Goodbye January 👋 ,- and Hello to you February 🤗

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

January is over, and to be honest I’m a bit happy for that 😊. In a way I actually feel a bit relieved that we are turning into a new month.

It feels like January was a bit stressful and chaotic month, but at the same time touched with different happy and nice “events” and happenings 😊.

It has been changes and challenges, knowledge and wisdom, and some new experiences too. Not to much of anything actually, at the same time some small “events” that can feel more than big enough when they are more and less coming like “beads on a string” 📿.

And like I just mention,- it’s actually not a very big deal most of the changes and challenges that has touched my life in January. They just feel a bit like that 😊.

To be honest I was not prepared to live together with one of my children again so soon after my last babyduckhad moved out. And my daughter was not prepared to live together with me again so soon after moving out either. That has been a tiny bit changes and challenges for both of us. But probably because it all happened so fast, and under some “unexpected” circumstances. But all in all I actually can say we, both she and me are doing well,- we was not just very hood prepared for changing our life- and living together situation in a sudden turn 😊.

It has been different things that needed to be reorganize in both her and my life. Her rent- contract together with her ex- boyfriend needed to be changed, different last of her things needed to be picked up at the apartment she was living in. We didn’t manage to pick up all in the beginning. And there’s had been a couple of hospital visits too, just to check that the different “damage” in her body was healing the way they should.

And then there has been some few other challenges, not critical at all, but the internet collapsed, the fridge, freezer and oven closely said “bye- bye”. And the television obviously lives it’s own life after a very stormy weekend with both a lots of rain and even snow. Non of this are actually a big deal, but when it feels like it “all” happens at the same time it can feels a tiny bit chaotic together with the rest of the things we need to handle in January.

And then I ( and my colleagues) also got the news that the department we are working for are going to close down in Norway in June this year. That was not the best news to get. I really like the department I’m working for at the moment, so it feels a bit sad that I’m not going to be working there anymore. But the company I’m working for have already organised a new job for all of us to an other department. I’m starting there in the end if March or beginning of April.

I have also sendt my CV to two other jobs, – just in case. I don’t know if I will get one of them, but I need to admit I cross my fingers for that. At the same time as I feel lucky because I will anyway have a new job to go to in a couple months.

My birthday is also in the end of January, and I’m now actually 48 years old 😳 😊. No celebration this year. It’s actually 10 years since I have celebrate or had any kind of marking of my birthday. Last time was to my 38 year birthday so I’m actually use to not have any birthday- celebration or marking of my birthday. No hard feelings for that😊. But of course I have some different thoughts about getting older even I, at the moment, at the same time haven’t had to much time to think about this “getting older process” either. An it can be interesting to be 48 year old, and maybe be richer and wiser? 😅

I haven’t had so much time for my freelance work as I should in January, but on the other hand I have been teaching and I have also been knitting, painting and even baking a bit. And being a mammi 🧡.

It’s a couple of things that’s easier to do when I’m alone then sourrende by someone. And that’s my freelance work, writing my blog and study Spanish. I just need to focus as best as I can on my freelance work and my blog, and focus more on the Spanish language studies later.

And I had also a very nice and cozy visit from friend in January with a movie- evening and a sleepover. We have curfew between 22.00 in the evening to 06.00 in the morning. So then it’s best to choose to have a sleepover visit 😊.

I also needed to reorganize our things and stuffs in Norway from one place to another while we are waiting for those things to be able to be removed from Norway to Spain. Lucky for me my parents and my son in the middle helped us with that one. Something I’m very grateful for 🧡.

So, yes,- I feel January was a bit busy and challenged month, but here we are, turning “the page” over to February 😊.

I do not know what expectations I have for February. I know I need to have a meeting in the bank and stop some payments to a internet company. And I need to go to the post office, and I also need to get a new passport.

Free shiping over 69$

All this offices are just open when I’m at work. But lucky for me, I’m working together with some great colleagues, and I know they can change shifts with me. The challenge will be the passport, because that one I need to do in an other city then I live in, and at the moment the borders between the cities are closed.

