Seems like gold is an ongoing theme here at out little house here these days! Here are some pictures from our hallway after we added some storage. You could say this post is a sequel to this one, actually. The rest of this small space is still a bit of a mess, but since this is the first wall you see when I come down the stairs in the morning and when I come home after work, I'm glad at least this looks happy and organized... A mail sorting system, a picture rail and two coat hooks, and now this wall actually have some function. The doormat got a new rounded shape with the help of a knife and Cricket seems to approve. And what's better than another place to showcase the dahlias from the garden?
I was tidying up in a bookshelf just now and found another old diary. I've created a "snapshot" from the first apartment me and A shared, a student apartment close to our campus in Gothenburg. It had a bedroom, bathroom, a study and a open plan living-room/"kitchen". These where the times of the "fat" TV and when we stilled listened to CD's...
Thinking back I can't believe it's been 10 years just around now that we have lived together, in four different homes. Good times!
Today I've been to the vet with Cricket. We have been trying to figure out what to do about her chronic problems with inflamed gums for a long time now, and the last time we had her in for a proper check with blood-test and x-rays and so on the outlook wasn't so great. She's generally healthy, but her gums and her teeth doesn't seem to function well together. The plan was to put her on antibiotics for two weeks and if that didn't help the next step was to pull her teeth out... All of them except her front teeth and her canines.
Tough. I don't want to do it. But I don't want her to hurt.
So. Today the two weeks were up and we went back for a check-up. And it looked better! Not good, but there was an improvement! So now we'll give her another two weeks of antibiotics, then wait for two more weeks to see if it'll hold and the we decide.... Here's to my sweet Cricket and her little fangs! Cross your fingers and paws!
You're something special! Embrace your darkness, never be ashamed...
Me and A have been thinking about taking up kayaking a bit more frequently ever since a friend of ours told us about the great club they have right here in the city center and how you can borrow kayaks from them if you just become a member and take the introduction course. They also have weekly trips and longer outings every now and then. After our kayaking in Croatia over the summer we became even more sure that this was something we wanted top become a part of back home.
When we booked our sea kayak introduction course a while back Stavanger was still enjoying the best summer in years... safe to say we have left that behind us now. But all in all, it was a great course, in between being cold as h*ll I picked up some new skills on how to rescue a buddy or how to get back up in a capsized kayak. Learning this means we had to spend a lot of time in the water but I guess it was worth it. Now that i'm dry and warm again I think so.
I know it's still August, but here it feel so much like fall it might as well be October. I still have some hope there might come a few more summer-like days again, but you never know. I would like to get a sunny afternoon someday soon so I can go out there and clean up a bit, maybe rescue some plants that could move inside before fall and tie a couple of the bigger plants and bushes up after all stormy nights we've had lately. I haven't really been outside much since I started working, and the garden is now looking a bit overgrown, overblown and wind-blown.
I think it's fair to say that autumn has come to Stavanger. At least it doesn't feel like summer at all any longer. I packed away my summer clothes this weekend, which means most of my more colorful dresses, tops and skirts. I was pretty much bored with them anyway so it felt like a good thing. Today I sported a completely colorless outfit that wasn't very visionary at all, but that ended up feeling quite fancy since I wore pretty shoes. Pretty shoes help. And today's wind and rain called for a tweed jacket. Business above, party below?
trousers, blouse and jacket - h&m. Shoes - RocketDog
I have mentions several times here on the blog that cooking isn't really my thing. But I like to eat so every once in a while I have to do it. My strategy when it comes to cooking is to 1. simple is best, and 2. while your at it - why not cook for the entire week so you don't have to do it again?
Now that both A and I are back at work and both of us are more busy in the evenings I really like to have something in the freezer that I can just pop in the micro-wave when A eats dinner at work. So on Thursday I had my food preparation day, making two big loads of soup, hummus, plus both breakfast muffins and some smoothie packages so that I'll easily can get back in to good breakfast routines again. There was a lot of bowls and cutting boards in the kitchen at the same time, and the trick is to keep the different project separated, so you don't end up with chili in you muffins or banana in your soup. If you don't like that kind of thing, of course. It took two hours, but that included cleaning the kitchen, and now I have so much food in the freezer nothing more will fit in there. I store the soup in plastic bags, one portions in each. It takes up less space and they are easy to defrost.
The soups I made was this one with broccoli and sweet-potato, and this spicy one - but I only had tofu in it, no shrimp.
The breakfast muffins I did this time bacically only included oatmeal, some nuts, egg, baking powder, apple-sauce and banana. They turned out really moist and tasty!
Found some old artwork of mine when I visited my Mom this summer, and had a sudden insight: Three years old - that's when I peaked...
This is just a few examples. I was a way more creative child than I am as adult! Look at the carefree strokes, the bold use of color, the imagery! Maybe I should go back to the same themes as I preferred then, dreaming animals, ambulances and princesses...