Friday, 30 September 2016

I sent a sms

I did it for my own peace of mind. 
In Aleppo forces of pure evil rage now and it seems pretty hopeless. And we must not forget those who are left there.

You too can help. Unicef has a campain to help children in Syria. 
If you live in Finland you can send a sms: text UNICEF and send it to number 16499. It costs 10 euros.  Kiitos. Tack. Thank you.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

I am a spoiled soul

I have said it before, I'll say it again. I am very spoiled and I feel so grateful.
You all know how my heart flickers a little extra for old and rusty things. I have a small collection of rusty items.

 
 I received this wonderful sewingmachine from dear Sanne, my neighbour and friend.
Tack finaste Sanne! 

Wishing you all a wonderful thursday!
Love!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The shed(s) and sleeping in a dream

The shed is finally ready!
We finished laying the bitumen roof  yesterday, and now it is ready!


The paint is linseed oil paint that an acquintance, when she was moving away from town, was about to throw away! I like the grey shade, goes well with my facade.
It is built according to the existing door that I found in the garden. The bitumen roof are pieces left over from my friends roof renovation this summer. I am very pleased!

The project "moving an existing shed" has also taken a huuuuge leap, as the shed was moved on friday! Hoooooray! It now stands in my garden. Missing its tin roof! That is a project for next week. The roof is now covered with tarpaulin. After my danceclass this afternoon I painted the doors. I think it needs another layer of paint tomorrow.

Last night we (me and L) hung a beautiful canopy above my bed. When L testlay on the bed, his verdict was: it is like a dream. 
Last night I slept in a dream. I am so happy.

I met up with my friends Sanni and Bill at Tuhannen tuskan kahvila in the morning. They have bought a house in a nearby village and I wish to introduce them to my favorite places.

Wishing you a lovely sunday evening!
I shall soon retire to the dream and read.

Love. Love. Love.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Apple, apples and even more apples

It's the time of year when we are blessed with a huge apple harvest.
So, last week my friend Natalia posted a short clip of her new apple peeler. I decided there and then that I will never ever again peel apples by hand! I've spent endless hours peeling apples. So I closed my eyes, made a wish, spit three times on the ground, crossed my fingers and repeated the wish backwards, then walked three steps to my left, and repeated the wish in finnish, swedish, english and in french. I just wanted to make sure, you know. Then I had to tell someone. So I told Taisto. Taisto is married to Leena. Leena is the magical power at Tuhannen Tuskan kahvila. I now know that Aino Sibelius (wife of composer Jean) had an apple peeler. Made of cast iron. This information was shared with me in the garden of Tuhannen tuskan kahvila. 

And guess what! The wish came true! I now have my own apple peeler. I and my darling L peeled lots of apples yesterday. We made apple jam. My darling L loves applejam in his porridge. We shall peel even more apples and make more jam. One wants to make darling happy happy happy in the morning, so applejam there shall be. And hoooray for the apple peeler!



There was a challenge on fb for old photographs. I found this picture of me. Spot the missing teeth...

Monday, 19 September 2016

The week of ailments

Or as we say in swedish, krämpor!
I had one of those weeks that one can laugh about once the week is over and out! It is now.
Still, it didn't get me down. I can honestly say we had a wonderful week despite following:
Last saturday, a week ago. I attended an event as avec with my darling. We had a few drinks and then as many of the other guests decided to have a drink in a restaurant nearby, we decided to join. Well, as soon as I entered, one of the guests fell right on top of my foot, causing a broken little toe. There's nothing one can do, it passes eventually. But at the moment I cannot wear shoes, I am doomed to wear only sandals and trainers. Looks fab with socks! Otherwise I can live normally, I get loads of superwoman-points at my danceclass, hih!

We started building a little shed for wood. It is fun, it turned out just the way I had planned. It is only missing its' bitumen roof. Painted and ready for wood! And again, built according to an excisting door. I found the door in the garden, under a lot of rubbish. I cleaned and dried it and it is just perfect. It has rusty hinges, and I managed to find rusty screws for attaching it to the shed.
 I'll show you a picture of the shed once the roof is ready, we are building it this week. I offer a pic of the wreath I made on saturday.

