1st Oct 2019

In the morning, between 10 and 11 o’clock I called the polyclinic, because I have not got the results of my blood test yet. The nurse did call me back around 30 minutes later and told me, that I should not get any thyroid medicine, because the results were OK, though I told her, that I am living without my thyroid and do not understand, how I could live without medicine. She told me, she has to ask the doctor to call me. I was so scared, that I emailed my new friend Jost and asked him for an online book, we had talked about a week or two before. At high noon he did. It seemed to me, it was not the one, who ordered the test. I had to explain all about my thyroid for him and told him, that I had left lots of information, which should be scanned in at the polyclinic and if he had not read it. He was honest enough to answer, that he had not. He told me, that he had talked with another GP and will sent a recipe to the pharmacy system and that we will see each other in a year. I tried to ask more, but that was not possible. He had already hanged up.

I was looking for extra beds on the Internet, when my daughter send a message, that she expects, that she cannot attend my birthday party. The will have a lan installation at her school just during that weekend and more at the upcoming weekend but next – when she will become 30 years old. We were both disappointed, but she did promise to try to visit me anyway. I thought it was good, that I not already had bought an extra bed.

When I made my cooking, the smoke alarm did start. I could not put it out, but had to climb and take the battery out. When I later tried to set it back under the ceiling, I saw, that also the other part for holding it up, was broken. Therefore I put it on one of my wardrobes and decided to ask the “Fixar-Malte” (I wrote about him before) to fasten my smoke alarm, which was coming with the fire-extinguisher and the fire-blanket.

Afterwards I was walking to the supermarket. When I paid, I was not allowed to use the 5% discount for retired people and the 125 SEK I have got, because I had bought for more than a defined amount. Though I decided to take the discount and to come another day and buy something I need for a lite more than 125 SEK and use that discount.

In the evening I was going to the study circle about the climate change. I did not really recognize, what I had read, but enough to engage in the discussion anyway.

I was to bed around 11pm. During the night I was freezing so much, that I did order three long night gowns with long sleeves in the hope, they will be warm enough.

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2nd Oct 2019

I did shorten three of four of the new tull curtains for the allroom. I need all heat I can get from the radiator heating, though I shorten them, that they do not fall over the radiator. Actually one of them was wrong. I left it for the upcoming day.

I also was to the laundry room, washing bed linen. In addition to that I was in email contact with Jost and his friend Sandra. Even this night I was to bed around 11pm, but I did sleep very well during the night.

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3rd Oct 2019

Den här dagen I slept to 10am, but I had been awake twice during the night. Later that morning I was walking to the centrum of our town and bought hooks for my curtains and also for the fire-blanket, because like I have fastened it on the wall now, I think it will not be possible to get the blanket out of the cover, when I really need it.

At home again, I shortened the other two tull curtains, that means, I corrected one of them and sew the other one as well.

I was so happy, my daughter messaged me, that she is allowed to visit me anyway at my birthday. She will arrive around high noon on Saturday and leave on Sunday even on the middle of the day. Though I have to buy an extra bed anyway.

In the evening I attendet my dance class. That is the best evening of the week ;-).

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4th Oct 2019

After breakfast I checked the tracking for my night gowns and could read, that they were distributed to my post box, which surprised me, because I had chosen to pick it up at the supermarket, though I did not have to pay for the delivery. Unbelieving, that the parcel was in my post box, I checked it and it was there! Though there is no extra fee if the parcel is small enough to put it into the post box. – It would not fit through the slot, but here the postman open all of the boxes at the same time to put the respective letters into the boxes for the receivers. This makes it possible to insert small parcels as well. I was happy for it, of course.

I also was ironing my curtains in the morning, though Fixar-Malte could put them up, when he will come at 1pm. I was waiting for Fixar-Malte, he was not in time – actually, he was not coming at all. Instead three firefighters in red uniforms came and one of them told me, that Fixar-Malte is sick, though they will help me. I could see that one of them was mentally retarded, but was wondering by myself, if Fixar-Malte is so efficient, that there has to come two men instead. The curtains came down and the other up, even I had to use my short ladder and show/help them, but the service is meant, that retired people should not use ladders anymore. I am happy, I am still able to do without a risk to fall, but I am not able to change my curtains by myself anymore. Most of the job was done by the one, who told me, that Fixar-Malte is sick. He was able to get some assistance of the other one, but the mentally retarded one. This last, but not least. one did hold the jacket of the first one, when he became warm.

