Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This Week: Just Some Thoughts...
We have the weirdest weather here right now. It is so warm, around 19 degrees C. That equals about 64 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale. WAY too warm for me in December, not pleasant.
You see, in Sweden this kind of December weather is unheard of, I am not U*S*E*D to it and therefore I am entitled to complain (about the weather).
I just told my friend and Neighbor Sara today that I want 25 degree weather all winter long, that is about -4 on the Celsius scale. Needless to say, Sara did not agree...
But that is what I want!
This warm weather can just pack up and LEAVE this area.
Peter, Karolina and I just got back from Karolina's drama group's performance (I always pre-publish so "tonight" is actually "yesterday"). The girls in the group did so GOOD!!! We are such PROUD parents of our little acting daughter!
The drama teacher does such a remarkable job with the group. Always!!!
Now the girls will take the play on a little tour around Reston. They will perform at nursing homes, at some schools and at a homeless shelter. A good thing, indeed!
So Christmas is coming on strong, are you guys ready??? I am not. I still have loads of gifts to buy, but the stress is not getting to me. I still have time.
I am enjoying the season, I am enjoying these super cozy times. I thrive on it! I am loving it.
In the neighborhood more and more Christmas lights are coming up, and as I look out my window I see so many beautiful lights, both my own and some of my neighbors. Nice!!
The other night I woke up so early in the morning, maybe around five. I could not go back to sleep, but I did not feel like turning the light on either. Instead I was laying awake in my bed watching the full moon and the stars outside our bedroom window. All of a sudden I saw a falling star!!! So beautiful! And I wished, so hard...
I have only seen falling stars a couple of times before in my life. I've seen falling stars at my grandparents farm in Ostrobothnia in Närpes, Finland. When you walked out on their front steps on a cold winter night you had the whole milky way shimmering over your head. It was, and IS, so amazingly remarkable. No street lights are dimming your view. You just have the whole night sky right there. So, being there in the winter time I've seen falling stars. AND, there I have also witnessed the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Another phenomena that is hard to explain. It is so dramatic, and so remarkable. My mom and brother claim that they have actually heard the northern lights sparkle...
Staffan, my brother, told me that one Christmas in the early 2000's, when they (my family) were celebrating Christmas in Norrnäs at my grandma's farm he witnessed such strong northern lights that he had to get out of the car (he was on his way to Vasa to pick up my other brother Gunnar who arrived on the ferry from Umeå, Sweden). Staffan says it was the one of the most amazing sights he had ever seen. I guess it took place between 6-7 AM!!
I've seen the northern lights too, but never to that extent. it must have been lovely!!
I've borrowed this picture from Resekoll.se
All right, it is time to watch some TV...
Have a nice Tuesday!