Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everybody =)

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Toilet renovation

Today we started renovating our toilet. We have a separate bathroom and a toilet. Picture this: a mustard yellow wash basin and toilet chair, dark brown plastic floor, pine panel on the lower half of the wall and in the ceiling, an orange radiator and luckily the tiles on the upper half of the wall are new and in an acceptable colour.

We started by removing the wash basin, we have already bought a new one in white and a new tap. We then painted the pine panel (it was worn down) on the wall and the radiator with a white primer. The idea was too keep the toilet chair but it doesn’t look good with white pine panel so that have to go to. Tomorrow we’ll put on a second layer of paint.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

1 out of 5

This is my first night shift out of five...

Thursday, December 27, 2007


"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
-Douglas Adams

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

We had a white Boxing Day

It was nice to wake up this morning (Boxing Day) to a snowfall. The landscape was covered in snow. It was beautiful. Unfortunately the snow turned into rain and what’s left of the white landscape is slush. Well at least the weather is warm.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day

Christmas Eve went according to plans. We spent the evening with my parents-in-law and my mom. The food was good, we had coffee at our place and Christmas gifts where delivered. My mom was in a good mood so I think she likes spending Christmas away from home although she probably won’t admit it.

My father in law gave everyone (who got a car) a pair of Hobi Ultrasonic Animal Alerts. I tried them before with an old car of mine and they work well for what they are intended for. However, people with sensitive ears might hear the ultrasonic noise and they’ve got a range of 400 meters. Well our cars needs to be washed before I put them on.

Today I’m doing another mornings shift, it’ my second out of four. After my shift end we’ll have Christmas dinner at my aunt’s place. I have gained 3 kilograms this month and I think I’ll gain another one before this year is over =).

Monday, December 24, 2007

Mom's Christmas

I admit that my mom can be a difficult person to get along with. But this year we didn’t take no for an answer ;-). First there where some excuses about not being able to leave the cats home alone and that she feel more comfortable at home. The cats can handle 30 hours alone and she would feel lonely and miserable at home and we would hear about it a along time afterwards. She often feels lonely and she needs to get out more often but when she gets the opportunity she usually turns it down.

So in an hour Nina will pick her up and we’ll meet later after my works ends for the day at Nina’s parents: there we will have Christmas dinner. Then we’ll have a coffee at our place and she will sleep over at my aunt’s apartment. I’m working tomorrow also so I think my aunt is taking mom to see my uncle new house and then we will all have another Christmas dinner at my aunt’s apartment. After that I can drive home mom and she doesn’t have to worry about the cats. She’ll be away from home about 30 hours.

Next year I’ll think we’ll run away instead…

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone =)

Friday, December 21, 2007

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

Well the weather is nice; the temperature is around 3-5 C. No snow to be seen and the ice sheet on the sea has melted. A warm wind is blowing. The lawns are green. Sounds nice, right?

Well it’s almost Christmas and I live in Finland. Some years the snow comes in mid-October. Not this year. And the weather forecast shows warm weather all December. I don’t know if it’s global warming or what it is but this is not a Finnish winter. This is the kind of winters they have in Middle Europe.

I would like a white Christmas but at least the weather is fine.

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Igår införskaffades en julgran från Euromarkets parkering och den kläddes på efter jag kommit hem från kvällskiftet. Det uppstod dock ett lite tproblem när den var påklädd, den vinkade nämligen. Som tur var stod jag bredvid när de hände så de enda som hände var att lite vatten rann ur foten.

Orsakerna till detta var flera. Julgranen var något ojämn så den sida som var platt placerades mot väggen. De mesta av juldekorationerna hamnade på den sida som var ut mot rummet, inte emot vägen. Man vill ju gärna se dekorationerna nämligen. Granen var också en aning snedväxt så för att huvuddelen av den skulle vara rak kom den del av stammen som gick ner i foten placerades snett ut mot rummet, dvs samma sida där huvuddelen av dekorationerna och kvistarna befann sig.

