Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year friends!

May God bless and keep you always 
May your wishes all come tru 
May you always do for others 
And let others do for you 
(B. Dylan)

(picture by Tove Jansson)

Remember to love and spread love! Love, love and even more love!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Happy Holidays, Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas!

The week has been filled with good stuff, a quick visit to the capital, my godson Elmo turned nine years old. It was a lovely birthday!

We have been planning our upcoming Christmas celebrations; we've done all the shopping and preparations are on! I picked up my REKO orders at the marketplace last night, it is local and ecological products.

Last night we attended the traditional christmas consert at the church, the Lovisa choir performed and it was lovely! It is a tradition we have, we sort of start going into christmas mood...
Afterwards we had some glögg and traditional pastries by the christmas tree.

Today I started my christmas holiday, had brekky, climbed back under the covers and listened to the radio, then I read and cuddled with a furry friend. During the day I've had so many lovely visitors who have brought christmas greetings, I feel so touched and honoured. 

Now I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Holidays and or whatever else you either celebrate or not!

I received this wonderful christmas card from my dear friends Jaska, Jossu and Hertta. Blessed are catpaws! Picture by ever talented Jaakko Kilpiäinen.

Here is a nice easy tune to listen to, to get you into that niiiiice and relaxed mood!

 God Jul! Hyvää Joulua! Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël! Fröhliche Weihnachten!

Monday, 19 December 2016

A pampered soul

That is what I am!
On friday I suddenly felt a craving for something we call räkmacka. Shrimps-on-toast, with egg and mayonnaise. So I thought I just mention my little vague craving to the master of shrimps-on-toast. Can you perhaps guess the outcome? It landed me an invitation to enjoy shrimps-on-toast for saturday. How wonderful!
So on saturday afternoon I walked over to my mister and enjoyed delicious shrimps-on-toast, ah bless! In the evening we walked into town to enjoy Soul sisters -gig at Degerby Gille.

Pampered? Me? Well perhaps a tiny weeny bit pampered, if you insist ;)

My large Ranunculaceae in bloom in the hallway.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Small preparations

Last night I baked gingerbread and made small tealight holders. These are meant to be small christmas greetings.

On a sadder note. I've had a bit of night-traffic in my kitchen cupboard and found evidence of mice. I had to get mousetraps as my cat cannot get hold of if, as the traffic goes on underneath and inside the cupboard. I am not fond of killing...but mice in my kitchen is the last thing I want.

Love to all.

Monday, 12 December 2016

My heart is filled with...

...gratitude, with love.
Thank you to all the wonderful people that came to visit my house Lilla Ljuva during the two weekends of traditional Christmas Homes.

I have met such warm, kind, generous, funny and loving people! My heart is filled!
Thank you! Tack! Kiitos! Grazie! Spasiba!

Here is a link to dear Cheris blog, Autuas olo, she has also written such kind words about her visit! Kiitos!

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Christmas weekend

My house has again been open due to the event Traditional Christmas homes.
We had just under 400 guests today!!!
I am so grateful- Thank you for all the gifts, for all the kind words!

Here are a few blogposts about the event:
Dear Marjo came to visit last weekend and we had a chance to sit and talk for a short while.
Kotoisaa arkeaa came to visit today and has written a lovely blogpost about her visit.
Neulanhaltija has also written such sweet kind words about her visit.

Kiitos ihanat kauniista sanoistanne ja lämmin kiitos kun kävitte! Sydämellisesti tervetuloa toiste!

The traditional Christmas homes are open tomorrow again! Welcome!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Independence day

Took a longer walk during the day, in beautiful sunshine and landed in front of the screen to watch a documentary called Sota ja mielenrauha
A very interesting and strong film by my friend Ari. Here is the trailer.

In the evening we walked over the ridge and admired the watertower, it will be dismantled and we took farewell of it in style:

Monday, 5 December 2016

And december continues with bliss!

I am so grateful for this weekend, to have met ONLY wonderful and kind people. We must not forget the world is also a wonderful and good place. There is so much wrong and horrible going on around the world, (something extremely horrible, somethinmg that must never happen, happened in Imatra, Finland on sunday), but let us not forget there is very much good too!!!!! And we must remind each other of this, so that we can spread love and hope and blessings. I shall resend this wonderful wonderful wonderful reminder by Maya Angelou, Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.

We had approx. 700 visitors during the weekend! The walls echo of warm and kind words. I feel thankful for every one who visited, I have received so many gifts, I feel so honoured and privileged to have met all these beautiful souls who came to my house.
So many have asked what made me decide to open the doors to my house. The answer is, I believe in sharing. We have a saying, "Delad glädje är dubbelglädje", meaning shared joy is double joy. It is so true! I really enjoy creating a certain atmospere for the holidays, if I can in any way share this and give a little of all the good I have been blessed with, then I am happy.

 Christmasdecorations on a plate.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Ah bless! December started with bliss

On thursday, 1st of december, the participants of the theatre workshop performed a small "play" as part of the local advent calender. I was proud and touched.
The picture is borrowed from here.

On friday, me and my mister, decorated the christmastree and enjoyed mulled wine and trad. pasties.
Look what a pretty tree!

Today we've had the honour to welcome many hundred guests to our home as part of the Traditional Christmas Homes.
Tired but very happy, wishing you all a good night! Love!