1st Nov 2019
I was so surprised this morning, because my son Samuel did sent back 1000 SEK of the 1500 SEK I had sent him for the birthday gift for my daughter Maria. He did sent a message with the amount: “Happy Halloween” and you have to know, we usually do not celebrate halloween.
I had some kitchen work to do and was around 11:30am going to the central park for supporting the climate strike. I was this day the only one again, but did get a lot of “thumbs up”, especially because I continue the support.
In the evening, after dinner, I was watching movies again. There were no more children coming, asking: ” Trick or treat”, though they actually only came on the correct day of Halloween.
2nd Nov 2019
Directly after breakfast I went to the shopping area “Lövåsen”, where among others, the supermarket is situated. I did only buy bread at the supermarket, because they did not have the other things I was looking for, but face paint, which was very expensive. Though I continued to a shop called ÖoB – I wrote before about this kind of shops. There I did not find either, what I was looking for, but a plate for 12 muffins for only 39 SEK. That was the lowest price I ever have seen for this plates and, because I like to bake muffins with almond flour, I did buy this plate. At “Biltema” I did not find either, what I was looking for, but the sissors I wished to buy for such a long time, but did not find before.
I also bought more storage cans. It was a set with different sizes of cans, so also some, where I can put grahamsflour, lentils etc into. For the set, it was priceworthy. If I had bought one and one, it had been much more expensive. The cans are of plastic, but I think to use these kinds of can make it more environmentfriendly as plastic bags would be. Last but not least I was to the Dollarstore, where I found a cheap lipstick and a bow tie. I had planned to go as a clown, but with a Halloween theme on Sunday. The lipstick I would use for a very big mouth and also for simulating blood. The bow tie I had not planned to buy, but I think it is good for a clown to have. Furthermore I bought a small grater for grated lemon zest and similar. In addition to that, I found a little mirror, which I would like to have on the inside of my bathroom cabinet.
I was back home for lunch and did sent a message to my son Marcus after lunch, that I am ready to talk by Skype with him. We did that soon and for around 50 minutes. Later on I did put the mirror into the cabinet, but it was not possible to close the cabinet door, because the mirror’s fram is too thick. I did put it on a hook on the side of the towel for guests, but will try to get the mirrors out of the frame (there are two in there – one on each side with different enlargements). During the evening there was no special things happening.
3rd Nov 2019
I awoke after a weird dream. I did see mountains and the sun going down, but the light of the sun was deep purple/lilac and later lilac and I was waiting for Greta Thunberg, but she did not arrive before I awoke. I cannot really interpret this dream.
The weather rapport told me, that it will be +2°C this day and snowing, but the snow did not come. It was raining instead, what is more usual at this temperature.
I was at home most of the day and reading a lot – even I did it as usual by the Internet. For 6pm I was to our dance club. We had the Halloween theme this evening. I received a lot of praise for my wig. It is the one I bought on Ireland, when I was working there and has the Irish colours. A clown can where it, too ;-). Not all of the dancers had dressed up and the others had also chosen general themes. We had e.g. two cowboys and the women had something in his hair, but there were no ghosts, witches or similar. I am happy, that my Halloween outfit was for only 40 SEK and I still have the most of the lipstick and also can use the bow tie again.
Photo will coming soon
4th Nov 2019
Finally I have got my contract for the extra job. It is a intermittens contract, that means, that there is stated, that I only will get paid for the days I am working and the contract does not give me an employment during the other days. It is also stated on that contract, that it is for people older than 67 years old.
This day I also was checking my Christmas decorations and sorted out, which things I do not need anymore. There was e.g. a very little Christmas tree of plastic, which I had in that small secondhand apartment in Ekerö. I did put these things in a bag and was leaving for the Red Cross secondhand shop, but after around 200 meters I remembered, that the shop is no longer open on Mondays. Though I turned around and was going back home.
5th Nov 2019
I called the official in charge for my contract and told her, that I need one more password, than I have got, because I will start this week with the introduction on my new working place. Around 10 o’clock I left for the supermarket. I only bought vegan food this day (fruit, vegetables and a vegan cheese), because I have so much other food in the freezer. Anyway I will try to eat vegan in the future. I have to go there by small steps. Anyway I think, I will still eat eggs, because my main reason to become vegan is for the environment and I only buy eggs from free-range hens. I also bought two more reflexs, because it is so dark outside in the evenings now and we share the paths with cyclists, which often are going very fast. Though now I have a reflex each on my right and my left side of my winter jacket as well as in the middle of the back of it. I also use my elder reflexes on my bags.
Back at home I had lunch and also made more cocosdrink. At 2:15pm I left home for going to my new job. I was afraid to get late if I would leave later, but I had 25 minutes to wait for my colleagues. This day it was Eva. I had to stay there until 9pm – my colleagues had to stay over night, but is allowed to sleep there. I had a dinner bag with me and my colleague as well. She had beetroot balls, though we were starting to talk about vegan food. – I was to bed directly, when I arrived at home again around 9:30pm.
6th Nov 2019
I awoke already at 6:30am and was hungry as well. I used the time until lunch as usual and was leaving at 2:30am this day for the second day of my introduction. There is a lot to remember, even it is not difficult. This day my colleague Anki was working. Both her and Eva I met by my climate strejk activism. Anki is the one, who helped me to get this job. She cared about, that I was working myself, though it is easier to remember.
Even this evening I was at home around 9:30pm and to bed right away. I have to awake at 5am the next morning, because I will have my introduction from 6:30am to 8:30am to learn the routines for the mornings.
7th Nov 2019
I did not have any problems to be up in time and also the two hours of introduction were going well, but in the middle of the day I was getting very tired and had to take a nap.
