Monday, 16 March 2020

Shut down....

I took this photo driving home as the country was shutting down. Peaceful and beautiful in the midst of all the upheavel.
What a surreal situation we are in. Just about the whole country is shut down due to the corona virus. Hairdressers, gyms, theaters - all places where people meet are closed for the next two  weeks. And also the schools, where I work, are closed. I have now had my first day of home schooling, and that is what we have to do now for the next two weeks, at least. I am one of the lucky ones. A lot of people can't work from home, and are being made redundant. We have been told not to sosialice and keep to ourselves. But we have food, warm houses, a safe country with sensible leaders, so I trust that we will get out of this in a good way.

Sunday, 8 March 2020


I have always been a reader. I always have a book I read, and a list in my head of what will be the next one. I also buy books, and my big pile of books I am going to read grew by a few during the latest sale. I wonder how long it will  take me to get through the pile  in the photo above.

The thing is that it is not that easy to get time for reading. I set aside the long, dark January nights to read Ken Follett's  ''A column of fire." It is a brick of a book with nearly 900 pages, but an engaging tale set in the medieval times. January is a busy time in the teaching industry, and I did not get to read as much as I wanted to. Now it is approaching the middle of March and I still have a couple of hundred pages left. Some books are easier to get through than others, and I will have books in my pile that will be easier to read, but I can't help wondering: How long will it take me to get through the pile?
I hear people saying that when they retire they will have time to read all the books they always wanted to read. Maybe that is what I have to aim for?

Friday, 28 February 2020

Quinquaguinta - challenge....

The cairn in the photo above  has always been present in my mind as a point showing where home is. It is not very high up, but in this landscape of islands, rocks, fjord and sea it is a landmark to be seen from far away.  The views are great up here. On many occasions I have sat here wishing myself off to the other side of the great ocean or just in awe of the nature and beautiful landscape, feeling that I belong here.

Over the past few years I haven't really walked up to the cairn very often. I have decided to make up for that this year. I have set myself a challenge. It is to walk up here fifty times in  2020. Normally I go here when the weather is good. With the challenge, I will probably  need to do it also in bad weather.

So far I've managed twice, with two months of the year gone. But the light is slowly returning, and spring and summer is coming and at least I have started. Looking forward to experiencing the year through the seasons up here.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Probiotics and its health benefits....

Waterkefir in the making.

All my life I have been suffering from colds and infections during the winterseason. As an adult, I also began to suffer from blocked sinuses all through the winter.  The winter before I started  commuterlife, 3-4 years ago, was really bad - and when I got the job in commuterland I thought I can not go there and be that sick, so I started to look for solutions.

I read some articles on gut bacteria and probiotics, and how it can benefit your health. I decided to give it a go. Initially I bought a very expensive probiotic drink, and during that first winter I was so much better. I started to do research on fermented food and how to get probiotics into the diet without having to break the bank. 

It was easier than I imagined. The first thing I did was to make my own sourdough, as sourdough bread is a great source for probiotics. I have also found it easy to make probiotic drinks. In the autumn I bought some waterkefir grains. To make waterkefir requires three minutes work and then leave it alone untill it is finished. It is also easy to make for example fermented youghurt and ketchup. I haven't tried to ferment vegetables yet, but kimchi is next on my list.

The difference this has made to my health is enormus. My wintercolds are just about gone and so are my blocked sinuses.  That was my problem. It can also have a benefical effect on other conditions, for example regarding the tummy.

And the thing is that this is nothing new. This is the way food preservation was done before freezers and refrigerators in this country. I realise that my grandmothers actually did a lot of fermentation without a lot of fuzz. It was what they where used to.

So let's hear it for probiotics.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Old stuff...

I was looking through some old archives in a cloud this week, and came over these photos.

 They are taken in a different life that belonged to me. It seems ages ago, but is only nine and a half years a ago, according to the date on them.

We had snow in October that year. Funny fact, when we now have a snow free winter and are bring told that this is the new normal. Nine and half years  ago this was my kitchen view and my garden. It is such a gap between how I remember this and my life now.  I still have the garden chairs, by the way.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

New years resolution - and I'm intending to keep it...

I have a New years resolution this year, and I am going to keep it. It is to do with overconsumption. Basically regarding everything, but particularly when it comes to clothes. Over the past few years I have had several rounds of clearing out my wardrobe and sending clothes off to the charity shop.
Often I've thrown out things that have been perfectly wearable. I've just been a bit sick of them and fancy something new. This is going to stop.

I guess it is a thing of the times we live in, with all the focus on the environment, overconsuming, slow fashion etc, that has made me more concerned about what I buy and what I throw out.

2020 is going to be a year where I will work on changing the mindset, and then I hope I can take that in to the future without giving it to much thought. In my wardrobe there are enough stuff to keep me dressed for all occasions for  the next year. I just have to avoid the temptation to go out and shop. Of course we need to buy stuff at some point, but I want to try to get in to a mindset where I buy stuff that I need, and not because I trick my mind into believing that I need it.
I will keep a record of what I buy and probably post it here.