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July 21, 2014

Oops!

Filed under: Just stuff — allmycke @ 8:37 pm

I had a bit of an accident yesterday evening… My glass of water tipped over my laptop and this was definitely not popular. It died on the spot, so now it’s sitting on top of my bookshelf, in the hopes that it’ll dry up and function again.

Forget-me-not

I ended up having to bring home my PC from work in the meantime. Luckily, I don’t think I have lost an awful lot – I downloaded all pictures from the last 9 months just the other day…

July 20, 2014

Reunion

Filed under: Important stuff,Personal,Photography — allmycke @ 4:05 pm

I was invited to the 10 year reunion of my students who graduated 2004. At first I was a bit leery about the whole thing, but as the day/evening progressed I changed my mind.

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I got to talk at length with a number of them – especially two of the boys (well, young men) who have taken the hard route in previous years. One of them is sober and clean since 4 years, the other realised he needed therapy to get rid of his anger, self doubt and destructive behaviour. Out of 36 students in all, 28 showed up for dinner and the three girls who arranged the whole thing were roundly applauded.

Yes, this is the view from the restaurant where we had dinner.

July 18, 2014

Memories of Yesterday

Filed under: pity party — allmycke @ 8:37 pm

Even though my car is very comfortable, 750 km of driving in one day does something to me. My back feels like a giant board today and my hands hurt.

Bilen

No fun at all!

July 17, 2014

Some numbers

Filed under: Important stuff,Personal — allmycke @ 6:23 pm

Got up at 6AM, started a journey that would span 750 km over 10,5 hours. I was driving for 7 of those hours (yes, I have a heavy right foot). -N- and I spent almost exactly 1 (one) hour at the offices of the Migration Board, so one of their officers could ask -N- questions in regards to his mother and younger siblings who have applied for visas to Sweden.

You’d think this could be accomplished  in an easier manner – such as for instance via Skype or a video-link – with a Notary Public present who could attest to our identities.

Apparently not.

For me

-N- deserves a bouquet for keeping his composure until the very last question. I want one for avoiding any mishaps (other dumb drivers, road crews and stray reindeer – not necessarily in that order.)

July 15, 2014

Cooling off

Filed under: Just stuff — allmycke @ 6:57 pm

Instead of taking Loki for a longer walk in the afternoon, I’ve had to change my routine because of the warm weather. He just does not do +27C very well.

Loki cooling off

Now the walk off leash takes place in the evening – the later, the better… Notice that he avoids getting his tail wet.

Reflection

We’re not exactly spoiled with this kind of weather – and I pity anyone who has to work in buildings without AC right now!

July 14, 2014

Paradise

Filed under: Nature,Photography — allmycke @ 5:06 pm

Took a drive around town after 10 pm yesterday evening.

Heaven

A view like this is worth many months of snow and darkness.

July 13, 2014

Wonderful Summer

Filed under: Personal — allmycke @ 11:35 pm

Bengt Lindstrom

 

July 12, 2014

Choices

Filed under: Important stuff,Personal — allmycke @ 11:37 pm

At a homecoming BBQ in a village close to where I was born, the conversation came to the subject of windmills on a close-by mountain we can all see from various points.

Choices

At first I didn’t weigh in to the conversation because I didn’t feel like getting into a pointless discussion – until one person at our table was going on about how she had to avert her eyes from the view, because “it doesn’t look like it always has.”

I asked if she would rather have a nuclear power plant at the same distance from her summer paradise…

After that, the conversation veered in a different direction and we were talking about healthy food, carbon footprint and why so many these days are allergic to different food stuffs (lactose and gluten to name but two).

I’m not about to say the windmills are beautiful or add anything to the view – but I far prefer them to a nuclear power plant which could devastate parts or even our entire country for all time. Yes, we have to make choices all the time – but in my mind, some of them are a lot easier than others.  Such as opting for windmills, locally produced food, homemade muesli, soft soap instead of Ajax, make-up not tested on animals…

Bathtime

In a lot of ways I think the people who took their twice monthly bath in this tub (Father first, then oldest son, then…) lived a much happier life. Fewer choices – there was only one way to send a letter, you could walk, ride a horse or in a carriage, most of your food was from your own farm/garden…

How about the women? Well, from stories I’ve heard from my own family their lot was nothing to be envious of. Having to be the one last into the bathtub above can not have been a pleasant experience. Actually, these tubs were common among “the better folks” – and I’m quite sure both of my sets of grandparents  made sure the entire family was sqeaky clean even if they had to use a small tub. I have to ask Dad and my maternal aunts about that!

Isn’t it fantastic how your associations can wander in all directions – just from a conversation over dinner!

 

 

July 11, 2014

Birthday Dinner

Filed under: Important stuff,Personal — allmycke @ 9:26 pm

This view was pleasing to the eye while we enjoyed a sumptous dinner to celebrate both -B- and Dad.Storforsen
This is the only rapids in this particular river that has not been harnessed for hydro power.
Dinner
-B- turned 80 about 2 months ago and Dad is now 86. I think they look way younger!

July 10, 2014

The Pond

Filed under: Nature,Photography — allmycke @ 8:54 pm

There’s a small pond with a waterfountain a mere block away from Dad and -B’s- house – with a mess of swimming ducks this year. Git
That makes for some heated arguments among the adults.

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