I did not get my hooks fastened, because on their paper was only written to switch curtains. They did not have any tools with them. If I would not have my own tools, they would not have been able to switch my curtains either. The first of them told me, that I could call Fixar-Malte and ask for another appointment, that I will get the hooks fastened in the walls. Fortunately I did get my new smoke alarm fastened.

When they had left, I took a rest and was on twitter. Afterwards I updated my blog, but only made September and opened a site for October 2019.

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5th Oct 2019

I was to the shopping centre and bought a stick blender at the supermarket, where a visp and more was included. It was a special price and for 349 SEK. I did use the 125 SEK discount for this item.

In another shop I bought a small basket to have on my rack in the entrance hall. I will use it for my gloves and hats, because they are too small to be put directly on the rack.

Last but not least I tried to buy an extra bed, but did not find any, though I did buy a folded mattress instead. It is 190 x 60 x 7cm. I would have liked a broader one as well as a thicker one, but this was the only kind they had. I could have bought a real and more comfortable mattress, but I do not have space to keep it.

In the afternoon I started a facebook group “GrandmasForFuture” and invited the two grandmas I met during the last global demonstration, here in Katrineholm. I also opened a twitter account “GrandmasForFuture”. Furthermore I tried to open such an account on Instagram, but it was not possible. There is an explanation, how to do, but there is not the link provided, which is refered to.

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6th Oct 2019

Most of the time I wasted by trying to open an Instagram account for “GrandmasForFuture”, but without success.

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7th Oct 2019

I did check my weight, because I was gaining weight after I had lost a lot some months ago for the problem with the blisters in my mouth. I was afraid to have more than before I did loose weight. Fortunately I have not, I even have not reached the weight I had before the blister problem. I was happy about it.

I had an interview by phone for a job in Spain and was promised, that they will come back to me about the job soon, maybe always the same day.

Afterwards I called Fixar-Malte for an new appointment and was offered one on Friday, this week – at 10am. I was happy, that it was before my birthday. I also washed my newly shortened curtains in our laundry home and dried it in the very good drying room. Though they became quite plain.

When I had started my cooking for the day, Anki was calling me. Anki is one of the women I met by the “FridaysForFuture” demonstration. She told me, that she had talked with her boss about a job for me and that he will call me soon. She was eager to prepare me for the call.

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8th Oct 2019

I spent a lot of time at the supermarket and because I had bought a lot of food, it took time to walk home with it as well – it was heavy and even I had my shopping cart, but also my backpack and another little bag, in which I had only a toast bread and some fresh herbs in pots. At home I had to find space for all of it, but it was working.

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9th Oct 2019

I congratulated my cousin and godmother Ursula for her (83rd) birthday by email. Already having the laptop opened I was locking for jobs, because Anki’s boss had not called yet.

In the middle of the day I have got a call from the working place of Anki’s boss, but it was not him. We agreed about a job interview for Monday, 14th Oct at 9am and I also got the address, of course.

This day I also cleaned my windows – from both sides. I had to use my short ladder again – to reach the upper window frames. I also made my laundry again, but only one washing machine at home.

After a short rest with a snack I updated my CS account. I had thought about before to add hours, when the last busses and trains are going from the surrounding airports, though one can reach my home as well as the first busses respectively trains leaving here and telling, when couch surfers can be at the airports. Now I did.

I also had planned to clean my apartment, but it became too late, that means to dark, because my big light is not under the ceiling yet. I need a special wooden arm to fasten it, though it will be possible to take it to another position, when someone is sleeping on my couch.

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10th Oct 2019

I was baking cakes for my birthday party. I was neither sure, that they will taste good nor that they will be eatable, when I had done them. I have not used my oven often and I still have to learn, what temperature to put and also the whole stove is tilting to the back, though it is not easy to use the oven. Anyway I learned, that I have not to heat it up as high as it is written in the cookbook. In addition to that, cakes are finished earlier as stated in the cookbook. Against the tilt I have not found a solution yet.

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11th Oct 2019

The real Fixar-Malte did visit me and fastened the hooks in the walls. I asked him, if his real name is Malte (that is a Swedish male name), but he told me “no”. He did not tell me his real name, but added, that this service is adopted in most municipalities in Sweden and with the name “Fixar-Malte”.

