My PC has been acting kind of quirky the last little while… Yesterday it finally gave up and presented a blue screen.
Now: do I try and revive it – or do I allow it to die peacefully? A friend has offered to see if he can perform some magic while I’m gone for a few days. But I’m seriously considering getting a laptop as it would make it easier for me in many ways.
The days are getting very short now. By 2.30 it’s almost too late to take any pictures.
I’m feeling cold and out of sorts today. Wouldn’t you know that I had to pick up some bug, 5 days before I’m headed to Stockholm to visit my niece!
Another walk in my favourite cottage country just outside town.
The lakes and rivers are part of a huge system of reservoirs for hydro plants further down so the water level is constantly changing. A week ago it was maybe 10 cm higher than it is now, so the ice gets caught on rocks and develops these “curtains” of icicles when the temperature is above zero Celcius during a day or two.
I’m beginning to feel as if I’m the only person in this town who does not put up a single strand of lights aby time before the first Sunday of Advent!
My BFF lives about 80 km from town in a small village in the middle of where they keep their reindeer. Most of the animals run free in the woods, but then there is…
… Tiny and five others who were bottlefed. A young female reindeer often rejects her first calf – or the mother dies giving birth. Once a reindeer has been brought up by humans, it can’t be let loose to fend for itself. These reindeer are semi-domesticated… They love the family, but strangers like I am are not welcome in the pen – unless I’m there with someone from their “family”. Tiny thought I was OK once my friend -E- had said so…
I couldn’t make it out for a good walk in cottage country before the light was waning.
Loki was happy to get out on his own after some 5 hours alone at home.
… can be the best thing there is. Special Girl has been rather uninterested in other students in her class on an individual level. Most often she has just talked about her “buddies” although she’s known their names for years. During this fall, the group has grown with no less than four students – all of them with fairly unusual names as they are from Afghanistan, Somalia and Morocco respectively. Today she was talking about one of the other students and stumbled over her name – which prompted me to write all of their names on post-it stickers that went up on the door in her little room. (This is where we spend about 25% of her lessons, the rest is in class.)
No – I didn’t think to take a picture of it – but I will! However…
She then started to read all of their names, really trying to pronounce them correctly (she often skips the first syllable) – it was clear that our speech training sessions have been fruitful. While she was at it, she also ran through the list of other words she’s mastered since January of this year… My heart melts when she says “sofa” time and over again – obviously it was such a milestone for her when she learned how to not say “fofa”. I don’t think people around her really understand how important such seemingly minor developments are for her – in comparison it would be as if I would understand calculus just like that!
Since January when A-B become her personal assistant, SG has undergone an absolutely fantastic development. She’s become increasingly self-assured and she seems to enjoy her school-day more and more. Previously, she used to have “melt-downs” every now and then, but there has been only one of those during the fall so far. We can joke around, be silly and then get serious about our lessons – and she walks away from it all with her head held high.
I am blessed with the best job there is.
This must be the very first time in my life that I’ve arranged for Christmas presents for my family over a month before the actual date!
Does that mean I can consider myself grown-up now?
When -B- and I visited the flower shop on Saturday, I found and fell in love with a new plant. New for me, that is.
It belongs to the Prayer-plant family – and I’m hoping it’ll survive at my place!
Spending the weekend with Dad and -B-. We’ve been to the Red Cross Hive looking for bargains (this time coasters and coffee mugs), done some shopping in town and visited with -M-. He has settled in very nicely and is attending school every day, works three 4-hour shifts every weekend and is getting ready to start taking driving lessons.
Have a nice weekend, you all!