The morning was foggy and slightly chilly today but there was no wind so I decided not to wear my yellow cap even if the hair on my skull only have grown a mm or so. I could hear the birds singing spring songs and I heard a goose honking somewhere in the distance. But no sounds from any crane, they have arrived though. I checked yesterday and the first ones came here two days ago. The mobile homes are never wrong 🙂
The sun broke through the fog when we came home and it’s so warm that I don’t have to start a fire in the stove and not even a single of the radiators works now, it’s not that warm outside though, barely above freezing point. I know there most likely will come a nasty setback with lots of snow and cold winds but I can’t help feeling spring has arrived 🙂 I’ll enjoy it for as long as I can.
Even the trees and plants down in the cool cellar feel something, it’s usually rather cold down there at this time of year so the plants are still hibernating. Now however new leafs can be seen on almost all of them. Fig leafs, Kiwi leafs and Katsura leafs are the latest ones to show so now I must check quite often so they don’t dry out too much and I need to keep my self calm so I don’t drown them with too much water either.
I watched After Earth with Will Smith and his son yesterday evening. I’ve heard that it is really bad but had to check for myself. I laughed out loud several times during the first minutes of the movie because it is truly a bad performance from Will Smith 🙂 🙂 🙂 He is a great comedian but this is no comedy and he failed throughout the entire movie. His son however did what he could with his part and he might be a good actor if he likes to be one. I normally disconnect the logic part of my brain when watching movies like this but the story in this movie is so illogical quite often that it was impossible 🙂 🙂 🙂 Do I regret buying the film? No I love really bad movies and it was on sale, very cheap 🙂
I’ve vacuumed the floors and washed them too. It is so warm here right now that I walk barefoot and the feeling of walking on newly washed floors is quite nice 🙂 It is time for some tea and then a small nap I think.
Have a great day!
It feels like an early autumn day outside, the sky is grey and a nice calm rain, almost drizzle is falling. It’s rather warm too, we’ve had 5,3C (41,5F) today and I can’t remember having it this warm ever since I moved up here. It wasn’t that unusual when I lived by the ocean though, we rarely had real winter there and if it actually arrived it was so cold and windy that it was impossible to stay outdoors for more than a few seconds, ocean winds can be so nasty.
I lived not especially far from the ocean but hills stopped me from seeing the water except for a tiny gap, just big enough to show the sails on a bigger sailing boat 🙂 In warm summers weak winds carried the smell of salt water and rotten sea weed, strange combination but I’ll always connect it with warm summers. But I didn’t live far from forests either, Gothenburg is a city filled with parks that are more or less real forest. Lots of smaller lakes around too and I think that no matter where one lives in that city one is never further away from water than just a few minutes. Still the only thing I really miss when living here is the ocean.
I’ve spotted the first mobile home down by the lake, that is a just as sure spring sign than any bird or flower 🙂 I wouldn’t be surprised if the first cranes will come within a few days or if they actually already have arrived. My work friend saw the first Lark last weekend so I’m pretty sure I’ll see them here this weekend. I do love sign of spring but it is way too early, winter can still arrive and stay way in to April or early May. But I’ll enjoy them anyway, at least if winter does arrive it won’t stay for too long 🙂
I couldn’t find anything interesting to watch on tv tonight, not even the Knowledge channel had something that caught my interest, the only one I could think of watching is a rerun and it wasn’t that interesting to be honest 🙂 But I have lots of dvd’s I haven’t watched yet so I guess that it either will be an early night or watching a dvd.
Have a great day!
I’ve been to the neighbor factory today so I know the weather was very pleasant and the sun even showed itself. I must admit that I more than once was thinking about just jumping in to my car and drive home when I came back to my normal work place 🙂 But the day passed fast and I did see the sun go down behind the clouds like a giant orange blob in the sky.
My feet have been unusually cranky this week and it feels like I have a misplaced bone in my right one, as if it has sunken down and got caught beneath the other tine bones in there. Or that a new bone suddenly decided to grow beneath the other ones 🙂 It feels like my neck and right shoulder have given up totally now, we have been painting a lot of lockers and the working posture could be better to be honest. I’ll buy a heat pad plaster on my way home tomorrow, it should sit on the sour spot for eight hours and it usually takes away the pain. Tonight I’ll use my electric heat pad while watching something on tv.
Nothing much else has happened here otherwise. I’ve told my dogs that if they wake me up at 4 am again just because they think it is fun that I’m up I will throw them out to the dog yard 🙂 It seems to have worked because they did leave me alone this morning but naturally I woke up anyway 🙂 Tomorrow I won’t mind though because that’s around when I get up on Fridays anyway, I start one hour early and stop working at 12.
It is time for a pot of something, I haven’t decided yet and something to eat too of course. Soon the weekend is here 🙂
Have a great day!
Today I’ll start by congratulating USA since You got both the silver and bronze medals in the cross-country world championship! It was a huge surprise, very few had heard those women’s names before 🙂 and that makes it even more fun that You won those medals! We took the gold and the fourth place and the Norwegians had a bad day by having the wrong kind of ski wax on their skis. They’ll come back and take all the other medals instead 🙂 they usually do. I didn’t sleep in front of the tv because I was at work but I have been reading about it on the net.
