Monday, November 24, 2014


I'm obviously very thankful for this little critter. He's lounging in front of the gas logs.

This time of year, my thoughts, like many others’, turn to the things that I’m thankful for. I could give you a list of what I’m thankful for. But I thought instead I would tell you a story about a little adventure Larry and I had yesterday.

We went to Lynchburg to do some shopping and decided to eat lunch at a Japanese restaurant we haven’t tried before.
We’ve both had Japanese food before, and Larry loves sushi, but compared to what we were served and the way we were served Sunday, we got more of the “real” food we were looking for.

As we walked through the dining room towards our seat, I saw a lot of people using chopsticks and eating dishes I didn’t recognize.
Then the host left us with menus plus a paper sushi menu with pencils.
What were we supposed to do with these?

The waiter, a very nice young man who looked like he probably attended one of the local colleges, appeared to take our drink orders. I decided to be straight-forward.
“We’ve never been here before,” I said. “What do we do with these little menus?”
The waiter said we would order any sushi by filling out the paper menu. Everything else would be ordered off the other menu.

So Larry and I looked over the menus. We didn’t recognize a lot of the dishes. We laughed at our own confusion. Then I remembered I had my phone. I Googled a few things on the menu to find out what they were. For example, I learned that sashimi is raw meat or fish thinly sliced.

Larry wanted sushi with salmon, and I wanted a vegetarian roll with cream cheese, avocado, and cucumber. We filled out our papers. Then we decided on the main dishes: teriyaki steak and shrimp for Larry, vegetable tempura for me.

The service was so nice. We got our sushi and rolls, then onion soup, which I had never had but found delicious. A green salad followed with a dressing that tasted good even though we didn’t know what kind it was.
When the main meal came, it was on a tray, with a bamboo mat covering the bottom. It was a multitude of food.
I loved the dishes—the small ones for the sauces, the soup spoon perfectly shaped, the pretty plates.
No, I didn’t get any photos. I was concentrating on the food and atmosphere, but now I wish I had snapped a few.
I wanted to try the chopsticks and took them out of the wrapper. I couldn’t figure out at first that I was supposed to pull them apart (don’t laugh). I fiddled with them a little, but I couldn’t seem to get the hang of it.
Larry brought his chopsticks home and practiced this afternoon. I think he wants to go back soon for more food.

So why is this something to be particularly thankful for? I spent time with my husband, we ate good food, and we had fun experiencing something new. We might have been a bit embarrassed by our lack of knowledge, but we just joked about it and had a good time.

These little adventures—these moments of life—they mean so much to me nowadays. I no longer wait for the perfect time to have the perfect day. Any day can be made an adventure, don’t you think?

Blessings to all of you, and if you celebrate Thanksgiving, have a wonderful holiday!

Note: This week, instead of posting on Thursday, I’ll post on Friday.


  1. Aren't cats great? :) Your vegetarian dish sounds delicious, Tina!!! :)

  2. Tina, I love this. We are on the same page this morning. We can find thankfulness everywhere! I hope you have a beautiful Monday :)

  3. i am thankful for spending time with my hubby ... he is always so busy with work. that finding the time to chill and just get away from daily life is perfect. i bet you had a nice time together ... i bet trying new Japanese dishes would be fun. i would always bring my brother because he is an expert at new dishes ...he really knows his thing when it comes to those kind of things. or at least ask head of time to what we could try and all. ( :

  4. i LOVE that onion soup they serve in japanese restaurants. and LOVE that ginger salad dressing, too. love hibachi-style meals (but not a fan of sushi) and love hot green tea to finish off the meal. :)

    glad you had fun!

  5. What a lovely lunch! It's these moments that make life precious, and yes, we should be thankful for them. :-)

  6. I'm glad my daughter was with me the first time i went out an Indian restaurant. What she doesn't know , she doesn't mind asking. It's fun eating anything with her. have a great week.

  7. Happy Thanksgiving! One of the many things I am grateful for is your blog and your online friendship.

  8. I had trouble the first time I used those chopsticks. It seems a good idea that they be joined together.

  9. Your day sounds like something to definitely be thankful for, Tina. I'm thankful that I have the option to use a fork instead of chopsticks as otherwise the food would never get into my mouth :)

  10. This is the sort of day for which I would give thanks as well. A fun day, discovery, a satisfying end. All that, plus spending it with someone you love and a four-footed fur child to greet you when you arrived home. It sounds perfect.

  11. Yum! I love authentic Japanese foods. Next you need to try Korean, if you haven't before. Some of the flavors they use are so fantastic.

  12. I could not agree more!!! it is those "little" things....those "little" moments, no one realizes how important, how profound they are!!! I don't want to climb a mountain, I want to hold your hand!!!!!

  13. Your kitty is so pretty and sweet looking. I'm thankful for my cats too and the fact they bring joy into our lives. - Your lunch out sounds fun although I'm not into trying Sushi, there is something about raw fish that just doesn't do it for me.

  14. I very much enjoyed reading this blog because I was in Japan a few years ago and you totally brought back those memories. Honestly, sometimes I would look at the food in front of me and have no idea if it was fruit, vegetable, meat, grain or something entirely different! Good for you enjoying the adventure. Happy Thanksgiving!


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