Come wash with me


If you are interested in Finland, New Zealand, travel, living in another country, food, etc. etc. etc. – then you will likely find much here to enjoy. My friend who grew up in Finland shared this with me and I’m smitten . . .

Originally posted on Hey Helsinki:

We brought one big rug amongst our household things to Finland and apart from the occasional vacuum it doesn’t get a whole lot of attention. If we are going to have an authentic Finnish experience however, it seems we will have to beat it.

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A communal rug beater in an apartment block in Lappeenranta

 Most Finnish homes are not carpeted and instead are furnished with a few rugs of various sizes. Effective heating removes the need for carpet and there seems to be a commonly held belief that carpets are unhygienic.


 So outside most apartment buildings and homes you will find a structure for hanging rugs while you beat them. This seems to be something of a summer ritual, however I have read accounts of people laying rugs out in the snow to harden them up before beating them.


 Traditionally, washing rugs has been something of an event down by the lakes…

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The Voyage through the Virtual Village continues (part 1)

I’m back up at my Mum’s tonight and doing a bit of catchup; how delightful to see this post by one of my many favourite villagers, Mr. 23 Thorns! Three more to come . . .

If you haven’t read his post yet, you’re in for a treat . . .

The weather has warmed up and is now just right for the packing I have planned for tomorrow and Friday. I’m planning to be done by Sunday at the latest, so we can get this over with and then I can start moving things back indoors before the real snow arrives . . .

I’m apologizing now for the lack of photos this week; I just haven’t taken many and some I took with the iPod, so they have to be transferred to the hard drive. No time yet.

I found seeds in a couple of Mandarin oranges a while back and now they have sprouted and been planted in with one of the houseplants. I know, we need more plants, especially trees . . .

I’ve been busy and not upstairs for long this past week, but I’ve been working on the Violets in the Snow Bavarian Afghan and here’s where it’s up to today:


This couch is six feet between the arms; the afghan is now nearly six feet side to side. It’s a bit heavy and surprisingly warm. I had no idea they could grow so large . . . ;-)


As you can see, there are now seven rows of white motifs bordering the purple row. And it doesn’t show here, but I’ve made a good start on the eighth row; I’m planning on eleven rows of white motifs, then finishing up with a final row of the purple.

But, there may be a slight detour, as I’m about to begin a pair of slippers for my Aunty, whose old ones finally wore out. As well, a friend of mine from Victoria has requested six pairs for her and her room-mate. So I’ll get right on that, once the packing is finished. I’m going to use chunky yarn or else a combination of yarns, so they should go quite quickly. I found one pattern a few minutes ago, so  even if my book of patterns is packed,, I’ll manage. Of course, there are always patterns on Ravelry, too. I  know I bought at least one and it’s on the computer, so I can just print it out. Pictures will be posted, but not for a bit . . .

Your music for the week is the entire hourlong ‘unplugged‘ concert by Eric Clapton. If he’s not your thing, no worries . . .

I’m waiting now for the results from tomorrow’s vote on Independence for Scotland. I have mixed feelings about it, as it’s not a change I really want to see, but either way, I hope people find a way to make things work and for them to be content, if not satisfied, with the results. I’d hate to see Canada broken up, too, but I know there are a few who want it, including some idiot who wanted Vancouver Island to secede from the rest of the country. Not sure what he thought we’d do for an economy, but I think his eye was only on being the biggest frog in a shrinking pond. Other than that, on the one hand, I think smaller countries might work better, but only if no large ones are allowed to exist; otherwise, the small ones will continue to be at the mercy of the larger and, historically, that hasn’t worked out so well most times. Even now, when I heard that the EU is demanding that much of Ireland’s forests be cut, it makes me heartsick and worried. But changes come and go and we must just get stuck in, as my friends say, and make our bit of the earth a cheerful and loving place. No-one can take that from us. We shall ‘over-grow’ the powers that think they be . . . and I’m content with that . . .

Now, thanks for listening to me rant; go read Mr. 23 Thorns’ post and get your smile for the week . . .

p.s.  the Happy Hibiscus has one more bud burgeoning happily by the window, but I didn’t get a photo yet; this may be the last of the year and I can’t believe how many there have been, close to two dozen, I think. That plant brings me joy every day!


That 4-letter word and a Full Stop in 60 seconds . . .

No, not the blog . . . :-) . . . the summer!
Here’s what I woke to a few hours ago:



A few hours later:



Still coming down, but likely will not stick . . . I hope!

