1st Nov 2020
It seemed to by very windy, but when I came outside, it was not. It was just moderate. Though I was a little overdressed during my 7-km-walk together with Irma. Off and on it was drizzling, but that did not bother us.
2nd Nov 2020
I was waiting for Irene, who promised to pick me upp at home (exactly at the corner of my street/the closest junction). I had already waited a little longer, when Irene called me. She was not able to get her car out off the garage, she rents. A big truck blocked the way out of the area with the garages. Anyway it went all well, because of the service minded janitors of her landlord. Two of them were driving us to the boule place. That there were two depended on, that they only can tack one passenger in their cars. Though they were coming with two cars. This I call service! Irene also told me before, that the landlord hold another service. It is for new tenants. They get two hours with a janitor, which is for hanging of paintings and similar items. Though I will try to get an apartment at this landlord, but most important is the apartment itself and the amount of the rent.
3rd Nov 2020
I was taking the flu vaccine in the morning and was very surprised, because of the good standard of “Corona”safety. The nurses wore face masks, visors as well as one time approns of plastic and one time plastic gloves. Before they put on the gloves, they desinfected their hands nearly up to their elbows. The areas for vaccination were seperated with room dividers and they also vaccinated in one room. I was one of the lucky ones, who was treated just in that one room. I think, it was the safest alternative – and of course, I wore one of my facemasks as well.
I also was at the supermarket in the evening – after I had picked up mig vegetables from the special farmers market, called “REKO-ring”. There was a reduced price for nuts as bulk confectionery, though I did buy around a kg all together, divided in almonds, Brazil nuts and walnuts. In the clothing department I found a pair of Wellingtons for women. It was so lonely at the shelf, though I checked the size and it was mine. I decided to buy that pair, because the lined Wellingtons I bought a short time ago I only can use with extra socks and they are normally too warm. I bought them for colder days.
4th Nov 2020
It was time for the line dance again as well as the dance class for “bugg”. Furthermore I have got an email from my girlfriend in Vienna. She ordered two face masks of me. I decided to give them to her as a gift, but she did not accept it and later on send me money by a letter.
5th Nov 2020
I had an appointment with a landlord, called Tegelstaden. They are producing new buildings and offer apartments without the need to be in a queue. I could not find any notice about the rent, though I did agree to this appointment. Meanwhile I was there, it sounded good and even it was a little surprising for me, how the seller at the landlords company told me more than once, that they are hand picking their tenants, I let me set up for one of the apartments. It had 1, 5 rooms, that means, that the bedroom is small. For the people in the Commonwealth and countries, which were a part of the Commonwealth before I have to explain, that in Sweden and other European countries (not all of them), apartments are not declared by their amount of bedrooms, but the amount of rooms overall. Usually there is a living room and x amounts of bedrooms, though an apartment with a livingroom and one bedroom is a 2-room-apartment and if the bedrooms are small, though you cannot put in a Queensize bed, it is 0.5 room.
Luckily I had ask for a floor plan and also got the right measures of it. When I checked at home, how it was possible to put my furniture into the apartment, I had signed up for (it was not a finally sign up), I understood, that there were no room for a bookshelf! I knew already that the kitchen and the living room was in an open plan, but before I was at home, I thought it was easier to furniture this area. In addition to that, I calculated the rent for each square meter and it was higher than the rent I have now. It was not a lot for one square meter, but for the whole apartment, I decided, that it was too much. I thought, I may not send an email straight away and have to think over my interest for that apartment. So I did.
I was also taking a 7-km-walk with Irma today and, unfortunately, got an email from our dance club, that all classes are canceled until further notice, because the amount of sick people in COVID-19 were increasing rapidly again. I thought, we could have had our (for the season) last line dance class anyway, because we are very few people in a very big room, but even this one was canceled. The board of the dance club handle the pandemic very serious – what I appreciate. The class in “bugg” already had finished. It was only for three times – this also because of the insecurity of the pandemic situation. I had signed up for another one – with the same partner I have had in the last one, but I had not paid yet, though there were no financial problem at all.
6th Nov 2020
We have a guy from New Zealand in our town, who makes his living by selling special pies from his home country. It was my wish, to visit his coffee shop since I know about his company. This day I did it. The coffee shop is situated in an industrial area, not far away from the supermarket, I use to go to. Actually his industry and his coffee shop are combined. He always sells frozen pies, but in the coffee shop he sells fresh made ones.
The coffee shop is nice decorated, among others with watercolor paintings of kiwis (the national bird of NZ) by his financée. There was just one customer more than me, though there was no problem to keep the distance. I ordered a vegetable pie and a glass of water. Meanwhile I was sitting at a table, the owner of this place was chatting with me, because he became interested in my travel throughout his country (see 2015/2016 or New Zealand here on the blog – it was my first long travel, my first travel to another continent and the country, where my real adventure started).
After the visit in the coffee shop I bought some items at the supermarkets I am used to go to. That I have to go to two different depends on, that my main supermarket does not have the very good papaya I buy each week – I might have written about this before.
