About Nell

Goodbye June

It’s time again, time to tell you about the past month of my life, seen through ten pictures. June went by so fast; I feel like I blinked and it was over. And yet, when I look back at the pictures, I feel like the beginning of the month happened ages ago. But if I allow myself to think about why for too long, I’ll go crazy, so let’s not.

Instead, let’s look at the pictures.

Things that happen when you live in a huge house in the countryside with its own well: things break and you need a well-repair person. He came and he actually climbed down the well to fix whatever was broken, and I told my husband that Winnie the Pooh would be a very bad well-repair stuffed animal because what if he ate too much hunny and got stuck? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Anyway, not-Winnie-the-Pooh did an awesome job and now the well is in perfect working condition again.

We’ve been grilling a lot, and I mean, a lot!! This particular yumminess was grilled pork loin (marinated in oil and garlic and soy sauce… and tarragon and thyme I’d grown myself in the green house. We also threw corn and pineapple and onions on the grill and my mouth waters as I write this.

There’s a plant nursery not far from our house and I’ve been there a couple times. OMG, it’s like walking into paradise with a riot of colors and flowers and plants and I want to buy everything!! I’ve never been someone who’s loved flowers and stuff, but since I moved into the house I want to surround myself with beautiful things, and this is exactly the place to go to for that. Next time I visit, I’ll take a picture from inside so you’ll see what I’m talking about!

Before you ask, no, I haven’t become religious. This picture is from when I got my first covid vaccine shot; it was administered to me in a Pentecostal church…which is a weird venue for vaccinations if you ask me. So after getting the shot, I had to sit and wait for 15 minutes to make sure I didn’t get an allergic reaction to the shot (I didn’t), and stare at a big Jesus sign on the wall. But whatever my opinions on the venue, at least I’ve had my first shot and I’ll get my second early August. Yay.

We had a full week of a bone-melting heat wave that almost that made life pretty miserable. But Nell, didn’t you use to live in Malaysia, loving the heat? you ask, and yes. Yes, I did. But the difference is that Malaysian infrastructure is adapted to tropical heat. Sweden is far up north and our houses are built to keep heat inside and the winter chill outside; they’re not equipped with aircon or cooling features. Hence, a very miserable Nell Iris. So this is me…melting on the couch, after coming home from work one evening. I look melted, don’t I?๐Ÿ˜

June is of course the month of Midsummer which is a cause for celebration and not only because of Midsummer itself, but also because it’s my wedding anniversary. The husband and I had a quiet celebration at home full of good food and drinks and music and relaxed atmosphere. But of course we had to drink snaps (if you don’t know what snaps is, read here) or it wouldn’t have been Midsummer. You sing a drinking song, take the shot, and yell SKร…L (cheers!) The hubby and I recorded an educational video and sent to the fabulous A.L. Lester. Fellow Swedish author Ofelia Grรคnd and I are trying to teach her about Swedish traditions, and Ally laughed so hard when she watched the clip, her family thought she had a seizure. Mission accomplished ๐Ÿ˜

Another Midsummer necessity is strawberries. Here served with vanilla (soy) ice cream and it’s pure happiness in a bowl glass.

Speaking of strawberries: I’m growing my own. (The ones we ate on Midsummer was not from my garden unfortunately). I have two strawberry plants, and I’m saving the berries for my granddaughter who’ll come visit this weekend. She’s almost 10 months and she LOVES eating. Granted, she loves raspberries better than strawberries, but but she’s a fan of strawberries, too. So she’s the only one who’ll be allowed to eat the few strawberries on my plants…and yes, that includes me. ๐Ÿ˜

And finally; two pictures from The Pool Project. Our new house has a small pool, but important stuff was broken when when we moved in and subsequently the water looked like something poisonous. And when you move into a house four times the size of your old apartment, there are projects that takes precedence over a pool. Like furniture for all rooms. So this has been the sad state of the pool the past couple months. And if the green water wasn’t icky enough, my husband found a dead mouse in there, too ๐Ÿคฎ

But not anymore! The hubby rebuilt the pump-filter-cleaning system from the ground up this past weekend, and we’re working hard on cleaning up the water. With good success; it’s no longer green! It still needs fine tuning (the pH levels and whatnot needs adjusting) but it’s getting there. So it won’t be long until I’ll be able to jump into the pool and cool off if there’s another heat wave, or after a hard day at work. Or just because I feel like it, because I’m pretty sure I was a mermaid in a past life. I can’t wait.

And that, my friends, was the month of June. Tell me something you did in June! ๐Ÿ™‚