• Keep on playing… keep on playing…

    For me this is hard enough without the beam but the beam makes it so much more fun! When it’s hard, you can choose to quit…or to keep on playing 😉

    Balance is important and it’s something that many of us have lost. Every year in Sweden, about 70 000 people fall so badly that they need to be hospitalized and more than 1 000 people die. One of the reasons they fall is impaired balance and walking ability.

    Of course, you don’t have to balance on a beam – you can, for example, just balance on one leg on the floor and if that’s easy, try it with your eyes closed!

  • The juice that turned into a smoothie

    A few years ago I wanted to make my own fruit and vegetable juices (without additives and preservatives), so I bought a juicer that simply gets the juice out. The thing I realised with juicers, unless you have a real fancy (expensive) one is that you get a lot (!) of leftover fibers and stuff when you make a juice. The recommendations to use the leftovers when baking bread or biscuits or even added to stews were good, but considering the large amount of leftovers that I finally had to throw away (even though I only juiced a little), made me abandon the juicing.

    The juice recipes I had sounded delicious (one of the reasons I wanted to make juice in the first place), but since I didn’t want the waste, I decided to make them into smoothies with whole fruits and vegetables and see how they turned out. Some of them were a bit thick in texture (some really thick!) and some quite like a juice, but almost all of them tasted great! The very few that didn’t work out, I don’t make of course, but I do eat those fruits and veggies in other ways.

    This smoothie (I absolutely love the red color!) is made from beetroots, apples and carrots and I just blended them all. I had beetroot juice at home, so I used that, but next time I will test with a beetroot and just add some water. The smoothie came out thick in consistency, but so yummy!

  • Fungal mycelium + coffee = ?

    An exciting Christmas gift from my daughter just arrived in the mail: an oyster mushroom cultivation kit! She’s really good at finding interesting and fun things for us to try out. And guess what – the fertilizer is coffee grounds – something she knows there’s lots of here, especially now since my fiancé is working from home. Will be setting it all up this coming weekend. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Night out, Part 2

    If you’ve read Night out, Part 1, you’re probably curious about how my very first winter night out was. First of all, I was too excited to feel tired and I didn’t want to lie there awake, without being able to sleep or read a book, so I didn’t go out until just before 11 p.m. I didn’t take all that much with me into the tent, only things that were necessary and a few things I thought might come in handy. I couldn’t find our thick foam sleeping pad (it has disappeared somewhere), so I doubled up with two self inflating sleeping pads instead, one on top of the other, to keep the cold from seeping up from the ground. My new sleeping bag and my pillow went on top of them, and I stuffed the woollen socks, sweater and tights that I wore on my way out, inside the bottom of my sleeping bag to keep them warm. I put a torch in one of the tent pockets – it was pretty dark in there – and a bottle of water next to me in case I got thirsty.

    The extras I brought along were ear plugs, eye pads – you know the ones you get on airplanes – in case the outdoor lights came on and disturbed me (they come on every time someone walks past the house), a knitted cap to keep my head warm and the house key if I needed to go on my nightly trip to the toilet. So far so good. And then it was lights out.

    It took me some time to adjust to my new sleeping bag. It was wide enough – actually very wide – which I appreciated a lot because in our summer bags I feel quite constricted and always find myself crawling out of the bag. That would not have been such a good idea here! The thing I had to get used to was the tiny opening for my face.

    I still have to figure out if my face should stick out of the hole or stay down in the bag with the hole hovering above. I tried different settings during the night depending on how cold my face got or how much air I wanted. I used the ear plugs because the cars on a nearby road were a bit annoying. I didn’t use the eye pads since it was pretty dark all night long. I didn’t use my cap either – I did think about it a couple of times when I turned over and my ear felt a bit cold because it was exposed – but I had left the cap outside my sleeping bag and didn’t want to risk it being too cold and having the opposite effect of the intended. All in all, I had a decent night’s sleep, quite warm and snug, and not at all in need of the toilet. Now that was a nice surprise!

    At 7 a.m. I felt a bit of a chill, so I hauled my clothes out, put them on and went back to sleep for another hour, waking just after 8 a.m. I lay there for a while, ear plugs out now, just listening to the birds and enjoying the light in the tent. Pretty pleased with my little experiment, I’m now looking forward to a prettier setting, a fire, good food and hopefully some good company!

  • Night out, Part 1

    Ever since early last year, I’ve been longing for a night out. I’ts not like I’ve never had a night out before. Actually, I’ve had quite a lot of them. Usually in June, July or August. But never in January. Now that is about to change! Because tonight will be my first night out – alone – in our tent – in our back yard – in January. I’ve heard it’s good to try it out close to home, because you can focus on what it feels like to just sleep out, without having to think about all the other stuff, like carrying everything, finding a place to set up your tent, gathering firewood, making a fire, making dinner and so on.

    I recently bought myself a new sleeping bag which is supposed to be comfortable at minus 15 degrees Celsius. Right now, it’s only 4 degrees below zero, so I think (hope) I will be ok with the temperature. Also, being just steps away from the house means I can always go inside if it doesn’t work out. Not that I will though. I have given up on the thought of reading a book in the tent – that was probably a bit optimistic. I think I will just pop out there when I’m sleepy enough. One thing that has been on my mind (quite a lot on my mind actually), is my nightly visit to the toilet. I’m really trying to rid myself of this habit (because it’s ruining my sleep) and maybe lying in the cold will help. We will see.