|I got mine from BluLima|
Right now though of course we're dealing with a different stress: a nuclear disaster. To reassure you we are almost 600km away from Fukushima in Izumisano. Check it out on Google Maps, just look up Kansai Airport - we're miles away.
We are trying to keep calm and carry on. I'll admit I haven't been feeling calm. I spent Monday and Tuesday shopping for and packing my emergency kit. I switched the TV or computer on at every opportunity to watch the news. I was in a state of despair.
But I'm pretty sure we have nothing to worry about down here, really.
Yesterday things started to perk up when I got a call from a friend who had another friend in need of a place to stay. Her family is located closer the the disaster zone and she has small children. She's decided to leave the country for a while. I felt filled with purpose and set about cleaning my home, airing blankets and cooking up soup. It felt so great to be doing something to help.
Today I have felt so much better. I'm still in a cleaning frenzy and I feel a strong desire to bake. Just like in war times when women baked biscuits to send to the troops and practiced frugality in the home. I've needed comfort food a lot this week (not my usual chocolate!). Tonight I baked an Apple Crumble for the family. A real taste of home.
My effort to help the earthquake relief fund continues, see below. I'm thrilled and so grateful that so many donations have been made. I still have lots of tickets left though!
Thanks again for all of the calls and emails. I'm so touched that people haven shown such concern.
PS If I were to have to leave the country I'd need all of you to buy a bag or two so I could pay for the airfares.