The day has been really warm but a strong wind has made it a bit nasty to be outside. I worked in the neighbor factory today and decided not to wear my yellow cap, it’s so close so it doesn’t even take five minutes to walk there. I did regret it after just a minute or so 🙂 But tough as I am I didn’t walk back to get it 🙂 I would like to say that’s how vikings do but really can’t since I’m too much russian and Serb to be saying that 🙂
I now have daylight when I come home after work and it’s more or less daylight when I reach work in the morning. Today the sun rose at 7:16 and went down at 5:23 in the after noon. The sun has the chance of showing itself six more minutes every day now (which it rarely likes to do I’m sorry to say) so soon I won’t think of when it rise or sink at all 🙂
The fire is burning in the stove but the heat seems to have problems spreading in my cottage, I guess the wind comes from the only direction where it hits my cottage, it happens so rarely that I always forget how much colder it feels indoors. The thermometer however says it isn’t any colder and I guess it knows that better than I do 🙂
It’s time for a pot of tea and something to eat, I still have a ciabatta I think so I’ll just fill it with things I like 🙂
Have a great day!
I looked down in to one of the flower beds on the north side of the cottage yesterday afternoon and saw to my surprise that the Scilla sibirica is on its way up. So I walked to the east side of my cottage and saw to my even bigger surprise that the snowdrops are up and flowers! I don’t think they’ve ever been flowering this early here. I also heard the Common Buzzard, they are at least two weeks early this year 🙂
I don’t trust the weather predictions but they are nice to see because they show above 0C (32F) both nights and days ten days ahead. Normally they show really cold temperatures after four days but not this time 🙂 This might actually be a bit problematic if it gets warmer because the seeds I’ve sown need at least a month and a half of below 5C (41F) to start germinating. Well I guess I could lose one year if it actually would stay warm and not get cold later on as it usually does here.
I was looking through the spam mail I’ve gotten lately and surprisingly many American credit companies wants to loan me a lot of money 🙂 I wonder if they would be just as generous if they knew I live in Sweden 🙂 Besides they are most likely not legal businesses anyway. A Veronica gets lots of offers from Swedish companies though. I wonder why they think a Veronica has that mail address since it starts with r and c 🙂 Lately I’ve also won a lot of money in the Euro lottery, I think it’s so nice that I don’t have to pay anything to win there 🙂 especially since it’s millions of Euro I’ve won 🙂
I’m just about to make a few warm sandwiches, the fire is burning in the stove and I’m just waiting for the oven to get warm enough. I bought some ciabatta’s and I think I’ll try them, normally I would use some other kind of bread but I really want ciabatta today. I’m not sure what I’ll put on it though, ham or spotted sausages or perhaps even sliced Wienerwurst. I thought I had tuna at home but I thought wrong 🙂
Have a great day!
I’ve done what I can to make winter leave northern America and most likely arrive here instead, I’ve shaved my head again 🙂 The predictions says it will stay fairly warm and my hair just got too long now, it’s impossible to get rid of the powder paint on my scalp. Long hair and sweating sort of makes thee powder to concrete and that’s not nice 🙂 You can all thank me later by sending expensive and luxurious gifts 🙂 🙂 🙂
The little hair that will grow up in a week will be enough to keep my head warm just in case it does get colder again. The snow we got during last evening and night did stay and we still have some on the ground but it is melting fast now. The wind and relatively warm air do the job well. It’s no nice day outside though just because of the wind, as soon as one walks in the forest however it almost gets too warm so I walked big parts with the jacket open this morning. We walked where I didn’t think I would again since I can feel I’m not allowed there, the Forbidden Forest.
It didn’t fell that bad today but we did leave the area sooner than I had thought because suddenly the stench of wild hogs became very strong and we walked straight in to where they had planned to stay during the day 🙂 They had left just before we arrived though, sometimes I’m glad I have to shout after my dogs, it does warn any wild animal that we’re on our way towards them 🙂 We turned towards where the creek is and walked beside it down stream and followed it for a while. A fox had just passed where we had walked just a few minutes earlier, too bad I never got a chance to see it, just its paw prints in the snow.
My neighbors came out when we passed their cottage and told me they had been baking yesterday and wondered if I wanted some of it 🙂 What a question 🙂 🙂 🙂 It was actually my favorite cake but I can’t for my life remember what it is called 🙂 I had it in my head until I sat down and started writing this post 🙂 It was delicious and just what I needed after our morning walk 🙂 I’ll tell You what it’s called as soon as my brain starts to work again 🙂 It is a cake I often buy when it is my time to buy something to the coffee on our weekly meetings in the painting department.
The cross-country ski world championship (and ski jumping) goes on here in Sweden right now. As usual the Norwegians dominate it and will most likely take most gold and silver medals as they always do. Needless to say cross-country skiing is gigantic in Norway and their skiers are seen more or less as semi gods. It’s fairly big here in Sweden but i slowly dying I think. It’s fairly big in Finland and Russia too but not in the rest of the world. However that doesn’t mean there isn’t any good skiers from other countries, Canada for instance has already two medals. I tend to sleep very well in front of the tv when they show it 🙂
The laundry is done and is drying outside in the patio, the fire burns in the stove and it’s time for a pot of tea and a nap in front of the tv, cross-country skiing is on 🙂
Have a great day!
