I have been reading a lot of books about Alzheimer's since my mother-in-law is now going through some of the later stages of this disease. I am reading up on Alzheimer to lay down prevention in the future. Along with getting off pills, eating healthy and avoiding processed foods, staying active, the books say to keep your mind active. Crosswords, learning to play a musical instrument and learning a new language can all help to keep the mind sharp. I am currently learning to play several instruments and have stumbled through but am having fun. And I have some knowledge of Latin, French, Spanish and some Japanese. And that's what I have decided I'd like to improve upon, my Japanese. I have never left the country before, but would love to see parts of Japan. After talking to my husband we are researching what would be worth our time to go and see and do in Japan. I love koi, gardens and architecture so those would be of interest. We both like musical things so that would be a thing to go and listen to. We also like some of the foods they eat there. We do not like the big city so we would tour the country sides of Japan. We think it would be worth the effort to go and see what Japan is all about and pick up a new language while we are at it.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.