Category Archives for Life

Summer Survivor and Website Update

Well, we survived the summer and I find myself breathing a big sigh of relief with the arrival of autumn. Temperatures are cool and comfortable, the leaves are starting to change, and the light is beginning to fade, already taking on a twilighty feel that make the autumn and winter days in Sweden feel magical. Continue reading

Summer Fields and Summer Vacation

Well, the renovations are done, and life is slowly getting back to normal. Sort of. A couple of big developments. 1. We bought a plot of land. Woohoo! 2. We’re going to be heading to the States next week to visit family there. Well that’s not so much a big development as it is a disruption of the Daily Routine. Continue reading

Headaches and Box-Climbing Cats

Greetings from Stockholm’s finest Hidey Hole!

Also known as my apartment that is currently going through “changes.” Which is my creepy and perhaps inappropriate way of saying we’re renovating. Given that we’re hoping to move sooner rather than later, we figured it was high time to fix the apartment’s problems that we’ve been putting off for basically forever. Mostly some smaller jobs here and there, but the more disruptive bits involve repainting the spare room and tearing out the hallway closets and replacing them with new closets that have decidedly less ’60s retro flare. Continue reading

A Graveyard House

Well, here in Sweden the trees are already starting to turn. The summer has pretty much come and gone without much to show for it other than high vet bills. Sally Kitty is doing all right, though I can’t really say she’s doing well. Her latest blood work has shown her kidney function has worsened, as has her rather severe pancreatic inflammation. Yet even for all that, she’s pretty chipper, affectionate, and eats well. So, that’s something, at least.

Anyway, aside from visiting the vet every other week, we’ve spent a lot of time house hunting. Well, not so much during July, as the country generally shuts down during the month as everyone goes on vacation. But it’s definitely started up again as houses are once again listed. Continue reading

Checking In

So, apparently I’ve tumbled down into my hidey-hole and am finding the climb back out… laborious. Things were going OK. Ronel the Mythmaker nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award, which was cool and I intended on accepting and even started the post for it. Then I found out my elder cat’s health is declining, resulting in numerous, (and still ongoing) vet visits, and it was like the air was sucked out of me. Continue reading

A Jaunt in Kraków

So, a couple of weeks ago we got a lot of snow. Like, blizzard amounts of snow. Buses got stuck, trains were canceled, people got stranded. It was the most snow Stockholm had gotten in November in over a hundred years. Madness.

Luckily this all happened the day before I traveled to Poland, and I’m only being partially snarky when I say “luckily.” Had it been the day of, I doubt I would’ve gotten to the airport at all. Trying to get there the following morning was certainly a little adventure in and of itself. Continue reading

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