I also managed to catch a tough flu on wednesday, causing me to stay at home on thursday as I had fever when I woke up. We had to skip badminton, which is a real pity as it is one of the highlights of the week.  I drank plenty of tea with fresh ginger, lemon and honey. On friday I was all fine again and was able to go to work. I only had a few lessons in the morning, so met up my friends Oona and Jarna at our favorite café, Tuhannen tuskan kahvila. We sat for a few hours in the garden in the sun and chatted away, sometimes we just listened to the snoring dog, Vappu, and watched a tiny little mouse skip and hop across the garden.

L and me continued work on the shed in the afternoon and it was ready to be painted in the evening.
On saturday my dear friends Jarna and Oona came by and handed a basket filled with fungus, kanttarel and trattkanttarell. In the evening I made a creamy sauce with fungus and onion, cooked salmon in the oven with only butter. A glass of red and voilá, we had a fab delicious dinner! We had so much fungus I baked a pie the next day. We had a guest for lunch on sunday, he is from Afghanistan, and it was the first time he ate fungus. What a brave young man. To try new dishes and tastes. I did tell him I would not feel offened if he decided not to finish his pie. We find fungus delicious, but for someone who is not familiar with fungus, well, not to everyone's taste so to speak.
Kiitos ihanat sienistä! 

On saturday, while my neighbours Nina and Peik came to visit with their friend Kjell (who was in town to lecture about the Panama paper leak), I suddenly felt I had something in my eye. After a few hours my eye was all red and the following morning I looked like I had had a fight with worldchampion boxer Eva Wahlström! Oh my! With plenty of chamomille-tea that I cleaned my eye with (yes, it is the perfect natural medicament for anything infected), I managed to look fairly respectable later the same day when I attened my danceclass and in the evening when me and L went to the movies. We were invited to see a finnish film called Teit Meistä Kauniin, a film about the start of a finnish punkband called Apulanta in the beginning of the 90´s. What made this evening a little special was that the movie was not supposed to air at our local theatre, but we have a wonderful filmtheatre entrepreneur, he will show films upon request if there is a minimum of 20 (or 15?) tickets sold. Well, last night the theatre was full! There was a red carpet, oh yes, all guests were photographed and some even interviewd (me included) and the filmmakers opened the film! Before there was a local band that played covers of Apulanta. I love these sort of fun events, and as frequent moviegoers, we emmediately decieed to attend. 

When I came home after the film I fell asleep and thought, ah bless, the week was filled with ailments and plenty of wonderful. 
So, if anyone had the impression my life is filled with only fairy shimmering and glitter, I can tell you, weeks like these make sure you feel blessed and at the same time stay grounded. I managed to get hold of my doctor by phone this morning, and within a few minutes, I had a prescription for eyedrops at the pharmacy. Now I shall conquer my first time ever eye-infection!

Here is my consolationsong. Break your heart by Natalie Merchant.

Stay blessed, love and love even more.

Of course the vintage door to the little shed for wood needed a sign and a wreath. 




Thursday, 15 September 2016

There are numerous ways you can help, please do!

There are far too many cruel and horrible wars going on. You can help by donating to the red cross. Here is how you do it in Finland. I donated 30 euros, you can too! There are smaller and bigger sums to choose from, even a few euros makes a difference. Thank you! Kiitos! Tack!

The nature also needs taking care of. We all know how rare bees are, so I chose to adopt a bee swarm. You too can help our little pollinators. Contact a local beekeeper and ask for further details.
I think it is a fantastic deal, I even recieve many jars of honey each year as thanks.

Let's all make a little effort to make this world a tiny bit better by giving and sharing. 
And spread love!



Wednesday, 14 September 2016

September...

....gently took my hand, whispered, follow me. I did.
The rays of the sun plays beautifully through the dirty windows, I just never had time to clean them.
The livingroom has a new kind of light. I think about the new corners and nooks that this house offers. For warm lazy naps in the sun. Muru loves this house.
I have also come to love this house. And September has been very kind to me.


video


Friday, 9 September 2016

Friday, friday!

Once again a busy week. And once again only good things.

I was sent a link to a lovely blogg called Life with Anna.
Here is how wonderfully she has written about her visit to my home during the historic houses -event. I feel very privileged to live my dream.


Picture credit Life with Anna.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Monday, 5 September 2016

On juggling matters

I am juggling a few projects, one of them beeing moving an existing shed to my garden. There is no shed at all in my garden. The estate where my house stands, has previously been split into two smaller estates and all the sheds and garage are located in my neighbor's yard. I need a shed for storing gardenfurniture, tools and my bicycles.
As I live in the centre of town I need a building permit. I applied for it in the spring and was granted the permission before midsummer. I have been busy with other matters, I have not had time to start until some weeks ago.
We first had to cut down a huge lilac. And move a large mock-orange bush, that will hopefully be happy in its new surrounding. The roots to the lilac were so large I had to use the help of an excavator to remove them. I then ordered a lot of gravel and sand and flattened the ground. Then it was time to stomp and wet the ground in order for the land-surveyor to mark the corners of the shed.
On friday I bought all the material for the foundation and on sunday we started building it. After many hours of work it was finally ready! The shed can now be moved!
I then rushed off to my dance class. Had time to shower, get dressed and even catch something to eat before I had a date with my darling at the cinema. He took me to see The happiest day of the life of Olli Mäki, the film I wrote about earlier. What a charming film! I warmly recommend this pearl.

The night before I was at the same cinema with my friends, we saw Me before you. I have not read the book (!). It turned out to be the romantic drama it had promised to be. A film I could perhaps rather see on a rainy sunday when you refuse to step outside and stay in your pyjamas all day, than on big screen cinema...

Previously on saturday, me and my friend and neighbor Sanne, made an outing. It was the annual open studios -event called Konstrundan.
We started off with an exhibition of puppets by puppet-artist Iida Vanttaja. One of her puppets, called the Harlequine, lives in my house. She carries secrets in her little purse, as seen below. She is a very gentle soul.

 


We then headed to Tarja Heikkilä's lovely Risupiha. Both Sanne and I are huge fans of her work and have attended her workshops and will attend even more. We had coffe and cake in the garden, in beautiful sunshine. What a wonderful outing it was.

Before heading to the movie I made carrotsoup with fresh coriander and ginger, lentils and coconutmilk. Meant for lunch on sunday, when we built the foundation for the shed.

During the week I even managed to squeeze in a few short visits from friends.
On tuesday I attended a meeting and one of the guest-lecturers was Virve. It is quite a few years since we last met!
On friday evening my ex-parents-in-law came to visit as they had attended an exhibition opening in town. Kiitos Tuuti ja Jorma vierailusta!

What a week! All good things though!

Have a great week friends. Love! Lots of it!

Monday, 29 August 2016

The weekend

Ah bless, according to our calculation we had 1254 guests during the weekend. My house Lilla Ljuva was one of the many houes open during the Loviisan wanhat talot -event.

I had the honor to welcome Cheri from Autuas olo -blog to my home, a wonderful soul entered my house and I am happy to have finally met face to face. Kiitos vierailusta ihana Cheri!
She has captured many details in my home, if you want to have a look, here is the link. There are wonderful pictures from other houses too!

Another wonderful friend who captured lovely pics from my home is Marjo. She will feature other homes in her blog Marjon matkassa, so stay tuned.  Here is the link to her feature of her visit to Lilla Ljuva, my home. 

The walls of my home echo kind and warm words, I am so thankful for all the kind comments and the lovely people who came to visit. 
On saturday my friends came just before closing, so once the last guesta had left, we had pizza and opened a bottle of red. Kiitos ihanat! Lokakuussa taas!
Kiitos! Tack! Thank you! Merci! Grazie! Gracias! Спасибо Большое!






