“Decorating” the tables in cafe Casa Barella/ La Cala 🎨 🍾💡

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

I have been so lucky to able to rent my friend, Natasja and her husband’s, and their family’s holiday home, abd this holiday home is very close to the beach too 🏖. It’s a nice and cozy place, and I can easily imagine myself enjoying staying here for a while 🥰. I’m not sure for how long I’m going to stay,- it depends a bit on a application I did send in some weeks ago 😀. But if that one doesn’t goes in my “direction” I m probably going to rent here until March or April next year (2022) , and then hopefully this holiday home will be filled up with other happy holiday guests 🏖.

I’m so so grateful for this opportunity to rent this holiday home that I wanted to give something back as a kind of “Thank you so much”- gift 🥰.

Natasja and her husband have a really nice and cozy cafe in La Cala/ Mijas, very close to the beach- and the name is Casa Barella 🍖🍷. There you can order and eat some delicious food, both breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even cakes if you want. And there’s also possibility for “take away” if you want that 🥡. Soft drinks, warm drinks, cold drinks,- the choice is yours 🍺🥤☕.

I asked Natasja if I could give her some painted glassbottles with string lights inside to put on the tables in the cafe as a “Thank you” – gift 🕯🎁. I need to ask her because there’s around 12 tables in the cafe and it was absolutely not sure she wanted 12 painted glassbottles, painted by me around on her tables 😅.

One or two painted glassbottles as a gift you can have the possibility to hide if you don’t like the bottle and the gift, but 12 can be a challenge 🙂. And to be honest, I didn’t want to start painting 12 glassbottles either if she didn’t want to have them,- but she wanted 😊🎨🍾. So then I started to paint 😊🎨. And of course all and everyone are “touched” with the favourite colour of her,- pink 😀.

One of the bottles I have painted to Casa Barella in La Cala/ Mijas- one of my favourites 😊

But….it was a bit difficult to stop the painting 😅. For some reason the painting during the last months has been my really time out and a kind of space to relax during busy days. And I also wanted to paint so many different images and illustrations on the bottles too. So….it became 25 glassbottles instead of 12 😅. Now she/ they can have 2 glassbottles on every table, or just have some in case there’s glassbottles that’s breaks. Lights to the bottles are also order, and will hopefully be delivered in a couple of days 💡.

This 25 glassbottles are not in the same size as a normal 75 cl winebottle is, just so you know. It’s smaller bottles, and of course it takes a bit less time to paint on a small bottle then a bigger one 🎨.

I haven’t took photos of the glassbottles in the same way like I normally do, but I have still taken some photos, so I can give you a kind of impression how the different glassbottles looks like.

Here are some of them,- I hope they will “lighten” up the tables a bit together with the delicious food in Casa Barella 😊.

And three flamencodancer was a bit “necessary” too,- and they are a bit cool. Flowers and dancers, or dancer and flowers, it depends a bit what direction you are looking at the bottle 😊.

I think the cafe Case Barella has a bit to choose between now when it come to table decorations 😊. Like you have a bit to choose between when you are looking at the cafe’s tasty menu 🍹🍖.

If you want to have a better look at the different bottles it’s probably best to visit Casa Barella for a nice and tasty meal, and take a tiny look at the bottles then when you are enjoying the food 😊.

So it became a tiny little bottle exhibition today. But as I mention, if you want to have a better look at the glassbottles just visit Casa Barella in La Cala/ Mijas, order a delicious meal and some drinks, enjoy the atmosphere and food, the life and maybe some glass bottle art too.

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

See you soon 😊

And some more glassbottles, – the last ones 🎨

There’s something to choose between in the cafe Casa Barella in La Cala/ Mijas 🥡🍖. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, even some cakes if you want 🎂. Cold drinks, soft drinks, warm drinks, the choice is yours 🍺🍹🥤. And there’s even some painted glassbottles in Case Barella too,- all and everyone “touched” by the colour pink. Do you want to take a tiny look at them ? 😊

#casabarella #cafe #lacala #mijas #deliciousfood #choices #breakfast #lunch #dinner #menu #goodatmosphere #tasty #colors #imagine #illustration #oneofakind #glassbottle #oilcolor #painting #oilpainting #enjoy #Spain

The Easter is for me a Holiday🐣

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

Basically, Easter and the Easter celebration are built on and based on old religious scriptures, – long, long time ago. And it’s still a religious celebration in many countries, as in Spain and also on it’s own way in Norway too.

