Miscellaneous

Goodbye March

March is my second least favorite month of the year, a close second to November (ugh, November is dreadful!) and I’m so happy it’s finally over. Spring is here, April is here. I’ve always loved April, but this year it’s extra special since we’re moving into our new, huge, fabulous house in the country on April 16. So a big chunk of this month has been me packing, packing, and packing, as you’ll see later in this post.

But I’ve had some fun, and we’ll start with that.

My morning writing habit continues, even if I haven’t done much actual writing in March but a lot of the other stuff authors need to do. Blogging, social media, guest posts, release related stuff, worrying that we suck…things like that. But everything feels better with a cup of tea in my favorite cups (that now sadly are packed).

A lot of my writing time in March has been spent moaning and whining about my newsletter, and trying to figure out how to make it happen. I’ve watched YouTube videos, read articles and blog posts, looked at other authors’ newsletters and testing testing testing, but finally it’s done and live and sign-upeable. (Have you signed up? If no, why not?? Clickety-click this link and sign up, pretty please with sugar on top? ❀️) I really ought to send my morning writing buddies big bouquets of flowers (or bottles of booze) as thank you for enduring my rants and not breaking up with me. If you didn’t already know, Ally, Ofelia (and JM, not present this particular morning, though) are awesome people. Go buy all their books, they deserve it.

I bought my first garden book (The Herb Garden) because surrounding my huge house is an equally huge garden, and I want to grow things! Things I can eat, not useless flowers and crap that’s only meant to be pretty πŸ™‚

And then we went on a road trip to visit my darling daughter, her fiancΓ©, and the most wonderful grandbaby in the world. It was perfect road trip weather and we had travel mugs with coffee and tea, and egg sandwiches. It was lovely.

My daughter, grandbaby, and I went for a long walk, and our destination was a park full of bronze age petroglyphs. This place has soooo many rock carvings and I was like a kid in a candy store, running around, shouting “Oh, look at this!” or “Wow, have you seen this?” to my daughter, while photographing everything. I adore rock carvings and rune stones and old things, so this was a truly wonderful experience. And when reading about it later, I learned that only a small percentage of all the carvings are painted red, so they recommend a visit during the dark, when the rocks are illuminated at an angle, making it easier to see the carvings not painted with red color. I’m definitely doing that next time I visit!

My daughter, her fiance, and my grandbaby, three of the best people I know, on another walk. A cold, muddy one, but fun and enjoyable nonetheless.

My six-month-old granddaughter’s favorite book. 😍 I buy her lots of books (even if I didn’t buy this particular one) because I’m determined to make her into a book worm just like her grandmother πŸ™‚

But then we had to go back home and start packing, and I’m not kidding when I say there’s boxes everywhere.

Most of our stuff is now in boxes…including the rolling pin. Something I discovered when I was making pizza one night and couldn’t find it anywhere. So I used the tomato sauce can, because as we say in Sweden “man tager vad man haver” (one makes due with what one’s got) 😁

And every weekend morning, my husband and I enjoy a lazy, lovely breakfast together. This was last Saturday: freshly baked croissants, pineapple, apple, blood orange, juice, ginger shots, boiled eggs, and tea/coffee. I adore all the spring-y colors of this particular morning: the pink of the pink grapefruit juice, the green of the matcha genmaicha tea, even the orange lid on the salt. Made me really happy deep into my soul.


Tell me; did you do anything fun in March?

5 thoughts on “Goodbye March”

    1. That IS exciting, though! Due to a vaccine shortage (because the companies don’t deliver on their promise) Sweden and the entire EU is behind schedule. The EU has received almost 50% fewer doses than agreed upon in the first quarter, so our vaccination plan is delayed. Which means that me and hubby won’t be eligible for our first shots until June the earliest (Younger than 70, not high-risk). So that sucks. The EU is making a big stink about it but idk if it’ll help. And the WHO is apparently complaining that the EU vaccination rate is too low, but wtf are we supposed to do? Steal doses from other countries?

      In Sweden, we have all the resources to vaccinate everyone swiftly, people standing by, waiting. In my province, we have allocated enough resources to vaccinate 100K people a week, and considering we are about 1 million people living here, we could theoretically get it done quickly. But our province only gets about 20K doses a week…you do the math. It sucks.

      And sorry for such a lengthy rant. I’m happy you got your shot! πŸ™‚

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      1. Rant totally justified. The wait is (was) awful. Sucks extra bad that countries that are well organized and ready are being shorted on what was promised. I wouldn’t have qualified yet either. Only got first dose due to being on waiting lists hoping for last-minute extra doses due to appointment no-shows that would’ve gone to waste.

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  1. Hi Nell, just wanted to leave you a quick comment to let you know how much I’ve been enjoying your blog. You do a wonderful job with great content, and I’m always happy to see a new post from you. By the way, that breakfast looks delish πŸ™‚ You take some lovely pics.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much for your kind words, they made my day. Sometimes, I wonder if it’s worth all the time it takes, wonder if anyone’s reading, and then you go and say something like that! Excuse me, while I go find the Kleenex! ❀️

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