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Goodbye July

Another month has gone by, can you believe it? Didn’t I just say goodbye to June? How can it be August already? Soon it’s September and my birthday, and before we know it, it’ll be Christmas. Can someone please slow down the world a bit for me? I can’t keep up.

Anyway. A new month means it’s time for me to say goodbye to the previous one, so here’s ten pictures from my July. Tell me about something you did in July!

Do you remember The Pool Project I told you about in the Goodbye June post? How important pool stuff was broken when we moved in and how the water was green and yucky and how my hubby worked hard on rebuilding it? Well, now it’s fixed, so this has been me every free, sunny moment since the hubby said I could jump into it for the first time. 😊

The deadline for my WIP was approaching rapidly (I’ll tell you more about said WIP in another post) so I had to do some writing on the train to work.

Speaking of trains; my train home from work was canceled two days in a row – very annoying! – and the hubby had to come pick me up. Luckily, it’s not very far and there’s a cafΓ© on the train station where I can fika while I wait for him.

On July 23, my last day of the Day Job before three weeks of summer vacation, I worked from home in hubby’s office. The reason I wasn’t in my own office is that my personal computer docking station doesn’t work with my work laptop (but hubby’s docking station does). At 4:01 pm, one minute after quitting time, hubby stormed into the office and hollered Turn off your computer, your vacation officially starts now! So I did, rushed to brush my hair, jumped into the car, and…

…drove to a nearby town called Lund, where we had a beer, then met with a dear old friend K who was visiting our neck of the woods. I’d almost forgotten how to hang out with friends and have dinner at a restaurant, but it was a spur-of-the-moment thing, something we planned only the day before, and it was so, so great.

And the day after that, we got visitors of the best kind.

The grandbaby!! I was in the mood for tea and did my writing in the kitchen instead of the office (because of the proximity to the kettle!) which was fine at first. But later someone woke up full of energy, crawling round the kitchen at full speeds, doing her best to distract her gramma from work, so I had to say goodbye to my morning writing crew a little earlier than normal, and focus on cuddling my grandbaby instead. (Not that she wanted to cuddle; she wanted to crawl and practice standing up and taking her first steps, but that’s another thing entirely) 😍

On Monday, the first official day of vacation, we went back to Lund because we had some Boring Adult Business to do (servicing the car, a bank meeting, stuff like that) and between appointments we explored the city a little. We visited the cathedral; not because we’re religious (we’re atheists) but because we’re interested in history and love old buildings. And this cathedral was built 900 years ago, so it definitely qualifies. Unfortunately, it wasn’t super interesting, not like a few other cathedrals I’ve visited (like Uppsala, where loads of old kings, and Carl Linnaeus, are buried, or Notre-Dame in Paris). But being inside a nine hundred years old building is never un-cool, so there’s that πŸ™‚

Speaking of old buildings; one lovely day we went to Landskrona (another nearby town) for an adventure. We had lunch on the beach, but our main reason for going there was to visit another old building, this Citadel built in the 16th century. It has two moats (as you can see in this picture) and was one of the most secure and heavily fortified buildings for the longest time.

The citadel came with its very own dungeon that we of course had to visit. We entered it through a narrow and low passageway, but originally the prisoners were lowered into it by rope from the dungeon roof. Or if they were obstinate and uncooperative, they were simply thrown into it, and crashed onto the stone floor, 15-or-so feet down. Nine alcoves were built into the walls for the prisoners to lie or sit in, but as many as 80 prisoners could be held here at a time, and once you’d been lowered into the dungeon, you rarely saw daylight again.

It was very interesting 😊

And the last picture from July has to be this one. My son-in-law made pancakes for dinner (Swedish pancakes are thin and look a lot like crepes, and we eat them for dinner more often than for breakfast, often together with split pea soup) and since he knows everyone in the family loves pancakes, he decided to make a big batch. And with big, I mean huge! It took him hours and we hung out in the kitchen, keeping him company, gently ribbing him for the ridiculous amount of pancakes he produced. Are you sure that’ll be enough food for four adults and a baby, or do we need to order pizza to make sure we don’t have to starve? 😁

At one point, the hubby broke out his yardstick and measured the pile, and I can report that it was 9 inches tall. Yes, you read that right. 9 inches of thin pancakes! They were delicious, and more than enough for one dinner and two breakfasts for all of us. In fact, I think there are still a few left in the fridge as I write this, so I think I’ll wrap up this blog post here and go eat them before everyone else wakes up 😁