My childhood home has now been emptied and the ownership of the apartment has changed. That was the end of a long and significant era in my life. In the last days of clearing, I found even more of all kinds of old and interesting things. I also found my old christening dress in the back of the wardrobe, in a drawer.

The key to the basement was also finally found, and there was no need to break the lock, as I had thought. The basement was full of all kinds of junk. It was fuller than I remembered. Among other things, there was a lot of clothes in the basement, more Donald Duck magazines and father’s car accessories, such as car tires, steering wheel, detergents, work overalls, etc. (My father was a car mechanic.) Even my old toys were found in the basement. So much old, long-forgotten stuff ahead. It felt like time travel to yesterday. It was a bit like rummaging through an old attic.

What I wanted to save from the basement were the photos I found (including the sixth grade class trip photo album), my old diplomas, the classic uncle Roope piggy bank from the 80s and my paintings in the old art school portfolio (a few of which in connection with this post).

Leaving the keys on the windowsill felt strange and it was hard to think that I would not return to that house again… Well, that part of my life is over now. Life changes and moves on

In the last few days my time has mostly been spent looking at apartments online with my spouse. We have few favorites already (and as soon as I get permission to share the inheritance, which has taken longer than expected), then we can go look at apartments and make offers.

We have also already come up with a name for our future dog after my father’s nickname: ”Ami”. We will probably get a German Shepherd because it is a smart and good guardian dog. To accompany the dog, we thought of getting a cat (I especially like cats, but my spouse has also warmed to the idea of a cat).

A Finished era.
”One died- two were injured Passenger car under the train”. Finding this newspaper clipping (9.8.1977) stopped me for a moment. This was moving to read, even though I never got to meet the couple. However, this couple that drove under the train was my parents friends. I had heard a lot about them. Mother has told me that they met with Liisa, who died in the accident, the night before. When they parted, my mother had said to Liisa normally: ”bye, bye”, to which Liisa replied: ”farewell”, as if she knew that they would not meet again.
Old Finnish money
Old money I found in my childhood home. I remember these 10-mark bills from my childhood.
Old Finnish money
This money is my parents’ youth from the 60s (both one and five mark banknotes below).
Old Finnish money
A finished era
Classic uncle Roope piggy bank from my childhood.
Chain letters
More chain letters. These are really beautiful.
Cat pillow case
A cat pillow case I made myself at school. This was a very gratifying discovery, the existence of this I no longer remembered.




This Midsummer is very different compared to all previous ones. One era is coming to an end. We found a new owner for my childhood home and the apartment will be available to her in mid-July. I find it strange to think that someone else is going to live in the apartment. In the apartment, which my parents bought back in 1969 when they got married and where they lived together for nearly 50 years, until my father passed away. I too, lived there all my childhood and youth, naturally.

I went to clean up the apartment about a week ago and I stayed the night to get more done because so much stuff has accumulated and no one has properly cleaned the apartment for years. I found some old stuff like old essays from high school, drawings, postcards (even my parents wedding cards and baptismal cards for me and my brother), some old magazines; (for example Donald Ducks from the 80’s and 90’s and ”Aisapuu” magazines -an interesting and nostalgic magazine about the area of our cottage town), an old diary and other writings, old letters from those I used to exchange letters with (the web was not yet so used, and correspondence was common) etc… I even found an old sticker book in elementary school and a booklet in which I had written stories as a child. They all reminded me of so many memories…

Despite everything, this is where a whole new time in my life begins. My spouse and I are leaving Helsinki. We are not yet sure where, but some housing options have already been considered. We want to get to a quieter (and more safety) place from here but not too far from my mother who’s here in a nursing home.

The future apartment will be our very own. Until now, we have lived in rentals. We will have a new, certainly better time. The former will disappear, but I’m sure the new time will bring a lot of good!


Apartment sales presentation.

HAPPY MIDSUMMER! Let’s enjoy the summer that has finally arrived in Finland also.



Gymnastics event great closing ceremony (field show) 12.6. in Tampere. The program begins with a beautiful women’s program: ”Clear Waters”, which also features former members of my team. The program concludes with another beautiful women’s program: ”My friend, my life”. If you haven’t seen gymnastics field shows before, I recommend watching this. They are great spectacles!


Gymnastics show: ”Feel it” From the exhibition center. Gymnasts of my former team also participated in the ”Forest” program of this show. The choreography is done by the instructor of this same team.