Above is my "new" stove. It has not yet been connected, so I cannot light a fire, but hopefully it will be connected soon-ish... 
Wishing you all a wonderful week! Love and love even more!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Plenty talk

That is what the radio reporter said, you talk plenty and it will be hard to choose what to include in the final spot. Hih!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Countdown

Well, the countdown to Loviisan wanhat talot  (historic houses event) has begun!
Trying to fix the last bits and pieces in my house for the weekend and all the guests arriving. I also have a few visits from the press booked again, this is my third year and my house has been featured many times already! But of course I welcome the press, it's just positive the press want to cover such a unique and warm and fun event, and if I can attribute to promoting it, I am happy!
So if anyone of you  happen to be around, do feel welcome to house number 10!

 It will be so much fun and I am very much looking forward to the weekend!





Thursday, 18 August 2016

A combination of...

...a slightly weatherworn (aka dirty) window and a very special light just before it got very dark at sea. I took this picture through one of the windows in our cabin. We took the ferry over to Sweden.
The outcome was a spectacular landscape. Something similar to those old paintings of ships, the ones that can be found at markets and such.


Last week I had a phonecall from my local hardware store. My lists had arrived. Before I had a chance to say anything, the voice on the phone asked if I was home. I replied that I was indeed at home, so the voice on the phone told me to stay put, he would be there within ten minutes (he quickly explained that he was going for lunch and could drop off my lists at my home on his way). Have I told you I am spoiled? Well if I haven't I'll tell you now. I am. A very spoiled human here hello!
So yesterday I bought some flowers and bottle of my favorite sparkling wine and thanked the kindest staff there ever was! The flowers to the whole bunch of lovely peeps working there, they always greet me friendly ( a few weeks ago when I visited, they asked if something has happened as I seemed so different, apparently not as cheerful as usual. Well, that was the day I had just received the news that my dear friend and former colleague had passed away after a hard struggle with cancer. I told them I was just in my thoughts. I haven´t written about it here, as I do not find the right words to describe my sorrow. But this tells how wonderful they are, they dare to ask when they see all is not as it should be)  and the bottle of my favorite sparkling wine to this lovely guy, who suddenly decided to deliver my list to my door.

I feel a need to clarify that in my town I receive friendly and good service everywhere I go! I also try remember to give thanks and give feedback where I feel there is reason to. So last week and this week I have done that. Given feedback and thanks.

Last week I wrote a messages to my local shop where I purchase my groceries. I love it that their staff is always so kind and friendly, they have a great assortment of products, if something cannot be found, they always make sure I can have it within a few days. The staff always have time to exchange a few friendly words. This is the reason I prefer small shops to the big markets where you are often anonymous.
I also sent a thank you message to one of the owners of a restaurant I often visit, they have very friendly staff, good venues and great food. I thought why not let them know I am a pleased customer. Obviously they know it because I return, but sometimes it is vital to hear it or read it.

So why don't you give thanks as well? If you have received kind service and you are pleased, let them know! We all need feedback for the work we do.

A kind word means the world sometimes, so be sure to spread them and love!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

I wish...

...there was more of this in the world! Love and respect!

I was in Sweden during the weekend. Found this written on the pavement.



Schools have started and we are back at work. Feels mighty good!

Wishing you all a great week ahead! Take care and remember to love.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Ah bless!

I am truly blessed with wonderful friends!

On sunday my friends Nina and Peik called and asked if I wanted to accompany them for an outing to a nearby farm called Kycklings, in Lappträsk. Of course I wanted! It was the national open gardens -day.
What a fascinating visit. We met Gun-Britt Husberg, who is the gardener and the heart and energy behind the big project of mapping trad.plants in the region. Mostly apple trees, they have over 80 different species.  What a creative and passionate soul! And what amazing work they have manged to do. This is cultural heritage.
Here is a link to an article in swedish, you can also see pictures of many of the other plants they have planted and also found on the farm.
I was so taken by the visit I forgot to take pictures! Here are a few, the first one is of an appletree that is there for pollination,  the second of the ruins of a barn and the third of a clematis on the stonewall in bloom.









Later in the afternoon when I was back home, there was a knock on the door and my dear neighbor Sanne came to visit. She has taken care of my cat whist I've been away on holiday. She is a peach! We drank coffee and laughed so much I again almost fell of the chair! We have the same humor and we share the same interest in upcycling/ recycling things. She and her family have renovated a wonderful house.

