Random Non-farming Thoughts

This isn’t really a farming post because today I did no farming.  It’s been rainy as of late and that means that there isn’t much to do.  In my last post I was saying that we were getting ready to harvest, well we’re ready, but the weather isn’t ready.  Not only does rain mean that there’s not much farming to do, but it also means that we have to wait a bit once the rain does stop for the fields to dry out.  The combine is OK is a little bit of mud, but too much can cause problems.  So we’re just waiting for now.

Anyway, to the point of this post.

You ever have one of those days that feels great cause a bunch of small things went right?  Not one huge awesome thing, but a lot of little things that by themselves would be nothing to get excited about.  I’m having one of those days, and I thought I would write about it this evening while I’m kicking back with a couple of Yebisu Asuka Cruise beers (it’s a special limited edition blend that Yebisu is selling right now).

To start off, the day didn’t look to be a good one.  It was raining, and I felt sick.  Have had a one of those colds that can’t make up its mind whether it wants to go “full on cold” or just “a slight case of the sniffles.”  Even though those things, taken individually, would suck, the fact that they happened together on the same day means that I’m killing two birds with one stone–rainy day = no work, and sick day = no work, so rainy day and sick day = awesome.

Next, I deposited some money into my account to pay off my small car loan.  Not a big thing, but after depositing the money I still have plenty of dough to get me through to the end of October.  Good.  Then I headed over to Musashi to pick up some cat-food, and what do I see as I’m browsing but the limited edition of Yebisu’s Asuka Cruise beer.  Don’t mind if I do.

Then, I headed over to Joshin and Off-House (the former is the local electronics store…think Best-Buy, but more expensive…and the latter is a 2nd-hand shop that offers all kinds of stuff).  I need a new printer, and because I’m a cheapskate (I must have some Scottish blood in me) I don’t want to pony up for a new one.  So it’s the 2nd hand shop for me.  But, oh noes, the printer I saw for cheap the other day is gone, and a dodgy looking printer has taken its place.  Well, let’s head over to Joshin and see if they carry the ink for the dodgy looking printer.  No they don’t.  But they do have an HP B209a for more than half off it’s sticker price.  Again, don’t mind if I do!

So now, I’m heading home with a sixer of Yebisu and a new printer.  The new printer is great cause it’s wireless, which means that I don’t need my 8 year old computer running XP to be the gateway to the printer (like the old printer).  As I’m dismantling the POS computer, though, I have an idea…why don’t I try and see if my old HTPC computer parts (Naoko and I bought a new TV/HDD recorder/HTPC last week) will fit in the case of the POS.  The HTPC’s power supply went kaputskies, which is why we bought a new one, but I can cannibalize the power supply and case, and then transfer the guts of the HTPC into the bigger case.  That way, I can give the new-old computer to my friend/boss Nabe.  They have an even more outdated computer at their house…and it’s a laptop, which is even worse (by worse, I mean slow as molasses).

So, after getting my new printer set-up (which went without a hitch…more small, good things) I turned my attention to my joy-of-joys, assembling computers from their component parts.  For those wondering at home…with a good online guide and a little advice from a knowledgeable friend, building your own computer is not as hard as it sounds and it can save you a good amount of cash.  After an hour or so of tinkering…pin-pon, computer works just fine.  Hello, new computer for the Watanabes.

Add to this day getting XP Mode working on my main Windows 7 computer (hello, making Mini-discs and playing Starcraft and Alpha Centauri….gamer nerd…which, apart from the old printer, were the reason I kept the POS computer around), cleaning up the kitchen and getting my laundry done, and transferring my netbook seedbox (if you don’t know what that is, I’m not going to explain it here) to a physical internet connection rather than WiFi, then you have the makings of a great little day.  Except for the cold, which now thinks it maybe wants to be a sinus infection.

Next post, I’ll get back to farming (as long as the rain lets up) or I’ll actually do my New Ideas in Onigiri post that I’ve been threatening to do.

Fell off the wagon, blogging wise.

I just beat the 1 month mark on this post.  I apologize for my tardiness.

It’s just that for the last month it’s been days of same-old, same-old dotted with a day or two of something interesting.  And usually after that something interesting I’m a little too tired to post something about it, and then I’ll forget about it later.

So I hope I can catch you up on some of the stuff.

First a couple of pictures of the organic rice fields, so you can contrast with the pictures in previous posts.

As you can see in the above two pics, which were taken on the 5th of August, the organic rice is growing nice and tall.  Actually all of the rice is growing rather tall, and it seems like it yellowing pretty fast.  Once the leaves turn yellow, then it’s time to harvest.  This year I think we’ll be starting the harvest a couple weeks early.  Don’t really know why.  Maybe it’s because of the lack of rain.  In that last picture you can see the rice seeds.

On the 20th, 21st, and 22nd of August, Daruma An had a booth in the Harbor Market area of the Earth Celebration in Ogi.  We were making sushi-rolls using our rice and veggies that we’d grown ourselves.  Our roll was a sheet of dried sea-weed, a layer of rice, some miso, a couple slices of cooked squid, a little mayo, some lettuce, and some sesame seeds sprinkled over top.  Then your roll that up like a roll-cake.  It was very delicious.  Here’s a pic of our booth.

On the second day of the EC, the local superheros showed up.  On the left is Sadogashi-Man and on the right is the aptly named Sadogashi-Man Blue.

The EC was a pretty good time.  People seemed to like our sushi rolls, we sold a couple bags of rice, and talked to a lot of interesting people.  We’re looking forward to doing it again next year.

Finally, this past month I got around to making a web-page for Daruma An Farms.  With a lot of help from a friend of ours, Charles “T-Rex” Montgomery, here on Sado and some studying on my part, I think it’s looking pretty good.  It’s just a basic site right now, but we’re slowly working on some content for the various pages and hopefully will have a shopping page where you can buy our rice (if you live in Japan).

That’s pretty much it.  Things are looking to rev up here in the next few weeks as we prepare for harvest.  Also, I need to add another entry in New Ideas in Onigiri.  Look for that in the coming week. 😉