Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year friends!

May God bless and keep you always 
May your wishes all come tru 
May you always do for others 
And let others do for you 
(B. Dylan)

(picture by Tove Jansson)

Remember to love and spread love! Love, love and even more love!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Happy Holidays, Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas!

The week has been filled with good stuff, a quick visit to the capital, my godson Elmo turned nine years old. It was a lovely birthday!

We have been planning our upcoming Christmas celebrations; we've done all the shopping and preparations are on! I picked up my REKO orders at the marketplace last night, it is local and ecological products.

Last night we attended the traditional christmas consert at the church, the Lovisa choir performed and it was lovely! It is a tradition we have, we sort of start going into christmas mood...
Afterwards we had some glögg and traditional pastries by the christmas tree.

Today I started my christmas holiday, had brekky, climbed back under the covers and listened to the radio, then I read and cuddled with a furry friend. During the day I've had so many lovely visitors who have brought christmas greetings, I feel so touched and honoured. 

Now I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Holidays and or whatever else you either celebrate or not!

I received this wonderful christmas card from my dear friends Jaska, Jossu and Hertta. Blessed are catpaws! Picture by ever talented Jaakko Kilpiäinen.

Here is a nice easy tune to listen to, to get you into that niiiiice and relaxed mood!

 God Jul! Hyvää Joulua! Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël! Fröhliche Weihnachten!

Monday, 19 December 2016

A pampered soul

That is what I am!
On friday I suddenly felt a craving for something we call räkmacka. Shrimps-on-toast, with egg and mayonnaise. So I thought I just mention my little vague craving to the master of shrimps-on-toast. Can you perhaps guess the outcome? It landed me an invitation to enjoy shrimps-on-toast for saturday. How wonderful!
So on saturday afternoon I walked over to my mister and enjoyed delicious shrimps-on-toast, ah bless! In the evening we walked into town to enjoy Soul sisters -gig at Degerby Gille.

Pampered? Me? Well perhaps a tiny weeny bit pampered, if you insist ;)

My large Ranunculaceae in bloom in the hallway.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Small preparations

Last night I baked gingerbread and made small tealight holders. These are meant to be small christmas greetings.

On a sadder note. I've had a bit of night-traffic in my kitchen cupboard and found evidence of mice. I had to get mousetraps as my cat cannot get hold of if, as the traffic goes on underneath and inside the cupboard. I am not fond of killing...but mice in my kitchen is the last thing I want.

Love to all.

Monday, 12 December 2016

My heart is filled with...

...gratitude, with love.
Thank you to all the wonderful people that came to visit my house Lilla Ljuva during the two weekends of traditional Christmas Homes.

I have met such warm, kind, generous, funny and loving people! My heart is filled!
Thank you! Tack! Kiitos! Grazie! Spasiba!

Here is a link to dear Cheris blog, Autuas olo, she has also written such kind words about her visit! Kiitos!

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Christmas weekend

My house has again been open due to the event Traditional Christmas homes.
We had just under 400 guests today!!!
I am so grateful- Thank you for all the gifts, for all the kind words!

Here are a few blogposts about the event:
Dear Marjo came to visit last weekend and we had a chance to sit and talk for a short while.
Kotoisaa arkeaa came to visit today and has written a lovely blogpost about her visit.
Neulanhaltija has also written such sweet kind words about her visit.

Kiitos ihanat kauniista sanoistanne ja lämmin kiitos kun kävitte! Sydämellisesti tervetuloa toiste!

The traditional Christmas homes are open tomorrow again! Welcome!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Independence day

Took a longer walk during the day, in beautiful sunshine and landed in front of the screen to watch a documentary called Sota ja mielenrauha
A very interesting and strong film by my friend Ari. Here is the trailer.

In the evening we walked over the ridge and admired the watertower, it will be dismantled and we took farewell of it in style:

Monday, 5 December 2016

And december continues with bliss!

I am so grateful for this weekend, to have met ONLY wonderful and kind people. We must not forget the world is also a wonderful and good place. There is so much wrong and horrible going on around the world, (something extremely horrible, somethinmg that must never happen, happened in Imatra, Finland on sunday), but let us not forget there is very much good too!!!!! And we must remind each other of this, so that we can spread love and hope and blessings. I shall resend this wonderful wonderful wonderful reminder by Maya Angelou, Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.

