It is another steam bath day, high humidity and rather warm. There is however a weak wind and it just makes it even worse 🙂 It is like walking around in a steam bath where they have a fan working 🙂 The flies are nasty and they are predicting thunder around noon, I do hope they are right this time. We were supposed to have thunder last night but I could just hear it once or twice from a great distance.
I mowed the lawn yesterday, perhaps not the best idea I’ve had in my life 🙂 I figured that it might be the chance I had because it was supposed to rain during the night and we’ll also have rain several days next week. I divided my garden in to four squares and as soon as I had mowed one square I went inside to drink lots of water and to rest for a while. I have to admit that it was much easier than I thought it would be. The grass was really high but dry so it didn’t fill up the mower around the blades like it always does when the grass is wet. My neighbor took most of what I mow outside the garden, he knew I had that high fever. I have the best neighbors one can get!
I had to go to the grocery store in Gudhem this morning, cats don’t like it when their food bowl is empty 🙂 I also bought some aspirin, I really can’t take any of those medications since they already have destroyed my stomach but aspirin is one of the few I can take a pill once in a while. I have headache after coughing so much and coffee just don’t help any more. I didn’t see what kind they gave me until I came home, this one is supposed to melt in the mouth. It was one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever had 🙂 🙂 🙂 It wasn’t until after I had it I read I could put it in half a glass of water instead 🙂
I have some laundry to do but that’s it today. I’ll just relax all day and hope that the aspirin helps with the coughing too so that I at least get one night of sleep before work tomorrow 🙂
Have a great day!
Today we celebrate Midsummer’s eve here in Sweden, a holiday as big as Christmas over here. The traditions go way back and the christian church did of course do what it could to make it a truly christian holiday and one could say they failed miserably 🙂 They made tomorrow John the Baptist day since it is 6 months before Christmas day so that sort of fits rather well. If You ask anyone today when John the Baptist’s day is I’m pretty very few would be able to say the right day. For some reason we Swedes always celebrate the eve, never the actual day 🙂 Tomorrow will be a day to cure hangovers for many people and in nine months lots of kids will be born 🙂
The Midsummer pole, some also call it the may pole but in this case the swedish word for may doesn’t mean the month but to dress, is dressed with leafy twigs and flowers. Some say that tradition is very old others that it came from Germany in the early middle ages, what we do know however is that back in the days they had huge bonfires but to be honest, it is not so wise to have if the summer is dry, who knows how well that fire will spread with some help from the wind 🙂 Anyway, the midsummer pole is dressed and risen early in the day and later in the day people will start dancing around it. My favorite song is the little frogs and it is quite fun to see grown up jump like little frogs around the pole 🙂 Another favorite is of course the priest’s little crow who drove a car by himself and we all know that is a pretty difficult task for a crow so he slides here and there until he ends up in the ditch and of course that’s what all dancing will do too 🙂
I’m still not especially well to be honest, the coughing has kept me awake most parts of the night and I’ve now seen a lot of night-time tv and I won’t miss that when this finally is over 🙂 I now also have an aching right foot heel 🙂 I gave up after waking ap the zillionth time coughing my lungs out and walked downstairs. I’m not sure why but when I had three more steps to walk before I had come down to the bottom floor I just too one big leap out in the air 🙂
I’m not quite sure how I did it but I landed like a super hero always does in films, You know when they land in high speed and hard but in full control sort of half kneeling with one hand on the ground 🙂 🙂 🙂 I guess looking at all these super heroe movies finally paid off 🙂 Still I did land on something with my right heel and I can feel that very well right now 🙂 I think that the coughing at least has stopped when I’m awake though, it would have been better if I coughed while awake but not while I was sleeping though but at this stage I’ll take anything 🙂
The fever came back too but today it finally has lowered so much that I think it is over for this time. So it looks like I have been through the worst now but I won’t celebrate until it is over 🙂 I’ve had the kitchen door open as much as possible (we’ve had lots of rain so it has been open in between showers) so that the dogs have been able to go outside as they’ve pleased. Taking walks have not been an option, My energy has run out after just a few yards 🙂 Unfortunately that has meant lots of flies in my home and today I finally gave up and brought out the heavy weapon, fly poison spray! It is some kind of nerve toxin which is harmless for mammals and spiders for instance but very effective towards flies. Smells bad though so I forced the dogs outside while it was doing its job. There will soon be thousand more here but at the moment my home is nicely fly free 🙂
We’ll celebrate Midsummer’s eve here tomorrow, it is almost or perhaps just as big as Christmas here and even though the christian church tried to make it a christian holiday (John the Baptist’s birth day) they failed utterly and it is still a very pagan holiday here. This should of course have been celebrated on the solstice but politicians didn’t seem to like that we had another paid holiday so they moved Midsummer so that Midsummer’s day always came on a Saturday. How they failed, even employers want to have Midsummer’s eve off so together with the unions they decided we should have Midsummer’s eve off but with full pay 🙂 but more about our holiday tomorrow.
