On dogs and love

Again not love, more like the feelings you would have for a favourite dog (and no, she would have said such a thing to him. Some people, a lot of people, didn't understand how attached one could be to a dog). ~ Ursula ToddLife After Life, Kate Atkinson

A quote from Olive Kitteridge

Olive thinks when your hair gets gray, it's time to chop it off, or pin it up on top of your head, no point in thinking you're still a schoolgirl.Olive Kitteridge (Elizabeth Strout) This made me think of my late paternal grandmother who had really long grey hair and it was always pinned up. Me,... Continue Reading →

The Dog on the Tuckerbox

Guess what I'm up to this weekend? Okay, I'll let you off the hook, you don't have to guess. I'm hosting a restaurant! Last year I wrote about the first time I attended Ravintola Päivä (Restaurant Day) and I closed the post by expressing a vague desire to maybe have my own restaurant for a... Continue Reading →

Back to school

Huh! A big panic for ABSOLUTELY no reason. Please consider this an official thank you to your like and comments to my six word Saturday of August 4. I'll try to get back to them individually in the future. Yesterday I rolled up for official registration and managed to slightly confound the staff by producing... Continue Reading →

A gift for the hostess

Today I had my date with neighbour K to practice our respective languages. Last night she sent a text message asking if we could change our plans a little and meet at her place for coffee. Here it's considered extremely impolite not to take some sort of thank you gift for the hostess, especially the... Continue Reading →

My new best friend

Feeling chatty? Here is Stevie Nicks doing Talk to me. Love the hair, love the dress. Hmm, those were the days 🙂 Today was Talkoot* day. The day when all the civic-minded residents of our apartment block work in the yard and do a little spring cleaning. In autumn we get to do it all... Continue Reading →

Thank you… 13 years later

Today's music is proudly sung by Stockholm's Gay Choir and What shall we do with a drunken sailor? I had occasion to sing this last Saturday night, along with 150 ship building professional and partners. The occasion was the 65th anniversary of LRK (Laivanrakentajain kerho) or Shipbuilders club. These men and women have all studied... Continue Reading →

My first restaurant review

There's an old saying that if you  have a good experience you tell 1 person and 5 people if it's a bad experience. Well I thought I should do a little research and it turns out that these numbers aren't so exact. Rule of thumb seems to be that you'll pass on the good news to one... Continue Reading →

Two little words…

I'm on a mission this year. I want to bring back the humble art of saying Thank You. Previously I've tried really hard the day after the night before to send a little card to the host (or hostess as the case generally is for BookClub gatherings), just to say thanks for a nice / fun... Continue Reading →

Election time is looming…

In two weeks time we go to the polls for round one of the Presidential elections! This is the first time I'm able to vote in the Presidential elections, second time to go to the polls (we had parliamentary elections last April). The presidential term is 6 years long. My first visit to Finland coincided... Continue Reading →

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