I also know I need to start up again with my workout and exercises. Phu,- but I’m getting older and I want to take care of my health, and a part of taking care of my health is to do some regular workout and exercises. And I know I need to try my very best to focus more and harder on my freelance work.

My daughter is still going to live with me during February 😊. And I’m probably going to continue work fulltime from home 😊. I hope I get some positive feedback on one off the CV I have sent out. And maybe I can have a new movie- evening and sleepover together with my friend too? That would actually be very nice 😊.

And maybe we also will get our first part of our things and stuffs from Norway in the end of February too? I don’t know yet.

It’s a couple of things to do in February too, but I still hope February will be a bit more calm then January was 😊. At the moment is just to say,- Hello and welcome Februar. I hope you will be a bit calmer than January was ❄😊.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog 🧡

See you soon 😊

I became 48 year in January- hopefully that will be an interesting age to be in 😊

Bye- Bye busy January 😊. My birthday month was a bit busy, and it felt actually a bit good to turn “the page” to February now 😊. I don’t know how February will be, or what kind of “suprices” that one can “show up” with. What I do know so fare is that it will probably not be a boring month 😊. There’s “always” things to do 😊.

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Look at those two handsome fellows 💙🐕🧣

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

Last year I did knit a scarf to my oldest son that he really enjoyed and was very happy for, but unfortunately, he did loose it somewhere during the moving process last Spring, and he did felt a bit sad over that🧣.

So when I was waiting for my internet to be up and running again I did knit two scarfs to him. Just in case he lost one again 😊. But he also wanted a similar to his dog, Zorro. So they have similar scarfs, like two handsome fellows 😊.

Zorro with one of his fancy, knit and handmade “one of a kind” scarf 🧣

And look at Zorro, he actually looks a bit proud on this photo 😊. So sweet with his own scarf 🧣. I think he like it a bit.

And it’s actually the first time I have knit “clothes” to a dog, but maybe it will be more knitted dog clothes in the future by me? I’m not sure yet, but it can happen 🧶🐕.

My oldest son, Marius and his dog Zorro with fancy similar scarfs 🧣

They look pretty cool together 🥰. But of course I think that,- I’m his very proud mammi …… and probably “grandma” to Zorro then too 💙.

The 2 different kinds of scarfs I knit to my oldest son and his dog to 🧣🧶

My son has packed down the second scarf I knitted for him and Zorro.  It is a little thicker and warmer than the dark violet scarf.  And they’re on the move again.  In a month and two they will move a little closer to where my daughter and I live, and also his friends.

He really enjoys living in the mountains, but its fare away from people, and during all this restrictions time we are living in and with, it’s a bit difficult to live so fare away from people.

I’m looking forward to get them both a bit closer, and hopefully the restrictions will “easy” up a bit in a couple of weeks so we can meet up again too 💙. And who knows,- maybe there will be knit some more dog- clothes too? 😊🧶

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡. Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡.

See you soon 😊.

I really like this photo of Zorro with the handmade knit scarf 🧣. He looks so fancy and proud, and it’s both his own first scarf, as well as it is the first dog- scarf I have been knit too 🧶. He and my oldest son has similar scarfs now- made by me and made by love too 🧶😊 💙.

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Carbon is also diamonds 😌💎

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

I haven’t forgot about my blog, my readers or to write,- but the last days and weeks has actually been filled up with a bit more carbon then diamonds 😅. And then I need to remind myself that carbon is actually diamonds. And try to focus as best as I can on the “carbon- process” becoming small diamonds instead of just carbon. As most of us know,- it’s under high “pressure” the carbon also becomes a diamond 💎. It’s not always easy to remember, but still it’s help a bit to turn the focus in that kind direction 😊.

It’s not always easy to do that, see that the carbon is diamonds, or try to focus on the positive things around you, and special when I feel there’s a new challenge jumping out and up closely every day. Challenges can be positive, but they can feel very negative in the beginning. I’m still not quite there where I feel that the different challenges I have met the last weeks are with a touch of magic and sparkling diamonds,- but I’m getting closer 😊.