Men de största problemet var att granen var lättfotad. Julgransfoten var i plast och en flat rätt bred botten där bottnen av granstammen stod. Hela foten var inte bred. Detta gjorde att ifall granen vägde ojämnt så hamnade granstammbottnen rätt lätt på glid och när den väl gjorde det så var hela foten för smal för att hållas på mattan. Så idag har jag hämtat en julgransfot i gjutjärn från Pörtom. Den har koniskt botten där stammen står så dels hålls stammen på plats och så mycket den väger så lär de inte va nån skillnad om granen är i balans eller inte.

För tillfället står granen lutad mot väggen för att hålla den i balans och upprätt. De finns också hundgaller runt den. Inte för att hundarna som är hemma hoppar på granen men halmbocken som står bredvid kan va tuggbar.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas tree

We bought a Christmas tree for 30 €. It’s not stolen and it’s not plastic. It’s a spruce and it’s still in the garage. I’m doing the evening shift and Nina went to work rather late so she’ll be there all evening. So when we get home we’ll take in the Christmas tree and decorate it. One odd detail is that we will put a puppy fence around it. Some of our dogs think you can eat Christmas tree decorations, some think Christmas tree decorations are toys, some of them will want to investigate the whole tree, all the way to the top and some will urinate on it, you do that with trees outside so why not inside. So it will be fenced....

Mjukistjur II

Så nu har dom utfört en rättelse på skylten för mjukistjur. Under Mjukistjur fanns nämligen uppräknat vad dom har för mjukistjur, nämligen: björnar, hundar, hästar. Så nu har dom strukit över björnar och hundar. Idag köpte vi en björn och en hund åt våra riktiga hundar.

Fullt så illa som ovanstående stycke lät var det dock inte. Förra gången vi inspekterade deras mjukistjur så fanns de bara hästar kvar så dom har helt enkelt strukit över de mjukistjur som inte fanns längre, på finska delen av skylten också. Sen fick dom in björnar och hundar i lagret igen. Nån borde göra en ny skylt...

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Vi har ju byggt ett hundstaket på vår gård. 500 m2 gräsmatta buskar och träd. Man bara släpper ut hundrana när dom vill ut och släpper in dom när dom vill in, enkelt eller?

Problemet är att dom är mycket revirbenägna. De tar sig uttryck i att dom skäller åt allt som dom ser och hör dvs grannar, folk med eller utan hundar som går förbi, hundar som skäller på långt avstånd, okända ljud osv.

Så man börjar ju undra när grannarna ska klaga. Cavaliererna skäller nog i ett fall men han som skäller mest är inte så högljudd. Däremot är Ella väldigt högljudd så man kan ju undra hur långt hon hörs.

Vi brukar försöka kalla in dom när dom börjar skälla. Ibland fungerar det ibland inte. Återstår att se ifall grannarna faktiskt gillar våra hundar eller inte...

Dog friendly?

I wonder if our neighbours like our dogs. When be bought our house we wanted a big yard. So we found a house on 1500 m2 lot. There was already a fence around it so we built a fence in the same style on the yard. We enclosed about a 500 m2 area for the dogs. So all we have to do now is open the door and let the dogs out whenever they want to go out. They like, we like but I’m not so sure that the neighbours do.

Two of our dogs are very territorial. They bark at neighbours, people and/or dogs going by (it’s a heavy trafficked road), strange sounds and dogs barking in the distance. Generally anything they can see or hear. This is their territory. We usually try to call them in when they start barking, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

I wonder what the neighbours think of this. The male Cavalier King Charles Spaniel doesn’t bark loudly but the Hound/Labrador mix do. She can really bark. Well so far no complaints…

Friday, December 07, 2007

Försäkringsbolaget har stängt för dagen

Jag har haft några bilar och döm om min förvåning då jag hittade en föräkringsräkning i posten på min förrförrförra bil. Den som jag FÖRDE ÖVER FÖRSÄKRINGEN FRÅN TILL min förrförra bil och lämnade in skyltarna i November 2003, den har sen dess sålts som skrot och bränts upp . Efter en genomgång av pappren så konstaterade jag att JAG BETALAT FÖRSÄKRINGEN PÅ EN SKROTAD BIL I 4 ÅR.

