Today is Walpurgis night, or eve as we say here in Sweden. It’s a sort of semi big day here in Sweden. Big in the middle of the country less big in the rest of it. This is the day when se celebrate spring, have bonfires and choirs sing old songs to its honor. This is also the day that most likely gives us bad weather so the ones going out is drowned by rain 🙂 I’ll tell You more about it tomorrow if I remember.
I had a big battle with my printer two days ago and I’m not sure if I won or not 🙂 I was going to print out the invitation to the annual road association. I opened up Word and was just about to start writing when it suddenly said that it was impossible to reach Windows on the net and this must be a pirate copy of the program! and then it made it impossible to do anything. So I had to get the modem on my other computer start up internet and within seconds it told me that life was good and that I actually didn’t have a pirate copy 🙂 So idiotic!!!
I connected my computer to my printer and told it to print out 15 copies of what I had written. I also marked what printer it should send the text too, for some reason the computer had several different choices where it felt it could send the text to. I also marked that I wanted the text in black. Anyway, it started working and out came a paper with the most watery yellow text I’ve ever seen 🙂 It could almost only be seen in a certain angle towards the light. To my big surprise the printer then just gave me 14 white pages?! So I asked it to start printing again with the same result?!
For some reason I can’t understand the computer had switched to a printer called note to myself, what kind of printer is called that?? So I changed it back and then I found the little square that asked if I wanted to print out only the page where I actually had written something on!! Why on earth would I like 14 blank pages?? Anyhow, I double checked everything and pressed print again. It started to print!! and in black too! but not the entire letter, two thirds of it was black but the last third was sort of lined but white in between 🙂
So I checked if I actually had ink in it and it was almost full. So I took an old paper and photo copied it just to see what happened, it filled in the entire letters this time. Problem solved thought I and how stupid I was 🙂 I got just the same result again but every second paper was a copy of the old one I tried 🙂 I had forgotten to remove it 🙂 At that moment I was ready to just throw the printer on the floor and scream some 🙂 But I thought I would try it in another color just to see what happened. The invitations are now left in the mailboxes and has a deep blue color 🙂
Tomorrow is May first and a Holiday in big parts of the world, it is the workers day. Back in the days a majority of the workers were out demonstrating for better conditions in life, today most just have the day off, goes on a picnic or their summer houses. There are still a few v´brave ones though and the rest of us will watch them on tv when they send the news in the evening 🙂
Have a great day!
Sorry! I’m so late today after fighting with my printer! I’ll trell You more about it either tomorrow or on Thursday. If I get the time I will write something tomorrow but I don’t think I will, I will most likely fight the printer again 🙂
Have a great day!
We’ve had a rather nice day today, from what I’ve seen through the windows at work. The day passed fairly quick but still it felt like it would never end 🙂 I was supposed to have the salary negotiations today but the union man who is supposed to do it got sick so we’ll have it tomorrow instead. He’s still sick but I’ll do the negotiations with the factory owner. Can’t say I’ll enjoy it but someone has to do it. I don’t have the right to sign any deals though, that will the union man do when he gets better.
We don’t have much to negotiate about tobe honest, they made a three-year deal two years ago so I already know how much we’ll can negotiate about. It is how the money will be shared between us we’ll talk about. I always feel that the best would be if we all got the same but that’s never gonna happen 🙂 Competence is of course one factor we need to check, another is if one is very active at work or if one is the lazy kind 🙂 and so on and it always seems we never think the same about people 🙂 People never likes me after these negotiations 🙂 Thankfully I really don’t care what they think about me. My life motto is: I don’t care what You think about me, I just care that You do think something about me 🙂
How awful it would be if they never found anything to talk about me when I’m not around, how boring would I be then? Or if they actually forget about me just a few days after I’ve left 🙂 Christer? Who was that? Well that’s never going to happen 🙂 I did another fun thing today, my income tax. To be honest, I don’t have to do much, most of it is pre printed on the papers. The only thing I have to do is the tax deduction for the fuel I use to and from work. I can’t take any public transportation so I do get back some for that. When I’ve written down that I’ll only have to post it to the tax office.
