20th June 2015


Happy Midsummer, everyone!

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Minä avaan syömmeni selälleen
ja annan päivän paistaa.
Minä tahdon kylpeä joka veen,
ja joka marjan maistaa.

Minun mielessäni on juhannus,
ja juhla ja mittumaari,
ja jos minä illoin itkenkin,
niin siellä on sateenkaari.

- Eino Leino

I open my heart wide open
And let the sun shine.
I want to bathe in every body of water
And taste every berry.

In my mind I have Midsummer,
Celebration and Mittumaari,
And even if I cry in the evenings
There is a rainbow.

This is the third day of my at my grandmother’s home, and I am already getting homesick.
I don’t exactly hate my grandmother, after all, zie is my father’s mother, whether I want it or not, you just cannot choose your blood relatives.
I just hate it how zie always spews information about healthy life (how I should give up my vegetarianism, use a different brand of toothpaste, drink less coffee) and tries to convert me into a Christian. Of course, I don’t take it as an offense or an insult, zie is just passionate about the stuff that is important to hir. And besides, it’s a sign that zie loves me; that’s just the way grandmothers and all kinds of mothers are.
I still get along with my grandmother pretty well, and besides I would rather spend my Midsummer here in the quiet suburbs with a family member, rather than in the metropolitan area where people drink themselves silly and wreak havoc and assault and harass others.

When I got up and drew the curtains, I was greeted by the most magnificent sunshine and amazing morning songs by birds, it was a good start to the day.
I took my morning medicine and dressed up, and had breakfast and coffee with grandmother. I didn’t bother with having a wash, I just washed the crusty stuff off my eyes. I don’t usually feel like doing all the hygiene routines in proper order when I am having a sleepover at a friend’s or a relative’s home. I should improve on that.

I went for a walk in the forest around the lake. The sky had clouded up, the air was hot and humid, and I got bugs and cobwebs stuck in my hair. Once back inside, I had to comb it very scrupulously. Nevertheless, it was a nice walk, despite the fact that I was scared out of my mind that someone would harass me.

I had lunch and coffee with my grandmother, hir salmon soup is amazing and warms my body and mind.

I ironed every single one of my Dirndl dresses, and I’m thinking of taking two of them, the blue and the brown one, to a dressmaker to have them mended, their hems are coming apart. I’d rather have my clothes mended by a professional than mend them myself. I should also take up the habit of hanging them on a coat hanger and putting them into my closet instead of folding them and putting them in my cupboard, that way they get wrinkly.

I went to the common sauna with my grandmother, I also washed my hair and my body. Now I feel all fresh and clean, it feels good. After the sauna, I made coffee.

I lazed around in my nightie, surfed on the Internet on my laptop, called my mom; zie and my dad had been on a cruise to Stockholm.

My grandmother asked me if I can pop to Siwa (a Finnish grocery shop chain that is usually open on holidays) and buy batteries for hir remote controller and also a liter of milk. I quickly dressed up, zie gave me a small purse with enough change, I also took my purse along so I can buy a tube of “regular” toothpaste for myself, my grandmother uses only pharmacy- bought toothpaste.

It had rained during the day, sometimes the sun had peeked out, but it was mostly cloudy and humid outside.
I went to Siwa, bought the batteries, a liter of milk, and a tube of toothpaste.

Once back, I handed the batteries to my grandmother and asked hir if they were the ones zie had wanted, zie said they were the right ones. I put the milk into the fridge and had a mug of hot chocolate.

I brushed my teeth using the toothpaste I had bought, washed my face and anointed it with face cream.

It’s getting late, I should probably hit the update button and go to sleep.
  • Current Mood: tired tired
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