These days, we’ve been coping with the ridiculously cold weather. However, we have been blessed with blue skies, so that makes it MUCH easier to deal with:) Today was –27C/-16.5F . . . Wednesday was only –3C/+26F, but the very next day was so cold (colder than –15C/+5F which is the cold boundary) that Sofia’s riding lesson was cancelled. Yesterday was only –12C/+10F, but it was SOOOO hard to be out in it for 3 hours for Max’s second, and final, crate class. Sam and I were so cold.
Today is day 13 of my LCHF (low carb high fat) lifestyle. I’ve done pretty well . . . yesterday was hard when Sam and I had to stop and eat after the class . . . but I’m down 5 pounds (at least I was the last time I weighed myself). I’ve been getting lots of tips and recipes online. This is what I made for dinner on Friday night:
Feta cheese stuffed chicken with oven-roasted vegetables. Tonight I made spinach salad and pinenut meatballs with feta dip, but forgot to take a picture.
Friday evening, Mattias went to a Valentine’s Disco. It was at another school, about 30km/18 miles away. Most of his class went, so they were able to all go together. Fun!
When he got home, he said, “Mom, aren’t you going to take a picture of me?” So, here he is in´his disco-going outfit. He tells me the look is “Rocky-inspired”, but I haven’t seen the movies, so I don’t know . . . .
Anyways, hoping it warms up here soon. I’m really looking forward to spring!
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.