Quality...

Cuckoo!
 
An unexpected holiday for my husband turned into a quality day with his wife:)
The weather, the opportunity and the hunger made us take our boat out in the archipelago to enjoy some “me-and-him-time” together. 
It is just a great way to get some energy, find some peace and of course admire our beautiful nature from the water. 
 
 
 
The only scary part though was this military ship that created waves like mini tsunamis and I immediately felt small and vulnerable again...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My personal capten maneuvered the boat like he had not been doing anything else in his life so he conquered both the mini tsunamis and the wind and safely got us to an island for a lunch and then back again. 
Meanwhile I got some sunshine, some togetherness and something else to think about ( funeral coming up on Friday).
 
Life quality in a nutshell!
 
🦋🦋🦋

Back in my summerplace

Cuckoo!
 
I have been down at my summer place again to be with my mom. 
It is still very heavy and I can suddenly burst into tears no matter where I am if reminded of something, a place, a habit, food or a sign of what he was doing just before...
My mom still seems to be in shock phase so although I’m not really in the best place to encourage or entertain I can at least be there next to her and share her moments during the day.
 
 
 
 
Spring is in full bloom trying to make its best to soothe and comfort.
Her little “hut” down at the beach will be out on the market soon so if you already now know of anyone who has a dream of having a traditional “badhytt” let me know!
 
 
 
 
I’m completely exhausted, listless and have no spirit at all but, even then I get a warm feeling in my heart looking at the white blanket of “stars” covering the ground, my dog and my beautiful family, in this case Bella was the one keeping me company, and I’m so happy for life. 
I still think it is amazing how strong joy and laughter are and how those qualities manage to squeeze in to someone’s sadness and grief just to lift the mood for a second and give it a break.
 
Keep hugging each other and tell important people in your life that you love them!
 
🦋🦋🦋
 

Sad...

 
One of the most devastating experiences must be when the light of someone in your family ( in my case my dad), suddenly switches off. 
All these emotions fighting to get the most attentions...
Sadness, disbelief, anger, hate, grief, guilt but also love, gratefulness and confidence. 
 
 
 
 
 
I feel like I’m being hit by waves from a stormy sea. 
I know the storm will calm down eventually and that the waves will keep on coming but less frequent, less powerful and with enough time in between to let us catch our breath. 
 
It it has been so weird.
So many tears and then suddenly a memory that brings a smile to our lips and we are desperately clinging on to that positive thought to give ourselves a little break. And then a few tears again...
 
Luckily we are four sisters. 
Between us we share hugs, tears, encouragements, memories and laughs. 
Together we are strong and able to help out our mom who suddenly only feels half...
We can never replace that other half but we sisters will make sure to do our best to fill the ”hole” with love, quality and tons of connection and affinity. 
 
But for now, the most important is to try to keep our heads above the surface and wait for the storm to calm down. 
Grief is the price we pay for love and oh so much love we got from you dad...
 
🦋🦋🦋

Spring around our house

Cuckoo!
 
I just love this time of year!
The sun, the weak signs of warmth, the tension in the nature and of course the light. 
Since It is our first spring in this house I have no idea what is hidden below the earth and maybe ( hopefully) just waiting to pop and spread beauty all over our yard. 
Me and my daughter took a little stroll trying to find out...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We did not find a lot though but we both could feel the activity going on and that was good eneough. 
Ice is finally gone so greeted by this splashing sound from small waves meeting the dock.
Birds seem to be as happy as we are for this new season to arrive. 
Have to pinch myself in my arm just making sure I’m not dreaming...
Our world is so beautiful and I’m feeling so grateful that I’m here to experience it:)
 
Happy weekend!
 
Tjingeling
 

The spring effect

Cuckoo!
 
This passed Easter holiday we were spending in our other home made me open my eyes for our new house in Stockholm. 
I walk around in my rooms just feeling in the atmosphere.
Much more positive now than before. I wonder if spring is involved in that? 😉
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The sun welcomed us back and seems to continue to sprinkle a golden glimmer to everything around me. Even peoples mood got a dose of that positive energy judging by all the smiles greeting me:)
I decorate with fresh flowers all over and open the glass doors to the back.
The easiest way to lift the energy in a home. 
Of course to clear all the clutter is also important but I’m happy to cheat a little and enjoy the effect spring still has on me and our house. 
Maybe it’s going to be good in the end?!
My house and me:)
 
Tjingeling

Walk and talk

Cuckoo!
 