When he left I started my cooking for the upcoming day. There were special pork meat and chicken meat to roast and I also made a special vegetarian pie, which is called “Pie of the Provence” with eggplants, bell pepper, tomatoes and more. The amount of ingredienses was a little to much for my pie tin, especially the stew. Though there was a little rinning over the form and into the own, but it was very little. I could not see it either, before I had taken the ready pie out of the oven, because of the tilt.

My son Samuel sent me a message, that I should not forget to pick up my parcel at the grocery shop. I did not know anything about the parcel and not got a message from the shop either, but could track it. I had anyway to buy some more food items and was going there. Actually, when I talked with Samuel about a birthday gift – even I had told all my children, I won’t have any, we did not know, that my eldest son could not come and I was afraid, he will get bad conscience, when he has nothing for me, but the others. Though this parcel was the birthday present of Samuel. A new toaster, because I do not have one and sometimes it is very enjoyable with roasted bread.

I did not open the parcel at home and saved that for the upcoming day. I had a meal and was taking care about the dishes, when my son Daniel sent a message, that I might meet him at the railway station. It was dark now, because it was just 9pm and that might make the directions hard to find for Daniel. Though I promised and hurried, because it takes more than 13 minutes, which was left for the arrival of the train, to walk to the railway station. We met outside the railway station and we were happy, that I made it in time.

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12th Oct 2019

It is my birthday. This day I became 69. My son Daniel and I was up around 8am. Before we had breakfast, I opened the parcel I had picked up the evening before. It was a toaster, a very nice and expensive model. I do not remember, what happened to my last toaster – if it broke or if I gave it awaz, anyway I did not have one for some years. Though I was very happy about that gift. It was already 10am when we finished breakfast and I had a lot to prepare for my birthday party. Though I started immediately. Even I had prepared so much before, there was still a lot to do, like the salad and I also had to put the food on saucers. Together with Daniel I set the table in an oval one instead of the round one, as I have it usually. The salad was the last thing I did before my youngest son with his family arrived. Though I put placemats on the table and the dishes. I also had to put a lot of the food on the table, before I could manage to put all on the kitchen counter. I only left the round, rotating plate in the middle of the table and had sauces and dressings on it as well as salt and peppar. How the table looked like, when my relatives were with me, you can see below:

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How the kitchen counter with all the food looked like, you can see below:

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The entrance dishes were:

Smoked salmon, homemade hummus and small bits of Parma ham and melon as well as of Pumpernickel, Gorgonzola cheese and pears. There were also more melon, more pears, pineapple pieces and black olives.

The main dishes were:

Falafel, meatloaf, chicken in strips, outer fillet of pork (which was very popular), pie provencale (vegetarian pie) as well as “cauliflower rice” and fried potatoes, salad with feta cheese and pickled beetroot. All was homemade but the feta cheese and the pickled beetroot. I bought the ingredienses, of course.

There were the following cheeses:

A white mold cheese, a blue mold cheese, a white mold cheese with goat milk and the hard cheeses were a cheese with spices and the so called “prästost” (clergyman cheese). Beside them I had different kinds of bread – some of them free of gluten.

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Daniel had bought two bottles of red wine and a small bottle of real champagne as a birthday present for me, when he was meeting my daughter at the railway station. It was her first time to visit me at this place. She had taken crockery with her, that we had used, when we still lived in Sweden together, that means before 2007. She told me, she does not need it anymore and it actually was me, who bought it. I was very happy about it, because I really like it, even there are only five plates left, but the six mugs as well as two breakfast dishes and a cream jug and two small bowls with locks for jam or similar. I was in need of more mugs and these dishes have a nice blue coloured pattern.

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Here you can see some of the blue patterned dishes

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This dinner took time and we did not have the planned “glace au-four” directly afterwards, because we all were too full for it. The boys of all ages were playing hide and seek in my apartment, meanwhile I took care about the rest of the dishes and put the plates etc in the dishwasher. My daughter in law asked me twice, if she can help me with something, but my kitchen is not done for it. We only would get in each other’s way. After I had finished that, I did take a look at the hamper I have got from my son Samuel and his family – his wife had picked all the ingredienses by herself. There was a big bottle of champagen (which we forgot in the fridge and never opened that evening), three kinds of soft, mold cheese, special cheese bread, sweets and dried fruits for my smoothies. I might have forgotten things as well. The hamper is good for using for picnic. My daughter in law’s mother send a 500 SEK-note with the hamper. I was very surprised about it, because I never have made her a present. I do not know her birthday.