En annan sak är att jag haft de på direktdebitering, från min mammas konto, jag har därför försökt ta bort de några gånger men dom har lagt de tillbaka då jag bytt bil. Direktdebiteringen har också gjort att jag nu inte kollat desto närmare på vad för registernummer de står i försäkringsbrevena. Samt med min förra bil envisades dom med att jag bodde i Pörtom och att de stod de i bilregistret att jag bodde i Pörtom. A) Min officiella adress var i Vasa medan Pörtom var en parallell-adress. B ) Jag uppgav min adress till Vasa när jag hämtade registerboken på besiktningskontoret. C) De stod Vasa i registerboken(På besiktningskontoret trodde dom tydligen på mig, kan ha nåt att göra med att de var min officiella adress). D) När jag överförde försäkringen på mitt försäkringsbolags kontor skrev jag ner min enda officiella adress i Vasa.

Dom ringde senare från försäkringsbolaget om undrade om jag hade nån i Pörtom som kunde ta emot räkningarna för dit skulle dom skicka räkningarna eftersom dom kunde bara skicka räkningarna till adressen bilen var registrerad på enligt dom. Vilket den inte var och de var heller inte min officiella adress

Så på måndag ska jag diskutera ett och annat med ett visst försäkringsbolag, de blir troligen byte av sådant.

Amanda eller Marie

Ikväll var de då Idols-final. Jag har lite svårt att bestämma mig vem jag tycker ska vinna.

Amanda är en artist. En personlighet och en artist som står ut. Superblonderat hår på en spröd och gänglig varelse. Hon har en personlig röst som sticker ut och hon lever verkligen in i låtarna då hon sjunger dom. Hon är den som troligen har störst chans att ha en karriär efter att nästa Idols-säsong gått eller så blir de platt fall. Vad som stör är att hennes personliga röst varken kan hålla ton eller sjunga rent. De är en resa från lågmälda toner så man knappt hör vad hon sjunger till ett raspande skrik. Jag tror hon vinner men de är inte för hennes vackra sång(hon sjunger falskt!!!) utan för att hon är Amanda.

Marie är en sångerska. Den fd Big Brother deltagaren som satsade på sången och visade sig vara jävligt bra på det. En kurvig blondin med en klockren röst. Hon kan utan problem sjunga vilken Whitney Houston eller Celine Dion-låt som helst och är bra på det. Jag kan inte riktigt se henne gör internationell karriär för tyvärr finns de kvinnor med klockrena röster 13 på dussinet utanför Sverige. Men hon kommer utan tvekan att kunna livnära sig på musiken för sjunga kan hon.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Independence Day

Today is Finland’s 90th Independence Day. It’s not exactly celebrated with fireworks and carnivals. It’s more of silent day in reverence to those who sacrificed their lives so we could be a country of our own. Mother Russia which we used to be a part of has never looked favourably upon loosing territory. So it all came down to who was prepared to pay the higher price in blood, sweat and tears. Yes I know we Finns take ourselves way too serious sometimes and this is the most serious day in Finland of the year.

So it’s a suitable weather for today. It’s dark and rainy. On the bright side the weather is really warm. Around 6-7 C so most of the snow is gone and the same goes for the ice sheet on the sea. Since the fortune tellers that call themselves meteorologists have predicted the same weather all day long I think there will be no snow or ice left tonight. The winter is beautiful but warm weather is nice too.

The reason I’m up this early on a day no one is working is that I’m working =). I’m doing my third morning shift out of four and waiting for the sunrise…


Tja en sak kan sägas om Finlands 90:nde självständighetsdag, de är inte vinter. De har regnat hela natten, de fortsätter regna och temperaturen är runt +6 C. Inte mycket snö kvar och kan inte tro att de är mycket kvar av isen heller när de blir ljust eftersom de blåser också. Jag är på mitt tredje morgonskift av fyra, så en sådan morgon...

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Jag har aldrig haft en kupévärmare förr eller jo. Jag köpte en på rea 2001, den var billig och jag tänkte installera eluttag inne i kupén. de blev liksom aldrig av och de två följande bilarna hade heller inte eluttag och jag tänkte installera såna men de blev heller aldrig av.

