All of June was terrible weather here in Sweden, freezing and lots of rain. But now, finally, we have had
great weather for a few days, temperatures close to 30°C and practically no wind - perfect summer weather in other words!
Now for me there are a few things that truly represent summer in Sweden. If i have not experienced these things during June, July or August here in Sweden, then it simply has not been a proper summer for me that year. Now I am happy to say that I have managed to experience most of these things this year. And of course I have had my camera ready to document them.
So below are a few momentous of my summer 2015 in Sweden.
Things that, for me, make summer in Sweden truly Swedish are:
Lots of sun.
Fresh Swedish strawberries with ice cream and whipped cream.
Lovely Diva (my sisters 10-year old beauty) playing around in, and cooling off in, the ocean.
Colorful new beginnings in process, so amazingly beautiful to watch!
A lot has happened since my last blog post. I have been to both Dubai and London. I have bought a house, will move in August. And sadly my beloved grandmother (father's mother) has pasted away. So really I have had a lot to write about. But honestly I have not been feeling very well, sleep issues.
Issues that have made it very difficult for me to manage anything but the most acute things in my life, work-eat-sleep. I am getting help though so hopefully my life can include more fun things than the bare necessities again soon. In the meantime though I thought I would pop in here to do a quick hi-i-am-still-here-post. And to set an official goal to update more often again from now on. :-)
Until next time, I will leave you all with some photos from the recent past...
Left pic - Dubai, November 2014 (Dubai post: Hilton To Dubai Mall.). Right pic - London, April 2015.
My new house!
My beloved grandmother and me. You will always be in my heart! ♥ ♥ ♥ R.I.P. 1938-2014.
I will be back soon with tales of my new beginnings. Ta da for now.
Hey Everyone! :-) It has been a while since my last post... The main reason for that, unfortunately, is that I have not been feeling very well. In fact, a few weeks ago I was admitted to the hospital... Once admitted, I ended up staying for a little more than one week. The diagnosis I was given was depression.
So what started out as a four week vacation from work quickly turned in to sick leave instead. :-/
Today I am feeling a lot better, though not 100 percent myself yet. I am back at work, but part time for now. The treatment I am in is both medicinal and psychological, which I feel is working very well for me. I mean, I could not even get out of bed there for a while so, to me, writing this post is a huge thing - publishing it an even bigger one.
Now lots of things are happening in Sweden right now and I have prepared a few posts about them.
So, hopefully - fingers crossed, I will be back shortly with reports and photos of those happenings. Until then, I send you all lots of hugs from Sweden. And thanks ever so much for stopping by. :p
As the days rapidly pass, so do sunsets with them. And something I definitely highly appreciate is the privilege I have to enjoy them all from my amazing balcony. To give you an idea of what I am talking about, below is a pic of yesterday's lovely and peaceful sunset view from my home on here in Lyckeby in Sweden. Ahhh!!! :-)
It has been a rough 6 weeks for me, for many reasons, but finally I feel like I am on my way back to finding myself again. Life sure is a roller coaster though... I have been missing my beloved Lisen like crazy. In fact just taking that first forest walk without her was hard, but having my sister and her doggy Diva (Lisen's daughter) with me helped a lot. The sun also made it a lot easier. Because while I have been dealing with myself lately, spring has arrived here in Lyckeby in Sweden - and Easter. So I thought I would resume my blogging life again by publish this simple Happy Easter post. Hopefully it will get me going again.
So Happy Easter Everyone. :-)
This is the Easter cake we had yesterday at my mum's - yum! :p (Glad Påsk - Happy Easter in Swedish.)
And below are some photos from my recent forest walk with my sister and Diva. ♥
It was a sunny day with puddles.
And Diva was not sure who to keep company... Hm?
Of course my sister won that one, Diva is her doggy after all. ;-)
I have felt like ever since I lost my beloved Lisen I have found it hard to put up any cheerful or informational posts, or any posts at all for that matter. This was our blog, Lisen's and mine.
So this is me right now.