Our week in our summerhouse came to an end and now we are back in reality again:)
It was a week which offered familytime, different weathers, lots of food, many hugs and togetherness.
Not very often, but sometimes I managed to lur my husband out for a walk and of course that was much easier when the sun decided to keep us company...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Walks give you fresh air, get the ciculation going and give you a beautiful opportunity to talk to each other. 
Dreams, problems, plans, kids yes everything is being covered during a walk:)
And with that beautiful scenery around us I could have talked for hours...
Even the snow, that wrapped this part of Sweden in a soft white blanket for a couple of days, did its best to add an extra dose of beauty both to our walk and to the landscape. 
 
Yup, definitely feeling grateful:)
 
Tjingeling
 

An ordinary Wednesday

Cuckoo!
 
Finally!
Even down here in the south of Sweden spring announced its entrance today:)
Melting snow, bird song and sunshine. 
So frikkin welcome!
 
 
 
 
 
 
The light is magical and so wholesome for both body and soul. 
An early morning run/bike ride in this scenery makes for a good rest of the day:)
 
I eventually prioritized reading a book today too. I’ve been doing other things these passed days but today it felt right to wrap myself in a blanket, a nice cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. 
 
I cant think of a better way to spend a Wednesday in my summer place. 
 
Tjingelng

Our Easter weekend

Cuckoo!
 
Last day of the Easter weekend. 
Its been a weekend full of food, snow, sunshine, family and togetherness. 
Eggpainting, walks, art shows and friends were also squeezed in during the days mixed with moments of doing absolutely nothing. 
Just wonderful:)
 
 
 
 
 
Lots of colors inside made up for lack of colors outside :)
 
 
It is just beautiful to be able to swap our usual routines to something different. 
Makes you gain perspective on things. 
Appreciate what you have and so on...
 
Three kids are trying their wings somewhere else during this holiday so it’s only been our youngest daughter who has put an golden edge on our days here in our summerhouse and to be only half the family on a vacation still feels so weird.
But, positively thinking I’m very grateful we have been able to give the kids those wings:)
And weird does not necessarily means bad...
 
Well well, we still have a few more days down here in my little paradise so will try to fill them with fun, relaxation and quality before going back to reality.
I do have a feeling it is not going to be hard to meet those criterias:)
 
Tjingeling
 
 

From spring to winter Easter land...

Cuckoo!
 
So we decided to swap a springy Stockholm to a more wintery feeling in our summer house 🙄. 
How desperate I am though for a warmer season I can not help but admiring the beauty of the wintery Easter land down here. 
It seems like whenever I come here, this place is showing me its different bests. 
 
 
 
 
 
So beautiful, so peaceful but so different.
It was maybe not what we had in mind going south but it is what it is and it is definitely good enough. 
Catching up time with parents and one sister is on the schedule for Easter and the rest of the time will be spent in a quiet mood where we take the days as they come and be sure to catch all the moments that might come our way:)
 
Life is good!
 
Tjingeling
 

Spring is in the air ...

Cuckoo!
 
Long time no see!
Had to put my blog on hold for a while and deal with broken hearts and other important stuff.
As we now head into another lighter and brighter season I can finally feel my spirit is going in the same direction:)
Suddenly the smiles im sending out are being returned, creativity is running through my veins and stores are calling my name for new shoes, dresses and sunglasses...
 
 
 
 
 
 
It is enough just looking at everything happening around our house.
The snow is almost completely gone, although everything was covered in a thin white blanket one morning again...
The ice on the water outside our windows are slowly melting and kind of breaking up from the shore and tiny flowers are fighting its way up the frozen ground. 
The sun is suddenly out and is embracing our pale faces and actually allowing me to sit outside sipping my tea. 
Yay!
Life quality. Just sayin:)
 
Spring is definitely in the air!
 
