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Much of my blogging endeavor has involved talk about the weather. And no wonder: I even named my blog after the weather! But what I really mean is that my blog has been a convenient channel for me to moan about Nordic winter, how long and horrible it is. Like therapy. Surprisingly, my weather-related whiny posts have often gained more interaction in the comments section than many of the other posts that I’d actually crafted with love and care. I guess weather and climate are topics everyone...

There’s a coffee shop conveniently located on the ground floor of my office building. When the days get too dark, the coffee downstairs calls to me all the way up to the floor where I’m sitting behind my desk. Sometimes I manage to overcome the temptation. If I buy a latte once a day every workday, it’ll add up to 80 euros a month! And sometimes I’m not that reasonable and I just need a nice hug in a mug, as the coffee shop advertises. Not a coffee – a lingonberry-cino But… it’s not always...

“Banana (mumble-jumble)… banana…”, I heard a faint voice behind me. We were in a tiny meeting room, heads pivoted towards a shared screen. “Umm, you’re leaning on my banana!” I turned around, and lo and behold, my elbow had somehow wandered on top of my colleague’s banana. I was leaning on her snack! After duly apologizing, I giggled my way through the meeting, at times erupting into tears of laughter and then managing to recover my serious “I’m at work” look again. The week wasn’t going...

Last year, I did a Secret Santa post and it was well received, so why not do it again? What’s it about? Well, last year I asked to you share a post that you wish had gotten more attention when it was published – something I’m sure every blogger can relate to, right? This year, I’m asking you to share a post that you think the majority of your current readers haven’t seen. Share it by simply dropping a link in the comments section of this post. This is where Secret Santa comes in: Next,...

Paris, August 14, 2249 Rain fell from the building across the street, a thousand drops at a time, bouncing off the puddles on the ground. The drops ricocheted at a sharp angle, reminiscent of the reckless alpine skiiers you sometimes came across in very old sports videos. Jasper pondered over his plans for the day. Croissants for breakfast at the brassérie next door, and then a cozy cup of NonCafé to warm him up. Yum! He’d bring his walking bubble, and afterwards, he’d take a moment to stroll...

Dear friendly friends, this is my last time hosting this little photo challenge that Amanda and I envisioned. We’ve been very lucky to gain so many participants each time – thank you all so much for your fun, beautiful, and thoughtful entires! We appreciate all of your visits! Why am I giving up hosting a successful challenge? Well, I simply don’t have enough time and energy to give it all my heart, and I don’t like doing things half-heartedly. I’ll still continue blogging and the good news...

Up close in Patagonia (2014) I love a bit of drama in photos. Though funnily enough, the word drama now reminds me of guest host Manja – she can tell you why. Anyway, this Friendly Friday’s photo challenge theme is Dramatic. Show a photo of a dramatic event or scene, or add some drama to an ordinary photo by editing it. For instance, adding contrast or deepening black points may add some extra effect to a photo. Experiment and have fun! Editing is, of course, also a matter of personal...

This week, I attended a breakfast event with a colleague. One of the speakers was an experienced creative director in the media sector, and his performance was very inspiring. He talked about creativity: where it comes from, what you can do when you’re feeling blocked. One of the things he said was that creativity comes from your mind, so fill your mind with new information and experiences. Go to the museum, read books, study some courses. This resonated with me because, as it happens,...

Whereabouts – I like that word. What are your whereabouts? Or what were they in the past? This picture is from an autumn day a few weeks ago, in downtown Helsinki, my current wherabouts. Treasured moment of sunlight, Oct 13th, 2019 Close enough, anyway: I’m typing this from another spot downtown, indoors. Today, the sun is shining but the colorful leaves are long gone. My whereabouts are right here, right now, somewhere between autumn and winter. If you look at the weather, it’s winter,...

Wiped out by the daily grind, this blog offers its author a refuge, a place where moments can be frozen into nice ones and all that is grey can be forgotten, like it never even existed. Some say, without tedium, one doesn’t appreciate the happy moments. I disagree. But it’s important to keep optimistic and try to improve the bits and elements that compose that daily grind. No use in complaining, just go ahead and do something about it! At least try. And when it’s too much, let your...

The yellow shades and hues are almost gone in this part of the world, but it’s still vibrant here in my photos from a couple of weeks ago. This is part three of my autumn post series. Yellow leaves bring an illusion of sunlight, a tiny thought of “what if the trees always looked like this?” and “maybe there are fairies around here somewhere?” Happy...

More iphotos from wandering around in a sunny, colorful moment. Like the previous post in the series, these are from a park area in downtown Helsinki, Töölönlahti Bay. I was sighing in awe as we walked along the path circling the water – an hour long walk as we stopped several times to admire ducks and trains. One of my two-year-olds was awake for the joyride, the other one sound asleep. Remnants of a past summer: an empty cafe area It was such a treat. Yoga for the brain. Candy for...

…Well, secrets as the theme for Friendly Friday sounds a bit dramatic, what I really had in mind was that I would like you to reveal something about yourself. Something personal or something that you haven’t told us yet. My reveal is that I used to have this photo hanging on my living room wall. I like it because it has all of my favorite colors: turquoise, blue, and olive green. Summer day in Nice And whenever I look at it, I’m reminded of the exact moment when I took the photo. This was...

Hello there! I just saw from my stats that I’ve written 19.1K words on the blog this year – and you’re still around! Amazing! Thanks very much for sticking with me. As you guys might have noticed, I’m more of a summer person and not a fan of winter at all. Real-life winter of a someone working full-time is nowhere near the hygge hype that happened last winter, or was it the winter before. Hygge is a marketing scam! (I know you won’t believe me but it needs to be said.) Anyway… despite...

Filling the frame on a day trip to Tallinn, Estonia, last summer. The ferry ride from Helsinki, Finland, takes about 2 hours, depending on which ferry you choose. Typical summer weather: grey skies. (But no snow.) And ah! I have arrived – this is what I came for. Little baked treats. I was looking for cake, but brunch time pain au chocolate straight from the bakery’s oven did the trick just perfectly. We don’t really have bakeries in Helsinki, they’ll just chuck frozen products in the...