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Easter over

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We have had a fantastic easter - summer weather really, yesterday people was wearing shorts and t-shirts!

I changed wheels from winter to summer and I am really grateful that I could manage. I had decided that my changing days are over, for the last three year I have gone to a workshop to do it, but when I did this in autumn, the guys said that I would need to have new summer tires, and I really can not afford that so I thought I change myself and drive on the old tires one more summer... and looking at them I do wonder what the guys meant, the law is that it has to be at least one millimeter pattern on them and my tires have more... weird.

Anyway, one of the things stiopping me from doing it has been that my driveway is a bit steep so it would be best to park on the street to do it - which means that I have to transport the wheels ... I have been postponing and in the back of my mind I have felt the stress growing - by law you are not allowed to drive on winter tires after 1 of may and guess who has gone to the workshop or made it herself one or two days late many times...?

But I did it on my driveway yesterday - put blocks behind the wheel, gave myself plenty of time and worked methodically through it. What usually messes it up is that some of the bolts break - the money I am saving by doing it myself is spent going to the workshop and having that broken bolt removed... but I managed to get them all loose yeaterday and I managed to change the wheel without catastrophees...yay me!

Daughter wanted to make cookies, good for her, not for me... sent most of them with her on the bus back to her father and put some of them in the freezer - but some of them were eten by me and those in the freezer will be a cobnstan threat until daughter comes back in two weeks.

I am really sick and tired of being sick and tired for the moment. exercise works well but the eating is not good... but easter is over and as it is the big sweets eating holiday in Sweden it has not been so bad after all - the cookies yesterday was the only wrong step - eating icecream and fast food on our "art tour" friday was ok.

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JOYINKY 4/22/2014 11:09AM

    Congratulations with getting the tires changed without incident! emoticon

I have not stayed in good balance so far in April. A lot of company, too much food and not enough activity. Sitting around and visiting tempts me to overeat and does not burn many calories. It was so good to return to "my life" yesterday and work in the yard. I'm 5#'s up from where I like to be and I know what I have to do to bring it back down. Activity up, calories down; healthy choices make it doable. Cookies in the freezer would be a temptation for me too. After Easter dinner all the leftovers, except some fresh fruit, went home with my DD and her family. They need it more than I do. Win/win!
Be well. Hugs.

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INGMARIE 4/22/2014 7:58AM

    I think you are doing great, cookies and all, after changing tires you deserve a cookie.
I remember those days in Sweden, I let a garage do mine because they stored them too.
Glad to hear the weather is good.
Enjoy. emoticon emoticon

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Our selfie-project

Monday, April 21, 2014

So we went on that "art tour" and added a little selfie project of our own, taking selfies outside the places we visited... although it was half art places, half places to eat at... emoticon

I have now found and used the "collage" function in Picasa, it will be useful in the future!

We first had to stop at a store to by some yogurt for daughter who said she was straving..."I am a teenager mom, we need food all the time!"...

Then we stopped at a place where two wmen showed films, one had filmed, the other was the music composer. Very "artful" I have to admit that we giggled a little because we did not understand much – only that it was very cultural.

Then daugther was hungry again so we went for a fast food restaurant - hamburgers and pommes frites...

An art exhibition where syrian refugees had made snacks, we had to taste some... the to a bookcafé that is famous for the pies they offer but we did not have any, only looked at the art that they also exposed and then went for our last stop of the day - an icecream café situated in a former church, right by the lake Fryken.

All this was a drive of 300 kilometres and took ua about eight hours. I am impressed by daughter who goes with me without complaining and stays away from her smartphone all the time we visit. There are a lot of people doing this every year but I noticed that most of them are whitehaired so itīs not somethinbg that young people seem to be that interested in.

The day after I rewarded her by driving her to town where she could join that game society we are in and spend all day playing games - not computer but "real" ones...
and yesterday borther had invited us to come and picnic in the woods - the subject from start was to do a long walk before having fire and grill, but my feet does not allow that for the moment and nobody else seemed keen either, so we just sat around and talked anbd roasted our hotdogs over the fire... I donīt know why I eat that stuff, it is not any good but I had two and considered it to be lunch.

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LJCANNON 4/22/2014 1:46AM

    emoticon You made a LOT of Special Memories this weekend!
What a wonderful time for you Both!!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/21/2014 6:47PM

    These are wonderful pictures. You both have so much character! emoticon

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CJBAGGINS 4/21/2014 1:15PM

    What a neat day!


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KITT52 4/21/2014 8:30AM

    very nice thanks for sharing

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JOYINKY 4/21/2014 8:18AM

    Sounds like, looks like, a wonderful weekend! Thanks for sharing.

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INGMARIE 4/21/2014 7:49AM

    Sounds like a fun day, love the pix of you and daughter ,you 2 look great.
Love artsy stuff and eating /snacking to.
A couple of hot dogs now and then are not that bad , and you had a good family time .
Thanks for sharing.

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    Looks like you had fun! Thanks for sharing the pictures. You look good, both of you!