We had approx. 700 visitors during the weekend! The walls echo of warm and kind words. I feel thankful for every one who visited, I have received so many gifts, I feel so honoured and privileged to have met all these beautiful souls who came to my house.
So many have asked what made me decide to open the doors to my house. The answer is, I believe in sharing. We have a saying, "Delad glädje är dubbelglädje", meaning shared joy is double joy. It is so true! I really enjoy creating a certain atmospere for the holidays, if I can in any way share this and give a little of all the good I have been blessed with, then I am happy.

 Christmasdecorations on a plate.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Ah bless! December started with bliss

On thursday, 1st of december, the participants of the theatre workshop performed a small "play" as part of the local advent calender. I was proud and touched.
The picture is borrowed from here.

On friday, me and my mister, decorated the christmastree and enjoyed mulled wine and trad. pasties.
Look what a pretty tree!

Today we've had the honour to welcome many hundred guests to our home as part of the Traditional Christmas Homes.
Tired but very happy, wishing you all a good night! Love!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016


This beautiful advert, or shortfilm, tells a wider and deeper story than one would think could possibly fit within these seconds.

Oh what fun...

... it is to bake together!
I had planned to bake my gingerbread cottage last night, just to make sure I don't leave too many preparations for friday evening or saturday morning! So I have planned to make something every day. I love to prepare christmas, so I don't feel stressed to have something that "should be done" every day on a list...
So, last night my darling spontaneously asked if there was something he could help out with (I have planned the "to do" -list with only myself in mind, of course, since he has a life of his own!). We ended up baking the entire gingerbread cottage together. And what fun we had! We listened to christmas songs and ate traditional christmas-star pastries that I nearly burned!
The outcome is a small cottage with a huuuuge chimney :D
The house is filled with a lovely scent of gingerbread and there is something magical in that scent.

 This gingerbread cottage symbolizes fun, preparing for christmas should be fun! I hope you can lower your own expectations, no point in stressing out for a few holiday days.
I know it may be easier said that done, but try to have at least a little fun when preparing! I shall!
Take care of yourselves.  Love and love even a little bit more.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

If only...

... there were more hours to the day!

I have held the second part of the theatre workshop this weekend. I have had the honour and pleasure to work with brave and fun people, they just threw themselves into each improvisation with open minds and hearts. I am very happy and proud of each and every one participant.

Due to my house beeing part of the traditional christmas homes open for the public, two weekends in december, I've had requests to do a few more interviews. I have turned down both requests. I just think I haven't got anything new to say. And blimey, my house has been featured in many papers and magazines, and just recently it has been featured in two magazines. I have no desire to become known nor to figure in every possible media, please do not think I have become proud, I just feel, well, there has been quit enough writings about my lovely house and the ones interested will have read all there is to know. In fact, I think people will grow tired of seeing the same face, the same house, reading the same story. I've had a lovely warm respons from unknown readers, I've received mail in the post and messages on fb and even a text and a phonecall one early morning! I am grateful for all the kind comments, all the shown interest and praise! Thank you!
Luckily I know some of the houseowners for the new traditional christmas homes, I could warmly recommend!

Preparations for the upcoming two weekends are on the go! There's plenty to be done - luckily I love preparing for christmas! And we get to really enjoy all the preparations, all the decorations, all the flowers and the christmas tree. We have planned to decorate the tree together, like we've done before, it's our tradition. To drink mulled wine, listen to christmas songs, sing along and decorate our tree.

A week is coming to it's end. A month is coming to its' end, and soon this year is coming to its' end. I am blessed and privileged. I am grateful and hope you are too. I send you love. Take care. And thank you november.

Above is one of my spoonfairies that hang in my kitchen and puts a smile on my face every single day. I certainly am easily pleased!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Inspired by a picture

A friend of mine posted a picture on fb, a cozy picture of Iittala's Kastehelmi tealight holders in many colours. I thought it looked wonderful. On monday I walked past Iittala shop's window and saw the same tealight holders in their window. I simply could not resist buying a few.
I bought them in the same sea blue colour as I have plenty of Iittala's Kivi -tealight holders and three Marimekko bowls.
I think they are lovely!

Thursday. How time flies. And again time to beat a certain mister in badminton...hih!
Love and spread love, that is what we need to do in november.

Sunday, 20 November 2016


I've held a theatre workshop during the weekend, a lot of fun! What wonderful creative energy I get to surround myself with!The participants were of all age, which was also fun. We have played plenty of games.We then explored and improvised characters using lots of different hats and shoes and different tensions. Oh my, I feel so privileged to work within this field.

