April 28, 2012

After work me and Jessika had white wine (from the prettiest glasses) in Musta Kissa, out in the sun! As if that wasn't enough they had put the table and chairs out on our backyard, so we got to eat Friday night pizza out in the garden! We're thrilled to have opened the season. When I was kid I always ordered Capricciosa with ham and mushrooms when we went out for pizza; I make pizza often but tonight I made this legendary favorite for the first time. Definitely on the menu!

April 22, 2012

Such a beautiful day! Let's love, forgive and encourage those around us for "gentle words are a tree of life". (Proverbs 15:4) Here's my Sunday breakfast: pecan raisin rolls from Anton&Anton with ham, mozzarella and omelette. Scrumptious rolls, I think I have to try making some soon!

April 20, 2012

I passed by these ladies on a walk in Douenza, Mali 9 years ago. I keep missing Africa. I miss the earthy life, the sunrises, the brown little babies, the extraordinary joy people possess however little they own, however hot and dry it gets or however challenging every day life might be, I miss their singing and I miss how much they dance. I wonder when I shall be back.

April 15, 2012


1) brunch
2) Jonny Lang & Fisk Jubilee Singers: I believe
3) watching people dance and seeing their passion
4) riding your bicycle after a long winter
5) connecting with someone the first time you talk

April 14, 2012

On Friday nights one needs to make pizza or something else very good; tonight it was Indian. It's been a good day (I sang Natural woman all day while doing laundry at work), I love the smell and feeling of spring in the air, I love the hope and all the new life, flowers springing up though the snow has only just melted. The weekend ahead looks good: I'll have breakfast served both mornings. Bliss!

April 10, 2012

Goodbye Oulu, see you in June! Hello home, it's good to be back!

April 7, 2012

Easter holiday has been all about good food (I made my best moussaka so far and had my favorite chinese; the hamburgers are on the agenda tomorrow night), good music (my friend Leena sang the most amazing version of Whitney Houston's All the man that I need and I fell in love with Phillip Phillips on American Idol) and good old friends (if we hadn't planned to meet we bumped into each other at the grocery store). This picture is from Henna's livingroom. I love her home.

April 1, 2012

I fell in love with this poem (Rauha by Eino Leino) Nora read at their party this afternoon, it captured so much what I feel these days.

Mitä on nää tuoksut mun ympärilläin?
Mitä on tämä hiljaisuus?
Mitä tietävi rauha mun sydämessäin,
tää suuri ja outo ja uus?

Minä kuulen, kuink' kukkaset kasvavat
ja metsässä puhuvat puut.
Minä luulen, nyt kypsyvät unelmat
ja toivot ja tou'ot muut.

Kaikk' on niin hiljaa mun ympärilläin,
kaikk' on niin hellää ja hyvää.
Kukat suuret mun aukeevat sydämessäin
ja tuoksuvat rauhaa syvää.

(And the party was lovely: a beautiful home, plenty of delicious cakes and very nice new acquaintances!)

Palm Sunday 1985. Spending this Sunday afternoon in the kitchen drinking coffee, listening to Erroll Garner's Misty and cooking. I've got a pavlova in the oven for my friends' spring party later in the afternoon. Good, good.