High humidity, cloudy sky and warmish isn’t that nice to be walking in to be honest, it is the high humidity that sort of dampens the joy of being out walking. The weak wind there is doesn’t help much but the humidity has already sunken quite dramatically so it does feel better when sitting here in the kitchen with the door open. The clouds are thick but every now and again there’s a tiny rip in them allowing the sunshine to hit the ground for a few seconds at a time.
No rain is predicted for today so the grass might get a chance to dry up and I a chance to mow it. They predict some sunshine for tomorrow though so I guess I’ll get the chance then if I can’t do it today. To be honest, the predictions change just as much as always so it might end up with a hurricane instead 🙂 I won’t complain too much as long as we don’t get frosty nights, I’ve started to bring plants outside for the summer so frosty nights are a no-no from now on.
We walked in some high and wet grass this morning and that is tick paradise. I picked over twenty crawling ticks from both dogs and a few that already was sitting there drinking blood. Nast creatures and they aren’t even especially popular amongst animals as food. Most birds avoid them so it seems they are here on this planet top spread diseases and death. I guess that’s important for nature too, there would be too many animals around otherwise but I still can’t pretend to think ticks are something we really need 🙂
The worlds biggest half marathon takes place today in my old home town. 64 000 people have signed up to participate! I did it once and that was quite enough for me 🙂 They have a good weather to run that far today, not too hot or too cold. There is always some people who do this that really shouldn’t and heart attacks aren’t uncommon amongst them. Even worse are damaged knees or other joints though. The Beekeeper usually run but I did see his car here this morning so perhaps he doesn’t this year.
It is time for a pot of tea before I do anything else today. Sune is sleeping on the kitchen stairs, there’s some sunlight hitting it at the moment and Nova does the same in the living room, I would like to do the same but I know I’ll sleep for too long so I think I’ll skip it 🙂
Have a great day!
It didn’t look especially nice outside when I looked through the windows, a bit dark and dreary to be honest. I have to say it was actually quite nice when we were out walking even if it was around 0C (32F) but since there is no wind at all it is quite pleasant outside. Ok the humidity is sky-high but I can take that when it is a bit chilly.
Beside the bird song not a sound could be heard. I had hoped to see a badger today but they always seem to have gone back to bed when we’re out walking. I can’t complain though since we saw lots of other animals instead today. First I saw a cat hiding in a ditch and managed to distract Sune so he would try to say hi to it, not all cats like that 🙂
After that we walked in to a deer, she didn’t care much about us. She just stood there watching us pass by and then she continued to grace as if nothing had happened. Canadian geese came flying from all directions out to the fields to graze as well, we have many more here now than what we had when I moved here. We also saw a couple of Greylag geese flying above us and those were rare here back in those days.
We didn’t go far until I saw a fox. I tried to get as close as possible and at the same time tried to tell a more or less deaf dog to come closer to me without alerting it 🙂 🙂 Nova just kept on walking like always so we didn’t get as close as I had hoped but I did get a few photographs of it anyway. To my big surprise another fox turned up when the first one ran away, so both mother and father fox were out hunting, that must mean the pups are big enough to be left alone now.
Playing fox cubs are the cutest thing there is and I once hired a summer cottage a bit north. There was a small village with two grocery stores! nearby (today it is surprising if a village has anything at all to be honest) and I had decided to walk to one of the grocery stores to get a few things I needed. On my way back to the cottage I suddenly saw five small fox cubs playing on the gravel road. I stood there for almost half an hour just watching them and I’m pretty sure mother fox was watching me 🙂
The clouds are getting thinner and my aunt in Gothenburg just texted me that they have sunshine and 20C (68F) in the sun at 8:30 in the morning. So that’s what I am waiting for right now. I don’t trust our weather predictions but they sound pretty nice at the moment, sunshine the entire next week and they think we might reach 20C (68F) in the shadows by the end of next weekend, that would be nice especially since I have a long weekend then. Ascension day is on Thursday and it is a holiday here and I’ve taken Friday off 🙂
It is time to get something to eat and then just wait for the even nicer weather to arrive 🙂
Have a great day!
The night was rather chilly so the world was covered in a thing white frost layer, quite beautiful ans since the sun is slightly blocked by thin clouds it stayed for quite some time. Even though we went out later than yesterday the cranes hadn’t arrived and when they finally did we already had passed that field and I really didn’t want to walk back. These cranes are the local ones so we’ll get plenty of chances to see them later anyway.
I can’t decide whether I want to take a nap or to go on another walk. I did nap too long yesterday so even if I was really tired yesterday evening I still had troubles falling asleep. The problem is that if even if one set the alarm it is too hard to get up if one still is very sleepy 🙂 I’ve heard that a nap shouldn’t be longer than maximum 30 minutes, I’m not sure I would have heard the alarm after only 30 minutes yesterday 🙂
I shaved off all my hair on my head yesterday and my skull had the colors I would think a zombie would have 🙂 Lots of pigments from the powder paint was still there despite me washing my hair every day 🙂 It was a bit chilly on the walk this morning, I didn’t wear anything on my head 🙂 but it is amazing how fast one gets used to it, it felt absolutely ok by the time we came home again.
I think we’ll take a walk again and then I’ll see if I need a nap when I come home again. Today I was looking forward to watch an episode of Grimm again, channel six never change what they show no matter what holiday it is. Well it turns out they did this Easter. Ok, they’ll show Tintin (very, very big here in Europe) and after that Ice Age 3 instead but I wanted to watch Grimm, this latest season is really good!
Have a great day!
So a new year begins but I really can’t see any difference. It is a bit warmer than I had expected and we never got any fog as they had predicted, it is more like a slightly thicker haze to be honest. The snow is melting since it is above 0C (32F) but the melting water just freeze when it covers the road, so the road does look as if it is glazed with glass.
It was an adventure to walk in to the village because I think it would have been smarted to wear ice skates than rubber boots 🙂 It looked as if there was a safe piece to walk on in the middle of the road but there wasn’t. The gravel was just as slippery there as it was elsewhere, so I mostly walked in the ditches all the way round 🙂 It was so much better when I walked out to the fields instead where only a few tractors had been driving and the snow just melted without freezing to ice again.
I’ve looked almost everywhere but I just can’t find my crampons. Today it feels like I should wear the kinds they have while climbing on icy mountains 🙂 Perhaps it would be worth buying those kinds, I would look very odd walking around in those but I would know for certainty that I never would slip on any icy ground 🙂 They would last for a very long time too so I guess the high price would in the long run be a very low one instead 🙂
I tried to stay awake until the new year would arrive yesterday but being a very early morning person made that almost impossible, so I gave up around 11pm and I think I haven’t slept this well in a very long time. Not a single firework was used in the village but I did hear quite a lot from a distance around 10 pm yesterday. Perhaps they were celebrating the new year in each and every time zone in the world?
It is time to take another walk again before it gets dark, today is around 1,5 minutes longer than yesterday 🙂
Have a great day!
We didn’t get any frost last night and the fog we got was sort of a waste to be honest. It was more like a bit thicker haze and only made everything look grey and dull, all colors were dampened. The hunters arrived early too so we couldn’t take a walk in the forest either which annoyed me a bit.
I tried to take photos of the night sky last night and scared my neighbor when I suddenly started to talk to her when she went out into her garden, I had turned of all my lights so she couldn’t see me and I thought it would be a good idea to tell her I was out there 🙂 I think it was better to do that than that she would start to wonder what was moving around in my garden making quiet but odd sounds 🙂
But all photos came out rather blurry, the tele-photo lens is heavy enough for both my tripods to start moving slightly, I had the shutter open for 30 seconds. So tonight I’ll go outside again but with a much smaller lens and try it again and hope for the best.
It looks like the sun finally is breaking through the clouds and they have predicted a sunny afternoon so I hope they’re right for once. I really need to vacuum this place and to scrub the floors too but that can wait until tomorrow, I just don’t have the energy to do it now even if I have had a rather nice nap 🙂
I could of course go outside to the wood shed to chop some fire wood but I think I rather make some tea and see if there’s anything on tv or take another walk with the dogs 🙂
Have a great day!
