Archive for January, 2016

I actually didn’t mind that much.

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I opened the door for the dogs yesterday evening and to my big surprise I saw that the world had turned white again. Not much snow, perhaps 2-3 cm (around an inch) and I thought that since it would be sunny and rather warm today it would melt away fast. So for once I almost liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ and didn’t think much of it any more.

 

Trees are good for many things :-)

Trees are good for many things ๐Ÿ™‚

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We did get sunshine and it was rather warm too but that snow just didn’t want to melt away so we still have rather much of it left. It will stay above freezing though and they say it will both snow and rain tomorrow so my hopes are that it’ll go away by tomorrow instead.

 

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I had planned to go to the little lake today because I thought that since it was a few weeks since the hunters were here the last time they most likely would come today, after all it would be rather warm and sunny. So just before we were going out lots of cars passed by my cottage. There were no hunters where I had planned to walk today so it didn’t bother me at all for once. It was such a wonderful morning so we were out walking for one and a half hour.

 

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It wasn’t until I came home that I realised that there were lots of cars parked outside my neighbors cottage, I think their little daughter has her birthday today. So to be honest, there might not have been a single hunter here today ๐Ÿ™‚ So we went out into the forest later on instead. Lots of fox tracks all over the village today, I think this is when the males starts courtingย theirย ladies so any time now we’ll be hearing that odd barking howling sound they make. It does sound very odd and perhaps scary if one doesn’t know what it is.

 

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I’ve done my chores, two rounds of laundry and that is extremely much for being me. I had a few beach towels and they are so big that it’s easier to do them by themselves. They’ve been hanging outside in the wind to dry and I just love that smell they have after drying in the wind.

 

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All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

I think I still can have a cup of tea before it’s too late and I’ll be awake all night so I better stop here ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day!

 

Ears flapping in the wind :-)

Ears flapping in the wind ๐Ÿ™‚

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A do nothing day.

The church in Vilske Kleva, up on the mountain.

The church in Vilske Kleva, up on the mountain.

We had a rather wide rip in the clouds where the sun would be able to shine through when it finally would rise but naturally that rip closed together as soon as the sun was about to rise above the mountain ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not surprised at all, that’s the way nature works when I want something, like sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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At least it didn’t rain so we went out into the rather strong winds and since it is rather warm outside I didn’t need any scarf and I think the wind did clean out my brain rather good, no dust in there right now ๐Ÿ™‚ It did however not take long until the rain started to fall but at first it was mostly drizzle. Drizzle in strong winds are like a heavy shower on a wind free day ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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We rarely see crows here since we have so many ravens, so I was surprised to see two this morning.

We rarely see crows here since we have so many ravens, so I was surprised to see two this morning.

No hunters out today but I got a bit confused when I suddenly heard a shot. Another problem with strong winds is that it can bring sound so good that something happening far away will sound as if it was fairly close. Even though the sound was pretty loud it still had a kind of dampened sound so I figured that the hunter must be pretty far away anyway. I couldn’t see any tracks that would suggest that any hunters were out nearby so I guess I was right.

 

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They've cut down lots of small trees by the creek and it was a bit tricky to pass them without tripping :-)

They’ve cut down lots of small trees by the creek and it was a bit tricky to pass them without tripping ๐Ÿ™‚

This will be a do nothing day and that’s quite ok. Tonight they’ll show the second episode of the latest season of Grimm so I’ll have that to look forward to, the rest of the day will most likely be a book reading day.

 

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Have a great day!


The rain is nasty.

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The steady wind feels much stronger than they predicted but the gusts seems much weaker on the other hand. It isn’t as bad as I thought though. The rain however is a bit nasty, it is anything from drizzle to heavy showers and none of it is nice when one is out on a walk ๐Ÿ™‚ Even the dogs hurried home today.

 

The last snow.

The last snow.

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I used to call this forest road "the clean road". Not so any more :-)

I used to call this forest road “the clean road”. Not so any more ๐Ÿ™‚

The mail hadn’t arrived when I came home and I’m not sure if I want to go outside to get it in this weather. I’m afraid I need to though, the lid on my box tends to open up when the wind blows this hard and everything inside will get soaked so I guess I better get out there to get it. I will get annoyed if there isn’t anything there when I finally get out ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The fire is burning in the stove, not because it is especially cold but the humidity tends to eat its way inside. Today is a day for relaxing and most likely falling asleep in front of the tv. It is definetaly a day for hot cocoa and some nice sandwiches.