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Easter coming up

Friday, April 18, 2014

Daughter came for easter yesterday - we started with going to a serenity sermon with communion. I have not told my daughter that I go to AA so I wonder what she thought when we arrived at church and I obviously knew more than half of the people there and we greeted each other with hugs and laughed a lot...there was no talk about AA but the atmosphere is very much closer and warm than when you meet "ordinary" people at a social event.

..and I was almost bursting with pride over my friends and over my daughter - my friends all were interested in her, shook her hand and beamed with joy over seeing her... and she told her name and engaged politely in any conversation, in sermon we sang together and she joined in communion and in the prayers and it was all really blessed,

The church offered a s small meal afterwards and we stayed and sat at a table with a girl who is... 23-24 years maybe and has been an alcoholic as well as a drug addict. She is still with nicotine - not smoking but using "snuff" - I think this is a special swedish habit it is like chewing tobacco although you put this powder under your upper lip... I did that some years many years ago and it is really hard to give up, since you can do it anywhere so itīs hard to avoid situations where you can use... but this girl said that she had been on adhd medication and than given up drugs, boose and medication - and gone inte compulsive eating and gained 25 kilos...then became an obsessed exerciser which she still is but she says that she prefers nicotine and exercise to food ocr drugs or alcohol... oh yes, she also said that she had been taken of the adhd medication because her heart had started to react...

As I have seen this girl transform in AA from a silent and "repellant" (?) person into a happy talkative girl, I really think that she is doing the best with her situation and I have great hopes for her. AND I thought it must be good for my daughter to listen to a "real" person, being very real and honest about things.

As we went home afterwards my daughter mentioned how cool this girl looked, her hair and her shirt was "so cool". Otherwise we did not discuss it but it is worht to mention that it is my daughters choice to come a long. I have thought from the beginning that I would just bring her, but she phoned berfor arriving and told me that wshe was had been having a cold and still had an aching throat, so I offered her to stay at home. But she said she wanted to come along, in fact she is a "little religious" (she said) and would want to go to church more often... and I said "why donīt you then, you live rather close to the church in your home town.

And she said she did not know how to behave and I just looked at her, rather pussled. Because before I moved I was working extra as a church janitor and she has been with me many times and ougt to be familiar with the thing. She also still sing in a youth choir - I think the problem is that she thinks it is a little too weird to go on her own. Her father thinks that religion is silly and would not encourage any "spiritual" actions.

In my evil heart I am happy because this is a way for her to protest by choosing "religion" she is beeing obsturctive but in a way that she cant be criticised for.

Anyway, the whole thing made me feel very good especially as we are going to be sort of pagan today, instead of going to church and reflect over the death of christ, we are going north on an "art round" - different people showing art in a region up north, I have three places I want to visit, one that shows music and film and two with painted art, one of the later is also offering a "café" with foods made by syrian refugees, love the project! And lov being able to take y daughter along and hope that she finds some of it interesting, maybe the film thing can be inspiring to her...

I also had a meeting with the woman I am working with standup comedy with, we are preparing for our next performance, which is the fourth oif may - I have come up with three minutes that I am pleased with, now I just have to rehearse it very thorughly... It will be my third performance, and hopefully a little less horrifying than the last time. I really donīt know why I am doing this!

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INGMARIE 4/18/2014 5:58PM

    emoticon Glad you had a good time with your daughter, seems she is growing
and growing up ,making decisions of her own. Good for her and you.
As far as your evil heart , lady I don't think you got one.

Happy Easter.

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JOYINKY 4/18/2014 9:21AM

    Your weekend is off to a great start! Enjoy the Art Round today! Your daughter is growing up nicely and it seems growing into a very nice friend as well. I love my friendship with my adult daughters.

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NANCYPAT1 4/18/2014 8:13AM

    Always nice to have a good day with your daughter

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LOPEYP 4/18/2014 8:05AM

    Glad that you had a nice time with your daughter.

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    Sounds like you had a good time with your daughter. That's precious.

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Floating and sleep

Friday, April 11, 2014

I rarely get around to write blogs nowadays – when I am finished with tracking and huddling and all the other things on spark it is time to go to work so it may be a bad idea to save blogging for last.

This week I have applied to be a part in a research about floating - the university was looking for people with anxiety problems and a friend in AA passed on the tip - I had to fill in a form with a lot of questions about my mental state and realised that my sleep is not as good as it used to be.

I have always had a very good sleep - falling asleep easily and slept for eight hours. Of course there have been times with anxiety and worry that has disturbed my sleep, and I do have sleep apnea, but all in all I have been great at sleepion.

This has changed during the last years - and I realise that I donīt sleep eight hours and my sleeping patterns are easily distrubed ... and the guy who is monotoring the research told me about the substance melatonin that the body produces but the production falls with age, that is why elderly people say that they donīt need as much sleep anymore.

But we do for health reasons (he said) and also told me about melatonin. So I researched it on the net - it is obiously common in the US but in Sweden it is only by prescription and according to all the research results I found it seems to be good that it is not free, as the effects from synthetic supplements are not that well proved.

