Post-Election Post

November 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

Last Tuesday, U.S. voted for their 45th president. The results revealed a controversial and divisive situation that has been there for years if not decades but which a lot of people haven’t wanted to see before. At this point the actual long-term implications are anyone’s guess.

As a woman, non-native English speaker and an immigrant, I suspect I will be affected; then again, I’m protected by my whiteness, straightness, cisness and economic luck.

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Laura Poulette at Duo Fiberworks.

I am worried. Very worried. For friends, family, acquaintaces, colleagues, all the people who aren’t as lucky as I am. Who don’t have my privilege. Who already have faced hatred. And there’s a part of population who seem to think that it’s now okay to openly attack people who aren’t like them and to expect no consequences. It’s already gotten toxic, not even a week after.

This. Is. Not. Acceptable.

As I was already having an unusual fall (health issues), this pushed me over the top. Apart from taking care of myself and my family, I will increase my efforts to combat intolerance. So, I don’t think I will have the energy to update here for the foreseeable future. I’ll rethink after New Year.

In the meanwhile, wishing good things to you and yours.

Stay safe.

P.S. Photo from a rainbow-wrapped wreath project by Laura Poulette at Duo Fiberworks.

The Pumpkin Is Here

October 18, 2016 § 1 Comment

It’s officially fall for us:

Front Steps Pumpkin 2016

The front steps pumpkin is here. 🙂

Green Watercolor Splot Wallpaper

October 3, 2016 § Leave a comment

Hey, that looks familiar:

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IKEA.

Indeed – it’s very similar to the blue watercolor splot wallpaper I posted two years ago.

Found via IKEA’s Livet hemma blog. Sadly, there are no details about the wallpaper that I can see; the post is advertising the Sällskap series. (NB. Swedish only.)

(Note: I do not not publish sponsored content, or accept gifts or discounts to write about products. Blog posts are based on my personal opinion.)

Summer 2016 Recap

September 7, 2016 § Leave a comment

Whoo boy, what a summer we had! Mr. E, especially, was incredibly busy with a book project, but mostly it was the weather that we were dealing with. It was sunny and dry. Very sunny, very hot, and very dry. It felt like I was barely outside all summer from staying away from the worst of the heat so often.

Apparently both July and August broke heat records around here, and there was so little rain that we got three (or four? I’ve lost track) town notifications about first curbing and then forbidding outdoor water use. In our seven years in this town I can’t remember that many restrictions. Already in July, the grass was brown and the rest of the plants droopy, and the August proceeded to be equally bad. I’m so glad it’s fall now, both for cooler temps and (hopefully!) more rain.

Mr. E did careful early morning hand-watering (which was still allowed by our town) in his garden, and we were lucky to get decent crops, considering. The very first handful of potato, below, wasn’t big, but we got more afterwards.

Very First Potato Handful 2016

The tomatoes still continue to produce nicely:

September Tomato Vine w Fruit and Flower

Yum! There’s not only green tomatoes ripening, there are more flowers!

The non-homegrown food was good, too, with a lot of homemade dishes from local ingredients both sweet and savory:

Summer Strawberry Cake 2016

This summer we’ve had three to four turkey hens hanging around on and off. Here are two of them perching on the high-bush blueberry enclosures:

Two Turkeys on Blueberry Enclosure 2016

The really funny thing about the turkeys is that this summer they seemed to have had something against the potato patch. We saw more than once a turkey go to the patch and start pecking and pulling a potato plant until she got it all the way out of the ground. And then they’d just leave it there! We’ve never seen or heard of this kind of turkey behavior. We started shooing them off away from the patch after a few potato attacks, and that did the trick. Phew.

In other mysterious but great news, the ant colony that’s been pestering us for the past few years seems finally to have moved elsewhere. WO-HOO!

In not so great news, I suffered a fatal computer crash with all the headache that entails. I’ve been back up and running for just over two months now (let’s hear it for regular data backups!) and have more or less learned the basics of the replacement software I didn’t have before.

We also rearranged our basement in a big way (following the installation of the new lolly post) which affected the kitchen, and built a bit more storage. I’ll post about that later, though.

Midsummer Break

June 23, 2016 § Leave a comment

Tomorrow Finland celebrates summer in general, and juhannus (midsummer) and yötön yö (nightless night) specifically. It’s a magical time in the north. Even though I’m now living in the south where we don’t have nightless night to speak of, I continue to celebrate summer around juhannus time.

June 2016 Strawberries Growing

Our own strawberries growing.

Our strawberries are ripening! We already enjoyed the first ones. So good.

June 2016 First Strawberries

Also the potatos are growing fast; they’re big enough to blossom.

June 2016 Potato Blossoms

Blogwise, I’m taking July off to enjoy summer. See you in August.

Hyvää juhannusta!

A Ground Woodpecker Sighted

June 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

The other day, we saw a medium-sized bird sitting on our lawn and industriously pecking away at something on the ground. The shape was very woodpecker-like, and the coloring was a little similar, too, but on the ground…? Out came the bird book.

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Northern flicker by Rodney Campbell.

(The photo above by Rodney Campbell.)

Lo and behold. It is indeed a kind of woodpecker, a northern flicker to be exact (Colaptes auratus; Fin kultatikka). It’s unquestionably the bird we saw. The distinctive chest marking and the little red neck decoration plus the spots on the sides match.

Apparently they eat ants and other insects. We surely have more than enough ants to go round; feel free to stay, friend!

Short April Recap

May 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

End of April was busy. We had a houseguest from home for three weeks…

Finn Visit

…and, correspondingly, a lot of laundry. One day I ran out of drying rack space. Since it was sunny, I hung the two pairs of still-damp wool socks on the curtain rail to finish drying:

Socks Drying Sunny Window

Well, why not! 🙂

Apart from visits to area attractions, there was also out-of-state training, movies and eating out. We also played board and card games. And Mr. E got fantastic non-job-related news, plus a promising job-related lead. Life is good in that sense.

The weather has been surprisingly uneven, though. We had cool, even cold days for April (see the wool socks above!). Then the temps swung in the other direction and it was marvelously warm and sunny. Flowers have been out for weeks already, but the grass took time coming. Here are a few clumps of dandelions on a dry patch of the lawn.

Dandelions Dry Patch Mashup

I’ve never been terribly fond of dandelions, but this spring they were very welcome – that dry patch has been looking so desolate. Plenty of rain showers at the end of April and early May did the trick, though; it’s much greener now. (But it’s colder again, brr. This past weekend we were 10 degrees F / about 6 degrees C below average for early May.)

How was your April?

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