Confused, blurry, and sad. Trying to find my way back into the world without you.
I miss you, Lisen. Words cannot express how much! ♥ ♥ ♥
I thank All You readers for your beautiful comments and support, it means the world to me. I will answer them as soon as I possibly feel up for it. But for now, just to put up this post takes it all out of me - I hope you understand.
Yesterday we had to say goodbye to my best friend and most beloved family member, Lisen. It was unexpected, but at the same time not. Even so, there are no words that can describe how much this wonderful dog has meant (means) to me, but I know in my heart that it was time for her to move on and that we made the right decision.
Two weeks ago Lisen got very sick, I will not go in to the specifics here, but we decided to give medicine a try because there was some hope that she could recover - there was no conclusive diagnosis. And it seemed like she was on the right path, until yesterday afternoon. My sister and I got a call from my mum who in panic said that Lisen had collapsed and could not get up! Obviously we rushed over there immediately. And when we got to the house and saw Lisen on the floor, we knew. So off to the vet we went with her.
Lisen had given it all she had in her but she simply could not fight whatever it was any more.
The day I had dreaded ever since we brought our cute, furry, eight week old energy ball Lisen home had arrived.
But it became a calm, respectful and peaceful ending. Lisen knew it was time, I could tell by by her behaviour. She did not fight us, she was calm. And before it was time I whispered in her ear that it was OK to let go, which she did quite quickly - with a little help. So now she is free, running around with ease and playing with all the other wonderful souls who have moved on out there.
Now before I end this very emotional (for me) blog post I strongly feel I want to write a few words directed to my beloved friend Lisen, even though I know they probably do not have/read blogs where she is at right now (but who know's? ;-). Anyway, here it goes;
To Lisen : "I am deeply grateful for all the years I had the privilege to have you by my side, almost 13 (three weeks away). I have never met a more loving, loyal, supportive, entertaining, stubborn, mischievous, happy, extremely wise and food crazy dog, nor will I never meet one again I am sure - until we reunite of course. ;-)
I feel extremely happy and fortunate that it was precisely you and I who met on this journey of life. Because what would I had done without you in certain situations ..? (You know which ones I am talking about.) Both happy and sad. And if ever there was anyone I could count on through thick and it was you, always YOU. We sure have our secrets you and I my friend. ;-) So again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, my beloved pup, for the time we had together - "My Little Lis " .
I will always love you more than words could ever express. You will forever be in my memories, in my heart and a part of my soul. My hope is that the rest of your family and I (the same of course) made your time here on Earth at least as happy as you did ours, because that would sure be a comfort for me. Though I will miss you like crazy you do not have to worry about me, I will be fine.
So you walk away now baby and enjoy your freedom. I will see you soon." ♥ ♥ ♥
And so another year has passed... I am not quite sure what to think about that. But what I do know is that I am grateful for all the lessons this year has taught me and for all the lessons I have not yet been able to make sense of from this year. Because, although I have found it difficult to see clearly from time to time in 2013, I do know for a fact that whatever has happened in my life this year was exactly what what was supposed to happen and that it happened exactly when it was supposed to happen (I hope you followed me there, hehe.).
Now the reason I am so sure of this is because of my unshakeable faith in the Universe and its ability to guide me to where I need to go. Because, as far as I am concerned, some of the most important responsibilities I have in this world are to be present, awake and all ears - not always the easiest things though... Therefore my main goals for next year are to be more present, attentive and to listen to life without judgment. A bit unorthodox new year's resolutions perhaps, but that is where I am at in my life right know. Trying to make sense out of events I find hard to see any sense in.
Anyway. Of course the year of 2013 have been filled with many happy, wonderful and amazing moments I am very grateful for as well. Below are some of those moments :p
To end this post, and this year, I sincerely want to say: "Thank You 2013!". And Thank You to all of you beautiful souls out there who visit, comment, email me and/or show your support to this blog in any way. I whole heartedly appreciate every single one of you!
Finally, I wish you all a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2014! Cheeeers And Happy New Year Ya'll!! :p