Dec 4, 2012

List it Tuesday/ Small comforts

what a lovely topic and I really enjoyed reading the other lists.

1)my son giggling
2)poetry that speaks to me
3)good cake
5)a hug when you least expect it
6)the kindness of strangers



Oct 9, 2012

List it tuesdays/ I`m a sucker for...

the smell of rain
october trees
children giggling
apple pie
scottish fog
highland cattle
the british bake off
well-made tv- series
the movies
baby feet
love and hugs
beautiful skies
music that makes me cry

Sep 25, 2012

list it tuesday/ things that make me nostalgic

every smell that reminds me of scotland (wind, rain, sheep`s wool, the toasted cheese my grannie made), the videos of my son when he was small ( ah, the giggling!), duncan sheik`s song "serena", the movie beautiful girls, pain au chocolat, tuna baguette, victoria sandwich, the song "crazy mary" by victoria williams, margaret atwood`s poetry,the way my hair looks on old photographs, the notes my son wrote for me when he learned how to write, the bittersweetness of autumn colours, old letters.

Sep 18, 2012


From now until the end of 2012 I pledge to do the following:

walk more

laugh more

write more

let the sun shine in

bake new cakes

try to like brussel sprouts

plan our trip to france

be kind

be stubborn when it`s necessary

love what i have

May 13, 2012


I got peonies today. Three lovely, fragrant peonies and the promise of a neck massage with lavender oil in the evening.
Today is mother`s day, but my son is on a class trip and I have to write a paper for university.
So I got peonies. It`s mother`s day but it is also a kind of anniversary. 
We have known each other for 8 years. That`s a long time and so much has happened and we are still here. Together. We make it work each and every day and sometimes it´s so hard and the world comes crashing in or the patchwork others come crushing in or I`m so sick I don`t want to do anything, just lie there and rest and he just wants his peace and quiet and not this messy girlfriend. Together. We giggle, we cry, we make things, we break things. We laugh, we walk, we are stubborn, we are inadequate, we are human. He surfs, I bake, he plants, I write poems, we are in this together.
And today I got peonies.

Apr 4, 2012

birthdays and rain

last week was a big birthday week. lots of cake and cards and a happy, but exhausted man.
this week is slower. university starts again next week and i am trying to relax, reading and listening to music, watching films with my son.
very rainy today, grey and dreary, but good for the plants.
a lovely and unexpected parcel from a friend came today. music for the heart.

Apr 1, 2012



A whole new freshman class
of leaves has arrived

on the dark twisted branches
we call our woods, turning

green now—color of
anticipation. In my 76th year,

I know what time and weather
will do to every leaf.

But the camellia swells
to ivory at the window,

and the bleeding heart bleeds
only beauty.
"April" by Linda Pastan, from Traveling Light. © W.W. Norton & Co., 2011. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)