Nåja bilen jag köpte i våras så hade eluttag för kupévärmare så när vintern kom så installerade jag kupévärmaren. Jag kan bara säga en sak, bättre uppfinning finns inte. Man drar bara ur stöpseln ur bilen på morgonen om man sätter sig i en varm bil utan is på rutorna och startar utan problem med en halvvarm motor med ett bitande kallt vinterlandskap utanför =).

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Jul i vår trädgård

Julbelysningen i trädgården tar sig, vi har bara kastat bort två ljusserier och måste köpa en till. Dessutom har vi en fungerande ljusserie utan lämplig transformator. De är den de ska köpas ljusserie med transformator till. Hursomhelst finns de en ljusslang ute och en fungerande ljusserier på verandan. Den senare är inte uppsatt, eller är istöpslad, jag väntar tills de blir dagsljus.

Inser att de inte var speciellt mycket men vi har åtminstone läget under kontroll...

The Ghost That Haunted Itself

When we where in Edinburgh we took a ghost tour called City of the Dead. I was done in the late evening and we truly enjoyed it. The guide was very entertaining and we where both scared and entertained which we paid for. We didn’t see any ghost or experienced any poltergeist phenomena although the guy on the tour that was a psychic didn’t look like he was feeling that well. I would recommend it for people visiting Edinburgh, as long as they are aware of the risks and there is few more risks than the commercial leaflets and paper adds suggests. Reading their homepage might be a good idea before. There is a warning in the ads that claims that “The Mackenzie Poltergeist can cause genuine physical and mental distress. You join the tour at your own risk!”

I read their homepage when I got home and it raised some concern. This is most well documented supernatural case in history. The reason for that is that they have been running these ghost tours 2-3 times every night since 1999 and the Mackenzie Poltergeist as the entity/entities is/are called is/are VERY active. The ideas of the tours are two as I have understood it. The first one is that if you bring in groups of people all the time they will se the haunting happening and that means that they will give witness reports that will document the case even further. The second one is that and I hope this is a gimmick to attract more people to the tour is that by bringing scared people in there to feed the entity who lives on peoples fear and thereby groves stronger so they can see what it does then. This is my main concern because this is not exactly a guardian angle that they are feeding. It’s a parapsychological experiment that could go wrong

The entity is question are actually hurting people and the worst thing that is have done is not written in the ads because it might scare people away from the tours, that’s just on their homepage. It’s not that bad as it sounds, on most tours absolutely nothing happens. The ads are filled with witness reports about the scary thing that have happened, not the really frightening ones.

So what happens on the tour that go bump in the night? Well so far 197 people have fainted, been knocked out, struck to the ground, gone down to their knees, puked, starting crying uncontrollably, possessed, invisible walls, hair pulled, choked and being temporarily paralyzed. The leaflet called it being knocked out without going into details. We also got the classical cold and hot spots. An investigative time recorded a temperature raise in the Black Mausoleum (the centre point of the haunting) of 20-25 Celsius degrees or as they put it, they where standing in a stone mausoleum in a night in April in Scotland and it suddenly became +35 C as a hot summer’s day. Cloaked figures moving around and disappearing, light phenomena, things falling to the ground from trees or buildings on and around the cemetery and not finding anything on the ground. People visiting the ghost tour get scrape marks, burn marks and bruises. Photographs taken on the scene might reveal light orbs, shadow figures, faces, demon heads, mysterious fogs and ectoplasm.