Unfortunately I never got the chance of taking a photo of them flying by because we were walking in the forest when they passed above us. I could hear them for quite some time but couldn’t figure out where they were until they were straight above us. I saw them only long enough to see that it wasn’t Canadian geese but that’s it.
It’s a bit fun, I’ve been grumpy about not being able to walk in to the bog through the forest on this side of the village since hunters have been out there, now when they have stopped for the season I had no wish to go in there this morning 🙂 Instead we walked to the little lake in the forest and up those ridges again. I think they mostly consists of sand, gravel and stones and that it was the big ice that once created them so many thousands of years ago.
The ice age didn’t just stop and started to melt away the ice in a steady flow, some years were warmer and some colder and every now and again the ice stopped and deposited lots of debris (like sand, stones and gravel in huge piles that became todays ridges). Here the ice must have grown and shrunk since there are several ridges with steep walls and small valleys in between. Some places are like big pots with no way to go down to the bottom since the walls are so steep.
Well the small dogs and I may have made it down but not the old guys, they had problems enough when we found a road leading down into one, up however was no problem at all. They have cut down the trees there from time to time, some just a year ago or so but some trees are old and very high. I found two spruces that must have been at least 40 meters high (more or less the same in yards) and they must have been old because our spruces usually never get higher than 50 meters.
The walk was really nice since the wind didn’t blow and it neither rained nor snowed, that will all start later today. It’s a few degrees above freezing and I could walk all the way with my jacket open. It was so quiet when we started walking that it felt we were the only ones alive, not even the birds made any noise 🙂 Suddenly when we had walked quite some distance on those ridges I heard a rooster! I then realised that if we had had a frozen bog I would have been able to just continue on the ridge we were walking on until it reached the bog and then we could have walked home that way 🙂 Now we had to turn back again, we were out walking for almost two hours 🙂
Hector was the one who decided in what pace we should walk because last week we did a bit too much walking in perhaps a bit too fast pace for him so he had big problems walking our last walk for the weekend, he limped so bad that I was worried it might have been too much to recover from. But today all went well and he’s ready for another walk 🙂
The fire is burning in the stove and I feel it is time for me to take a small nap. The dogs and cats are already sleeping so I think it isn’t more than right that I can do that too 🙂
Have a great day!
It is snowing outside my cottage, the same kind of small flakes that never seems to land anywhere even if it continues to snow for hours. It’s too warm outside at the moment so e´ven if it should actually land somewhere it won’t stay for long. According to the weather predictions it will stay above 0C (32F) all night but I rarely trust those predictions. I won’t go anywhere tomorrow anyway so let it snow if it so wish 🙂
I worked in the neighbor factory today so time passed quickly. The job in itself is no fun but it is something different to do and that usually means time pass by fast. We had our weekly meeting when I came back and after that it was only 40 minutes left until I quit for the day.
Like almost always I passed by the super market to get fire logs and food for the weekend and today I also wanted sowing compost. I only needed a small bag so naturally they only had big 50kg (110 pound) sacks 🙂 Well I might need some later in spring so I bought it. It was a bit tricky to carry that bag and a package with fire logs (10kg, 22 pound) from the car in to the kitchen at the same time 🙂 I’m so glad none of the dogs thought it would be a good time to walk in front of me on my way in 🙂 Last night Orvar almost pushed me down the stairs when he suddenly decided to rise when I tried to pass over him 🙂
I’m in an argument on facebook right now. Some people there think it would be a good idea to deny people health care and even revoke citizenship if they have been down in Syria to fight for IS. I think that is a very stupid idea, only dictatorships have laws like that and if one opens that door just the slightest, voices will be heard who wants to do the same to other people who do things they don’t like. All in good intension of course but the road to hell is filled with good intentions. I say that we should arrest and prosecute them as fast as we can (something they never answer me on what they think about that) but to remove human rights is not the way to go!
People who wants to have laws only existing in dictatorships are no better than the ones they want to punish! Where do we draw the line? Should we do the same to people committing horrid crimes here in Sweden too? If we revoke their citizenship, where should we send them? If we deny them health care are we then better people? For some strange reason they don’t think to think the same about Swedish nazis fighting in Ukraine, where’s the difference? People who reason like that never seem to be able to see more than one step ahead, if even that. It scares me who low people can sink!
Well it is time to give all the animals something to eat and then something to me too 🙂
Have a great day!
Today was the day when we would get back “the brain” to our paint box, the one that can be programmed and then work without anyone doing much more than see if we need to change program because something new is going to be painted that needs more or less paint pressure and so it did. Now it’s so much more intelligent or lets say it’s much smarter so it actually can tell us exactly what’s wrong when something goes wrong.
