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Project Entrance


Fast forward a year or so, and we have more or less finished our living room (just need to get the plugs and light switch installed by the electrician). 

Now it’s time to get this entrance up and running. Let’s see how well I manage to keep updates going. 

Today we ripped off the last of the wallpaper and tried getting out all the annoying small nails. 

So here’s where we are today (with an ever so small sneak peak into our living room in the background):



Ok so we’re only almost halfway done, but as you can see, we are past the trickiest point already!

And the walls actually look a bit green now!

Kitchen on its way!


Yesterday we finally started painting the kitchen!

First coat of primer and it looks really bad and uneven. 

Second coat and it’s nice and even, but boring white. 

Tonight however it is a lovely shade of green (which of course doesn’t translate to iPhone pictures, you can check out the shade here)

Tomorrow we’ll give it a second green coat, then we can start installing the ceiling and the floor. Things are happening!



This week we finally got our shots against the incurable disease the ticks carry. As a result we’ve both had extremely sore left arms for a couple of days. But we have managed to almost finish plastering the seams in the kitchen. Sanding them down to be all nice and smooth is quite hard work. 

But enough about that. Here are some awesomely summery pictures from our garden, where I’m sat in the sun waiting for the barbecue to start. 

Rumour has it


We have a working toilet, and I can confirm, it is true!

Yesterday since about 1600, I was gladly announcing that I was going to the toilet – because I can!! Cheering and waving my hands every occasion. Thankfully it didn’t stick and I am able to go normally now, without celebration. 

So today I worked on getting our mirror up, I did most of it on my own (I love IKEA – Lego for grown ups), and T was busy trying to plaster the seams in the kitchen. He will continue tomorrow I think. 

Well, here it is in all its glory, currently the finest room in this house (despite missing light and a working tap)!

On a side note, I cut my fringe yesterday and now I look 15 again…

Jesper was enjoying the view from the kitchen window today. He is such a little hero, he got badly beaten by Bully yesterday. Now I know the feeling of spray on my face when a cat comes in with a bleeding ear and decides to give it a shake…

But nothing ever breaks his spirits!

The adventures of Little Guy


We had just had dinner and I was kicking it back in bed with Jesper when I heard these strange squeaking noises from outside. Jesper of course heard it too and zoomed out, only to return shortly with a mouse in his mouth. Ugh not this again. Well we were kinda prepared and I quickly got the box which we carried the previous mouse out in. I picked it up with the jumper and realised soon that this is not a grown mouse. Not soon after Kasper tried to bring one in as well, but he turned around. I’m pretty sure there must have been a nest right outside our window. Anyways, this poor little mouse in my hand seemed really on the edge of death and I was really dreading having to break its neck or whatever, but it was quite alive indeed once it received a proper poke! So I sat down on the porch trying to decide what to do. 

T retrieved a box for screws filled with toilet paper so we would have somewhere to keep it while we tried to figure out this mess. Google told us this mouse was probably around two weeks old. 

Soon I decided that the only option  I’d be satisfied with was to take our little friend on a car ride and release him in the forest, farther away from houses and gardens with cats. Of course, there’s a good chance something else will eat it, but at least we haven’t actively fed it to anything. 

As soon as I opened the box when we got out of the car, he became very lively, which I thought was a good sign. A couple of times he tried to skitter towards me so I helped him in the right direction and soon he was scattering out of sight into the underbush. 

Goodbye little guy!

Long live the Queen


Maybe I’ll edit in some comments at some point but for now this is all you get!

Time flies when nothing happens


That’s 5 weeks without a toilet. I’m sure something must have happened since coz there have been work men here, but everything is so slow. 

Tear up the floor in the toilet and realise there’s really not much to make a new floor on. That’s going to add to the schedule. But now we have a floor and a back wall (so pretty!) and I think the next step is tiles on the floor and wall panels. 

You’d think iPhones had a white balance option but no…

Yesterday the electrician was here to do the wiring in the kitchen!

So today T was eager to continue in the kitchen and Paroced the remaining wall. 

I’ve been mostly knocked out by a killer headache and an equally murderous stomach ache. We also had a bit of thunder. 

To not end on a negative note, here’s a pic from one of the two days we’ve spent on the beach this week!

Friday night realisations


The hockey world championship started tonight. Since we still haven’t managed to get channels on our tv, we decided to hurriedly go to Turku and grab one of my old digiboxes. Of which we found two, but no remote controls. So we decided to buy a universal one. 

We also brought along our bikes!
Come match time and T still haven’t got the universal remote working, and about 45 minutes later he can but conclude they aren’t compatible (guaranteed to work on all devices my ass). 

What to do when there’s no hockey to be had? You check WWFs Saimaa ringed seal live camera feed of course! And YES! For once the seal is there!

The site doesn’t seem to handle the traffic very well though, the camera keeps freezing up. The seal itself albeit very cute isn’t very exciting as it seems to be sleeping. And here comes my realisation: seals are nothing but fat water loving cats. The seal woke up briefly, curled its toes, stretched all ways and wiped its face with its flipper. Squeeeeeeeeee

Itd dringh


Now that it’s practically summer, Spring has hit full scale. Blowing my nose, sneezing, blowing my nose, itchy eyes, blowing my nose, you get the picture. 

Yesterday Jesper came in with yet another fresh slash on his nose. 

But! I think he got a strike on Black Bully as well, coz I picked this out of his claws:

And as usual, Jesper seemed to be in no distress at all, so all’s good. 

Just as I’m writing this, Kasper came in!! It’s way too early! Then again, I think I let him out 230 last night… He has visibly lost weight, which is good, since the vet told me a while back he really shouldn’t gain any more. Happy, purry cat. Often comes with a Christmas tree scent these days. 

Yesterday the electrician came to set up our new fuse box and do the wiring upstairs. He made sure we had sockets in tactical places for heaters but also added “not that it matters much, I’ll be selling you a heat pump before long”. 

Today roof guy and Luigi emerged to sync their status. Luigi apparently still had some piping left to do, but he finished by 1400 or so. I’m not really expecting anyone bothering to come on Friday. 

We decided to head to Ekenäs to see if the handicraft shop there would have a 1:4 ruler which I need for my entrance exam next week. Last year I borrowed one from school, since my own was gone. I have since found it but also lost it again, of course. Stupid thin transparent thing. Since we were there we sampled the sea and I regret a bit not bringing swim gear. The water was not cold. As proven by this fine Englishman casually standing around. 

When we came back, Black Bully was owning the street, lying nonchalantly on the sidewalk. 

Imagine then our surprise when we take a look at our garden!

This second black and white was however pawing playfully at something in the grass and acted a lot more cautious in general. Also noticed this one has a white chin. Rather cute. But they sure look the same at a quick glance!