Thursday, 17 March 2016

sun and snow and some listed things

I look like such a round-faced lil' gremlin but that's what winter does to you.

How happy does wee rays of sunlight make you in late winter spring? Even rain is making me happy since it's helping the snow to melt. I am still okay with there being absolute hills of snow but the fact that roads are starting to be clear is definitely grin-worthy as well. Since I'm talking about things that are making me happy at the moment (and in an effort not to talk merely about the weather) here's a list of happy things:

1. Longer and lighter days. (The sun shines directly to my bed in the mornings which does force me to get up earlier most days, ha!)

2. Less snow. But still enough snow for me to continue ice skating and skiing for a while!

3. The first two reasons combined together resulting into nearly no coat weather. Honestly I'll probably still be in my winter coats in May because I'm not fool enough to go without when there's half a metre of snow left anymore, but yesterday it was almost +15°C in the sun! (I do love to talk about the weather, don't I..)

4. It's almost Easter! I love Easter, it's my favourite holiday. I was going to go to Helsinki, but am leaning towards the option of staying home alone and going to Hki in the summer:-)

5. Re: Easter, I'm almost done with my lent and am looking forward to all the Easter chocolate and other treats. My snack stash is looking pretty hefty already!

6. It's Palm Sunday this week and since I've not been in Finland for so long I'm excited for all the traditions:-) As far as I know (after checking on Wikipedia) it's not a thing elsewhere, and this is what happens: "In Finland, it is popular for children to dress up as Easter witches and go door to door in neighborhoods for coins and candy. This is an old Karelian custom called Virpominen." It's kind of like trick or treating but during Easter and the children give you a decorated pussy willow branch in return. (My branches used to be freaking amazing back in the day, let me tell you.) So I've bought sweets for the neighbourhood children and hope someone will turn up. If not, all the more sweets for me!

7. I'm going to be working for at least a month starting next week!

8. There's definitely not any flowers starting to bloom outside, but my own wee plants are coming along nicely and growing every day. I'm such a grandma with my gardening but I do love it. And scientifically, digging your fingers into some dirt does release some endorphins and makes you happier.

9. I was advised to start keeping a headache diary again before going to my migraine control appointment (both of which I've not done in years, haha..) and this might not seem like a big deal, but for two weeks so far I've not had migraines and no above average headaches. And it's spring which is usually the worst for me, so that's been a really great thing!

10. Another big deal that maybe doesn't sound like it; I've kept on exercising and drinking water.

11. I might have bought some new fabric even though I have loads that I've not used yet. AND I have loads of sewing projects planned!

12. There's a campaign in a Finnish supermarket that lets you buy some Moomin mugs for half the price, so I'm super excited about getting new ones! I may have thirty already, but gotta catch 'em all! (Also, have you seen the new Too-Ticky and the Ancestor mugs? So bloody pretty.)

What're some happy things in your life right now?


Gail J said...

very beautiful sky! My life has been good, but it's too hot over here!

Laura Mitbrodt said...

wow the lighting is so pretty in these photos, It still looks so cold there

Miranda | Miranda's Notebook said...

Love your photos as always! I always get excited for Easter too - in fact, you've reminded me that I need to start buying some of my favourite Easter goodies ready for next weekend ;) xxx

Joanna Joy said...

This Easter tradition sounds awesome and sweet. Lovely photos too! I hope your migraines go away. Have you tried meditation? I can't wait to see your finished sewing projects.

Jessica Acton said...

The extra sunshine is definitely making me happy too! I've not had any snow settle in the city this year, but I'm just so excited for some warmer temperatures. We haven't managed to get above 10 c yet... (I could talk about the weather all day!) Palm Sunday sounds amazing, it's like having halloween twice a year! Glad your headaches have been getting better :) x


Burke Ewig said...

Beautiful photos... Even if were I live the winter with a thin jacket is survivable I can't wait until the warmer days come back!!!


Kati said...

These are some very nice shots!


Amy said...

These photos are beautiful! I love the combination of sun and snow ♥
Amy xx

Little Moon Dragon

Raashi Agarwal said...

Awww, this post was so happy and positive - I loved it! Bring on the chocolate, am I right? :P Hope work goes well next week! :)


Hena Tayeb said...

lovely pictures.. i do hope you are not still in your winter coat till May.. that sounds dreadful

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Such magical and breathtaking photographs, my dear friend. Winter can warm the heart <3

Sara-h Jane said...

Beautiful shots, love! I think you are the first person I have come across who has said that Easter is their favorite holiday! Yes, stash all of the candy for post-lent, hehe :) Hope you are doing well, enjoy that sunshine!

Laura Jones said...

Gail J - isn't it! haha, we should switch places, chicken! you can come and have a skiing holiday and i'll try and bear the hotness! xx

Laura Mitbrodt - thank you, hun! and i know, haha! but it isn't really that bad:-) xx

Miranda - thank you so much, dear! you got to start early so that the treats last throughout easter, eh! xxx

Joanna Joy - and that it is:-) no, i haven't tried that. and thank you, love! hopefully i'll get some sewing done before the week ends! xx

Jessica Acton - spring is always exciting, no matter what the winter was like, i think! haha, glad to know i'm not the only one talking about the weather, honey! i know, it's such a good day! :-) (although no-one came and i get all the sweets, haha!) and thanks! xxx

Burke - thank you, pet! warmer weather is always exciting! :-) xxx

Kati - thank you, gal! xx

Amy - thank you, amy doll! they can be good together:-) xx

Raashi - haha, very unusual of me to be so happy and positive! glad you liked it:-) you are very much right! and thank you, chick, it's been good so far! xx

Hena Tayeb - thanks, lady! i hope so as well, but it's not unheard of, haha! xx

Optimistic Existentialist - thank you so much, friend! it sure can:-) xx

Sara-h Jane - thank you, sweets! haha, i suppose it isn't the people's choice for a favourite holiday! gotta take care of my future self chocolate-wise, eh! and thank you, you too! xx

Laila said...



please can we meet up....!!!!!

Laura Jones said...

Laila - YASSS EXCITING STUFF! i'll link you my fb so we can chat (and i can worm my way into your holiday:-D)! xxx

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