A cozy evening in my “backyard cafe” 😊

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

As some of you know I have “created” my private backyard “cafe”. It’s not a real cafe, because I don’t sell anything, I don’t even have a menu,- it’s just a cozy place in my backyard to spend nice afternoons, or even some evenings alone or together with my family and friends 😊. I actually spend most of the time in my backyard together with someone, not very often alone 😊.

I’m, obviously, not the only one that think this place is cozy because I have family and friends dropping by here now and then during the week as well as weekends 😊.

I have put up some lights and candles in my backyard too, something that’s creates it’s to a even nicer place with a good atmosphere during the evenings 🕯💡.

And it’s good to have something to offer from my freezer like homemade muffins or cinnamon rolls or something else to offer my guests that’s dropping by 🥯.

Enjoying a cozy the evening in the backyard with good food and cozy lights 😊

But it’s not always it’s “suits” to serve cakes and cookies, special not after a warm summer day 🌞. So baked potatoes are a tasty and delicious meal too make, easy too, and “spiced” up with some ingredients like bacon, corn, some salad, dressing, butter, it’s actually a tiny meal.

So last time I had guests in my backyard I actually served baked potatoes together with different ingredients 🥔. Of course it takes a bit time to bake the potatoes in the oven, and even longer in my mini oven 😅. But then it’s just to enjoy for example the beach and the ocean in the meantime, or just the good company from family or friends 😊.

Baked potatoes with different ingredients I served to some of my guests one evening last week 😊.

Like I mention in an other text, it’s a bit of mosquitos in my backyard, and that can be a challenge. I have tried different kinds of things to keep the mosquitos away, and in general it helps for a tiny while. But then they are back again 😳🦟.

So I used Google, because I don’t like the company of the mosquitoes to much, I don’t think anyone actually do,- and there I did find something that, some “tips and advice” so fare, has kept the mosquitos away for more then just a tiny while 🦟.

It’s a very easy tips and tricks,- it’s coffee that is used in a coffee maker and barbecue chips that are used on the grill.  Put the coffee grounds in foil and put it in an ovenproof dish, place the tray on top, and light it.  The mosquito flies away because it does not like the smell. And they are not coming back before the coffee ground is burned up either. And it’s burn for a while too. Of course it’s depends of how big the “mix” is 😊.

I can’t say the smell from this “mix” is the most “flattering” smell I know, at the same time as it reminds me about Norway and barbecue at the beach. And it’s also so much better then be bitten by mosquitos 😳😊🦟. And the mosquitos don’t actually create a very cozy atmosphere either, more like a very annoying atmosphere actually.

Just a tiny tips to you from me,- if you want to try to keep the mosquitos away and don’t want to use to much “poison” from different sprays of any kind to keep them away 😊.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

My “keep away the mosquitos” mix 🦟😊

My backyard it’s become a very cozy place where friends and family likes to drop by for some food, a cozy atmosphere, good conversations and great company (me 😅) 😊. Unfortunately the mosquitos also like my backyard a tiny bit to much, but I think I have found a solution and mix to use to keep them away for a while now. At least it’s function so fare 😊🦟.

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This time of the year 🌞🏖 🎒

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

At this time of the year I had already had holiday guests and friends at visit from Norway as well as I actually know who is coming for visit and when closely during the rest of the year. But not this year, and not last year either.

Last year my home was filled up with “guests”,- my children and some of their friends, but non of my friends from Norway was here. And that’s because of the corona- situation.

I don’t know if there will be any visitors,- like friends and family from Norway this year either. Because of the corona- situation.

In general in April I have already had some visits from friends and family in Norway, and I more and less did knew who was coming in May, June, July, August, September and October.

My friends and family in Norway has been very good to planned their holidays here in my home, and they ask in good time before they even order their trip to Spain and when it’s best for me to have guests.

I’m working, and I have no possibility for take some days off from my job every month from April to October. And I haven’t enough room and space to have them “all at once” either 😊.

Therefore, visitors must be distributed a little throughout the year so that I get good quality time with each one, although I also have to take into account my job.

