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Karin Margareta
17 January 2017 @ 09:08 pm
In the last two months or so, Loffe has found his way into my lap more and more often. He was decidedly not a lapcat when he arrived, although he liked cuddles and pettings, for example if you sat down on the floor next to him.

Now he often comes when I'm in an armchair, or the sofa, in the living room. It's very pleasant, but it's also hard to do anything, since Loffe is a big cat.

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Karin Margareta
14 January 2017 @ 07:18 pm
During the last few days, I have painstakingly put together a scene of about 1500 words. I'm quite pleased with the length -- I have far too many scenes that end after a couple of hundred words. I still think it needs more work, especially the last two paragraphs, but it does approximately what I intended. The characters mostly stand around talking, but their circumstances change, and they made them change.

Now I have to make up my mind about the next scene.

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Karin Margareta
08 January 2017 @ 08:55 pm
I think the little upwards slope to the main road is making fun of me. I have been stuck there at least three times in the last few days. There is smooth ice under the snow, so once you have stopped, you don't start moving again with any ease.

By the way, snow chains must be a candidate for most useless invention ever...

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Karin Margareta
05 January 2017 @ 09:27 pm
Home  
We're back from Scania (just before the bad weather), and tomorrow I have to be in church with Kammarkören. It's still Christmas songs, I think.

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Karin Margareta
21 December 2016 @ 07:28 pm
We go south with our new car on Friday. I'm not sure if I'll post, but we'll see.

Have a nice Christmas!

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Karin Margareta
18 December 2016 @ 05:58 pm
We started practice at twelve. The children's choir arrived at a quarter to three, so we could rest and have some layered sandwich. And change.

It was a nice concert, and people seemed to like it. I think my placement went back and forth during the course of it.

Trying something new, I wrote the name of the next song on the back of every sheet, which worked so-so. Next time I'll try writing on the front instead.

This means Christmas is officially over :)

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Karin Margareta
15 December 2016 @ 07:12 pm
Hmm. One of the kids who showed up on a school event at the Archery Club yesterday was the son of one of my choir mates.

This isn't much of a surprise when you live in a place with 3000 inhabitants: you meet people you know all the time. It seems that he told his mother that I "work" at the club. Well, perhaps I do.

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Karin Margareta
12 December 2016 @ 08:57 pm
We watched TV about camels.

Now I'm wondering if a couple of camels wouldn't enhance the experience of living here in Norrland. Camels and geese. What do you think?

Admittedly, animals would more or less tie us down, so we'd have to wait until our families follow us here...

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Karin Margareta
09 December 2016 @ 05:55 pm
I have my new keyboard. In the end we ordered a big and fancy one: it is divided in the middle and has dozens of odd buttons that I'm not very likely to use. It also has handrests. I could probably lie down and go to sleep on it,,,

I'm thinking about a modmap for programming, with brackets placed more conveniently (for example). But perhaps I should simply learn to keep my right hand to the right and left to the left first.

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Karin Margareta
06 December 2016 @ 07:45 pm
You know the ground is slippery when you go out and see where the cats have fallen on their behinds.

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Karin Margareta
03 December 2016 @ 02:11 pm
M and I bought our fourth car today. Excessive? Well, we are going to get rid of the old C5.

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Karin Margareta
30 November 2016 @ 01:33 pm
From now on I'll wear a ponytail.

I fell like a log on the ice a few days ago, and hit my head -- on the tie that was holding my hair.

Weird. I sat for a couple of hours, fingering the spot on my head, trying to figure out if I was ok, but I probably was.

I was lucky that it was in the right place...

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Karin Margareta
27 November 2016 @ 08:20 pm
Today was taken up by two Advent services, in Haverö at eleven and Ånge at two. For me they meant singing from ten in the morning until three in the afternoon. Ok, I didn't sing the whole time.