The Easter in Norway have actually more Holydays during the Easter then many other countries, even then the catholic Spain.

I’m actually not sure why it is like that, but in Norway the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the second day of Easter are public holidays. That means this days are in general days “off” from most work like public office and stores in general, with some very few exceptions. That means I’m also “off” from work this days, because I’m working for a Norwegian department in the company I’m working for 🌞.

It’s like a mini holiday, and to be honest, I feel I really need that now 🥰. I have been very tired lately, but I think it’s a combination of my age, my children has moved out and also there had been a detail in my working- situation during a period that has felt a bit like mental challenge / strain, but now this is also gone for various reasons. And the lasts week at work has been very busy “on the line” too. So a mini holiday will do well now 😊.

Some traditions, religions as well as cultural traditions, are changing in many countries during this corona- situation.

In Spain there has been different kinds of parades during the Easter as well as different “events” celebrations connected to the catholic Easter. And it’s great parades as well as “events”, but last Easter and this Easter there’s no parades or special public Easter “events”. I don’t know if this will come back when this corona- situation changes, but I hope so 📿.

In Norway many people travels to their cabins, on the mountains or close to the sea, during the Easter. It’s a kind of Easter tradition in Norway. Because it’s like a mini holiday, so people in general can use a bit more time in their cabins and in the nature then during a normal weekend. Last year and this year it has been different “discussions” during the media ( probably not just during the media, but I get the information about Norway during the media- at least most of it), if people should be allowed to travelling to their cabins because of the corona- situation 🏠. I think some will travel to their cabins anyway, but I also think this is a tradition that will continue, after the corona- situation is better, to travel to the cabin in the Easter.

My Easter traditions has in general been relaxing, spending time with my kids, family and friends. Good food and Easter eggs 🐣. We had some various excursions in the nature, or just stayed home. In a way “refill” our batteries in the way that’s “suits” us best. I’m not use to any big religious traditions, not either any “cabin- traditions”. And I haven’t miss it either, because I’m not use to it 📿🏠🐣.

Last Easter I was just home, no visit, no various excursions in nature, but I had “company” with my oldest son and his friend 😊. This because of the curfew and the different restrictions we needed to follow and “live by”.

This year- I’m going to just stay home too. I need to not do to much,- actually just “refill” my batteries, “recharge” my energies. And to be honest,- I’m not sure what kind of restrictions there are during this Easter either here in Spain at the moment. Some weeks ago I know there was some “talk about” closing down the city borders again, but if it is like that? I’m not sure. It’s to many changes in the restrictions, and sometimes a bit to fast too. So it’s not easy to follow up the changes all the time 😅.

I’m going to use this Easter holiday the way I want. Maybe bake something to my children so they can have in their the freezer. I know I’m going to sleep, but also paint and knit. Im going to have some nice walks. Actually,- just use the days I want in my own tempo and to whatever drops into my mind 😊. Days with no expectations from anyone- not my kids, not my friends. Sounds maybe a bit “selfish”,- but I haven’t actually been planning anything with anyone on purpose. I really need this days without to many plans. What’s happen and dropping by during the Easter,- I don’t know, but I know I just take it from there 😊.

Isn’t that a bit like what a holiday is about? Not to many plans, just enjoy the time? 🐣😊

I wish you all a Great Easter, – with or without to many plans, religious or not 🐣📿🏠.

I also 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 Easter eggs this year 🐣😊

I wish you all a Great Easter, – with or without to many plans, religious or not 🐣📿🏠. Enjoy every second of the Easter the way it’s suits you best 🐣. That what’s I’m going to do 😊🐣.

