Just stopping by to tell you I've got little to no time to write you a long entry today. I'm spending the last daytime hours with my little family and enjoying the feeling of summer that now is upon us here in Sweden! Not a day to early!
We've just had dinner outside and are ending it off with raspberry and blueberry crumble pie! Yummy!
I've been indoors almost the entire day at work. Only looking at the beautiful sun, finally here to warm us northerners after a long and cold winter and spring. Or at least a rather cold, grey and rainy weekend! 😜
But, as soon as I got home and we had had our dinner (smoked salmon with a cloudberry sauce, green salad and potatoes), I ventured out on our lawn to sit in the last sunbeams of the day, the ones still warm anyway!
Tomorrow's supposed to be just as sunny and lovely warm, but I'm going to be sitting in different meeting rooms then as well. So, I'll have to enjoy the little time I can in the sun, in the early evening when coming home. 😃
Mini-mes still has a fever and has been bothered by her cold with a snotty nose and a bad cough, poor thing. So I tried to keep her still and resting today. I'm amazed by the energy the little ones have although bothered by a fever over 39 degrees. If it was me I would lie in bed and be totally lost in self pity and without energy to do anything but to sleep! Mini-me has been trying to run around, playing outside with the cats while I've been nagging about resting in the sofa.
I think maybe I've been more tired than her! And I can't use a fever as an excuse! But late nights and early mornings I can use! I've been staying up late reading and woken up early, before six by mini-me, both Saturday and Sunday. But today I was celebrated by my little family at breakfast! It's Mother's Day here in Sweden today, so my hubby made breakfast and got me a beautiful dress as my Mother's Day gift. So I've felt extra appreciated and loved today, so I have nothing to complain about! ❤️
But I will get to bed early tonight, to try to recover some of the hours I should have been given to sleep instead of reading! 😜
Mini-me and I've started this weekend slow. Although without sleeping in as she woke up at six in the morning when my husband left for work. She's gotten a cold and a slight fever so she's spent most of the morning on the couch, tucked under a blanket.
After breakfast I jumped into the shower before letting the cats out all alone for the first time.
Mini-me had a hard time letting them out of her sight, afraid that they won't find their way back home. But, as you might have noticed in the picture behind her, they don't venture far.
Morris jumped up on the windowsill.
While Charlie tried the sofa (without the cushions). Now they're back inside as I have to go grocery shopping. We'll let them out again when we get back.
What are you all doing a lovely Saturday like this?
So, finally we've sold the house! All the papers were signed today and the new owners will move in beginning of September. It's with mixed emotions I signed all the papers, both happy relieved and sad. We've really loved this beautiful house, but it's time to move on. The new owner will cherish it just as much as us, I'm sure of it!
So the next project for me is to start planning the renovation of our apartment. So much fun! I'm really looking forward to it! With the help of my gorgeous husband ofcourse! But tonight we're just celebrating the sell! 😃
Every day I think I'll be able to tell you that our house is sold, but the buyers are still bidding over each other and no one seems to be interested in giving up. So, the final buyer is yet to be decided!
Today mini-mes kindergarten had a summer show to celebrate the end of the semester, and the approaching summer holidays. All the children sang for us parents and the teachers said their goodbyes to the children leaving kindergarten to start school in the autumn by giving them a beautiful letter thanking them for the years they had had togheter, and wishing them the best for the future and the adventures awaiting them. Super sweet! And to our joy, they did the same for our daughter as she's changing kindergarten when we move into our apartment. I was all teared up and touched by their kindness and thoughtfulness, and mini-me was smiling with her entire face! I love her teachers and we will really miss them! All of us! The celebrations finished off with us parents having a picnic with our children. We had to stay indoors though. The rain was pouring down and it was freezing outside, more like autumn than summer! So, as you can surely understand we had a marvellous afternoon! And now I'm going to work for an hour or two, to catch up with work!
Working with flowers in my hair. Feeling pink and happy! 😜 Still loving the filters on Snapchat!
For the first time ever I'm supposed to wear glasses full time, not just when reading. And let me tell you, it's not a simple task to get it right! Progressive lenses are hard work to get use to. My optician suggested that I would start wearing them in the morning when my eyes are rested, that will make it easier to get them used with the new lenses. Anyone with a better suggestion? I'm all ears! 🤓
For those of you wondering about the selling of our house I can tell you the bidding has begun! Exciting! I'll keep you updated!
We've had a beautiful day here in Uppsala today, sunny and warm. Lovely! But, I heard on the radio that the cold returns tomorrow, only giving us between 8-12 degrees Celsius outside! I'm freezing already! 😱
It isn't that unusual to have these swings in the weather in spring time, at least not here in Sweden, but still, I don't like it a bit. The weather should just make up its mind, either being cold or give in to the warmth and summer that awaits us just around the corner! 😁
Mini-me and I are actually facing the cold right about now as we're going out on a bike ride. It's really windy by now, so I hope she'll like it just the same. We both need to get some exercise done, or rather getting some movements in our bodies before bedtime!
Keep your fingers crossed that we'll be back home before the rain hits! 😜
We had our last house showing today, or rather our real estate agent did. So, now we just have to wait and see if there's any interest in starting a bidding process. Exciting! And ofcourse I'll keep you informed if (when 😜) that happens!
I must admit that I feel very relieved that we've had all the showings by now, as it has involved a lot of time cleaning and fixing the house to look it's best. And that is for all of us! Even mini-me has helped with keeping her room as tidy as ever! Now I just want to focus on starting to plan the renovations of our new apartment! Choosing materials, colours and style! But, I'll have to start doing that after the house is sold, I don't have the time to do it all at once!
Now I'm celebrating the final showing by turning in to bed early! I'm exhausted! 😊
So, friends, today we had our first showing of the house. Strange feeling this, preparing the house the best you can for some strange people that might eventually buy it from us and move in. Our next showing is tomorrow and after that we hope that the bidding will begin so that we might close a deal at the end of the week. But, selling a house is always a complex thing, so you never know. Hold your thumbs and hope for the best! The real estate agent is satisfied with today so I hope that is a good sign!
Mini-me and I sat outside reading in the sofa before the wind got to cold. So now we're indoors, playing with Snapchat. We have so much fun doing that, she especially like the filters making us look like animals and preferably cats! So here you go!
Tomorrow is the big house showing! Our house! So today we're preparing for that by cleaning the entire house, from top to bottom! Mini-me and I dropped off the cats at my sisters so that they won't be in the way when our real estate agent show the house to potential buyers. And my husband has cleaned all the windows of the house after he finished getting the garden ready! He's the best! <3
It's not easy for a four year old to understand this process, leaving the cats, us meticulously cleaning the house and someone else buying it in the end as we move. But mini-me's really fantastic! Accepting everything after just a few questions. I guess there might be a drawback further on, when the actual move is to obvious to ignore, but I really hope she'll accept it then as she does now.
Well, I'm afraid I can't linger, there's still lots to do!
So I'm stuck at home today, not working. And yes it feels like I'm a broken record when telling you why, but my head has really been spinning again today, and that's the reason why I stayed home from work. Hate that! I love my work!
I've rested now for a couple of hours and are frankly getting a bit bored. I've promised myself that I would make sure that I use this day for resting. Giving my mind all the right reasons to why it shouldn't spinn! At all! My plan is this; To make sure not to feel stressed. To eat right (a lot of iron and vitamin c). To stretch and align my back and neck. And finally listening to what my body and mind needs to get better. Besides all that I'll try to get a hold of my doctor as well to get the results of my blood work. So, bored or not, I'm doing this! I'm staying put! Resting. Listening to the birds singing outside my window!
I love spring time! My favourite season of them all. And just not because it's my birthday in April, but of the amazing feeling you get when being greeted by all the new flowers emerging after the long winter sleep. And the light! The unbelievable evening light!
Like when leaving my office today and seeing all the beautiful apple blossoms just outside the door! Gorgeous! You can't feel anything but happiness looking at these!
I spent about two hours at my doctors today. And that includes the ten minutes of actuall time with the doctor, three minutes with a nurse and four minutes of sampling my blood (all four tubes of it). There must be a way of eliminating that huge amount of time in the waiting room for the patients?! To perfect their, that is the doctors and nurses, work process and not waste so much time for all the patients! I'm complaining again, sorry, but I get really frustrated when I see so much waste of valuable time! And I saw a lot of people dissatisfied today! But I must say that my doctor was really great! So in the end I felt all that time in the waiting room was worth it this time although I could have used it better elsewhere.
Ofcourse I didn't get the results from my blood work today, but the doctor suspected I had an iron deficiency, and that togheter with bad eyesight and stress, is probably the causes to my symptoms. But she will get back to me later this week with the results on my blood work, so we know with certainty.
To be honest I didn't realise that I was stressed out, but when we talked it through I kind of understood that I might be. And that is considering both work, my health issues (that truthfully have been worrying me), buying the apartment/selling the house and taken most of the responsibility concerning dropping off and picking up mini-me at kindergarten, grocery shopping and fixing us dinner. But! I can see the light in the tunnel! My husband is finally able to adjust his work hours so that he will be able to help with mini-me and all the everyday chores, and the house is hopefully sold by the end of next week. And as the summer's just around the corner work will slow down eventually as well. So I feel that I can handle the stress factor now that I'm aware of it. :)
So, today I made an adult decision, and called my doctor to rule out that my dizziness has no other causes than bad eyesight. And surprise, surprise, I got an appointment later on today.
That means that I'm working from home yet again today. Good for the dizziness, but bad for the progress. I had to cancel two meetings and postpone others, and I still have a meeting that I'm not sure of that I'll be able to attend, depending on how long time I'll have to spend with the doctor and exams. Well, well, my health is the most important issue at hand, right! So everything else at work just have to wait. I realize that, though somewhat reluctantly. ;)
I'll be sure to drop by later on to tell you my doctors verdict, and yes, I'm kind of scared of what that might be. I really don't like going to the doctor...
Hope you all have the best of days! Love conquers all!
Yesterday was really tough on me, with my head taking me on a spin! But today, so far so good. I still occasionally feel small waves of dizziness, but not at all like yesterday. But then again, I'm sitting at my desk at home working and have only had one meeting on Skype so far. There's a surveyor here today, going through every little inch of the house before the sell, so I had to be home to let him in. When he leaves, so do I. I have a management team meeting after lunch that I can't miss.
This was me yesterday, trying to stop my world spinning, when laying on the couch.
Hope you all have a glorious day today! Feeling the love! ❤️
What a dizzy day I've had today! My head kept on spinning all day long! At some point it made me really stressed out, and the headache and back pain didn't make it better! I were ready to drive straight to the emergency unit at the hospital on the way home in the car, but talking to my husband calmed me down. And as soon as I got home and could rest my eyes, the dizziness more or less disappeared. I guess it's just to much moving my eyes around in meetings, shifting focus from the screen, to different distances between the participants and the papers in front of me. And if this is the case I have two weeks to go before my new glasses are delivered. 😱
To be honest, this dizziness is making me feel sick. I mean really sick. And it's kind of breaking me down, slowly, but still. And I know I'm complaining, but this is not good feeling and it's effecting me in a bad way. 😔
Im used to feeling strong and capable, but now it's often the opposite and I don't like it a bit! But, I'll do my best to work my way through it! Two weeks isn't that long, right!
Tomorrow my to nieces coming here to stay until Friday as both my sister and brother in law are travelling abroad due to work. Mini-me's super excited to have her cousins staying here, so she's really exited! And we're too. Love to have them here.
But for now, I'm just going to rest my eyes and hope that the dizziness leaves me alone!
So, here are the pictures of our home that our real estate agent is using to sell our house. Just as promised. We've had prospective buyers driving by and stopping in front of the house all weekend, so I'm hoping that's a good sign. The showings starts next weekend.
So, this is where we eat our meals in the summertime, or just hang out.
From a slightly different view.
The front of the house and the entrance.
The kitchen again, from the other way around.
The living room.
From another angle.
And a last one. This is my favourite picture. Love the light.
Our, or rather my, office. We rarely use this room, but sometimes I work from here. Usually I choose to sit at the kitchen table when working from home, but sometimes I end up in here.
Our guestroom. And yes, I've arranged all my books by colour! Four bookshelves by colour only. People complain about finding the book wanted more slowly after sorting them by colour, but I usually know exactly what the book looks like, so that's not a problem for me. 😄
Mini-me's room. A lot of pink going on in here, but the day she says she wants another colour to complement the white furniture and walls, I'm all game. This is her room, and she'll decide what she wants and like. The chair by the bed is an heirloom after my grandfather. It stood in his mothers kitchen when he grew up, and was really important to him, so I can't tell you how much I love that chair! I can picture my grandfather sitting there and reading storys, or just keeping a watchful eye on my daughter! ❤️
The master bathroom.
And our house at sunset. Which actually is kind of funny as all the pictures by the photographer was taken just before lunch. So this is actually a fake! But, not far from the truth. The sun doesn't really set in that point of the compass, but not far from it, just at the other corner of our house. 😜
That's about it. There were a LOT more pictures, that are visual online, but I think these are enough. Now I'm off to tuck mini-me in bed!
I'm so happy that you faboulus followers and readers keep coming back to my blog! You live all over the world, for example Ireland, Ukraine, England, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, China, USA, Romania, Portugal, Finland, Norway, The Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Austria and of course Sweden. And I'm so curios of who you are! I know I've asked you over and over again to leave a comment telling me about your self, but I've never got any response! So this is me begging like a dog!
I had such grand plans for this evening! I would spend it consumed by my latest read on my Kindle whilst having some tea and chocolates. Hours of peaceful and silent time on the couch. It started out great, all according to plan! Had me that dark and rich flavoured chocolate and tea. But I kind of didn't get drawn in by the story in my Kindle as there were no silence. At all! The room was filled with a massive sound, like a hysterical mass occupying our living room, and all I could hear was the sound from thousands of people screaming "Zlatan! Zlatan!".
You see, my husband is a big sport fan, and as a Swede combined with that love of sports, today is some sort of feast-day! Zlatan Ibrahimovic is playing his last soccer game for PSG (Paris Saint-Germain FC)! You know of Zlatan? Ofcourse you do! Swedens, and probably one of the worlds greatest soccer players ever lived. Not so humble, but a true king of what he does. Just yesterday he said to the assembled press, commenting on this last soccer game; "I came to Paris as a king, and I will leave as a legend"! Kind of sums him up kind of well! Impressive.
So, that kind of took the edge of my peaceful evening. The screaming and my anticipated husband. But the effect it had on me, was funny enough not me getting upset (it could have!), but rather super tired! So instead of reading I fell asleep on the sofa. Not the best or most eventful Saturday night I've had, I'll give you that.
By now I've forced myself into bed after the cats woke me up (tearing the house down while playing), and I think I'll just go back to sleep and be thankful for the extra, unplanned, hours of sleep. Clearly I needed it! Nighty night!
Apparently I'm at the age were your eyes starts to fail you! I've been the only one in my family that didn't need glasses for as long as I can remember. My mother, father, sister and brother all had them, but not me. Until I turned 40! Like that magic number equals glasses! I've only needed them for reading though, but as I've told you a couples of days back, I've been feeling really dizzy and suffered from headaches and sore eyes for a few weeks now. And besides being kind of scary, at least the dizzy part, it's really frustrating to be bothered by headaches and not getting help from the pain relievers. So, yesterday I had an appointment with my optician and surely, I needed new glasses - full time! My left eye didn't, but the other one failed me! So, I've ordered new ones and my optician was convinced that that would make both the dizziness, headaches and sore eyes go away! But I'll have to wait a maximum of two weeks before I get them, so I guess I will just have to bare with it until then!
Or use these! Love Snapchat filters! 😂
My sister has had eye surgery so she doesn't need glasses anymore and I'm considering doing it as well now that I need to use the glasses all the time. I don't really like the idea of having to wear them full time, but until I've decided on the operation I don't really have a choice, do I.
Now I'm off to help my hubby to clean out the storage so that potential buyers can see the potentials for storing their belongings if they were to buy our house! And you know how it is in storage rooms, they kind of asks/begs for your crap! 😜 We're kind of good at throwing or giving away stuff that we don't use anymore, so I really don't know where all the stuff comes from, but I guess we're not quite as good at getting rid of it as I think... 😱
Friday, already! I have no idea where this week went! The days just flew by! Either way, I'm celebrating a few days off with my family by taking a relaxing bath! Love bubble baths! What a great start to the weekend! A Kindle and some chocolates and I would call it perfect! :)
We're also celebrating that our house now is officially out on the market! All the pictures are ready and the real estate agent is now starting to show the house for us. I'll show you some of the pictures later this weekend.
Tomorrow my girl C is coming over with her son Sam for a play date with mini-me. Looking forward to that, and my sisters coming over to join in on our girl talk as well! And Sunday is swimming and tennis lessons as usual for mini-me, and birthdays for my mother, my brother in law and our cat Charlie! Busy Sunday coming up, needles to say! Lovely! Hope you all have a great weekend ahead of you!
I'm tucked into bed, ready to sleep, or at least calm my body and mind with some reading. I just had to stop by and say hello to you all first!
I've had a really long day at work, but afterwards I got to spend a few hours with an old friend drinking coffee/tea and chitchating. Giving me a lot of positive energy! You remember me telling you about being "adopted" as a younger sister to one of my girlfriends? Well, this was her! She decided to "adopt" me as her little sister when we first became friends! We met quite a few years back and instantly become the best of friends. It's actually like we're truly sisters in some ways. I only have a handful of really close friends, and she's one of them. So, I guess I could call them all my sisters as we're all really close. We always have a lot to talk about, and although we don't get together as much these days, we always start of like it was yesterday when we finally get together. <3
But, after a few hours of talking and laughing I'm now ready for bed, super tired! In a good way, happy in heart and mind.
I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon with my optician, hoping that the dizziness I've been having is because of my eye sights degrading. If not I have to make an appointment with my doctor, but I hope I don't have to. I don't like going to the doctor... :(
But, now I'm off! Hope you all had a splendid day!
We all have them. Scars. Some visual on our skin and others hidden deep inside. Some are non-healing, a forever open wound. Others just a scratch, hardly noticeable at all. I have all thinkable versions of them!
One's very visual on my face, as you can see in the picture. And that particular one I got from my second cousin when I was very young, only a year old or so. He threw a Lego house in my face, and maybe I'd done something to deserve it (children can be scary mean), I don't know, but whatever happened were never to be forgotten because of the scaring in my face. Ofcourse I don't remember a thing of what happened and I've never been bothered by the scarring. The second cousin long since forgiven! ;)
I think many of our scars are there to remind us. To make us remember, to learn from it, or maybe to improve and do better next time. Others are never ment to learn from, but maybe they can make us stronger? Like the opened wounds, those who are likely never to heal. The bleeding stops, but they never heal. But maybe they can make us move on anyway, even though not there to teach us something? I have those too, and I'm not sure how to handle them at times. I can't learn from them, they just hurt, but I can move on and accept that some of the pain sometime, somewhere, somehow will make me stronger. At least that is what I tell my self!
I believe my scars, wherever they are placed, are a part of who I am. And therefor I should embrace them, or at least accept them as a piece in the complex puzzle that is me. Without them I would not be the same! It would change me, in ways I can never imagine. Probably having me make other choices in my life than those that lead me to where I am today. And maybe that would be a good thing for some people, but not for me. And why bother about something that you can not change? It's a waste of time!
My date tonight had to be postponed as mini-me woke up with a stomach bug today. Her daddy stayed home with her while I left for work. After finishing up my meetings before (and during) lunch, I went back home early afternoon, relieving my hubby so he could go to work. Love that I can do that. Had a last meeting that ended just before half passed six, and then mini-me had my full attention. Just to be clear, and not being judged as a bad parent! Ofcourse I wouldn't have had the meeting if she still had felt sick, but she's doing much better already so she didn't mind (resting in front of a cartoon.
As I slept really bad last night (not even five hours as mini-me woke me up to cuddle after a nightmare), so I'm tired to the bone.
I'm likely to hed off to bed as soon as mini-me has fallen asleep. I have some really important meetings tomorrow and I don't want to feel as tired then as I've done today. I'm obviously not managing the lack of sleep as good as I did when being younger. And yes, that kind of hurt to admit! I'm not handling this aging thing well! Wrinkles/tiredness/back pain/older-looking/feeling/acting-thingy! I'm not aging with grace, and it bothers me. YES! I've admitted it on the blog before, I am shallow that way. But I'm not ashamed of admitting it. I just don't like my wrinkles, or the thought of visually aging. My husband, and most men, only get more handsome with age, and I envy that. But, there's little I can do to change the process - so I try to accept it. It's just taking me some time, so be patient! ;)
I'm stil quite lost regarding Snapchat, and I had my niece trying to teach me some of all the functions yet again today. Not helping. I'm still feeling like a lost cause! But, today I found a fun filter that gave me glittery eyes and plumping/glossing my lips, so I made myself go with it. Kind of like attempting to be a bit Kim Kardashian-ish, but without the "Kim"...and the "Kardashian"! And with my clothes still on! 😂
But life is all about having fun, isn't it! And I had fun. Still having fun actually, when looking at the picture. It looks like I'm having a true "blonde" moment. You know; the light is on but no one's home!
Monday and the first day back at work after my little trip to London with C. I love my work, so I don't mind it being Monday, but I have to admit I feel really tired right about now. I've spent most of my day in different meetings, and the rest of my work week will look about the same.
So, what to wear when at work? Well, today was as hot outside as our days in London, over 25 degrees Celsius, so I decided on a dress. I've had this one for quite some time, but rarely use it. It's really slim over my tummy and hips, so I always feel like I have to suck in my stomach not to look fat. I know, crazy, but I can't help it. And today was no different. Love the look of it when on (and me holding my breath😜), but don't like how it makes me feel.
But the top is gorgeous, don't you think? Love dots, and love the pattern sawn into the fabric! The dress is a Pernilla Wahlgren design, a Swedish designer and singer. You can find her dresses here!
Anyway, I'm sure I'll have a short night on the couch, going to bed early. But tomorrow I'm having a girlfriend over for tea and a chitchat after work. Remember me telling you about a friend who has "adopted me" as her younger sister? If not I'll promise to tell you more about her tomorrow!
I'm going to bed with a craving! For a coconut chai latte! London made me have a sweet tooth! And I have to start fighting those sugar-cravings tomorrow. Or rather right now as I'm getting no coconut chai latte before bed!
Mmm...I can almost taste it! Yummy!
Sleep tight, friends! I'll be dreaming of cups like the one above, for sure! ;)
I'm back home again. I've had four fabulous days with my girl C in London, but it was a magic moment to feel mini-mes arms around my neck when greeting me at the airport. And her soft and happy voice whispering "Mummy, my mummy!" in my ear. Tears flooded my eyes out of happiness. And then wrapped by my husbands strong arms and him kissing me softly, let me tell you; heaven! <3
Got this picture when I turned on my phone after landing. My little family had welcomed us with a wave when landing! Me and C say on row 15, just above the wings, so if I had known mini-me was out there I would have seen her and my husband for sure. Beautiful picture, don't you think?
And row 15 in our plane ment emergency exit and a lot of space for our legs! Lovely!
And the neighbour in the row just in front of us on the opposite side of the isle, must have had the largest pocket book I've ever seen. Couldn't make out the title though. Curious as I am, I thought of asking but I didn't. So it will continue on being a mystery. I did manage to make out that it was a best seller though! :)
We're back at the hotel after a dinner at Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant in Covent Garden. Very tasty! Had gluten free pasta that was really good! Highly recommend you to pay them a visit when in London!
Drank a really tasty drink (non alcoholic) with lemon juice, cranberry juice and ice.
And this shrimp pasta (gluten free) with, tomato, chilli and saffron was delicious!
We had some troubles finding the restaurant as their signs were rather small, but Google maps kept us on track!
We decided to walk after dinner, and as it felt right, actually walked all the way back to the hotel at Inverness Terrace, Bayswater. And with some wrong turns it took us about an hour.
I just had to show you this super funny street that we found when lost. I know I find the strangest things funny, so you might not find it funny at all. ;)
Had some Snapchat fun whilst waiting for C to get ready for dinner!