On saturday I threw the first real party in my house. I had invited twelve guests, ten of them could attend. I made plenty of food to eat. The menu consisted of a salad as a base, shredded crisp ice-sallad with fresh herbs (basil, coriander, parsley) flavored with a hint of white balsamico.
I had made an omelette with cheddar cheese that was served cold. I served trout,  and tofu for the vegan guests. I had marinated black and green olives with garlic, sundried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, small organic crisps filled with tapenade and shrimps in aioli, bred with hummus and an 80´s classic, fruit skewers with watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi and pear.
For desert I had baked a blueberry tarte, with cream filling and chocolate truffles. Together with my darling L, we managed to get all sorted just before the guests arived.

I had bought eight bottles of sparkling wine, one was left unopened!
I have the world's kindest boyfriend. During the day, when I was away on my theatre workshop, he had done all the dishes, taken care of the empty bottles and I came home to a house with absolutely no signs of a party!

I am so pleased. Happy to have such wonderful people in my life! And a house that now can host small parties. And happy to have a partner to co-host with.

I took no pictures. I just never had the time!

Now sunday is coming to a close. Time to cuddle up in bed, maybe read for a short while.
And remember to love and believe you are worthy of all good that comes your way. Wish and strive for peace. Take care!

Sunday, 13 November 2016


Yesterday me and L cooked together and the outcome was a super-delicious fishsoup! With traditional skärgårdslimpa -bread and home made farmers cheese (not by me, our friend Benita is the farmers cheese -queen!). It is nice to cook together.

I went through some old papers and such and stumbled upon this picture, taken tweleve years ago. The funny thing with this picture is that I can recall the exact moment this picture was taken. I can even recall what we said to each other, me and the person who took the picture. I have in fact. just before the picture was taken, laughed so much I almost fell off a chair. I am trying to hold a straight face her! I never seem to be able to laugh, so that I would not be in danger of falling of chairs! The person behind the camera is all responsible for my laughter, a very funny and dear person!

Today is father's day. My dad is soon on his way and we shall meet for lunch. Happy father's day to all! Love to you all.

Friday, 11 November 2016

There is a crack in everything. That´s how the light gets in.

A beautiful morning. To wake up to an orange sun rising. The warm light it spread.

Followed by the news of our dear Leonard Cohen.
I saw him in consert in september 2012. It was a magical night. I have loved his words and his melodies for decades. There is a crack in everything. That´s how the light gets in.

On tuesday me and my darling saw wonderful Weeping Willows at Tavastia. What a fantastic night! Their music resonates good vibes in me. Fills me with good. I was happy, I still am.
There was a fine moment when singer Magnus Carlson made a dream come true! He invited guitarhero Esa Pulliainen on stage and performed an old Agents song. In finnish!!!! I found a clip from youtube, wonderful!!!!! Surujen kitara!

We have been blessed with plenty of wonderful snow! Winter is here. There is a cloud though, they have promised a drastic change in weather next week, according to the weatherforecast there will be rain next week. Rain!!! Why oh why. Still, it might not happen. It is still only a forecast!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, dear dear friends. Love!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Article in Helsingin Sanomat

Some weeks ago a reporter and later a photographer from Helsingin Sanomat newspaper made a visit to my house and the outcome is this article. There is a funny video too, hih...

 Photo by Sami Kero/ HS

Happy sunday folks!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

This makes me ah, so so happy!

This is Alberta Vaughn in Picking Peaches. Oh la la! Love love and love even more!

Comprehending time

I have been renovating a house since beginning of year 2014.
This summer I completed one of the bigger tasks, the livingroom. It had been used as storage for my belongings and furniture. Storage for tools. Storage for building material. It was also a room in the making. Or work in progress.
I stumbled upon this picture from the summer, when I was in the middle of renovation. It honestly feels like a lifetime ago. And it is only four months ago! Sometimes it is really difficult comprehending time. Something that happened many many years ago, can feel as if it only happened recently and like my renovation last summer, it feels as if it is a very long time ago!

Winter has arrived. On monday I cleared the last bits and pieces in my garden and on tuesday my dearest L helped me empty the water barrel and we carried some larger stuff to storage.
We are ready! Ice bug shoes in use (No, I don't get commission for this, I just believe in sharing good advice!).
Take care! Love and love even more!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Sunday again!