In general I have at least one visit from Norway every month from April to October. It’s really nice, cozy and so good to see them. But of course also a bit busy to be a hostess in between my job 😊.

Last year was okay, I was actually fine with the fact that no one from Norway could come and visit me here in Spain. My home was already “full booked” 😊.

But I need to admit I don’t like the thought of not having any visitors from Norway this year. No friends, no family. It feels actually a bit sad 😞.

I do understand the corona- situation and why people can’t travel so much “here and there and everywhere” now at days, but still I need to admit it’s feels sad.

I miss my friends and family up there in Norway,- and I like to have vist from them from April to October, even it can be a bit busy with so many guests during 7 months in the year. But still it’s worth the business 😊.

I have had it like this actually since we moved to Spain. Every year the holiday guests starts coming in April, and the last one arrives (and travel back to Norway) in October 😊. It has become a kind of nice and cozy “routines” during the Spring, Summer and Autumn, and inbetween my work 😊.

I know a femal friend of me in Norway is full vaccinated now, or finished vaccine for COVID19. She actually comes a week to ten days three times a year. I have a little hope that she might come to visit one or twice this year. But I do not know.

And of course I hope and wish there will come some more visit from Norway to me during this year, but I need to admit I have my doubts if anyone actually are coming.

What do I do with this summer then?😳 I’m actually use to “fill up” my days and home with some friends and family from Norway now and then during this time of the year,- from April to October 😊.

But,- I will probably manage to create some lovely days together with my friends and children here in Spain too 🌞. So I will not be totally alone all the time 😊.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

Hopefully there will be some few guests from Norway this year,- but I don’t know yet 😊.

At this time of the year normally I already had some visits from my family and friends in Norway, as well as I in general know how is coming the next weeks and months 😊. But not this year. Maybe there will come some holiday guests, maybe not. Time will show 😊.

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One year ago- and it’s affecting us all in some or another way 😷

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

The 14. March 2020 Spain closed down the society, the borders and also introduced curfews.

It has been a strange year for most of us all over the world. It has been a difficult year for most of us. We have not struggled with the same challenges or same difficult things, stuffs and situations. But most of us have been through different difficult times during this last year. Let us not forget that 🧡.

Sometimes, actually a bit to often, I get the impression that this corona- situation just affects some very few, but it’s not. It’s not all and everyone that are “yelling and smelling”, complains and crying out loud how difficult their life has become because of the coronavirus and the situation around this. And maybe the once who are most quiet struggling even more?

People have lots their loved ones. People have lost their jobs and income, their safety net. People have lost their homes. People are tired. People are lonely. People are worried.

It has been a strange time in my home too this year, but one thing is for sure,- I have really not been alone or felt of any kind of loneliness 😊. And I’m actually grateful for that 🧡. I have had more “traffic” in my home this year then “ever”, and then without any holiday guests too.

I haven’t lost my job either, even maybe my job- situation as a costumer service agent on the phone will change during this Spring. It will just change to a new company. But at the moment I don’t know when. The dates changes from week to week so I just try to do my best and following up 😊.

I’m still working from my home as a costumer service agent on the phone, and I really hope I can continue doing that for a longer period 🎧. I really like and enjoy to work from my home 😊. I think I have the nicest, most practical and best creative home working corner 🎨🎧.

There has been less to do at my freelance online job the two lasts months. And to be honest, that doesn’t feels very good, because I actually need to have at least a minimum of job to do every week. And the minimum has been lower then the minimum I need. But when that’s said, – it seems to get better now 😊.

I still have my students, and that’s a good thing. And I still teaching them online by Skype.

I’m painting and knitting, and I’m so grateful for having a creative mind and creative corner in my home too, to just “hide my mind” in colours now and then 🎨🧶. And my blog is so great to have as well 🧡.

I haven’t had any visit from Norway the last year, and I miss that, at the same time there hasn’t been any “room” for more people in ny home either 🏡. I’m not sure, I have actually no idea if I will get some visit from family and friends in Norway this year either. And I don’t know if I will manage to travel to Norway and visit my family and friends either.