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Between 5pm and 6pm it was time for the “glace au-four” and the cakes. Nobody is perfect, so am I. The first time I tried to whisk the egg white for the meringue I did wrong and had the sugar and a little amount of crushed nuts directly put into the egg white, that means, before I started whisk it. That was not working. I tried one more time – with only the egg white, a very little amount of salt and some drops of lime, because my children told me, there has to be something sour like vineger in it for making meringue. It worked. I put the sponge cake in the bottom of a plate with high edges, the ice cream blocks on it and on the top lots of whisk egg white. At the very top I had some crushed nuts. It only took some minutes, before the meringue was done. It actually was only hard at the top, though I should have taken a little less of it. The important thing for me was, that the kids could see, that it is possible to have ice cream in the oven without it is melting. By the way, my children did not remember that either. They have been to small last time I did that.

In addition to the glace au-four I had baked a mazarin cake, cup cakes and a cake with bisquits and coconut fat, called hedgehog slice (we call it “radiokaka” and in German it is called “Kalter Hund”). The cake is not baked in the oven. Samuel did like the mazarin cake very much and he could not really understand, that one of the ingrediences is potatoe – because I made it free of gluten. The cup cakes I also did free of gluten – with using almond flour. They were loved of all of us. The hedgehog slice was the favourite of my grandchildren. I was asked for whipped cream and I told them, I have cream to whip, but I never did it ;-). By the way, the mazarin cake did not look like it was shown beside the recipe. Mine was much lower and I could not even use a third of the topping, which I had to make for it according to the recipe. The rest of the topping I now use like “Nutella” on toast.

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The Left Overs of My Birthday Cakes. From the Left to the Right: Mazarin cake – it is decorated with Lemon Balm, the Hedgehog slice and the Cupcakes

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There were no more meal this evening for my son Samuel’s family, because they denied. They were leaving around 8pm for their 2-hours-drive home. Even my son Daniel and my daughter were neither interested in the Mexican omelette nor the tomato and Mozarella cheese I had prepared for. Around 9pm we started with a cheese overindulge. We also had some sweets before we were going to bed.

I was using that small extra mattress, I had bought during the last days. It is only 60 cm wide, but I was able to sleep on it. I left my bed to my daughter, because of her POTS. She was very happy about this bed and told me, that she would like to get such one for her 30th birthday, which is at the end of this month. Unfortunately I cannot afford that. My son Daniel was sleeping on my couch – as he did the night before as well.

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13th Oct 2019

We started in the morning like we ended the day before – with the cheese plate. My daughter had to catch the train around 12:30pm. She was walking to the railway station alone – I was not dressed yet, because I left the turn to my children. She told me, that will not be any problem, because she was coming that way the day before and she also has the GPS.

Daniel and I were sitting in the allroom and using the Internet as well as we had a conversation, when my eldest son – who was not able to be with us at my birthday, did contact me via Skype. It was suitable I was using my laptop, because I did have a good video view. He was talking with me for a while, even Daniel talked to him. Marcus also told me, that he will get in contact with me each Saturday and that it is my birthday present of him.

Daniel stayed until 16:30pm. His round trip ticket had been for 1,000 SEK, though I sent a packed meal with him. For lunch we have had the rest of the pie provencale, because he is vegetarian. We also had a smoothie with the rest of the fruits from the buffet. The packed meal was an omelett as well as a sandwich with cheese and a bottle of water. I packed it in my cooler bag and also sent a fork with him. I will get back the things next time we meet.

When Daniel had left, I ate the left overs of the Parma ham and made omelette with the left over of the salmon, but I actually froze the omelette in quarters. I asked my son Samuel for photos, he and his wife had taken on my birthday and they sent them to me. Though I also have a photo of me of that day:

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My Son Samuel and I

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Now it was time to go to the Sunday social dance at our dance club. I had the left overs of the cakes with me, because they are always happy, if someone give a cake and I had promised for this evening. Unfortunately the few people, who came that night, were not happy in cakes, though we (the woman of the board and I) did put them in the freezer, after she had taken of them. Luckily we were dancing in a ring at the start of the dances, though I did dance a lot, even we were nearly double up with women than men. I told our dancing teacher, I would like to try to dance like the guide (man) for havening a possibility to dance all the evening through. We did try, but it is more complicated as I thought, therefore I will attend a basic class again, but this time as the guide.

