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Aisle after aisle

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My mom & son came & took my fat a$$ out for a drive today, destination Sweden. One of the stores there are kinda like venturing into a no-go zone. But it’s usually me who blows up. I just can’t stand insolent people, elbowing their way through aisle after aisle…& when you find yourself face to face with one of them, opposite each other on each end of the aisle, you know that sh*t’s about to go down. You steer the shopping cart firmly in front of you, showing that you ain’t chicken. Then, at a moment’s weakness you glance over at what your family’s doing & BAM!!! the little trixter have almost sprinted towards you & slammed against your cart. You’re disappointed with yourself, but brush it off & continue slithering between the masses of people & products…& suddenly you’re face to face again, but this time there’s also another shopper turning around a corner & you find yourself in a Mexican stand off’ish situation… Someone’s got to yield, & I stil…

Moping around

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Not much to say about today. Just moping around wishing I was at Midgardsblot



Hopefully I’ll be up & about next year, so I can attend stuff like that… I dream about Hellfest, Bloodstock, unfortunately Tons of Rock's moving from the fortress in Halden so that one’s out of the question…but there’s a bunch of viking/medieval fairs I wanna visit too, so fingers cross that 2019 will be the year I come out of hibernation. :p
~Linn.
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well. ~Diane Ackerman.

Lurking in the shadows

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Want to know what I find utterly disturbing? Guys who find it funny to invade a person’s privacy. It’s happened a few times, where someone (old friends & strangers) who has parked by the church next door, walked up to the cemetery & taken pics of my home & sent it to me. Do they really expect me to invite them in for coffee or what? Cause all it makes me wanna do is punch them in the face, with a brick. It freaks me out & it doesn’t exactly invoke a sense of security in me. One thing is people I truly care about showing up at my doorstep, but that lurking around crap’s just creeping me the f**k out. Respect me enough to ask in advance or sod off. 

~Linn.
What you allow, you encourage. ~Michael Josephson.

Feverish

Today has definitely not been a good day. My I.I.H.’s been acting up. Felt the pressure in my spine even…& when it does that it means it’s very high & usually f**ks up my body temperature. So been feeling feverish for hours now. Really tired of this s**t. I can handle the pain, it’s the uncertainty of the next day that gets me. I just never know how I’ll be from one day to another.  Trying to avoid being put back on the rat poison again, so guess I’ll be upping my parsley, raw maca powder, etc., again. I swear I’m like 85% parsley by now. :p Why parsley? …it’s a natural diuretic & I try to consume as much of those as I can, like dandelion, caffeine, ginger, etc.  ...& the maca root thingamajig is just me experimenting. Since I read that it can  change the hormone balance in your body...& some people with my condition have had success with a medicine which does just that. But we'll see. It haven't really shown a huge change just yet. But a girl can hope... 
~L…

Oddly satisfying

Didn’t fall asleep until closer to 08:00…have no idea why, just tossed & turned all night. Then I woke up by some lovely workers who were tidying up the cemetery after the storm we had a few days ago. Nothing like the sound of a wood chipper to bring out your inner fury… I don’t mind a few hours of sleep, it’s the way I get woken up that makes all the difference.  Couldn’t go back to sleep, so I organised my planner most of the day. Ridiculous, since I have next to no social - or work life. But still, making lists & checking them twice gives me inner peace & it’s incredibly satisfying to plan dinners for a whole month & making a shopping list accordingly. Plus, it also saves money, gas & most important - time…which should be on top of everyones priority list. The only day I usually keep open is Saturdays. That day’s for movies, junk food & cosying up on the couch in the evenings… Yup, I’m getting oooold. ;p
~Linn.

You sometimes see a woman who would have made a Jo…

Cattila the Hun

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My cat’s been having trouble walking lately, so I think that he might’ve had a seizure again or jumped down from somewhere & landed wrong. I don’t know… Spent most of the day just trying to massage his back. Which wasn’t the easiest thing to do, cause he turned into Cattila the Hun. (Whomever invented oven mitts, may you be showered in glory in the halls of Valhalla. Haha! ) Many might think that’s a bit overkill to do that, but I’ve had Loke for 17 years now & he’s an odd little fellow which I love a bunch…so don’t want his last stretch of life to be painful. 

