Spring IS approaching

spring, trees

Trees just waiting for the spring

spring, trees

Also these trees are waiting for the spring

Tomorrow is the vernal (spring) equinox, when day and night are of equal length. Snow isn’t really gone yet except in sunny and warm spots. The nature is just waiting though, and ready…

spring, tulip

Tulip?

spring, crocus, thyme

Crocus and Thyme

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The chili has got flowers

chili flowers

Red hot chili in bloom

My chili has got flowers. Lots of them. Now what? Does it need a new pot? New earth? I know nothing about growing chili peppers…  But apparently I will again get hot red chili from this plant. Very hot actually. So far it has only got tap-water, no fertilizer, nothing else since I bought it. It lives in my kitchen-window where it is reasonably sunny (when there is sun). The below was the result last time. One small chili fruit made a large casserole extremely hot. I like hot food, but not that hot. Will be more careful next time I use it.

chili pepper

Red hot chili

 

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Finally have got a new lamp for the bedroom

Bell from BELID

Bedlamp Bell from Belid

I’ve finally got a new lamp for the bedroom. It is called Bell, halogen with dimmer. I got the white one but it is also available in black and red. Can even be had as table-lamp and freestanding floor-lamp. Have also seen it as ceiling lamp. I really like it. My old bedroom lamp – also white – was from the 70-ties.

This is how it looks in my bedroom:

New lamp over bed

At the same time that I exchanged the lamp I also got a white picture-list to put up above it, primarily for pictures. Makes it easy to change pictures when you feel bored with the current ones.

Unfortunately they were out of stock all over town – seems like everybody else already bought theirs and demand had dwindled or something as they were almost nowhere to be found. IKEA had them but suddenly had changed sizes of them so had to get two, one short and one longer, to get my desired 120 cm length. I know they have had them in longer lengths than 105cm before… not any longer though. If I’d had carpentry talents I might have built one myself…

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Returning items from the past

ikea_kakfat, cakeplate, tårtfat

Recently I’ve noticed some items from the past suddenly returning. Just as suddenly everybody wants those kinds of items and they are everywhere. An example is the cakeplate above. Another one is the coockie-plate in sections (below right).

The most odd item is the glasscover which you put over just any decorative item on a sideboard or table. You see those (see left) in every home decoration magazine lately.

Inside it you can see plants or other things. Even the once-upon-a-time crocheted piece of cloth under it is a returnee.

Have to get a cake-plate (the first item above – that particular one is from IKEA), but the others….? No, thanks.

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Cats, dogs and small children

Gustav the cat

Gustav

Cats, dogs and small children usually like me.

This is Gustav, one of my neighbors cats (she has two, the other one is called Alice – haven’t so far managed to take a picture of her). He sometimes comes to visit me if I leave the door to the outside open. Plants himself in one of my chairs and don’t want to leave. Twice now I’ve had to carry him back to his own home. I used to have a cat (Josefina) but I do not intend to get a cat of my own again. Costs money (food, vets, cat litter, insurance) and it is a huge responsibility. Living just beside a busy road makes it even less tempting as the cat would most certainly sneak out as soon as the door opened. Cats are nice though and I sometimes miss having a cat.

When I meet dogs they usually behave as if I am their best friend. I don’t want a dog though. We had a dog, a dachshund, when I was in my teens. He was nice but he was always my fathers dog. I am not a dog person even if dogs seem to think I ought to be just that.

Small children usually like me and trust me. I am not all that interested in children though and have no patience with them really (particularly when they are howling at the top of their lungs in public transportation or shops). I said already at the age of 14 that I never want to have children. And I never really did want it later either. Or had the time for it. My “luck” in this was that I lived for about 15 years with somebody who also did not want children. I have never regretted not having children. Some do and live to multiply themselves and don’t feel fulfilled if they don’t manage to do just that. For some it’s a great sorrow. Not for me. I never really wanted children.

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Still snowing

spider in snow, spindel

Spider in snow, probably lives under the snow

It is still snowing. Today more than ever, combined with wind. Yesterday when I was shoveling snow the spider that lives under the snow was out again. Probably because it was reasonably warm, +/-0C°.

