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Karin Margareta
07 June 2019 @ 06:55 am
The chimney sweeper just turned up. A little of a surprise, that. I was expecting him, but for some reason, or no particular reason at all, I had expected him next week.Anyway, it looks like he'll manage.

ETA: So now our stove is good to go for another year.

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Karin Margareta
21 May 2019 @ 05:37 pm
Dear ants,

You really should know better than nesting inside my compost heap

love

karinfromnosund

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Karin Margareta
13 April 2019 @ 02:36 pm
I saw a spider today. I was crawling around among the snow and last year's grass on the meadow. I have no idea if its really time for it, but maybe it was just making an early start.

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Karin Margareta
15 February 2019 @ 04:27 pm
The creature that skipped across our road about five metres fram the car yesterday looked like a cat. I'm not going to bet a fortune that it wasn't just that: a large cat, with yellow-brownish fur and no tail to speak of. There are cats like that. But I keep telling people that I saw a lynx. Two hundred metres from the house.

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Karin Margareta
01 February 2019 @ 07:11 am
This seems to be the time of the year when small blessings make themselves known.

There's hardly a day when M or I don't say to one another: "Look, it's five o'clock, and it's not quite dark yet! Isn't that marvellous?" or something similar.

This may be what happens when you live in a place where the light doesn't creep up on you, but rather comes stomping and yelling. At the moment, the day increases by forty minutes in a week. It will be more, as we approach the Equinox.

Another very pleasant thing is that the amount of snow is just right: it's a little over knee deep in undisturbed places, and I try to keep paths open across the meadows.

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Karin Margareta
04 January 2019 @ 07:15 pm
When the cat's away, the rats dance on the table

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Karin Margareta
08 December 2018 @ 08:52 pm
It's late, and I don't feel like going to bed.

I'm calmer than I have been in weeks... the fact that I can sit here and write about nothing in particular is one sign of that.

M is asleep by now; Loffe and Byzans appear to have joined him (unless they have found sleep spots downstairs).

The computer wants to close down, and I really should sleep too -- church service with the chamber choir tomorrow. But it's nice, just sitting here alone.

I have always enjoyed nights.

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Karin Margareta
20 November 2018 @ 07:36 pm
... when we sing about Christmas.

Choir leader T said: You (Haverökören) will do the funny stuff, Kammarkören will do the boring stuff (or perhaps not so boring), and the children's choirs will do the cute stuff.

Is he saying I'm both funny and boring? Or that I don't make any difference?

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Karin Margareta
17 November 2018 @ 06:35 pm
I need to remember to bring the secateurs when I go for a walk tomorrow. There's a pine across the path, but it shoud be manageable if I cut off some of the branches. It will be harder the more winter we get,though.

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Karin Margareta
11 November 2018 @ 04:07 pm
I have made a sourdough!

I don't know if it works yet, but it looks ok.

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Karin Margareta
27 October 2018 @ 07:25 pm
The one checking out our house today was a green woodpecker. I don't think I have ever seen one before.

Edit: Having checked wikipedia, I have found that it normally doesn't come as far north/inland as this. So now I'm extra pleased.

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Karin Margareta
21 October 2018 @ 08:24 pm
Byzans has found a new restplace on a kitchen chair. I think she enjoys being close, should Treats appear.

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Karin Margareta
09 October 2018 @ 08:24 am
We have *two* woodpeckers this year. What fun!

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Karin Margareta
03 October 2018 @ 12:21 pm
Had a plumber today. He was phoneless, so his colleagues had to call me when they wanted to speak to him.

It turned out that servicing the heat pump involved climbing it to look for important information that was printed on top of it. I suggested that was for the customer's amusement, which he confirmed.

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Karin Margareta
18 September 2018 @ 08:49 pm
... and the stove passed its examination. It took some time, mostly because I have been scratching my head over various paperwork. But it's (mostly) finished now, and the stove will do its share to keep us warm and cosy when winter comes.

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Karin Margareta
15 September 2018 @ 05:53 pm
M and I are back from our summer vacation in Skåne, and we're back to autumn. Given how hot this summer was (and the forest fires not far from here), that is a little odd.

The air is actually quite pleasant, but you need an extra shirt. The trees are green, with a little yellow.

The cats have been de-wormed.