Thankfully he’s not dragging his back legs anymore, so guess I’ve been doing something right. But I am contemplating taking him to the vet tomorrow…all depends on how either of us are feeling in the morning. Sooo off to bed I go. ;)
~Linn. Cats have an infallible understanding of total concentration — and get between you and it. ~Arthur Bridges.

In flames

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So, tonight Sweden is burning, again… At least part of it. To me it seems like the Swedish government’s a bunch of ostriches burying their heads in the sand, or up each other’s arses. Either way it’s disturbing that they’re allowing it to continue. It’s such a disgrace that they let a huge chunk of their citizens live in that horror every single day. …& on top of that people are throwing stones on the firemen & police... Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.

Source - Photo: Henrik Vesanen
I have people in Sweden that are near & dear to me…& I don’t want their kids to grow up & face any of that s**t. They need a government that aren’t all talk & no action. …or else it’ll spread like wildfire & there are no amount of water that can extinguish those flames, only live fire. 
~Linn.
The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums. ~Arthur Koestler.

Yapping away

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I feel like baking some biscuits, pouring hot blackcurrant-toddy on a thermos, grabbing a woolen blanket, a fishing rod & some logs…then shuffling my feet through autumn leaves & plonk my a$$ down somewhere by the coast or a lake & spend a few hours there. Hopefully ending the day roasting my dinner over an open fire… But even though it feels sorta nippy outside during daytime, we’re not quite there yet. Although right now it’s 8.8C here & as I write this it’s not even 23:00 yet. Makes me wonder if I should start taking some of my veggies inside…cause they’re all f**ked if it gets colder. 
MOOving on… Today (- or yesterday, since this was posted after midnight. *snarl*) I made Lapskaus for dinner, with potatoes, carrots & onions from the garden & I have no clue as to where the cow came from. Somewhere in Norway though, so I’m sure it had a lovely grass-fed life, roaming the Norwegian hills & valleys. Yup, I’m totally humming The hills are alive with the soun…

Acorn

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Wen’t outside this morning & my yard was littered with branches, acorns & leaves… Kinda heartbreaking seeing all the gorgeous green gems all over the place. Cause I'm in need of all of them if I’m going to execute my plans. But waste not want not, don’t wanna let them go to waste... Sooo I’ve been picking them up as fast as I can. Green ones are ok if you want to use it in some cooking. But, the nutritional value are better albeit a tad bitter when they’re darker. …& I’m going to make flour out of it, or at least that’s my plan for the year. We’ll see how that goes. For now I’m going to try some muffins with oak nuts. Just have to let them sit in water for a few days to draw out all the tannins. If you embark upon this venture yourself, please don’t eat them raw. They taste like crap. Just let them soak… Oh, & change the water often. You can also roast them in the oven for 15 minutes… But I find that best to do if you’re using it as a coffee supplement, or if you’r…

auguSTorm

Tucked in a corner of the couch, listening to the remnants of today’s storm. It’s like the wind’s lulling me into sleep, so I’ll keep it short... 
Trees fell down, power went out. I bitched a tad about why they aren’t putting all the cables underground. Then the water got shut off… Luckily I have enough stored to last me a while. But got a bit annoyed with myself when I realised I had forgotten to stock up on fuel for my camping stove. But, a candle & my grandparents’ wrought iron thingamajig did the trick & I ended up with some warm food at least. Only thing that I can genuinely say I missed when the power was out was getting updates via the radio. But I don’t do DAB, so...
Can hardly keep my eyes open now… Need sleep. :)
~Linn.
Do not depend on others for safety — Help yourself. ~Safety saying, circa early 1900s.

Draught

There’s been a debate going on here. About a temporary employed teacher at an elementary school which didn’t get his contract renewed. Because he, as a muslim, think that shaking hands with women is not appropriate. Cause as everyone knows, shaking hands with the opposite sex may lead to temptation. Right…  The school had even given him a job contract, which accommodated his need of attending mosque on Fridays. Oh, & he also refused to carry a tray of  liver pate to kids… Yup, better call in the sin eater, time to purge the world of liver pate!
But here’s the kicker, as read in this post here… Our very own Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud said that the lack of handshake isn’t necessarily a reason for being fired & that the employer have to prove that the man’s religious views hindered him from doing his job. She also said “You can for example look a person in the eyes & nod, instead of shaking hands. We have to be open to that there are other ways…” - of greeti…

Weary

Not very talkative today I’m afraid… 
~Linn.
Health is not valued until sickness comes. ~Thomas Fuller.