TAMPERE 9-12.6.-22

Welcome to Tampere, Finland’s third largest municipality (in terms of population). Tampere is home to 244,315 people and the total area of Tampere is 689.59. Tampere is also home to the famous Särkänniemi amusement park where stands Tampere ’s famous landmark: Näsinneula.

The Finnish GYMNAESTRADA, which is held every four years, is here again, this year in Tampere. The event has already seen amazing performances. It has hosted e.g. artistic gymnastics Finnish Championships and the third World Cup competitions in team gymnastics. Finland took a double win in the competition, which was won by Minetit and Gloria placed second. Today was also seen a spectacular ”Show it” evening show (which was televised live).

Tomorrow the event will culminate in the closing ceremony. We will also see a show: ”Feel it”, featuring women from my former flow gymnastics team.


”Show it”-show (YLE TV)


team gymnastics world cup -final (YLE TV)

The event dance.

I myself am not involved this year. I haven’t got myself into proper training mode since the covid-19 virus started spreading. Even before this, I had already suffered from severe anemia and had no strength to train.

Opening day moods.

Soon after, my father died, and indeed it became covid-19, with more illness and isolation, then my brother passed away and training motivation was zero… so I have been out of the training hall for a long time. Such big events like this in particular are not exciting at this moment that the epidemic is still raging but I hope to return to the species someday. Gymnastics itching hit a bit again after watching these programs.

Enjoy great performances and have a nice gymnastics weekend!



…1995… 2011… 2019…



We rose from a loss after very exciting stages. Canada took a few penalties, and helped us get into the game with those. In the exciting third period Canada also had to change their goalkeeper, after the head goalkeeper injured himself. This was his first game in the tournament so a hard place for him.

One Canadian goal was reviewed twice in the video. The first verdict was ”no goal,” but after a new review it was recorded as a goal… completely rightly still.

The game was supposed to be already clear to us when we pulled two goals into the tube and made it 3-1 on scoreboard after Canada took two penalties into the tube… but should have known that against Canada, nothing is certain, although there were less than six minutes left in the game.

Canada leveled the game with six field players (after taking the goalkeeper away). The disappointment was really big after that. I was sure we would lose the game but in extra time we got a 4-3 winning goal even a little lucky and the fourth world championship was sealed!

Good luck to the lions!


(By the way, the Tokman food I ordered came a week late, (Monday is their only delivery date) and the mistake that occurred was credited to me.)



I ordered food box to us to this day (25.4.) from Tokmanni (store). It is a box that contains 7 different meals. There are 2×600g packages for all meals and four different food box sets to choose from. For two people, the set has enough food for almost two weeks. That’s a lot of food for 50 euros.

We once ordered this same set with my spouse, and the price-quality ratio was so good that now I decided to re-order (the same) set with different meat and fish dishes (like casseroles and soups).

Last night I received a message announcing that my food box will arrive the next day at around 6-7pm. I waited all evening for food to arrive, but they never arrived. At first I thought the food was late, but 10.30. pm I stopped waiting. So we were left without food and the order has already been paid for online.

Luckily there were still meatballs at home that I ate late in the evening when I gave up waiting for my order to arrive. Hopefully the food will be delivered tomorrow (or more precisely today). If food does not arrive before evening tomorrow, I’m going to call and make a complaint about this.

Normally, they always deliver these food box orders on Mondays, so the order may be postponed until next week. We have the money calculated exactly, and there is no extra. This is tying up the money now, and yet we should buy something from the store if we don’t get our food order this week. This is so wrong when nothing is even reported. In general, all orders play pretty well in Finland. Even though they sometimes come late, they always come. This kind of activity makes you angry!

Anyway, I’m really tired and I have to go to sleep so good night, (good morning, or nice evening, whatever time of day there is)!

Cream cheese Brownies

Hello again!

Here’s another Easter post to you. If you don’t have a miraculous thing to do at the end of Easter, try this recipe! I made my own version of this delicious dessert yesterday which can be found on ”Kakkumonster’s” You tube channel. I really recommend you to try this!

