Yes I know I come out as a blooming tree-enthusiast, but you have to understand that when you live in a country where nothing blooms for 8 months of the year, you do get crazy in the Spring!!! This beautiful tree I photographed while waiting in line for the first ice-cream of the year, another classic Spring-moment:)
As the cherry blossoms are in full bloom all over Stockholm I’m a really busy pensioner. The creative writing-course is publishing an anthology, there are meetings and votes, meetings and votes. Democracy in absurdum in a way that you can get away with in a school but not in real life. It does annoy me a little bit, I have to admit. Probably because it gets in the way of my writing. But in one months time it is all over, and I will probably miss it!
I´m not really friendly with the new WordPress-format, as it takes me forever to find drafts, images and edit. But I think I have to fill you in on my life now, because there are some major changes coming!
Finally Spring has come again, and like everywhere else in Europe we are still following cover-restrictions and waiting for the vaccines. People are getting impatient, and I get that, but hopefully it is just a few months left and then…
It has not been a great start to the year. But as we keep our distance, wash our hands and stay home if we feel a hint of symptoms, I think we are also adjusting to the situation. I think that as hard as it has been to adjust, as strange it will feel as we will eventually go back to normal or rather “as it was before”.
Listen to this! Since all concerts and churches will be closed for now and over Christmas, Swedish Radio Broadcasting asked people to volunteer and sing in a Christmas choir. Its in Swedish, but even then its beautiful, don’t you think? Its been a strange year but we can still sing a song for Christmas.
And I am still crazy about those Christmas lights! As we have not had one day with sunshine since November (yes, its true!) we do need them around here.
I just finished 5 hours talk about our dramatic texts, and let me tell you – my head is soooo cloudy right now! Walking home from school I pass through a part of town with old villas and modern houses, all mixed. Some gardens are meticulous, some are not and when I walk home, as it is already dark at 3 o’clock, I enjoy the lights.
I´m in my bubble right now – writing, writing and writing. And every day as I walk to or from school I can see this sign on a garage-door “Everything will be alright”.
This weekend I had to say goodbye to Molly. She was 15 in July and that would be approx 76 in cat-years. A senior who hasn’t been feeling very well lately, so it should not be a shock but it was. She has been my companion during this isolated time and a wonderful friend, always snuggling and sleeping close. Life will be a very lonely place without her for sure.
Sorry! I’m hopeless at writing on a regular basis, but at least I turn up again, right?
I´ve had a warm summer, and rather miserable overall. Seems I moved in a flat with a neighbor from hell, a true party-animal who prefers to party in the middle of the night between 2-5.30. Yes, I have spoken to the landlord and I have spoken to her, but my conclusion is I will have to look for a new place. That will take some time, since the housing-situation in Stockholm is a bit mad. But I’m a woman on a mission!
Its a pity, but at least I have learned that I can live in a small space and that I really need some kind of outdoor living area with my flat.
For now I’m enjoying my writing-class and I have walking-distance to the school, so I can proudly sa that I have lost 5 pounds so far. Which was badly needed, especially since a high BMI is a risk factor where cove-19 is concerned.
I have some nice walks around here, so you will have endure photos of water and boats from time to time. Turned out behind this boat, on the other bank was a campsite for homeless people, so maybe not as idyllic as this picture seems. I haven’t seen one in years, but this is more suburbia than my previous lodgings. I realize that I have been living in yuppie-land pretty much…
Molly is getting old, and this summer we had to go to the vet. Turns out we seem to be in a symbiotic relationship, she also suffers from arthritis and overweight, so now we are both on a diet and she is on meds. She is 15 after all, so a bit older than me in cat-years.
These are such strange times for all of us, and still we move along trying to do the best we can with our lives. Son and I took a short staycation in a posh hotel, and a few city-walks, but we have been trying to social distancing as best we can. Sweden is now down to very low levels of cover-19, so I think our strategy was the right one for this very long run that we have.
In school we are doing most things live, but all tables in the classroom are positioned on a safe distance (we are only 16 students) and hand washing and alcohol-rubbing is mandatory and often. Because of generous regulations and the internet anyone with even a suspicion of symtoms stays at home, and partake of classes on teams or zoom. So far so good!
I will let you know more about my writing-course soon, and show you my very relaxed wardrobe in line with now being a cultural snob! 🙂 Thanks for visiting!
I’m already one month into retirement and time flies! Some days I think I have nothing to do, and still the day passes oh so quickly! Ofcourse I’m doing my literature course online, but I have also planted on my patio and organized my wardrobe (moving made it necessary!) and tried to start exercising (still a work in progress!). Then suddenly it was Midsummer, and here we are!