Sunday, April 27, 2008

First night

I'm doing my first night shift out of 4. There was a dog show in Vaasa this weekend and we visited it both days. Saturday we received a price for one our dogs that was in the "dog friend" program. Friendly dogs in the program are taken to elderly homes, schools, kindergartens and other similar places. Kids are introduced to dogs and elderly people like dogs, love on four legs that adore people.

Today, Sunday, we brought two "show dogs", they did well but didn't win. It was ok but we could have done better.

Yesterday I received my first mosquito bites this spring. Suburbia is surrounded by forest and there are a lot of swamps and small lakes in the forest. It's going to be a lot of mosquitoes this summer.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Last morning shift

Today is my last morning shift. There's a dog show in Vaasa this weekend so our program is full. My night shifts starts Sunday night.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Can I bring my RPG as hand luggage?

I read an article in a Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet about what people have tried to bring aboard airplanes on Gardermoen airport which is the capital in Norway, Oslo's airport as hand luggage. There was a long list but my top three is definitely:

1. A rocket propelled grenade launcher, also designated Light Anti-Armor Weapon or LAW by Nato.

2. Chainsaw.

3 Bow and arrows.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A small change

Here I go again with my blogs. I have placed my blogs in Swedish and Finnish under other Blogger accounts, accounts with their presentation in their appropriate languages. Not much change really but getting a long list of blogs to chose from can be confusing when you look at someone's profile. Getting a blog in a language you don't understand will probably cause you to leave that profile and never return, just because you clicked the wrong blog. My other blogs are still linked to the right...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Evening shift and happy news

After my six days off I’m starting my first evening shift out of four later this afternoon. I’ve been busy with garden work today. Since most of the snow has melted away it was about time. Before the snow fell we raked some leaves and dog shit, but not our entire yard. So I gathered it and put it in our compost. I also straightened up our dog fence. It would have straightened up by it self when it dries up in the warm spring sun. But there’s nothing wrong with strengthening the supporting poles by putting stones around them.

We’re becoming parents in the fall =). Expected date of birth is the 6th of October. I don’t think I have fully understood it yet. Or yes I have but I haven’t truly started to believe that everything will go well all the way. Life is moving forward in a good way =).

Friday, April 11, 2008

Last night

So it’s my last night shift before I get six days off from work. I like working this way. I work two weeks intensely with different shift and then I get one week off before it starts all over again. Having different shifts mean that I’m still free during the daytime most of the two weeks I work. Worst case scenario is that I get only one weekday off. I work four shifts in a row. Having four morning shifts means that if it’s during weekdays I get either Friday or Monday off.

But anyway we got a packed schedule for my six days, well at least for the weekend. Tomorrow we’re going to see a show called (free translation) “Temporary guest in your life” by a Swedish stand-up comedian named Jonas Gardell. This is comedian without limitations. Let’s just say I’m glad we didn’t get front row seats.

Sunday it's dog show time. It’s a 2-3 hour trip one way so it shouldn’t take all day. We’re bringing two dogs. After that it’s a few days with absolutely nothing to do. Well I think I’ll visit mom on Monday. But since they are predicting snow on Sunday and Monday that means that the work in the garden has been postponed a few weeks. We did take out some of the garden furniture when spring looked and felt like spring earlier this month. They are now covered in snow and icicles are hanging from them…

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Dog house

So we bought a dog house. It’s very well made and the reason they sold it was simple, the dog they built it for never lived there. So it’s been standing on there yard for three years while the dog has at most smelled the corners and stuck his head inside to take a look and smell around.

It was quite big, there wasn’t much rum left on the car trailer we borrowed. Then again it was a very small trailer. When we got home we realized that it was tot wide to get trough the gate in the wooden dog fence. The next idea we got was to lift it over the fence. But since it is very heavy that would have required 6-8 guys. So there was only one solution left, cut up a wide enough hole in the fence ant nail it together again.

So after doing that I got some help from a neighbour and the 2 of us where barley able to move it to the right place. He was holding it up while I placed a few bricks under it. The only thing wrong with is that it’s painted yellow and white while our house is painted red and white. But later in the spring when I’m going to paint the dog fence red, the dog houses yellow parts will become red.

Speaking of the spring, there is a raging blizzard outside. The winter is truly late this year…

Monday, April 07, 2008

First night

I'm at work again. I'm doing my first night shift out of four. It's a rainy night...

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Hidden in the snow

We have a part of our yard fenced in for our 4 dogs to run around in, a dog yard. Well the winter is over and the snow has melted. That means that there is whole winter’s supply of dog shit out there in the dog yard that has been hidden in the snow up until now.

We cleaned up half the dog yard and filled a 40 litre plastic bin with dog shit. That means that when the dog yard is fully cleaned up we’ll have another 40 litre of dog shit. The spring is here in dog world…