I really miss my son in the middle a lot, so I hope there will be a possibility to travel to Norway and at least meet him, hug him, and kiss him a bit 💙.

I really don’t like to use face mask. And because of that I actually don’t “walk out” more then necessary. I go to the food store, the farmacia and also for buy paint and yarn 🎨🧶. And I go for a walk outside now and then too, because I need it, my body and mind need it.

It has been so many different restrictions during the last year that I have actually probably with remember what kind of changes and new restrictions I need to follow. So just to be “on the safe side”, I take my walks between 10.00 and 18.00. I do my shopping before 18.00, and I don’t cross the city borders more then really when it is necessary, like when I needed to travel to Madrid. I know the city borders are open now, but I also know they will close down again and new restrictions are coming up before the Easter 🐣. But I don’t remember the dates anymore, it’s to many changes to follow up when it comes to remember the new restrictions.

I’m miss to meet my friends here in Spain, at the same time as it’s possible for us to visit each other, as well as meet up on a cafe or restaurant, at least until 18.00 or 21 30? I don’t remember 😅. And I do still meet my friends, most of them, but not as much as we did meet up 12 months ago, and not at the same way 😊. And to be honest, I prefer that my friends visiting me in my home, or maybe we can meet up at a cafe now and then too 😊.

For me it’s most difficult is this feeling of not be able to create or make to many plans for the next week, weeks or month and months. It’s not possible because we have no idea what will happen. Or it’s possible, but the chances that the plans needs to change are very big. Then it’s easier to not make or create to many plans, it’s less that needs to be changed.

I have different things I want to plan, but I have put some “on hold”.

And I need to admit I’m incredibly tired now. I feel I closely don’t have a tiny drope of energy left. Probably I have some left one place 😊. But I’m not sure if I’m incredibly tired of the whole corona- situation or because there has been a lots of traffic in my home actually during the last 18 months, not just since March 2020. It has been moving in and out from my home the last 18 months. I think it’s probably a combination of both, but I think it’s mostly because of the traffic in my home I’m so, so tired now 🏡. I’m very grateful for the traffic and the incredible, amazing and fantastic people who have been living in my home during the last year 🧡, but I hope it’s still allowed to be very, very tired at the same time? 😴

I’m looking forward to hopefully get a bit more control and overview over my private economy now when I’m on my own. It’s not easy when I also try to help out this young adults as best as I can, and my “food box” in the kitchen really varies from week or month for how much food it needs to contain to “all and everyone ” 😊. As well as the use of the water or electricity 💡.

And I’m looking forward to try start to do regular workout and exercises again 🤸‍♀️. That one has not been easy to “follow up” together with the traffic in my home the last year 😊.

I have my thoughts about the future, and I don’t feel to comfortable with all this changes in our society and lifes. I’m actually not sure how to deal with them, I just try to do my best with the things I have and know 😊. And I’m very grateful for what I have 🧡. And all in all I actually have not very much to complain about, but a lot to be grateful for ❤.

Hopefully things will be easier little by little, and step by step this year for us all 🧡.

I’m sending you a lots of good thoughts, and wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡. Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today too 🧡.

See you soon 😊

Spring flowers from one of my afternoon walks- done before 18.00 😊.

It’s one years since the society and life in Spain changed, and in a way “stopped up” 🚫. It’s in general around one year for all of us around the world since our life- situations changed in one or another way 🌍. Hopefully things will be a bit easier, new and positive changes are showing up, slowly and probably step by step, but I choose to believe that they are “on the way”,- like the Spring flowers are 🥀.

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Look at this “sweetie pie” 🐶 🥰

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

I haven’t dressed up many dogs in my life, just my son’s dog, Zorro. And I haven’t knit very much to any dogs either, except from a couple of scarfs to Zorro 😊.

My son wanted his dog to have similar scarfs as himself, and of course, if I can manage to fulfill my son’s wish (as well as my two other children’s wishes) I try to do my best to meet his wishes 💙.

