1st Jan 2020
As you could read on 31st Dec 2019, I was hos my son Samuel and his family for celebrating the New Year. We were going to bed before 1am. I awoke between 7am and 8am, but was very tired. I took my medicine and was going to sleep again. Around 10am I took my other medicine and did sitt down in an armchair. This way I tried to feel good in my head. Around 11am I did dress. We had brunch around high noon.
I helped the little family by vacuum cleaning the kitchen, hall way and living room on the ground floor. Afterwards I wrote down some notes about the last day., but played Mahjong on my smartphone then, because the others were still tired.
In the evening my son and I played table tennis. Partly my daughter in law’s mother played with us. At the end also my daughter in law were playing with us. Before we were going to bed, the boys were already asleep, we watched a Romantic comedy on Netflix. My son and his wife not only have the TV again, they also bought a bigger one and gave the parents in law the old one. I was told, that the other was too small for a good view. I was thinking about the really small TVs in the beginning of the 1960s. The demands have changed so much in the meantime!
2nd Jan 2020
I spent the morning with Samuel and his family, because my appointment at the dentist was not before 3pm. Before I left his home, I did get a message from my employer, asking me, if I can work the upcoming day. I agreed.
I was in good time and took a walk in the city. There is an emporium called NK (Nordiska kompaniet) and they had decorated their display windows very nice with Santa Claus, angels etc. They were on Earth as well as in the space. Lots of children were looking at these displays. Close to NK should be on Oriental shop, selling falafel tools – it is similar like glass scoops, but so much different, that it is not possible to use a glass scoop instead. Unfortunately, this shop did not have the falafel tool. They had no much tools in this shop at all. It was mostly Chinese food and other Chinese items.
My dentist was sick, but I had an appointment with his wife as well. She offers Qinopratic treatments (the site is in Swedish, you are welcome to use Google to translate the whole site). She did treat me different as the times before. In any case, I do not know, what I have to think about it. Is it hocus-pocus and comparable to homoeopathy or is it scientifically proven. I try to trust her, because I hope for help and actually she also set an acupuncture for my right leg (against the cramps) and it was working so far. Anyway, I am still skeptical about the vitamins and minerals, she recommended me to buy from a homepage – not their own. Just the way she told me, how much I should use of these and for how long time made me hesitative. There are a lot of money involved too, of course.
On my account was an for me unknown amount taken, though I was writing to my bank, but I did not get any answer this day.
3rd Jan 2020
I had my alarm clock on 6:30am, 6:45am and 7am, because I am always afraid, that I will not awake in time. I was ready in time and walking to the place, where I had to pick up the key (because I am an extra, I always have to pick up the key just before starting at work and leave it back, when I have finished for the day). There was an employee I had not met before, but she was very kind. The woman, I work for, was sick – not very much, but it was not possible for her to go to her daily activities. Though she was at home at an extraordinary time, which the permanent employees do not cover up. I was asking the employee for the electronic tag, which follows with the key. I claimed, that it is not working, because I thought it was for the port of the house for the woman I work for. Now I was told, that it is for the place, where I have to leave the key, if there is no employee working at that place, where I usually pick up the key. I was happy to know that, but would have been happier, if I had been told that before.
At home again around 4pm, I had a warm drink chocolate and a snack. Afterwards I did take my time to upload more songs on my Sandisk (it is similar to an iPod, but much cheaper. I bought it once on Malta). I use it again, because I accidently deleted all my music from my smartphone and was not able to upload songs on my smartphone again. I am sure, that I will fix that as well – in the future.
4th Jan 2020
I paid my dues for the dance club. It is only 100 SEK a year. They make more money with the dance classes, but I think, most of it is for the dance instructor.
5th Jan 2020
I signed up as a member of the Swedish nature conservation association as well as for a class about climate change, called climate codend (klimatlyftet) – not run be the Swedish nature conversation association. In addition to that, I signed up as a member of an associaton for retired people. I actually have been told, that I am too young for these kind of associations (they did not know my age) and I feel too young as well, but Irene, who strikes for the climate together with me, convinced me to give it a try.
I also sent some late New Years wishes.
6th Jan 2020
I found out in the middle of the day, that it was a holiday. I really had to check it up on the Internet. I started wondering, if it is, because there were so many cars parked on the street. Weekdays there are only a few parked cars here in the street, on weekends and holidays one nearly cannot find a free space. I celebrated by ironing. 😉
We have a special system for extra workers, where we have to put in the hours when we are able and will work. I did fill in my site for the upcoming two month. If I do not fill in anything there, they will not ask me, if I can work.
