Friday Fun (a COVID-19 version!)

I’ve been contemplating book titles with Corona in the title. While I am sure you can find similar posts or challenges on Twitter and Facebook, I’ve taken the names of books that my Book-Club (puuklapi) have read over the past few years, replacing a key word with, yep you guessed it – CORONA! A fun synopsis followed by original title and author in brackets.

Here goes:
“Boy Swallows Corona”, loosely based on real life, the author transports us to suburban Brisbane where we follow Eli Bell and his family as they do battle with the Corona virus that rips them apart. Can they be a whole family again? (“Boy Swallows Universe”, Trent Dalton).

“Colorless Tsukuri Tazaki and his years of Corona”, Tsukuri is plunged into darkness and journeys literally and physically to find out the truth behind Corona. “Norwegian Corona”, the story of a smitten student and the Corona song that became an anthem for his life. (“Colorless Tsukuri Tazaki and his years of Pilgrimage”, “Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami).

“Love in the time of Corona”, the story of lovers separated by time and distance, all with the serach for a Corona cure in the background. (“Love in the time of cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez).

“Eleanor Oliphant is Corona Fine”, I’ll admit, this was a little bit tricky and it’s a clumsy title. Eleanor is a scarred and determined young woman, who after falling for ‘The One’, makes it her mission to win him over. Obstacles range from the Corona virus to a past that reveals itself to both the main character and the reader at the same time. (“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman).

“The Corona”, family drama, family secrets, and nothing is what it seems when the Corona hits a small town in rural outback Australia. (“The Dry” by Jane Harper).

“Corona – They Know Not What They Do” translated from the Finnish title “Korona He eivät tiedä mitä tekevät”. Set in a back drop of University politics, cross-cultural relationships and modern life, this satire explores life in the ‘post corona new normal’. (“He eivät tiedä mitä tekevät” “They Know Not What They Do” by Jussi Valtonen).

“Corona Sunday” Jane Fairchild’s life is changed forever after contracting Corona on her one day off. A story of tales told, owned and inherited. (“Mothering Sunday” by Graham Swift)

“When Corona was a Rabbit” explores the role of Elly’s childhood pet rabbit from the beginning of the Corona virus to 40 years in the future. (“When God was a Rabbit” by Sarah Winman).

“The Corona” A young boy is captivated by an early rendition of the Corona virus. After losing his mother in a tragic accident, he steals the painting which goes on to have a tumultuous affect on his formative teen years. (“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt).

Have you read any of these? Any other corona titles that you can think of? I am certain that I will come back with a part two, quite possibly a part three 😊!

An explanation.

So according to my archives, there was a grand total of 1 (yes one) post for the whole of 2019. Hmm. That’s quite pathetic 😉

It wasn’t that 2019 was an uneventful year, on the contrary it was action-packed with plenty of happy, sad, exciting (and boring) happenings.

Inspiration seemed to pass me by last year :/

I started this way back in 2011 (seems an eternity ago now) and have managed a paltry 263 posts (well 264 including this one). I have lost count of the number of themes I’ve taken into use, only to discard them some time later… some of the themes lasted a mere 24 hours. In fact, over the last day I have managed to adopt and then discard two new themes before settling on the current one (Twenty Eleven if you are interested). This time however I am taking the time to learn the theme properly, so the page / blog might be a bit on the wobbly side for a few days while I iron out the kinks. WordPress have also added in a new editor that needs some getting used to 😉

Obviously my relationship with the blog is not the same as it was back in 2011. I certainly need to improve my photography skills. The other area that needs work is determining the subject matter, tone and frequency of posts. Not just here but also on the accompanying Facebook page. Twitter / Instagram are a little separate because I like to use them a little more impulsively than the blog 😀

Working for myself I sometimes feel like I a lack a certain sense of discipline or urgency, especially if it isn’t work related. So getting my routines back on track is also important.

No better time or place to get started than here and now!

How do you reboot? Where do you find your inspiration?

Featured image: Coffee cup from the restaurant Rikhard von Trappe by Hans Välimäki. There’ll be more about Hans in the future – especially his Ramen soup recipe!




“Never laugh at live dragons.”


– J.R.R. Tolkien

Time flies :)

Wow! I’ve been blogging for 6 years already. Although to be honest, the last two years have been less about blogging and more about stalking 🙂

So for now, here are my Christmas greetings. Both Finnish & English.

