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):

https://www.k-ruoka.fi/reseptit/piparipullat

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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 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 for tourism.
  • 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:

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/08/31/helsinki-shots/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/09/25/the-garden-birch-is-gone/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/10/18/friendly-friday-photo-challenge-dreams-of-childhood/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/11/18/the-anniversary/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/11/05/november-poem/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/12/01/giving-tuesday-tekojen-tiistai-1-12-2020-advent-calendar-1-door/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/12/21/advent-calendar-door-20-my-gingerbreads/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/advent-calendar-door-22-fun-christmas-treats/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/12/24/advent-calendar-door-24/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/12/28/different-damson-plum-jams/

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

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/__trashed-36/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/12/03/adventcalendar-2-door-helsinki-punavuori-before-and-now/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/12/06/advent-calendar-6-door-finnish-independence-day/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/advent-calendar-7-door-korona-aika-covid-time/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/12/15/advent-calendar-door-15-laugh-more-live-more/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/12/19/advent-calendar-door-18-childhood-christmasses/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/11/14/titanic-real-time-sinking/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/02/01/a-dream-2/

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2020/12/30/pikku-kakkonen-jaavaroitus-finnish-childrens-program-little-ones-tv-ice-warning/

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!!

…I WISH EVERYONE OF YOU A REALLY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!!!

NEW YEAR

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It’s here…

*2020*

We’re back at 20’th century…

I can’t believe it. Like we have been traveling in time…or just traveling…over years…That number (2020) feels so absurd. I mean then years have passed by of the new year 2010 and twenty years of the new year 2000 (millenium) but the good thing is I always loved 20’s style. I think we should take it back…So (never mind the middle age crisis and) welcome back 20’s!!!

I want to thank all of my customers of the last year 2019! I’m so grateful to have you all! Without your positivity my year would have been even more worse what it already was! You keep me alive I can tell!

I don’t wish anything so much than just simply that this year is easier than the last one. 2019 was very hard for me and took all of my energy so I wish I can get it back and get a fresh new start! I just want to be health and happy!

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The year of losses *2019*

Last year took more than gave, much more…

There were big losses. For me the biggest loss was naturally the loss of my father but…

…also there were other losses. Publicly known people losses. We lost inter alia all them:

  • Mikko Saarela (16.1.1958-11.1.2019) -musician, song writer, biologist, founder and basist of the popular finnish band: Eppu Normaali
  • Emiliano Sala (31.10.1990-21.1.2019) Argentinian star socker player
  • Olli Ainola (23.6.1958-27.1.2019) finnish tv-journalist, chief of radio ”Yle” (=public broadcasting company) tv news finance shipment
  • Matti Nykänen (17.7.1963-4.2.2019) Legendary ski jumper

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/matti-nykanen-1963-2019/

  • Ismo Kallio (16.2.1935-2.2.2019) finnish actor who is well known for his imitations of finnish president: Mauno (”Manu”) Koivisto (1982-1988) and was called as ”auxiliary Manu”
  • Gordon Banks (30.12.1937-12.2.2019) one of the best goalies who did lead England to it’s one and only world championship 1966
  • Olli Lindholm (19.3.1964-12.2.2019) Vocal of the popular finnish band: ”Yö”

https://tanssitytto.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/olli-lindholm-1964-2019/

