About Nell

Hello October

This year is weird, because on one hand it feels like it’s been going on for-fucking-ever with the virus and the social distancing and everything else that’s been going on. On the other hand, I can’t believe it’s already October. How can it already be October when this year has craaaaaaaaawled by? Like I said. Weird.

But before we charge into October, I wanted to look back on September. September was the best month in the entire year because on the 17th, I became a grandmother to a healthy baby girl, who’s so adorable there are no words, who owns me completely even though she’s only 2 weeks old.

So you may now address me as Mormor Nell. (Swedish has different words for maternal and paternal grandparents. Mormor/morfar is maternal grandmother/grandfather, and farmor/farfar is for paternal)

But enough about that. Let’s look at some pictures from September, shall we?

Me and the hubby was out for a lovely Sunday lunch (appropriately socially distant) and at the table next to us, sat a Very Good Dog. It just sat there the entire time their human was inside the restaurant doing something. Didn’t move a muscle, didn’t make a sound, despite children running around and people passing by the the table. We were absolutely fascinated by the obedient, adorable creature.
I’ve cooked a lot of autumn-y foods. Like a wonderful stracotto (Italian pot roast) that cooked for hours and was supremely delicious served with mashed potatoes and an excellent bottle of red wine.
I bought candles for my desk: I need something to light up the dark Swedish fall mornings
Disney Plus launched in Sweden, so me and the hubby started a re-watch of Star Wars in numerical order. Holy crap, the guy playing Anakin in episodes 2 and 3 is such a terrible actor – even worse than I remembered – and I cringed every time he was on screen. Too bad for such an interesting character and story arc.
My birthday was on the 11th (as I told you about here) and me and the hubby celebrated it with cold cuts, fruit, and a nice prosecco. We listened to music and enjoyed ourselves. It was a lovely birthday.
My darling daughter sent me a b-day present (since she was pregnant on the verge of bursting and couldn’t come for a visit): a new kettle. There was nothing wrong with my old one, but this one has temperature control (necessary for green tea) and a “keep warm” button (excellent for my writing mornings) and I love it!
Speaking of kettles: when we went to see the darling daughter and the newest member of our family, we stayed at a hotel. I woke up early to write in the mornings and didn’t want to wake up my hubby with the rather loud kettle (I NEED tea for writing or there’ll be no words at 6 am) so I connected it in the bathroom. He did not like that when he woke up and lectured me on electricity and water and bathrooms, and told me to use it in the room the next day, he didn’t care if he woke up 😍
We spent two days cuddling our granddaughter, and I can’t believe how time flew while doing nothing but looking at a sleeping infant. When we returned to the hotel, we went to the mostly empty bar, had a beer and grinned at each other. Because what else are you supposed to do when you’re really really happy?
On the last day of September we kissed our daughter and granddaughter goodbye and drove back home, straight into the sunset
And finally: I wrote every single day in September, too. I went up to write every morning at 6 am, save one day, the day after my granddaughter was born. I allowed myself to sleep in that day, but I did my writing later instead.

Tell me something you did last month that you enjoyed!

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