It is time for something to eat and then it won’t be long until it’s time to go to bed. The sun is warming up my bedroom right now so it’ll be nasty warm there when I’m trying to fall asleep 🙂 Too early to have open windows at night though, still way below freezing during nights.
Have a great day!
It’s a fairly nice morning, the sun is shining but it’s covered with the eventual cloud that passes by every now and again. 10C (50F) and only a weak wind, weak but sort of sinister cold. I get the feeling snow will arrive at any moment but none is predicted and to be honest, there’s not a snow cloud in sight. I have the kitchen door mostly open but every now again the cloud is rather big and it feels like it takes forever for the sun to appear and warm up my kitchen again.
I got the phone call yesterday afternoon and off I went to pick up the thing I bought so long ago 🙂 I was waiting with my car at a bust stop, the bus had just passed so I knew I could stand there for over an hour before the next one would arrive. It seems that several people had decided to meet there because several cars stopped and the drivers all asked if I was that or that person 🙂 It was so warm that I opened up my car windows to let the air flow and when I had gotten what I was waiting for I had planned to drive in to Skara to take a few photos.
Suddenly the window on the front passenger side sounded strange, like if some sand was crushed by the window and then the entire window fell don into the door 🙂 🙂 🙂 So I changed my plans and drove home again, there was after all a weather prediction saying rain would come the same afternoon. I was a bit lucky in all this because a corner of the window still peeked up and it was very easy to get the rest up and in place too but then I had the problem of how to keep it there. In the old days one often saw car windows with a screw driver pushed down to keep it up. I however chose two wooden clothespins, You know the one with a spring attaching the two halves together.
I removed the spring, put the two halves back to back and pushed them down between the window and the car door. The window sits very well now and this is how it will stay until I feel I have the time to let the garage take care of it 🙂 🙂 🙂 I have so many other things to do that will keep me away from work, like doctors visits, that I feel that since this isn’t an emergency it can wait for some time. I know they usually have a car that I can borrow at the garage but sometimes other customers have gotten them before me 🙂
So what was it I had bought You might wonder, well I think one can call it a candle house or light house even though it really isn’t a light house 🙂 It is made from clay and can take our winter climate and one is supposed to put a light inside it so it can shine nicely when it is dark outside. I knew that the chimney was broken but I’ll buy some paint and try to make it look like a natural decay on a house left long ago. But I didn’t only get the house, my friend that had kept it for me for so long also sent me some other things.
They were deep frozen and wrapped in a beautiful green blanket. I looked down into the two different plastic bags they were wrapped in and saw the biggest chicken I’ve ever seen together with two huge chicken legs and some pork. It all came from animals she raised herself and the animals never understood what happened the day they got slaughtered, the pig for instance was eating and had no interest what so ever about what happened around him. Well, it wasn’t any chicken to be honest, neither were the legs, it was a small turkey 🙂 🙂 🙂 She has told me to cook the turkey on low heat for a long time and when the days comes I’ll send You a mail Joyce to get a good recipe 🙂 (no photos of the meat though, they are resting in my freezer at the moment 🙂 )
The laundry is hanging outside to dry and it is time to make a pot of tea and something to eat I think, well at least the tea will be made 🙂
Have a great day!
The weather isn’t good enough to stay outside for any longer period of time but it isn’t bad enough to stay indoors watching tv all day. I found a new channel I haven’t had before, Fox and the weather sure isn’t that bad so I would stay indoors to watch any of those programs 🙂 Crossing Jordan is probably the best they show and that’s really old. The rest they shows seems to be reality shows which doesn’t show much reality to be honest 🙂 They also show bad movies at night.
