Monday, November 7, 2011

busy, busy

Time sure flies when you’re busy! Lately, it seems like there has been something to do, or someplace to go, everyday/evening.
We’ve had unseasonably warm weather for where we live. Last year, we had our first snow in mid-October. So far, this fall, we’ve only had one day below freezing . . . and that was just barely. What this has mean for me (besides the fact that I am rejoicing in the milder weather) is that for the first time since we’ve been here, I think we’re actually prepared (yard-wise) for the snow (when it comes).
I have actually raked the yard 3 times. 3 times. That’s impressive, because I really hate raking. Here’s how a piece of our back yard looked a couple of weeks ago:
And here’s how it looked after it was raked the first time:
During this process, I have discovered that it is really hard to have OCD and rake a yard. I want to get every. single. leaf. In the pictures above, you can’t see the part of the yard to the right, where Mattias raked. Sam was working up on the roof with Stefan, and called down to me that it was obvious where I had raked . . .
12 days ago we had our final Post Placement visit from the social worker regarding Sofia’s adoption. The afternoon went quite well. I think it was the first time Sofia didn’t hide behind the sofa when she asked her some questions.
Mattias has started playing an online computer game called Minecraft. Anybody heard of it? It’s a building game, and he absolutely loves it. Sometimes, his buddy Pepsi keeps him company.
Speaking of Pepsi, last Tuesday we found out that she’s completely blind in her left eye. Surgery can run up to 1500€ and can have serious complications, so I think we will just watch her carefully for any signs of problems with the right eye. You can see the cataract in the picture below:
Two weeks ago, we celebrated Thanksgiving (a week late for us Canadians). Since we were having all of Stefan’s family over, I didn’t want to have the dog cage in the middle of the hallway that has been there since we got the puppies. We have moved them into our “help kitchen” – I guess it’s like a pantry/mud room . . . it’s a room off the kitchen with lots of storage,etc. Anyways, when we tried having them in there with the door closed, it got WAY too hot and stuffy. Then we tried a piece of wire fencing in the doorway, but they pushed it down. So, I built this:
I built this. Stefan helped a bit with the hinges and the latch, but I did most of the work. I know it’s not really square, and now it’s starting to sag just a bit, but I’m still kinda proud of myself.
Well, that’s a quick update for now. I hope to post a little more often this month, promise!

The Holms

Denmark Road Trip

The outskirts of St. Pete

St. Petersburg

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.