Populistic ripples

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I sometimes wonder how people can defend it when a politician say: I worry about the current rise of populism… Not right, nor left, just populism. Sooo, simply put, that means that they worry about the will of the people, right? So why are ordinary folks getting behind that? My brain is basically flooded by spinal fluids, so what the hell do I know these days really? ...but still, I can’t quite wrap my head around that. Shouldn’t we be glad that their boat is rocked by so called “populistic ripples”? It gives them incentives to not snooze on the job, but work harder so that extremes, & I mean real extremes, won’t get to power.  Take Sweden as an example… There they have a political party which got a huge chunk of the votes last election, but the other parties refused to work with them. Cause they claim they’re racists, just because of their stance on immigration. It’s the same as refusing to listen to someone just because they have a different opinion than you. Doing that, they act…

Just breathe...

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Got reminded today to lower my shoulders, take a deep breath & have trust in the process. You see, I always have a tendency to envision every scenario in the book of what can happen…& most of the time I ought to use that energy to focus solely on solutions instead. So when some days weights you down, it’s good to have people nudging you out of battle plan modus & get you back in tuned with the task at hand.
Anyway, I’m extremely tired…  So off to bed…

~Linn. What the world really needs is more love and less paper work. ~Pearl Bailey.

Fluttering

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Stood in the backyard this morning & got surrounded by white butterflies of some sort.  They were everywhere, especially in the field below my garden. I’ve been noticing a few flying in a whirlwind motion around each other for months now, but today was absolutely amazing. I filmed them, but my house & garden look derelict at the moment, so this pic has to suffice...

The hops that are growing at the bottom of my backyard have been spreading out on my f’ugly chainlink fence, quite decorative actually. Wasn’t a bad idea to take some & transplant them into my garden last year after all...

I still wonder how they came here though, cause they were just outside the fence when I moved here…& my neighbour haven’t got a clue why they’re there. Makes me wonder what was on this plot of land before this house got built. Next door is a church which got rebuilt in the mid 1800s to accommodate more people. But there’s reportedly been a church there since 1200…sooo I’m thinking that mayb…

Reminiscing

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I love hearing laughter coming from the neighbours. Reminds me of the street parties we had in our old neighbourhood. People brought tables, chairs & there were usually an abundant of food on the barbecue… Kids were running around & made quite the ruckus until it were time for the little ones to go to bed. After that it calmed down, people were talking & drinking…& by the time I was tucked in, the discussions & laughter were calmly rolling in through my window. It still puts a smile on my face. Wish more people gathered like that though. It makes a neighbourhood more tight knit I think.  But what do I know, I might be romanticising it all… Cause I do recall one incident involving bleach & someone being sent home wearing a trash bag, but that story is for another day.  

~Linn. I'll stick with gin. Champagne is just ginger ale that knows somebody. ~M*A*S*H, Hawkeye, "Ceasefire," 1973.

Just checking in

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Went for a walk earlier, & the wind was gently pushing dry leaves across the asphalt. Made me long for autumn’s gorgeous colours, pumpkin pie, comfy sweaters, long coats, crocheted fingerless gloves, & hats… It’ll come soon enough though, so I better just try to enjoy what’s left of summer. 

Been a long & boring day, high pressure in my head, so too tired to write anything interesting…sooo I think I’ll just drag this sack of bones off to bed. 
~Linn. Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair. ~William Cowper.

One egg is un oeuf

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I indulged today. I have this thing when I hard boil an egg, peel it, then plop it in the leftover brine of pickled beets…then let it sit for a few hours in the fridge. I have no clue why, but I love the taste of it, plus the colour ain’t half bad either. 

Makes me think about getting hens… There’s just something about getting fresh eggs from your own backyard that’s so appealing to me. If I would get any it would be Islandsh√łns, or Icelandic chickens (Gallus Gallus Domesticus). …they’ve been an obsession for me for years, cause of their appearance & heritage. But, as with most of my wants, it has to be put on the back burner for now. Got too much stuff going on.  But they are pretty, aren’t they…

You can use this link to skip to where they show the Icelandic chickens. 
~Linn. Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them? ~Rose F. Kennedy.

Sonshine

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21 years since this magnificent creature entered the world.

~Linn.
Son, you outgrew my lap, but never my heart.  ~Author Unknown.