 

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Have a great day!

 

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Thor will make a visit.

No, there's no snow left. No new photos until tomorrow.

No, there’s no snow left. No new photos until tomorrow.

There was still some daylight when I left work today, the sky was clear so that did help to make the day look brighter. It was also very calm and it is the calm before the storm. The storm Tor (or Thor in English) will hit tomorrow and continue till late Saturday. The predicted wind forces vary a bit still but the gusts will be tough. To be honest, Tor will mainly hit Norway and he will be much more furious there, we’ll just be at the edge of it.

 

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The wind will come from south-west mostly so it will be my neighbors cottage which will get hit and that cottage will keep the wind away from my cottage ๐Ÿ™‚ I will hear the wind though and I’m pretty sure it will roar. That’s the reason I don’t mind living down the chilly hole where I live because I usually never notice storms beside the sound from them. My neighbors cottage is placed higher up and they both hear and feel the storms, their cottage tremble when the gusts hit and the sound inside can be so loud that they can’t sleep. I always than them forย having their cottage higher up than my cottageย ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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I have my new phone now and since it is the same model as the one I had before the change has gone smoothly. I normally dislike changing phones because they never work the same way so it takes forever to learn the new one. I had to write down all the phone numbers from my contacts by hand though, as soon as one puts in the new sim card in the new phone the old one sort of dies. I couldn’t save my contacts in the sim card either since the old card was a bigger one than the new one. That I didn’t like.

 

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It is time to have something to eat and I think I’ll have a cup of tea even if it might make me stay awake all night ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day!

 

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It took a few hours.

I don't think I've shown this one before, taken with the Zeiss.

I don’t think I’ve shown this one before, taken with the Zeiss. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

It has been so warm that most of the snow now is gone ๐Ÿ™‚ There is however some ice left, especially where I have my gate towards the road. I noticed that this morning when I was going to work.

 

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The ditch that is supposed to take all the melted water has seen better days, it got a bit destroyed when they put down the sewer system last year. So I could see some ice by the gate and also a lot of water.

 

These four are taken with the Edixa Prismaflex.

These four are taken with the Edixa Prismaflex.

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I managed to get down to the gate without slipping to my big surprise ย but I stood on the wrong side of the gate, the hasp to open it up was on the other side. So I took one step out into the ice and water. I felt how my foot lowly started to slide away all by itself and when I tried to stand more on my other foot it too started to wander away by its own accord.

 

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Everything happened in slow motion, I desperately tried to get a good grip on the gate but nothing helped as I slowly, slowly slid down into the water back first ๐Ÿ™‚ It was so ridiculous that I just lay there on my back in the water laughing out loud as the water, rather cold I can tell You, worked its way in towards my body ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to roll around to be able to get up whileย the water was running down my legs.

 

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I was thinking about going inside again and change clothes but decided that I just as well could drive to work because who knows if this had happened again the next time I reached the gate? It took a few hours but I did finally dry up ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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It is time for something to eat and some warm cocoa I think.

Have a great day!


Bill paying day!

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I’m late as always on Mondays and I’ll have to pay my bills after this so todays post will be a short one.

 

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It is rather warm outside and the snow is melting rather fast, the only problem I have with that is that the roads in the village get so Icy that it is hard to walk here. I almost slid by my mailbox when I came home ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The bigger roads however were really good and thank g for that because it was so thick fog that I hardly could see the road sometimes. So once again I must admit that they were right in the weather predictions!! That can actually be a sign of the end of the world as we know it ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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It is time to pay my bills and after that I’ll have something to eat.

 

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Have a great day!


I must admit, they were right :-)

Yes there is fog but I had hoped for thicker than this.

Yes there is fog but I had hoped for thicker than this.

They had promised fog all day today and fog we had but as we say over here,it was nothing to write home about. It is not until now when the sun is about to go down that it really thickened up properly. I guess that it will be as thickest when I’m on my way to work tomorrow, when I really don’t want any fog ๐Ÿ™‚ I must however admit that the predictions were absolutely right and that isn’t something I say often ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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It has been a rather nice day temperature wise, 4C (39,2F) and the snow is melting away rather fast. There’s still plenty around but the dripping from our roofs have been steady and I have seen gravel on the road where they have plowed it. Even the stairs to my door will be snow free by tomorrow if it doesn’t get too cold during the night. Still, I have started a fire in the stove just in case the humidity outside would try to get indoors too.