And so it did after only a few minutes 🙂 It turns out that if one puts around 80 000 volts into a big object (that’s what we charge the powder paint with so the entire thing we paint then gets charged too) it suddenly disturbs a sensor so it can’t communicate with ” the brain” 🙂 We already knew this sensor sat in the wrong place but the old brain couldn’t tell us what was wrong, just that something was and then it chose any kind of alarm and stopped the machines from working. Now we know better 🙂
This is actually a rather easy thing to correct but it will take a few days to build a frame that we can place some distance away from the painting box but still not be in the way for the coming material and naturally that’s only the place we really have very little space to place anything 🙂 But the good thing is that the brain works perfect but we can’t use it until we’ve moved that sensor. So we are still working with the machine in manual mode and that means I’ll have to check it more often and really keep an eye towards it just in case wider material is on its way so it doesn’t crash in to the painting guns because those are nasty expensive 🙂
It took some time to understand what was going on so we didn’t do as much as we had planned today but I have to admit that the day passed fast 🙂 Now it’s only Friday left until the weekend comes and Fridays are short days 🙂 Now I have almost daylight when I go to work and I have daylight when I go home after. The roads are great since it is so warm so now I feel some kind of hope that we’ll get a spring this year too 🙂
The fire is burning in the stove and it is time to make a pot of tea and something to eat. All the animals have had their dinner and now they all sleep somewhere in the cottage. I feel like joining them 🙂
Have a great day!
Tuesdays are usually the worst day in the week but I must admit that today passed very quickly. I was working in the neighbor factory and they have removed all but one clock from the walls and that one is both tiny and far away from where I work so I never had the chance to look at it 🙂
I guess it helped that everything worked as it should and I had no problems at all to get it right. I can’t say what it is I’m painting, it’s no secret but that company doesn’t like us to talk about what we’re doing there. I can however tell You that I paint parts to giant heat exchanger because that is what that company makes.
There were several people working in the hall next to my paint box when I first started painting for them some years ago, so if I needed a break I could just go out from the box and have a chat with any of them. Now it’s only me left, they have moved all the other workers into the big factory hall. I guess that might make me more effective but it sure is boring 🙂
I thought I had sown all the seeds that needs a cold period but this morning I found some more packages 🙂 One of them is a pink colored dandelion, it isn’t especially tough so it won’t spread especially well unfortunately, it might even die before it flowers even once 🙂 I was thinking of sowing them now but I had no sowing soil so I need to remember to buy that on Friday on my way home.
It is time for a pot of tea and something to eat.
Have a great day!
It hasn’t been the best of days today nor the worst to be honest but I’m so tired now I’ll make this short. I experimented slightly with the paint box and it failed totally so we had powder paint in big parts of the department 🙂 We’ve had some problems with powder staying somewhere and when I change colors that hidden powder suddenly materializes and mix itself with the new color. So I removed a thing and it turns out that didn’t work at all 🙂 🙂
So instead I had to wash that thing, a board, with methylated spirits which seems to help for the moment anyway. Then people came and talked to me every time I cleaned the box and the machine so I forgot what I had done so I had to do it all over again 🙂 They really needed to talk to me so I really can’t complain about it. Some things were so big that I had to lay down on the floor to be able to paint in on the bottom but not being able to see what I was doing or even if I was close to paint where I should 🙂
Last week I found a new place where powder can hide so now it takes much longer to clean when changing color, one is supposed to be able to clean this box in ten minutes but I guess that only happens in a dream world, the truth is that it takes at least 25 minutes, well that was before I found this new place to clean 🙂
So now I’m tired and a bit grumpy so tonight I’ll grill a few sausages in the fire heated stove, I have the right kind of fire logs, the ones that leaves a nice bed of embers. After that I’ll make some cocoa and have some chocolate chip cookies 🙂
Have a great day!
I have to say that it is a quite nasty day here and it is the wind that destroys it all. We went away towards the lake in the forest this morning and had to walk through the village, well to be honest, most of the village is actually big pastures. The wind was cruel even if it actually wasn’t that strong. We had come a third of the way when the snow came, thankfully those tiny flakes we’ve had lately but together with the wind it was like walking through a sandblaster. I had the warm scarf from Joyce so I was rather well protected but my nose was hit bad 🙂
But as soon as we made it to the forest it got too warm to wear a scarf 🙂 but I rather get too warm than freeze. We walked to the lake and for once we continued and walked up on the top of the hill. It’s more like a ridge because it is almost as steep on the other side as it is towards the lake. I’ve never walked there before and found a world that wasn’t affected by the winds at all. Too bad I had the telephoto lens because I couldn’t take any photos that showed the world on the other side. The area consists of ridges and vallies and is quite beautiful.
I’ll go there soon again because it will be too late soon because they are making it to a big pasture for the castles cattle. I guess that means that there will be no deforestation there from now so it will be protected that way but then again it will be hard to walk there with the dogs since I won’t know for sure if they have cattle there or not. Cattle with calves usually accepts humans but often tries to kill dogs as they see as wolves. I’ll ask the castle employees later on if they can inform when they have cattle there or not.
I did the laundry as soon as we came home and when I had hung it to dry in the wind on my patio my neighbor passed and he said the hunters hadn’t come today, I’m not surprised since it must be awful sitting there with the wind hitting all the time. Salmiak came too and walked on the entrance stair since he knew all dogs and cats were inside 🙂 He and Bertil are so much alike but Salmiak is always nice, Bertil very seldom 🙂
The fire is burning in the stove and I’m just about to make a pot of tea. It looks like the sun tries to shine through the clouds but I can’t see any rips in the cloud cover so it’s just a short visit I’m afraid.
