I hope you had a nice sleep! Big belly and all.
How lovely you got to be the Lucia bride!
And more than once! It's quite an honour to even get it once from what I understand. And it all looks so lovely in the photos. I guess because your nights are so long in the Swedish winter, you have extra cause to celebrate the winter solstice and the return of the light.
How lovely too that you are now living in a cute house in a forest. My husband and I live at the edge of a forest, where we built a house with walls made of straw, which we finished last year. At one point when building, one of our horses ate part of the dining room. It wasn't bad though, he only pulled a few mouthfuls of stalks out of the bales in the wall, when it was at this stage:
So it wasn't a problem. I'm not sure if you build straw houses in Sweden, but if the process interests you we have documented it here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/redmoo...57628414190373
This might give you something unusual to look at when you're on the sofa and the TV programme is bad. It took us five years to build our house, and at one stage we were in a caravan with the donkeys rubbing themselves on the axle at night and shaking the caravan, waking us up.
In the morning, when we opened the door, three pointy noses with long ears would look in. I don't have a photo of that, but here are the donkeys:
They are so adorable. We got them from the WA Donkey Society re-homing service in 2012, as their owner was ill and the donkey with the white face is blind and needed to stay with her social group, and we have them here for life. Sparkle is coping just fine and has a big naughty streak. Apparently when she could still see, she used to take the fly veils off her friends and race around with them in her mouth, flapping them.
We sort of live in the middle of nowhere, with a menagerie. We are half an hour from the regional centre of Albany on Western Australia's South Coast. I'm a mad keen writer; my husband and I basically live in a library, and since we've moved here and I've stopped fulltime professional work, I now write for two magazines as well as running our small farm. They are alternative lifestyle magazines, for people who have hippie inclinations and want to live off the land as much as possible, and do their own stuff, and most people like that love animals as well.
These days where we are looks like this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/redmoonsanctuary/
Something tells me you are going to have an expanding menagerie as well!
And a happy baby. Big congratulations on that one to you and Per. It's so nice you are telling your story.
And I'm really nosy, so I have a few more questions....
Bras. The little catches at the back. Have you ever been able to do them up? I don't do them up myself anymore because these days I buy elasticised slip-in bras you just pull over your head, or step into and pull up. The catches were irritating my back muscles with their little stabbing metal monstrosities, so I found a nice comfortable bra supplier without all that torture metal stuff online, and haven't looked back.
Toilet paper. Are you a contortionist? I get that idea of you, sort of.
Is that challenging, or do you find that simple because you've always done it?
Do you find it simpler to sit at Japanese type dining tables, where you sit on the floor?
What height are your kitchen benches? Do you have them lower to the ground?
I love how you write; I thought it was so funny, for instance, when you said, "On the other foot." Do you re-make other sayings with hands in them? Like: A bird in the foot is worth two in the bush.
My uncle's drinking problem got out of foot.
I experienced that first-foot.
This house has changed feet three times since it was built.
I'm going to try my foot at candle-making.
I'm washing my feet of you.
Let me give you a foot with that.
I'm sorry, my feet are tied.
I know that place like the back of my foot.
I buy second-foot things to lower my environmental footprint.
Don't worry, the patient is in good feet.
And so on. That's the kind of thing I'm sure I'd do, if I didn't have hands, because that's the kind of thing that amuses me.
Well, lovely chatting with you, hope you have a wonderful day!
Very best wishes
PS: I forgot to answer your question! Germany and Italy, time-shared. We came to Australia when I was 11, basically, my parents had a mid-life crisis.