Things are pretty chill here, I have to admit. I'm getting a few pet projects done, plus some welcomed reading. It's nice to have vacation away from my vacation. How weird is it that a foreign country like Japan feels more comfortable than a foreign country like Spain? It's not all puppy dogs and rainbows, however. Lack of rainbows are due to the gloomy weather that has set in, as a typhoon has appeared on the opposite side of this island-nation, sending peripheral dark clouds (and yes, scattered showers) our way. It will pass over the mainland and then will become a tropical depression afterward. It's only in the area of Hokkaido that this will be a problem, however.
And the lack of puppy dogs is because of the increase of wasps. On the plus side, I learned a new vocabulary word-- スズメパチ (suzumebachi, or wasp!) Apparently, despite my having housesitters while I was away, a family of wasps decided to start building a nest on my outdoor patio ceiling. It was in the early stages, of sorts, and I was able to use a violent bug spray and a short broom to take care of things. The wasps were trying to make it near the screen door, thankfully. Every so often, one would return to see what happened, and I could spray the bug juice through the screen and create a cloud of poison to chase it away.
These wasps are Japanese-sized, which to this So Cal-desert native means that all insects are ten times the size they should be. Blame the sub-tropical climate, I guess.