The song contest second part was yesterday and I can’t pretend it was much better than last time 🙂 It is amazing how they have managed to pick out such bad songs and bad singers! I think that they at least would be able to hold a tune for at least one time in an entire song but I guess it is more important that the competitors are known from reality shows than being able to sing.
It is time to make that pot of tea and then to check if I won anything in the lottery yesterday, I doubt I did 🙂
Have a great day!
We have just come back after an hour and half walk this morning. I trusted the hunters wouldn’t come today since tomorrow is the last day for field hare hunting and the hunting leader said that would be their last hunting day for the season. They’ve never had the energy to go out two days in a row before so I guessed that would be tha fact today as well. So off we went to walk up-stream the creek. To my big surprise I saw foot prints in the snow that fell yesterday that showed that my neighbor was out walking.
We have normally been out for rather long before he gets up in the morning 🙂 So we met him after a short while and his cat Salmiak had followed him on his walk this morning. Salmiak almost walked in to my cottage yesterday evening so I thought he wouldn’t be especially afraid of meeting my dogs. Well he wasn’t happy and climbed way up in a pine 🙂 As soon as we had passed him he climbed down though. We continued on our walk and I looked for tracks from all animals that might have been out walking during the night. Very few had. I saw some from hares, a fox had passed the road and a moose too, no wolves though.
Instead of walking over to the other side of the creek as we have been doing the latest times we continued up-streams to the place where we met the wild hogs and beyond that. The problem is that when one comes to the point where the creek makes a sharp turn the ground gets swampy and normally it’s problematic to continue any further there but not today. The night had been enough cold to freeze the ground and the ice was sort of rubbery. It didn’t break but sort of slowly give in to our weights. We jumped over a ditch and after that we could continue out on the bog. So instead of breaking the ice we sort of slowly sank downwards. There are no deep holes there, just very muddy so we continued out on the bog, perhaps 50-100 meters (much the same in yards).
We stopped there because it was even more swampy out there and the ice wasn’t that rubbery. We could have continued along the creek though and passed that hunting tower but I wasn’t sure if Hector would be able to walk any more today if we did, so we turned back home. We followed the creek and went out to the fields to where the electric fences stopped us and walked home over ground barely walkable since the wild hogs had worked hard in them 🙂
It is slightly foggy here today and I can only hope the fog will thicken much more until our next walk. I’ve ordered more 135mm film for my Edixa camera and I took a look at my old Minolta and I think I might be able to clean it up so I can use it again. I need new batteries to it though and there is a roll of film in it, I wonder what I’ve taken photos of though. The last time I used it I still had my garden center 🙂 It’s time for a pot of Canadian coffee and something to eat, I haven’t had breakfast yet and it is almost five hours since I went up 🙂
Have a great day!
I had two things I had to buy on my way home today, fire logs and The old boys medicine. There are two towns I can go to if I want to be sure to get both and a third if I’m willing to take a chance but only get the fire logs if unlucky. To be sure I can go to the town where the vet is, the pharmacies there always have this medicine or I could drive to Falköping since this is a horse/ dog medicine and there’s no county that has more horses than Falköping in the entire country. The third place is Skara but the pharmacy there doesn’t always have their medicine.
I didn’t feel like driving a long way in the opposite direction of home so I skipped the vets town and drove to Falköping instead even if that means I most likely will have to drive a longer distance. At least it is the right way, homewards 🙂 But first I stopped at the grocery store in the village where I work to get the last groceries I need for the weekend. Today I’ll make warm sandwiches with soft thin bread. I sort of make them as a pizza and when they are done I just roll them to a nice roll if You understand what I mean.
It looked like I was driving in to fog when I almost had reached Falköping but it turned out to be tiny snow flakes. I couldn’t remember any predictions for snow but the town is located high up on the mountain so it isn’t unusual that the weather can be very different from what it is at home down below the mountain. I got the medicine and the fire logs and also a yellow Moth orchid (Phalaenopsis) I’ve never had a yellow before (well I don’t count those I had in my garden center because those I really wanted to sell and not keep 🙂 They were 50% off and since they are the easiest of flowers to keep and to flower again I thought it was worth it. It now lives in my bathroom by the tiny window.
It didn’t snow here at home as I suspected so we went out for a long walk that lasted an hour and a half, half way through the snow started to fall here too and even more intensive than in the town 🙂 It is tiny, tiny flakes that can fall for hours without making any bigger impact. It is cold enough for it to stay though so now all trees are powdered with a thin layer of pure white snow. I thought it best to walk in the forest today since we most likely can’t tomorrow, tomorrow is the last day they’ll hunt here until the autumn again, except for the occasional time they’ll go after wild hogs.
It is time to make a pot of tea and something to eat. All the animals have already eaten and are now sleeping all over the cottage. Sune sleeps right beside the radiator here in the kitchen, Hector and Nova sleeps in my bed and Orvar beside the tv upstairs. I think at least one cat sleeps in the living room and one here in the kitchen not far from the heat from the stove.
Have a great day!