I actually got to hear Haverökören -- I had slipped out for a moment to fix my hair and change my shoes, and they started without me -- and I found it a real pleasure: tight and focused and beautiful. From the inside, a choir usually sounds flat and noisy, and even if you learn to hear, or feel, when it's "right", you don't really know what "right" is, until you get the chance to listen from the outside. So I was happy about that.

Ljungandalens kammarkör was joined by the children's choir, who sang a couple of songs. They were good. There were nine children, four of which were boys! We were all very excited.

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Karin Margareta
24 November 2016 @ 08:21 pm
Ice  
It was the cats' fault. When M came home yesterday, he had to stop in the middle of the driveway. They were both doing impressions of Bambi on ice. When he tried to go again, the car made its own impression.


No disaster, though. I managed to get a ride to the very important choir practice. Of course, I had to walk the four hundred metres to the road first. In the dark. Preferably without impressions. And I forgot some of my notes. But I managed.

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Karin Margareta
21 November 2016 @ 09:39 am
I writing this on M's keyboard, which he doesn't use at the moment. My own keyboard gave up after I splashed some tea on it, and only about every second key works. That won't do.

We live in a place where it's probably not possible to buy a new one. Well, there are places that are quite happy to send one by post (or equivalent), so no disaster. Just very, very annoying.

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Karin Margareta
18 November 2016 @ 09:26 pm
Ice  
We had nice cold winter weather for a time, but the last few days have been above freezing, and ice has formed everywhere. Then it goes away.

I went for a walk. Walking is okay, since there is usually a little snow beside the road in which to put your feet. Crossing a road is dangerous, though.

On one of the bridges over the canal, I stopped and looked down. I saw something spectacular. The water is very swift and smooth, but there had been time for a thin layer of ice to form. It had now come off. I stood on the bridge, watching sheets if ice floating by -- as wide as the canal itself, and probably fifty metres long, or so. Small bits were being torn off at the edges, but they kept coming.

Beautiful.

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Karin Margareta
15 November 2016 @ 05:26 pm
It must be cold outside. Loffe is playing with a toy mouse.

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Karin Margareta
09 November 2016 @ 08:21 pm
My choir leader suggested that we, for Sunday's rather formal church service, ought to sing a song where parts of the choir sings "Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump"

Clarification: The song in question is Fritiof Anderssons paradmarsch, a very upbeat and, I suppose, cocky song about coming home after travelling the whole world. It's a nice song, and funny, although not quite what you usually sing in church. And yes, the "Trump" is there, or rather "tram". It's not a word, just sounds to accompany the main tune.

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Karin Margareta
03 November 2016 @ 07:44 pm
Dear Matte,

The new clock is stupid. It doesn't have enough dinner. Put back the old one.

Not particularly yours,
Byzans and Loffe

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Karin Margareta
31 October 2016 @ 09:44 pm
5/11: Haverökören in Haverö Church at 4, Ljungandalens Kammarkör in Borgsjö Church at 7, memory services
6/11: Ljungandalens Kammarkör in Ånge Church at 4, Concert, mostly
13/11: Ljungandalens Kammarkör in Borgsjö Church at 11, welcoming the new vicar
20/11: I think we're actually free that day
27/11: Haverökören in Haverö Church at 11, Ljungandalens kammarkör in Ånge Church at 2, advent service
4/12: Ljungandalens Kammarkör in Borgsjö Church at 11, service and village fair
11/12: Free, however:
13/12: Ljungandalens kammarkör in Ånge Church at 4(?), Lucia
18/12: All the choirs in Ånge Church at not sure, but I'll find out, Christmas Concert

Why am I in two choirs? That can't be healthy.

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Karin Margareta
28 October 2016 @ 08:12 pm
The trip to Storhogna (750 m above sea level) last weekend was very pleasant and relaxing. We arrived at about seven, found our key and our room, and took our things there. The restaurant was still open, so we tried their buffet, which was delicious.

