Fall is coming

Youngest son’s school begun yesterday, he is now on middle grades and at least two of his teachers remembered his big brother. His ’own class’-teacher teaches Finnish and her husband is the Math teacher who was middlest son’s ’own class’-teacher, they were nice and good teachers imo.

We are having an abundance of cucumbers and zucchini. I have tried to eat them but every day we get more so I barely make a dent in the numbers. I must check zucchini baking recipes.

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I’ve once again listened to audio books. I finished one (The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston)  I started in May because it was such an annoying novel and I deeply disliked the female protagonist. After that I’ve listened to Kelley Armstrong’s Lost souls (Cainsville 3.5) which was nice and short and the reader had a lovely voice, especially when he narrated Gabriel. Oh my.

After finishing that I’ve once again started ’The Tawny man trilogy’ by Robin Hobb and totally dived into Six duchies again. It may be I’ll stay there for a while, except my work begins next Monday *sigh*.

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ETA Once again I don’t know why the Goodreads widget doesn’t show all of my read books, it’s really annoying.

Sunday

We are already first week in the May which means my summer holidays are nearer and nearer, just four weeks to go.

We Finns celebrated Vappu – the 1st of May eve – with a spring carneval but since it was pretty cold and we hadn’t planned any kind of party with our friends I was just happy to stay at home and watch tv. On Wednesday we actually slept until noon with hubby, that hasn’t happened in years.

On Friday I went to movies with youngest one and my friend to see Tolkien. It’s not a document so it’s bit different than how Carpenter tells Tolkien’s life in the biography.  The One Ring Net had quite a good article of the movie. Don’t forget to bring a hankie, even the very end makes one cry. Of course since the director is a Finn and a Tolkien-fan himself made the film even more touching.

We liked the movie a lot and youngest son asked what would have happened if Tolkien had died in the WWI. I said that probably the whole genre would have been born later and/or different than what it is today. Sometimes the 13-y-o makes me wonder with the questions he asks…

On Saturday we went to see Hairspray musical to middlest son’s highschool. he played the percussion and his girlfriend was one of the mean girls. Their highscool is famous for the musicals they do, last spring it was Grease and it was very good too. We got youngest son to come too, with a bit of meanness by my part (not proud) and with a little pushing by hubby. In the end he was happy to be there and middlest and his gf were happy to see him there too.

Yesterday evening I watched Brie Larson’s Unicorn store from Netflix, it was quite good too. I’ve also watched a Finnish tv-series about how the Finnish diplomats help save Chilean people during the 1973 coup. The Swedish ambassador is played by Michael Persbrandt (Beorn in the Hobbit).

Today hubby and I did a cemetery tour and went to see how his parent’s grave and my father’s have survived the winter. Our parents are on different graveyards and my mom has been buried to her family grave in Porvoo, a small city nearby, where she lived her childhood and then she moved back there when my dad died in 1994. Me and my siblings decided to give up my dad’s gravesite after this year since none of us has much time to take care of it so we didn’t plant anything there now. Maybe I’ll take some pansies there later. We didn’t drive to Porvoo today but instead as we went home middlest son asked if we’d go to garden shop and so now I have a new climbing rose and flowerbed has new plants and middlest one got cucumber and tomato.

I also baked a mudcake and hubby made a chocolate fudge covering for it, it was really good ❤

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Cherry trees near my in-law’s grave at Honkanummi cemetery

This and that

In the morning I made an excursion to a nearby suburb as we had a meeting at the vocational school’s library there with people from the City library and our own City offices libraries personal. We’ve been meeting about twice a year these past two years ever since the City did the massive organization changes and it’s been nice. Since I have worked in the City library many many years before getting on to the non-formal adult education field it’s nice to have a sort-of connection there still.

Then I went on to my usual day and left early because I was able and there wasn’t much going on. My workmate (who is also my team boss, there’s just us two and one half-day worker) said that it was okay and so I came home and baked a carrot-ginger cake which was pretty good. (i’m so stuffed..) No wonder I don’t lose any weight these days, a 90-minutes pilates won’t be enough.

While I was baking I listened to Richard read Jeffrey Archer’s Heads you win and I must say if it wasn’t Richard reading it I’d probably leave it be. I wasn’t a great fan of audiobooks earlier and mainly listen to Richard’s readings. Tom Hiddleston is pretty good too and I liked Tom Mison read The legend of Sleepy Hollow. I may be biased.

Oh and since I’m a total hand (and a bit tired atm) with pictures you’ll see them from the Instagram bar on the right ->

 

Sunday

Another weekend passed again. I feel like I didn’t do much but is it necessary always do so much? I’m trying to learn enjoy the moment as I’ve been trying all winter. Last spring I had a sort-of depression and burn-out and after self-diagnosing took contact to the work-health care and was sent to talk to a psychiatrist which was good. We talked about enjoying the moment and trying not to worry about stuff so much but I’ve noticed I’m trying to do that again.

I’ve been enjoying laying on the balcony couch and listening to Richard read audio books for me and it’s been nice. The weather has been very warm but it’s going to get colder again, we may even get some snow.

Yesterday me and hubby did the grocery store run. We also visited the candy factory in the neighbourhood to buy Easter eggs and it all just took all my juices and so I went to read on the balcony.

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Easter bunny made of egg shells. The most popular Easter Egg here is a real egg shell filled with almond-hazelnut nougat chocolate.

In the  evening when the balcony became a bit too cold to continue laying in I came indoors and finished Luther season 5 from Netflix. I quite liked it, season 4 was not very good and only had two episodes so. I also finished watching Hinterlands on Friday and yesterday I begun to watch The OA season 2. I find it very good, season 1 was great and I think this one will be about as good. And of course there’s Jason. I used to be a Lost girl but the fandom kind of moved over, a bit like Armitage Army is doing nowadays imo (?). On the other hand Jason is doing smaller roles than Richard I think and that’s part of the fandom slowing down.

Today I’ve washed clothes (things that never end..) and I washed kitchen windows which I really like doing. I was listening to Richard read Heads you win by Jeffrey Archer while cleaning the windows and doing my bujo. I also baked some pomegranate scones which youngest son loves.

I’m going to sauna now and then I think I’ll watch a bit of OA and unravel an old UFO knit which doesn’t seem to knit itself in the closet. I’ve found a better pattern for the yarn and I only need to buy a bit of white yarn to go with it.