I have hardly seen a horse since my son got his diagnosis last October, and as most of you know I loved to ride before all of that happened. There just haven´t been time or opportunity to keep that going for a while, so I was thrilled in the best of ways when my friend Pia texted me today and asked me to join her at her stable.
The breed is called Exmoor pony and is new to me, though my friend has been riding them for a while. They are small; about the size of an Icelandic horse – and very hardy and cute.
Pia wanted me to join her for a riding lesson in the future and I think I just have to – it awakened a longing in me when I watched them riding.
Anyway; it was lovely to inhale the horse smell deep down into my lungs again (though I was freezing my behind off, it was so cold outside today) and I look forward to the next time.
(yes, I´m pretty and I know it….)
Now I´m waiting to dig into the cake my mother in law is baking with the help of the rascals – I hope you´re having a great Sunday as well.
… and believe it or not; the blog owner is still around – though not very active at the moment. It´s sad in a way since I love my little place online, but I know you understand why the posts are rare right now. I hope you appreciate the ones I share – better and more active days will come.
My youngest rascal has finished the first block of chemo and it went well. Of course he has low blood tests since that´s what chemo do, but he´s quite happy and content even though eating is hard for him. It´s scary how drastic that makes you lose appetite and I have to say that it´s the biggest issue so far – I don´t want him to lose too much weight during all of this. He has some tired days, but most days he´s pretty good. It will get worse ahead (he´ll do 7 more blocks) but I´m glad for as long as it stays like this.
Today we´ve had a lovely picnic in the spring sun – it was absolutely wonderful! Lots of birds of different kinds has returned to the lake we sat by and it was liberating to feel the sun and the wind and to hear their chatter.
Summer will be here sooner than we know it.
My rascals had fun making and sitting next to the campfire – and personally, I love the smell of a fire outside. Makes everything taste better.
Great day, the boys were happy and tired when we returned home.
We´ve had some good news regarding our new family member; Molly (named by youngest rascal) was born March 6th and will be ready to move around May 1st! Everyone is giddy about it, though hubby still mutters about our home transforming into a zoo… I don´t know why that is a bad thing..?
So; I hope you´re great wherever you are – I aim to get my next post up faster. Take care!
It´s been a long time since I posted some of my Instagram pics, so here they are – some colorful and some winter-ish.
I´ve recently started to take quite minimalistic photos there as well, so you´re welcome to follow if you´re interested in that. It is fun to try something different in between.
Spring is in the air today – the snow is melting, the birdies are singing and the sun is warming my face as I take my walks. If I´m lucky the lovely weather will keep as I go to Stockholm this weekend, I´m in much need of a little break after these last months. Will spend time with nice friends and – of course – with stuffing my face full at restaurants.
Love good food even more when someone else cooks it and clean the kitchen.
So how is your day?
It´s been snowing and snowing and snowing some more – I actually feel a bit surprised by the amounts. I do have a very happy, four-legged member of the family thanks to it all – despite the fact that she hardly gets her head above the snow masses in our garden.
Wohoo – here I come..!
So this has truly been a real winter so far even for us in the south of Sweden – and I have to say that it´s much easier to get the rascals out to play when it looks like this instead of muddy backyards.
We´re waiting to add another member to our family; a Flatcoated retriever pup. At least 75% of the family are beyond theirselves with happiness, 25% (aka hubby) sighs deeply and mutters that we´ll live in a zoo.
She´ll arrive this summer sometime and hence isn´t even born yet – so I hope the litter will have at least one female puppy or the rascals will get very disappointed. Fingers crossed and all that. I look forward to it, our dog before Elsa was a Flatcoated retriever and she was just the most loving soul and very fun to work with.
I suspect Elsa will pout for a year or so, we´ll see. She´ll still be the only dog allowed in my bed and that may make up for some of it. Maybe.
About two weeks now until my sons chemotherapy and I´m getting nervous, however I´ve met two wonderful mothers on Facebook that have been through all of this with their kids who had the same tumor. They are great to talk with and helps me stay as positive as possible – their kids are doing fine now after treatment. Social media can truly be a bliss, no matter what people say sometimes.
So you know; when I sit in my kitchen and look out during the days, it´s mostly good thoughts which I am thankful for.
