I just have to tell you about our garden. We had a bit more time to put into it because I was at home with the kids. So we got it looking really good.
Now we are earning the reward for the hard work. Today we gathered all this food in our garden. (Sure the work effort to get plums isn’t that much, basically just gathering them before they all fall to the ground).
Today we collected squash, plums, blackberries, beetroots, two kinds of onions, potatoes, parsley, dill and carrots. It’s such a joy to have all these good things to gather in the garden.
How can dinner be anything other than good?
Sorry I started eating before I took the picture, it was just so good. Almost everything came from our garden, just the meet and the small stuff you can’t see isn’t home grown.
Today I think I made the perfect Friday night dinner. You decide for yourself if you agree.
Take one day of perfect Friday with beautiful snow and sunshine.
Blend with a bicycle ride and a nice walk through the forest.
Prepare a sourdough-sunflower-seed bread in time (in the morning) for part of it becoming the buns for the dinner.
While the daughter is sleeping (after a short stay at the open preschool) start making the last preparations for the bread.
Take it easy for a little while.
Make dinner; the task for today was; it should have bacon in it.
Form burgers from minced meat.
Bake the buns.
Put french-fries in the oven.
Have your wife come home.
Take french-fries out of the oven.
Prepare lettuce and other assembly details.
Put the rest of the bread into the oven.
Assemble the burgers.
Serve with beer.
Don’t forget to take out the bread before it is black. (As a good dinner takes a while it might be in the middle of it).
Now let the weekend begin!
Now I’m officially on parental leave. We have a great opportunity here in Sweden where we can stretch it to relatively long times. I will be home for at least half a year, but probably longer.
I have actually not worked since Wednesday, as I had worked some extra hours during the summer making it possible for me to take Thursday and Friday off. Having four days all three of us was really nice. On Friday we all went into town and had my parents over in the afternoon. They really love being with us, especially our daughter. She likes them too; she brought almost every one of her books to my dad and he read them to her.
On Saturday we did a little excursion to Drottningholm with our bicycles. That is always nice. We looked at the sheep, gees and tourists walking around the park.
Today was the first day I was home with her alone. I didn’t know how it would be. I couldn’t even imagine it before. Would I be able to take care of her in a good way? Would there be time to do all the things I wanted and had to do? Would I be able to comfort her when she was missing her mother? Today it all went fine. I think anyway. And I even had time for a shower. (With my daughter playing with the shower curtain at the same time).
The hardest thing was to comfort her when she was longing for her mother. She walked over to the door and sat down crying for a little while. I picked her up and talked to her, after a few minutes she stopped crying and started playing again.
She is just so cute when she talks her own little language. I wish I knew what she is saying. I think she wishes we knew too.
One thing we didn’t do during the day was taking a nap. She does need a nap during the day. Today she took the nap at 6 in the evening, making it hard for her to get to rest now while I’m writing this.
So this was the first day. Now there will be many more to come. Tomorrow we will go swimming and we will do that a few more Tuesdays. I don’t have that much planned. I should have the dinner of this week planned, but I still lack a vegetarian meal on Thursday, so if you have a good idea that isn’t oven-roasted vegetables give me a hint.
Today was a good day.
A day with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
All day with my lovely family.
Now the day is coming to an end.
The TV is on, great music is coming out of the loudspeakers. (Yes the music is coming from the TV show, Summerburst makes it possible).
I’m warm. (Not thanks to the weather).
Ellinor showed her finest side.
Susanna doesn’t mind the music too much.
Had a good nap on my parent’s sofa.
Nice talk with my aunt and uncle.
Enjoyed easy food, good food, bad (not to the taste) food, fun food.
Not thinking about getting things in order. (None of us did).
It all started already yesterday.
All three of us being laidback: That’s just how we are…
Today as I came home Susanna and Ellinor went for a walk, leaving me to make dinner. It was time for chicken.
As I stood in the kitchen I realised that I hadn’t listened to music in a long time. Not in a real way, just putting on something I like and turning it up. Now with the family on a walk I decided to do so.
I put “Mind the gap” by Scooter on and played it as loud as one can in a house with apartments. (Sorry neighbours if it was a bit too loud). How liberating it is to dance together dinner instead of just cooking it.
Just before Susanna came home the CD (yes I listen to CDs still) came to an end and I put on “Dream wide awake” by Omnimotion, something more appropriate for dinner. (And something Susanna doesn’t mind listening to as we not entirely share the same taste in music).
Sitting there at the dinner table with Ellinor and Susanna made me just realise how much I miss music. There have been times in my life when I listened to music almost all the time. Then there have been times when the music has been silenced. Lately it has been very little of listening to music.
At work I have moved out into the open office. Sitting there I have not had the possibility to listen to music, especially when I’m not super busy, not to miss out on opportunities to hear conversations where I might find something extra to do or just the fact that I look really busy with headphones on making it harder for other people to ask me for help. So not much music there.
At home Susanna doesn’t listen to much music and neither do I. Most of the times I want to listen to music that she doesn’t really like. I can listen to her music, but it’s not really my favourite.
In this moment of realisation I felt so much joy. Music does that to me. Articulates feelings. The joy of having such a good life.
- Susanna as my wife, I couldn’t find a better one!
- Ellinor my daughter, she is just so adorable. (And really good at eating her roasted oat flour porridge with mashed fruit).
- The beautiful place we live in.
- Great dinner (if I may say so myself).
- A good beer. (Old Spreckled Hen one of my absolute favourites)
And many more things that just make my life great.
It is in moments like these that music is just right.
Just one more thing:
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