Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! This is the first day of 2020, and the day when we are moving into our new (rental) house. I just wanted to apologise for not being around as much as I usually am in the blogging world, besides packing and getting ready to move I have taken some much needed time off with my daughter, only spending a very limited amount of time online. Here is one thought for the new year that I am taking with me.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
— Steve Jobs

We are about to leave our old residence here shortly, and go to our new house, in a new city. The new house is not in the city, it is outside, but close to the city where I am working. It’s definitely a new beginning. I will spend time visit with each and every one of you this coming week. Cheers to the best year of our lives! Happy New Year!

Love,

Maria

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Weekend Coffee Share – Last Weekend of 2019 tucked in under a white blanket

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Welcome to share a beverage of your choice with me. What would you like? There is hot chocolate, tea, coffee, and I believe there is a little bit of glögg left.

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I was thinking that we could enjoy our beverage sitting on this bench today. Is that OK? I have extra clothes, if you need something warm besides a hot drink. It is so peaceful here by the lake. The thick blanket of snow makes this white world so quiet. My daughter and I have been enjoying many walks, and relaxing moments this week. How is your week so far?

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Do you still have a few days left of your holiday vacation? You did get a few days off this year, right?

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Besides enjoying many cups of hot chocolate while admiring these beautiful birch trees (my favourite tree,) we’ve started to move some little things to our new house this week. Just a few things. As you know I’m a minimalist and don’t have a lot of things. Moving into this new house is going to be easy. I believe we will move a few more things tomorrow, and then there is not much left at all. The biggest items are the beds, and I’ve ordered new beds from IKEA that will be delivered and carried into the house. This move is going to be a piece of cake, especially since I still have a few days off left after the move. I’m excited to make this new house our home. Then I can finally land for real.

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I hope you’re not cold! Would you like a blanket? I brought a couple wool blankets in my backpack. Are you cozy now? Some more coffee?

It was a special day today. We had a sort of family reunion at a log cabin that one of my brothers own right outside of town. It was great to meet some of my family members that I haven’t seen in a long time. I believe it was 5,5 years ago since I last saw my sister, my father and his wife. It was even longer since I saw my oldest brother, and one of my uncles. We had a good time. We had a fire outside where we made some food, and then we went inside for coffee and desert. It was cold today -10 C/14 F and snowing when I woke up early this morning, and probably around -5C/23F or -6C/21F when we were outside in the afternoon. I love the cold and the snow. My daughter had a blast exploring the pine forest around my brothers cabin. It is an exquisite location. I did not take any photos there today, I just enjoyed the company. I will come back there another time and take photos for sure. The log cabin is an old one, that my brother carefully restored. It is absolutely beautiful. He kept the original details, while adding a modern kitchen and bathroom. Exactly the kind of project I would like to do myself in a couple years, or so. I see myself doing that. There are old homesteads (fäbodvallar) for sale deep in the woods of this region. I want to save up and purchase one, and turn it into its former glory. I’ve been watching a young couple on YouTube do just that. I really enjoy their channel. In this short episode they explain what a fäbodvall is.

They are located close to where I grew up, further north of where I am now. The nature where I am now are similar, but it is slightly warmer in the summer, and the growing season is a little longer. The type of logg house they have are typical for these regions. The quality of these houses, often built in the mid 1800’s are incredible. I would like to find one with a good foundation and some land within one hour from work. That would be perfect. I could spend my weekends, and holidays working on my piece of paradise. I could take the time it takes, and plant a garden in the spring, plant some trees and berry bushes. I really want to do that. Many of these places already have a root cellar as well. Just what I need. …well that is in the future, for now I am super excited to move into our new rental house.

Would you like a refill on your beverage before we part ways? What are you doing this weekend? Any fun plans for New Year?

Love,

Maria