1st Sept 2019

I paid for my upcoming class “rock ‘n roll continuation”. I should have done it some days before, but I had to wait until this day, because I had to transfer money from my other account – unfortunately it was not possible to pay directly from the Maltese account. The amount was 625 SEK (58 EUR resp. 64 USD). There will be 13 times we meet. – In the following text you can convert the added prices like it follows (1 EUR = 10,7 SEK, 1 USD = 9,8 SEK).


During the afternoon I was in Flen. I had read before, that there will be hold “The day of the World” including food from Eritrea, Somalia and more countries. I thought, that is maybe the only way I will be able to taste food from those countries. The weather was unstady, though I had my rain jacket with me, but unfortunately not my rain trousers. Anyway the day started with sunshine, but soon there came grey clouds. It takes only 10 minutes by train to go there from Katrineholm, but I had to walk for halv on hour to reach the castle of Stenhammer, which is owned by the State of Sweden, but let to the King of Sweden.


The Castle of Stenhammer


The event started with the grand opening by our king and queen. The king was talking and his wife, the queen just standing on his side. There was life music of three different bands, all bound to the theme of the day as well as the music. It was not such music, as I expected, but that is just the famous thing with those events, that one learn a lot more. All this happened in the outer garden. We were not allowed to go closer to the castle and not at all to visit the castle. The king and his family do live there often on weekends.


Grand Opening of the Event by His Majesty, the Kind and her Majesty, the Queen of Sweden


While the music was playing I started to stand in line for the food. The dark clouds came closer and closer the event and I was thinking, when I finally reach the service, it will rain cats and dogs or they will have run out of food. I actually was right. It started raining heavily, when I had around ten minutes left until it was my turn. People, who just had bought their meals did stay close to the service for eating their meals, though wem who were still waiting, were for longer in the rain. The service was even running out of food, but when I reached it, they had found one more plate. I had to pay 40 SEK for a pasty from Somalia and a chicken dish from Eritrea. The portions were not very big, either. Especially the chicken dish was quite hot. Luckily I had got yoghurt with it. I found a corner, where I could stand – under the roof of the service.


When I had finished that meal I did buy biscuits and cakes, baked of women from other countries like Iraq. There were lots of different kinds and the cashier told me, that she do not have change as well as one piece of cake or one bisquit is for 10 SEK and two for 20 SEK. The smallest note I had was a 50 SEK note. Though I asked her, if I pay 50 SEK, I can take of all of the cakes/biscuits and she told me, that is OK. First when I was taking of the sweets, I though that there were much more than five kinds of them. Anyway all women were eager to give me of that, what they had been baking. Some reminded on German or Swedish Christmas biscuits other more on Turkish baklava, but none of them were really sweet. The cake, who reminded on Turkish baklava was baked on a plat and they were cutting big pieces. We were told, that it was baked of rice flakes. The rain was getting less during the time I enjoyed all the cakes and biscuits.


The Rice Cake


I became really full and was now going back to the bands. Unfortunately it started raining heavily again, though I decided to take a train home. During that half hour walk, I did get really wet. I could buy a ticket for a train, which should soon arrive. Unfortunately, that train was nearly one hour late. We never did get an explanation about the reason, but I could see in the app, that it already had started ca 50 minutes late. I was frozen and wet and decided to buy a cup of tea at the coffee shop at the station. It was for 25 SEK. I was really happy, there is a coffee shop even I think 25 SEK is a lot for a teabag and hot water. We do not have a coffee shop at the railway station in Katrineholm, but close to it. Anyway, that one is too far away, while waiting for a late train. I went out to the platfrom in time. Luckily I saw in time, that I had to go to another platform. This was also soon announced.


Well back in Katrineholm I had to make my 15 minutes walk home and it was raining heavily here, too. Though, when I arrive at home, I was directly going into my bathroom and took off all my clothes, because I was wet on my skin. My rain jacket, which is a quiet expensive one and of a good make, did not stand for all the rain. I actually was agraid to get a cold. Though I pampered me with a warm chocolate.


2nd Sept 2019

I recovered from the day before, but made use of the day to write a menu for my birthday party, because I had decided to celebrate my birthday with my children and relatives this year. I have not done that for some years, because I have been abroad – working or travelling. I also was thinking about, if my wishes come true, I will not be at home during late summer, autumn and vinter next year and cannot celebrate my 70th birthday together with my family.

