MIA JOKI ”RAKKAUS/”LOVE”

”All it believes, all it hopes, all it suffers…Love only stays…Love never dies”, Mia Joki is singing with her magical voice. So simple but so true! So much life in it with that haunting melodia. So much emotions. Music is sometimes very powerful like this song! I fell in love with it when I heard it in tv the day before yesterday. Yesterday evening (at monday) I listened it again and it got me thinking about my parents. Maybe because I sent my dad again to hospital at monday. 

It was very much like the last time before Christmas when he had a pneumonia. He was unclear and weak like then. Also he had a fewer. Crp have been high (which is telling eruption) so it can be the same again. 

This song got me thinking my parents marriage and their whole life. They have made a long trip together and they really have been believed, hoped and also suffered. They’ve been married since year 1969 which makes almost 48 years. They got my brother five years after that and I got my life started (at mom’s stomach) when they had been then years together. These years have went so fast and we have experienced so much! It’s hard to think that my own parents who where about my age when they got me are already in 70’s. That feels very weard but the fact is they’re getting old and I don’t know how long they even can be living at home and can dad be still back home after this. Let’s just hope it’ll work out somehow…even we all know nothing is everlasting…

(By the way this song could have been our Eurovision song contest song. (I know I thought the real one would work better it did but this could have been maybe even better for that competition). This is so much ESC style.)




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PIHLAJAVEDEN ERÄMAAKIRKKO/PIHLAJAVESI OLD CHURCH


I visited yesterday at Sartenada’s blog and did read a post of the old church of Keuruu in middle-Finland. https://sartenada.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/old-church-of-keuruu-vieja-iglesia-de-keuruu-vieille-eglise-de-

It’s familiar to me like Keuruu town anyway. That church came in my mind Pihlajavesi old church (1780-1782). Pihlajavesi is a small country village in Keuruu town (about 500 occupants). I have visited in that old church few times. 

This church is very interesting. It have been (years ago) listed one of the world’s 10 biggest miracles because of the shadows of the people who did once sut there every sunday at same place. 

The church is located in the middle of the wild forest which is so beautiful. It’s about three km from the Pihlajavesi railway station. 

Pihlajavesi is anyway very beautiful village with lakes and versatile nature. I recommend you all to visit there once in your life (atleast if you come to Finland) but at first you can watch that video presentation of that old church.

Have a great new week!


MY PASTA

It’s the best time of the year here in north: midsummer! Now it’s the time to eat well, maybe drink some, go to sauna and relax!

If you don’t know what to eat at midsummer (and want to something else than just grilled sausages or ribs) there is one good recipe to you, which is my favorite! It’s the pasta I make regularly with a little variations. Previous time I tried a new process again which is the best way ever make pasta (cooking pasta in it’s sauce-atleast partly). I’m gonna use it always in the future cause the texture will be better in pasta (all dente) but it’s not only that, also pasta takes flavour in it’s sauce. This is simple but sooo tasty pasta. Now little bit advertisement also. ”Pirkka” tomato crush (with herbs) is the best I ever tried (but you are maybe not getting it if you live outside Finland). So just use your favorite tomato crush. 

You can put in your pasta what ever you like but that’s simple base…and that cheese what I tried last time (and was delicious) you can replace whit what ever cheese you like. 

Amounts are guideline. If you want to save food to next day, you can add more these ingredients. 

you need (for two):

-(Pirkka) tomato crush (with herbs) (1 can)

-a small onion (or half of onion)

-makaroni or pasta (about 100-200g)

-cream (dash)

(-chilli cheddar) cheese (some)

(-olives some)

(-tabasco some)

-Barbecue spice mix (some)

(-for watering you can use some olives Juice or maybe some olive oil or dash of water)

Sometimes I put also knackwursts in this pasta (and it’s worth to try) but this time I didn’t.