The leaflet also mentioned that exorcism rituals have been performed but failed. The guides also mentioned that none has been killed or badly hurt on the tours so they are perfectly safe. Now this is where the commercial ends at it really become frightening. One the people that tried to perform an exorcism died a weak later in a heart attack. The guy (a historian) that invented the tours had a house the overlooked the cemetery but it burned down and with that all the research material he had on the Mackenzie Poltergeist. He now lives elsewhere, I wonder why ;-).One guy that was knocked out inside the Black Mausoleum had to be dragged out by the tour group because an invisible force was pulling from inside the mausoleum, trying to keep him there. People had the entities follow them to their hotel rooms and wake them up in the middle of the night with a strong sensation of being watched. A few people have fainted on Parliament Square on the beginning of the tour, still being hundreds of meters from the cemetery and not yet visited it. A few visitors have brought these entities home and they do not leave, haunting them and the people around them. One guy who brought an entity home had also bought a book about the haunting “The Ghost That Haunted Itself”, a book that can be found in every tourist shop in Edinburgh for a few pounds. He didn’t want the book at home and when he told his mother about the experience she wanted to read the book. Well she got scratch marks on the same spot on her neck that her son had after receiving the book. The temporary paralyzes I mentioned usually lasts for a few seconds up to a minute. Well a woman found herself being unable to move the next morning and had to stay a week in the hospital. There are also a lot of dead birds and animals found on the prison part of the cemetery.

I guess that most people wouldn’t leave for ghost tour that stated: “Well we got one or a few malevolent entity/entities at this graveyard that we are trying to feed with your fears to make it/them stronger so we can see what it’s/they’re really capable of. We really don’t know what they are, the likeliest suggestion are elemental spirits although some psychics who have been here claims that there are demons present. They might be ghosts, poltergeists or some or all of the entities mentioned. What we do know is that there are many of them and that they are strong and active. We will look you in a haunted prison inside a locked haunted graveyard. If you are attacked it will likely knock you out or otherwise be uncomfortable and you might get injuries that usually disappear within the next few days, up to a few weeks. However since the entities possibly demons are not constricted to this cemetery although it’s their centre point of activity they have a tendency to follow you home to your hotel rooms and wake you up as they are watching you and you will know that they do. Some may stay for a few days and cause a few sleepless night. In a few causes they never leave, like a puppy that follows you around wherever you go but this entity is not cute or seeking your love, it’s possible that they will haunt you and everyone around you for the rest of your life. It’s even possible to become haunted just having a book about this haunting in your possession. No one has died on the tour yet but an exorcist died a week after his exorcism ritual here. But as it grows stronger thanks to your fear we will never know what it can do because a lot of animals and birds that enters this part of the cemetery are found dead.”

Probably wouldn’t be so popular then. But I guess people go on these tours for the same reason people go sky diving or do martial arts. It’s exiting, you might get injuries or even die but the adrenalin rush is worth it. So far it seams like a relatively safe tour but how strong will the Mackenzie Poltergeist be in 5 years from now or 10?

One thing happened that I’m not entirely sure of if it really did. It might very well be a constructed memory caused by my imagination running wild. I remember thinking something like “What if we see shadows on the graveyard.” So it might be my imagination and not having a photographic memory that caused this “memory”. I remember seeing a shadow figure kneeling in front of a grave. One knee on the ground and having the other foot placed on the ground knelling towards the grave. That’s a natural thing that people do in grave yards, mourn the dead. So I thought nothing of it and turned my attention towards the guide again. Until it occurred to my later, it’s a locked haunted graveyard in the middle of the night.

This is the stuff of nightmares and horror movies and it’s not even made up…


Jag undrar om de är så bra ide att ha den här texten grön eftersom jag tänkte använda röd som markerad färg, hur ser de ut för nån som är färgblind?

Monday, December 03, 2007


Well Blogspot is in my mind the best blogging tool around and too many blogs are confusing so if you read something in foreign language it's probably Swedish or Finnish. I'm writing everything here =).

To make thing easier my posts in English will be in this blue color. My posts in Swedish will look like this. And the Finnish readers can expect something like this.

På svenska

För att göra en kort historia lång eller hur de nu var så går mina bloggar på svenska och finska inte så bra. Främst pga av sidorna jag skriver dom på är något primitiva. Visst man kan skriva en blogg men de var då ungefär allt. Samt att hänga på en massa sidor för att skriva dittan och dattan här och där är inte kul, de är stressande. Så jag har länkat hit från dom. Testade ett tag med tre olika bloggar här men var och en måste ha en egen blogg-adress och dom blev invecklade. Så nu kör jag med en blogg och skriver på tre språk, kul va =)