Pave was involved in many bands when he was young before his 80’s solo career which was the golden age of his career. One of these bands was: ”Rock’n Roll Band” (bass and vocals) They had only one big hit: ”I’m Gonna Roll” (-singer Pave Maijanen, listen to from above ). Second vocalist and also guitarist of the band was my absolute favorite of Finnish artists: Dave Lindholm who have made so many amazing songs. On the drums was Affe Forsman. The band was founded by Janne Ödner (but he is often not considered a full member). The band was short-lived. It was established in 1975 and it disintegrated as early as the end of the same year before their album came out. Still this song: ”I’m Gonna Roll” is basic rock at it’s best. It still works well today!

One more detail about Pave. He was an active veteran hockey player, Joker fan and good friend of Teemu Selänne (which I didn’t know until I read about this after Pave’s death). Teemu remembered Pave with warmth! According to him, Pave was a positive and good friend from whom he received energy and support.

We will miss you, Pekka Juhani ”Pave”!

Pave saa laulaa nyt enkelikuorossa…

Jäämme kaikki kaipaamaan sinua!


On Saturday I heard the sad news again: Popular Finnish singer, song writer, musician and producer Pave Maijanen (1950-2021) has left us at the age of 70 after suffering from ALS for two years. Pave Maijanen was icon of my childhood. He represented, among other things Finland at ESC 1992 with the song ”Yamma Yamma” (which was not a success and no wonder why). That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have great hits and he truly had (few examples: Elämän nälkä, Kaikki nämä vuodet, Ikävä, Pidä huolta).

Pave Maijanen was also one of the ”Masters lineup”. There are/were three more soloists in so called Masters (Hector-Heikki Harma, Pepe Willberg and Kirka-Kirill Babitzin (1950-2007)). They all made concert tour together in 1999 named: ”masters in the arena” and they also sold an album of the same name which sold triplaplatin.

I once saw Pave live. I remember it like yesterday. It was about 11-13 years ago when I called my dad and asked him if he would go with me to Pave’s gig which was in a beer pub near where my parents lived (and which was my family’s haunt place by then). He instantly said ”yes”, like I new he would. He was always ready if there was a music event on offer (unless it was heavy, punk, techno/trance, or folk music). He was really a musical person.

My mother was not interested of that gig so she stayed home. We walked to the pub with my father from my parents place (only 5min.walk) and there my father called my brother and asked him to come there too because, surprisingly he had nothing else to do by then. (Usually his weekends are full of program). So he came (little later). That was fun evening! Pave did perform all of his best hits and the atmosphere was on the roof! I also remember one comic relief, he used along the evening: ”Välihuikkaa-huliväikkää”. ”Välihuikka” means ”gulp in between” (huliväikkä is just word translation, it means nothing). This he said when he drunk (presumably water). In that way he encouraged us others to drink at the same time and maybe it also made people order more drinks…That evening, when life was in order for a while, will never be forgotten.

These are the mornings when I don’t know, whether it is worth getting up or stay in bed
Pull the blanket over your head, and bury under a rocky shell
In the morning the heart beats alone, and you can’t get through the mourning mountain
Fear moves along the darkness, it feels like the day don’t rise
And then like the breath of the morning wind, Something fills this little room
It finally wakes me up
Chorus: the hunger of life strikes me hard, does not spare its strength
It pulls me up
The hunger of life sits on your shoulder, tells you to leave here
It encourages me to move forward
Hunger of life, encourages me forward…
Chorus: All these years, Underneath them, if you could escape
It could be a lot easier, always just go ahead
All these years, are shackled in my soul
Oh, I wish I knew how to: I will break the rope
I make the iron rise, I get the wind howling
To get up...

So one of the Masters is gone again. One era is over. Thank you for your music; your beautiful melodics and touching lyrics! Thank you for enriching the world for a moment!

Kiitos kauniista lauluistasi, Pave ja kiitos kun rikastutit maailmaamme hetken musiikillasi!



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I love pancakes and because there has been more extra time since last year, I’ve made those quite often! Here’s my latest version of them which was sooo delicious!!!

I added gingerbread crumb on top which brought more crispness to this and the flavors fit together really well!

The strawberryjam, banana and gingerbread was really good together!

I also added some x-tra margarine and it made this even more tasty (and more brown)!

Those turquoise spots are sugar mass which I used at Christmas to decorate gingerbreads. I accidentally decorated all of those gingerbreads (which I was not meant to do cause I new I will make gingerbread buns with those crumbs later). I tried to take that sugar mass off when made buns but I didn’t get everything out so there’s it in crumbs. Actually it looks very nice, don’t you think? Those are like part of the decorating.

A yammy dessert!

You can find the recipe here (only in finnish):

A YEAR OF FEAR and self-care 2020

If I think abut 2020 as a food it could be lemon. It’s bitter enough like the year was…

More seriously, this year started great thus that I got email from my mother’s nurse today. She said that my mother will get the covid-19 vaccine. It was asked from her whether she wants it or not and she said absolutely yes! It was good news for me…even though I knew she wanted it as soon as possible…

That nurse also said my mother has got two friends in the nursing home she’s living and their stuff is funny! One day they planned to go underwear shopping with one of those friends, according to the nurse.