7th Nov 2020
This was a Saturday and as usual on Saturdays I was chatting via Skype with my son Marcus. We are always talking about what we did during last week and sometimes we have additional topics.
8th Nov 2020
Irma and I took our walking tour.
9th Nov 2020
I finally sent an email to Tegelstaden, stating, that I am not longer interested in that apartment, we were talking about before. The employee of the landlord answered my email by offering a cheaper and bigger 1-bedroom apartment. Unfortunately it was on the third floor and the building does not have an elevator. Anyway I agreed to look at the apartment, especially for the two walk-in-wardrobes stated. I was offered an appointment for the upcoming day.
Irene, me and some other retired people were playing boules again. It was cold, but we had to use the outdoor field, because of the rising numbers of COVID-19, the hall was closed.
10th Nov 2020
During the afternoon I took a look at this other apartment, I was offered the day before. I was so disappointed! There was not only no elevator, which I already knew, but the staircase was hard to use and worse was the apartment itself. The walk-in-wardrobes were just usually wardrobes and the one of them were not even a real wardrobe, but a half-size one for cleaning gadgets.
I also had an offer for another apartment of another landlord. That was situated very close to the train station. It was in an old house, which once upon a time was used as a post office and for their administration as well. When I saw it from the outside, I was wondering by myself, on which floor the apartment might be – maybe one of them under the rooftop as well as, if there is an elevator in the building. I did not think so. When it was my turn to see the apartment (we had got appointments and had to wait outside for our turn, because of the pandemic), I asked just these questionså and my apprehension was correct. The apartment was one of them directly under the rooftop and the building did not have an elevator. Though I did not look at that apartment at all. I was offered another apartment at the countryside, but I told the landlords agent, that I am not interested in to live outside Katrineholm, especially by the lack of a car.
Irma has got a very pain in her spine. Anyway, she was going to the supermarket by car and offered me, to go with her. So I did. By the way, we were going in the evening, one hour before closing time. At that time, there were not a lot of customers in the supermarket.
11th Nov 2020
I called Irma and asked her, how she is – if she still has such a pain. Unfortunately she had. I also offered her my help, but she told me, that she has her son and family (her grandson is 17 years old). Therefore I was going downtown and visited a haberdashery, where I bought sewing cotton and ribbon for my Christmas curtains. I had made a mistake the year before. I shortened the four length during two different afternoons and I did not realize the other time the correct length for them. I only did see that, when I have got hanged the curtains. Though I had to change those before the 1st December. I was already running a little late. Furthermore I was to the opticians shop and bought a spray for my glasses, that they should not become misty. It was expensive, but I was told, that I only need to use a little drop of it every time I use it. By the way, this day I have seen more people wearing face masks as I ever have seen before in Katrineholm. Anyway, there were not many.
Maybe you remember, that I have an advertisement on Facebook, advertising face masks. This day I have got a request, but the interested person ask for black ones. I told her, that I will contact her, when I have black ones, because I am not allowed to sew after request. She told me, that she will buy two of them in that case.
12th Nov 2020
I started to make weekly announcements about our (GrandmasForFuture) demonstration for the climate again on Facebook. I also was downtown and bought black cotton fabrics and black elastic for seven face masks. Before I start with the measuring and sewing, I always wash the fabrics for being sure, it would not shrink. I did this, as soon as I was back home. That said, I can mention, that I also always cook the new face masks to be sure, they endure it.
13th Nov 2020
I was the only one this day in front of the town hall, telling the politicians, that I am supporting the climate strike and FridaysForFuture. It was drizzling this day again.
Later that day I called Irma, asking her about her health situation and chatting about a lot of other things. She invited me for teatime the upcoming Sunday.
In the evening I was to the service desk/post office at the supermarket and picked up a parcel. It was a way to take a walk.
14th Nov 2020
All the day I used for sewing face masks. I finished all the six I made with elastic band, but the one for myself I did not have time enough for, respectively I was too tired for it. The one for me I always sew with ribbons because they fit me better for my hearing aids.
I was contacting the woman, who had asked for black face masks. She really did buy one, but not the announced two. I hope, I can sell the others as well. There are nearly no people asking for my face masks even I already have that advertisement for many weeks.
15th Nov 2020
I was freezing, when I awoke, therefore I checked my body temperature. It was normal. Though, after breakfast, I was to the nearest supermarket/post office to post the letter with the face mask. I took care of buying more stamps as I needed, that I can put those letters in the closest post box next time.
Between 3pm and 7pm I was with Irma at her home. We kept the distance as much as possible. She has a 1-bedroom-apartment with an 180 cm wide bed. The kitchen is small. She cannot have a table in there, though she has the dining room table in the living room, close to the door for the balcony. There is no elevator in the house, where she is living and she lives on the 4th floor if you count the floors the American way. On my way home I was so grateful for my health, even it is not perfect, but I do not have any pain.
16th Nov 2020
… will be continued as soon as possible. Please stay tuned!