But I did find a research about food from thailand - how food could help the body to produce more melatonin - and the research had found that pineapple increased the rpoduciton with 230 procent - so guess who eats pineapple... bananas increased the producion with 1000something and oranges was the third best... anyway I had half a pineapplefruit, went to bed early and slept more then eight hours... the reason probably being that I had not slept that well the night before but it amuses me to think that I am doing something good for my melatonin level so I will continue with pinapple for a while. Not my favourite fruit but ok.

The research is to float in a floating tank twice a week for seven weeks - with one weeks pause somewhere in that. I did float two years ago and really loved it, but the floating company was twenty minutes drive on the other side of town and it was winter and dark so I gave it up and decided to start again in spring - and by then the company had gone bankrupt. I have been looking for floating possibilities since, but have not found any.

It is interesting that I can stand floating, I do have a hard time with meditation, I get bored and restless after ten miutes or so, but this floating thing - I am in there for 45 minutes and it is totally peaceful. SO I start monday and I ma really looking forward to it!

And it is free, the only thing I have to do is to fill in that form and have my blood pressure measured (and it was great when he measured it this week)

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AJDOVER1 4/11/2014 4:22PM

    I've got chronic sleep difficulty, but find melatonin helpful. It's very interesting to hear about the affect of pineapple, I'll have to look into that, too.

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INGMARIE 4/11/2014 10:21AM

    That is a great opportunity and something you like to do and free too. Could not be better. What is this research for ?

I love pineapple and bananas ,I eat banana daily with other fruit and veggies in my morning smootie Maybe that is why I sleep well.
I will add pineapple too.
Have a great weekend. and tell us about the floating. emoticon

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    I have a friend who swears by floating but I've been hesitant to try it. What a wonderful opportunity for you. Enjoy.

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JOYINKY 4/11/2014 8:44AM

    I love pineapple and eat it often; never connected it with sleeping well. I knew about melatonin but also was aware the supplements are not without problems.

The floating research is interesting. What is it they are looking for? I'm not familiar with anything like it. I'm assuming you mean floating in water; something that is more difficult for me at this weight than when I had a more buoyant fluffy physique! emoticon
But relaxing, none the less. Enjoy the experience!

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    How nice that you are getting the opportunity to float if that is something you like!
Hope it will improve your sleep. Didn't know that about pineapples.

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Broken bike and binders

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Thursday afternoon the steering of my bike got loose and I almost drove in the ditch... since the repairer had been tampereing with it I phoned him and he said to coime by - but also told med he was closed friday. And I was almost going there when I thouhgt that I did not want to spend around hundred crowns in gas money so I had to wait until monday when I go to work again and his shop is open... but I tried to fix it myself without success, I also tried to fix my other bike but my pump was broke sp I could not put air in the tires...

this morning the weather is absolutely wonderful, I decided to bother my ex brother-in-law who lives across the street and is a handyman... he usually mends my car but he is the son of a cyclerepairer so I thought I might ask him for a diagnose in case it was something simple I could handle myself ocr buy a screw for...I did try to fix it but it wouldnīt stay fixed. He took it apart and showed me it was a lot of rust and dirt, we cleande it and filed a litlle and now it works again! Wow my weekend is saved!

Yesterday I decluttered a lot - I am going to fix my guestroom this summer, as it has an separate entrance as well as a separate bathroom I can fix a small kitchenette and make it a furnished apartment for som student at the university - there are very good bus connections, only twenty minutes to the university and only hundred meters to the bus stop from my house... and as the guestroom also is my stock room for archive papers I started sorting old book keeping and verifications and managed to "release" 17 binders! Wow! Some of the papers must be kept, according to the law I have to keep them for ten years but everything before 2004 is dismissed and the kept verifictaions is neatly bundled year by year and only occupies one box now!

This afternoon I will visit the garbage station with a lot of garbage and tonight we have a performanse with our fire show "carmen" during Earth hour.

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JSTETSER 4/3/2014 10:18AM

    My bike season starts soon.
I can hardly wait!

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NANCYPAT1 3/29/2014 10:14AM

    Sounds like a great way to make your day productive and enjoyable. I always feel good when I get rid of garbage, declutter, etc. and then to have the bonus of a beautiful day as well - sounds ideal.

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ANNEMARGAR 3/29/2014 7:58AM

    Spring is a great time for cleaning out! I should be doing yard work today, but the rain has started so I guess that will wait until tomorrow. So.....that leave plenty of time today to start cleaning out the closests! Here's to spring cleaning!!

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JOYINKY 3/29/2014 7:38AM

    Great start on the weekend! Congratulations on fixing your bike; saving both time and money! The apartment sounds like a good idea; good motivation to DE clutter. Staying busy is a good thing. Enjoy your weekend!

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NANFACEMIRE1 3/29/2014 7:11AM

    Good job. Happy you were able to repair your bike w/o taking to the shop.

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GHOSTFLAMES 3/29/2014 6:49AM

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MARYJOANNA 3/29/2014 5:24AM

  You were very busy and no doubt burned lots of calories!

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SUZIPAM1 3/29/2014 5:03AM

    thanks for the earth hour reminder :)

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