I get up at 4:30 am every day. Why? Because I am teaching amazing Chinese children online and there is a 13 hour difference. So when it is 6:00 am here, it is 6 pm there. I get up, make my bed, clean the litter box and put food down for my two indoor cats, and my visiting cat. Then, I go to the store for my morning coffee. I know that that is an expense, and it is probably a left over habit from NYC days, but, it is one of my few pleasures and it is an excuse to get out of the house.
I take my coffee and call the cats: PussPuss, Tiger, Pompom and Kitty. They know what time it is! They are creatures of habit. They all show up. I pet them all, greet them good morning and give each a snip of catnip. OMG! They love it! They lick it up, roll around in it and lie upside down in catnip heaven.
I love doing this. While I drink my coffee, watch these cats and look up at the morning sky, I am at peace. The world seems to be in order.
I remember sitting in the tub at home, surrounded by my own filth and thinking, how can taking a bath be right? I decided that showers would be better.
Until I went to Japan. My dream is to have a Japanese bath again before I pass over. Let me explain. The bathroom is separate from the toilet. It is in its own tiled room, that has a faucet to wash off before stepping into the tub. You fill this tub up once a week and heat it before getting in, clean of course. So, you don't waste or dirty up the water. You learn to submerge yourself in water hot enough to cook a lobster. Get in...and relax! You don't need anything else to relax after one of these soaks. Your whole body gives up tension. You go to bed relaxed and sleep, really sleep.
I will never take a dirty bath ever again. Showers are not my favorite thing, but...Long showers waste water, dry out your skin and are not the best way to get clean. They certainly do not relax you like a Japanese bath. I hope one day to build one in my own home, or to find one I can enjoy on a regular basis without going back to Japan.
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