#easter #traditions #Spain #Norway #culture #religion #holyday #holiday #timeoff #enjoyingthetime 💚

7 months is not even the Spanish “manana manana” 😳😅 ….or? 🤔

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

Things takes time in Spain. Not all things, but actually still a lot, special when it comes to different constructing- works, public office work and a bit more. Also sometimes just standing in the line in the store can take a bit time. Let me put it this way,- I’m become a bit good to accept to wait for things here in Spain. As means also accepting that things probably never will happen,- like get a fiber net into my home. I at least thought 🙄.

As some of you know I’m teaching some Spanish students to learn Norwegian, and I’m using ordinary Norwegian teaching books and teaching materials.

In one of the books I’m using we are at the moment in the subject area of “studies, education and work”. And one of the questions in the capital we are going through was about different works- culture and traditions in different countries.

I needed to laugh a bit when my student told my that the work- culture in Spain was a bit “manana manana”,- because that’s so true 😅. It means “tomorrow tomorrow”. “We do it tomorrow”, “we will finish it tomorrow”,- and then it’s a new “tomorrow” again and again 🙄.

I have this experience in different areas myself when it come to waiting and “manana” here in Spain. Waiting for a new washing machine for severals weeks, or waiting for new wheels to my car, waiting for students to show up, waiting for money after doing some work, waiting for a date on a cafe, waiting for the bathroom to be fixed, waiting…. waiting….and waiting a bit more on and at different levels, things, stuffs 🙄. And I’m still not use to or comfortable with this “manana manana”. I still think its disrespected and I don’t like this part of the Spanish culture,- to be honest.

I have tried to change my internet for a while as some of you know, and the plan was actually to get fiber net into my home last summer. Jepp,- last summer. That never happen, and after 4 months of waiting I just cancelled the whole fiber net contract.

Different techniques and fitters come and went again without doing anything. Some said it wasn’t possible and some said “manana”. So to the end I did cancel the contract and order my own internet instead. A stable internet service, good connection and very functional everywhere as long as there are 4G in the area.

And yes it’s my own internet, in a way, because I can use it all over Spain and it’s not connected to any special company. I need to pay for the monthly use, of course, and I also needed to buy the internet box and sim- card. But it still in it’s own way my internet ,- and it’s in function 😊.

I’m working from my home and then a functional and stable internet it’s a must. If not I can’t do my work. No work, no income.

But suddenly last week I got an text message on my phone that the plan was to install fiber internett into my home. The technique actually did call me too. But to be honest, I actually didn’t believe it, or him. And I didn’t care very much about the message or time or appointment or nothing either. I have heard this so many times during the last months already 😅.

But,- the technique did actually come 🙄. And started to plug cables and move around my stuff in the livingroom. He was even under my working- desk when I was working 😅. I’m actually a bit happy no one did see that, because that “situation” could easily been a bit misunderstood 🤭.

And “vola” after 3 hours of work from the technique I got the fiber internett I order 7 months ago 😅. I think that’s the longest “manana manana” I have experienced so fare here in Spain 😅.

After having a unstable and expensive internet for to long- I have suddenly two different and very functional internet in my home 😅…and not to expensive either.

Well,- I actually don’t need two different internet in my home, but it’s not to bad to have a internet “back up” either 😊. Special after the different not best internet experiences I have had during the last years. But I should probably had this solution last year when we was around three persons who had home- office in my home for several months.

Well,- it’s an expression that say “better late then never”,- and I can be agree about that. And maybe I can work twice as much now since I have two different internet connections and solutions in my home? 😊

Like I mention,- I’m not the biggest fan of this “manana manana” attitude many have here in Spain, but what to do? It’s to find solutions on your own, or accept the things for what it is 😊. Or maybe hope that this “manana manana ” attitude will change one day? I’m not sure about that, because it’s, unfortunately, a part of the culture here in Spain. But it’s always allowed to hope 😊.

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 😊

A bit work both outside and inside my home to manage to get the fiber internett,- but it’s in good function now 😊.

It’s different cultures and traditions in different countries all over the world 🌏,- also when it comes to the work- situation and the work- culture 🛠. Spain is a bit “famous” for the “manana manana” work- culture and attitude 🙄. A kind of “culture” and attitude I’m not the biggest fan of to be honest….special not when the “manana” takes 7 months 😅.