The observant readers might notice the somewhat bizarre # character thrown in where there should be a nice R. My lightbox is a litttle low on certain consonants. I could use a few more H’s as well…

Until next time! Cheers & Merry Christmas




If you’ve been following my posts over the last couple of days, you may have realised we took a little road trip. Time for our annual Lapland holiday 🙂

We left Helsinki at 17:30 on Friday night, arriving in Oulu (not our final destination) at 01:30 on Saturday morning. At one point we had to stop due to a wide load:


Mysterious object being transported in the late hours of the night!

9 metres wide and there were two of them.

Apologies for the terrible quality. The trucks were moving quite snappily and it was dark out….

Now to find out just what was on the move!



Daily Posting?!


My idea at the beginning of the year was to throw myself into the blogosphere and start posting daily. According to my stats, I missed a few days during week two, but since then I’ve managed to stay the course and even catch up a little. I believe I’m only 3 posts short of being equal to daily posting.

I have some lovely quality posts planned – you’ll just have to wait for them. We’ve got a busy week coming up. The Engineer is off again. Mr. 17 has his high school dance. Luckily the tux has been sorted, although I’m a bit worried about the shoes – we still have to get a nice pair of dress shoes. Anoppi and I are headed to a cooking course (she is stepping in to take The Engineer’s spot) on ystävänpäivä (friends day NOT Valentines day!) and to top it all off the annual Lapland trip is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Well the first 6 hours of driving…

So excuse the lack of decent posting during the week – I’ll try and get some pictures and links if nothing else.

The featured image is a Christmas decoration from Christmases past – it’s a gorgeous red! Sorry to skip the daily theme tune, I couldn’t find a tune that accurately reflects the minor panic that I’m feeling right now…

Six Word Saturday: 11.2.2017


Just two words today: Boat Show! ⛵️🛥🚤⛴🛳⚓️🗺

THE Boat Show!

Its’s huge, and quite easily the highlight of The Engineer’s winter. He always buys his DIY service supplies at the show (they do good discounts) and then moves on to equipment upgrades. Suffice to say – our boat is quite up to date when in comes to electronics.
As for me, I wander – check out the destination stands, collect maps and brochures, ponder life jackets and admire the interiors of other boats.

All the while there is the thought in the back of my mind that before Platypus returns to the water she needs to be waxed, and that’s my job!

It’s back!

What is back? I hear you ask. The daily theme tune is back! * Without any further fuss:

Blinded by the light / Manfred Mann

Why? Sunshine, clear skies and white white snow 🙂

*In coming days I’ll share the origins of the daily theme tune – it’s late, I’m tired and the search function on my own blog gave me some interesting results :/

Instruction on how to dress like a woman


“I would rather wear a suit everyday and be respected than dress half naked and be disrespected.”
Bianca Frazier 

In case you don’t know Bianca Frazier (like me), she is a motivational speaker and author of ‘Speaking Success into Existence’.

Timely quote 😀


Misdirected # 01



An offer many want to refuse!

An offer many want to refuse!

This little gem of an ad appeared in my Facebook feed this morning. Not quite sure why I’m now being targeted as a possible green card applicant…

Ready to make the move and build a new life in the US?

Well no, not really. I’m quite happy living in Finland. I’d be more than happy to visit: I know I’ve only seen a fraction of the states and there are a virtual friends that I’d like to meet in real life ❤ *

Back to the Facebook ad: judging by the comments it is appearing in Northern Europe this week. There are plenty from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden all saying ‘NO THANKS’ along with a few reasons why (no Twitter-in-chief, free education, no wall, free medical etc.). Add to the mix a few trolls who have added spice to the conversation.

At least two commenters wondered about the sensibility of running that ad right now, in light of the executive order signed last week ** .

I presume that somewhere along the way, my profile and their advertising algorithm have collided. I just went back to see if it is still there and all that popped up is Transferwise – asking me if I’d like to send money to Australia?! I think that’s a topic for another misdirected post 😀

* There are many virtual friends in all corners of the globe I’d like to catch up with… time and money are two major obstacles at this point in time…
** In case you missed the news, Twitter-in-chief signed off on an order that was targeting immigration, actions included barring the entry of refugees for 90 days and temporary hold on Iranians, Iraqis, Libyans, Somalians, Sudanese, Syrians and Yemenites). Never mind that refugees have to go through a 2 year vetting process before they can even think about travelling to the USA. Never mind that refugees from these nations have never been linked with terrorist actions on USA soil. According to CNN (beware the Fake News or Alternative Facts 😉 ) prior to 1980 when the Refugee Act was introduced, the only refugees that undertook terrorist acts resulting in deaths were from Cuba, in the 1970’s. I tried to get exact dates – seems there were two occasions and three resulting deaths. For lots of facts, figures and general light shedding check out the Cato Institute report here.