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.
Our strawberries are ripening! We already enjoyed the first ones. So good.
Also the potatos are growing fast; they’re big enough to blossom.
Blogwise, I’m taking July off to enjoy summer. See you in August.
May 9, 2016 § Leave a comment
End of April was busy. We had a houseguest from home for three weeks…
…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:
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.
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?
December 8, 2015 § 1 Comment
We got our Christmas tree this weekend from our yard, like last year. This one looks better, I think!
In the front hall, I set one of my prized Scandinavian-style electric candle sets, our Finnish straw goat and Danish straw pig, the Finnish himmeli and a vase of leftover brances from the pine (barely visible on the floor).
I’m off for the rest of the year. Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta!
October 13, 2015 § 2 Comments
Weslie and Kristina’s north Texas kitchen is not only lovely, it pings my Nordic radar. And no surprise: Kristina is Finnish.
I LOVE the rag rug on the floor! Lots of white and a little blue, green, and red, plus a dash of black, with varying stripe widths. Goes really well with the modern look, including the red Marimekko Unikko curtain fabric. Apparently it’s a handmade vintage piece which was a gift from their sister-in-law in Finland.
Found via House*Tweaking.
May 11, 2015 § 2 Comments
We discovered that it’s possible to play a word game with Bananagrams rules and a set of Finnish-distribution Scrabble tiles that Mr. E’s father made for us. The most difficult thing was to adopt a new set of tricks to play one tile at a time (when someone says “Peel”); it really was a brain exericse! Here is one of Mr. E’s word sets:
He started with the long word in the middle, älypuhelin (Engl. smart phone). I’m seriously impressed!
January 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
Hello, hello; back to the grind after the Christmas break! Hope yours has been as great as mine. Mr. E and I had the most wonderful, the most relaxing Christmas Eve thus far. (We celebrate Finnish Christmas at home on the Eve, then drive to his family for the Day.) There was fooooood…
We’re both back to new (and some old) projects. What’s up in your world?
December 23, 2014 § 1 Comment
As usual, our Christmas decorations tend to be sparse. Our cut-from-the-yard tree before and after:
Mr. E picked silver and white ornaments for this year. The tree is still scrawny, but I don’t care. It still smells wonderful, and has hardly dropped any needles at all. Even sap drip, which we thought might be a problem, hasn’t materialized. Yay!
Like last year, I hung up my recycled 5-minute hanging snowflake ornaments and set out the magazine tree. I also placed electric candles on windows and a smattering of live candles and smaller ornaments on various flat surfaces:
Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta!