Baby Squirrel

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Yesterday and the day before when I was out raking the backyard I could hear a noise like some small animal running on the roof. I was not able to see anything from where I was. So it was obvious that the animal was in the space between the tin roof and the inner roof. I told Leif there’s something. Of course the something didn’t move or make any sound when he was out there listening for it. Leif said don’t worry, it’s probably a bird. He said he’d seen them go in under the tin roof so his guess was they’d made their nest there. I was not convinced at all. I was worried it might be a mouse or many mice  or even worse a rat ! Then yesterday I heard the same noise coming from the tin roof of the woodshed. I looked out and at the same moment a tiny squirrel took a jump from the woodshed to the windowsill. He saw me and jumped back. I grabbed my camera and quietly went to shoot a couple of pics. I didn’t have to go too close as I zoomed in on him. I had not realized I left the patio door open and suddenly both cats were there. The poor little baby squirrel got scared and tried to climb up the brick wall but fell down right between the cats. Oh nooo ! I screamed as loud as possible. My screaming scared both the cats and the squirrel. The squirrel was able to get away and the cats looked at me in disappointment. I’m glad the baby squirrel was rescued by me screaming and able to run away. I hope he will not come back. Had it been a rat I gladly had let the cats catch him . . . or had I ?

Easter Greetings


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Wishing you all a most wonderful Easter ! 

Easter here in the south of Finland can be both cold and still plenty of snow or then, as this year in the middle/end of April, very warm and no snow. Today is the warmest day so far. Plus 20 degrees Celsius. Both Hepatica (hepatica, liverleaf, or liverwort) and wood anemones are in bloom. The Hepaticas been in bloom already for weeks. It’s warm enough for the butterflies to have woken up, There are bright yellow ones (citronfjäril) fluttering around in the garden.

Second Pair Of Socks ~ Bouquet Of Tulips ~ First Anemone Hepatica

Look, my second pair of socks :-) I actually finished them more than a month ago but have not had the energy to neither take a picture or write anything.  The yarn I used for the socks in charcoal gray only has 40% of wool. This light gray yarn has 75% wool. These socks are much warmer.
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How sweet of my very good friend and her family to cheer me up with this wonderful bouquet of tulips when I came back from the hospital. She knows how much I love flowers and specially to take pictures of them. Thank you so much Sari.

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Hurray ! It’s spring :-) Sinivuokot, Blåsipporna the Anemone Hepatica are in bloom. My husband saw them in bloom already while I was in the hospital but I saw my first ones of the spring on Sunday when I was out for a short walk with Canelo.

Blood Clots In The Lungs

Back home after a week in hospital because of blood clots in the lungs. For weeks I was not feeling good. I could not understand why it was so hard to breath. Little by little it got worse. Then it also started hurting at every breath. It was bad. I was unable to go for my evening walks with Canelo. Then one night I was sitting in the bed (could not lay down) Leif woke and realized it was bad and took me to the hospital. I still feel weak but am so thankful things are as good as they are now. I need medication for, at least, the next six months maybe for even a longer period. There are many risk factors for developing blood clots. In my case the most likely one is overweight. I have to lose weight and I will. I hope and pray I will not have to go though any other clots. It hurt and it was scary.

View from hospital window
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Oranges 1 IMG_5515 Oranges 2  IMG_5517 Oranges 3 img_5531Yesterday you could buy a bucket of either oranges or apples, about 6 kg, at K supermarket for 5 €.  As I make smoothies practically every morning I filled a bucket of oranges. The apples looked more like the best before day already expired. Back at home I counted how many oranges we got for the 5 €. Twenty one, not bad :=) I like oranges and very often use them in the smoothies. For the next days we are going to have orange, mango, pineapple smoothies. Yummy !

Shrove Sunday

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Today it is Shrove Sunday. My husband always wants to celebrate both on Sunday and then again on Tuesday. In my opinion Tuesday is the day. Well, both Sunday and Tuesday are okay. I made a baking tray with buns enough for afternoon coffee also on Tuesday. When we were kids we had them with warm milk. Nowadays we have them filled with both marzipan, raspberry or strawberry jam and whipped cream. If you buy them they are filled with either marzipan and whipped cream or the jam and cream.

Sock (s)

Knitted sock (s) IMG_5485CWell, well, well :=) Here it is. “The Sock”.

As i mentioned before I have not been knitting much in my life. The mittens I made were my first pair of mittens. In the end of the 60′s I knitted a sweater. I would not have been able to do it without a lot of help from a friend of mine. And I have knitted 3 pairs of socks long ago. I think it was in the beginning of the 70′s. Oh, and a knitted sweater and skirt. Back then I thought it turned out pretty well. Today I think it did neither look good nor fit well at all. I even wore the outfit at work ! Gosh, thinking of it now makes me feel so embarrassing.  Well, that was about 45 years ago I guess and hope no one other than me are able to remember it anymore.

Back to “the sock”.  Not the perfect one but a sock. After struggling a bit with the heel I finished the sock yesterday. Then I had used all the yarn. On the way back home from my language lesson I went to the shop, from where I bought the yarn for all my knitted works, to buy one more yarn skein. Oh no, there was no more of them. I asked whether they are going to have some more of them. Unfortunately, she said, no, not for now. Maybe in the fall. I was very disappointed. I went to couple of other shops. Nope, could not find the same kind and same color. The internet, yes the internet. I found the manufacturer of the yarn and was able to order one skein. That was yesterday so I think I will have it on Monday or Tuesday. Meanwhile I am going to buy more yarn today, but not in grey, to knit yet an other pair of socks.