Him, myself and friends

I don’t want you readers to think that this has become a dog blog. But let’s face it. Both boys are nowadays kissing other girls than their mother (yes, I do spy on them and I’m not ashamed) and my role in their life is changing. I’m no-longer the centre of their universe and that…

Play date

So her best Ridgeback friend is down at her summer home and we were invited to come play. Great times!

Trying out the new camera

Bought myself a new mobile phone the other day. Haven’t done that in four years. The camera is really an upgrade and since the kids don’t want to model, I go for the little princess.

X-ray

We X-rayed Tesla’s hips and elbows today. With we I mean I. Getting people and animals sedated is not my cup of tea. Not that it’s me putting the drugs into their system, but I don’t like seeing them doze off. As I have my limits, it’s always been the Mr caring for the boys…

PMS

A question for the ladies. Do you get more evil than usual closer to your period? I don’t mean angry and irritated. I mean mean. Mean as in: “I really couldn’t care less if tears are brought to your eyes by my comments, I actually want you to be hurt you large pile of excrement….

Queen

Yesterday, we did our second dog show ever. Last time was pre kids and with our first Ridgeback. We are total amateurs. We knew this already, but it became very clear upon our arrival. Or I shouldn’t say we, I should say the Mr. This was totally his idea and he had to handle it…

New beginnings part II

For me contribution has always been important. One doesn’t live off others. That’s how I’ve been raised and that’s how we raised our kids too. All of a sudden we have a non student at home. Sam’s been working all summer, but after the summer he needed a “proper job”. And he got one. He…

New beginnings

This morning was epic. For our family. Or for my husband. After 22.5 years as an emergency response operator (20.5 at his current company) the Mr worked his last shift. A nightshift. During the kids whole life, they have been told to “keep it down” because dad’s sleeping. Had a mother who didn’t do much…

Nirvana

I think that the closest I come to Nirvana here on earth is, besides the obvious, is good cultural experiences. I have been moved by exhibitions, individual pieces of art, concerts, books and movies. And I feel blessed when something worldly can move me to my core. I remember watching the latest Joker movie back…

Old

Have I mentioned how old I’m getting? I know, that I over and over again mention that life is going too fast when things happen to the boys. But I never see the connection to me getting old. BUT what’s leading me on to understanding that I am getting old are all those things that…

Life reminding itself

You need them. Once in a while you need that inexorably punch in your stomach. A punch that shakes you to your core. A blow that makes an average Friday night important and reminds you that all your days are the most important you have. Because they are your life. I was aimlessly scrolling my…

The Friendship Inn

Last week it was Gothia Cup, the largest football youth cup. Fabbe’s team was there. His first time. As the mother I am, and can be. I took my work computer and camera and logged in at The Friendship Inn. Once again my childhood friend opened her doors for me and lend me a bed….

Perspectives of time

I’m conscious about time. In the bigger perspective. To stop daily and reflect over things (usually my children and/or feelings connected to everyday activities). This gives me an awareness of now. A now that tomorrow is part of the past. It gives me knowledge that I was present while alive. I believe this will grant…

Time for someone else

The Mr and I caught up time with a “date night”. Football was on the agenda. The Mr is, as you are well aware of, assistant coach for Halmstad bollklubbs (HBK) boys aged 16 and have season tickets. We took the train (so strange, but good for us to skip the car) and then I…

Paris report – Day#3

We are our way to the airport- hopefully they – the French – wait until tomorrow to go out on strike. Our last day was just as good a the two previous. With 16000 steps and with a lot of help from the metro we manage to cover the both parts of Paris we already…

Paris report – Day #2

Today we went in the opposite direction – towards Champs-Élysées. The mission was the same. Find a good deal. If the findings were, I’m not the one to tell. But I understood that the PSG jersey was. Even-though it is last season’s model (and most possibly therefore it was a bargain). I feel unbelievable blessed…

Paris report – Day #1

I must say Fabian is somewhat modest when his uses the word “good” in his review of the day. At one time he was saying that his mind was spinning of the huge supply especially as it’s combined with a sale to up to 50%! We stated our day at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann. From there…

We ❤️ Paris

Late yesterday evening, with the help of an ex football pro who played with Kevin De Bruyne in Genk we arrived to the wonderful hotel Belleval. Today we are excitingly scouting for all the bargains on our way to Mona Lisa.

There’s no place like home

When away, the dogs are at a boarding home (for dogs), Svalbogård (they were founded pre social media and is still here so no website available). We had them there for Sam’s graduation as Tesla would have knocked both people and party tent over. Then a couple of days later we left them there again…

Review Skiathos

It started with poor imagination. The Mr wanted to go abroad during his vacation. No discussion. I never have that need. Or possibly I never need to, as my husband always wins that race. I understand him though. Living in Sweden and having an early vacation in June – you never know what weather you’ll…

Mamma Mia

What a week we have had. The Mr and I who on Tuesday last week took a well deserved “post graduation”break and went to Skiathos, Greece for a week. I will tell you more in another post. But of my three trips to Greece, this was the best. Maybe it was the company, the food…

And the little one ❤️

Last day in junior high for this lad. I just can’t believe what time has done. I know I sound like a broken record but I just don’t. I’m so proud of both my boys.

Graduation

So, it’s done. Graduation. We got to have a wonderful day for our Sam. Thanks to all our friends and family. Now high schools over and now he only needs to study if he wants to. Monday – work starts – an assistant nurse ready to care for you. His mum’s going to rest her…

Too little attention

She thinks she’s gotten too little attention lately. The human children eating all the lime light. so, here she is – our little princess/diva. And our four legged prince.