Hector got really upset after I’ve let them all in now when I came home from work. He talks loudly and this was really loud. I couldn’t understand what it was at first but then I saw it, Nova had taken his favorite blanket and was lying on it. I think he could have accepted her on it but she made sure there was no room for him on it too 🙂 That was at least a problem easily solved, I just called for Nova and the second she had left the blanket He calmed down and life was as it should be 🙂
I found the right brand of dogfood in the grocery store in the village where I work, it had arrived one day later, so now I have 20 kg (44 pound) with dogfood at home and it will last for two weeks but I’ll buy more of the right brand if I see it again just in case. I could drive to the factory myself and buy it there if the problems of finding it continues, it is some distance away but it would be worth it, anything to keep Hector happy 🙂
It looks as if we’ll keep this warmer weather for quite some time more according to predictions. Saturday will be a bit colder but after that we might get a day or two with spring temperatures again, very odd after all it’s only early February. Normally I’ll have a week with temperatures down to -30C (-22F) around now. I can’t say I miss it but the rime on the trees and bushes are usually spectacular when the temperature drops that much. Both nights and days are usually clear too and the wind absent so I never mind going out for walks on days like that (with lots of clothes and wrapped in the long, warm scarf I got from Joyce one winter.)
It’s time for something to eat and I think I’ll have hot rose-hip soup. It’s more like a dessert than anything else and most people like to have it with whipped cream and almond macaroons. I don’t like whipped cream that much but the almond macaroons are delicious 🙂 too bad I don’t have any at home. But as we say here: One can’t get everything in life.
Have a great day!
It was almost as warm today and I missed it because I had to work and really wanted to eat mu lunch without stress, yesterday I had to go out to buy lunch so that’s why I could feel how wonderful it was. But I could see the sun through the windows while eating. The sky was colored in yellow, orange, red and purple on my way home so it looked like the ending of an old western where the hero rides in to the sunset.
The sun will set 5:04 pm on Monday, four minutes after I’ve left work so that means I’ll have a sliver of daylight left when I come home. I can now also see that the day is coming when I leave for work, it’s still a long time till the sun rise but there’s definitely signs of a sunrise. This is almost the best part of the year because soon it will be bright when I leave and it will not be so easy to see how much longer the sun is up and about.
The day passed fairly quickly even if it is Tuesday, that’s normally the worst and slowest day in the week. But we had so much problems with the painting that I didn’t have time to check the clock. We think we now know what we did wrong, the things we tried just made everything worse 🙂 🙂 🙂 Well that’s life sometimes and no paint behaves like any other but I’ve heard that it is through our mistakes we learn, so today I learned a lot 🙂 🙂 🙂
I can’t find my dogs brand of food anywhere any longer! I wonder if something has happened to the producer of it. I must see if I can find any news on the net. I had problems already last week but mixed it with a brand I know Hector accepts, so I bought a bag of that today. It costs almost twice of what the other one does but Hector really needs to eat too 🙂 Sune must lose a few pounds so I wouldn’t have worried especially much if it was he who refused to eat what I gave him but food is no problem in that way when it comes to him 🙂 🙂 🙂
It is time for a pot of tea and then I think I’ll watch tv for a while. It’ll be an early night because all problem solving was tiresome 🙂
Have a great day!
I went out on my lunch break to go to the grocery store because I had forgotten to make dinner at home yesterday and I also forgot to order any at work. Guess if I got surprised when it was so warm that I only had to wear a t-shirt! The sun was shining, the wind absent and the birds singing. I looked at my thermometer when I came home and it had been 9,4C (48,9F) as warmest today! The sun doesn’t reach the thermometer this time of year so it did show the correct temperature.
The weather will be just as lovely tomorrow so it’s almost that I wish I was sick and had to stay at home 🙂 🙂 🙂 The ice on the roads had almost melted away completely except for a few places where the sun doesn’t reach, so it was a joy to drive home after work. It won’t be long now until I have daylight when coming home from work 🙂 Already on Thursday it will go down at 4:55 pm and that means I most likely will have some daylight left when I step out of my car here at home 🙂 It won’t be long until we only have a few hours of darkness during the night 🙂
I heard the fox barking in its strange way when I came home, I’m so glad it stayed away from the hunters because the land owner had finally given in to the other hunters. But I heard the fox so I’m, glad to say it is too smart for the hunters 🙂 I can’t for my life understand why they want to hunt fox?! They can’t eat it, they can’t sell the fur and it keeps the amount of mice, rats and voles to a minimum and to be honest, foxes are truly beautiful!
It is time for something to eat and perhaps a pot of tea, it is just too warm for cocoa today 🙂
Have a great day!
It is below 0C (32F) but the sun is shining and it gets so warm on the south side of the cottage that the snow melts away rapidly now, it’s actually so warm in the sunshine that I was thinking of going outside while drinking a pot of tea. I would have if it wasn’t for the nasty wind but at least it gives hope of a spring coming to us in a hopefully not too far future. It started yesterday evening and the wind was so strong that my cottage trembled in the gusts.
The wind changed direction slightly after a while so the night was calm anyway. I could hear the wind howl and roar and slept like a baby during the night, I usually do when the storms blows. Still this was just at the edge of the storm, it was much, much worse way up north. The Swedish parts of the Eurovision Song Contest started yesterday and I was watching the program when the wind blew as worst. Like always my sister and I was texting to each other during the competition but I had so bad signals that my text messages had problems reaching her, they all came at the same time 🙂
The show was so bad yesterday that I’m not sure I’ll watch the coming ones. They tend to start this with the best songs and these were so bad that I wonder how bad the ones were that didn’t make it to the programs 🙂 They usually get a couple of thousands songs to choose from every year.