#work #traditions #Spain #Norwegian #livinginspain #lifeis #fiber #job #culture #attitude #mylife #myblog #changes #challenges #onlinework #workfromhome #positivefocus 😊

Different traditions are changing ⏳🌍

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

Different traditions are changing in our society and cultures. Something that’s actually normal, but not during just one year?

In general there’s always some small changes because we are so many different people living together from different countries, cultures and with different traditions. An slowly we do “adopt” traditions from each other. But during the last year the different changes in our culture traditions have changed very fast, and not because of “adoption” from other people, cultures and traditions. But because of different restrictions.

Even society traditions like hugging and kissing on the cheek is not “allowed” or “reccomend”. Not even a polite handshake are recommended anymore.

In one way there’s not many cultures and society traditions left at the moment. That’s a bit sad.

At the same time we still have some “few” left like sessions and Holyday decorations and different food traditions during the different seasons and holydays. And we can keep up some traditions in our private homes too. But there’s still many traditions, special traditions that in it’s own way “connected” the people together and created a kind of affiliation between the people in the different cultures and countries. This are in a way a bit “gone”. For a while or forever?

The different traditions is a part of the culture, and when different traditions “disappear” also a part of the culture “disappear” too. As well as the feeling of “belong” to a society.

Already last Spring the Easter traditions in Spain changed from big parades to web- religious service. Weddings- celebration are changing, and funerals are changing too. Baptism and confirmation celebrations are changing as well. Parties and celebrations of different kinds are allowed, but with different restrictions.

The big celebration of San Juan, the 23. June, in Spain, last summer did change, and the celebration of the Constitution Day, 17 May, in Norway did change as well. Like I mention, the big Easter traditions and celebration in Spain changed last year, and what about the Three Holy Kings celebration? There will not be any parade this year where the three Holy Kings are given out sweets, or funny figures with a lots of candy to the people who watching the parade.

Most of us also needed to change the Christmas- celebration and traditions as well as the New Year celebration last year.

The different changes is based on different restrictions we need to follow during this coronavirus- time. And we are changing too. The people, the humanity are changing because of the traditions and cultures are changing. Because of the restrictions we need to follow.

Traditions and cultures are a part of the society, and that part is not very much left off during this days, weeks and months we have been living with the different restrictions and the coronavirus in our society. Will our different traditions be the same after this coronavirus- situation? Will the different cultures be the same? And will the people, the humanity and society be the same?

I don’t know. I don’t have the answers, unfortunately, I have just the questions at the moment. And I will probably not have the answers either.

But I think it’s sad tha so many culture traditions and social traditions are changing so fast. It does “something” eith both the society, the people, the traditions, the culture and the feeling of affiliation to “something”. “Something” that’s in its own way are not there at the moment, or at least not in the way we are use too.

Like I mention,- it’s natural that traditions and cultures are changing, it’s actually a part of the history, but not so fast as now, and in general not because of different restrictions either.

At the same time,- people have been living together during wars and under other pandemi, and manage to keep up many traditions in their cultures and their society. So maybe it’s a tiny bit of hope that we will see the Three Holy Kings parade again one day? Or be able to give each other a “allowed” hug, or walk in the Norwegian Constitution parade? Or maybe celebrate the San Juan at the beach again or shake the hand to someone in a polite manner?

I hope so. I hope this is just “a break” and “a timeout” before we can continue our different traditions in the different cultures and our society.

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 😚

A Christmas star decoration in the centre where I live- the Christmas- decorations haven’t changed (yet…..) 🌹

Traditions in different countries and cultures are changing, and the changes has happen just under a year ⏳. The changes does something with the people, the society and the feeling of affiliation. Hopefully this changes is just a “timeout”, and we will be able to walk in the Norwegian Constitution parade or watching the big Easter Parade in Spain very soon 🌹.

#traditions #Spain #Norwegian #celebrations #holydays #livinginspain #lifeis #culture #history #changes #challenges #coronavirus #restrictions #positivefocus 💚

Thank you December 💙, and welcome the winter month January ❄ 🧡.