 

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I’ve done the laundry like I always do on Sundays, I still have a few working t-shirts to do since the powder paint tends to get stuck on anything that is washed at the same time. I really should do the dishes too but I don’t feel that I have the energy for it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m pretty sure it won’t run away so it can wait until tomorrow instead. I’ll also make dinner for work today, I’ll have meatballs, breakfast sausages and I think pasta with a tomato sauce. I really would like fried potatoes but then I need to boil the potatoes and then fry them and as I said I don’t have the energy for it ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Less fog when we went out in the afternoon.

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Well I better start with the dinner and after that I’ll make myself something else to eat now. All the animals have already gotten their food so they will all sit by my side while I make my food just in case I would drop something or give them bitsย of it ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

It returnmed before we came home though.

It returned before we came home though.


Suddenly I saw my own foot prints.

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It has been cold when one walks out in the morning thinking that it’s really warm when it still is -3,5C (25,7F) ๐Ÿ™‚ The weak wind we had yesterday was gone but lots of the rime and snow that had been on the trees were gone, at least close to the village. It was a very different thing out on the bog. We went out here because no hunters showed up this morning and tomorrow will be too late since it will start to warm up rather much.

 

Today of all days I decide not to have the tele-photo lens. Can You see the little dark spot way back in the photo? That's a fox and  it didn't run away for as long as we watched it even if it knew we were there. I guess it was really hungry.

Today of all days I decide not to have the tele-photo lens. Can You see the little dark spot way back in the photo? That’s a fox and it didn’t run away for as long as we watched it even if it knew we were there. I guess it was really hungry.

This photo is cropped a lot. It is a big fox, almost as high as Nova. I'm pretty sure it must be a grandson of the big one we had here when I just had moved here, it became a buddy to Hector :-)

This photo is cropped a lot. It is a big fox, almost as high as Nova. I’m pretty sure it must be a grandson of the big one we had here when I just had moved here, it became a buddy to Hector ๐Ÿ™‚

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Today I wanted to walk where we usually walk on the bog but had to take a small detour because of the deep snow that had accumulated amongst the smaller bushes. Someone with small feet had walked there recently but as I followed those tracks towards the island we always follow they suddenly stopped, they sort of started in the middle of nowhere ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a very pleasant morning and the dogs ran around everywhere but still close to me so I didn’t have to shout to get them to come back.

 

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We found this place where several deer had been both sleeping and eating.

We found this place where several deer had been both sleeping and eating.

We had been walking for around 45 minutes when we came to the point where we usually turn back again but something told me to continue for a while and suddenly I started to recognise some fallen trees. I think I walked perhaps ten meters (much the same in yards) away from where I usually stop and suddenly I found my foot prints from last Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ Instead of turning right I had continued towards north for around 45 minutes last week ๐Ÿ™‚ I realised that I had a very clear picture in my mind of how it looked ahead of me but not about how it actually looks from where I came ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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In my mind I had open space on both directions but the truth is that the area where I came from is filled with lots of thin birches ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I know where to turn if I get the chance to walk there again this winter. So instead of walking back the same way we came we just walked back to the other side where we walked the last week. We could hear one or two dogs bark in the distance but I don’t think it was hunting dogs, these didn’t sound as if they were on a mission, more like they had loads of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I also heard the same chainsaw we heard last Sunday.

 

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Sometimes friends on Facebook show where they have been running with the help of gps I think. I wonder if I could do something like that with my new phone? It would actually be nice to be able to see exactly where I walked and if I get that deep into the bog as I believe I do. Perhaps one need one of those exercisingย ย jigamathings ย they all now days where, I think it takes the time and pulse and all those sort of things. I need to check that, I know I have gps in both this old phone and the new one so perhaps there’s a chance?

 

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This kind of lichen grow really slow and only where the air is clean. All standing photos are more manageable if You click on them.

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It is time to make a pot of tea or perhaps coffee, watch some ski biathlon on tv and then out for another walk again. I’ll send six more rolls of film to the developer on Monday so hopefully we’ll have lots to see some time next week or the week after that.

 

Suddenly I realised that I had taken a photo of this tree last week :-)

Suddenly I realised that I had taken a photo of this tree last week ๐Ÿ™‚

And there they were, my old foot prints in the snow :-)

And there they were, my old foot prints in the snow ๐Ÿ™‚

This tree is hard to not remember so I was sure we were on the right track home again.

