Grab a cup of coffee, or tea and chat with me! It is still dark out this early Saturday morning. I’m enjoying my coffee black like any other beautiful morning.
This week I have some very happy news to share with you! I got one of the apartments I was looking at a couple weeks ago. My daughter and I got the apartment in the passive house, that was the one that both of us liked the best. If you are unsure of what a passive house is, and how it works, here is a great article that explains it in a way even I understand 😉
We are beyond thrilled! The apartment is beautiful with wooden floors, tiled bathrooms, the windows are big and deep, there is great natural light throughout the apartment, and it has a large balcony with removable glass panels all around (like a greenhouse that can be opened up.) It’s on the 4th floor overlooking a big green area, and the community greenhouse. It’s close enough to work that I can ride my bike to work every day. It’s a few minutes walk to downtown where most of the shopping and restaurants are situated, and the regions biggest hospital. There is one big grocery store (our version of Costco) very close. This is the perfect solution for us at the moment. I am planning on staying at my current work place for many years to come, and I need to live reasonably close by. My daughter benefits from being close to good schools as she gets older. The area have a lot to offer when it comes to both sports, art and culture.
I am very happy that we are able to lessen our ecological footprint even more. The plan is to eventually, in a couple years or so, purchase a small off-grid cabin/homestead where I can have a larger garden, while still living in the city when I work. I know that I want to grow more of our food, that have always been my goal, but for now I am happy having a smaller garden, the knowledge, and a plan. I’m thinking that my future cabin is within 1-2 hours from our town, a distance I could easily travel by bike, or public transportation, and sometimes renting a car for the weekend. This is the region I was born in, where my family lived for a long time. I did not grow up here, but I love it here. I believe this is the perfect solution.
Do you need a refill on your hot beverage? In a little bit my daughter and I are going to start baking a cake for a friend who’s birthday is coming up next week. We are going to celebrate her this afternoon with a Swedish fika (coffee and cake.) I’m sure there will be cake leftover if you drop by again later 😉
Tell me about your week! What’s the weather like? Our snow disappeared, it’s about 30F and raining at the moment. A perfect day for baking, and cozying up indoors. I am having a Halloween treasure hunt for my daughter today (I just finished up the last clues.) I was planning on inviting a couple off her friends, but the numbers of Covid-19 have increased this week, so I’m thinking it’s smarter to save inviting her friends for next year. It will still be fun. I’ve made a Halloween drawing/map with clues that is going to lead her to three different treasures inside the house. I mean The Witch Greta hid three treasures..
At some point today we are going to carve pumpkins, my daughter demanded that we save all the carving to today, making it into our new tradition to wait until Halloween before carving, not doing it a week before Halloween like we’ve always had. After carving pumpkins there will be some roasting of pumpkin seeds of course. I already look forward to the scent. I make mine with butter (or olive/coconut oil,) salt and pepper, 20 min at 350 degrees. Sometimes I add grated fresh garlic, I believe I will do that today. What is your plan for the weekend?