I also send messages/email to my children and invited them, because they have to pan as well. I am happy, that my birthday is on a Saturday this year. It is perfect, because my relatives also can stay over night in Katrineholm – some at my apartment and my son Samuel and his family has already talked about to stay over at a hotel. The email I sent to my eldest son, Marcus. I was not sure, he will come, because of his Asperger’s syndrom and the panic disorder, but he answered quite fast, that it is fun and that he will come. It made me so happy!

Later I made part of my laundry – towels again. The evening I spent as usual, watching movies.


3rd Sept 2019

It was Tuesday and my shopping day. I bought a little more than usual, but no meat and no chicken. They supermarket sold 1kg apples in a bag for only 14 SEK. I was looking at them, as good as it was possible and they did look OK. For that price, one has to be aware, that it won’t be the best quality.

Back at home I made an apple pie and a blueberry pie as well, because I still had blueberries from my shopping the week before. I did see too late, that the blueberries were packed in Poland – and I think picked as well, because they did not taste like I am used of Swedish blueberries. They did not really have any taste at all. Though I had not used a lot of them. Furthermore I did cook apple sauce. I decided to make apple sauce, when I peeled the apples for the pie. As I expected there were bruises on them – not very big ones, but once it started, it will become bigger very soon. I anyway have problems to eat raw apples, though it was OK for me.


4th Sept 2019

I started to update my blog and nearly got ready with the month of August 2019, but had problems with the photos I tried to add. Anyway I could not get it done and had to stop, because it became too late.

In the late afternoon I was to a free walking tour of our community about public art. I had hoped, we were explained a lot more, but the tour was only for one hour and we were only walkting in the centre of our town including the railway garden – that is a garden very close to the railway station. It felt like half of the art were busts of important people of the town. Anyway we have got explanations of other sculptures as well. We were lucky, it did not rain during the walk, but unfortunately on my way home.


5th Sept 2019

This day I had been waiting for a long while. I did not leave my home before I was going to my rock ‘n roll class. All the day I was afraid, I would miss to go there in time, but I did not. This class was better than the class “rock ‘n roll basics”, because we were many more attendents and all were very nice. Half of us had been at the basic class together. It was fun to meet again.

One of them asked me, when we were ready to leave, if I was by fot or by bike. He offered me to drive me home, because it was raining again. Unfortunately, when I had to decide, he told me, that it was not raining anymore, but when I was leaving the building, it had started again and it became heavy as well. Though I was really wet again, when I reached my home, even it is only a ten-minutes-walk. Next time – if he will offer me one more time to drive me home, I just will thank him and go with him.


6th Sept 2019

In the morning I checked, when the next Sunday dance at our club will be, unfortunately there is nothing added yet about Sunday dances. I have to write an email and ask. We have a new board and maybe they just did forget it.

Before noon I was going to a pharmacy and two shops by bike. They are all close to the supermarket. I had to buy new medicine. Together with eye drops, lip balms and a little tub of cream I had to pay more than 400 SEK, the most of it (more than 300 SEK) was for the two kinds of medicine. At the shop for electronics, white goods and more I had to buy a new cable for my headphones – the one, which I have to use between the mp3-player and/or the laptop and the headphones. I had recognized, that it was broken inside. I could not hear music and talk in the right part of the headphones anymore. First I thought it was because the quality of the old movies I am watching, but than I found out, that it was the cable. At the other shop I bought some household items. This is a shop, which sales items from bankrupt companies. One never knows, what they are selling for the moment, but there are things, they have for a long time. I think it depends on, that they are buying large quantities, if possible. Amongst others I bought two baking molds. I did give all those things away, when I left Germany for Malta and miss them now, especially by being proud of making all food and bakery from scratch.

I got frozen after my lunch while sitting with my kitchen table and reading. There are still +21°C in my apartment, even it outside is only around +16°C on the middle of the day now. I dressed in a warm cardigan and took my vinter slippers on my feet as well as I dressed in warm wool socks. Than I cooked a cup of coffee. I get warmer for a while, but while updating my blog I did get cold again, aspecially on my feet.


7th Sept 2019

My son Samuel had agreed with me, that I could visit him this day as well as stay overnight. His son Leon and his wife has started at a karate club, therefore they would not be able to pick me up at the train station before around 3pm. Anyway I had to go to IKEA and buy some more crockery as well as some more small items.