Here’s the recipe:

20×30cm casserole (or oven tray)

12 pieces


200g dark chocolate

175g butter

3,5dl/2 cup sugar

2dl/0,9 cups flour

0,5 teaspoon vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

a pinch of salt

3 eggs

cream cheese layer:

1 egg

200g unflavoured cream cheese

0,5 teaspoon vanilla powder or 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

0,5dl sugar

(Tupla Double Layer White Nougat Suklaapatukka 48G)

I also put ”Tupla” chocolate (Finnish traditional chocolate) on that surface, but you can use what ever chocolate you like. However I have to say, this was good match. At first I did think this is not good fit but when I tasted it later again after refrigerated, it tasted very delicious!! ”Kakkumonsteri” put Kinder chocolate bars in the dough. I traded them for that ”Tupla” chocolate (on the surface). Below is a link to her recipe.


Melt chocolate and butter in a water bath (or mikrowave should also make up). Let it cool.

Prepare the cream cheese filling (mix all the ingredients together).

Add sugar in chocolate butter mix.

Mix the other dry ingredients together and add to the mixture. Stir. Add eggs and stir.

Pour the dough on to oven casserolle or tray lined with baking paper (as I did).

Spoon the cream cheese over the dough. Shape the surface with a spoon into marble.

Bake in oven 170 degrees 30-35min. If you use oven tray, the cooking time will be slightly shorter.

(Sprinkle pieces of chocolate on the surface if desired.)

Serving suggestion: Serve with (nougat) ice cream. (This was a great addition, although of course this goes without ice cream also). You can also choose the taste of the ice cream according to your own taste, for example chocolate and vanilla are surely also good, but in my opinion this nougat ice cream was really delicious. It had such good crunchy balls as well inside it.




It’s easter time again. In honor of that, I’ll share a few videos suitable for Easter for you from the YouTube channel Jesse eats. If you don’t know who Jesse is, I recommend checking out his videos.

In short Jesse is the best racing eater in Finland who sometimes also competes internationally (and power athlete from which he has his own channel. He has won World Championships in powerlifting in 2017, 2019 and 2021.)

Without further ado… Let’s jump to the videos.

In this video, Jesse makes a world record for eating a Kinder chocolate egg, by eating 96 Kinder eggs. (Popular chocolate egg in Finland).

(Sorry, there is no subtitles for this video.)

I also recommend this video to you. Here Jesse eats half of every different Fazer chocolate bar (there are really a lot of them). (English subtitles available.)

In this video, Jesse eats five pounds of mämmi. If you don’t know what mämmi is, look at this and you will find out! (English subtitles available.)

So here’s a little Easter pastime for you…


Ps. What is your favorite Easter delicacy? My favorite is definitely chocolate eggs. I also eat mämmi and pasha but for me chocolate eggs are the most traditional and best Easter delicacies.


Hi again for a long time!

Here’s a link to a post from my favorite blogger: a Christian woman who always has great subjects and an immersive writing style.

The topic of this post will surely touch us all in one way or another. I was particularly touched by this writing at the moment because of my recent loss(es).

Losses are something you will never learn to understand or fully accept. There is empty space in my heart for everyone who left, especially my family members.

We can do nothing for these, and with losses we are forced to learn to live because they are part of life.

That is why life should be appreciated and enjoyed, for you never know when the last day is.

Even if the last few years have been difficult, I believe better times are waiting for me too.

More thoughts on this topic in this link:


Here are two songs that both fit into the moment of loss, although the first of these is probably intended to be more like break up song. This song was my favorite about twenty years ago and yesterday it suddenly popped into my head. In this situation, it reminded me of my brother, and how I would never see him again.

The second song is my enduring favorite from a great Finnish singer who has had a long career.

Scandinavian Music Group: ”Ei mun oo hyvä olla yksin” (It’s not good to be alone)

English lyrics:

When it gets dark outside, I’m waiting for you

I sit by the kitchen window, there is no tobacco

There are boys standing on the street, I’m looking for you


There’s nothing here without you. There is nothing without you. It’s not good for me to be alone.

There’s nothing here without you and nothing will come of this without you. It’s not good for me to be alone.

The traffic has stopped, I listen to the echo

I look forward to the quiet corridor

I’ve been sitting here for many hours, my legs goes dead (legs goes dead) I’ve been sitting here for many hours, my legs goes dead (legs goes dead)


Kaija Koo: ”Kylmä ilman sua” (Cold without you)


”Finland WINS GOLD in Ice Hockey & Goes Wild!”

In the midst of these uncertain times, something more entertaining to you…

I was supposed to publish this earlier but I forgot it… but better late than never so…

Check this out! This is really fun!

Almost as if we were back to 1995 and our first World Championship victory. The same songs echo in the background…

”SEE YOU ON THE MARKET PLACE”, as we say in Finland…

We really did!!!