A cat litterbox

Our youngest cat he came here last December, one day all of a sudden peed in a bathtub.

I thought he was confused or so. he is six months old now.

Anyway we closed a door, we usually keep it open to release humidity after a bath.

Then a few days later he used a washbasin as his litterbox.

It’s less issue as it can be cleaned easily, but something is not okay for him therefore I needed to think about cause.

He was fine until recently, using a regular cat litterboxes with other two cats.

In a sunroom, three cats are napping

We didn’t change a sand or its layout, keep those clean as much as possible.

What’s wrong?

We closed a washroom’s door as well.

Then, he started meowing when he wants to go to a bathroom.

I open the door, he jumps in to the washroom bowl and pee or poop.

Mom gave me a spare box. And I placed it right next to a washroom room.

He used it several times only when the door is closed, if we are there for brushing teeth, washing hands, he’ll jump in and pee or so, it’s quick and he looks like needing it immediately, really hard to stop or move him to his restroom.

The first option is a washroom, secondary is a kitchen sink, then a litterbox.

My concern is that he is holding himself until we open the door, that is not okay. He may become sick.

Thanks to Google, there are so many results for search keywords “cat” “toilet” “washbasin” “kitchen”.

It’s such a relief, there are many blogs meaning it’s not unusual, also there are advices and solutions available.

  • keep water in a washbasin or make it not available somehow
  • Place a cat litter at close place as an alternative
  • Block a kitchen sink, somehow
  • Wait and see

We used to have more than five cats and I don’t recall anything like this happened back then.

After some research I found a successful example which is to place a litter box in a restroom. Also applied a cover to make it his private restroom.


Deep-fried tofu chips

I always keep deep-fried tofu in the freezer for Inarizushi or side dishes.

Today, I learned a new recipe. it’s easy and really tasty, crispy chips.

I’m not sure if deep-fried tofu is available in overseas, anyway if you find the one please try it once.

I had 5 each in the freezer, sliced it in half and cut them into triangles.

Use a cooking paper, place triangles one by one as much as possible. Overlapping part would need more minutes to be crisp.

600W 5minutes
Soy chips

I made guacamole for corn chips, and thought I should try it with home made soy chips.

Costco corn chips

A new workplace on a loft

Last summer we installed stairs to a loft, or third floor. It’s 140cm height so we can’t stand straight.

However I was thinking to make a part of the floor as a small study. As for reading or using a computer don’t need height.

So I organized and threw away stuff as much as I can to make a space, needed a space to organize more.

Again and again, booked a collection service for oversized trash.

It’s a little troublesome throwing away something bigger than a bin bag in Japan. Booking and wait for two to three weeks to be collected.

After three repetitions, we got a sunny and warm loft.

A Mom’s favorite laundry hanging spot

Also on the other side a space being secured.

A bathtub cover to protect cats.
A storage space
Temporary using a pack of futons as a desk.

It’s not a nice looking, but I found that somehow being here a sound of TV right below doesn’t bother me. Because of echoes’ mechanism?

I’ve been working in the room right next to a living room where mom watches TV with a sound volume of 25.

I was wearing earbuds so it was fine.

Now, even though without a wall, a door or earbuds I feel more comfortable being on a loft. Mom gave me a very heavy decent lighting.

Need a cushion.

I’d like to continue “work from home” so securing a place to stay 8 hours with power, wifi and no noise are inevitable. Moreover here is warmer than any other rooms without heating. Other thing is being surrounded by family memories a kind of relaxing.

Appreciate my health when I get sick

Last weekend we went out watching a rugby game. It was cold outside, I think 6,7 degrees.

We both got our warm down jackets however it was really unbearably cold. I bought a blanket that helped us for the second half.

I think since then my partner got a little cold, and I got it too from yesterday or day before.

It always occurs to me when I get sick, how lucky I am to have strong body. And regret that I was not pay proper attention to maintain, myself.

Now one of my family got Covid, even we live totally separate rooms, I had to worry about infection. Did a antigen test and it was negative.