My daughter handle the situation she was through one month ago very well. She is incredibly strong and braver ❤. I admire her guts. She is really like an diamond 💎. I’m actually taking the situation probably a bit harder then her. I can’t still understand that “someone” actually needed to “give” my daughter 2 bumps in the forehead, 2 bumps in the back of the head, cigarette mark on the cheek, swollen right shoulder, swollen lower back and tailbone, handcuffs on the left arm (then one must have held a hard grip in the arm to make handprints in the skin), swollen thumb.  Fortunately, it was not broken, not the back and tailbone either or the toe was broken.  Gripping marks on the left leg, like handprints, bruises on the right foot, and a swollen toe on the right foot. All this just during some few hours.

She was to the doctor again this Friday and are going to probably have the last check in around two weeks. And she’s doing very well. She meet up to work every day with joy and happiness. And she is smiling, using time together with her friends, and enjoying her life. It’s so great to see how she in a trun and two just “took back” her life again ❤. How she just “trun the carbon to diamond”. But yes,- its bothers me that I couldn’t protect her for this kind of “marks” in life 😔. I m not crying anymore, and it’s makes me incredibly happy to see my daughter without to much and to many scars on her body and her soul after this incident 🥰. And I know everything around this situation will be fine, it just take a bit time, but obviously shorter than I had in mind, and that’s a very good feeling 😊. But that’s also a kind of diamond in the situation- that all in all- things around this situation getting much better then expected 💚.

But then it’s just need to “jump” up and out some others tiny challenges/ carbon that’s needs to be handle 😅. Just in case.

It’s actually not a very “big deal” the different challenges during the last two weeks either,- but still when it comes to the “straws in an already empty wallet” for me it feels a little bit challenging to handle. For some reason I can handle a lots of different and difficult situations and challenges in my life, even the situation my daughter was through I have handle actually quite calm, sensible, with overview and care even when I was crying. But when it comes to my empty wallet I very fast can go “down in the basement”, and be very stressed about the situation 😳.

I know why- it is a bit from the past. “Happenings” for around 8- 9 years ago , after I met “the bump”, the ex that just dropped me off in Spain for 7,5 years ago. I just let it be with that. I can’t do anything with the past anyway. Unfortunately 😔.

It has been very much wintertime here South of Spain lately, and the houses and the electricity are not built for to much wintertime here in South of Spain. It has been stormy weather with a lots of wind, rain and even snow ❄.

Look at this, – we had our own swimming pool in the patio 2 weeks ago 😳
And two days after the “swimming pool” in the patio we actually got snow on the beaches ❄

Our electricity collapsed, and three sockets in the house were destroyed. I have manage to fix one on my own ( something that’s good with having study physics a tiny bit). The two others I need to wait with fixing until the wintertime is getting a bit more like Spring time. The fridge and freezer, and also the stove got a bang.  Fortunately, only the fuses had to be replaced, but both the refrigerator, freezer and stove are so old that it “goes” for a little half a machine now.

And of course the internet collapsed too, so I didn’t had the possibility to work for some days either 😌.

I know it is homeowners’ job to fix the fridge, freezer, stove and sockets.  But things takes time in Spain.  And for a few years ago, the washing machine collapsed, and the homeowner spent “only” 7 weeks getting a new washing machine.  I could not take the chance of waiting 7 weeks for a new fridge, freezer or stove.  And things take even longer in this corona situation than “normal” in Spain. So I fixed myself instead and use the money I had in a already empty wallet. But at least we have fridge, freezer and a useful stove again 😊. It’s not all and everyone that have that now at days 😔. So that’s actually a tiny bit of a diamond instead of some carbon in my home 😊.

And I also did find another solution for my internet. I can’t be without the possibility to work. But it cost a bit that too. To change it all. But at least and hopefully the internet now will continue be stable and not as unstable as it has been before. So it’s a tiny little diamond to just have an functional internet actually.

And yesterday suddenly one of my grinders just broke when I was eating 😳. I know I need to fix that one, but there’s not very much to use to fix it with at the moment. I just cross my fingers that it would not be to painful until I have the possibility to go to a dentist 🤞. And to be honest,- I haven’t found the “diamond” in this case. I just hope the “diamond” for a while will be as less pain as possible.