7th Jan 2020
I awoke early this morning. Actually already between 5 and 6 o’clock. Jag could inte fall asleep again. It was not so bad, because I was able to call my dermatologist. I was told, she will call back at 2pm. I also called my employer for my personal account. I have not got the log on information yet and cannot see my payslips. Anyway it works to get my salary paid to my account, which is the most important part of it.
During the hours before noon the janitor was coming. He dit check my lavatory pan and told me, that I will get a new one as well as he checked the electric contact as well as the radiator in the main room. He did tell me, he will fix the contact soon, maybe already the same afternoon, but that he could not help me with the radiator and he thinks, that it will not matter, because it is fastened at both ends. – He did not come back in the afternoon and he did not come back soon, either.
This day was a Tuesday and as usual I was going shopping at the supermarket. I did buy only vegan food, but also egg. Actually it became my last box of eggs.
When the nurse of my dermatologist called back, she was doubtful about, that I have got rashes after the skin test weeks ago. She told me, it has been too much time since the test. I explained one more time, that the rashes are just in squares like the test had been. Though I did get an appointment with the doctor for half an hour later. Well there the doctor – and the nurse and two more nurses 😉 – understood, that I was right, but they could not figger out, which substances did get me the rashes. Therefore I first have to treat them with cortison cream for getting my skin rashless and afterwards they will make a new skin test, but with fewer substances as last time, because of the place, where the rashes are. The doctor also told me, that I have had the problem (the lichen) for such a long time, that it does not make any difference if I have to wait for four more weeks.
Back at home the bulb of my lamp in my hallway broke. I tried to change it resp. to see, what kind of bulb I need, but I could not open the lamp. Though I was looking on the Internet at the IKEA homepage, what bulb I need, but for that I needed the name of the lamp. I could not find just my lamp on the Swedish site. Fortunatelly I still had the receipt for it and finally found it. The lamp was not longer sold in Sweden, but in Denmark. On that site I also could found the kind of bulp I need for it.
Later this day I was answering some emails, made my notices for the day and became very tired. Though I was to bed quite early.
8th Jan 2020
I cleaned my kitchen during the m2argo ship to Mexico, which will call at ports in the USA. The visa process is very complicated and quite expensive, though I decided to find out if it is possible to cross the Atlantic, hitchhiking by a sailboat. In addition to that, one day and night at a carrier is for almost 130 EUR (~ 140 USD resp. ~ 1400 SEK). The trip is for around two weeks and if the weather is bad or other circumstances make the trip any longer, one has to pay for the extra days on top. Though it would be easy to offer a payment of 50 EUR a day for going by a sailboat. I always was thinking, if I would win 100.000 SEK, I would be able to take the freighter.
9th Jan 2020
This day was one of the days I was going to Stockholm to meet my dentist. There was nothing special happening and I had no opportunity either to make some shopping, because I had my danceclass in the evening.
A guy in his 40’s or maybe 50’s did offer me to take me home by car. He told me, that the area I have to walk through is not safe. I was surprised, but I was going with him. We did not talk so much, because of the short way to go.
10th Jan 2020
Another FridayForFuture. In the afternoon and evening I updated my blog.
11th Jan 2020
I started with Duolingo, the language app and also fixed my gloves before brunch. Most of the day I updated my blog, but took a rest for skyping with my son Marcus.
My dinner was a little different as usual. I cooked a soup of Jerusalem artichokes. I never had done that before, but my daughter in law cooks that kind of food. – Before I was to bed I checked my economy and played Mahjong.
12th Jan 2020
Even this day I started with Duolingo, but after breakfast I was to the supermarket to complain about the Papaya I had bought some days ago, because it was not ripe and it is stated, that it should be. It also had become moldy at one end. I thought, the mold was my fault, but for the white seed, I was going back. I did get twice the price of the Papaya, because the supermarket has a freshness warranty. Well at the supermarket I bought a new bulb for the lamp in the hallway. It was not easy to find the right one, but I did after a while. There are so many kinds of bulbs now. Actually I was surprised, that they still sell the “old fashion bulbs” as well.
Later in the afternoon I finished to update my blog until 31st December 2019. I was happy, that I did come so far. Afterwards I read in my new vegan cookbook. I think, I will have most use of it, when I have guests, because the book is about well-known meals like meatballs, but the vegan way. I will try to learn to cook real vegan meals, but sometimes I think, I also will have lunch or dinner like those in the book. Anyway, I was not eating meat everyday, though I have a lot of experiences in vegetarian and vegan meals already.
13th Jan 2020
… will come soon, please stayed tuned!