We had the first official snow in southern Alberta on the 3rd.

The Happy Hibiscus had 3 blooms open simultaneously for the first time ever, but I waited too long to capture them; here you can see what remains of two of them:

I think she feels a wee bit sad . . .

Well, back to packing and then lunch; for some reason salad doesn’t have the appeal of only a few days ago . . .

Saturday, the temperature was 25C; today it’s 2C and expected ‘high’ will be 4C.

Nuff said, don’t you think?

Well, one more thing: my Mum just gave me my birthday card (ok, now I’m outed, I know, and before you ask, I’m 68, closing fast on the big 70) and in it was this photo:

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That’s me, nearly a year and a half old, when we lived in Blubber Bay on Texada Island, BC, I was an only child then . . . my Auntie Al (Alida), who was my Mum’s next older sister, and my Uncle Pete, her husband and also my Dad’s next older brother, lived next to us then, along with my cousin Mike, who was about one when this was taken. The men worked in the Vananda mine (a surface mine, not underground) and the women worked together, sharing housework and taking care of Mike and me. The two families lived like this, sometimes even sharing accommodations, for quite a few years and to us, Auntie Al was like another Mum. Good days . . . the best, really. One of my Mum’s cousins knitted that sweater and Mum likely made the mittens, but they may have come with the hat; it looks purchased. Snow is such fun when it comes for only a week or two, isn’t it?

It doesn’t matter if you do what you love, if you bring love into what you do


I loved this post and thought a bit more good news today would be a good thing . . . ~ Linne

Originally posted on Our Enchanting Adventure:


Summer is ending, school has started, and life this last week was a chaotic mess.  I feel like it’s time to get back to some blogging.  This last week got me to thinking about how we deal with the details and everyday tasks of the lives we are creating.

I am a firm believer in the concept of consciously shaping our lives. Our thoughts create our reality. Our intentions for ourselves and others help evolve the world. To a large extent, I believe in the law of attraction and other new thought ideas. Yet, I think it can be foolish and dangerous to believe that we should only do tasks that we enjoy doing.

In the last week, I’ve noticed a number of coaches and authors writing about how important it is to ask for what we want and honor our desires. Much of this advice is useful. Asking for what we need and…

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Awesome Stories 185


All this is good news, but if you only have time for one thing, watch the video of the uni students and the homeless man. Small things done with great love change the world . . .

Originally posted on writing to freedom:

This week Awesome Stories brings you kindness, beauty, gorgeous sunsets, compassion and sustainable homes.

Compassion in Action

Awesome Stories, compassion

Fair warning, this is another tear jerker! This article portrays compassion in a very practical and touching way. Mia Tagano writes about learning to look with our heart, a lesson from her grandmother. She definitely learned the lesson and demonstrated it in a beautiful way, not only for her grandmother at a nursing home, but to her roommate Andrea. Read the article to learn how Mia touched Andrea’s life with her simple compassionate listening and connecting. I’d say Mia learned her lessons well.  :)

Photo of Mia and her grandmother from 

Being Beautiful

I love this post from Glennon of Momestry. She offers an inspiring lesson on what beauty means to her and how she is teaching her daughter to be beautiful from the inside, rather than pretty. I love how she…

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The “I HAVE” attitude


This is an excellent attitude and one I often forget to have. ~ Linne

Originally posted on onepersonmatters:

I have noticed a very interesting connection in life. Every time I set my mind on accomplishing or doing something, I always feel I don’t have what it takes to get it done. Have you ever caught yourself feeling like this? Let me explain. When I want to go to a friends party- I don’t have something nice to wear. When I want to loose some weight, I don’t have the right gym membership or equipment. When I want to do something romantic for my partner I look at my bank account and say may be some other time! When I want to spend time with my kid (family) I don’t have the time off… and the list goes on and on. When I feel like this I flip through my idea book in my mind several times… but never get anything done. I say “NO” to myself because I believe…

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Gary’s Bucket Culture: Mushroom Cultivation Stories


For my fungal freaky friends out there . . . I know you’re lurking under the bed . . . ;-) ~ Linne

Originally posted on Milkwood: homesteading skills for city & country:

Blue oyster beauties...

Growing mushrooms in stackable buckets is an excellent space-saving cultivation technique, and perfect for anyone with limited space to get growing.

Gary did our Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation course in March, and since then he’s ramped up to an impressive little DIY mushroom bucket cultivation setup…

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