What would life be without dear friends! I am blessed and spoiled with many dear friends!
Yesterday some of my friends came to visit. I had baked a feta-spinach quiche, that I served with salad.
We then had tea and coffee with homebaked bebé-pastries (they were not as difficult to bake as I had anticipated! And a great success!), chocolate bisquits (chokladsnittar) and a blueberry cream cake. As you can see in the picture, there is something missing from my kitchen: a cakestand!
We drank sparkling wine aswell and talked about life and death, seriously! We both cried and laughed, and I am happy that we can talk about everything! And as one of my friends said, how great that nobody suggested we change subject to something more cheerful, when we talked about sadder matters and death.
Earlier in the day my darling took me out for lunch, we drank sparkling wine and I started to feel a little tipsy as this lady isn't used to enjoying sparkling in the daytime! Hih! My darling spoiled me with chocolate and a beautiful bouquet of flowers, as seen in the picture.
When I waved goodbye and good night to my dear ones, I whispered a thank you to the universe for beeing so kind to me. Thank you! I feel so blessed for all the goodness I receive.
A great birthday!
I have been listening to this, it is great as inspiration and so powerful! The lyrics are great, we dance to this in class every now and then and shout out that : I love my life, I am powerful, I am beautiful, I am free, I love my life, I am wonderful, I am magical, I am me!
Try! Turn up the volume, dance and sing or shout it out and see what a magical beautiful person you are! And spread love! Love!
On a sadder note I've had a few worries on my mind.
One is my mother, she was hospitalized for a week due to sudden illness. She has come home and all is well now.
Last week we payed a visit to the vet, me and Muru. She has had some problems with an occuring wound on her lower lip. I diagnosed it as a tooth rubbing against her lip. And it turned out correct. She also has been diagnosed with FORL. So she needed tooth surgery. On monday morning we took a taxi to the vet and after work I picked up a poor little thing.
Muru has recovered from the operation and she has gained her appetite and seems to be able to eat without further difficulties.
Yesterday me and my darling finished building what I showed you in my previous post. I needed something to store firewood in indoors. So after searching something to buy, that either was too heavy or too shabby chic or too expensive, I found a diy guide. There is a swedish tv host, called Ernst Kirchsteiger, who has his own summer show where he plans a renovation for an old house and builds all sorts of things. So, he had planned this "vedpiedestal" that I thought would look good in my house. So we built two, one for the living room and one for the bedroom. Now they are both painted and waiting to dry, this is the outcome so far:
I received firewood yesterday and me and L carried and piled wood, tack älskling för hjälpen. It is so much faster to pile wood when you have company. So as we were so extremely efficient we had dinner at our local nepalese restaurant.
Sunday has been ever so sunny and beautiful, I've met up with my friend Jarna for a tea and then headed to our local fleamarket and made a few nice finds.
Have a lovely sunday friends, take care and love.
Who said everyday life was boring? The week has passed so quickly since we went back to work and all hobbies - one has no time to worry about small matters!
I am building again. This time it is not a cupboard. It is, or perhaps I shan't yet let you know what it is I'm building... this is the current stage of the project. I shall continue within a few days, once the paint has dried.
Wishing you all a relaxing sunday, take care of your sweet selves. Love! Spread love!
Well, all christmas decorations have been packed away for now, the christmastree was all green and lovely when we threw it out. The veranda looks so big now it is gone!
Yesterday I walked over to my mister for some food and wine, we then walked back together in crisp winter weather, it was minus 24 degrees when we got back. So I spent a while getting the house warmer. I find it really hard to burn "just enough", as it got too warm in the bedroom during the night. Feels silly to have to undress and sleep without a quilt, it is winter after all. Today the temperature was just below zero. So quite a rise in less than a day.
Today is saturday, so I made pancakes. In fact I got the idea from an invitation I got on fb. A local restaurant had a pancake day. I had planned to go and ask my mister to come along, but the weather was so ugly I felt like just staying at home. You know, the snow was wet and...excuses, excuses, I now! I'm not known for blaming the weather! In fact I felt like making pancakes myself. So I did. I served them with powdersugar, gingersyrup and blueberry-strawberry-cream. With a large mug of coffee! Yummy! And my mister was happy! I was too! But he was especially happy!
On tuesday me and my mister jumped on a bus and headed to our capital for the day. It was a bonus christmaspresent!
We started off by visiting the Ateneum artmuseum and my favorite artist Amedeo Modigliani -exhibition. It was absolutely wonderful!
