Category Archives: Kinfolk + Pals

articles, tributes, bits of poetry, obituaries and birthdays alike – put here when relating to my brothers, parents and other kin

Hey Cam, its your 50th birthday

“Hey Cam, its your 50th birthday, as such, i’ve got a lot to say”

My pal Cameron Uganec of Lynn Valley hit 50 so i made a spoken-song-arts-and-crafts-thing / its not long because he suggests “brevity is key” so i tried to not ramble on as per usual – making a “Ramones-sized song”.

Sharing here so i remember the fun making this for a great pal including: my Mom’s heavy duty pinking shears; Dymo labeller; scribbling “lyric and chord” writing; and a pink insta-camera + mighty hat a’la Richard Brautigan (made in Utah), and a Royal Stewart tartan jacket.

Thanks for being a top-notch gent Cam (and always driving and getting coffee etc).

Ichiro’s Play Station

Ichiro’s playstation / also piano & ukulele. Who needs teevee?

“running through” some songs – Ichiro loves pulling out the baritone ukulele and then i do my best to make up songs with/for him

Annotations: Ichiro always eating, almost walking

Just a bit of handsome dashing dapper for ya  (eating Mac Kobayashi’s Rural Caprine Farm focaccia & goat cheee)

Of late, Ichiro comes home from school and wants to put on his shoes and practice walking for a little while.

Sometimes he gets going with his hand and a spoon at the same time. He loves umeboshi furikake on his onigiri and slurping miso soup

Also, his appetite is voracious now so he’s catching up in July when he was losing weight and strength. In this example, farmer Mac’s focaccia bread.

Ryoko and Ichiro practicing walking and dancing (note CBC Radio 3 t-shirt and Ichi sweet kicks and loungewear)

Ryoko & Ichiro hitting big time at Sun Clinic

Ryoko & Ichiro hitting the big time and looking *extra cute* at their check-up at Sun Clinic here in sunny (again) Okayama. Yes, im super proud papa & hubbo!

Lil Farmer Ichiro, on the tractor

Got Ichiro a tractor for his 14 month birthday 😉 Here’s the keys, “Get to plowing lil fella!”

Ichiro Cards: featuring: Recharging (from fever), Tatami (inspecting) and just looking cool in tank-top)

3.5 pack of Ichiro Cards

Memo: little dude had a fever, up to 39.5°, recently but monitored with Dr. visits & now back in action (& school tmrw)… always a little unnerving *in these times* but he remained bright eyed, full of curiosity & energy (though not as interested in food due to related sore throat).

PS he was sure happy to see Momma come home from her arborist test (me too!) #io

 

3 of us, together at first

The 3 of us, together at first

Flashing back to a year tomorrow morning Japan standard time…

You see the first days were complicated as I was allowed in to the birthing clinic for 30 minutes per day — which included all the Japanese social routines of greetings, bowings, as part of logistical side of temperature taking and signing-in while the lovely staff at Sun Clinic efficiently and politely whisked in and out of the tatami room tending to various things.

But amidst it all, we managed to ask a nurse for snap shot > the first of the three of us together and it is a treasure, forever.

He’s our special lil guy.

Ichiro 1st Birthday Celebration

Papa! Ichiro! Mama!

Don’t worry Mama, i got him!

Celebrated Ichiro Stanley Thorvald Olson’s first 365 with a crawl around, toss in the air, playtime in his new house with his miraculous Mama plus genki, loving Grandma & Grandpa.

Huge thanks to Morioka san & Ishii san & the parade of crafters for having the fresh slippery maple floors, working sinks, stove in & lights on for his new home.

We did a whole thing where he crawls around with some mochi in a pack (i don’t totally understand but it’s all good) and chooses from some items laid out in front of him as a sort of future-telling experiment, then came some grilled tai red snapper (another tradition) and a cake which we let him make a mess out of (we are usually rather insistent that food isn’t for playing but to be eaten but blah blah blah).

Thank you for all your kind words and support of our little family over this last year.

Ichi says “guuuuuu!”

The future is all your & the present is ours.

Love your Papa

PS Occurs to me I’ve had approximately 342+/- bathtimes with him, it’s our time together to scrub, lounge, relax and talk and sometimes even sing. {Sometimes when I’m in “deep crash mode” I don’t get the pleasure but on my list of energy priorities, it’s my number one thing (followed by laundry & taking mah vitamins :-)).}

Ichiro’s Birthday (good morning papa! + out with mama)

Good morning Papa from birthday boy Ichiro Stanley Thorvald Olson (as seen wearing his hemp leaf pattern bib and handmade by uncle Dan tie-dye).

Thanks to the sweet folks that sent cards and presents >> very surprised, amused and gratefulness.

#IchiIsIchi

Two more cause i can’t/don’t/won’t stop

Then he went with Mama to Sun Clinic where he was born for some injections and playtime

4 generations of Fujii family women & Ichiro

A couple months back, we visited an elder’s home where great grandmother Fujii (mother’s pre-married family name) is sequestered behind glass while meeting two of her great-grandchildren: Ichiro & his 2nd cousin up from Nagasaki.

4 generations of Fujii family of many ladies + one lil dude

In the middle behind glass is great-grandma Fujii. At the far left and far right are her two daughters

We look forward to a visit when great grandmother can safely hug and hold her new descendent.

So glad our little guy can grow up in a family of strong, smart, independent-minded, polymath women.

Note: other baby in photo was born several months after Ichiro and different body type & at this time, same weight.

Artifact: Musical retrospective from desert rambler RJ Garn

Handcrafted USB guitar musical retrospective collection from desert rambler RJ Garn

Proud recipient of the last in a collectible series of bespoke wooden box with carved guitar usb drive with retrospective of desert rambler & guitar slinger & storyteller RJ Garn’s music. I feel am holding a very important piece of #personalarcheology, – very proudly & gratefully.

Reminder: your creative endeavours are important. We are the stories & artfacts we share. Fck Stats, Make Art.

Thanks RJ, say hey to the petroglyphs from Uncle Weed.

PS makes a great set with Larry Harper, ZZyzx Rd cassette, 1990

Diary: Ichiro back in action, stroll on

Ichiro back in action, stroll on

Ichiro back in the saddle after bringing a rough cold home from nursery school which he passed to his delicate papa who kisses him *all the time* & trooper mama who is usually invincible.

Granny & Gramps stepped up big time in support #grateful Did hospital safety checks (including Cvd19) all-around before heading back today.

Picked him up amongst the cutest site of all the kids cuddled in futon with name badges.

Released my charge from pleasant custody, “youroshiku” to the teachers, got his daily report book & bundle of items… strapped in & wheeled home laughing & swerving.

Cuter every day. He is so loved by his bubble pod family. He’s our special lil guy.

PS hit 11 months last week…

Ichiro and Papa sending <3 to Mama on the walk home from nursery school