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!

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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?

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 8, 2015 § 1 Comment

We got our Christmas tree this weekend from our yard, like last year. This one looks better, I think!

Tree 2015

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).

Front Hall Ornaments 2015

I’m off for the rest of the year. Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta!

Kitchen Rag Rug & Marimekko Poppy Curtains

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.

Weslie Kristina selma-ikea-kitchen-after-3

Weslie and Kristina’s kitchen. Found via House*Tweaking.

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.

Finnanagrams

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:

Finnanagrams

He started with the long word in the middle, älypuhelin (Engl. smart phone). I’m seriously impressed!

Back to the Grind

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…

Xmas Dinner 2014

…and pulla…

Pulla Making Mashup

…and presents!

Opening Presents 2014

We’re both back to new (and some old) projects. What’s up in your world?

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 23, 2014 § 1 Comment

As usual, our Christmas decorations tend to be sparse. Our cut-from-the-yard tree before and after:

Tree 2014 Before 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:

Some Small Xmas Ornaments 2014

There’s also clementines, gingerbread cookies, Finnish Christmas tarts, a himmeli, our straw pig and goat, plus cards on the mantel. Now I’m off for the rest of the year. See you in 2015!

Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta!

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