I woke up to a foggy morning, with frost! Too bad I had to drive to work because the light was fantastic when it became strong enough. I did take a few photos at work but I haven’t moved them to my computer yet. I can mail them to myself which is the easiest way but I never remember to do it 🙂 I did try Bluetooth a few weeks ago and that was more or less a disaster 🙂
I placed the phone right beside the laptop and both it and both started to search after each other. It took twenty minutes until they found each other 🙂 🙂 🙂 The distance was less than two inches and still it took that long. When my phone finally started to transmit the photos I’ve chosen only one managed to arrive to my laptop 🙂 I blame of course windows 8 even if it most likely has absolutely nothing to do with it 🙂
They say we’ll have much the same morning tomorrow and perhaps on Saturday too. I do like the fog when I don’t have to work, I’m not that fond of it when I need to drive around in it 🙂 especially not when we have frost and the roads might be a bit slippery. In my mind, all the way to work, I see how big animals run out in front of my car and even though I do what I can to stop the car I fail and hit the poor animal. Guess if I drive extra carefully mornings like these 🙂
My car still acts a bit odd now and again so the garage has decided they need to drive around in it because they can see that things doesn’t work as they should when they check with the computer but they can’t see why and it seems that there are several different thing on the car that can cause this problem. So I’ll drive there on Monday morning and take their car to work. I think this is a better solution that to change each and every thing that might be the bad part, with my luck it would be the last part they change that would be the broken one 🙂
It is time for something to eat and I think I’ll have cocoa with it. I have been thinking of starting a fire in the stove but I don’t have much fire wood here in the kitchen and I really have no wish to go outside to chop some more, it is cold outside 🙂
Have a great day!
We’re having a really nice day, almost summer warm, no clouds in the sky but very windy. A big storm is passing north of here (Norway will be hit the worst I’ve read) and some of the wind reach us too. The forest takes the most of it so I can mostly just hear it here but my car was tossed here and there on my way home. First I went to the vet station to get Orvar back home and after that I drove to the garage to get a rubber gasket because one was broken on my car and some oil dropped out on the hot engine. Not much but the smell wasn’t nice 🙂
I have now had three days without waking up because I was coughing so I think it is safe to say that the cold now has passed away. I still have a hoarse voice but that’s nothing compared to coughing 🙂 I hope that this was the cold I got this year but I’m afraid it wasn’t 🙂 People at work who has small children tend to bring everything their children gets to work with them and no one seems to be smart enough to stay at home when they start feeling that the cold has hit them.
I’ll get new working hours for the three coming weeks. We have so much to do so it isn’t enough that people work overtime any longer, so from Monday I’ll start and stop working an hour earlier Monday to Thursday but have the same hours on Friday. When I go home in the afternoon a new shift starts and they’ll be working way into the night. I wouldn’t mind to continue to have these hours after these three weeks either, it won’t be long until it is dark when I leave home and dark when I leave work. If I could stop working an hour earlier I would get at least half an hour with daylight when I stop working.
I am however not sure that those who start working an hour before me wants to continue with that, 5:30 am is awfully early to start working and they would have to get up at least an hour earlier than that if they want to get to work in time 🙂 I start working an hour later than them because it takes about an hour for the material that I’ll paint to reach the paint box, it has to pass a huge washing machine and a drier before I can paint it.
It is time to make some food both for the dogs and me. After that we’ll probably take another walk. I would like to take a walk in the forest but the moose flies are a bit nasty now. I’ll go there tomorrow morning if it is chilly enough.
Have a great day!
The annual vehicle inspection didn’t go too well, there weren’t especially many problems to be honest but they will cost some I’m afraid. I have no idea what it is called in English but it has something to do with the wheels and how they are able to move when the road isn’t smooth. Three wheels were bad enough so I have an appointment at the garage next Tuesday. With the bad breaks I now will have spent so much that I really need to keep the car at least one more year 🙂
Well I would have anyway but now it’s a must, I could have bought another car that would last at least one year for this money. Now, I rarely pay much for a car so that really doesn’t say much 🙂 but I think You understand how I mean. But I did have a nice morning with the dogs, there was no use in going to work before the inspection since I just would have left shortly after getting to work anyway. We had a sunny but slightly hazy morning here and it is now warm again 🙂 I hope it lasts a while now, at least over the weekend. I did get a nice little package in the mail yesterday though that made my day. Dianna had sent me some candy from Canada 🙂 It is all gone now and it was delicious 🙂
The entire sky is deep pink right now, the sun is sinking behind the trees and it colors all the clouds. What is it they say, pink or red sky in the evening gives bad weather the next day or is it red sky in the morning gives bad weather later in the day? According to predictions we’ll get sun all day tomorrow so I guess red sky in the evening is a good thing 🙂 I’m glad that the weather will be nice because tomorrow I’ll bring home Orvar, they called from the vet station today to say that his ashes has arrived.