Plan B

Accompanied with a cold, I’m sitting on the train home after fab days with friends from the past. From the beginning we planned to spend Thursday-Saturday at a 19’s century cabin in Linköping. On the Wednesday evening we were met of the news that the organizer was down with a cold. As the rest of…

Prom

There are so much happening in Sam’s life right now. Prom was one thing happening this week. I would’t say that prom in Sweden is not the same as in the US. First I thought it had to do with tradition, but the I realized that I had one and that is… years ago. But…

Check ✅

An immense milestone was reach yesterday for our first born. Driving license. Oh they joy. It has been a somewhat struggle, but he kept the spirit, with strong support from his partens (primarily his mother I’d say). For me as a parent it’s paradox feeling. Happy for his success but also worried for the fact…

How I love

That Sam puts hus alarm on on a Saturday morning. I guess I see it as a sign that he’s taking responsibility. Making sure he get’s things done.

Fun times

My biggest inability as a mother has been playing with my children. Lego building there has been some of and and cuddles and watching films. But imaginary games, not so much. Another thing that has been around has been board games and playing cards. The latter one is one of the most common things we…

What happened

Today Sam came home with his graduation cap. I can’t comprehend this. Our oldest is done with school. He’s officially a real adult and we don’t need to care for him. Naturally I teared up. I’m so not ready for this and I force myself to remind myself what his daycare teacher Helene told me,…

Them and us

My iPhone made a new suggestion of my pictures and films. It was quite cute actually. And I really dislike the fact that the embedded version is only visible in edit mode.Of course it’s me who has done something wrong here, but I can’t figure out what and if it’s going to be THAT hard…

More spring

God I love it. Spring and my cherry trees.

Our princess

She’s so precious our little princess. Love her to death we do.

Spring

In a couple of weeks (if just the temperature will rise some more) our garden will peak. Our cherry blossoms are divine. DIVINE.

Maundy Thursday’s egg hunt

I think I have a small hunch to why, we in our household, have the Easter egg hunt on Maundy Thursday. In Sweden kids dress up as Easter witches on Maundy Thursday and goes “trick or treating” (or just treating – meaning walking around the neighbourhood asking for money or candy) before leaving for Blåkulla….

Good Friday playdate

Once upon a time Good Fridays were just like like we call them in Sweden Long Fridays. Because you couldn’t do anything and TV and (more common at the time) radio was just depressing organ music. This is what I’ve been told by my parents, I wasn’t born in these bleak times or at least…

L.❤️.V.E

Sometimes it’s simple. Love. It’s just like this.

Unreasonable pleasure

Photography and editing thereof provides me with, what I would say, unreasonable pleasure. And I don’t do it often enough. I stared my self employed career as a photographer: Quite cheeky many would say, as I had only a couple of private trainings, no college or higher education. But people loved my work and it…

Our little runaway

She did it again. The second time she escapes. We are almost 100% sure that she doesn’t jump the fences, she crawls underneath (even-though we have put an extra fence to make it (almost) impossible). If she jumps we’re screwed. Well, now she’s grounded. Can’t leave the house.

Will not!

Yesterday I heard Fabian coughing… again. He later complained about a soar throat. And then some more coughing. Last week the whole family was well after four weeks of cold from one to another and now we are back at it. I almost panicked when I heard the coughing. I will not WILL NOT be…

Free unsolicited advise

If you have a returning cost, say a burglar alarm, which possibly has risen in cost annually. Don’t be afraid to call the company and ask what they can do about it. Because they can. And they probably will. We now lowered our quarterly cost with 6 bottles of fine wine. I try not tho…

They call her flibbertigibbet

The kids second cousin is a costume designer currently working as costume assistant in several Swedish productions. For a couple of months she had an exhibition at one of our local galleries, showing some of her work but especially some of her sketches. The sketches were also for sale and naturally I wanted one. I…

Good at

I’m very good at many things (almost everything), but there is one thing that I would say there is one thing I’m a liiiiiiiiitle better at than many of you (not that it’s a competition), and that is. to treat myself. To treat my self a going to the theater watching plays, music, musicals and…

Friday tulips

Almost every Friday I purchase a bouquet flowers, usually tulips. Nowadays it doesn’t only bright my day up, flowers makes you happy, but I also think of my friend Monika. She also likes tulips and always purchase white ones. I can’t limit myself I need have colours and different ones every time. Happy Friday all,…

It bothers me

It bothers me that Fabian is off to Denmark for his first abroad game and I sit here at home. It bothers me that the sun is shining and we probably will have a yearly high in temperature. This great weather which we have had the full weekend, including my Friday off, has invited to…

Unbelievable

I will just say that what’s happening right now is unbelievable. Unbelievable and wrong. (I will ignore the fact that the site went down twice writing this).

Fantastic parents

Sam wasn’t selected to make the military service. Due to lactose intolerance… We were all kind of surprised about this, especially that it wasn’t sorted before the physical visit. We were thinking that he might get removed by his hearing, but he never came that far. But no sad faces on any of us. And…

Short feeback

The message to our little miss T seems to have worked. Last night she didn’t bother come into our bedroom. On the other hand her big brother did. So if anyone has a minute over, please inform him, that no dogs should be co-sleeping in our bed going forward. Thank you,

Could someone please inform her

Every night/morning between 2-5 am she comes. She flings the bedroom door open with her nose and stands by the bed. I, no one else, must leave the bed, ask her to jump up with her front legs on the bed, and thereafter have me (no one else) elevate her by her hind ones. She…

What if?

I just went back to sleep? Like right now. My thick, not sore, throat woke me up 1.5 hrs ago. Been doing all sorts of things except sleeping. Now I will give it a go. Wish me luck.