In the evening my friends Oona and Jarna called and invited me for tea, they live downtown in a lovely old wooden house. There we sat in their kitchen, drinking tea and chatting away. When it turned night I cycled home, feeling so totally blessed with friends! How boring my life would be without these wonderful people in my life!

Thank you!

Love and love even more!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Well, I probably should tell you...

...how I was woken up at 3a.m., the morning I was about to leave for Mallorca, by something that flew around in the bedroom.
The cat was right on, so I knew we had uninvited guests and that it was bigger than a moth! I turned the light on and a bat had found its' way in through the window. It was only slightly open, so I guess it must have hung there a while and fallen inside. Ok, so I had to try catch the cat first. Not an easy task as she thought it was the bestestsest action in a while. And with a frightened bat flying around! I finally manged to catch the cat and get her out of the bedroom. By then I just wished one could just close the door and hope the situation would take care of itself. Or leave a note to my dear neighbor Sanne, please feed the cat AND our new friend the bat, hih!
So I had to go back inside, open the window and hope it would find its' way out...well, eventually the little bat found it's way out. My heart was beating fast and the cat was really upset with me! She loudly told me off.

What a start to the day. Somewhere out there, is a bat that probably wonders what on earth happened that morning, what was that odd place it fell into, what was the light and who was this wierd creature with a loudly beating heart, running in and out of the bedroom!

I love animals dearly, but to be woken up by a bat at 3a.m., well, not my dream-awakening, hih!


Love. To bats and people. And all other creatures, big and small.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Holiday

We took a short holiday.
We are quite the busy couple right now, so we decided on taking a short brake from it all. What a great idea! I feel like a new person. Lovely new impressions, new tastes, new smells, new sounds, new light, new air.

We decided on Palma in Mallorca.
We stayed in a lovely hotel, it had the most wonderful breakfast with delicious fresh fruits, nuts, yoghurts, muesli, great coffee and sparkling wine (unfortunately I am a lousy drinker in the morning!). The hotel had a pool and sunbeds on the roof. We only enjoyed the pool in the evenings, after a day out it was lovey to relax in the pool for a while before getting ready for dinner.

Palma was a great choice. A fabulous beach nearby, but also the beautiful town Palma. Neither of us like to spend all our vacation on the beach, we are far too restless for that. So this was perfect. And we found some lovely places to eat where there were no tourists at all and we had to take chances when ordering and manged on a combination of french-spanish...great food! Our absolute favorite, for both of us, turned out to be a traditional and very simple dish, the famous spanish potato-omelette. You can have it as tapas or as a meal. And yes, I have promised a certain mister to try make this at home. I have already googled recipes...

We saw people reading newspapers. Some more carefully than others. We saw plenty of small dogs. And people walking slowly. Playgrounds. People playing with their kids. Lots of cafées and restaurants. People eating together. Balconies. Oh I could have photographed all balconies. And the plants and flowers on the balconies. Cars. Friendly drivers who ALWAYS give way. Motorcycles. And hooray, lots of bicycles! And very handsome motorcycle-policemen. My goodness, there's macho defined. The police seemed very friendly. I spoke to one guy selling stuff in a park, it was illegal and as soon as the police came, they gathered all their goods inside a sheet and run. After some time they all returned, one after one, cautious. One of the sellers was caught by the police, but managed to escape. So I asked the guy how the police treated them if they were caught and what would happen if you got caught, which in my opinion seemed likely. Apparently they only confiscate the goods, but no fines are given and no caption. He explained that they are not allowed to sell there, but they need to earn a living. I told him I was sorry, he only said it was life. I replied saying it sure was, but a damn unfair life for some.
We met very friendly people. One day we traveled on a wonderful ferrocarril to picturesque Sóller. There we took a tram down to the harbour, had lunch and traveled back to town Sóller. What a lovely day! And what a wonderful way to travel. I have always had a weakness for trains, well, this one was special.
We saw a variety of people, the way I wish our society would look like.
We saw people kissing. Their partners, lovers, grandparents, children, friends, parents, neighbours. 