So,- the carbon for the last two weeks are actually not to bad at all when I take a tiny overview. It’s just need to be fixed and that costs some money. And for me a empty wallet is big challenge. But at the same time I need to turn this around. I have at least the possibility to earn money, even it will take s bit time to save up the money I needed to use during the last two weeks. It’s not for all and everyone to have that possibility either. To earn money. To have a job now at days. That’s also a kind of diamond in my life,- to have the possibility to be working and earn money 😊.

The ironic in this situation is that I actually delivered back the car two months ago for saving money, and I have used twice as much as the car had cost me during the two last months in just one month now 😅. On the other hand,- if I haven’t delivered back the car I haven’t had the possibility for using my money to fix this different things that’s needed to be fixed during the last weeks 😊.

And I feel I haven’t done very much useful when I was whine and complain about unforeseen and high expenses. But I actually have done a couple of things. Positive things. Like small “diamonds” in the daily life 😊.

I have been painting. There are more painted glass bottles under “production”. All are gifts to friends that has helped me and my daughter during the last month. If the internet has been in function this glass bottles has been taken a bit longer time to paint, because I had use more time to do some freelance writing work on my computer.

Some more creative glass bottles are under “production” 🎨

I have been knitting. Two knitted thigths are finish to a friend of my, two scarfs to my oldest son and also two similar scarfs to his dog, Zorro, are finish as well. And if I have been able to do my job on the internet I haven’t been able to finish so much knit stuffs 🧶. Because then I had used more of my time on working instead 😊.

My knitting “products” done during the last two weeks.

And when the fridge, freezer and stove was fixed I actually did some baking too 😊. I just needed to be sure “all and everything” was fixed and in function. Try it out in a way 😊. So I made a very spicy “spice cake”, to spicy for me and my daughter, but perfect for my oldest son. And then cinnamon swirls and pizza swirls.  Both perfect for all three of us.  Then I have to fill up both my daughter and my freezer, and also my eldest son’s freezer with some baked goods. I’m not sure I have done that, at least not so much and so many if the freezer, fridge and stove has not been broken 😊. Then it became in a kind of “diamond- food” for all three of us 😊.

Cinnamon swirls and pizza swirls, and a bit to spicy “spice cake” 😊

So what I can say about the carbon I have been whined and complaining about during the last month and weeks is that there’s some sparkling diamonds just in front of my eyes 💎. I just need to take a good look, turns things around a bit and try to focus on the positive things around the situations 🥰. It’s not always easy to do that, but it makes things so much better when I manage to see the sparkling diamonds instead of all the black carbon 💎.

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I have “completed” the coca cola glass bottles “challenge” 🎨😊

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

I think it’s closely a year since my daughter gave me a tiny painting “challenge”,- and three coca cola glass bottles. Two in the same size and one tiny little glass bottle. The “challenge” was very simple, but obviously a bit difficult for me to “complete” very fast 😅. I should paint on this 3 glass bottles.

But as we all know,- it has been a strange last year with many different challenges in. And it has not always been easy for me to find this time, this “the inspiration”- time when I’m not alone. When I’m painting, special starting on a “painting- project” I like to be alone. Something I haven’t been very much last year. Another thing,- is it not the easiest thing I have painted on this coca cola glass bottles either. But now the third and last one, the smallest one is finish too. And I gave it to my daughter.

The two first coca cola glass bottles did I gave to my two sons. And then it became natural to give the last one to my daughter,- also because she was the one who gave me the “challenge” 😊.

A tiny little coca cola glass bottle,- with and without lights 😊

The last coca cola glass bottle is in the colours blue and red. A mix from the first two, and with hearts. Hearts because it is my children ❤.

I’m not going to paint anymore coca cola glass bottles, I think. I was not the easiest painting project I have done 😊.

Here are all three coca cola glass bottles. One to each of my children ❤

You can take a tiny little look how the smallest coca cola glass bottle looks like “all the way around”. Both with and without lights. It’s very strange how the lights can change the “image”.