I followed the advice to get up early and take a swim to elevator music before breakfast. Afterwards, M and I had planned to go for a walk, but there had been a little snow, which had melted and left the paths a little slippery. We still were out for an hour and a half, or so, checking out the surroundings of the hotel. Beautiful, if a bit misty.

After lunch, we tried the swimming pool again, and then the bubble pool. I haven't swum for ages, but I felt like I was getting the hang of it.

Before we went home, I practised some inner stillness. I'm not sure if it worked, but I felt relaxed, and I think I got some body awareness, so that part was probably right.

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Karin Margareta
25 October 2016 @ 10:11 pm
I got a very strong feeling when I picked up Loffe at the cat hotel today. He was saying: "I have a new matte now. She's much better. She gives me more food."

Dear Loffe, you don't need more food.

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Karin Margareta
19 October 2016 @ 10:05 pm
We're going off to the mountains this weekend. Hopefully the weather will be nice. It's stunningly beautiful even in pouring rain, but I'm a little worried about cold and wind. We don't want Scanian winter.

Today a gigantic box arrived, containing among other things a new pair of winter boots for each of us. I have to try them on tomorrow.

The cats will be at the hotel, as usual.

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Karin Margareta
16 October 2016 @ 01:18 pm
Snow  
We have had the first snow. Medium-sized flakes that stayed for about an hour. I have hopes for winter.

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Karin Margareta
13 October 2016 @ 08:57 pm
I forgot to post about Monday night's fermented herring party. I managed to find the house. One of my choir mates lives next to it, and she bought it some time ago (it seems that either she bought it, or some jerk from Stockholm did, and the sellers preferred her. From what she said he really sounded like a jerk...).

First we got a look at the barn -- and the privy. Then we were shown into the house: a traditional layout with a hall in the middle and kitchen and chamber to the side. Lots of old furniture. A stuffed fox. Heated by firewood. Actually very warm. Gorgeous view.

Yes, I ate my two fish. They went down with a lot of potatoes and flat bread.

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Karin Margareta
10 October 2016 @ 02:05 pm
It's time for some fermented herring again tonight. This time I ordered two. They laugh at me...

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Karin Margareta
07 October 2016 @ 09:08 pm
I'm working on Blood Magic again. And perhaps the still unnamed space opera. And there may be a story about a theatre somewhere.

The hard thing seems to be to collect myself to sit down and write -- the writing itself comes easily at the moment. We have bought me a laptop. I'm finding out how to use it.

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Karin Margareta
04 October 2016 @ 08:49 pm
Now all the vegetables are out of the ground -- and in the nick of time too. The cold is here.

I actually had some help. Three deer have turned up in the garden, and they very helpfully chewed the leaves off the carrots and beetroots. I just had to poke about in the dirt: here's one! and there's another. Wonderful critters! I left a couple of very small beets for them to find.

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Karin Margareta
01 October 2016 @ 05:24 pm
M and I have gotten our thumbs loose and bought a new car. It is another red Citroen, but not as old as the old one. It's also smaller. We really need a small car to drive the four kilometres between home and Ånge.

We could fix all the paperwork on the spot and take it home with us. Only thing is that we need to buy winter tires. And whatever else we find out as we go.

This prepares us a tiny bit more for the day when the old car draws its last breath, which can happen any day. (Then we'll need another big one...)

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Karin Margareta
28 September 2016 @ 04:08 pm
We're back from our holiday. The car managed it back and forth, although we had an extra battery just in case. Things seem to be back to normal, except that I'm extremely easily distracted, not sure why. I keep forgetting things.

Before we left I took all the chard from the garden plot and froze it. I left the rest hoping it would be ok, and it probably was. Today, I have taken the onions -- there were about a dozen. There are still carrots and beetroots, and also some chard that seem to have grown while we were away, but it's been damaged by frost, and I think I'll leave it.

The weeds keep growing. I'm a little impressed.

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