We then headed to another favorite, a thai restaurant and enjoyed lunch. After lunch it was time to go dot-crazy at HAM and the Yayoi Kusama -exhibition. It made us happy but also exhausted, to have seen two such grand exhibitions. We were two thrilled but tired passengers on the bus home. What a great day it was!
On monday we started building a small cupboard. I bought a small vintage window some years ago and I've had an idea what I would like to build, but just never got around to do it. So I thought that perhaps and maybe during the holidays...
It all started with this, a drawing and some wonderful wallpaper by William Morris. And the window of course!
My darling L helped me build the frame. To be completely honest the whole cupboard was built by him. You see, whilst I was busy cooking fishsoup, he had sawn all the pieces. And then when the fishsoup was ready and just waiting for us on the stove, I held the pieces in place when L screwed the screwes. Whilst L cleaned and laid the table, I painted the lot.
I wanted to use the "inside" of the window as front, it has this beautiful patina, so I needed to move the hinges. I decided to buy new ones in brass.
After a few days I wallpapered the back of the cupboard and with some help from L, attached the door. And then it was ready to be hung on the wall. Look! It turned out just the way I wished it would! Tack älskade för hjälpen!
Can you see the little numberplate? 215. It is from a seat at our local cinema Kino Marilyn. The owner of the cinema gave it to me yesterday when we saw Collateral beauty. What a wonderful film. I thought it so beautiful.
The numberplate, giving it to me is such a lovely kind gesture, I love the cinema and I loved this film. Kiitos paljon! And it looks great on my cupboard! I've told you before, I say it again, I am so spoiled!
Oh, I better hurry. Meeting my darling for lunch. Because we are still on holiday. Wohoo, it is wonderful!
Later today we shall do a small julgransplundring. That is an older tradition, to make a small event of taking down christmas decorations.
Sending you holidaygreetings! Take care and love. Lots of love!
Christmas gathered loved ones to Lilla Ljuva. My parents and L's parents. My brother and his family could not attend due to sudden illness, so sad.
Our theme this year was traditional red and gingerbread. I made namesigns of gingerbread and that made our guests wonder when and where I make everything. Well, soon they figured it out, you see, I don't have a television, so I have lots of time on my hands!
We welcomed christmas with champagne and continued with sparkling wine and white wine and traditional julmust.
For starters we had consolation-bread, baked with big feelings and deep longing. With the bread we served smetana, red onion and black seaweed caviar. We also had marinated salmon and whitefisk and sill with potatoes. And ecological eggs with skagen-stir.
For main course we had sauerkraut gratin, beetroot gratin with bluecheese Aura, roasted root vegetables with tsatsiki and smoked salmon.
For desert we served ice-cream with plums in rum and coffee.
I received so many gifts I cannot believe how spoiled I am! Tusen tack! Kiitos! Thank you!
We've had guests during the holiday, and spending time with a three year old has been great fun!
Now all guests have left and we spent new years eve just the two of us.
On friday we saw the latest Star wars movie, Rogue one. We both enjoyed it tremendesly.
For new years eve I wore my favorite dress from Jumperfabriken, everytime I wear it my darling L gives me so many compliments, it sure feels nice. I wore my little red beret, on the side. Painted my nails red, wore red lipstick and voilá, I was ready to welcome the new year!
Earlier in the evening we enjoyed fireworks by the shore, a show for the small ones. We decided not to attend the bigger event at mignight as we have a spectacular show at home. My neighbours spoil us with fantastic foreworks and it feels good to be at hand if my cat would become scared.
Before the show began we made Toast Skagen, yes, a tradition we have. We opened a bottle of champagne (leftovers from christmas!) and for desert we had ice-cream with plums in rum (they are made by dear Sanni and Bill).
So there we stood, on my terrace and enjoyed fantastic fireworks. We had sparklers and welcomed the new year with happiness!
Fireworkshow from my terrace!
I hope you all had a great eve and wish you all a loving, gentle, kind and fun start to the new year!
My new year starts with a few new and fun challenges. One of them is I have been asked to write columns for a local newspaper, that shall be a fun project! I was really glad (and surprised!) when I was asked. The columns are due every second month, hence I was able to accept the offer.
Oh, and I was asked to participate in the local elections, I was glad (and surprised!) to have been asked, it even was the party I would vote for, but I don't think I have the time needed for it. Fortunately or unfortuantely, I don't know.
I still have holidays left, so I better get on with it. The holidaying!