I need to admit that I haven’t actually totally understood this special connection dog- owners have with their dog until my son brought Zorro into our family 🐕. At the same time as I do understand people who have animals and their love for their animals.

My kids had have different kinds of animals when they grew up. But at the same time I haven’t felt that an animal was a part of the family in the same way like I feel my children are part of my family ❤. Do you understand what I mean?

I understand people has strong feelings for their dog or cat or any other kind of animal, but it’s actually not before Zorro “entred” into my life the I really understood why people look at their dogs as a family- member 😊. And I also do understand why my oldest son wanted a couple of similar scarfs to his dog, because his dog is a part of his family, and Zorro is not just a part of his family, but also one of his best friends too 🐕.

I have friends that have dogs, dogs that I actually have been “dog- sitting”, looked after and taking care of when my friends needed some help for that. But I have never had any special strong and warm feelings for their dogs. I have just accepted and respected that they have this feelings for their dogs, and took as good care I could for the dog with no good or bad feelings in my heart. Just taking care of 🐕.

It’s sounds probably a bit cold and frezy, but I have probably just been very neutral in my heart for the animals 💛. Like I have mention before,- some people are animal- persons and some people are people- persons.

I’m a people- person, nothing worse than that. And I’m probably never going to get my own dog either, but as we all know,- you should never say never 😊. But I feel I’m very finish to have any kind of any responsibility for anyone else then myself for a while now 😊. Not any people, not any animals, not even a tiny little goldfish to take care of 🐠. I just want to have the responsibility for just me,- and I think that would be more then enough for me for a while too 😅. But it’s good not all and everyone is like me 😊. And one thing is for sure,- if you get a dog you should really take good care of it, love it and raise it. And I’m not there in my life now. But luckey many other people are 🥰.

One of my daughter’s closest friends has a tiny little dog, and the dog’s name is Zelda , she is a female 🐶. I did knit a scarf, hat and elf- socks to my daughter’s friend because she deserved a tiny little “attention”, and of course I needed to knit something to Zelda as well then 😊. So I knitted a tiny little blanket and a scarf in similar colours, style and fashion as I knit to my daughter’s friend 🧶.

Zelda with her knit scarf and blanket 🧶🐶

Look at her, so incredibly sweet. She looks a bit like a little diva or a queen 👸. And I also think her “mam”, my daughter’s friend, treats her a bit like a tiny little princess now and then too 👸🐶. Something that it’s natural because she is a part of my daughter’s friend’s family 😊.

Well,- I’m actually starting to get the tiny “swing” of knitting dog- scarf and blankets to dogs now 🧶So maybe I should try to knit some dog- clothes too? I need to think a bit about that one 😊. Maybe I should try to knit some baby- clothes first? A friend of mine is expecting a baby during this summer and I’m going to knit some baby- clothes to her baby 😊. But it’s many years since I have been knitting baby- clothes so I should probably try to do some of them before I starts on a “dog- clothes” project 😊. What do you think?

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

Look at this little princess Zelda on her knit blanket and with her knit scarf 😊.

I’m starting to understand more and more this family- connection a dog- owner has to his or her’s dog 😊,- and also why maybe some similar “outfits” is fun to use together with the dog 🐶. So therefore I have knit a tiny little dog- scarf and a blanket to this little “sweetie pie”, and also something similar to the owner of this “sweetie pie” 🥰.

#knitting #create #creative #dogclothes #dog #family #familymember #friends #friendship #oneofakind #handmade #connection #lifeis #livinginspain #Norwegian #sweetgifts #positivefocus 💛🧶

I choose to wait a bit to greet the Irish leprechaun 🧚‍♂️😊

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

Most countries have folk tales and legends, and also their own trolls, elves and various mysterious creatures of various kinds. Also Ireland 🧚‍♂️.

In Ireland they have this tiny little man, he is actually not more then around 75 cm high and looks like a man at the same time a bit like troll. He is called a leprechaun, and I have actually been writing some small articles about him now and then when a client has requested it. So in many ways I have “encountered” a leprechaun and two in my own texts and through research.