Without lights, – but I needed some light so the “decorations” on the bottle at least shows up a bit 😊.
And with lights- I think it looks a bit more cozy with lights in 😊

I’m happy I’m finish with this “challenge”. It was fun, but also difficult to get the “correct” inspiration. Maybe because I felt it was a bit difficult to paint on the coca cola glass bottles, and maybe because it was in a way already “inspired” by coca cola’s own image? I don’t know,- but I think it’s enough coca cola glass bottles painting for me for awhile 😊. I have some other glass bottles I need to finish, and I also want to try out to paint with neon colours as soon as possible, but not on coca cola glass bottles 🍭.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡. Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

My tiny little coca cola glass bottle is finish and are in my daughter’s room now.

I got a “painting challenge” from my daughter for maybe closely a year ago 😊. But sometimes things takes time, but I did manage to “complete” the “challenge” 😊. Good it was without any deadline 😅. You are very welcome to take a look at “the challenge” in my post 😊.

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Will the Three Holy Kings come with carbon or gold this year? 🤴👳‍♂️👲

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

This evening is actually the parade for the Three Holy King in Spain 👑. But it would not be like the many years parade tradition this year. There will not be very much of a parade at all. And it will be very different from what the traditional parade was like. But still there will be some cultural traditions people can do this evening. The evening and night when the three Holy Kings are coming with gifts to the children 🎁.

This tradition with the parade started in 1885 in Spain, and have become more and more popular. In the beginning it was the three wise men,- Kaspar, Melchior and Baltasar, the Virgin Mary, Joseph, the Jesus Child, the animals, and the shepherd in the parade. It was to symbolize the long journey the three wise men had been riding on their camels to give gifts to Jesus Child in the hall there in Bethlehem.

During the years more and more different characters are joining in the parade. We meet both Mini Mouse, Swamp Bob and the Smurfs, and many others. And of course, – still the three Holy Kings. They became the Three Holy Kings after they had visited the child Jesus and brought him their gifts.

It’s a lots of people watching the parade and the different characters in the parade through sweets and candies to the people who watching the parade.

The sweets and candies are symbol for the gifts Kaspar, Batlhasar and Melchior had to the child Jesus.

And the Three Holy Kings comes with gifts to the children in Spain too 😊. And the children in Spain send or give their wishing- list to one of the Kings.

Student 2017

It’s also baked a special cake for this evening,- and the cake is called “el Ricón de Reyes”. The cake is created as a ring, and its cover with sweet fruits for symbolism as diamonds, jewels and gems. The cake is a symbol for the kings crone. Inside the cake there will be a plastic figure of one of the three kings. The one who get this figure is going to be “the king” the whole day 👑.

There is also a bean hidden inside the cake, and the one who receives the bean is the one to buy the cake for next year’s celebration of the three Holy Kings’ petition 🥯.

The three Holy Kings are coming to the different home and houses with gifts to the childre (and probably the adults too 😊 ) during the evening and night to the 6. January.

But the children need to put their shoes outside the door so the kings can see where they are living. Then the kings put the gifts in the shoes- if the children had been a good kid the last year. If not,- the kid get carbon as a “gift” and as an reminder to be nice for this upcoming year 😳 💚.

The carbon today is actually candy 😊.

And since the kings have been on a long travel they put out water and hay to the camel and some food to the kings. 🐫 👑.

And,- now at days the children in Spain get a bit bigger presents and gifts than before,- so the parents and adults “recommend” the kings to put most of the gifts under the Christmas- tree 🎄, and just “the reminder” of being nice or not nice in the shoes outside the door,- like a small gift or the carbon 😊.

Most of this traditions can be done this year as well, even there’s some restrictions to follow. The parade will not be like it has been for over 100 years. But the family traditions is still possible to do, like the food, the cake, the presents and the shoes outside the door 🥿. And its just a maximum of people around the table at 10 people this year. Not more, but many Spanish families in general have a bit more people around the family table under their different Holydays celebration and traditions.

I like that, that there’s still some cultural traditions that is not to much touched by the different restrictions we have in our society during the days 💛.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊.

Carbon created by sugar = candy carbon 🍭🍬

The parade for The Three Holy Kings this evening will not be as it has been in the Spanish culture and traditions for over 100 year 🐫. But I hope The Three Holy Kings will visit all and everyone, special the children, during the evening and night to 6. January 🌟. And I hope the three Holy Kings brings hope, love and believes, joy, happiness and peace to all ❤🙏.

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