Making:

If you like you can start with cooking pasta a little bit (just few minutes). Then it doesn’t have to be in sauce as long. It depends what you like and how vigorous (all dente) you want your pasta. If it seems you have pasta quite much compared to sauce it’s better to cook pasta first a little bit (unless you use fresh pasta.) Atleast this is quicker way.  

(If you now have the pasta’s cooking water on,) you can peel and chip the onion and sweat it quickly if you like. Last time I forgot my onion and put it straight to sauce, but it was also good. Not so smooth but good.

Then you can put the sauce to pan (with onion) and throw the pasta also there. Cook as long as the pasta is fine for you and mix sometimes. If the sauce will get dry, add some watering (olive juice, olive oil or water). Then put the seasonings and cream there and finally cheese and olives. Your pasta is ready! 

You can serve this pasta for example with feta salad. It’s good combination and suites great at (mid) summer!

Bon appetit and happy midsummer!

SUMMER FINLAND

There are photos of my summerdays. Enjoy!

Views from the Ruoholahti bridge, Helsinki.

This is one of my favorite buildnings in Helsinki, Töölö.

The National museum.

Lunchcafe: ”Kotitupa” (home cabin) at Kulloo village, Porvoo.

Pictures at ”Kotitupa”.

The beautiful tree in Kulloo.

The dandelion field in Kulloo.

Some flowers in Kulloo.

The dandelion field.

Lupines in Kulloo.

Aleksanter’s street in Helsinki city.

Stockmann department store.

”Kolmen sepän patsas” (The three smith’s statue) in Helsinki city.

The main post house in Helsinki city.

The zoological museum in Helsinki city.

Puotila beach in Helsinki.

Puotila-Rastila. View on the bridge. Rastila beach on the right side.

Flowers at our yard.

The trails near by our home.

HELSINKI SAMBA CARNAVAL 10.6.-17.


The traditional Helsinki samba carnival was here saturday. The costumes was colourful and beautiful and the tone was so joyfull. The music was great just like the weather also! Sun shined and people were happy. It was the perfect day! 

I love samba and I’m very happy we’ve got our own carnival here. I almost wanted to go dancing in that line. I can dance samba cause younger I use to go on bailatino classes for a while. The basic samba is easy…(atleast in my mind but it can be because of my strong dance background but) I think anyone can do it somehow…maybe not so perfectly but it doesn’t matter at carnival. Competitive dance is different thing…

Enjoy this carnivalmotion with my picks and video…and have a great new week!

The keynote of some samba school was sauna. This plaque says: ”sauna is warming finnish people hearts”. So true!


37 YEARS LIFE BEHIND

I have been so busy lately that I have forgot to stress my getting older even I already had a birthday. I have been stressing so much other things (specially our finances)…but maybe it’s better. I have been thinking my age enough earlier. Now it did hit me again. How can it be possible that I’m soon 40? I don’t feel like 40. My mind is not 40. My mind is about 30. Then years ago when I was under 30 my mind was 20. Well, that’s the way it goes. Then years more and my mind will be 40…Why the mind comes so far behind and is so late? I don’t get it. It makes this getting older thing really hard! It feels like yesterday when I was 25-30 or even under…It feels like the day before yesterday when I was a child even it’s so many years ago…

Oh, how I envy people who doesn’t scare of ageing and take it easy. I just can’t be without thinking what will it bring and what does getting old mean. It means I will come weaker and weaker when years go by, maybe not yet but at some point I will…sooner or later…and surely I will come sick. I will probably have cancer or dementia or Alzheimer ’s disease…or something if I live long life…

At youngster 10-20 years (not to mention over that) feels (almost) like everlasting. The older you come the clearer you see it isn’t so at all. It will go in a blink of an eye…but can’t help. Getting older is just something you have to accept and God knows I’ve tried to do that…I really tried. In good days it’s easy, in bad days it’s hard…and somewhere deep inside I know I shouldn’t be worrying yet. I’m not even 40. That’s what I try to be happy for! This actually should be the best time of my life, like my mom always says. I’m not ”too” young (and innocent) but I’m not ”too” old either…