I did take the 9:57am train to Stockholm and was at IKEA Kungens Kurva at high noon. There were a lot of people on the bus for IKEA and many more visitors at the shop. Actually, I have not been there, when there were so many customers. Used to this shop I did find, what I needed, easily and left the house around 2pm. Just before I thought to call Samuel, he called me and we agreed about the meeting point. He told me, it will take around 15 minutes, before he will arrive there. Actually it took longer, but the weather was quite nice and it did not matter for me.

Will he was driving home, I told him happily, that all his siblings, even Marcus, had promised to join my birthday party. His answer surprised me, because never before he had told me about it and he was not so very infected of it, I thought. He told me, that he will not come – or only without his family, because Marcus has been so violent during his teenage-years. His wife did tell him, that she would like to come anyway and Samuel did confirm, that he will not have the boys with them, if Marcus is coming.

We were not so active this afternoon and evening, just talked a little, played a game and fortunately, he remembered to sign the life certificate for the social security department on Malta. The last had been the main reason, why I was visiting them this time. Samuel was to bed between 8pm and 9pm, because he was so tired – so was I. I was freezing the little, because the cover was thin for the temperatures, but I slept quite well and until 7:30am the next morning.


8th Sept 2019

I was going upstairs shortly after 7:30am to take my thyroid medicine. the boys were already awake and even I tried to be quiet, they did hear me. When I was on my way back downstairs, Tharsiny (my daughter in law) did ask me, what I wish for breakfast. Though I told her, that I have to wait 30 min before breakfast, but also, that I would like to have eggs and agreed to boiled eggs.

Downstairs I did dress and was after a while going to the kitchen for breakfast. They were already heaving breakfast, but saved three eggs for me. I did take two and told them, someone else could have the third one. I also did take a couple of toast slices, put them in the toaster and had cheese on one of them and a kind of chocolate spread on the other one. I do not buy chocolate or nut-spread myself, but could not resist.

During the morning and early afternoon I helped Samuel to fix the guttering av their house. It had been down, when the house was new painted and also put back, but the seams were not sealed, though, when raining, the water was not rinsing throughout the waterspouts, but came down by the seams. He had, naturally, to use a ladder och therefore I was a good help for him to hand up the things he needed. We also picked some items out of their garage and drove them to the recycling station. I helped him there as well.

On the way back to my son home, we picked up his mother in law and was back in time, though I could have lunch as well. Directly afer lunch, he was driving me to the railway station and his wife did accompany us, because they had planned, that they on the way back will shop at a market-garden. He also helped me at the railway station to get my shopping-cart on the train. It was very heavy by the china and glasses, I had bought.

Back in Katrineholm, when I left the train, I was happy, that I found a got way to leave it, without crossing my china. I was going backwards and did take the shopping cart at its stand, because it is out of metal. The handle is out of plastic and I was afraid, it would brake by the heavy weight. To roll the cart home, was very easy. The first thing I did at home, was to unpack my shopping-cart to see, if all the china was OK and it was! Now I can have up to eleven guests for dinner at the same time. By the way, the weekend has had grey skies, but fortunately it was not raining.

I put as much as possible in the dishwasher and the rest of it in the dishwasher, when the first load was done. Between the two loads I had a smoothie, because I was very hungry, but had not time enough to prepare a meal. I also put the china into my cupboard as soon as the dishwasher finished a load. I had to displace my bowls, but find good solutions for them.


Half of the China and 2/3 of the Glasses are New


I decided to only have quark for my evening meal, because I already have had meatballs for lunch. So I did and afterwards I was watching movies again.


9th Sept 2019

I had a good nights sleep with my winter cover, which I use all-year-around. Anyway I had late breakfast, which became a brunch, because I had chiapudding as often as well as two scrambled eggs and also my daily smoothie. Afterwards I culled some old papers, when I was looking for an envelope. By this I reduced my binders by one and are now able to put a magazine file in my bookshelf instead – to use for envelopes etc.

It was raining most of the day, though I did stay at home. For lunch I had some sandwiches with different kinds of cheese and a tea. I do not often drink tea, but the weather and even that I was cold as well, made me the decision easy. For dinner I had taken sliced, boiled potatoes and two slices of smoked pork out of the freezer, but they were not really melt yet. I will have pickled slices of beetroot for dinner as well.


… will be continued, please stay tuned!

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