Thursday, March 23, 2017

Small Things



















I see my neighbor walking across the field with a friend. He is doing some repair of his bee hives, cutting back some apple trees and bushes, getting ready for the honey and bee season. 

I sit on the bench by the shed, watching the laundry dry, reading and crocheting, having tea and soaking in the warmer temperature and sunshine that peeks out from the clouds every now and then. The Granny cardigan project is showing to be a real challenge. I have frogged it 3 times, and just keep on bumping into more and more hick ups as a go... I'll tell you more another day but I thing I've had it with this cardigan... 

The yellow tree is in bloom, the very first sign of spring coming around. Colorful flowers are sticking up from the ground here and there, the blue ones we call Grandma's Glasses in Swedish.

Luca Bo spends time outside, working on re-design projects like painting the decks of his skateboards. For hours he is entertained by spray cans of paint, sketching and designing. Afterwards he leaves to go skating and comes back home 2 hours later all sweaty and red of his cheeks. "This skateboard is awesome, Mama". I believe him. He made it so of course it is awesome. He is proud and I am proud too.

We have lazy mornings on the weekend, sleeping in and making scones. Izzy won't let me make the bed until late afternoon. She is a lazy primadona... eats, sleeps and goes out just for an hour or so... She is fat. Yes she is. And we love her dearly just the way she is. She is a real character. Knows when to snuggle up with you to give comfort. She always comes when someone is ill in bed. The best snuggle-up-cat ever.

I finished THE blanket. Yes I did! I sat down one evening and weaved in those ends and I was done in less than 40 minutes. Why did it take me so long? We went down to the beach front of the Geneva lake to take some pictures in the late afternoon magic light, me and Nelly Bo, but we missed the great light by 5 or 10 minutes so we just enjoyed the views for a minute and went straight back home. I'm still waiting for the perfect day to take pictures to share.

We make soup. At least twice a week. We have become the family who loves soup. Mixed veggie soup, creamy potato and leek soup, lentil soup, chicken soup, broccoli soup, zucchini soup, yellow pea and ham soup, spinach soup, Minestrone soup... We never get tired of it and it is perfect for those busy evenings with sport activities when everyone comes home at different times. 
The evenings fall and laundry is being folded while watching TV. I've kept the stars form Christmas, not sure when or if I will ever take the down. I love them so.

The time passes 10pm and soon the house is all asleep. Shutters banging in the wind wakes me up at night. It's quite annoying but I always forget to close them at night... Another sunrise arrives around 6.30 am and a new day starts. And maybe it all sounds a bit dull and boring, but lately I've come to appreciate all these small mundane things of everyday life more. They have actually become quite precious. We have had our fair share of dramas here lately, things going on behind the scenes... Why long for special moments, vacations, adventures and a better future? Life is right here, right now with the ones I love the most. And that is all that matters in the big picture, isn't it?

What were your mundane but precious moments this week? I would love to know.





Kärlek
Annette


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17 comments :

  1. Beautiful post Annette! I totally resonate with you about enjoying the little yet important things in life. For me this week it was decorating the Easter branches with Annabel, looking at them with her every day again like it's brand new, a new lamp that finally arrived for the living room, being on top of things with laundry and cleaning, a yummy home cooked exotic dinner the other night, family dancing and laughing out loud to kid's music, and of course a beautiful and precious meeting with inspirational ladies on Monday. Really I can go on and on and on...life is beautiful these days! Enjoy sweeties xo

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  2. Oh, I am a soup person too. I could eat it every day. One of my favorite mundane moments is always reading to my kids. And the rain on the roof last night was lovely ...

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  3. Fabulous photos, Annette! I wish I could give "like" to each of them like we do it on IG or Facebook :)

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  4. The small ordinary cosy ticking over of everyday life is a very good thing isn't it. Skateboarding is very popular around here too at the moment. Hope you all have a good weekend. CJ xx

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  5. So lovely to see your everyday life. That's what is most important. Here I can make simular pictures, kids, laundry, crochet.... And yesterday I had a beautiful day with my girlfriends, we laughed,sewed, gave and got presents, ate cake, ate lunch outside, sipped coffee, etc. You get it I think.

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  6. I also loved having the washing outside, and I saw two butterflies and the first bumblebee. And I enjoyed having coffee with friends in my home. Love your photos! WilhelminaCee

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  7. I see you are reading Lucy Dillon. So far I have read 3 of her books. Really enjoying them and looking forward to the next one. They seem to be interconnected which I like.

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  8. Beautiful Photos
    Have a nice weekend greetings from Reserl

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  9. So many stunning photos in one post! I'm definitely a lover of the small things, the average, nothing days, they are my favourites.

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  10. What a beautiful post! I love the ordinariness of life too which, when really appreciated, is anything but ordinary. You are so right it is precious. Having got to 68 and experienced more than my fair share of life's dramas I am happy to enjoy my life, my family, my home and my friends just as they are because they are precious.

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  11. Oh no! You're giving up on the crochet sweater? I did start and frog too but that's because I was using the UK instructions instead of US and then I thought I should do a gauge swatch and I did and I need to go up a size as I tend to crochet tightly. If you're giving up and having problems that does not bode well for me! LOL! But I'll give it a go. Are the instructions not good? You are a very talented crocheter. I have put it aside simply because I have some Easter things to make.
    Your photos are gorgeous and your views of the mountains! What a beautiful country. I love mundane....and your photos of your soup fixings, your living room with your lovely lace curtains and stars. I would leave them up too. I love your blue table linens and bread....it just says home and cozy to me....even the laundry basket with clothes to fold. How talented your son is too making his own skateboard! Talent must run in your family. I need to go get my rugs off the line outside as clouds are moving in and I too have a meal to cook and a dessert to make but I am looking forward to a rainy cozy evening...I know....I love mundane!

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  12. I enjoy reading about your life and family, and the lovely photos... my husband and I have been retired for some years now, and our sons have grown and been gone for many years now... so the house is usually pretty quiet, and I sometimes miss the years when they were young... but I like the simple life too... we like to cook good hearty meals, and soups are good in the cool weather, and lucky for me, my husband likes too cook... we live in central Florida, but the weather is quite nice now and I enjoy that before the heat and humidity come along in May, and then we stay indoors a lot. We live a short drive from the gulf of Mexico, which is always beautiful, and the various blooming trees are starting to blossom. But I still miss the midwest states where we grew up, and the changing seasons there. I would love to visit your country... it seems so peaceful. Thank you for sharing your photos and writing about your life.

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  13. Cooking dinner, watching a movie, sitting with friends and having a chat. Sounds pretty mundane to me. :-) Have a nice week! Regula

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  14. Lovely photos! I too like to fold clothes while I watch TV or podcasts. Mundane things here: Planting potatoes, working in my bees as well, crocheting on an old blanket WIP, waiting for pollen season to end so I too can hang clothes on the line, one of my favorite chores. Have a good one!

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  15. Härliga bilder!!!
    Louise D

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  16. Oh I loved this post Annette. It was so lovely to step into your world for a moment. It sounds so cosy and nice. It is the little things that matter. The small moments together of nothingness which is everything that we all remember. For me, I've been homebound looking after my little ones who are each falling down with a terrible long virus... But I get lots of cuddles which is nice. xx M

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  17. I have so loved reading this post Annette, you have a beautiful way of describing your life and your feelings which resonates very closely with my own. Oh those little snippets of ordinary daily life are so precious indeed. xxxxxxxxx

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Kärlek
Annette

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