Charity of the month

This October our charity of the month went to animals.

The local Junior High participates each year in the Operation Day Work charity event. The kids can choose from getting a place to work for themselves or attending a school day. Many parents employ their children with household light work and so did we also this year. Jr. spent the day in our garden taking care of the mountain of leaves trying to take over our garden.

The Operation Work Day is a long standing tradition in Finland. This charity idea first started in Sweden, early 1960’s, in honor of Dag Hammaskj√∂ld as Swedish students wanted to honor his work for peace and for the international community. Soon the charity came to Finland also. Ever since the mid 90’s the Operation Word Day has been an annual happening in most of Finnish schools. The minimum required payment is just EUR 10.

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Xmas magazines – here we go!

Okay, you know what is the best way to get into Xmas mood? Reading Xmas magazines of course! My mom came by today and dropped off our first Xmas magazine of the year. Yes! This is the beginning of a wonderful reading experience. I look and uh and ah every picture. Some more than others, I can admit that. I look at all the things I could make. If only I had the time, all the materials and… and…

All those lovely wreaths, decorations, the lovely houses, all that snow.. And that is the thing – the snow looks so lovely on the page of a magazine but I just wish it could stay looking so wonderful without needing the cold temperature to go with it.

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Fall falls over me

Now, for a lady fully confessed as a summer lover, I am having a mysterious connection to Fall.

It is totally different than my full hearted infatuation with summer. This is something totally different. There is no “oh, I wish I could get out of the door faster to enjoy the warmth”. There is no “oh, that rain really brought a wonderful fresh smell”. No, there is “I wish I can get to my car fast enough to avoid as much of this storm as possible”. There is “I cannot believe I have to scrape the windows off my car already today”. But there is also “oh, those trees look absolutely amazing in the sunshine, super yellow!”.

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Happy thought for October 2011

This happy thought actually started already in September but since I have been a bit slow in posting my happiness to the world it counts for October now. My happy thought for this October is – College Football! Go Bucks!

I really really love watching American Football. Since we have ESPN America on our cable I cannot get enough of the gamedays. In order to keep family life going I cannot use all of my Saturdays and Sundays in front of the TV watching football, so I tape the games and watch them at intervals during the week. This gives me the possibility to skip slow parts faster and catch some well deserved rest after a hard workday.

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