Late as always, but what is my excuse?

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!

 

And everything changed

 

I took this photo on my way to work in the beginning of February, and the light was just lovely. Somehow it reminded me that Spring was just around the corner, my move was just a few weeks away and I will be retiring at the end of May. Life was exciting and stressful but also filled with hope. 

Then everything changed. For obvious reasons. 

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A doll´s house

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The past 10 days I´ve been a newbie. I started a new job on March 1st and it has been and still is a transition period. In a good way I might add. But all the new people, new environment, new rules and new job areas means I have been totally wasted in the evenings. The fact that Spring never turns up doesn´t help. Some extra D-vitamin might, I´m trying that now.

But I don´t want to leave the blog un-updated for too long, so I thought I´d share something with you that the Nordic Museum reminded me of. My love of doll´s houses!

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A trip back in time

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To take my mind off things I decided to make a weekend-visit to a museum. I love museums, but I´m the kind of visitor who likes to stroll through rather quickly and then something grabs my attention and I get stuck, when other visitors slowly moves through the entire place. So qeueing is not my cup of tea! I have noticed that fashion has been accepted in the museum-world, and right now there are three different exhibitions in Stockholm with fashion themes. But since I have been eyeing the one at Nordiska Museet for some time now, that´s the one I opted for.  It did´t hurt that it was vintage-themed either, you know me and vintage!

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How will I survive a shopping-ban?

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A week ago the city was having a taste of Spring! I took a long walk through the inner city and just enjoyed the light, the water and all the happy faces. We are a ceazy people that way, the minute the sun shines we go crazy. But it is a smart tactic – because just a few days later we had a bit of a snow blizzard, and parts of the country was snowed in. So you have to love what you get, right?

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A proper January Muuuu

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We haven´t had much of a winter in Stockholm this year. So far. But you always hold your breath as we enter January, because then the snow usually comes if not before. I took this photo Jan 8 and it was breathtakingly beautiful in the morning when I was going to work. It was´t really snow, just frost, but it was a warning that the weather is getting colder.

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A hundred names for snow

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I woke up Monday morning and the first snow had come. It is the same thing every year. The first snow comes and chaos breaks out. That includes no commuter trains working, buses being cancelled because it´s too slippery on the roads and thousands of people with tired and drawn looks on their faces trying to get to work or home or just basically getting anywhere! It seems we all forget about it coming, every year, and are totally taken by surprise.  But we quickly adapt, and the first snow hardly ever stays, thankfully. So Tuesday was cold and the streets pretty clear from snow.

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My capsule wardrobe – moving on…

For those of you who are interested in my wardrobe I can only say – I´m messing around.

One day I want to skip navy as my base color number two, another I´m reconsidering vintage, and sometimes I look at minimalist-bloggers and wonder if it would be liberating to cut down to 15 pieces of clothing….

I even tried to imagine joining project 333 but realized it´s a step too far at this time in my life.

So I´m back to a capsule wardrobe, and I will shortly present what I´m considering to be my picks for the winter of 2017/18. You have to remember though, that Sweden is a country with four seasons and winters can be snowy and cold, or rainy and grey.

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Last year winter came early. And walking on footpaths like this demands hardware-shoes. No swanky booty heels here.

So I´ve decided to try and put together a wardrobe for Sept 25 until Dec 25. That means I have to consider a two-day work conference with a dinner, a fourday-trip with work to Geneva, a rock concert, a theatre show and Christmas as well as my busy workdays.

As for shoes and coats I will leave them out of my equation. Simply because I can´t predict the weather and in September I may need a winter coat or a jeansjacket…

I will also leave accessories out. I know project 333 doesn’t but to me a wardrobe is just TOO boring without accessories. And to be honest, my hoop earrings and swanky necklaces may be a few, but I haven´t bought any new for years.

I will probably sell some stuff and give some stuff away, but mostly I intend to re-use my huge pile of clothes and so I have a buying- BAN until December 27. That will be interesting! See you soon!