It is time to try and fall asleep sitting in front of the tv again. It is sunny and rather warm with very low humidity outside today, would have been perfect to take walks in if I hadn’t had this cold. Tomorrow might get nasty warm with humidity around 97 % all day, so even if I’m much better by then I still won’t have any energy to do anything anyway 🙂
Have a great day!
I’ve had the most wonderful morning today. I drove quite early to the hospital to get my insoles and was lucky to be the first one there. I don’t think it took more than five minutes to get them adjusted to my two pair of shoes. After that I drove to the marina, the sun was shining and there was a weak but just enough warm breeze to keep me cool. I took several photos but only with old cameras, it would have been too much with my digital too because old cameras weigh lots more than modern ones.
Vacation season has started and I saw lots of people walking their dogs and I wished I could have brought my two too, Sune would have loved to swim in the lake, Nova would have liked to drink the water 🙂 There was also a big group of Canadian geese and those are not birds to mess with 🙂 They refused to move when I came walking so I had to walk in a half circle around them and realised how much they poop, it looked like lots of smallish dog poops to be honest but they were green 🙂 I also passed through thick clouds of midges, our black flies but they don’t like me especially much thankfully. I think one or maybe two bit me but that’s it.
It was when I walked by the water I suddenly started to long for the ocean. The lake is big enough so it behaves like an ocean in most ways but there it doesn’t smell the same, no salty smell with a touch of seaweed and that smell that is so hard to describe. Small fish jumped up in the air so I think pike, walleye and perch might have been out hunting or perhaps even trout. I guess it would have been a good morning to fish so I almost regretted not bringing a fishing rod. We can fish for free in the ocean and the five big lakes here but we do need a fishing license in almost all other waters.
I parked the car in the center of the city too and walked around for an hour or so before I finally found an open café. Odd that they don’t open early so people can have their morning coffee and a croissant there. I could however get some Thai food already when I arrived in the city, they obviously don’t think it is odd to have cooked food that early in the morning 🙂 I just can’t eat cooked food that early though so I never went in even though it smelled delicious.
It takes around an hour to get to Falköping from Lidköping if one drives legally 🙂 so I had to leave before 11am if I wanted to be in time for my appointment at the optician. I did have some time left when I arrived so I walked around in Falköping too. I bought some tea and the best ice cream there is in that town before I went to the optician which is on the same street.
We managed to take a short walk when I came home, the flies drove Nova crazy so she turned homewards as soon as she could, there aren’t that many flies but they behave insane so I think thunder might come soon, they predict thunder for tomorrow. None had however predicted showers for today and I guess that none of us is surprised that it did rain here 🙂
It is time for a pot of tea and after that a walk if the flies starts to behave normal again.
Have a great day!
We’re having a warm afternoon, sunless and windless and it feels like we were going to get thunder any time soon but I doubt that. The flies behave that crazy as they always do before a good thunderstorm though. It’s odd, almost all of Europe has lots of thunder right now, even our neighboring countries but not a single place here in Sweden 🙂
The rain didn’t just wake up lots of flies it also made the grass start to grow. We didn’t get that much rain here though but it was enough for those two things I’m afraid. Still, mostly non biting but rather irritating flies so far and not so many that I feel the need to wear my mosquito hat even if a few of them tried to see what my ear looks like inside.
I have the day off tomorrow but won’t be sleeping especially late in the morning anyway. First I’ll go to the hospital in Lidköping to get my new insoles and when I’ve done that I’ll walk around some in the city and I’ll bring two old cameras so I can take photographs both in the city and the marina. Lidköping is placed by the biggest lake in Sweden, Vänern (it is by the way the third biggest lake in Europe but still Tiny compared to the big lakes on the American continent).
I also have an appointment with my optician and that’s at 12 so I can’t stay too long in Lidköping because my optician is in Falköping. I have to pass my village on the way there and that’s always a bit annoying since I usually want to drive home when I do that 🙂 If I still have film in my cameras I’ll take a few photos there too. I think I’ll go to the Tea and Coffee shop in Falköping as well, it’s on the same street as my optician. I’ll not only buy tea they also sell the best ice cream there is, a bit expensive perhaps but well worth it.
