Another bullet list:
- The joint Swedish-Spanish family visit is going really well – so well that they are all, except me, visiting the battle fields of Waterloo today. Actually, a Belgian tourist attraction I have yet to visit… My parents and O’s sister are communicating in English, even though I sometimes have to chip in with some interpreting. I am very impressed as I haven’t heard more than 1-2 words in English from my sister-in-law in the 5 years I have known her 😉
- This morning I said to my father that I don’t need nor want a Smart / Android / iPhone… Three hours later my 1-year old simple Nokia phone BROKE! 😦 Frustration!! I don’t want to spend more than 60-70 EUR on a phone, especially as they break so easily. I wonder if it is possible to get a simple one without touch-screen (I hate them!)? I had difficulties finding a simple and cheap mobile phone last year when my dear, pink Nokia broke (screen just stopped working) and I guess that it won’t be easier now. My parents have a Nokia, which is probably at least 10 years old by now, and a digital camera that is even older… Obviously they were of better quality back then! My father has a Smart / Android (what’s the difference??) phone though through work and a newer digital SLR camera so they are not completely “stone age” 😉
- O and his 5-year old niece made dinner yesterday – fish papillotes (fish in foil parcels cooked in the oven). This morning they made pancakes. The reason why the batter looks strange is because we mix normal wheat flour with graham flour (healthier!?)
- The pancakes were eaten with sliced banana, home-made cherry jam that my parents brought from Sweden, and O’s home-made nectarine jam (and yes, some store-bought jam and Nutella as well). The 5-year old didn’t like them with jam but with salt! By the way, Nutella is known as Nocilla (a local brand) in Spain, not to be confused with morcilla which means black pudding (blood sausage)!
- O has found Swedish (??) bread in the Belgian supermarket Colruyt – don’t know what is Swedish about it though, it doesn’t look nor taste like the bread I know from Sweden!
- My mother has been washing all the baby clothes we have been given (new and second hand) or lent. The body / onesie (thanks Anna!) to the left used to be my brother’s but unfortunately it has become a bit yellow and stained. Actually my sister-in-law discovered the same thing with her daughter’s baby clothes! It is a stain mystery, that baby clothes that seem clean when you pack them away (when they have been outgrown), turn yellow and the stains (baby puke and other lovely things) that you thought you had removed reappear. We thought that it was just the old baby clothes from the 1970’s and 80’s, but apparently also baby clothes from 2006 have the same tendency (while the used baby clothes from 2010/11 are still ok!!)… Any tips on how to get them clean again, without using chlorine??
- Our flowers seem to like their new location on the balcony – more protected from the winds and the sunshine than on our former roof-top terrace
- We were told on Wednesday that the baby weighs around 1,5 kg and as he is getting a bit cramped in there and pushes against my ribs, I now need to get back to the sofa…
- Starting to read book No 19 today!