In the evening I was going to my dance class again, but this time I was disappointed. There were no much dancing and the things we learned were, as I see it, not very necessary – if one won’t become a competition dancer. I had a shower, when I came home, because I have to see a nurse the upcoming day for an allergy test and by this test I am not allowed to shower my back for a whole week. When my hair had dried, I was to bed.
8th Nov 2019
Even this day my introduction was from 6:30am to 8:30am. My colleague was Majda, a woman from Bosnia. She came during the 1990s. She told me, that her parents are living in Berlin, Germany. There is no much time in the morning for answering questions and explanations. Though I talked with her about asking for another day of introduction. She was very positive for it, because she had not shown me, how the electrical wheelchair is working. This one is different to all wheelchairs I have seen before, because only we workers can manage it and not the user. It makes it easier for us, to push her – their is actually no pushing needed with this one. Majda also agreed with me, that it would be useful for me to be there daytime – on a Wednesday or weekend, because those days our user is not at her daily activities and one of us has to care about her during the entire day.
Back at home I called the official of charge asking for a day shift, but was answered: “A whole day, that is too expensive. I have been working with that user as well and it is nothing special during daytime. You just are taking a walk with her.” I told her, that the boss had explained for me, that I have 25 hours for introduction and only have had 16. She did not agree with the boss and told me, I could get another evening shift – which is for six hours. I agreed to such one at the upcoming Wednesday. During the shift I not only have to learn how to use that special wheelchair, but also things like, how often I have to take the user to the bathroom, because she is only wearing pampers during the night and has problems to communicate. Afterwards I was thinking, that it would have been only two more hours, if I had been there during daytime and feeled very unsatiesfied about the situation. I am unhappy, I agreed to this job. I am not sure, that I will stay there until summer next year.
At 11am I showed up at the hospital for the allergy test. I told the nurse, that my dentist had asked for a blood test instead for the offered patch test. I also asked her, how I should take of the patches by myself, because I am living alone. She asked me, if I do not know a friend close by, who can help me. I told her, I have not. I think it would be possible to ask Anki or Irene for help, but I do not know them so very well and I have to dress off on my upper part of my body. For my answer, the nurse was going to ask the doctor. When she came back, she explained, that they do not make bloodtests, but that I can leave the patches on my skin until Monday, when I will meet her again. Then she declared, that she will put four patches on my back with 34 substances. Well done this, she marked the corners with a black marker and fixed the patches with medical tape.
Directly afterwards I walked to the central park demonstrating. Irene was a little late, but she came with her own sign – as she had promised before. It was raining and the rain was getting worse, though after a while we placed us in the entrance of the town hall, but we were kean to let all people in. There was no problem and office workers told us, that we do great and even that it is ok to stand there. A little while later, another office worker – maybe the secretary of the mayor were coming to us and told us, that we could not stand there, because we were hindering people from entering. It did not help to point out, that another office worker had told us, that it is fine, that we here take cover for the rain. On the way home, I first followed to Irene’s home and got a Zefasit board, because the cardboard did not stand the rain. When I finally arrived at home my cardboard was totally dissolved into the ingredients. By the way, Irene did write a submitter for the local newspaper about it.
Back at home I was tired again. I fell asleep at my couch and awoke again around 4pm. I was freezing. Anyway I put my laundry on the drying rack and had a meal, before I answered emails and was on the Internet.
9th Nov 2019
After breakfast I was waiting for, that my son Marcus will contact me by Skype – as agreed. When it took too long time, I did send him a message, that I have to leave home and will send another message, when I am back. I was going to the Red Cross again. I had checked my Christmas items one more time and did not find any Advent candelabra. I remember, that I did give away the one from Germany, but did not remember, that I did give or throw away the Swedish one, I have had. Maybe one of my children has got that one. I had found a little Santa Claus, which could be connected to a computer, laptop or similar. This Santa Claus was made of plastic and did drum. I have got it as a gift, but have never liked it. Maybe there is a person, who does. Though I did take that with me to the Red Cross.
At the Red Cross I did not need long time to find, what I am looking for, but I also found metal cans, which I was looking for before and have not found. Though I bought all there cans on the table. I will have Christmas cookies in them and need one more, because we have seven kinds of cookies for big parties as well as Christmas. The most important for Christmas is the Ginger bread, of course.
On my way home I was at the shop for electrical items like lights, stoves etc. I bought the things I need for my lamp for my combined bed- och living room. This one will be close to my couch. Unfortunately, back home again, I saw, that I have bought two wrong items. One of them is just to small, but the other one the wrong kind of. Though I have to go there on Monday again and try to change the items.
After lunch I skyped with my son Marcus, who finally was awake ;-). We were talking for around 45 minutes. Just before I became aware, that I did ruin the battery of my smartphone. I was never careful about it. I used the phone even with the battery under 15% and did charge it always for 100%. I often did not take it from the charger at 100% as well. To buy a new battery and a new display (which is broken again) will not be rational. I will nearly get a new phone for that price. Though I will use it with my extern battery, if necessary.
The rest of the day I was on the Internet again, but for dinner. Late I was watching the movie about the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It was an interesting movie.
10th Nov 2019
It snowed tonight – not much, but snow is laying on the ground an the cars.
After breakfast I started with the update of my blog. I had to continue after lunch as well, but before I was going back to my laptop I also made new coconutdrink. I get so many coconut flakes, though I think I have to bake coconut cookies and give them away for Christmas. Already a quarter to three it is getting dark. The sky is still grey, but so dark grey and no sun anymore, that I have to put the lights on in my apartment.
By the way, since I have got the patches for the allergy test on my back, I am not cold anymore. On the contrary I am close to sweat all the time. I should not do it, though I have not so much clothes on know. I do not know, how this is working, but think I will get the answer tomorrow.
11th Nov 2019
… is coming soon, please stay tuned!