No more things to do after that the entire weekend, well the laundry and lawn mowing but that’s a given if the grass grows and I want clean clothes 🙂 It is time to make something to eat and I’ll have some tea too, I am after all not going to work tomorrow so I can stay up a bit late if the tea works that way 🙂
Have a great day!
I can’t even pretend I was impressed by the Swedish team yesterday but at least they didn’t lose. 1-1 and that’s only because the Irishmen nicked the ball in to their own goal 🙂 🙂 Mostly the Swedish players ran around like chickens with panick attacks 🙂 I doubt they have any bigger chance to go especially far this year.
Really nice weather today and the predicted rain for tomorrow is no longer predicted, not the rain that would come on Thursday or Friday either but instead they warn for loads of rain on Saturday. The one who lives will know as the old Swedish saying goes 🙂
I’ve very little more to say today so I give up now and see You all on Thursday.
Have a great day!
We’re having a rather wonderful morning here at the outskirts of the world. Sunny, warm and with a weak wind just enough cool to make it even more pleasant. Always flies in the air but still unusually few and even fewer ticks of which I’m thankful.
To get even further away from the world we took our morning walk out on the bog. We were actually there already yesterday afternoon because my neighbors had been there and told me it was so dry out there that it was possible to walk around without sinking anywhere. I did hesitate a while because I thought there would be lots of ticks, mosquitos and midges there but then again it is voles and mice who spreads ticks more than other animals and voles would drown if they tried to dig in the ground out there and mice stays mostly on the islands so we avoided to walk there.
I climbed up one of the hunting towers in the hope of seeing some wildlife but except for small birds I couldn’t see anything but trees and cotton-grass. To be honest it was enough for me that there were no biting insects and hardly any other flies either 🙂 They all seems to have moved in to my cottage instead 🙂 I really need to buy more sticky fly paper again.
I better go outside to water the pots now since we’re going to have sunshine all day and after that I’ll have a pot of tea, one can never have too much tea in life 🙂
Have a great day!
I’m sort of lazy when it comes to shaving so long periods I have the right style with a hipster beard 🙂 Yesterday I thought it was time to get rid of it and brought out my trimmer. I stood in the bathroom and trimmed away when the machine, wich has a cord, started to hack. I didn’t think much of it but tried to keep the cord in a way that it at least would work until I was finished.
Suddenly big flames came out of the machine! I shouted something like AAAAAH in a high-pitched voice and was about to toss it in the sink but realised that would be a rather stupid idea since I had a newspaper there to collect all the hair, that would have been a smelly start of a nice fire 🙂 So I dropped it on the floor, still burning and tore out the cord from the jacket but the bl…. thing kept on burning 🙂 So I ran out to the kitchen and tossed it in that sink instead. I tossed it in a clay pot and placed it in the garden during the night 🙂 I looked slightly derange in my face, some places had still lots of beard left and it was a bit tricky to shave it all off 🙂
My printer hate me too! We’re going to have our annual road association meeting so I was going to print out the calling to the meeting and also last years protocol. I had bought black ink this year since it refused to print out anything no matter what color I chose as long as there was no black print. So I was printing out the calling when I noticed that the text was clear blue! I know I had adjusted the printer for black text but still there it was in clear blue 🙂 As soon as all calling notes had been printed the printer told me I had no blue ink left. No problems I thought, I’ll get the protocol in black so I don’t need blue.
Of course I needed blue, it refused to print anything in black as long as I didn’t have blue print! So away to Falköping I went and bought blue print and when I came back it didn’t fit! I had of course tossed away the old cassette, which by the way had just enough blue ink in it to color my both hand very blue. So back to the store minutes before they closed and I just bought a cassette which I thought looked the same and to my big surprise it was the right kind. So finally I could print the protocol. Guess if I got surprised that every letter it printed just had the edges in black, inside it was totally white?!
It didn’t matter what I did it continued in the same way. So then I thought, I have a lot of blue ink now so if I adjust the printer to make the letters very dark blue instead, that should make the text look almost black. I now have the protocol and the text is purple and I have given up 🙂 I truly hate printers but I need one and every year it is the same battle and the printer always win 🙂
It is time for something to eat and after that I’ll see if there’s anything interesting on tv. I now have a channel for free again (I don’t know for how long though, it can be gone tomorrow or in two weeks), it shows all my favorite comedies but there’s one problem, there’s no sound 🙂 I can however say that since we always have subtitles in shows made in another language it is just as fun anyway 🙂
Have a great day!
