Today I finally saw some bloomed wild flowers on my walk with Lisen, yay! This to me symbolizes that it's now officially spring here in Sweden.
Here they are. These flowers are called Snödroppar in Swedish, meaning Snow drops. And I love the flower in front in the pic. Because most of the Snow drops here grew in groups, except this one. It proudly stood all alone in front of all the other Snow drops. Like a little flower guard.
Which can be seen more clearly in this pic. I found it cool anyway, hehe.
So I said I saw these flowers on my "walk" with Lisen. Well, she is not much in the mood for long walks these days. This is because she is now in her post heat cycle, which means she believes she is pregnant for about two months. And at this moment she just wants to be home and rest. But I try to drag her along on walks anyway.
Life whisper her secrets in our ears all the time,
but we don't always listen
Life show us how to live everyday,
but we don't always pay attention
Life has given us everything we need and then some,
but we want more
Life has definitely been a patient parent,
while she has waited for her kids to mature
But when we simply refuse to learn,
tough love is her only choice
The only way she can show her children that living,
is not meant to be a selfish act
But that living is simply,
to take care of Life
Today is another delicious day in Sweden, called Waffle Day - Våffeldagen. Man I love all of these days that are devoted to different foods or bakery, hehe. Now the reason we celebrate Waffle Day, and eat waffles in Sweden on this day, is actually said to be caused by a simple hearing mistake.
Well, this day is also named Marie bebådelsedag - Annunciation Day in our calender, originally known as Vårfrudagen - Lady Day in Sweden. And because the Swedish word Vårfru and the Swedish word våffla (waffle) sound almost the same, with time Vårfrudagen slowly changed into Våffeldagen.
And in these special waffle irons we make our waffles.
They are then served thin and crispy with jam and whipped cream. The waffle in the pic is now resting in my stomach. Hehe. :p
Today I could finally get my car back home from the car shop. Yay! It has almost been two weeks since she died on me. And it turns out it was the battery after all, completely empty. I thought it was something wrong with the start engine... But then again, I know very little about how cars work under the hood, lol! So it was a wild guess. But the solution to this problem was a new battery. Phew!
I don't eat junk food too often, but today I just had such a craving for it! And I thought, why not!? Hehe. So off I went to Max, a Swedish hamburger chain - my favourite, to buy a juicy hamburger meal. It was sooo good! Except that it was quite a lot of black pepper on my hamburger today... But besides that, yummy! :p
Left pic: Lisen around 8-10 weeks. Right pic: Lisen today, 10 years old.
Today Lisen turned 10 years old!!! I can't believe she's "that old", hehe. Mainly because she still acts like a 2 year old most of the time, a bit slower though. But, 10 she is. And we all spoiled her today with a lot of goodies and fun activities so I'm pretty sure she had a great birthday.
Here are some pics from her B-day.
We started off this morning with a fun filled visit to the forest with Diva and my sister.
Then we stopped at my mums for some birthday lunch.
When we got home Lisen got some more presents from me.
And now she's sound asleep with one of her birthdays gifts to keep her company. :p
I definitely love this dog! And I'm so grateful to have her in my life. Thank you Lisen, and may we have many more years together. :-)
First a short update on my car situation. It's still "dead". We tried to recharge the battery but it didn't help. So on Wednesday my car is getting towed to the car shop for some further investigation.
Moving on... Finally this weekend I read the book "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle. And if you haven't read this book already, I highly recommend it! If you don't know what it's about, I think this quote from the book sums it up very well:
"This book's main purpose is not to add new information or beliefs to your mind or to try to convince you of anything, but to bring about a shift in consciousness, that is to say, to awaken" - Page 6
Now I can easily say that this book is the most powerful I have read so far in my life, which is why I want to share it. And after I read the book I also watched the 10 episode webcast - A New Earth with the author Eckhart Tolle and Oprah. In the webcast they discuss the book chapter by chapter and answer questions from all over the world. Something I found very helpful and interesting, therefore recommend as well. All 10 episodes of this webcast are available to watch or download for free at Oprah.com.
Below is a clip from episode 1 of the webcast with Eckhart Tolle and Oprah.
And if you want to find out more about this author and his books, check out eckharttolle.com :-)
At lunch time today I got in my car, turned the key, all the lights on my dash board lit up - but not even a tiny noise from the car engine! Grrr! What the... And I have no idea why this happened??? Because my car worked just fine the last time I drove it...
Oh well, no way was my dead car engine going to ruin my plans for today. And luckily for me, my sister was able to leave her baking for about 30 minutes to give me a lift into town. Thanks sis! :-) So I met up with my mum as planned, had some yummy Thai buffet, did some shopping and then headed back home again to my car headache...
Now hopefully I can get someone to take a look at my car this weekend. It's really no hurry. But even though I'm not completely dependent on a car, I still find it extremely annoying when these type of unexpected things happen! So I hope for a speedy resolution to this problem.
And although this car thing has taken up most of my thoughts today. I did see a lovely rainbow break through the rain clouds on my way home from town. An image I think is a lot more fun to begin the weekend with, than one of my uncooperative Volvo.
On this Fat Tuesday, also known as Fettisdagen in Swedish, we eat semlor all around Sweden. A semla (in the pic) is a cake of light wheat bread with a sweet filling of almond paste and cream. Sooo tasty!!! :p
Originally a semla was something you ate before the Christian Lent started, a last opportunity to gloat in food. The semla has been eaten in many different ways through time and it was not until the 1900s we started to eat them in the way we do today.
Or perhaps I should call it a haunted apartment building. Anyway, in the pic above you can see which building I'm referring to. I lived there with my family for a few years when I was a teenager. It's located in Galgamarken, a couple kilometers from Karlskrona. Actually the name Galgamarken literally translates to Gallows ground, but I'll explain more about that a bit further down in this post.
So, when I lived there I had a lot of weird, unpleasant experiences that still to this day give me the creeps. The most intense experience I had began with a bad dream and ended with me seeing a white bundle of light disappearing through my window. And once I realized it was gone, I also realized that I was completely exhausted and out of breath.
In fact even today I seriously dislike, or perhaps I should call it fear, that building. I mean if I have a dream where I move back into that apartment, it's no longer a dream - it's a really bad nightmare! Yikes! But can this building really be a haunted one? Well, perhaps Galgamarkens past can provide some answers.
Ok, so Galgamarken, or Gallows ground, is located on a hill approximately 2 kilometers from Karlskrona. These grounds has been known as Galgamarken ever since the town of Karlskrona was founded in 1680. And the reason it got this name is because it was widely used as an execution ground, particularly for executions of Snapphanar, in the 1600s.
A Snapphane? Snapphane was an invective used in the 1600s for the very worst people in society, like robbers and bandits. It was also used as a term for the brigands, peasants and troops who supported or participated in the Danish part of the Danish-Swedish wars of this period. A Snapphane was considered an outlaw and Swedes could execute them without trial.
Hm... Not the most charming tale perhaps. And today Galgamarken is full of apartment buildings. However, I have also lived in another building in Galgamarken and it was not at all creepy. Which is why I relate my experiences more to that particular building than the entire grounds. All I can say is that you won't see me living in that building ever again! Uh-uh!!!