It is time to make some food and perhaps some tea too. I have had one night without coughing and I woke up only once last night so it is finally getting better 🙂 My voice is still very hoarse though but who cares! I can sleep at night again 🙂
Have a great day!
I went to work this morning, by my own free will 🙂 That is something that rarely happens to be honest but I didn’t go there to paint anything, I went there to wash the painting box. I do that with distilled water every Friday morning but every sixth months or so I need stronger stuff to get it clean. I need to wash it several times so it isn’t anything one can do on a normal working day because it would just take too long to get the painting box dry again.
The powder contains some wax and that stuck to the walls and needs to be removed, if not the powder paint just moves slightly on the walls and is almost impossible to get rid of. Until one tries to remove the next paint we’re using and then some of it mixes with the other color and after that I’ll never have any clean color again 🙂
The best thing to use is thinner but then there must be at least one more person there and both of us must have proper breathing equipment or our brains will start to melt away. Another problem is that I’m not sure if all the fumes will have disappeared until we start painting again so it isn’t a good thing to use. I can also use methylated spirits and even if it stinks something bad it still doesn’t melt my brain 🙂
So I brought Sune and Nova with me and went to the factory. No one else showed up while I was there and that was a relief since no one should be there. One time when I was working on a Saturday there also was at least one burglar there too 🙂 Ok, I had four 100 pond dogs with me so I wasn’t especially worried 🙂 Nova and Sune however are much smaller but dogs always scare people if they don’t know them and if they are burglars 🙂
We went to where I lived before I moved here to the village at the outskirts of the world. I had planned to walk in the forest with them but hunters were out hunting so we stayed on the roads by the fields and to the castle that once was built there. It is the youngest castle in Sweden and is just slightly older than 100 years. It has a somewhat interesting history but I’ll tell You more about that when the film rolls from the old cameras are developed. I might have destroyed the film I had in the Hasselblad camera because I dropped it when I was going to tape it together. Light must have leaked in and most likely on the photos I took by the castle. I also had the digital camera with me and the Rolleicord.
Trees have grown big since I moved away fifteen years ago so I couldn’t see the cottage I lived in from where we walked but to be honest, it looks much the same as the cottage I live in now 🙂 It is time to make a pot of tea and after that I think I’ll take a nap.
Have a great day!
We’ve had a really nice summer day again here, nature doesn’t seem to understand that autumn should slowly have arrived now. I can feel autumn in the air when I go to work in the mornings though, it sort of smells like it now. Leafs have started to turn yellow and the autumn berries are all more or less ripe now. But it is so dry now that the mushrooms have stopped growing and they are now drying up and becoming fewer again, it’s only the corpse mushroom (they smell like rotten flesh) that still grows as if it is raining like it has all summer 🙂
Nova is a bit grumpy when it comes to her food now, nothing is good enough for her in the morning, she sniffs at it some and then leaves. I just put it in the fridge as the stone hearted man I am but always put something extra in it in the afternoon when she gets it again 🙂 She’s just the same when it comes to treats, only the best and most expensive is good enough for her 🙂 It usually lasts for a week or two and then she’s back to normal again 🙂
I worked in the neighbor factory today so time just flew by, I was a bit stressed since it was my turn to buy the buns and cookies for our weekly meeting. I managed to arrive just a bit late thankfully 🙂 After work I drove to the pharmacy in Falköping to get Orvar’s medicine and as always they didn’t have it but I ordered it so it will arrive tomorrow and I’ll drive there to get it in the morning, Falköping isn’t that fun to be honest so I’ll try to make it a short visit 🙂 I might make a stop at the Tea and Coffee shop though, I want some cherry tea and they do sell the most delicious ice cream too 🙂 Nasty expensive to be honest but as I said, it is delicious 🙂
No need to mow the lawn this week 🙂 It is so dry now that lots of lawns are turning yellow. Mine isn’t but at least it looks like it has stopped growing 🙂 One of my apple trees have delicious apples ready to be eaten now, they are no good for storage so I just pick them from the tree and start eating. I could of course make an apple pie with them so I better check what I have here at home, I think I need custard or perhaps I should make my own this time but then I need other things, like vanilla.
It is time to have some dinner, today I’ll have sausages and french fries, I’ve just put it all in the oven. I never deep fry the fries myself, hot oil and happy dogs is a bad combination to be honest 🙂