The weather in Mallorca was perfect.
We walked a lot. There are small parks and benches everywhere.
We walked along a boulevard of flowerstands. Heaven!

Happy we chose Palma as our holiday destination.






Above are pictures from inside the church in Sóller.
A little stardetail and a madonna.

A wonderful holiday.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Poems and love on the parkbenches

We had a chance to take part in financing the poems for the parkbenches in my town. That meant we also got to choose a poem from a list and have our names engraved in the plaque, we chose to have our nicknames engraved, hih!

Today we drank sparkling wine and kissed on "our" bench.

This is one of my favorite poems, it is also a wonderful song from a film.


The plaques are almost like mirrors so not very easy to photograph.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

On bells and waffles and book cabinets

It has been good to spend time offline. I had to make an earlier return due to the need to advertise an event, so thought I'll come say hello.

So what were the ingredients for this summer?

Dylan LeBlanc made a reappearance in my life. I used to listen to him a lot, but for some reason he fell into oblivion. Now he is back. And I love his latest album Cutenary tale too, not just the old familiar ones. Here is a lovely album called Paupers field. Enjoy!

One day I manged to lock myself out of my house. But I had a window open so I just climbed in again. And that was it. Felt odd to have gone from ooooooh noooooo to all sorted in less than five minutes.

My summer has also been filled with plenty of blueberries. No, I cannot take credit for picking any. But I have sold many buckets. A certain dear F (he is an asylum seeker whom I have become friends with) , has been picking the berries and my friends and acquaintances have been generous and bought plenty! I have my freezer full! I told my dear friend F, that in the winter, everytime I eat blueberries, I shall be thinking of you. Oh my, that made him blush. But, all in all, he has enjoyed spending time in the forest and managed to earn enough to buy a computer, hooray!

Waffles! I have baked many hundreds. Every thursday it is waffle-day at the kiosque, and people have loved it. We never expected it to be such a success!

Liljevisan. A few years ago I attended a small musical venue in a nearby village called Liljendal. The evening was beautiful, the venue is set on a hill by a river, the evening sun, the warm breeze, the beautiful songs and many artists. A small dream was born there and then. To perhaps one day have a chance to perform there. Well, on a certain july evening, I made a dream come true. One of the artists was unable to attend, so a few days prior to Liljevisan I received a phonecall and was asked if I perhaps had a chance to cover. Of course I did. I was so happy. My darling L and his wonderful family all attended. What a gesture of love and I am thankful for the generous support.

I am working on my livingroom at the moment, and finally managed to hang the wallpaper I won last autumn over at Anna Malmberg's  blog, Northern delight.


The peacock chair is a fleamarketfind. So comfy to sit in.
My livingroom is a big room. I have never been too fond of big rooms, I am more for the small and cozy. So what I want is to divide the room into different sections, this is one way, to use different wallpaper. Let's see how the outcome will be.
This is another end of the same room. I have missed my book cabinet. Soon it shall be filled with my favorite books again.


Some people are spoiled. I am! Last night my darling gave me a present.
It contained this beauty! A dotted bicykle bell! Oh love! Tack än en gång älskling!



Wishing you lovely summerdays filled with love.
See you soon again!

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Lö kokkemoo paraply kikkerii kokkeroo

This is a picture from a magazine, a column for advice. This Maisa from Tampere is asking about a song she sang 60 years ago, probably a french song and she could still remember some of the lyrics; Lö kokkemoo paraply kikkerii kokkeroo.
Well, it is so funny as she has written the french spoken words in finnish, hih!

It is a french song indeed, called Le coq est mort!
Here it is sung in french!


Well my dear friends, it is again time for me take a short farewell and see you soon, I shall be enjoying the rest of my summer offline. See you in august! Take care! Love!

