Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Storm and crochet



PHOTOS: Top left: @mia_nyarsloftet_2018. Top right: @mariannesvingen.
Bottom left: @lisemettesol. Bottom right @vadhanderistockolm.se

It is crazy windy here. I hear on the radio (Swedish Radio that is) that it is crazy windy in Sweden too. Lots of snow and trees blowing down, blocking roads. Airplanes that can't take off, snow removal services not being able to keep up with the wind and snow. What about you? Is it windy where you live too? Is the big storm passing your home as well? Instagram is not all bad (reflecting upon all my criticism to the platform lately...), it is lots of fun too. Like seeing these lovely snowy pictures popping up in my feed, adding visual exposure to the storm that is currently over Scandinavia. Just look at that, I mean - Wow! That is lots of snow.

They say snow is expected here in Switzerland this weekend too. It is actually snowing right now. It is not much but it is consistent... It doesn't look like it is gonna stop any time soon so at the end of the day we might have lots of snow here also. I better get those snow boots out again. Gloves and hats in order. I'm actually looking forward to shoveling snow and walking on white grounds. The rain is kind of depressing. Grey, grey, grey. Cold, cold, cold. Dark, dark, dark. But with snow everything lit up. I'm ready for it. Snow dear snow, please make my home ground beautiful.

While waiting and anticipating the big storm, the cats are running in and out through the windows not knowing if they want to stay outside or inside... I guess they can sense something is going on. I'm working on the pattern of my latest shawl design, the saffron colored shawl. I will call it The Olivia's Shawl. Just because it feels like a Olivia shawl. With flowers and all. You know, like when a baby is born and you thought it would be an Isabella but no... It was a Nelly. You know.

All notes are in place. Just pictures left to do. And some proof reading. Testing. I better get going before the kids are tumbling in through the door. After that nothing gets done but homework, dinner and shuttle service to activities. Wish me luck. Oh, and stay cozy and warm. Wherever you are. I am.


Kärlek
Annette


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

White tulips and sparkles




I'm thinking Instagram has to move to my blog. It is awfully quiet over here. So noisy over there. I can't even make my voice heard. Its like a cafeteria packed with people chatting, trays of coffee and lunches slamming... You know, that bzzzzzzzz sound... that noise that makes you rather tired as you need to raise your voice and strain your vocal cords to get your message through across the table. It is more quiet here. More time for reflection. A gentle laughter. Time to listen to a story being told. I sip my tea (not so much coffee anymore), I crochet (currently working with this beautiful yarn Mille Colori Socks & Lace Luxe from Lang - can you see it has sparkles???) and enjoying my first time ever WHITE tulips. I'm in love and I see many more white tulips bringing joy to my home in the near future. Perfect post Christmas flowers. I'm not ready for pink yet.



Kärlek
Annette


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Friday, December 22, 2017

Just a few days until Christmas
















He came home. My love. The work trip that was estimated to be 4 days in the USA, turned into a 12 day trip... Single Mum hat on and Christmas countdown can be quite exhausting, so I have hibernated a bit. Focused on what's important in life. Like fighting for an error made by the teacher on Luca Bo's latest French test, winning the battle and bumping him up a grade. Victory. Helping with studies for the big last push of tests, wrapping gifts to teachers, instructors and just people around us that we feel we want to wish Happy Holidays... And then of course chores, taxi service, dinner and shopping... same ol', same ol'...

I've gone back to Cross Fit after a 2 year break. My back has bothered me for a very long time. Lately I've asked myself if I should just accept the chronic pain and discomfort and the fact that I can't jump, run or do anything with the smallest impact on my spine... That the pain has forced me to stop being active in the way I want to be active (I can't run, I can't ride the bike, I can't go to aerobic or dance, I can't do too long walks...). I had an MRI done and found out I've got arthritis in 60% of my spine. I have to admit I was slightly shocked. Arthritis had never crossed my mind. Only old people has arthritis, right? ANd I'm not old... or am I maybe getting old? I guess the truth is that even though I'm 24 in my mind, my body is not. It has a few mileage, three pregnancies and lots of baby holding...  So after adjusting to the thought I've made a plan. I"m gonna build up strength around my spine and in my core and work on my flexibility... So I am back at my old Cross Fit gym, with humble steps I stepped in there the other day and  I'm chuffed by the welcome I got. Many of my old gym mates are still there and they were all so very happy to see me. There were high five's to right and left and hugs and cheek kisses. It feels really good. I'm motivated.

Part from all this, the days are rolling on. Christmas is just a few days away now and I'm making one last batch of saffron buns (recipe here and video here). All gifts are wrapped. My family is complete and we can breath out "School" and breath in "Vacation". I might just put on my PJ and keep it on for the next 4 days and just chillax and enjoy being with my loved ones. Maybe squeeze in a Winter Wonderland walk (it is so beautiful here with the snow) and some hot chocolates and lots of good Christmas food. Oh, and I almost forgot - did you see my latest finished crochet project? I LOVE  IT! It was such a fun and quick project, simple and soothing. I'll write down the pattern when I have time. I also need to come up with a name... Maybe Saffron shawl??? It will probably be in the new year.

Happy Christmas my lovelies. Thanks for hanging around and see you on the "other side".

Kärlek
Annette


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