On thursday evening it just rained and rained, and according to finnish law, if it rains nonstop a whole day one must make french toast. So we obliged and enjoyed the delight and forgot all about the rain. Hih!
Friday and we headed to Helsinki and Hartwall Arena to see Kent, their farewell tour. Here is my absolute favorite! Utan dina andetag. A song I often perform myself. Yes, I cried when they performed it. It was a good but very very loud evening!

Yesterday I held an origami kusudama flower workshop, at our local community college.
I had my daylight lamp with me, so we all took light therapy whilst folding origami. Drank coffee, and had great discussions about creativity. We all agreed that in most of DIY and crafts programmes showed on tv, you need to invest in many and often expensive tools in order to even get started on the project. My goal at Ninitchi, has been to create projects that need very little or no tools at all. And I also try to recykle as much of the material as possible.
One of the participants made this beautiful kusudama flower ball. It consists of 12 kusudama flowers. Each flower is made of old booksheets. I am so proud. And happy. We had a great few hours together.

In the evening, me and my mister kicked of Lovisa creative. What a fun and inspirational get together and party. Great talks, great performances, great band (The heartbeat band!) and great people. I spoke with so many wonderful souls, and as may others, we also thought we just pop in and stay for an hour or so, but turned out such a great night we stayed late.

Thursday, 27 October 2016


On monday I baked a quiche with fungus (trattkanttarell), onion, garlic and parmesan cheese. We drank home brewed porter beer. My friend Bill is a beer-brew-master. What a delicious dinner.
For desert we ate handmade chocolate by Petri's, that I bought at our local deli shop, Nala deli. We used to sell Petri's handmade chocolate at the café, many years ago. We had parisienne coffee, with oatmilk, oh my, I am hooked, try, it's delicious!

Now is the time when evenings are dark. Well, the days are dark too. I have started to use my daylight-lamp, I want to believe it works. It does. My cat loves it too. As soon as I light it, she comes to enjoy daylight-therapy, hih! I light plenty of candles and try to make it cosy, listen to music and snug up on the sofa.

Take care of yourselves, especially when we go into this long dark period. And love.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Kusudama flower with a message

I am holding an origami short-course in the weekend, we are folding kusudama flowers of old books and I wanted to create a few versions to show what you can do with old books. You need of course to know what book you are using, in order to be able to plan.
I used a broken french dictionary and cut out the pages that had words describing my relationship. Hih! This can be done as a gift to your partner, your lover, your friend, your family, well, anyone. Or why not give a kusudama flower as a gift to someone you secretly fancy, see if the receiver can crack the code..
Go through the dictionary and pick out the pages that have words that you are looking for. You need five petals per flower, so you need to pick five words on five pages.
And then remember to keep the word you want to be visible, facing you through all the folding stages.
I picked words like belle, amour, sympathique, sentir and tressaillir, just because our love really makes me go all bananas and I still have butterflies in my tummy and I do shiver of sheer delight!

If you live in Lovisa or nearby, there are still a few places left for the course on saturday. Get in touch with MI and join us, I promise it will be fun and you will come home with a bunch of pretty kusudama flowers. To give away or decorate your table for the upcoming x-mas season...

Monday, 24 October 2016


On saturday afternoon I met up with my friend Sanni at our local cinema, but we had mistaken the time, so we drove out to see their (hers and Bill's) new house, what a beautiful old house it was. I also met a lovely dog called Kaneli, who loves attention and sat in my lap whilst I was there. I love animals so I was very very happy.
After plenty doglove and tea we drove back into town and caught the film a few hours later. We saw the hilarious Love and friendship.
After the film I popped into restaurant Sakura, they had a Japanese buffet this saturday evening, but unfortuantely the event had ended by the time the movie was finished. But, I saw there were lots of people still inside and all the lights on and fires burning outdoors, so I thought I pop by. I was greeted with a welcome and enjoy the buffet. So I did! Oh what a lovely treat it was!

Sunday evening turned out a feast aswell, after my danceclass my dear friends Oona and Jarna came to visit. We made tea and french toast, my goodness how delicious it was. We had a lot of french toast!

