May. 17th, 2017 10:15 pm
I have now planted my beans. Before I did so, someone stood them on their heads in the sofa. I don't know if they survived it, but they look okay for now.

We expect a severe water shortage this year. I'm thinking of watering the plants with beer...
I went to Gullgård for a a couple of sacks of soil. While I was there, I bought tomatoes, cucumber and some flowers. The trip appeared to be bad for the tomatoes (both of them). They are in the greenhouse now, and I hope they get better. Otherwise, I suppose I can get new ones.

I'll pot the flowers tomorrow -- possibly outside the kitchen window.


May. 11th, 2017 08:59 pm
I made something very random with ground beef the other day: meat, an onion, tomatoes, some diced ham, rice, mung beans and creme fraiche. Also a stock cube, soy, pepper and rosemary. I thought I'd just put it here, hoping that I'll be able to find it.


May. 8th, 2017 10:10 pm
Loffe appears to be happy, despite the lamp he's still wearing on his head. We had the tube taken from his face today, and now the black hole that was there has turned into a red hole. That is as it should be, I understand: the dead skin has fallen off, and left an open wound.

Once the wound starts closing, it should heal quickly.
The scenes that play out in front of the door in the mornings are quite adorable...

They involve Byzans sitting just inside the door, looking in surprise at Loffe, who is held back by me. He still has the tube in his face, so we want him to stay inside. Byzans on the other hand, doesn't get it why Loffe doesn't go out with her. He always does that!

Poor Loffe

May. 2nd, 2017 09:09 pm
Loffe and I had to go to the vet today. Yesterday we noticed that the side of his face was swollen like a big ball, and all the fur had fallen off. A few hours later, he had managed to scratch a hole in it, and spread bloody pus all over the kitchen table.

Now he wears a collar, and has a small piece of hose under his ear. The vet says that injuries like this one is often because the cat has been bitten by another cat, and that he may have had it for weeks. I had to admit that I hadn't noticed anything out of the ordinary.

He seems to be okay, apart from that annoying collar, and Matte, who is still a little nervous.
Tomorrow is Spring Worship Day, and I'm going to Worship Spring in Church. Or at least, sing spring songs at the service with Kammarkören. I hope it doesn't snow. Or hail. That's a reasonable request, isn't it?
I put down some seeds the other day. Not in the ground -- we're having snow and hail -- but in a box in the living room window.

They are beans and peas. I usually have trouble with them: the season here is a little too short, especially for beans, but I'm thinking of putting them in the greenhouse, which might give me couple of weeks more.
281 yesterday.

Today I called Sunday, and just tried to sum up what I need for the first part in the hope that I'll actually be able to put it together. There is a very important event early in the story, so it's everything before that.
I'm being picky with my writing.

Sometimes being slightly busy helps, sometimes it doesn't. This time all the important singing around Easter made it ebb out almost completely. Anyway: 186 words today. More tomorrow, I really hope.

Edit: Heh. look at the id of this (dw) post...
Today I got a survey. There are a couple of different ones that come at odd intervals: this particular one was about how media handled the suspected terrorist attack in Stockholm last week. Did I know about it? When did I learn about it? How did I learn about it?

What is my opinion of the reporting of the event in news media? Well, on the whole, it's been reasonable. I learnt what I think I needed to know: a stolen lorry drove through a large crowd of people on a business street in Stockholm. Four people, among them an eleven-year-old girl, died. There was some confusion to begin with, but that is to be expected.

What makes me a little uneasy is that the perspective feels off. Especially early on, the event was described as completely outstanding. It is so, but only if you compare it with "ordinary" violent crimes. When compared to actual acts of war or terror, there are far worse things going on.

I'm, actually not convinced -- yet -- that this should be considered an act of terrorism, but I suppose that's mostly a matter of definition. What I think is more important is that it's a crime, and it should be treated as such.

I also think it's worth pointing out, that this nasty act of whatever classification you prefer happened less than a week after another tragedy, a couple of hours from where I am. A school trip bus went off the road. Four kids died. The number of people in danger was certainly much higher in Stockholm, but I think that particular statistic was the same.
The Yearly Easter Choir Pile-Up is approaching -- or rather, it has started. It started this Sunday, to be precise. Ljungandalens kammarkör sang at the service, together with the two children's choirs. We were all very impressed by the kids.

There'll be three more services with choir in the coming week (Friday, Sunday and Monday). Also some lunches. And that's pretty much how I celebrate Easter.
The last snow is disappearing out there, and the lawn shows all those little bumps, that I think come because the frost makes things move somewhere deep down. I have started to clear out the greenhouse -- there's a lot of junk and broken glass in there.

Perhaps some tomatoes this year? And cucumber?


Apr. 5th, 2017 09:09 pm
I'm still on both LJ and DW for now. We'll see what happens next.
One disadvantage with all the daylight we have these days, is that you see things. For example, all the shrubbery that really needs to be cut down. It doesn't look that much from a distance, but when you have tried to walk through it, you know it's in the way.
Today was the day when the ground went from being mostly covered in ice, to being mostly not covered in ice. I think most of the ice disappeared in the storm.

And here I was thinking that we would skip the cough this time. There has been almost half a week when the cold has been almost over and done with, then it started tonight. There's a spot just inside my breastbone that *hurts*, and it's time to go to bed.

I hope it's better tomorrow.
I'm about to start a rewrite of Sedrion. Today I read a couple of scenes that I wrote around Christmas, and it struck me that the quality seems much better than what I have written in the last few weeks. Now I must remember that I haven't reread those sce4nes yet, and they might surprise me, but the feeling I have is that they are much less coherent.

Now I wonder: will this discrepancy make the rewrite easier or harder?
I drove to Sundsvall and back today. It's about an hour and a half each way. The reason for this was a meeting that took no more than an hour.

The archery district has actually solved the distance problem in a reasonable way: with video conferences. Some sit in Sundsvall, some in Östersund. I, of course is precisely in the middle of those two places, so I have to drive anyway.

At least I got some useful information about instructor training.
We saw the first episode of Game of Thrones. I'm not quite hooked, but I'm interested in how it goes on. The characters confused me slightly, but I suppose I'll get used to them. If nothing else, they'll be easier to keep apart once they separate...

This probably means that I have to finish the books.


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