Well, one day when I called her, she said she’s in hotell… Right…(If you didn’t know she has an Alzheimer’s)…but apparently the treatment is good…and let me say my mother is still quite good to talk with. I can talk to her almost completely normally but I think it depends on which way the other one is leading the conversation…I remember her from the facts unlike the patients there.

My real purpose in this post was to correct a bit of the previous one! I named that post as a ”Black year” and only mentioned all the bad things happened forgetting that not all was bad in 2020. Here I’m listing the good things:

  • I learned to bake -finally- (never had time before)

  • I learned to take it easy and focus on my wellness (This was a huge thing for me. My life before corona was so hectic and I didn’t realize that the thing I really needed was to stop and rest, do something what I really want to do, not only follow obligations. In addition to relaxing, I started to stretch my badly stuck back, I did breathing exercises (due to my respiratory symptoms) and found great netflix series and movies (my favorite serie: ”Jos en olisi tavannut sinua” (if I hadn’t met you).)

  • I had time to do more my own things like this blog and participate on writing contests and things like that (I loved to get more time to make my blog and I think it gets still better and better now when I have time to plan carefully and thoughtfully for every detail which I haven’t before. I took this one of my targets also, to make this blog better and to post more often. Also because I love writing, I participated some writing contests and I wrote my thoughts on the corona era on a Finnish site: the collection of archives.)

Globally, the year was not just black either. Like I mentioned earlier, nature have been greatfull of the year 2020. Like people it has gained more of its ”own peace”.  Nature and the whole environment has been restored which is really big positive thing of the year! Maybe this was ment to happend. We could not stop littering or polluting so we were forced into it.

NOTE: Watch my new pages:

  • Collaboration project/Yhteistyöprojekti
  • Interesting links (There’s for example my old cheerleading team videos, my gymnastics show videos and much more)


BLACK YEAR 2020 (& best posts)

These cinnamon/ginger bread buns I made on New Year’s Day (at night, when the year did change).

resepti/recipe (in finnish):


I haven’t had time to finish this new year post earlier but now I finally had just enough time to complete this so here it comes…

Year 2020 was so horrible that I ever want to live year like that again. It was definitely the most horrible year ever. Let’s look at everything the year contained:

  • First in the beginning of the year the covid -19 surprised everyone. I remember we read with my husband about a virus rife in China and we and we wondered if it could spread here as well. At first we were hopefull (atleast I was) but very soon it came clear that we would not escape this virus thanks tourists.
  • As the incidence of infection increased, my spouce and I panicked and began to lose our mental health
  • I decided to take a summer vacation from work as early as April-May
  • Some time after my vacation I decided not to take (any new tasks so far) from my other job (where I am as a task worker), mainly because I got some health issues, like strange stomach upsets (irritable bowel syndrome suspicion) and back problems (old ones but it got worse sometimes). It also appeared that continued use of the mask caused severe respiratory symptoms. (I got an asthma suspicion later on summer -finally went to doctor when the pandemic calmed down for a while-).
  • However, I continued my second part-time job normally (just a few hours…and that ”customer” (=person to be assisted) -who’s also our family friend- is living near by us. She just moved (quite close), earlier she lived within walking distance. It was really easy and peaceful commute route which was so big relief.
  • In may my spouce’s mother suddenly passed away.
  • We did faight with my hubby more, mainly related to covid-19 (such as how to behave, how to act), the stress and fear was way too much for us.
  • My mother fell in the spring at her home and underwent hip surgery which, however, went well but after that long hospital episode, she could no longer return to home because she would not have gotten there with worsening Alzheimer’s. Therefore, she was applied for a place of care, which was found in the fall. She’s ok but I miss her cause I have not been able to meet her.
  • My spouce’s father was hospitalized for a while in late spring. At the moment he’s ok and home again but that caused also worry and stress for us.
  • Our car’s gas pump broke down and we could not order a new one from abroad apparently due to a pandemic (the pump is not available for automatic cars in Finland). This is the worst possible time for the car to break down.
  • There have been also problems related to the inheritance process and a wide variety of surprises as well as all kinds of headaches.

As you can see a lot has happened. Lots of sad and gloomy things…

Then something more positive. I want to share with you my best posts of 2020. Here are my ten most liked posts of 2020:

Here are my personal favorite posts which did not fit in the previous list:

I can only wish the year 2021 would be better than the previous one…for all of us…and…

…I hope the vaccines will finally help defeat this pandemic and we all could return to a normal life!!


