Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Great Sauna Journey [Daily Photo #562]

Nora (elephant): “You sure you know the way, Kaneli? Looks like a rocky path.”
Kaneli (duck): “Of course! Been there before!”

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Coffee, Books and Salad [Daily Photo #558]

Got two books from the library yesterday! A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo and The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami (translated by Allison Markin Powell). Haven't read these authors before, so – excite! ^u^

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fabric Petals [Daily Photo #557]

I certainly prefer real plants (of which I don't have enough!), but it's nice to have a few artificial ones for variety. ^^ Here are some flowers I got from IKEA long ago.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Birch Leaves [Daily Photo #555]

Whoa it's my 555th daily photo post! So many photos I've posted here, and I still want to keep doing that. ^^ Today's daily is lovely birch leaves, in autumnal yellow.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hardcovers [Daily Photo #551]

You might have noticed that I like books a lot. =D And I like to keep them in good condition, so of course I prefer hardcovers as they are more durable. But. I was quite disappointed when I discovered that most of the time hardcovers from USA have very plain covers with pretty dust jackets on top. It feels like cheating. =D You pay a lot more but the durable cover of the book is plain, and the pretty dust jacket won't last long unless you're very careful. Meh!

*grumble grumble*

I guess I'm a spoiled child of USSR. Most of my Russian books are hardcovers, as they are more common than paperbacks and affordable there, and most of Russian hardcovers don't have dust jackets. Have a look!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Russian Wooden Spoons [Daily Photo #544]

Two more wooden spoons have joined our collection!

Reunion With Toys [Daily Photo #543]

“What should I bring when I come visit you?” asked my mom. “My old books! And toys!” said I. =D Well, I've shown you the books, today it's toy time! I'll focus on one of them…

Friday, September 22, 2017

Kaisaniemi Poplar [Daily Photo #540]

Today my husband and I went to the Kaisaniemi botanical garden in Helsinki with my mother and his parents. There's a cool new feature there called Evolution Tree where you can see how plants evolved. Also there were really giant sunflowers, omg! But, I was smitten by a certain tree as soon as we entered the garden, so today's daily is about it!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Frogs [Daily Photo #539]

Ages ago, when I still lived in Mordor, I had started a collection of frog toys and figurines. Later I brought some of them with me, but some were still left behind. Now three more specimens moved here! Here they are.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wolfhound and Other Books [Daily Photo #538]

My mom brought some of my old books yesterday, so of course I must show them to you! First, The Wolfhound series by Maria Semyonova. It's a Slavic fantasy story about a guy called Volkodav (Wolfhound), a quiet and compassionate man from a matriarchal society who didn't exactly intend to become a hero and save people but fate said otherwise. The books are very beautifully written, with a poem in the beginning of each chapter. One of the best parts of the series is a pet bat named Neletuchiy Mysh – in Russian a bat is called letuchaya mysh – 'a flying mouse' =D And this pet bat was injured and couldn't fly, so he was named Neletuchiy Mysh, 'a mouse that doesn't fly'. He travels perched on Volkodav's shoulder. =D There is also a scene where Volkodav rescues a puppy, and that's the kind of fantasy hero that I like! : 3 I really hope they'll translate these books to English one day!

Leaves and Water [Daily Photo #537]

This unusually bright leaf caught my eye today. Actinidia kolomikta?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Autumn in the Woods [Daily Photo #531]

Most green things are still green, but some plants have already started changing their outfits into brows, yellows and reds.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rural or Urban? [Daily Photo #530]

A beautiful field near Leppävaara station.

Who said that cities must be all buildings and roads and no agriculture? ;)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Much Reading [Daily Photo #526]

September 8 is International Literacy Day, so today's daily photo post is booooooks. ^u^ Here are the novels I'm reading / will start reading soon:

from the library:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Striped Beets and Other Foods [Daily Photo #525]

Did you know that beets can have cute stripes? ^^ As soon as I saw them in Prisma, I knew I had to try them! They taste similar to normal beets, and the stripes fade when cooking, but you can also eat these beets raw.

Fanart: How to Goth by Tyri Matzen

Oops, I drew another I Heart Robot fanart! ^u^ This time it's a liiiittle less colourful. :P

Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Cactus Love [Daily Photo #524]

When I lived in Moscow I had many cacti and other succulents. Our apartment had broad windowsills and lots of light, perfect for a collection of sun-loving plants. Then I moved to Finland and discovered that most apartments here don't really have proper windowsills, it seems. o_O I'm still puzzled by that. Besides, even if we had a sill big enough to put one or two rows of pots, there wasn't enough light in our previous apartment. This apartment, though, has much more light, plus I have a few grow lights for the darker areas. And so, the inevitable happened and I got two cacti the other day because I missed having them around. : 3

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Salaattiasema [Daily Photo #523]

A new place opened in Sello, and we had to check it out! Salaattiasema is a salad paradise, I enjoyed our salad a lot. It had quorn, quinoa, dill cucumbers, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and goat cheese (for my husband, I don't eat it =D).

And then there was romantic coffee in Starbucks.

Art: Nonbinary Demon Hunter for Lex

Dear Lex,
An embarrassingly long time ago you asked if I was going to post any drawings of metalheads. I didn't have any, so I decided to draw one for you and I did! I even scanned it! And then I forgot to post the drawing. >o<;;;;;

But better later than never, right? Allow me to introduce, a nonbinary demon hunter who is very, very metal.

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