The amaryllis is as big as it will get (+ one stem that haven’t bloomed yet). A really interesting flower if you look close enough at it.

amaryllis

Close-up of amaryllis

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Records to record

records

LPs and EPs to be recorded

I have a pile of records to record and convert to MP3 file format to get them into the computer. The above is only the POP and Rock pile (and a few jazz records). Then there are also the classical ones (below) and some old israeli ones.

records

Classical records

Slowly going through the pile. So far I’ve only had patience to do two (2) LPs a day. Why? I’m so used to listen to music shuffled by iTunes that it gets extremely boring to hear an entire record with the same artist, all songs by the same artist… My ears get tired. It is a different matter with classical music – there you really need to listen to the entire record in one go or you don’t get the whole picture. That is not the case with POP and Rock records.

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Amaryllis

amaryllis

Amaryllis

The amaryllis today (2011-01-01) finally opened its first flowers. 2 so far on this stem, 2 more on same stem. And 2 more stems to grow up with flowers on. It is dark red.

Want to see more amaryllis-pictures? Go here.

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Soon…

fence in wintershroud

Fence, December 2010

Soon the light returns. On Dec 22nd – Armands birthday would he still have been alive – the light returns and we go towards the summer.

This winter is harder than last one. It seems to never stop snowing. I hate snow – it is only nice and beautiful when on pictures. See my FaceBook album here.

First snow came in October but disappeared. Then it came to stay in mid November. It is still here. Definitely going to be a white Xmas. I don’t really celebrate Xmas. I only decorate for it because I like the lights and the colors, but I don’t really celebrate it and haven’t done so for many years (since my dad died in January 1984). Fell out of the habit when I lived in Israel.

Now looking forward to summer…

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My Tumba Flat

Exactly a year ago I saw my present flat for the very first time. I had missed the scheduled viewing but got a special one on another day.

The sun was shining, I was early and went around a bit in the closest surroundings and liked what I saw and liked the atmosphere. I immediately liked the flat (minus the orange wallpaper in the 2 small halls), despite the closeness to the road. Ground floor, possibility to add plants around the outside porch. Overall fresh flat. There was somebody else looking at the flat at the same time as me. Then the bidding started. First we were 3 bidders. Then we were 2. Before the week came to an end I had won the bidding and the flat was mine.

A period of fixing bank loan, writing contracts and all that stuff followed. And then the never ending packing. As I worked full time at the same time, time was scarce. Got the keys by the beginning of October, moved in on November 1st. Painted the walls in the halls and the living room before I moved in. Light grey in the living room, a darker grey in the halls. Got rid of the orange in the hall and the sunny yellow in the living room.

The move came about because I had felt for some time that I really needed a change and also wanted better living conditions, which I couldn’t get at where I then lived. I was so fed up with the unpleasant landlord for my former flat. Absolutely nothing was done to the house or the flats for the 17 years I lived there. The whole area had gradually become more and more run down. Talking with the landlord about things that needed fixing was the same unpleasant struggle every time.

So I started to look for something else. Also realized that if I should be able to get a bank loan I had to do this before I retired and still had an income. Started to go on flat-viewings and for a while even considered moving up north to Umeå (after visiting Umeå for a couple of days in August I gave up that idea – too small, too far north). The whole period used for viewing flats lasted for less than three weeks until I found this flat.

So, things went really fast once I had decided to move flats. It is now a year ago since I first saw this flat.I have not regretted the move at any time. The location became Tumba by chance (though the prices for flats played a role as well – the closer to town, the more expensive).

Didn’t only move flats – also left the municipality I had lived in for the last 35 years, Huddinge, and ended up in Tumba. Haven’t regretted that one bit either.

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Happy Holidays

Wishing you all Happy Holidays, be it Christmas, New Year or Chanukka. Whatever you celebrate, it is nice with some holidays in the middle of the winter.

Everything is fine in my world. Too much work and too little free time as usual. I keep saying that I will write in the blog, but never really find the time for it. One of these days…. ahum.

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Yet another blog

Last night I installed and started yet another blog at blogspot.com. (Should really do something about this one instead).

It happened only because I found another blog out there by accident that used the name ninisworld. I was Googling on my domain-name because the editors here at work (I work nights this week) had some strange problems with Google. So I tested and got the same problem. At the same time I found that blog named like my site. To be able to contact her had to register at Google and in the process I also created a blog of my own over there. It was just too easy… Seems she has now changed the name of her blog after my comment.

Have a feeling I will see her over here soon though as somebody with username The Real Nini just registred to this blog. Haven’t seen any comment so far though.

Even if my blog here isn’t all that old, my site has existed since 2001, and will continue to do so. The domain-name is mine and it is not all that fun having it beeing used by somebody else – even if we are both called Nini.

My other blog can be found here .
The other blog – which is not mine – can be found here.

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