This tree is hard to not remember so I was sure we were on the right track home again.

I've taken several photos of this tree too but then it was covered in rime instead.

I’ve taken several photos of this tree too but then it was covered in rime instead.

Have a great day!

 

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On our way home again.

On our way home again.


They sure weren’t going to make it easy for me.

There was a slight wind when we were out walking so there might not be any snow or rime on the trees tomorrow.

There was a slight wind when we were out walking so there might not be any snow or rime on the trees tomorrow.

I woke up around 4am today by the nasty smell of cat poop. It is impossible to ignore so up I went and down to the bottom floor. I walked very carefully just to avoid where ever it might be laying on the floor, Teodor doesn’t go to the litter box if his brother has been there before him. But I had to sort of apologize to him because he had actually gone to the shower and pooped where the water goes down the drains.

 

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I do prefer that he goes there than anywhere else to be honest. The smell was truly nasty but what was even more nasty was all the worms I saw. My first thought was that I would need to get some wormingpills directly after work but then I remembered that I should have some in the cupboard that contains everything and right I was. I had just enough pills for all of them, the dogs too ๐Ÿ™‚ The dogs were no problem but the cats did struggle a bit. Thankfully none of them tried to bite me but they sure weren’t going to make it easy for me ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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So glad to have done the job without injuries on either me or the cats and that I wouldn’t have to go to the pharmacy anyway I relaxed and tried to get that awful smell out of the cottage. I think it took around 20 minutes before Bertil threw up and he too had worms. I’m pretty sure 20 minutes is too little for the pill to work so I had to go to the pharmacy anyway. I think he got so surprised when I wanted to give him another pill when I came home from work so even if I just dropped it down his mouth he swallowed it without any fight this time ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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It was no fun in the grocery store, people in the town of Falkรถping just don’t understand how to behave in the isles. If you have missed something in an isle you just don’t try to turn around with the cart in the isle when they are trying to fill up the shelves with new items, it is especially bad if you don’t understand that the isle is just too narrow to do such a thing because you will get stuck :-)One shouldn’t just leave the cart either because the ones behind might want to continue with their shopping and not wait until the person finally have found what ever it was.

 

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Another thing that isn’t good is to decide that all the rest of the customers are walking in the wrong direction and refuse to step aside when you meet them. I think that, for some reason, that it might be they who are right since they all walk the same direction. Some people just don’t understand that ๐Ÿ™‚ Well I got out in one piece and fetched my phone and drove home. Isn’t it fun how many different sizes a sim car can have? It must be a rule that the new phone never should have the same kind that is in the old one. So here I have this new phone but I can’t use it ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Something even more fun is that when one is waiting to reach an operator and is number two in line, the old phone decides that this was boring and turn itself off ๐Ÿ™‚ The first time I only waited for twenty minutes, the second for twenty-five ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’ll have the new sim card on Tuesday they think. Life is just too fun sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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It is time to make some tea and something to eat. Tomorrow will be chilly too but after that it’ll get warmer again. Oh the joy of driving on slippery roads on Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Have a great day!


I did wonder if I really was any better.

Todays photos are taken with the Edixa Prismaflex.

Todays photos are taken with the Edixa Prismaflex. Standing photos will be more manageable if You click on them.

I started to get bored yesterday so I thought that must mean I’m getting better. So off to work I drove today, the morning was slightly chilly -18C (-0,4F) and the ice on the car windows sat as if it was glued ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t even pretend I didn’t think that I still might be sick and should stay at home one more day ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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I had a rather calm day but I’m still so tired that it would be really nice to go to bed already now but I will fight and not go to bed until 9pm ๐Ÿ™‚ I must admit that it feels nice to know that it is Friday tomorrow and that my work day ands at noon ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll drive to Falkรถping to pick up my new phone so I might as well buy everything I need during the weekendย in the super market since that’s where they have the package delivery place now days.

 

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It is just as cold now as it was this morning but all weather sites says that we on Sunday will get much warmer temperatures and it will stay warm for several days after that. Normally I would say I like it but it is still so early that we most likely will get nasty cold weather again so it could just as well stay cold until spring. The roads will be very slippery for a while now and that I don’t like. I don’t mind if the snow melts away though ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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It is time to put more fire logs in the stove and to make myself something to eat. I do hope it isn’t as cold tomorrow morning as it was today, it took a long time for my fingers to get warm again ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Have a great day!

 

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