Well at home after the dance, I did put the dishes in the dishwasher and had another meal. Again I had bread and cheese and this time even homemade warm chocklad and the rest of the ice cream, which I found in the freezer, when I put some other food in.

Before I was going to bed I prepared for the job interview for the upcoming day. That means: I did pick the my job related certificates and two extra, which would be good to have, I thought as well as I put my CV on the notebook, though I can show it, if the employer will be interested in it. The last thing I did that night was to send photos from my birthday party to my Mexican friends in Tijuana and Mexico City.

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14th Oct 2019

I came, I saw, I conquered. So I can describe the outcome of the job interview. Anki had done a good work, of course. She recommended me. It was her attitud, which gave me the opportunity to meet her boss. I was up at 7am that day and left my home just before 8:30am. On Google maps I was told, that it takes 30 minutes to the place for the job interview, I remembered only, that it takes 20 minutes, though I had a hurry and I was walking really fast – a good training, by the way. 8 minutes to 9am (the time for my interview) I knocked at the door of the authority, which I was invited to. It was raining, therefore I had my rain jacket on, but my glasses were very wet. When the receptionist called to the person I asked to meet, he also told me, where the bathroom is, though I could dry my glasses.

I was picked up by my new boss and we were going to his room at the second floor. There were already two women waiting. One of them was a colleague and the other, a young one, was there for having a practic, which is common in Sweden at the 8th and 9th grade, to see working places and as a help to decide, which education they will choose. I had to ask, where I could put my rain jacket and when I was offered to put it in a wardrobe, I told him, that the jacket is wet. Though I was allowed to hang it over his chair in front of his desk. He was not using it at that time, because we were sitting at a round table instead. It took not a long time, when he decided, that he will get me a contract, if the people, I should help, are ok with it. Otherwise, I think, he will find other people to help, because they have a need of helpers. We were going through the papers related to the job after the elder woman was looking at my certificates and had taken copies of them. At the end, I was asked, what I wish for a salary. I told them, that I was not working in Sweden for such a long time, though I do not know, how much it will be paid nowadays, but I remembered my last job, where I had 70 SEK/hour, but I am expecting more now, of course. I was offered 130 SEK/hour and I was OK with it. While explaining the apps and other computer software, I have to use, my boss told me, that all is explained in the papers and I can ask, if I will have difficulties, but added than, maybe he is wrong about, what I am able to do with computers. He also asked for my CV by email. I think he will see, that I am good with computers, when he is reading my CV.

What a job did I get, you will wonder. It is as an extra (during ordinary employees vacations, illness and other days off. It is as a personal carer for people with disabilities, e.g. people who are not in the mental or physical condition to make their living by themselves, but also other even more serious conditions. I will have to people to help with and be trained before I can start. The training will be paid for as well.

Back at home, I sent an email to the agent of an employer in Spain, where I still am in the race and told her, that I will not take that job, because I have got another one. Furthermore I deleted my account on EURES and all the other job sites. Afterwards I prepared for the study circle the upcoming evening.

Why did I take a job as an extra, when I can get a full time job in such a nice country like Spain? There are several circumstances, which made me to decide the way I did. The first one is, that, even I like to work abroad, I also like my home and, because I plan to be away from home from august next year, I like to stay at my home for a while. The second is, the amount one can earn abroad. It is not more than half of it I can earn in Sweden, but the expenses are more than half of it. Though with the same amount of income, I do only need to work half of time here in Sweden. The third reason is the kind of work. Mostly there are phone jobs offered abroad. I have difficulties with that, because the headphones are not made for using them with hearing aids. There are only a few opportunities, working by email and chat only. I do not have problems with my hearing in direct conversations and it is easier to ask, when I do not hear in this situation as well. Though now I am only waiting for my contract and continue to enjoy my Swedish home.

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15th Oct 2019

… coming soon, please stay tuned!

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