Tjingeling

Miami week

Cuckoo!
 
Long time no see:)
Life definitely takes up some time...
Back from a trip to Miami and overloaded with sunshine, warmth and new memories again. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our days consisted of family, laughing, beaching, shopping and togetherness. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
But of course also hugging, wynwooding, eating and dogging...
 
Fueled up on so much positive energy this week.
Our beautiful friends were the perfect hosts. 
Not only did they offer a bed to sleep in but they were the best guides, booked the best restaurants and were the best company. 
A week of teas and talks later I feel a little bit more energetic, more happy and more ready to face the winter‘s bitter cold. 
And that’s because of all the warmth I’ve been exposed to. 
Literally and physically. 
 
Lucky lucky me!
 
Tjingeling

Our Christmas holiday...

Cuckoo!
 
In the midst of the excitement of soon going to Miami I realized I never got to tell you about our trip to gran Canaria. 
A trip where the whole family came together and enjoyed ( well most of the time) each other’s company in a relaxed way far from the everyday life. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our hotel offered a nice surrounding, good food and beautiful sunsets :)
I like to explore to get to know a place so we did a few excursions outside the hotel but it always felt good to get back in the night to our rooms so I guess we can give it a good rate. It could of course have been the chocolate on our beds though that every night appeared on our pillows 😉
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We went to see friends, the mountains, old towns, incredible sand sculptures, volcano craters  and small villages.
We experienced sunshine, rain, warmth and cold and we laughed, cried, loved and fighted.
Yup, everything that fitted into a family on holiday we experienced. 
But we did all of it together.
We shared, we bonded and we created memories. 
 
So grateful!!!
 
Tjingeling
 
 

A gym with a view.

Cuckoo!
 
Usually I try to run outside with my dog but sometimes that is for some reasons not possible.
It could be the weather, time or something else not making it possible to enjoy the outdoors but luckily my gym offer almost the same beauty as the nature I’m running in. 
It’s only the coldness and the fresh air not being the same. 
And of course i can’t bring the dog...
 
 
 
 
 
 
The pictures are from just outside the gym.
Almost good enough, is it not?
No matter time of year, it seems that every season has something beautiful to offer around here. 
I’m so grateful for that. 
Makes boring activities like being on gym machines much more appealing:)
 
Life is good!
 
Tjingeling
 
 
 

A little chipped...

Cuckoo!
 
No evil that is not good at all!
Despite the heartache of having two of my kids sent to boarding school, it is still close enough to go up visit when something is going on. 
So when my oldest daughter felt a little chipped both in her soul and her heart it was easy enough for me to come with my special Mama power just when she needed it the most. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This adorable little place where they live happened to offer her choice of cafe with no people, giving us enough time to feed both our tummies and souls without too many ears and eyes surrounding us. 
A few hugs, a lot of listening and some encouragement later I could start detect a smile in her beautiful appearance which traveled all the way into my own heart. 
I felt so grateful being able to be there for her when she was in a need of a hug from her mom.
It also kind of disguised some of the guilt I feel for not having been able to find a solution schoolwise at a closer distance...
But, a mom would anyway go over and beyond for the sake of her kids. 
Wherever they are.
So being able to be on my daughters side only after a car ride of an hour or two must count as a positive thing:)
Although the kids might have a slightly different opinion 😉
 
Tjingeling

Flower power

Cuckoo!
 
For a flower nerd like me, I love the fact that that there are places where you can pick your your own flowers.
At the moment only tulips are offered for self picking but that is definitely good enough:)
Garden center or nurseries are in general almost always so inspirational and good for my soul and I feel it’s such a treat coming there. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Fields” of tulips just waiting to be picked and arranged into beautiful bouqets. 
Or used as a solitaire in a vase. 
Just as beautiful!
 
 
 
 
 
Wherever you look there is beauty.
Arranged in colors, themes or family you just don’t get anything but inspired. 
Maybe broke then too...
Its not cheap.
But inspiration is for free and if you can shake off the desire to buy everything you see you can get back home with tons of ideas, tips and dreams. 
In my case a bunch of tulips too:)
 
The power of a flower...so underestimated!
 
Tjingeling

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