My son has got very slender hands – in Sweden we say ”pianofingrar, pianohänder” – piano fingers or piano hands. So, when I finally bought a new watch last week, my old one being more than 40 years old, I wanted to photograph his hands with the Momo Mase´ instead of mine. He said OK. For Cee.
Tonight, after a lovely day out, hiking and enjoying the sunshine, I was contemplating what really made me happy and in a good mood these last weeks. Do you often reflect upon what makes you happy? We should. At least reflection brings me more harmony.
To experience things together with my children is a great joy. In Umeå, we had some really bright and crisp days with much snow. The walks were gloriously fresh and beautiful. We laughed and talked and had Swedish ”Fika”.
My son and I had an excellent guide – his sister. Here admiring the sculpture ”Green Fire”
I loved seeing David without a skateboard too…but keeping his skate shoes on of course…
Two saints – for a day…
This bench was warm…I don’t know if it was because of the two saints sitting there, or… obviously it also could have been warmed up by its previous guests – who left two empty bottles in the snow…But I do believe the answer lies inside the concrete…
Meeting lovely people is another great joy. Umeå seems to be the place where many of them live… – this lady looked really sweet, and had left her home knitted mittens on top of the bag. It’s warm today, she said, – last week we had – 25 C.
Passing by this balcony, we could not help stopping to admire the bird house. As the door was open, the lady came out and said hello – all smiles and waving to us.
Finally, I must return to the homely book store once more. It holds still another answer to what brought me great joy those days – Imagine Peace.
Thank You for keeping me lovely company, sharing and exchanging thoughts and feelings throughout 2018 – Hope to see you in 2019 as well! Let us make it a year of joy and peace, of good hopes and work for a better world. Our way.
Chinese (Cantonese) – 祝聖誕節快樂
Chinese (Mandarin) – 祝圣诞节快乐
Danish – Glædelig Jul og Godt Nytår
Dutch – Prettige feestdagen
Fijian – Bula Vinaka
Finnish – Hyvää Joulua ja Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French – Joyeuses fêtes
German – Frohe Feiertage!
Hindi – uoo”kZ dh ‘kqÒdkeuk;sa
Icelandic – Gleðilega hátíð
Italian – Buone Feste
Japanese – メリー クリスマス
Korean – 즐거운 연휴 되시길 바랍니다.
Lithuanian – Linksmų švenčių!
Norwegian – God Jul og Godt Nytt År
Persian (Farsi) تبریکات فصلی
Portuguese – Boas Festas
Romanian – Crăciun fericit
Spanish – Felices fiestas
Swati – Tilokotfo taKhisimisi
…and the same message in the 6787 other languages in the world!
Some cool autumn days at our summerhouse – Much is in progress…and nature is slowing down. Totti is adjusting to having Milo around, but as you can see he has also found out how to effectively get away from him…one of his favorite solutions is to jump into the car cage again. Milo cannot reach him there – yet.
Autumn is coming – the crispness of the air, the clear skies and the colours of the trees.
Our little fishing village is preparing for the next season – boats on shore and summer guests gone. Silent mornings, only the swallows’ swift wings dipping in the water.
He is growing so fast…too fast, just like little children do.
Who would have believed it?
A neat bath…, and lunch on the beach.
Some digging and a roll in the grass…
Towards sunset, the usual walk by the sea…
me and the mosquitos…
Well – all in all a totally lovely day. And I felt it was Mine!
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Alone
Being alone or wanting to be left alone – that is Me. Essentially.
Today I went to Health Sciences Centre, Lund, to attend the press invitation to the Gerontology Award of 2018. My friend, Professor Susanne Iwarsson, introduced us to PhD students and their research in gerontology, and also to the award winning lady, Dagny Carlsson, aged 105.
Just imagine…she was born the same year Titanic went down…
Dagny is a witty and tough lady, who also is the world’s oldest blogger – or so we think… And her wit as well as her blogging are part of the reasons to why she won this prize. Dagny started blogging at the age of 99 – and today she has reached an almost iconic status in Sweden. Check out her blog here:
Only some of her achievements: On TV she has been a guest in at least ten shows, she was awarded ”Swede of the Week”, she was one of the Summer Talk guests on Radio P1 Sweden 2017, she was given a part in a movie last year and she has also written a book titled ”Life According to Dagny”. Two days ago she payed a visit to our King and Queen – and she said she liked them very much. Nothing strange with meeting them, Dagny smiles.
Dagny Carlsson was awarded also because she is an inspiration to us all. To elderly people she is the living evidence of a possible long and active life, as well as technology to be mastered even beyond the age of 100. Her experience from Swedish history through 105 years remains a valuable source from which we all can learn, and she continues to be a significant elderly person in Swedish culture.
I am proud to have met her. (Just a reminder…Dagny is the lady on the right side…)
Dagny, 103 years old, at the Skavlan show – but this spring she will turn 106!
Beloved – My Family
And – the forest in spring, when the beech trees explodes in light shades of green.