Archive for oktober, 2010

Having a Volvo in Volvoville

oktober 30, 2010

Time to say good-bye to my Saab from 1993, my Dad’s old car. Good old PNY has been a good pal, hardly ever ”ill” or reluctant to work. When my Dad bought the car it was brand new and he was very proud of it. And I’ve never listened to anybody who told me that it’s uncool or an old man’s car. I’ve always liked it!

Good old PNY

But I’ve finally realized that it’s just a matter of time before the great demise starts, and in addition I’ve been talking about getting an environmentally friendly car for years. But there were a lot of tricky questions: How do you combine environment with a car that’s big enough to fit four tall people? And what type of engine – gas, hybride, diesel, electricity? But the selection narrowed down more and more as I tried to figure out the equation and in the end there were a couple of cars that were pretty similar.  And the winner was Volvo V50. Fuel consumption is 0.4 liters per 10 kilometers (0,017 gallons per mile) which is less than half compared to old PNY.

I’ve never bought a new car. This is something I thought they only did in TV-commercials:

Tada! The dramatic unveiling!

Even though I think my old car did a very good job, I must confess that it’s fun to drive a new car. It’s so smooth and quiet! And has a lot of clever devices. There sure has been some product development in 17 years…

...and we're off!

So one question remains. Having a Volvo in Volvoville – will I be able to find my car in a parking lot?

 

Carpe Diem with a ”cat walk”

oktober 20, 2010

Fall has a certain element of melancholy, doesn’t it? You know that soon enough the fall storms will sweep off all the leaves and leave everything grey and beige.

A cougar on the hunt

I had some errands to do and put on  my jacket, which Silver always interprets as an invitation to go for a walk. He started purring an meowing happily, so I didn’t have the heart to just leave him. Instead we went for a little stroll and took the opportunity to take a closer look at what’s still growing in the garden. Some of the roses are still doing very well.

The grapes in the green-house are actually quite tasty, but nobody bothers to harvest them.

But the apples… They are supposed to be some very rare kind. But that doesn’t help. They don’t taste good so nobody eats them. But they look delicious. Weird.

Actually, there are still a lot of pretty colors out there. Thanks for reminding me of that, Silver!

 

Barbershop rocks!

oktober 18, 2010

Choir retreat this week-end. Just singing, singing, singing. And partying. Since we’re having a big Christmas concert in a month and a half, it was mostly Christmas music.

 

The whole body needs warm-ups, not just the vocal cords.

 

 

Learning a new song

 

 

Small group making a new interpretation of Mary's Lullaby, featuring our youngest member

 

The weather is always great when we have choir week-end retreats. It never fails. Except for that one time when there was a snow-storm…

Lunch in the sunshine. (Something suspect on the plate?)

 

And of course good food and partying in the evening are important parts of the package. You might think that after a whole day of singing, people would be tired of that. But that’s not the case. Our parties mean singing songs that have been skipped from the repertoir long ago (and maybe ought to be buried and forgotten by now). And several constellations making more or less rehearsed performances. Here’s the music committee (section leaders and directors) making a very new interpretation with new lyrics to an old song.

 

Surprise performance by some "rock stars"

 

Several chorus members suggested that we have a rock’n roll theme for our next competition package. Well, I don’t know if barbershop-rock’n roll is a winning concept. But we sure had fun :-).

Thanks Julia for the pictures!

Lunch date

oktober 14, 2010

It’s a gorgeous day today! Sunshine and sparkling fall colors. Today is just too nice to sit inside all day.

My lunch dates

So me and my lunch dates, Ann-Britt and Tamtam decided to sit outside for lunch today.

Tamtam

”It smells so delicious outside the restaurant – why can’t a dog have a little lunch here too? (Even though I just had one.)”

Ann-Britt

We also met this little puppy:

Papillon baby

Some days life just seems better than ever :-). A little sunshine and some nice company sure does the trick.

Style jumping

oktober 11, 2010

What a fun week-end! Me and Louise participated in a style jumping course on Saturday. And then on Sunday there was a style jumping competition. Here’s my fantastic little competition partner:

 

Grandessa

 

This is what you learn if you google the word ”style jumping competition”:

This competition rewards competitors who can ride a course of show jumps in good rhythm and correct jumping position. The successful competitor must ride effectively with sufficient impulsion and maintain balance and a rhythmical pace, adjusting the length of the stride in such a way as to be able to jump the whole course without sudden lengthening or shortening in front of the fence. This is a very positive competition the judges give helpful comments about the horse and rider combination, positive score sheets akin to those used in dressage are conducive to constructive criticism and improvement.

Little Grandessa was very excited and jumpy because of all the people, applause, photo flashes etc so it was quite a challenge to try to stay calm and focused. But look at this:

All clear rounds (no knock-downs or refusals) were rewarded with a white ribbon. I still haven’t gotten my score sheets, so I don’t know how many points I scored. But it doesn’t really matter. I definitely feel like a winner already! We made it, me and Grandessa :-).

And then, to make a perfect week-end even better, I finished it off with quartet practise with my buddies in BeFour. Life is good.

Fall is here

oktober 4, 2010

I’m so excited about my new camera, that I even read the manual. So I brought for a couple of walks in the beautiful Delsjö forest.

Unfortunately, my back and shoulders hurt so bad, so I could not work with my computer for several days. But it’s a good thing that I actually took the opportunity to take some nice walks. Soon enough there will be horisontal rain and slushy snow…

rose hips

Lake Delsjön

Old couple enjoying the afternoon sun

Lilla Torps Trädgård (plant shop) is closing down in two days. The owners are retiring after 40 years and nobody is taking over. A little bit sad.