And the light is coming back as well, which makes everything even better. It was such a lovely glow in our livingroom the other day that I asked to get my photo taken;
It should be forbidden to ever take a photo without natural light, that´s all I´m saying..!
Take care sweeties!
So much is happening and the days are running by like crazy! My youngest, sweet rascal had his last radiation session a week ago which felt great – one step closer to health. He also celebrated his 10th birthday January 16th – a big day! As you can see, he was happy as can be with his gifts and he also had a birthday party the day after with his closest friends.
He didn´t lose all of his hair due to radiation but it´s very thin – and it will fall off when the treatment continues. Doesn´t bother us at all, it will grow back and frankly we´re all just happy that he´s been in school every day lately. His friends and teachers are important to him.
I seriously don´t understand where he gets his energy from, but he pulls through somehow. A true fighter and I love him endlessly.
Besides that, we´ve got winter. Lots of snow falling which makes the world look clean and pretty in every way. I love looking out into the white:
During winter, I enjoy cooking and baking a bit extra compared to when it´s summer, it feels cozy and warm and makes our home smell lovely and welcoming.
Freshly baked bread with a ton of slowly melting butter on is nothing but divine, I always eat too much of it. It´s a good thing I take my walks with Elsa or my behind would be twice as wide..! Not kidding.
I hope everything is well with you sweeties, I appreciate your support so much during this time!
It´s hard to believe, but soon it´s time to start planting seeds for the summer. I´ll be totally honest; this is something I get excited about every year because it makes it easier to get through winter (which is not my favourite season). When I hold little bags of seeds in my hands, it feels like spring will be here before I know it.
Which it will – always takes me by surprise.
Mostly it´s veggies I´ll sow myself – I have a couple of pretty looking flower seeds but I usually buy flowers at the plant shop when it´s time. I´m not that good in planning how my garden should look and that makes it easier to vision for me.
My rascals look forward to the harvest already – funny enough I have two boys who loves veggies (I was not like that as a kid, let me be clear) and they appreciate being able to pick cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes and so on directly from the garden.
However, today it looks like this outside so I guess it will be a while:
Both my sons have been out playing in the snow and came home with rosy cheeks and clear eyes – lovely. Good moments.
I on the other hand, am quite happy staying inside baking bread and enjoying the first tulips of the year:
One of my favourite flowers – so very crisp and beautiful.
I hope everything is well with you – take care!
It is so very, very lovely to have all of the family home at the same time. We don´t do much besides eating, playing, watching some TV, petting the equally lazy animals of the house… Well, that´s almost about it.
My youngest son have only 7 more radiation sessions to do until he´ll get a well deserved rest for 6 weeks before the rest of the treatment continues. I´m amazed time has passed so quickly; I can remember how long it seemed when he started the radiation and we knew that 30 sessions had to be done. It´s moving forward for sure and he is doing better and better over all, regaining his strength and even playing soccer and such outside.
He blows me away, such a fighter.
We´ve not just been lazy though – we´ve transformed the rascals TV- and play room to something even better than before, with new wallpaper, some new furniture and such. I love the result and so do they (which was the important thing)!
The snow we had is now just a memory; it melted away slowly but steady. Today it actually feels like spring outside, it´s quite warm and sunny. It makes me think ahead, to when I can start plant seeds for my garden. Can´t wait, will be fun and the rascals love to eat whatever I harvest.
But for now, I just plan to be a bit lazy. Good enough, good enough.
This has been an absolutely glorious winter day, so appreciated by the whole family! Clear blue sky, cold and fresh air and even a bright sun to top it off with.
Couldn´t be better.
The rascals have been outside for hours playing with friends – naturally including a good, old fashioned snowball fight. As the mother Hen I am I was slightly worried that my youngest would lose his balance since it´s still a bit affected by the surgery, but sometimes one just has to hope for the best. A boy needs to feel free, no matter everything else. Everything went well luckily.
Christmas was lovely and relaxed with our relatives here – no hysteria at all. I hope you had a peaceful Christmas yourselves – just a couple of days until the new year now..! Our 2014 may have ended in the toughest way possible, but I have faith that 2015 will be better – even though it will be tough as well.
Take care sweeties!