What a lovely weekend! New week and new adventures awaiting! Have a lovely one, be generous with love! Today is UN day and we can all give a little time to reflect upon the situation in the world. There will be a peacemarch in Helsinki this afternoon at 5p.m.  There will also be a charity-concert. In the link there is more information on how to help.
Syria, Aleppo, we see you! You are not forgotten! #syria #peaceforsyria

Sunday, 23 October 2016


...whilst listening to an old cd by Anna Järvinen, I travelled back many years in time. The song is called Nattmusik. The title always makes me want to whisper.
I lived in a house where all the rooms had different coloured walls. The kitchen walls I had painted with dots. The bedroom was lavender coloured.
Nattmusik echoed wonderfully on the lavendercoloured walls. I couldn't believe there could be melodies tunes sounds like this. Anna's music was magical for me. It still is. I lay in bed and listened with all my senses. I was happy then.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Oh what a week!

Woke up to a very grey day. Saturday. Realised whist enjoying breakfast that some things have gone missing. I might have to report following things missing: colours, the sky has lost it's colours! Some cheeky person took all the blues away! The sun! I mean really, who steals a sun? That is not fair! Warmth. It is freezing cold and one needs to stay indoors all day loooooong! So please return colours, the sun and warmth back immediately!
I had a crazy week as I told you. On monday, straight after work I met a reporter at home. Afterwards I had a meeting regarding a theatre workshop I am holding later in the year.
On tuesday morning a fun photographer came to take pics of my house and make a video about a few renovayiontips. It was so much fun!

In the afternoon me and L took a long walk and on our way back home, we collected a frame I had ordered.
On wednesday I saw Tyttö nimeltä Varpu at the cinema with our students. Such a touching film. The leading role is played by the daughter of my two friends. Guess how proud we all are!!!! After the film I attened water-aerobics and sauna. And then a certain darling took me out for dinner. What a  great way to start a short autumn brake!
On thursday morning a photographer again came to visit. They made a christmas-delicacies photo shoot. They left all the delicacies as a thank you for borrowing my premises. Great deal!

Then I had a lunchdate with my darling and we headed to see a swedish childrens film, called Siv sover vilse. After the film I tried to beat my mister in badminton. With emphasis on trying. A great hobby. We both enjoy it very much. We endulged in christmas treats and fell asleep confused whether we were on autumn brake or christmas holiday, hih! Still a way to go until christmas though...

Friday came I and had a late and long breakfast. Then I read. In bed. On the sofa. By the kitchen table. I am reading Vi är alla helt utom oss by Karen Joy Fowler. Here is a review in swedish. I ordered it from the library and manged to recieve it just for my autumn brake.

Now I shall read some more, it is very interesting! And maybe go report some things gone missing...

Have a great weekend folks! Love!

Friday, 21 October 2016

A lovely feature

I am trying to be a bit better at letting you guys know when my house has been featured in magazines or papers.
I really am not very good at that, not because of shyness, I just have this idea that I don't want to ramble on about me, myself and I and how MY extremely exceptional house is in this and that very important paper and how extremely important me, myself and I are! And how you must all drool over what an exceptionally PERFECT life me, myself and I lead!

I personally don't like people who only talk about themselves, their jobs, their spouses, their kids, their house...their perrrrrrrfect life. So I try to avoid turning into a cynical person like that.
I surely know how to blow my own horn, when there is reason to. But having been featured in quite many magazines and papers, I sometimes think, you might not be so interested. But since I have now been specifically asked to mention when and where my house is featured, I take the risk I might loose a few readers. Sorry about that!

So here is an exceptioanlly lovely (no irony here, I am serious!) in Kodin Pellervo magazine. I adore the pictures, I drool! And wonder, is that really my house? And the article itself is written in such a nice straight forward way, I drool over that too.

Here's a couple of mobileshots of the feature.

Have a lovely weekend! I've had one of those incredible weeks, well, I'll do a post about it during the weekend.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Ring them bells

Ring them bells ye heathen from the city that dreams
Ring them bells from the sanctuaries cross the valleys and streams
For they're deep and they're wide
And the world is on its side
And time is running backwards
And so is the bride
Ring them bells Saint Peter where the four winds blow
Ring them bells with an iron hand
So the people will know
Oh it's rush hour now
On the wheel and the plow
And the sun is going down upon the sacred cow
Ring them bells Sweet Martha for the poor man's son
Ring them bells so the world will know that God is one
Oh the shepherd is asleep
Where the willows weep
And the mountains are filled with lost sheep
Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf
Ring them bells for all of us who are left
Ring them bells for the chosen few
Who will judge the many when the game is through
Ring them bells for the time that flies
For the child that cries
When innocence dies
Ring them bells for Saint Catherine from the top of the room
Ring them bells from the fortress for the lilies that bloom
Oh the lines are long and the fighting is strong
And they're breaking down the distance between right and wrong

These lyrics are by Bob Dylan.
Mr. Dylan won the Nobel prize in literature during the week.
These lyrics have been on my mind ever since the churches around Finland, and now around the world, started to toll their bells for all the victims, all the innocent people who have been killed in this horrible massacre that takes place in Aleppo.

