Heat, gratitude and Thanksgiving

What a difference some heat makes.  It has been getting colder and colder here in Osaka. Not really bad if one goes by Hokkaido, New York, Canada, places like that standards, thankfully I am not in those places, so for me, it is Cold! True, even in Alameda, Ca it was around the 50 F. Degrees at times . On rare occasions high 40. Anyway, this is what I miss about CA right now. Well that and a good pizza, Cheeses, Indian food, Mexican Food, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, being able to buy in bulk and not having a fixed income. Maybe a few misc things I will not go into, but mostly the food, and the warmth. Otherwise I am enjoying Japan. More so everytime I hear about some of the weirdness and Crap that is happening in the states, like this and this and this, this and of course this. However I digress. The subject is warmth ! For the last few weeks temps have been dropping and I walked around the house, like I was dressed for outdoors. Funny thing is many times it was warmer outside than in the house, and not funny like smiley face haha but funny like how weird is that/ this.


I picked up an electric space heater before the weather changed a couple of months ago, when I first started thinking about winter creeping in. A good move, It saved us, and was helpful for some degree of comfort. However, we knew it would not be enough for the full face of winter, come Dec, Jan, Feb!


I was for picking up another larger space heater. LZ did research. We were close to settling on one. I mention that a kerosene heater was a better choice for heat, however they smelled and left a film in the house, also one needed to buy oil and fill it every so often. That is not really a big thing but it is something to consider. LZ went to work researching and found a newer model, which is fan powered for the distributing the heat and it has an ECO setting. which means that it does not just run all the time. it can be set at a temp and it will cycle on and off around that. Totally cool (warm in this case) She compared what the operational cost are next to the Electric and it was only a few pennies different. For the comfort no contest! The unit we picked up had high reviews from her research. It is a unit that will heat a wooden house twice the size of ours. We made the sacrifice and made the purchase from a company she found on line. The cost was cheaper than a smaller unit of the same brand purchased local. Awww yeah! 

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We used it over the weekend and are totally pleased and comfortable warm. We keep the settling low and still wear sweaters but now the a whole room is comfortable, not just a spot in front of the heater. The rest of the house we keep curtained off unless using to save heat. What a difference some heat makes on ones perspectiveve of life and having a home. We can even invite our limited amount of friends over once we get more settled. It is Thanksgiving season in the States. I have been grateful a lot even just surviving to this spot over the last year, even with our losses. Just thinking a few months ago we sat out on the ocean, surrounded by nothing but water, and cold wondering, when we would see land again.

Photo Nov 27, 4 09 46 AM

This living in a house again, with food, dry, warm, a comfortable bed, a small Christmas tree, and a nice view of the garden is a lot of everyday Gratitude, that does not need a special day named after it. Thanksgiving is daily   _/|\_



6 thoughts on “Heat, gratitude and Thanksgiving

  1. Warmth and gratitude. I like the photo of your home and garden view. For some of the foods you are missing, check out yoyomarket.jp . You can shop for items from Costco in Chiba City. Of course, the items have mostly been shipped from the US, so cost much more than you’re used to paying in California obviously, but when you can afford a little splurge to satisfy your cravings, it’s a good option. Their customer service is excellent. I usually wait until I have a long list as there is a shipping charge of 995 yen. I get detergent, frozen berries, and other things from them that are either cheaper than local versions or are items not available at all in the stores here.

    Regards the things happening in America, I watched a good interview on Democracy Now with a professor who wrote a book about the history of American universities and their connections to the slave trade. Really amazing: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/11/29/ebony_and_ivy_the_secret_history

    • THanks Panda-san. I will check out that store. We have gotten a couple of things from Iherb.com, which ships from US to the Japan, but a IN Japan select would be better. Yea, after we save up enough to fill a treat list 🙂 I want to find some supplies to start making some homemade vegan items I have seen Facebook. I pickup up the guys Cookbook. The dishes look amazing. Everyone writes how shocking good they are. I want to try some. http://thegentlechef.com/

      interesting read about the Universities.

  2. Vegan – now you’re talking my language! Didn’t know about that website. Thanks so much for the link. After my hemorrhagic stroke last year I eliminated all animal products from my diet and it has made a profound difference in my life. We’ll talk about that more later I’m sure.

    Be warm. 🙂

  3. Two other places for imported foods are the Foreign Buyer’s Club in Kobe, which is probably the oldest and largest, and the curiously named Flying Pig, which began just by getting stuff at Costco and shipping them to people who didn’t have one nearby, but now does personal imports as well. It’s popular with JET teachers because, among other things, it has a lot of university student favourites, which is to say, maybe not so healthy…


    Also if you get in the mood and feel like trying a restaurant, http://www.bento.com has lots of reviews. It began as a simple personal web page with a list of favourite restaurants (“Robb’s Food Page”) and is now a bit of an institution. It’s a bit Tokyo-centric (Robb lives there) but there’s a section for Osaka/Kobe, too.

    Last but not least, remember that the kerosene stove needs ventilation or it can produce carbon monoxide. If you ever feel yourselves getting a headaches on a cold day sealed up in the house with the heater going, get fresh air fast. Also I’m not sure if you can do it with that heater… by the looks of it maybe not… but we also use our kerosene stove as a slow cooker. Great for soups, stews, etc.

    • Air vents with “K” heaters, yes, big yes. I have used them in the States and they do need venting. The old style is also good for heating tea kettles and sake 🙂
      This one no. No heat anywhere but out the front. It is a nice lil heater. What we do for venting is turn on the exhaust vent every couple of hours over the stove to vent, or open a door for a bit to let in fresh air.
      Thanks for the warning though.

      Thanks for the food leads!

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