  • Karl Lagerfeld (10.9.1933-19.2.2019) Well known German fashion designer, specially known for the head designer of Chanel
  • Keith Flint (17.9.1969-4.3.2019) Vocalist of the 90’s and 2000’s popular band: ”Prodigy” made suicide
  • Luke Perry (11.10.1966-4.3.2019) an actor who was well known of his role on Beverly Hills 90210 tv-serie.
  • Lasse Pöysti (24.1.1927-5.4.2019) finnish actor, director, leader of the theater and script writer
  • Olli Mäki (22.12.1936-6.4.2019) finnish star boxer, the only one who have won European champion ship
  • Kari Pesonen (11.2.1961-20.4.2019) Vocalist and song writer of the finnish band: ”Puolikuu” (half moon) passed away only few hours before gig
  • Ken Kercheval (15.7.1935-21.4.2019) An actor who was well known from the Dallas tv-serie
  • Oiva Toikka (29.5.1931-22.4.2019) Successful finnish glass artist
  • Reijo Taipale (9.3.1940-26.4.2019) finnish adult pop star with a long track
  • Peter Mayhew (19.5.1944-30.4.2019) Well known from Star Wars movies as ”Chewbacca”
  • Doris Day (3.4.1922-13.5.2019) One of the most popular actor and singer on 50’s and 60’s
  • Anna-Kaisa Hermunen (17.2.1948-13.5.2019) finnish journalist who was well known from the tv-program: ”Hermunen”
  • Peggy Lipton (30.8.1946-11.5.2019) An actor specially known from the tv-serie: ”Twin Peaks”
  • Niki Lauda (22.2.1949-20.52019) Three Times winner of the Formula 1 (1975, 1977, 1984). One of the most legendary formula drivers ever.
  • Joonas Loiri (17.4.1982-29.5.2019) finnish DJ, music video director and provider also known as son of entertainment artist Vesa-Matti Loiri
  • Jose Antonio Reyes (1.9.1983-1.6.2019) did die on car accident. He was popular player of soccer- team ”Arsenal”
  • Billy Drago (30.11.1945-24.6.2019) An actor and stunt well known from the movies: ”Untouchables”, ”Freeway” ”Mysterious Skies”
  • Carl Gustav Jernström (31.7.1944-14.7.2019) Founder of the circus Finlandia (1979) whitch is still one of the most popular finnish circus
  • Claes Andersson (30.5.1937-24.7.2019) was minister, writer, psychiatrist and jazz-musician
  • Jorma Kinnunen (15.12.1941-25.7.2019) Well known javelin thrower
  • Toni Morrison (18.2.1931-5.8.2019) was first afro-American woman who won Nobel literature prize 1993. On her books she described the life of black women these days and in history.
  • Jeffrey Epstein (20.1.1953-10.8.2019) was a multimillionaire and investment banker. He made suicide in jail while he was waiting his trial regarding to under aged vice ring.
  • Princess Christina (18.2.1947-16.8.2019) Princess of Netherlands was the queen Juliana’s and Prince Bernhard’s youngest daughter and queen Beatrix’s youngest sister.
  • Juhani Kärkinen (28.10.1935-29.8.2019) Finnish successful ski jumper on 50’s and 60’s. He won gold medal at Lahti world championships 1958.
  • Jukka Virtanen (25.7.1933-1.9.2019) was finnish well known writer, journalist, singer, script writer, speaker. He was multifunctional media man.
  • Robert Gabriel Mugabe (21.2.1924-6.9.2019) was the politician and leader of Zimbabwe. He was the prime minister 1980-1987 and the president of Zimbabwe 1987-2017.
  • Kari Toivonen (1942-28.9.2019) was finnish long-time reporter on YLE
  • Kyllikki Forssell (2.51925-7.10.2019) an actor who got pro-Finlandia medal and the title of theater Counselor
  • Aila Meriluoto (10.1.1924-21.10.2019) was poetist and writer. She published her first still popular poetry work: ”Lasimaalaus” (=glasspainting) 1946.
  • Mervi Tapola (14.4.1954-30.10.2019) was the heir of Tapola-meat processing Company and the ex-wife of Matti Nykänen. They were married two times and their relationship was very stormy and it was implied on finnish media.
  • Anne ”heinäsirkka” (=grasshoper) Taskinen (3.2.1958-7.12.2019) Finnish rock-musician, actor and journalist. After her rock-career she worked at radio, the freelancejournalist of finnish newspaper (Iltalehti) and occasion organiser.
  • Marie Fredriksson (30.5.1958-9.12.2019) Best known as vocalist of The Roxette pop-rock band.
  • Ari Behn (30.9.1972-25.12.2019) Writer and spouse of Norwegian princess Märtha Louise 2002-2016

I’m sorry, this comes little late (I visited at my mom on new year’s eve and I was at work on new year’s day) so I have been busy but anyway better later than never…

…Happy new year everybody!