More often than I like to admit I fantasize of the weekend. I can finally get things done! All the German homework that I haven’t had the time for during the workweek, maybe I can paint, maybe bake something I’ve wanted to make for ages…
On Saturdays I’m fairly active. We go to the Helsinki centre for some shopping and cafés and at home I tackle the admiringly large pile of laundry. I feel productive and excited!
Unfortunately the feeling doesn’t last to Sunday. I still have plenty of things to do but the drive is gone. I’m laying in the bed, blanket protecting me from the grey world outside with one cat laying on top of me and the other one under the blanket with me. None of us wants to move. It’s Monday tomorrow!
Well, here in Finland Valentine’s Day is not only for lovers, as it is called ystävänpäivä – Friend’s Day. Children give cards and hugs to their friends, and adults post statuses on Facebook wishing everybody a happy Friend’s Day. And of course some tell everybody who is willing to listen, how this day is corporate bullshit.
I think life needs as many celebrations as possible, so I have obviously nothing against Valentine’s Day. Every excuse to eat cake, buy flowers and have a good time is appreciated!
So I wish everybody would switch their grumpy button off and have a great day with their loved ones – be that their friends of family, their romantic partner or partners or just their very special selves.
The grey rainy November is at its end, the dim winter sun is hiding behind thick rain clouds and I am having a cold. This is one of those days when it’s okay to feel a bit melancholic, drink some hot blackcurrant juice and look at pictures of summertime while being lazy on the couch with a package of tissues.
As it seems, I have barely posted any summer pictures. I guess I was too busy enjoying the warmth – or maybe looking through hundreds of pictures and editing them just didn’t seem that appealing. Looks like I had a recurring theme in the summer photography: cats and flowers.
I am obviously a huge summer person and one of my biggest enjoyments are flowers. The bright colours, pleasant scents and the quiet buzzing noise of bees are simply relaxing. In the future I’d love to get my very own garden, but in the meantime I’m happy with my mini balcony and having my mother with her garden nearby.
To me summer has always been about looking around at the nature and observing it; the dandelions are blooming, the lilacs are blooming, the lupines are blooming… Time to pick nettles, time to pick clovers… And so forth.
At least I’m not the only one in this house who is a summer-fanatic: the cats love warming themselves up in the hot sun and looking at people and bugs on the balcony.
Have I mentioned photography yet? It is just so satisfying to take pictures that actually have colour and light!
This week we went mushroom picking – resulting with exactly 0 mushrooms. Fortunately we found blueberries! This is one of the reasons why I love my country, you can just go to the forest and pick some food. As a child I hated people saying this, but it really is true: blueberries are like nature’s candy!
I already made a blueberry crumble pie (recipe coming later!) and I know Stef is planning to make some tarts. Besides desserts, I also love love love blueberries for breakfast. They go great with yoghurt, porridge and smoothies. Blueberries are superfood, and they’re supposed to be healthier than gojiberries. Here is what I did for my breakfast:
Mix everything together and enjoy! If you feel it needs to be sweetened, add some honey.
We are off this morning for our little mini-vacation in Uusimaa & Southwest Finland. We’re going to drive around and visit the town of Fiskars in Raseborg and the Unesco world heritage site of Old Rauma. I’m keeping my fingers crossed it’s not going to thunder the whole time there; at the moment the sky looks pretty bad. Our luck!
Our cat boys might not enjoy chocolate eggs, but they do like the sun…
Now that the sun shines better into our apartment, the boys just migrate from one sunny spot to another. Stef put the living room carpet on a table when she was cleaning, and the cats thought it was the best bed they have ever slept on.
It’s funny how every time you put a towel, a shirt or anything similar on the couch or on the bed, cats immediately go to sleep on there. It’s like they need extra layers of softness for their delicate behinds. Reminds me of the story of the princess and the pea and how she couldn’t fall asleep with a pea under 20 mattresses and 20 feather-beds.
The boys are like any brothers and always end up fighting at some point…
Only to be cuddling with each other the next minute.
I hope all the readers are enjoying the Easter holidays to the fullest!