PIKKU KAKKONEN & JÄÄVAROITUS (Finnish children’s program: ”Little ones tv” & Ice warning)

I was reminded of a nostalgia gem that is bound to be shared with you. I remember sometimes I shared this, but at the time I wrote in Finnish so now is the time to make people living outside Finland aware of this…

At first I should show you this theme from the Finnish children’s program: (Pikku kakkonen which, freely translated, means: ”Little ones tv”). After watching this, you’ll understand the characters of that second clip where those are warning children of weak ice. YLE TV2 is finnish national tv channel which is showing ”Pikku kakkonen” and therefore, the characters form the number two. Also the name of the program comes from the words: pikku(inen)=little one and kaksi, kakkonen=two. So it’s like little ones tv2″. ”Pikku kakkonen” have been shown in television since year 1977 (every weekday). I was born in 1980 and ofcource watched it when I was little.

Many say they feared this warning of weak ice when they were little but I loved it. I kind of understand the fear. The music and atmosphere is pretty ghostly but I guess I wasn’t too little when watched this (premiered in 1986 when I turned 6 and probably watched it sometimes then). Atleast I don’t remember I ever feared this. I only remember (little later) how I always waited this during weak ice season when this, of course, was often shown after the actual program (but it wasn’t shown every day). I still remember the feeling of disappointment in the days when this was not shown. Even today this is still fun and that teddy bear is really cute! By the way in the end of the clip, the teddy says: ”beware of weak ice”

What do you think? Isn’t this funny? (but also scary enough that children dare not go for a walk on weak ice).

It’s sleep time again here in Finland (or others may already wake up but I’m a night owl) so I say…


Different DAMSON PLUM JAM TARTS/erilaiset joulutortut

Christmas is already over but I baked even more on Christmas eve and wanted to share those photos with you. We didn’t have anything special this year to do with my housemate (we wanted to be isolated because my housemate had been feeling a little sore) so I thought that why not to bake and I got an idea to use my gingerbread molds. When I started to bake and those molds were on the table, in front of my eyes, it just suddenly came in my mind that I could use those in a way I never thought before. I don’t understand how I had not come to think of that…

I realized that I can use molds like those are used when making ginger breads but you just have to make double pattern for every tart. Then you’ll get the cover whereby you can close the tart (and between those two dough molds, of course, comes the filling).

I used also the same triangle model which I used with ginger breads. Those are nice, don’t you think? Quite different looking than the ginger bread versions but nice. That Christmas tree version I made without mold with freehand.

In addition to marmalade (apple-cinnamon) tarts I made salty versions where I put cheese in. Those were real good! That apple-cinnamon marmalade I also used first time. Earlier I’ve always used the classic plum marmalade but this apple-cinnamon version has been a newer hit filling in Finland (and also plum marmalade was out of stock) so I tried this new one. It was very good!

The new year and new ways will soon begin. I do not wish for anything so much that the coming year would be better than the current one (which, though, wouldn’t require much)! I hoped for this last year too, but this year was finally even worse, horrible than I could have ever imagined! Wouldn’t it finally come a better time now?

I think the next time we’ll meet will be next year…

Be well until then!

ADVENT CALENDAR DOOR 24. *Merry Christmas/Hyvää joulua*

Merry Christmas

One of my favorite Christmas Songs: ”Jossain on kai joulu” (I guess it’s somewhere still Christmas). This makes me think of my father who has now been a year and a half in heaven.

A free translation:

Somewhere it’s raining white snow

Somewhere and is all like a dream

Somewhere the entire solar system

New hope gets


How far I flew

Longing for you

I didn’t remember at all

Is that season again

Magic of Christmas

(Verse 2)

Somewhere on top of the clouds

Somewhere still the place is here

Somewhere it’s in beautiful weather

A place I could find

Somewhere there the stars can shine

Somewhere twinkle eyes when playing

Somewhere light removes blues

When it’s Christmas night


How far I flew…

(Verse 3)

Somewhere where there is still Christmas

Somewhere I guess we’ll meet there

Somewhere do you still want

With me to spend Christmas for two

Somewhere a twinkling light was seen

Somewhere when I left towards it

and distant stars then I navigated


How far I flew…


Somewhere x3


Somewhere wintery, frosty fields

Somewhere Christmas carols, golden bells

Somewhere playing children, flutes and cellos

I guess it’s somewhere still Christmas

Somewhere Christmas night is a time of miracles

Somewhere Christmas magic with candles

Somewhere Christmas carols cheerful everything

I guess it’s somewhere still Christmas

Somewhere it’s raining white snow

Somewhere and is all like a dream

Somewhere the entire solar system

I guess it’s somewhere still Christmas


That band ”Leevi and the Leavings” was great! Unfortunately singer/song maker: Gösta Sundqvist is no longer in the books of the living.

Lastly one classic: ”When you wish upon a star”. One of the most beautiful Christmas songs!

Where ever you are, whatever do you…


ADVENT CALENDAR DOOR 23. *Cruise Helsinki-Tallinn-Helsinki and Christmas market*

Have you ever been on boat trip Helsinki-Tallinn-Helsinki?

If not, now you can get to experience it. Come on, let’s go…

This video presents extensively the beautiful old town of Tallinn, the city center and for example Estonia monument. There’s also a plaque in honor of the Estonians who served in the Finnish Navy during the Second World War.

”Megastar” demo video.

Tallinna’s Christmas market. It would be nice to visit there sometimes!

Happy eve’s eve evening! 😄