Still, having fever and sore throat are not happy. Maybe the air outside and inside are too dry this winter. I’m hanging wet towels as much as I can it’ll supply humidity.

You too, take care of yourself. Health is not guaranteed, tomorrow’s health depends on how you live today.

Have a wonderful dinner!

Rugby Would Cup 2023

This year RWC is going to be held in France 🇫🇷.

It was in Japan in 2019. Already next RWC, how fast the time flies.

In Japan there was a huge boom in rugby in my parents era, but I think it’s been faded by the time I was small. I’ve never thought or had chance to watch rugby in my life.

I was more fond of soccer, baseball, and Sumo.

My parents love rugby and mom told me they went watching rugby matches even during very cold winter.

Things would have been different if they brought me to the field when I was small. What you are exposed to when you are small influences very long time.

So, rugby was always right there, and by the 2019’ RWC finally it’s become one of options when you look for some sports as entertainment. Some people who really wanted to make it one of mainstream sports have seriously started working on it.

The opportunity holding the event that attracts people from all over the world also attracted Japanese who know but didn’t have particular interest in it.

In 2021, a new rugby league was established, and searching and booking a game have become easier.

Eagles at Green Rockets

Yesterday we went to watch Canon Eagles vs NEC Green-rockets match.

It was cold outside, better had some blankets and hot drinks.

François “Faf” de Klerk from South Africa is in Canon this year.

We are so happy to see him play. Once he is in the field, the game changes immediately. It’s really obvious even I know only a little about rugby.

Somehow his passes go through and speed up the game. He is fast and his presence is eye catching.

Let’s bring more fans!!

We were freezing while players were sweating and steam rising above them.

Canon won the game, NEC put up a brave fight though. They’ll come back to the same field in Feb we’ll be there too. Can’t miss as this venue is probably the smallest capacity field for a professional rugby game, we can see the play from very close distance.

See how close they were!

Hope to visit France for the rugby games. Months will pass and summer will be here soon.

Happy New Year 🐇

Let the old year end and the New Year begin with the warmest of aspirations. Happy New Year!

Choro is growing fast

My dad used to tell me that when my dad’s dad, my grandpa alive my dad took grandpa and grandma for a drive, back then camcorder was booming and my dad bought one for making memories of his parents.

My dad was a oldest son and really close to my grandparents.

We were living together where my grandpa had built a house when he was still a single young man, later my grandma married to him and started living, then my dad was born so were two of my aunts, my dad’s sisters.

Where we are living now is purely on e of my grandpa’s assets. I really appreciate it.

Back to the camcorder, my dad made some videos, but once grandpa passed away my dad stopped watching.

Making video by ourselves was not ordinary thing in 1980s. My dad said he didn’t think much about what those videos can do in a pleasant way also in a sad way.

Even my dad was in his 40s, he was still a son and a boy of my grandparents. In those video he could see grandpa is moving and talking that make him sad.

When I make videos that mostly my cats, this dad’s story often comes back to me.

Like Choro he came join our family, getting bigger and bigger every day.

I must think of how faster our cats growing, need to understand and accept the law of nature. Above all I appreciate and take care of them with responsibility.

A new year is filled with possibilities, so dream big and believe in yourself this year 🐇

Every day is a new day and comes only once, live fullest no procrastination no regret and most importantly have fun!

The father – movie

Now Hannibal is in his 80s. 傘寿

Many people know the actor Anthony Hopkins for his role in Hannibal movies. And it’s a movie review of the actor, played a regular person, a father.

The father

actually I haven’t watched it yet.

There are several reasons I chose this;

I love Anthony Hopkins since the movie “Hannibal”.

He is actually in his 80s means he is actually living life just like this movie. And,

This is about dementia

He reminds me of my dad

My dad was Parkinson’s disease, and he was having some symptoms of dementia too. He died at the age of 73 so I don’t know what it’s like if he is still here and lived in his 80s. I wanted to learn that through the movie.

It’s on my Amazon prime watchlist. First, it is a serious theme for me at least, I need time and space to be immersed in the story.

Have you watched? If you have, I’d be thankful hearing from you for what you thought about. Or if you are interested in, what interests you?