I’m waiting for a call today. A long time ago, way over a year or so, I bought something on an auction where the all the money goes to a dog shelter in Thailand (Yes I know the money goes there because a friend of mine visits the place every time she goes down there). The thing was placed at another friends home and we were only going to decide when and where I would pick it up 🙂 It is heading this way today and I’ll pick it up somewhere, we haven’t decided exactly where yet though 🙂 If fate is us benevolent I’ll actually get it today and I’ll show You it tomorrow 🙂
I’m thinking about going out to the wood shed to bring in some logs and start a fire in the stove. It isn’t especially cold here and the humidity is low but it still feels a bit chilly. I’m too lazy at the moment though so I might do it later and start the fire in the afternoon so it’ll be nice here during the night. It’s that kind of day I’m afraid 🙂
We went down to the creek this morning but today we walked down streams. Sune still remember how embarrassing it was to be helped up from that creek the last time so he didn’t even try to jump down into it 🙂 He did however take a bath in the creek when we reached the bog 🙂 Too bad we don’t live close to any water that doesn’t smell like mud 🙂 I’ll never try to stop him though, he really loves to jump down into the cool water 🙂
I’ll bring one of my old cameras with me when I’m leaving for that thing later, I think I found where the light leak is on my Rolleicord. The lid didn’t attach properly but every time I held the camera at the bottom I closed the lid and there was no light leak but every time I held it in the sides the lid opened up slightly 🙂 We’ll all know in a few weeks when this film is developed, it is the last of the slide films and today I won’t over expose it at all 🙂
Have a great day!
Bertil stood outside my entrance door early this morning and I thought You all wanted to know that 🙂 I can also tell You that he stayed in the forest when we were out walking after work so he will most likely be gone again for a day or two 🙂 So You can start worrying again 🙂
It is a much nicer day than they had predicted, the sun shines through gaps in the clouds every now and again and there’s no rain in sight. They have changed the predictions from yesterday so now we won’t get any rain until Sunday but we all know that can change any second 🙂 Not even the wind was disturbing today, on the contrary because when the sun is shining it gets so warm that even a sweater is too much.
We walked down to the creek and when we almost had reached it I saw a big van and a big horse carriage. The tracks on the ground showed that it was working horses and that they were pulling something heavy. The land owner has hired them to take care of all the trees that had fallen during all our winter storms. The ground is rather sensitive here since it is mostly bog and swamp land here so horses make less damage to the ground while working.
I could hear that they were working somewhere but not exactly where so I never got any photos while they were working but I did get a few when they were taking a break. There are more trees to take care of but I doubt they’ll be working during the weekend so the chance for me to get some action photos are slim to none I’m afraid.
I fear I might need to mow the lawn again this weekend, I had hoped it would grow slow now at the beginning but I hoped in vain it seems. Well I can wait until next weekend but by then it might be so high that it clogs the mower all the time and that is so annoying. I need to buy a new big watering can, the one I had suddenly cracked at the bottom. I tried to fill it but it took forever and as soon as I stopped filling it the water level sank fast, there is a long crack almost around it at the bottom 🙂 I had several great ones in my old garden center, You know those big heavy nickel-plated ones but did I bring home any of them?
It is time to make something to eat and I think I can enjoy one cup of tea, it is after all weekend and if I sleep bad during the night, so be it 🙂
Have a great day!
It’s the last day with really warm weather and sunshine for a while and it was very nice when we were taking our walk even if the wind is very strong. We will still have some sunshine tomorrow but it won’t be this warm. Well that is if the predictions are right that is 🙂 it might be totally different and we won’t know until tomorrow comes 🙂
All the dogs are sleeping, the big ones down here because it is just too warm for them upstairs, that’s nothing that bothers Nova though so she’s sleeping in my bed. Sune doesn’t like it that much so he sleeps close to the cool chimney instead. Teodor went out and I haven’t seen Bertil all day, I’m not even sure he was at home this morning. The last time I remember talking to him was when we were out by the bog yesterday afternoon. He was lying on a tree stump in the sunshine when we went home. I told him to watch out for eagles, foxes and wolves because they would love to have him for supper.
We did however meet Salmiak on our walk today, he was out in a field when Orvar and Hector saw him. They ran towards him and he showed that he really didn’t like that 🙂 So they just turned away and I think he actually got grumpy because they just didn’t care about him 🙂 I’m not sure Nova and Sune would have been that polite towards him but then again they would have had to pay the prise to disturb an angry cat 🙂
I’ve paid my bills and that was more or less all I had decided to do today, so now I’ll make something to eat and after that I’ll see if there’s anything worth watching on tv.
