Monday, 8 February 2016

By the lake


Being born in a duck yard does not matter,
if only you are hatched from a swan's egg.

Hans Christian Andersen

... A little greeting from a lakeside walk to brighten up your Monday,

Nina

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Light of Life


All I Am by Phil Wickham

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 Blessings to your Sunday,
Nina


Here's a printable
for you   

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Scripture & Snapshot



Photo:iPhone 5S, Camera+, Snapseed 
Edited in Picmonkey - Posterize & Orton Effect



Saturday, 6 February 2016

Miracles


People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. 
But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. 
Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: 
A blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. 
All is a miracle.

Thich Nhat Hanh 

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... Let us spot the miracles around us this weekend,
Nina

Thebirkes - Danish Poppy Seed rolls


Every now and then in the weekends, we treat ourselves with fresh breakfast rolls and some pastry from out local baker. My favorite Danish pastry is Thebirkes - Danish Poppy Seed Rolls. The crispy layers of butter dough are folded around a layer of marzipan, with sprinkled poppy seeds on the top.

I have not tried to bake Thebirkes myself, but I found a recipe at the Honest Cooking blog, where you find a bit more history of this pastry (that actually has it's roots in 18th - 19th century Austria).


Slow mornings in the weekends are the best. Even if one wakes up in the normal time, it is a pleasure to let your thoughts and senses linger in the morning routines themselves ... The scent of tea and coffee, the pink sky turning to golden and blue, the notes of the birdsong from outside ...

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment and look at all beings with eyes of compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh

... Wishing you mindful moments this weekend,

Nina

Friday, 5 February 2016

Flowers and Random Acts of Kindness


I surprised my friend with a big bouquet of roses this Monday - she just loves fresh flowers! It was the color of the roses, that made me think about her, and choose the flowers for her. The roses had the color of peach fruit inside, and the tip of the petals had a deeper red tone. She became really happy, when she opened the door, and saw the bouquet of roses : 
"Are those for me?! Oh dear, how beautiful they are ... come in..." - and we had a cozy moment chatting together. 

I have also received many random acts of kindness myself this week:
  • My  colleague had baked delicious vanilla biscuits at work, and she came by my office with these tasty treats the other afternoon ... How wonderful was that! My mouth is watering just by the thought of the scrumptious biscuits. 
  • I had a cold last weekend, and my body seems to be still recovering: I have fallen asleep already at 7-8 pm. in the evenings. My dear husband has been so mindfull ... "Off to bed with you, I'll take care of the kitchen and the rest" - so I have been sleeping 10-11 hours each night.
  • My mom has subscribed a Finnish Women's Magazine - Kodin Kuvalehti - to me. It is a cozy magazine, with articles on health, family, creativity & DIY, with discussion on actual topics. In that way I can keep up with both on what's going on in Finland, and in reading Finnish.

... Have you noticed some random acts of kindness this week?

 Wishing you peaceful & happy weekend,

Nina

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Month in Photos [January 2016]


... And the snow fell down!
We had white landscapes and chilly, fresh air.
The boys made their way to sledding hill, 
over and over again.

Pots of tea, small colds - part of winter season.
Dark evenings - seeing stars in the dark blue skies.
Reading and knitting ... now with the new glasses.
Watching DCI Barnaby solving crimes in 
the small town of Somerset together.



What do you cherish in your month of January?

Nina

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A Month in Photos by Mona's Pictoresque
Tammikuun kollaasihaaste by Pieni Lintu

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Random Acts of Kindness - Challenge


The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

My Italian friend Manu, who hosts a delicious and beautiful blog Cooking Manu in Milan, inspires us all to keep on eye on the possibilities in our daily lives to to Random Acts of Kindness. 
In other words, delight your neighbor, college, relative, friend or a fellowman, with writing a little note or making a phone call to hear how they're doing. Or help an elderly person safely to the other side of the road, or give the missing dollar or two to the person before you paying his / hers groceries, that is just needing the last cents for the shopping. 

Share your experiences each Friday in February with a link to Cooking Manu-blog, and pop by and be inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness, your fellow bloggers share ... And maybe visit Manu already today, to study her delicious recipes and take a look at the beautiful city of Milan,

Nina

"Random Act of Kindness" RAK and by the name you should have already understood what it's about.
A RAK is something easy such as sending paper thank you notes, helping with housework...
There are a lot of RAKs as there are a lot of chances...just take it!
All you have to do is:
1) Doing a Kinddess Act, once in a week for four weeks; starting from Friday Feb 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.
2) Post it on your blog including this link.
If you haven't a blog, just describe your RAK, commenting the post I'll write every week.
3) Use the linky tool below each post so I know you have taken part.

Let me know if you are interested in and I'll keep you updated.

NB: You don't have to take part every week just one RAK is ok...the choice is yours. - See more at: http://cookingmanu.blogspot.dk/#sthash.VEs7rwY5.dpuf
"Random Act of Kindness" RAK and by the name you should have already understood what it's about.
A RAK is something easy such as sending paper thank you notes, helping with housework...
There are a lot of RAKs as there are a lot of chances...just take it!
All you have to do is:
1) Doing a Kinddess Act, once in a week for four weeks; starting from Friday Feb 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.
2) Post it on your blog including this link.
If you haven't a blog, just describe your RAK, commenting the post I'll write every week.
3) Use the linky tool below each post so I know you have taken part.

Let me know if you are interested in and I'll keep you updated.

NB: You don't have to take part every week just one RAK is ok...the choice is yours. - See more at: http://cookingmanu.blogspot.dk/#sthash.VEs7rwY5.dpuf
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