Friday 6 August. Due to always going to bed so late, up until now I’ve slept in and only woke up for breakfast - turns out the family does exercise early in the morning.
I joined in today! I don’t like it, but I still want to take part to get stamps on my card.
During chores aunty told me about their cow named Horace. I fed Cowcow, then slid down the hill. I was sad I missed Haiku Man yesterday. Today I scored his poem 75, but he scored mine only 45. I must try harder next time! He gave me a lift on his truck back to the farm.
Went to the den and perfect the Yankee Doodle clapping game with Michi. Then it was time for BEETLE SUMO! I had a praying mantis I’d caught near the dam, and it beat everyone else’s insects 7 fights in a row. Afterwards he got tired and lost. Then a bad thing happened. I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing, and while holding him I accidentally agreed to a trade with one of the kids for a lousy beetle - and since there’s no back-swaps I can’t get him back.
I tried to trade him back for other big insects I had, but they all said no. From now I’m going to collect insects for trade. When I left, I found two crayfish under a little wooden bridge by a stream - I was wondering if I could use them for fights, but I’m not so sure.
After dinner Midori asked if I wanted to go on a test of courage trip near where their school is. I said yes and we walked there. After a while we stopped and it was decided to play rock-paper-scissors. I chose scissors and won, and they dared me to go inside. I told them I heard a piano being played and they all got scared and ran off.
I wasn’t scared though so kept walking. I got to the cemetery and could hear some funny chanting - and there were cool new bugs everywhere. A little further on I saw A GHOST! I was so scarred I blacked out, and when I woke up I was in my uncle’s barn, realising it must have been a trick. What a meanie, wearing a sheet and scarring a kid. I’m not sure who played the joke on me, but they were wearing red-striped shoes. I got to bed so late I don’t think I’ll make it for exercise tomorrow.