Friday, 8 July 2016

...of small creatures

Living in a house, also means dealing with small creatures. Like wasps, flies, butterflies and birds that like to find their way indoors...
During the week yet another previously unknown cat was found strolling around inside. Luckily the doors to where my precious Muru was sleeping, were closed. I don't even want to imagine what sort of a fight there might have been had they met...
When I moved here in 2014, I saw a small creature outdoors. I thought it was a hedgehog, my favorite animal. But then I saw the tail! It had a loooooooooooong tail and hedgehogs don't have tails. I came to realize that a monster lived in my garden.  According to my survey (read google) it turned out to be a rat! I  could no longer place my feet on the ground! A week later when I was about to cykle to work, I saw it dead on the ground. I was in a hurry, so I decided to leave the dead rat on the  ground (it was huuuuuge) and take care of it after work. When I came home the dead rat was gone! I was in agony. So many questions! Was it perhaps only pretending to be dead in order to awaken my sympathy? Or had it awaken from the dead?
It was most likely killed by one of the many cats that like to hang out in my garden and eaten... yak!

A small detail of my large antique mirror that now has been released from two years in storage. My renovation is taking huge leaps now.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Love!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Summer!

Oh, the summer is at it's peak, and the weather took a drastic turn, it is damp and fairly chilly. But since I am working on my renovation, it does not matter. In my renovation so much has happened in a few weeks. We are about to paint the ceiling in the drawing room and prepare the walls with isolation and paper, so that we can wallpaper next week.

This year when my house is part of the open house event LWT, the whole house will be on show.
Here are pictures of my house Lilla Ljuva, a few more pictures on the way. My darling L has been kind enough to take pictures of my house for the venue.

On friday we were invited to the opening of this years summerplay at our local summertheatre, Lurens. This year they perform Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. And what we experienced was something very empowering, so funny, so charming. The play was fresh and brave. We were so excited! We were so proud of the participants! And we were absolutely charmed by a little monkey! Oh my did we laugh every time she took the stage and she charmed everyone in the audience! Berta!



Time to continue work. Put on some music and dance. Love. Remember you are worthy of all good and worthy of love!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Með þér er líf mitt ríkara

So how wonderful isn't this that Iceland suddenly wins game after game!

The so called war cry, is just so powerful, just watch!  

I have a favorite song, Með þér, enjoy!

Makes me warm when I think about what the Icelandic captain said after the game, that it was such a big deal for the players to play against England, as they all watch football and are huge fans of the english football teams and to get to play against their heroes...
And how charming isn't it to think that apparently the goalkeeper is a movie director, the coach is a dentist and one of the players is working at a gas-station and plays football during the summers...ah bless! There is something very good in stripping the layers and seeing ordinary people do well and enjoy what they do. Because it is a turnoff for me to dehumanize athletes...well, the same goes with any famous people. I cannot for the life of me understand idolizing anyone. I can respect greatly and enjoy what artists do, but to idolize anyone or thing is very very strange for me. 





More stonehouses I have painted. Hih!

Have a wonderful day dear friends! Með þér er líf mitt ríkara, with you my life is richer! 
Love and love some more!


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Quote

Be in love with your life
every minute of it.

- Jack Kerouac




I am! 

Above is a fab poster for an upcoming local event. I placed it inside my kitchen cupboard.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Midsummer

Oh how lovely this time of year is.

I have had the pleasure to have a few friends visit. It is so nice to show my favorite places in my hometown. I usually take my friends for lunch to a restaurant called Sakura. It is our friends who keep the restaurant, they serve delicious lunch. I usually dien here myself many times a week, so it is a natural choice.
When my friend Riitta came to visit on wednesday, we had coffee and cake in the garden of Tuhannen tuskan kahvila after lunch. My favorite café in town. We both had delicious chocolate cake. I cannot describe in words how delicious it was, ah bless! I came home with plenty of cuttings from Leena's garden. Leena is hostess of the café. And has become an important person in my life, due to her being the first person I learned to know when I first moved here.

Now is midsummer. My brother is visiting. Yesterday we had sill and potatoes for starters and Toast Skagen as main course. We  enjoyed a blueberry cake (I had ordered it from a fabulous baker!) during the day, so we thought we might not be up for too much sweets later, so I served mint chocolate with coffee for desert. We enjoyed a bottle of french sparkling wine, and felt very content.
Later in the evening we cykled down to the shore and had a few beers and danced to a live band.



