About Nell

Goodbye January

Is it just me or did January last four thousand years this year? But we can finally put it behind us and enjoy February. I like February; it’s short and sweet, and both my husband and daughter have birthdays in February.

But before we do that, let’s look at my January. Don’t expect anything too exciting, though, considering I spend 98% of my time in my apartment ๐Ÿ˜€

Tell me, how was your January? Did you do something (under the circumstances) fun?

I continued my morning writing habits in January. I stumble out of bed before 6am and wrap myself in my warm, fluffy robe and spend 3 hours with my writing crew getting things done. I love it, even if it means getting out of bed at too-early-o’clock.

January has been mostly gray and rainy in my part of the world, so whenever the sun’s been out, I’ve done my best to soak up some light. Like having a cup of tea on the balcony.

At the beginning of the month, we had a bit of a drama moment in my building. There was a fire on the balcony of my neighbor’s neighbor. Something electrical. So we evacuated as the fire department arrived, but the fire was already put out when they got here, so we could return to our apartment pretty quickly.

On another sunny day, we decided to take the car and go to the ocean. We prepared vacuum flasks with tea (for me) and coffee (for the hubby) and went for a walk along the shore. It was cold and windy, but it was lovely. This bridge, ร–resundsbron, connects Sweden to Denmark.

And since we’re talking about January in Sweden, we also had snow. Not a lot, so it disappeared as quickly as it came.

I miss the food from Malaysia, so I’m slowly learning to cook the things I miss the most. Like gyoza. It was the first time I tried making it, and they turned out great. The filling was made of all the things I love; pork, ginger, garlic, spring onions, sesame oil. And I made a yummy dipping sauce to go with it, too. I was very happy with the results and my mouth is watering when I look at this picture.

I hate face masks, but one good thing about them is that they keep my face warm when I’m outside and it’s freezing.

I photographed every pink sky I could find because I’m addicted to them.

I listened to these three albums a lot. They’re all great in their own way โค๏ธ

And finally: even though I’ve complained a lot about January, something awesome happened. We bought a house! A huge house on a big piece of land in the countryside. That means no more noisy neighbors, no drunken people outside my window in the middle of the night, no train noises, no more living next to the Swedish Customs office (who tests the freaking sirens on their cars at all hours whenever they drive out). Just birds and the creek behind the house, and the (distant) neighbor’s cows. I can live with that! So come April, this fireplace will be mine. I’m so happy! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚

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