It is amazing how a deck of cards can bring back so many wonderful memories.
Because I recently got to thinking of when I used to play a lot of poker a few years back, mainly Texas Hold'em, and about how fun it was. I used to play both online, with friends and with family. In fact, I even got so into it that I bought books about how to improve your poker game. But I never did win any big money though. However I did manage to make it to some final tables in a few big online tournaments, mostly freerolls, which was quite exciting. And because I never deposited any money into my online poker accounts, I only used what I earned in freerolls to bet in other poker tournaments, I actually ended up on the plus side before my poker interest faded.
I wish! ;p
Nowadays my favourite card game is UNO, a card game I mostly associate with my childhood. But when I got it as a Christmas gift a few years ago I instantly got obsessed with it again and I have been hooked on it ever since. Another very popular card game in our household while I was growing up was a game called Chicago, which is similar to poker - but with a twist. Of course I have played a whole bunch of other card games through the years as well but the card games I have mentioned here are the ones I frequently still play today.
So card games and I have had many fun times together over the years, and I am sure we will continue to have a lot of entertaining adventures together in the future as well. In fact, just thinking back on all these fond card game memories makes me want to take out a deck of cards and play a game right now! Anyone up for it? ;-)
The snow keeps on coming down here in Lyckeby in Sweden. And all winter I have been trying to get some good photos of individual snowflakes, which has not been very easy in my world, but this morning I think I finally got a few good ones. Again, as I did when I spotted the deer a few weeks ago, I just happened to glance out of my window when I noticed some snowflakes caught in spider web. I immediately grabbed my camera and started to shoot. Below are the results; The Snowflake Symphony.
An imprisoned man named Valentine, who lived in the 200s, is said to have written the first Valentine Card to the jailer's daughter before he was executed on February 14th.
But who was Valentine then? Well though there is no certain explanation, the most famous story tells the tale of a Christian man named Valentine who lived during the 200s and who was imprisoned and martyred in Rome around 269. The crime he was convicted for - ordaining young couples. Something which was strictly against emperor Claudius II orders.
During Valentine's time in prison he was in contact with the jailer's daughter, who brought him food and messages. And prior to Valentines execution, on February 14th, he wrote a farewell letter to her signed by "Your Valentine". This is said to be the first Valentine card and the start of the tradition of sending each other cards on this date.
The tradition to celebrate Valentine's Day in Sweden, a day which in Swedish is called Alla Hjärtans Dag - All Hearts Day (literal translation), is rather young actually. In fact, the first attempt to adopt the Valentine Day celebration in Sweden was in 1956 when a department store displayed Valentine's Day for the first time. But no one cared much about it. Therefore Valentine's Day remained a foreign tradition up until the 1990s, which was when it became part of the Swedish festival calendar. Something which instantly boosted the interest for this celebration. Today most Swedes know about and celebrate Valentine's Day in some form.
So, despite the possible brutal start of the Valentine Day tradition, I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day! Lots of ♥♥♥ from Sweden!! :-)
Today we celebrate Fat Tuesday in Sweden, which means that we eat a super delicious pastry called Semla. But not only is today a treat filled day because of this, it also happens that today is my mum's birthday. Happy Birthday Mum! Which has meant that I also got treated to a very yummy Sandwich Cake earlier today when we celebrated her birthday. Of course she got treated to a lot of birthday presents in return. :-)
It was filled with lots of yummy seafood, salmon, eggs, vegetables, cheese and more.
My (not so small) piece. Lol! ;p
My dog Lisen waited patiently for her turn. :-)
A bit later it was time for dessert, a Danish pastry type of Lenten Bun (Semla) filled with the traditional sweet filling of almond paste and whipped cream. So we did not eat a traditional Lenten Bun to celebrate Fat Tuesday this year. I first tried this version of a Semla - Lenten Bun last year and really liked it, because it was not as heavy as a traditional one. Which fitted great today, because of the Sandwich Cake we had earlier.
This is how a Semla should be eaten, the lid first with some delicious filling that has been scooped up. And with a big cup of black coffee. :p
Of course this little lady got some Semla too! :-)
Another fun thing I found out recently was that my blog was chosen as number 24 on a list of Top 100 Pet Blogs to follow in 2013 - yay! I have posted the entire list at Top 100 Pet Blogs To Follow In 2013.
So it certainly has been a treat filled day today, in more than one delicious way. ;p
It has been a very hectic and intense past week for me, which is why I have fallen behind with my blog activities - yikes! But finally yesterday I had a chance to breathe again and take an unwind walk with my beloved doggy Lisen in the forest in Rodeby here in Sweden. With me I of course also had my camera. So below are some photos from my unwind Wednesday morning walk in the forest with Lisen.
Lisen is always very happy to take a walk in the forest, lots of smells and tracks to check out.
For some reason Lisen prefer to walk across the ice rather than on the road...
Come on Alex, you can walk across the ice too. Ehum, naaaw. I do not think so Lisen. Hehe.
Because the ice had cracks here and there, like this one.
Which Lisen loved of course (she loves water of any kind).
So Lisen started do dig around a bit in the crack there.
Then we moved on with our walk, not sure what Lisen was on the lookout for yesterday..? Hm...
Another one of Lisen's favourite activities to do in snow, roll around in it of course! :p
Niceeee. Let's take a little nap Alex, yes?
OK, no. Let's walk across some more ice then.
One thing I love about snow is that footprints are so easy to spot. I think this is from a deer?
There were some green plants out there in the snow, though this one looked a bit exhausted.
But this green thing looked quite healthy and strong out there in the cold, wet and snowy weather.
Now this was a treat to find. It was a snowflake caught on a spider web string. And I can tell you that I spent quite a while here to try and get a good shot of it. This was the best one. To me it actually looks like a person on a walk with a grocery bag in his/her arms.
Lisen looks like she thinks I should put down the camera and just walk. Lol!
Finally we arrived at the halfway point, and my favourite spot in the entire Rodeby forest. This is where I unwind the best. Love it!
When it was time to head back to the car Lisen thought it was her turn to carry her leash.
Which I of course let her do. :-)
And after about one hour we arrived back to the beginning of our unwind walk, which really did wonders for me. It was such a wonderful feeling to simply be in the forest and focus on breathing and taking in the surroundings. For me that is the perfect way to put things in perspective and to quiet down the noise inside which sometimes can make it hard to hear and see clearly. So Thank You Mother Nature for being the best source of comfort ever!
Now the reason I have fallen behind with everything is because of work and some potential job related meetings. So I have had quite a lot on my mind lately. But I am now almost completely back in my relaxed, comfortable and peaceful present self again. Which feels very nice indeed. :-) Ahhh!
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