Just as nice weather today as yesterday, lots of sunshine, just enough warm and a nice breeze to keep us cool while being in the sunshine. From now on it will go downhill with the weather. It will get cooler, almost cold if the predictions are right (which I doubt since they rarely are) and we might get rain. Farmers might want rain but I’m quite happy without it, just think of all the time I save on lawn mowing 🙂
I woke up before the sun rose today (which by the way was at 4:05 am) but since it is very bright long before the sun rise we went out on our morning walk. It was almost as chilly as yesterday but a worn down fleece jacket was just enough to keep me warm. Lots of birds flew around but most other animals seemed to rather take it easy a few more minutes. I could hear the ravens argue again and today I know why, crows have moved in on their area. They truly don’t like each other.
Ravens are much bigger and stronger than crows but crows are faster and more agile in the air so it looks like they manage to drive off the ravens and they are not happy about it. I’m pretty sure the ravens will get the place back because they often hang out in groups of several generations and as soon as the older ones can leave their nests the crows will be history. Nice to see them here for a while though, I like our crows.
It is our National day today but very few know why we celebrate it, to be honest we haven’t had a national day for especially long, today used to be the Swedish Flag Day. What we are celebrating is that on June sixth 1523 Gustav Vasa became our king. He was a tyrant that happily slaughtered the ones that had helped him to power, he also was the one making sure the first son of the ruling king would be the king to come. He had three (official) sons who all were more or less insane and all became king of this country. The oldest one for instance Eric 14, married his concubine and he was later imprisoned by his brothers and poisoned with arsenic put in his pea soup. His wife and children were moved to Finland but alive and not allowed to ever claim the crown.
The second reason is that we in 1809 got a new constitution which gave the king less power and the parliament more. The first reason is just stupid to celebrate since he was anything but a pleasant ruler but the second is a good reason but nothing we go out and celebrates on the streets 🙂 They are trying to make this day to something big. like in Norway or the USA but most of us just enjoy the weather if it is nice 🙂 The ones truly celebrating this day are either the extreme right or immigrants, an odd combination 🙂
It is time for a pot of tea and after that another walk I think, it is still rather cool outside so most flies are still waiting to get warm enough to fly around to annoy us all 🙂
Have a great day!
We’re back at more normal summer temperatures here now, around 22C (71,6F) during the day and around 10C (50F) during the night but this night was a bit more chilly. I looked at the thermometer just before we went out for our morning walk and it told me it was 3,5C (38,3F) outside in the sunshine 🙂
It was actually really, really nice but I did wear a fleece jacket. The sun warms us up but the shadows are a tad cold for quite some time. We still have very low humidity so no morning dew today either. That however means the ticks won’t be around either so even if I miss the dew I really like the tick situation 🙂 Not many other animals around either to be honest but the ravens had a huge fight with something, they were so noisy that they could be heard all over the village.
I’ve done something with my right thumb, I don’t know what but it hurts like h… every time I move it 🙂 I haven’t hit it in anything and I have no smaller or bigger wounds in it either. I noticed the pain yesterday evening and thought that it would be gone this morning but it got worse instead. I can move it and it gets a bit better if I continue to move it every now and again but as soon as I keep it still for a few minutes it’s the same again. This is not a week to not being able to work because I’m the only painter who will be there all week. Lots of school graduations next week too. Thankfully I’m ambidexter so as long as nothing happens to my left hand things would work 🙂
I must go to the super market today. I really need mosquito nets and I’ll see if I can find a small fan too, just in case the heat returns. We all fear that this was the summer we’ll get this year. Last year started out much the same (less hot though) and as soon as our vacations started the cold and rainy weather came to stay. Looking at it statistically if May is hot June will be cool and July hot. Almost always a lot of rain though because the summer months here are also the ones with most water falling from the sky. Climate change however has changed things so now the weather turns anywhere all the time 🙂
It is time to get some breakfast and as soon as I hear that my neighbors are awake I’ll drive to the super market. I don’t want to goo to early just in case the dogs would start to bark in the dog yard when I drive away. They say they rarely do but if they do it will of course be on a Sunday morning 🙂 Normally I would be really annoyed if I had to go to a supermarket on a Sunday but we’re having a holiday tomorrow, our national day, so it doesn’t feel like I’m destroying the last day of the weekend.
Have a great day!