments. I decided to try to make rock candy with Melina, and was really surprised at how well it turned out. I remember making it as a kid, and remember the whole jar turning to crystals with my string having very few crystals, so whatever we did this time had great results as you can see.

- - - 3/15/2020 - - -

COVID-19 in Japan

Filed under: — Andy @ 7:18 pm

The middle of March is when Japan starts seeing a large increase in COVID-19 numbers.
The US Base goes into lockdown mode and tells everyone to stay at home.
Japan declares a National Emergency and asks everyone to stay home.

We dont get to do too many exiting things in the next few months…