Wishing you all a happy midsummer!
Love! And love even more!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

A rainy saturday

And I did this project for Ninitchi as it is a rainy and windy day:


A butterfly "wallpaper". What I do is, I cut out small butterflies  from old bookpages. Then I glue them onto the wall with paperglue. If I want to remove the butterflies, I just make them slightly wet and gently remove them.
Here is a closeup of the butterflies, so it is very easy. You can use my butterflies as a model if you wish.


Friday, 17 June 2016

...other thoughts

I read an article a while back, about love. About self love. We have all heard, and perhaps even used the phrase or thought, that comes in many forms, but mainly stating that we first need to love ourselves before we can love anyone else, or even be loved. 
And how this thought can add to not feeling worthy of love, that you need to wait, that you need to change before you are worthy of love. Everyone is worthy of love.

I think it can be good at times to reflect over what thoughts we carry with us as some universal truth. Love can be so healing, why wait until you are ready? And who knows when you are ready? Will there be a sign? Will somebody hand over a diploma for when you have passed the "worthy of love" -test. Will you receive an official letter stating when you are worthy to be loved?

Yesterday was a very rainly day. The rain came in showers. So between the showers, there was  even a few sunrays with clearblue skies.
We baked waffles at the café-kiosque. And what a joy that so many turned up! I calculated that I baked 28 waffles! On such a rainy and windy and wet day! We received so much praise for the tasty waffles and for the effort. We shall keep these words as a precious gift, thank you!

My friend Leena makes henna art, she uses natural henna paste, so one does not need to worry about getting an allergic attac, (as you can get allergy from black henna!). This is what she made for me:




Wishing you a wonderful end of week! Take care of yourselves. Love and love and remember that you are worthy of all good and love.
 

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Dreams

I think it is vital for us to dream, about things we want to do and experience.
Some of our dreams are not even supposed to come true, there are dreams that one should pursue and some are even worth striving and fighting for, working hard to achieve, no matter what anyone else says!
I've tried to live my dreams.
One of my dreams is to renovate an old house, check! And taking part in the open house event LWT, during the last weekend in august, I have come to realize that it is in fact a dream that connects many people. To renovate and live in an old house.
I never dreamed of a renovation this broad, but what to do when you find the house of your dreams. When I had bought the house, well, the first feelings as a houseowner wasn't enjoyable. It wasn't that fairytale moment, when you feel all empowered and strong. It was cold, dark and felt damp and it was ugly. An abandoned house that I dreamed of saving and giving back it's former glory. Ha-ha! I cried! And cursed myself for being such an idiot, throwing away all my savings and having high hopes, too high beliefs of what I could accomplish. I wasn't a fairytale person, who was going to be saved by mice and birds helping me renovate! Well, now a few years later, after a lot of hard work, with a lot of help from others, I have learned so much and living in a house I have grown to love. And living my dream! It still takes a lot of work to finish, but I am willing to work for my dream.
I know what a privilege it is to be able to do this, so I feel I need to cherish this, I need to also enjoy this. I don't want to turn blind. You know the ones that live in a beautiful place, a beautiful house, or have a fantastic partner, or have the perfect job, but just never seem to realize it and give praise and feel grateful for what they have. I think the worst mistake you make as a human being is taking people and things for granted.

Someone very dear to me has lost everything. Family, house and work. Things we all take for granted. So cherish what you have. When did you last prioritize your partner? Or take time to spend with your child, just the two of you? When did you say something nice to a collgue? Spend time in your home and enjoy it.  Look around you, you are rich.


Last night...

...the Hibiscus blossomed.
I am so happy! My adopted plants have given me such beauty! Look at this!
The orchid had already been placed inside the trash, when I found it, I thought, hang on, its leaves and roots are still green, I'll shower it and let's see what becomes of it. Now it also is in bloom with a few buds on the way.

Wishing you all a beautiful day!




Saturday, 11 June 2016

So spoiled!

Oh my, I received a box full of handmade confectionary from my darling when he returned home from his trip to Munich. A very spoiled human being here.




What a lovely treat! We tasted a few, with coffee. They were delicious!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Be loving! Be brave!