balcony blogging at sunset.

 i cannot decide what my favorite space is in our new home. i literally wander from room to room sitting in different chairs. the chaise lounges in the living room. the bar stools. the dining room table. the bed. the desk. there’s all so comfy and special. and each of the spaces makes me feel good.

but, there is one place that i keep going back to. i begin my mornings there. and end my nights there. and in the in-between hours, i find myself there…

a9c818e0f38f11e2980e22000ae90a1f_7our balcony. i. love. it. i am sitting there right now as i type to you. wine glass on the armrest. legs folded & crossed in the chair.  computer on my lap. a breeze blowing. people chatting around the fire pit. the smell of food grilling just below me. the pool flickering in the lights. and the dark blue of twilight above me.


lina and i have been yearning for and drooling over balconies for years now, since we didn’t have one in sweden. and it was really, really tough to not have one. like really. to be able to access the outdoors so easily was a dream of ours. and to just have a place to just be. you see, there are no distractions on balconies. at least not for me. it’s a simple space, with simple furniture. just enough to make do. and because of the simplicity of balconies, they lend themselves to being places of reflection and relaxation. a place to soak up the moment. to gaze at the sky. to watch people. read. listen. write. breathe.


in just 5 short days, our balcony has become just that for me. i love my little corner chair. i love the view… overlooking the pool, the fire pit, the grill, and a few mountains off in the distance. i love that i can see the sky, stars, and the moon. i love that the sun moves across the sky, but never shines directly on the balcony for more than an hour, so it is bearable to sit here all hours of the day. i love that i can breathe here.


yes, this may be my favorite spot in our entire home. and i am so very grateful that i have the opportunity to open my door and sit down in my own little outside space in the world.


what’s your favorite place in your home? do you have a favorite corner? room? chair? outdoor area?

find a little space to just be you today. peace & love, my friends.

passing time on a thursday.

morning fika at a cozy, old cafe.

 a little midday shopping.

 a few stolen moments thinking of my love.

 a late afternoon walk in the sunshine.

 an evening planning meeting at work. (planning for a week-long family summer camp)

peace & love. all the time.

day 28: today’s weather from my kitchen window.

  • 7am: mostly cloudy. wispy, light, with a tiny bit of blue peeking through. i had hope for a sunny day.
  • 1pm: cotton ball clouds & some blue sky. it still looked like it might clear up & warm up. holding on with hope.
  • 8pm: cloudy. overcast. windy. chilly. and yes, it even rained.

bye bye beautiful, early, swedish summer. the weatherman says it’s gonna be cloudy, chilly,  rainy for some days. hmpf. time to snuggle down under a blanket & start thinking about coziness again. speaking of snuggling down, i am so freaking tired (since i haven’t been sleeping so much/so good lately) and i keep going to be really late & waking up reaaaally early. tonight, though, i give up. i’m snuggling down under my covers, watching an episode of downton abbey, and then going to sleep – even if it’s still light out (though, it is after 10pm, mind you).

so, i’m wishing you all a good night’s sleep. may you feel calm, safe, & be able to rest for some hours… sweet dreams. peace.

day 16: something you’re reading.

 this morning, i read texts from my love.

 this afternoon, i read some from aleph by paolo coelho, one of my fav authors.

 and this evening, i’m not reading anything. just watching an orchid & a sunset…                      & i thought i’d share.

wishing you inspiring words & beautiful sunsets. peace. 

a long walk with my love.

woke up late this morning and was greeted by this bright sunshine outside my window. finally!!! lina and i are both off today, and since it wasn’t cold out today (only chilly), we decided a nice, long walk around the river would be perfect. we grabbed out cameras/phones and headed out, hand in hand, to enjoy a few hours in the fresh air, soaking up the beauty of spring, which is just about to burst into full bloom. i’m giving it a week. it was a gorgeous day and the best way to spend an afternoon together.

later on in the afternoon, the sun disappeared behind the clouds and rain began falling. but we went home, sipped coffee, and did some research for our upcoming trip to paris (!). all in all, a pretty wonderful afternoon together and a great way to spend most of a monday. hope you’ve had a good start to your week!

wishing you sunshine & peace.

february snow. love, russia.

they’ve been saying for the past day that there is some snow moving into the area from russia. i think it’s pretty cool that i live in a place where the snow comes from an arctic blast from russia. hehe. sounds exotic. well, i’m working from home this afternoon & i’m most definitely all ready to enjoy a cozy, snowy day (wish my love was here too). yes, i know it’s 60ish degrees in north carolina & i am jealous; but if it’s gonna be winter, it might as well snow! it looks like that arctic blast has, in fact, found it’s way to the eastern seaboard of sweden… the temp when i got up this morning was 9 degrees F!!! that’s insanely cold. and here’s what’s happening this afternoon so far…

 snow clouds moving in from the east…

 comin’ in fast. bye bye sunshine.

 the first few flakes landing on the windowsill.

 i made some champagne tea to celebrate! yummy deliciousness.

 now it’s really coming down. woo hoo. i know. you can’t see it very well, but trust me. it’s there!

time to get back to work! hope y’all have a great thursday… it’s almost the weekend!

peace & love.

a little music makes the world go ’round.

perhaps the tiny bit of snow that fell last night & seems to be sticking around throughout the day has inspired me. perhaps i’m just in a good mood. perhaps i’m a little bit excited about being in the states THIS TIME NEXT WEEK! perhaps, i’m just feeling good, or i’m over tired. whatever it is, but i’m being uncharacteristically productive today. and i like it.

the only thing is, i’m having a little bit of music ADD right now… can’t decide what to listen to. when it was the christmas season, i didn’t even have to think, i just set my christmas playlists on repeat for a month and a half. now, i have to decide what kind of mood i’m in, what artist fits that mood, and i’m dying to find some new tunes to play as well… any suggestions? anyone?

well, just a short post & a few pics. gotta get back to work! ok. first, gotta make a cup of yummy, warm tea (champagne tea! thanks, v!) and light some candles. it’s getting dark. yes, i have the luxury from working from the warmth & coziness of my sofa. this morning i was social and productive at the church, now i’m doing some reflective planning from home. i freaking love my flexible, diverse work! ok. time to stop typing. really. now.

 snowy, early tuesday morning.

 the empty corner where the christmas tree used to be… just waiting for us to decide what new interior decorating project we’re gonna do!

 on my way to work this morning. brrr!!!

 a little bit of the white stuff on our street.

 yep. i just liked this scene.

 afternoon work at home. i know. i’m lucky. veeeery lucky.

ok. for real. break over. turn on some good tunes (still open to suggestions) and back to work!

peace out!