Here is a wonderful version by Sarah Jarosz. Yes, I have posted it before.

Ring them bells #BellsForAleppo

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Charmed by autumn

I have always loved autumn, not only for the colourfeast we are blessed with, but the preparation it offers, for us to prepare ourselves for winter. I am not filled with as much energy and creativity in winter, as during the other seasons. I think I go into a sort of hibernation. I love to cuddle up at home and enjoy candles and music. I bake more, and read more.

I think it is good to learn to know what sort of person you are. Are you like me, that you are in hibernation or perhaps winter does not affect you in this way at all. If you are more of my sort, it is good to listen to yourself. Do not demand the same effiency of yourself. Be gentle and kind towards yourself if you feel there is a slower, more quiet version of you. This helps you be yourself and enables you to enjoy all the seasons, at the same time respecting your own terms and conditions.

Wishing you all a lovely sunday. Be gentle, be loving. Towards yourself and others. Love.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Happiness is...

... a räppänä. And the worlds kindest brother who found it and bought it for me!
These vents are hard to come by. I found one for my house a few years ago. And have been hunting for one more since...
Well, my brother found this one and now all I need to do is grind the surface of rust and paint. This will be perfect in my house.

Wishing you a lovely thursday! Love. Love. Love.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

I don't know

I felt it since I woke up. That it was inside out, upside down or perhaps just slightly askew. I just never got hold of monday. And I do not know why. I've got nothing against mondays in general. Or any other days for that matter.
I tried to make the best of it, despite the feeling it was inside out, upside down or perhaps just slightly askew.

My neighbour brought apples, so I made lots more applejam. For a certain very dear mister.
Oona and Jarna brought fungus again, so I made a delicious fungus (trattkanttarell) stew, rich with cream. With boiled potatoes and smoked salmon.

The day came to its end. It was easy to let go.

What I know is that after 26 days we change our clocks again. So many people oppose this. I am not affected, but I can very well understand how the change of time can affect your routines and your sleep and your everyday life.
In 91 days we celebrate christmas. I love christmas. I know many who hate it. Once again I can  understand why. Christmas is forced upon us earlier and earlier every year. And the meaning of christmas is long lost. And the expectations are very high and often unrealistic.
In 98 days we welcome a new year. My goodness. 2017.
In 144 days we celebrate valentines day. Also a day filled with contradiction. A day that focuses on perfect love, finding the right one, foreverlasting love, dreams, hopes and expectations.
In 246 days we celebrate the first day of Ramadan.

I personally like to celebrate and prepare for all sorts of celebrations. But I want to do this without forcing everyone else to celebrate the same as I like to. I also wish we would let go of unrealistic expectations.

Take care lovely rainbows. Respect and love.

This acrobat shows her talents...drinking directly from the tap!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Dear Maya and rainbows

I have been painting the shed. Well, not all of it. I painted the doors. Black. The actual shed is traditional red ocher pigment. The list around the roof were natural wood. So after I had painted the doors, the first thing my brother said, when he saw the result was, it looks great, have you thought of painting the lists around the roof black aswell? Hmmmm, to be honest, I had not thought of painting them at all. Later the same day, when L saw the newly painted doors, he said how great they looked and asked, have you thought of painting the lists around the roof black aswell?
Well, on saturday I bought some more black paint and painted the lists. Black. It looks good.

On saturday I also baked. We had huge pieces of feta-spinach quiche, with a a light salad for late dinner.

For desert we had an apple&almond-paste tarte. With coffee. The ony thing missing was a small glass of either sauternes or calvados. We had neither.

On sunday me and my friend Nina travelled to our neighbouring town Borgå, to take part in Porvoo jazz festival.
We had tickets to Viktoria Tolstoys consert. I got chills when she perfomed my favoriteA moment of now.
I asked permission to take this photo when she signed records after the show.

In the evening I ate cake and drank tea at my friends Oona and Jarna. What a wonderful weekend once again!

Here is our dear Maya Angelou, talking about how we should be rainbows in someone else's clouds. This is so powerful, this is so beautiful.
Spread rainbows and love, dear friends.

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!

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


....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.

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


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!