A leprechaun is neither evil nor good, but a little prankster who can just as easily trick you a little as to help you.

He comes from a mysterious land, perhaps a land under the sea, and often his job is a shoemaker.  It is said that he is quite rich, and has a pot full of gold coins at the end of the rainbow.  But it is not so easy to meet a leprechaun, because he likes it best at dawn or at dusk.  A leprechaun is nice, welcoming and hospitable, it is said.  And if you are lucky enough to meet him then he is required to tell you where the gold is, and maybe he will give you a wallet of money that never runs out.

I do like this little mystery man, at least what I do know about him during textes and research. And in my mind I think that the people in Ireland are maybe a bit like an leprechaun? Nice, welcoming and hospitable, and also a good helper with a touch of humor? At kesdt the people I actually have met from Ireland are like this 😊.

Last week I got a job offer from Ireland/ Cork, with the possibility for maybe meeting a leprechaun- if I choose to take the job and move to Ireland. Not because the job is about leprechaun, but because the job is in Ireland 😅. And the salary was quite okay too, for me it’s seems like a tiny little pot of gold coins. Well,- not quite, but a salary a bit better and more then I have at the moment, that’s for sure.

The job offer sounds, to be honest, incredibly interesting. It’s about healthcare and medicine, but I need to move to Ireland. And I’m not sure how ready I’m for moving to another country during an pandemi.

It’s feels actually challenges enough to live in Spain during an pandemi, so how will it be to move to another country where I don’t know anyone, and also need to work in a home office because of the pandemi? And where there’s even higher red corona- numbers then here in Spain?

I don’t think my daughter is quite ready to let me move to fare away from her yet either. But little by little and step by step she will soon live on her own again, and the situation will be different.

And I have also something else I feel I need to find out a tiny bit about before I maybe choose to leave Spain one day,- and that is actually something with a man. It’s difficult to explain, because I’m not quite sure what I feel, think or believe anymore when it comes to relationship, and this boyfriend/ girlfriend- thing. I’m actually not sure if I want to be in, or have any relationship again. Or even believe in relationship anymore. I’m not sure if it’s worth it,- but still I’m a bit curious about this man for reasons I can’t explain at the moment.

Not the best reason for not take this job offe in Ireland, but yes, I need to admit I actually want to try to find out why I have this man on my mind now and then. (…okay, maybe he is a bit more on my mind then now and then 😊).

TBut still the main reason why I didn’t took this job offer in Ireland this time is the pandemi and all the different challenges and restrictions that are following the pandemi and are around this situation, and also my children, my daughter. I can’t move away from her yet.

At the same time I need to admit that if things had been different, if there hasn’t been any pandemi and I knew my daughter was ready, I have probably said yes to this job offer and moved to Ireland. I don’t think the choice has been very difficult. Because the job sounds very interesting, and the salary was not to bad either, and a fare as I know, Ireland, under normal circumstances, can be very interesting to live in and explore 😊.

Free shiping over 69$

I should really wish I could do the job from Spain,- but unfortunately I can’t. And that’s the way it is at the moment. That’s a part of the life, that’s life.

Anyway,- I’m very happy and grateful for get this job offer, even I didn’t say yes,- and maybe one day in the future, when the pandemi is over and things are a bit more “calm down”,- who knows,- maybe I move to Ireland and meet the leprechaun? And also maybe do some exacting and interesting work as well😊 ? With a pot of gold coins as my salary? I don’t know, but it is nothing wrong to have some dreams 😊.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡. Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

I didn’t have any “real” leprechaun in my home,- this are the closest ones I will come a leprechaun for awhile and his tiny pot of gold coins in the end of the rainbow at the moment 🧚‍♂️😊

It’s not the easiest time for some moving to a new and other country now at days, not even when a interesting job offer drops up during an pandemi 📝,- and maybe even the possibility for meeting a nice and polite leprechaun 🧚‍♂️. So I choose to wait a bit, and continue my life in Spain for a while 😊.

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