Monday, 24 April 2017

Just so much goodness

Last week we started the asparagus-season, hih! This time I made a hollandaise-sauce to it, it turned out really delicious. My friend taught me to boil the asparagus with lots (seriosuly lots!) of salt and as much sugar. And since I started following this advice, asparagus has never been more delicious!

On friday I attended my dear friend Manuels doctoral dissertation at the University of Helsinki. I was so proud and so touched. Afterwards we had drinks and cake at the Erik Castrén Institute. (My dear friend Manu is first to the left).
It was lovely to attend the afterparty as then I had time to talk to other friends whom had attended.

I again attended the demontration at the railwaystation, the way I always do when in Helsinki. It is so important for me to show up, even just for a short moment, to show support.

In the evening I met my darling at Borgbacken to see the Kirka musical at Peacock-theatre. Kiitos rakas Unto lipuista. 

We both enjoyed it tremendously . I am by no means a Kirka fan, but I enjoy a well made musical from time to time. My friend Unto did a wonderful Ivan Pasternak, check it out!

Yesterday our local danceinstitute had their annual springshow, but this year also their 10th anniversary show. Did they deliver! YES!!!! I cried! I had goosebumps and I was so proud and energized. 
Later we attended a bookrelease, my friend Benita Backas-Andersson has written yet another wonderful book called Med respekt: en bok om den sista resan (Litorale). Kära vän, jag är så stolt över denna fina bok. Tack för att jag fått vara med på vägen och fått se detta verk födas. 

Again I cried, so did many others. I have a wonderful partner who has taught me to accept the fact I cry often. I used to feel so embarrassed for beeing so sensitive at times. But he has taught me to accept it in stead. I still can feel quite awkward at times, but with this great support from darling L, I am working on it.

Rememeber to accept yourself, love yourself.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Holidays are the best

On thursday evening, me and Sanni enjoyed Frank Frank Frank and Water system boogie, oh my, what a great venue. One of the singers in Frank Frank Frank, Anni Elif Egecioglu, is also a member of Elifantree, a group I fell in love with many years ago. 

On sunday we had traditional easter lunch. I had made lentilstew and pasha with kulitsa. Lovely to have all family gathered. Please notice the small chocolate bunnies on each plate, hih!

Yesterday I decided to finally complete my project, cover bathroom door with flowers. Last time I ran out of flowers and have since managed to get more and now I had the inspiration to continue and finish the project. This was supposed to save me from buying a new door, as this ugly door was in the house. But it sort of got our of hand...I really thought it would be a quick fix! Yesterday I worked for about 8 hrs (!!!) on completing it, so you can probably figure out that it has taken me ages to do!
Now it is ready and I am pleased with the crazy outcome!
For some reason I cannot manage to get a decent picture of it, they are all very askew...

I hope you all had a great easter, if you celebrate, or a nice break from everyday life.
Love and love. And take care.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

April you fool!

We have had true april weather, you know, wonderful sunshine and next thing you notice it is snowing! April you fool!

Last night me and my darling attended Lisa Ekdahl's consert at the Savoy theatre. What a wonderful night! I have been a fan since her first record in 1994, I have enjoyed her music for decades! This is her first hit, Vem vet. The set design was really warm and the evening will be amongst those warm ones that one remembers for a long time...

We first had some sushi when we arrived with bus to the capital, then we shopped for some fruit and veg and headed over to the railwaystation, where there is a demonstation going on against our hard immigrationpolitics. Far too many people are denied asulym and sent back to face war and an uncertain future. I try to visit the camp every time I am in Helsinki, for me, it is an icebreaker to bring something. They are in constant need of food and other necessities. But this is defenately not something you have to do, you are more than welcome to visit without bringing anything, the most important thing is to show up, say hello and be a human to another. The welcome is always warm, and it is so nice to stop for a tea, and talk for a while. We walked past the camp on our way home too, to wish them good night and that they are in our thoughts and prayers. I do believe everyone should have a right to live in peace!

Here is my third column, if you wish to have a read.

Take care dear friends. Let us not forget that the world is filled with goodness, let's spread good and love!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Spring is here!

On saturday my dear friends Tiina, Anne and Heidi came to visit.  They had wished for some crafts and so we painted pisanki-eggs, we ate quiche and mudcake with whipped cream and raspberries. And painted wonderful eggs. The scent from the beewax is wonderful and it is so so so nice to do crafts together with your friends, drink coffee, eat cake and chat away about life and such. Ah bless!

In the evening me and L saw T2 Trainspotting. I loved Trainspotting and was looking forward to the new film. I was not let down. The music was again just spot on perfect, the characters had grown and the story was political and touching. When Deep blue day by Brian Eno started, I was almost in tears. That song has meant so much to me!

On sunday it was the municipal elections. On monday it felt like waking up to a new country! The Finns party lost the elections in the whole country! I must admit that I did not see this change coming. In fact I thought the opposite, as they are a populist national party, far too many of their councilors are nazis and have of course used a very nasty anti-immigration policy, based on lies and propaganda!

Yesterday we had a small exhibition of handprinted wallpapers and pisanki-eggs that our students had made. I was so so proud! Below is a picture from the printing process. Here is a link to the local paper that were kind and made a small article about our exhibition.

Spring is here, the streets are dusty and there are flowers blooming here and there. The birds sing again. People smile to each other.
Flowers below are from the market.

Easter is coming up, yey! Again a favorite holiday!

Friday, 7 April 2017

What a wonderful day!

For those of you who know that I am seldom this private on social media, please make sure you have swallowed your coffee/ tea and breathe...

I received a wonderful text from my darling in the morning. I was in the middle of enjoying my breakfast and it gave the tone for the day, as I laughed while reading it and it ended with a statement,"what a wonderful day and I love you!".

I felt warm and loved all day, when we met in the afternoon I was filled with bubbly love!

My friend Mia popped by and handed me this wonderful vintage Arabia jug. You know I love dots. So do my friends! I am so spoiled. I feel grateful. And I feel loved.

Let us spread the love.
Take care and I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Monday, 3 April 2017

It is as if the colours had been rinsed out, all is grey. Most of the snow has melted.

On saturday I met up with my friends Sanni and Bill to see Manchester by the sea. Oh my, I knew it was going to be sad. But what I didn't know was that is was going to be so heartbreaking. I cried so much. We were a bunch of very quiet, silent people after the film. We had a few beers and then  headed home. Glad I didn't see the film alone. I think it would have been difficult to shake the feeling.

Yesterday I planned for the summer, what I shall work on renovationwise. And I did a little planning regarding the garden. I have this idea of having a few smaller ornamental shrubs planted in front of my house, where there has been a larger flowerbed, the problem was it had grown wild and too close to the foundation of the house and hence causing risk of moisture. So I had to dig out the flowerbed, there was a nasty poisonous plant (I cannot for the life of me remember its name!!!) that had taken over the entire flowerbed and I do not miss it a bit! But I do wish to have something decorative and fairly easy growing there. Let's see what I decide on.
I have plans on working on the facade of my house, but not sure if it's going to happen this summer yet. Oh, decisions, decisions.

April is here. Be kind to us. Please. It has been such a cold and long winter, give us hope of spring.
The way we should be to each other, kind and gentle. Loving. Take care dear ones.

Above is a small fishmould trying to just hang there and be cool, but the plant keeps tickling it...stuff going on in my kitchen!