We live very close to a forest. You could even say we live in a forest. Not a park or anything, but a real Swedish forest with deer, foxes, owls and creatures.
And whenever I open my kitchen window, there’s a risk a bird from the woods flies in! Like it did this morning.
At least, this is a small one. Last week there was a woodpecker trying to get in!
Some people I know consider it poor taste to start Christmas decorating before December, but I don’t agree. I pretty much start preparing for Christmas as soon as Halloween is over. There are two main reasons; one practical and one emotional.
In October the sun shines only about 9 hours a day here in Gothenburg, so most of the time it’s completely dark. And we only see less and less light until mid-December. I find that Christmas decorations do the best job of compensating for the increasing darkness.
The other reason is simply that I enjoy Christmas so much, I want to extend it as much as possible. To save all the celebrating for just one or a few days just seems like such a waste of joy.
However, I’m far from done with my preparations. In fact, I haven’t even decided whether to go for a real Christmas tree or a plastic one. Although, I am leaning towards a nice plastic tree. It just seems so much more practical, considering all the running around that goes on in my house these days.
I get so many nice emails from you guys! Every now and then someone decides to drop me a line saying something kind. Even when I was absent from here, people stumbled upon my blog and told me how much they liked it – daily!
However, I get so many odd letters, too. People read this article on dating in Sweden (which is the most popular article on this site, it gets thousands of hits every week). Then they notice the name of the website. To them, the words Swedish Love Affair must be suggesting it’s a dating site.
Not only do some strangers wish to “get to know” me better. Some are also asking me about “hooking up with a Swedish woman”. Or a Swedish man. “How to marry a Swedish woman?” is a common question, “how to marry a Swedish man?” is another. Yeah, if I knew the answer I would have done it already, wouldn’t I? Haha!
Some people send me short versions of their biographies and attach photos to make it easier for me too hook them up with someone. They all tell me they’re nice and kind people. Maybe I should start an agency? Swedish Love Affair – dive into a love affair! That would be my slogan.
No, seriously. I’m considering filtering my email so it would sort out certain keywords. ‘Marry’ would be one of them for me.
I’m afraid my Johannes is not a baby anymore. Obviously, he’s still my baby. But look at him! He looks big. He is not even that fat anymore, not the way babies usually are. I think that’s because he’s become a boy now.
He likes to do things traditionally referred to as ‘boyish’. Throwing stones, breaking sticks, digging dirt with his new shoes, driving cars and crushing them against the wall and other things like that.
He wants to be fashionable, too. He insists on wearing this knitted beanie and a quilted jacket! At least I’m happy he can’t grow one of those huge bushy beards just yet. The one every somewhat trendy guy is wearing in my city at the moment. Is it the same where you live?
I found this vintage doll bed at the attic the other day. It must pretty pretty old, maybe 30 years or so.
It was in a shabby condition with the white paint peeling everywhere, but it actually looked shabby in that nowadays fashionable manner. The way it looked it could fit in one of those small interior and toy boutiques usually placed in the old town of every large city.
At first I wanted to leave this bed as it was, but then I decided that it would be more play-friendly if I refreshed the paint. After all, I wanted it for Johannes. So he could learn that even his toys need sleep sometimes, and maybe become more enthusiastic about going to bed at night himself.
So I gave the doll bed two coats of paint (which wasn’t too easy, since it’s pretty detailed). I sewed the bedding (hand quilting right there!). I gave felt pads to each foot of the bed so it wouldn’t scratch our wood floors when Johannes moves it around.
And then there was one morning when Johannes saw his new doll bed standing in our living room with the stuffed animals sleeping in it.
I’m not going to lie and say that he loved it. He didn’t. It’s turns out that he actually hates the idea of the the toys sleeping and whenever he sees a toy lying in there (I didn’t give up easily) he gets really mad and throws it out.
He only accepts the bed as a pushing wagon for him to sit in and for me to push around the apartment. Well, in that case at least I’m happy we’re not scratching the floor while “driving” the bed.
Whenever I take a selfie together with Hannes I just come to realize how round my face actually is – all over again every time!
I hope you guys had a nice day today! I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather today (sore throat!), but I had a good time anyway. For instance, here you can see us wearing our new beanies. Nice, isn’t it?
And later at night my mum came over to us and taught Johannes how to bake a certain type of cookies. The two of them are going to attend a baking competition with these cookies tomorrow morning!
He seemed to really have gotten the hang of it, so I hope we’re going to enjoy his baking more often from now on!
Now this is what I call a proper break from the blog! Hello again, dear readers!
I have missed you.
A lot of things have happened since we spoke last. The biggest one is that we have moved to a different city. Hannes got a new job, which gave us a choice of a few large cities to move to (Stockholm and Copenhagen among them), so exciting! We almost moved to Stockholm, but however, at the last minute we decided for Gothenburg.
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, and is also the place where both Hannes and I grew up. Who would have thought! This means our families and most of our friends are always near, so we can hang out and Johannes gets to know them well.
We have only lived here a month or so, and so far I’m happy. I will tell you more in detail about our new place and other points-of-interest soon!