The wind was still rather nasty this morning when we went out for our morning walk but we walked in to the forest where the wind couldn’t reach us. We followed the creek up streams to get to the bridge that lead to the bog. The snow was rather difficult to walk on, it’s the kind that is slippery if You understand how I mean. We reached one of the better bridges but not the best one, I could see that there was water beneath the snow in some places but couldn’t figure out if it just was melt water from yesterday or if it was a ditch beneath it. so I turned home instead.
Hector was tired after walking in that snow, it was fairly deep too and I had barely turned around to walk homewards when Orvar started to run in that direction, it looks like he was tired of it all and wanted to get home fast 🙂 But it was quite nice walking around out of winds reach and we met my neighbors when we came home after one and a half hour, they were just about to walk the same way as we had 🙂
I’ve done my laundry and now it hangs on my patio to dry in the warm sunshine and strong winds. The fire is burning in the stove and soon I’ll watch some ski biathlon on tv before we go out again.
Have a great day!
I was late going on our walk this morning which turned out to be a good thing since the hunters came, a bit late too actually. I didn’t come far until the hunting leader approached me and asked if I could walk elsewhere today since they would walk around in a bigger area than usual. I really don’t mind so we walked in to the village instead. They also told me that they’ll stop hunting February 15 since that’s the last day they can hunt hare.
There might be an occasional hunt for wild hogs after that date though but so far nothing was planned. I have to admit that I thought they would give up early as they usually do but they are still going on even if some of the hunters have given up. I had hoped that we would be able to walk to the bog on our second walk but since they still are out there I thought there was no use in bringing any digital camera if we walked through the village again, so I brought the Hasselblad instead.
Perhaps I should have brought one with me because I suddenly realised that we hadn’t walked to the little lake north to the village for quite some time. The sun was shining and it was 5C (41F) in the shadow so the snow started to melt rather quickly. There were lots of branches on the ground and prone to fall as I am I naturally did fall 🙂 My right foot got caught beneath a branch and when I tried to get rid of it I blocked my left leg with the branch 🙂 I can tell You that the ground still is very soft and I didn’t feel a thing when I landed on my knees 🙂
The wind that blows are rather nasty and sort of semi strong so my scarf kept flying around all the time but I was so glad I used it. But as soon as we went in to the forest it made me so warm I felt like I was boiling 🙂 but that’s better than freezing after all. I have also vacuumed my cottage and scrubbed all floors, it feels so nice to walk barefoot on newly washed floors and here it lasts for a day as most, that’s life when having four dogs 🙂
They say we’ll have sunshine tomorrow as well and that it will be slightly colder, so I won’t be surprised if it gets warmer and starts to rain 🙂 I hope the hunters stay away tomorrow so we finally can walk up to the bog again! I really want to find that other bridge that they say is in good condition.
It’s time to feed the dogs and after that I’ll feed myself too. Tonight they show Grimm on channel six and after that I think I’ll watch a dvd because it is way too early to go to bed at 7pm 🙂
Have a great day!
Today was supposed to be the coldest day this winter, so is anyone surprised if I say we have above 0C (32F) temperatures and a lot of sunshine today 🙂 🙂 The sunshine hurt my eyes when I went out after work, it is so seldom we see it now days that I think we might be turning to nocturnal creatures now 🙂
I was hoping this cold weather would have frozen the bog enough so we could take a walk on it for once but the thick snow is a too good insulation so it didn’t take long until both Sune and Nova broke through the ice and seconds after it was my turn to do it 🙂 There are no deep holes where we were supposed to walk so we could have kept on walking but my rubber boots leak and the dogs get so muddy that I thought it best to turn back anyway. I have to say I feel disappointed.
I think we’ll walk upstream the creek tomorrow morning after a cold night and this time I’ll find the good wooden bridge so that we can go out on the bog that way instead, my neighbor says the ground is less filled with water down there and we might even get close to the little lake. It all depends on how well Hector’s legs can manage to walk in deep snow, he has had some problems this year when the snow has been a bit deep. I can always go to the lake when ever I want to anyway, Hector is more important.
I’m so tired today that if it hadn’t been so late in the day I would have taken a nap but I fear that if I do I won’t wake up until late tonight instead 🙂 So I’ll make myself a big pot with cocoa, a sandwich or two and then fall asleep in front of the tv, it’s so uncomfortable that I can’t sleep for too long there 🙂
Have a great day!
I could see the last shivering moments of daylight when I came home after work today, soon it will be light enough to take photos when walking with the dogs again 🙂 We still have a very high humidity here (around 96%) even if the temperatures are way below 0C (32F), usually the humidity sinks when it gets colder and it was foggy on my way home after work, not that common when it is this cold either.
Two hares scared the living daylight out of me on my way home. I could see the first one rather early but got really surprised when I realised it ran towards my car and it refused to jump of the road. So I hit the brakes and turned left (I was alone on the road and drove slowly) and to my big surprise the hare jumped in the same direction! I barely missed it. I think I drove 100 meters (much the same in yards) when another jumped up on my left side and ran out in front of my car! I barely missed that one too.