Have a great day!
A neighbor caught me by the mailbox yesterday when I came home after work and that’s why I was too late to write something yesterday. Time flies fast sometimes 🙂 This morning I slept for too long 🙂 I woke up before the alarm clock in my telephone would start so I turned it of and never turned it on again 🙂 I did wake up like always but thought that I for once would stay in the bed until the alarm started. It never did 🙂
I only came nine minutes late to work even if I didn’t stress at all, ok I did eat a little faster and I didn’t read as much as I usually do while eating breakfast so I guess I saved some time there. I won’t make it a habit though 🙂 I do like to take it slow and have a cup of coffee (well it is brown and it has caffeine but I’m not sure it’s worthy the name coffee 🙂 ) before I start and that was impossible today.
I got some mail from the hospital yesterday, I’m going to x-ray my hips on the sixth of may early in the morning and at the hospital in the big town in this county, so I’ll go to work directly after that but I’ll go to the big hospital in the biggest city in this area on the thirteenth of May, in the middle of the day so I’ll take that day of from work. Not bad at all because we have a holiday the fourteenth (Ascension Day) and I have already taken the day of at Friday the fifteenth 🙂 So i will only be working two days that week and have a five day weekend 🙂
I hope that at least one or two days will have good weather 🙂 Talking about good weather, that’s what we’re having right now! Sunshine, almost no wind and around 20C (68F) This will of course last until Friday and after that we’ll have rain and perhaps some snowfall. Still it will be around 14C (57F) so it won’t be that bad after all. People went outside to have their lunches today but I rarely do so, I know that I will hate to go inside again 🙂
It is time for something to eat and perhaps a cup of cocoa, how I miss my tea and coffee in the afternoons 🙂
Have a great day!
I’m getting too late again so I’ll come back tomorrow to write something.
Have a great day!
I’ve had a semi busy morning today. It is now forbidden to drive around with studded tires and even though I do have excellent summer tires I don’t have any rims to them 🙂 so what to do? Well it isn’t illegal to drive around with winter tires without any stubs so this morning I went out and started to remove the ones still left in the tires. I had already removed the ones in the front wheels but there were plenty more left than I thought in the back wheels.
So out I went and found the screw jack in the car, lifted it up and started to remove the stubs. The front wheels were no problems at all because they I could turn with the steering wheel, the back wheels are a totally different thing. Even with the car up in the air I still had problems reaching the inner stubs and to get a good angle when lifting them out of the tire. I really didn’t want any part of my body beneath the car, I never trust those jacks, it has happened that they just break down without any warning.
The ground was a bit wet so I had prepared a plastic bag filled with newspapers and that worked well on one side of the car, not so on the other since the ground is leaning steeply towards the cow pasture just beside my garage, so I kept on sliding down towards the now rather curious cows all the time 🙂 But now they are all gone and I’m driving legally again. I have rims just waiting for me at a work friends place. He has had a garage together with his brother and has all equipment needed to do this, the problem is that he also is a farmer and this is the busiest time of the year.
So we’ll put on the summer tires on the rims as soon as he’s finished with the spring cultivation. I wasn’t planning on keeping the old winter tires for next winter so it is good that they still can do some good before I throw them away. Well we are of course not allowed to throw them away, they will be recycled and all businesses selling tires must take them back when it’s time to get new tires.
I’ve also done the laundry and it is now hanging on the patio to dry. It is nice outside but not nearly as nice as they said it would be. Clouds cover the sky but the sun does shine through it but it feels much chillier than it is. Now they predict that the clouds will fly away later but I’ll believe it when I see it 🙂
I replanted all my tomatoes yesterday and today I’ll replant my hardy pelargoniums. I don’t have any space left for pots though so I don’t know how I’ll fix this without throwing something away 🙂 I’ve also sown hardy Hibiscus ans have loads of seeds I need to sow now if they’ll have any chance of flowering this summer. Well at least it’s a pleasant problem, I’ll fix it somehow 🙂
It is time for a pot of tea and something to eat, I won’t do much for the rest of the day, I feel I’ve done my part already 🙂