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

And then this December is soon over, and we can turn over to a new month and a new year very soon 💛. Hopefully a bit different year then this 2020 has been.

Not just became this year, 2020, a bit different for me and my children, but also December became not quite the way I had in my mind when I welcome the month a month ago.

Welcome sweet December 🧡. The Christmas- month 🎄. The month for family, friends and traditions, culture and history, religion, celebration, joy and happiness, and maybe even some touch of magic and love ?” 🌠❣

This was my thoughts around December. Not to much, but still it became a bit different then I had in my mind. It came with changes and challenges I hadn’t in my mind at all, but so fare we actually did manage to handle them in a good way 😊.

Close family and good and close friends are priceless, that’s for sure 🧡. And December showed us that, nice and easy, but still so magical in it’s own way 💛. My friends as well as my children’s friends have been helping us in different ways this month. Some did the most important Christmas- shopping for me, like the Christmas- dinner. And others helped my daughter to move her back home to me. Some has borrowed their ears and given away a lots of hugs when we needed someone to talk to, or just a hug because things in life felt a bit challenging for a tiny little while.

Traditions, culture and history around the Christmas- time. What can I say? The only Christmas- traditions I manage to do this year was the Christmas- dinner and create a cozy, nice and relaxing atmosphere as possible. But at least I manage that 😊. And traditions are anyway changing at the moment, because of the situation around the coronavirus.

Culture? I haven’t given that to much thoughts during this December, but we are from one culture and does live in another one. And it’s also seems that the culture in general are changing all over the world because of this coronavirus.

History? Well,- at least my daughter’s relationship is history and I think that’s for the best for her (as well as for my mammi heart ).

Religion? Yes,- I have turned to my religion a couple of times this month 🙏. For my daughter, for my children, for myself, for our future. I have turn to the religion with questions as well as gratefulness 🧡. And with hope, wishes and dreams as well as with Thankfulness 🧡.

Celebration, joy and happiness? Yes,- all in all we manage to celebrate the Christmas- eve, we manage to feel both joy and happiness, for the Christmas- time as well as for our family and friends 🧡.

Some touch of magic and love? In the relationship area, no not to much. But in the family and friends area,- oh yes- a lot ❤.

So I can say with peace in my heart,- Thank you so much dear, sweet December 🧡. You did showed us a lot, and you did open up some new doors in life too 🗝. Or, not open them totally up, but at least let us turn the keys around so it’s just for us to open up and move on when we are ready in one or another way 🔐 💛 🔑. There has been some changes and challenges this month, but not “bigger” then we could handle them with good help from the people around us 🧡.

Snd it’s soon to say: Welcome the first month in a new year, the cold and sparkling winter month,- January ❄ 💚. My birthday month 🎁. I have no idea what you will bring of joy and happiness, but I choose to believe there will be some ❤. And I choose to believe it will be peace and strength, nice surprises and maybe even a bit fun too 😊.

I know my daughter is going to be here, live here for a tiny little while, and I know I will get my neon paint in the beginning of the month. Neon colours I’m going to try to paint on different glass bottles. I think that will be fun to do 🎨. Except from that I don’t know very much about January yet,- but I welcome you with a open heart and mind, and will try to do my best of what the days will bring me 🧡. I’m looking forward to meet you, January, with a open mind and peace in my heart ❤.

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 😊

A December rose from our patio. Flowering so nice the 15.12.2020- a flower with hope, joy and love ❤🌹

Thank you so much, December 🌹. You didn’t quite became like I had in my mind,- but still you gave us new experiences in life in your own way. At the same time there had been so much joy, happiness and love too ❤. And soon it’s just to Welcome the cold and sparkling winter month, January ❄💚. I don’t know what you will bring of joy and happiness, but I’m looking forward to meet you with a open mind ❤.

#changes #challenges #newmonth #traditions #Spain #Norwegian #livinginspain #lifeis #myblog #mylife #lifeis #lifeexperiences #feelinggrateful #openmind #newexperiences #december #janury #thankyou #welcome #positivefocus 💚🌹