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Karin Margareta
19 August 2018 @ 08:10 pm
There's a giant bag of cans and bottles in the kitchen, and every time I go to the store, I forget it. I really should take it this week, because on Saturday we go off on vacation.

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Karin Margareta
13 August 2018 @ 07:36 pm
There was some very nice-looking chard in the garden. M and I had some in a stew last week.

Then there was a family of beautiful deer (they are really gorgeous).

Now there's only the carrots.

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Karin Margareta
The ad for Sverigedemokraterna at the roadside is gone -- again. I don't know if it blew away, or was damaged in the storms, or something. It is possible that someone took it.

In a very general sense, I disapprove of tearing down political advertisement (most advertisement, actually). People have a right to express their opinions. The rest of us have a right to find those revolting and unworthy of our attention. And yes, that is an important part of it.

That said, I really admire those who are willing to look into for example Sverigedemokraterna, find out what they do, what they say, and think about how to counter them. I just get depressed when I hear them.

Meanwhile. it appears that one fifth of the Swedish voters are willing to vote for them.


Edit: ... and it's back,

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Karin Margareta
01 August 2018 @ 07:02 pm
I get a very odd kind of mixed feelings, when I see Loffe put his front paws protectively around the mouse he's playing with.

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Karin Margareta
23 July 2018 @ 09:26 pm
There are forest fires going on all over Sweden, including within an hour from where we are. We sometimes smell it.

At first it was frightening, but... I suppose it doesn't work to be afraid when nothing happens. So far we're safe. Many others are less so. We try not to do anything dangerous. Should anything happen, we'll have to reconsider the fear.

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Karin Margareta
20 July 2018 @ 10:34 am
Ok, now you guys have made me try new ways of speaking.

How do you sing under your breath?

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Karin Margareta
17 July 2018 @ 07:50 pm
I saw this in a book I was reading, and I had to think about it.

Is it actually possible to "sing under ones breath"?

It seems to contradict what I thought that expression meant.

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Karin Margareta
14 July 2018 @ 04:06 pm
I think all the rain we should have had during this summer is falling now. It's wild.

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Karin Margareta
11 July 2018 @ 11:00 am
I found another squirrel. Now I suspect Byzans is the guilty party. I saw her chase one a few days ago. She was about five metres up a tree trunk, with the squirrel on the opposite side. I told her to get down, since I really would prefer if she doesn't kill sqirrels.

O, well.

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Karin Margareta
02 July 2018 @ 08:16 pm
I went to see a physiotherapist about my back. She was a funny, talkative woman with steel grey hair, who made notes all over a sheet of paper -- one at the top, another down in the corner, then some along the edge. Next time, she went on writing on that same paper.

The main outcome of this was that I got some exercises. And interstingly enough, they help. Oh, I'm sure my problem is just your basic lower back pain, which can be dealt with easily, but she avoided the feeling of Magic that physiotherapy always has had to me. It's not that I don't understand what it's supposed to do (I think I do, at least), it's that I never see the direct connection. But with these exercises I do. I can work and balance the specific muscles, and I can put as much weight on them as I want to.

And of course, what finishes the deal in the end is stretching. No surprise there.

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Karin Margareta
29 June 2018 @ 07:46 am
I think I just heard a Swedish journalist (on the radio) being threatened by a corrupt Mexican politician.

I don't understand Spanish, but from her translation, and the situation as she described it, it definitely suggested a threat.

She went to a him, under the protection of his party, and asked him about murders of his opponents. Admirable woman.

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Karin Margareta
26 June 2018 @ 08:50 pm
300 words today. It's been a while...

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Karin Margareta
14 June 2018 @ 07:26 pm
My current writing exercise is about having the characters speak for themselves. One is writing letters. They aren't likely to ever reach their destination, but he writes them anyway. Another makes inventory lists from memory. Between the lines, she writes diary entries. I have to figure out why.

The third character in that party is mostly illiterate, so I have to do something different with him.

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Karin Margareta
11 June 2018 @ 09:52 am
Yesterday, I found myself having to perform a funeral.

I went around the house for some reason or other, and there was a squirrel lying in the grass. I don't know what happened to it, and neither of the cats appeared interested, I decided to dig a little hole under the lilac and put it there. And read a couple of lines from an old ballad about grief. It was actually about the grief of birds and fish, but I didn't find anything about squirrels.

Rest in peace little squirrel. May your tiny body give some nutrition to the lilac.

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