Later on there was this deer standing on the road too but it had the courtesy to jump off the road in to the forest when I came close. Well at least I now know that my heart is ok 🙂 🙂 It would surely have stopped if it had been in a bad condition 🙂 I shouldn’t be surprised really because it is when it almost is dark when the animals starts to move around again. It’s a good thing the roads are so slippery that we all drive rather slow so we are able to see them before it is too late.
It’s time to start soaking more seeds that will be sown this coming weekend. I have a species of quince that I keep in water with detergent in the fridge at the moment. I’ll keep on changing that water and detergent several times every day for ten days before I sow those seeds and put the pots outside. They mustn’t get warm because if they do they’ll die. It can be really interesting sowing seeds 🙂 I’ll also have one pot in which I’ll sow the seeds, then I’ll put lots of ashes over the soil and after that I’ll pour boiling water over it all, I hope that can resemble a bush fire 🙂 🙂 🙂
But first I’ll make a cup of hot cocoa and something to eat.
Have a great day!
I’m late so this will be a short one. I have seeds to sown that has been soaking in water for a few days and now need to get sown in to pots. Today I’ll sow peonies. I usually manages to get any seed growing but in my entire life I’ve never managed to get a peony plant from seeds.
Well, I actually managed to bring up one tine plant but got so surprised when I saw it I accidentally removed it with the weeds that grew in the pot too 🙂 tomorrow I’ll sow some Rosa glauca seeds, my favorite wild rose and the seeds comes from my own bush growing outside my entrance. Those rose hips are loved by the birds so I barely managed to get any before they had eaten them all 🙂
We now have 8 inches of snow on the ground and it is over for this time, now it’ll be cold instead. But already on this weekend we’ll have a day or two when it all starts to melt again, just to be followed by a few cold days again, it might even rain even if it will be way below 0C (32F), I don’t look forward to that!
It is time to bring out the pots!
Have a great day!
Yesterday evening something very strange happened, I sat here in the kitchen watching something on my laptop when Hector suddenly came running down from the bedroom upstairs. He was so afraid his entire body shivered and he just couldn’t stop to pee. I thought it best to let him out to the garden to finish what he had started and then he refused to go inside again.
It took me some time to make him come in and he ran straight in to the living room and there he intended to stay. So I grabbed the mop, to dry up what he had sprinkled on his way down and walked upstairs. There was nothing there! I can’t for my life guess what it was that scared him so much? I went down and after a long while he followed me upstairs again but jumped when I was going to open the door to the closet I have up there. Nothing there either! well some mouse poops but nothing else.
So we all walked downstairs again and I think it took an hour and then he just walked up like nothing ever had happened 🙂 🙂 🙂 I had followed him outside when I let him out to see if I could find anything there that might have scared him. I looked at the roof if anything had fallen down there or hit it, what I don’t know because what would fall from the sky? a meteor? 🙂 I also checked the ground beneath the bedroom window but no signs of anything there either (snow is fantastic in that way, nothing can touch it without leaving a mark) like if a bird had flown into the window. But nothing could be seen there either.
He just walked upstairs so what ever it was doesn’t bother him any more. It could of course have been thunder but I think I should have heard anything too and no one was shooting, it was just too dark for hunting. I soo wonder what it might have been 🙂 Otherwise nothing special has happened here. We now have somewhere between 6-8 inches with snow and the nights are getting a bit cold now, -6C (21,2F) and tonight will get colder they say. I’ve started the radiator in the dog house too, not too warm because the old boys would refuse to go inside then. They usually stay outside even if the temperature drops to -30C (-22F) 🙂
It is time for a cup with hot cocoa and a sandwich or two.
Have a great day!
The snow flakes did become a bit bigger during the night than they were yesterday, so now we have prehaps 4 inches of new snow. It’s hard to tell because we have a weak but persistent wind that manages to blow around the snow. It isn’t especially cold but the temperature is dropping slowly now, I guess we’ll keep this snow for some time now.
It is quite nice outside though, even if there’s snow everywhere. We took our first walk in the village but the wind was a bit annoying even if it wasn’t especially hard. We were out walking before they started plowing the road and were actually the first ones doing that, not a single track could be seen in the snow. I did see a few hare, fox and deer tracks though but in the pastures.
I’ve also been out on two walks on my own so I could take a few photos with both the Hasselblad camera and the Edixa. The dogs didn’t want to go outside again strangely enough. After we had been to the bog I wanted to continue down to the creek but they insisted on walking home again, so they didn’t mind me walking away on my own. There’s a first for everything I guess 🙂 They didn’t mind running around in the garden though so they’ve been doing that a lot today.
I’ll start making my dinner for the week as soon as the dogs have gotten their dinner for today. I’m not sure what I want to eat at work next week, perhaps I’ll have lamb this time. I’ll have lots of fried vegetables though, that’s the only thing I’m sure of at the moment 🙂 I think I’ll bring out my old wok today. I actually bought it when I watch what they call an infomercial, or tv shop as we call it. This one isn’t made for an electric stove but for open fire, gas stove or a fire heated stove as I have. I tried it on an electric stove but it didn’t work especially well since it has a round bottom, it took for ever to heat it up properly and the rest of the hot-plate was burning red 🙂
It is time to have something to eat and I have some rice porridge waiting on the stove right now.
Have a great day!