Monday, March 23, 2015

R.I.P Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

I woke up this morning to the sad news of Mr. Lees passing. Although he passed peacefully in his sleep at the age of 91 years old the news kind of puts an end to an era. To all Singaporeans Mr. Lee Kuan Yew is THE father of modern Singapore, being the founding Prime Minister of Singapore…

For those of you who know me personally you know my family migrated from Singapore before I was born. But I still have strong family ties to Singapore and I visit as often as I can. Thank you Mr. Lee for building the Singapore as I have always known it.

For those of you who don’t know of Singapore and it’s history, you can read here.
Or even watch a 3 part documentary on youtube: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Singapores current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held a beautiful speech when announcing his passing.

Transcription and translation is available on the PMO site, here.

Rest in peace Mr. Lee, you will never be forgotten.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happy mail

I often hear that pen and paper is a dying medium…everything has gone digital. Working within IT I can’t disagree with that. However the other day I came across the concept of Pocket Letter Pals. A fun, new and not to mention creative way to send snail mail. Remember that? Writing on a piece of paper, folding it up, putting it in an envelope and going to the post office to mail it…Well I did that the other day, well not the post office part – I’ve bought a bunch of stamps I can slap on letters that go the snail way.

The concept is using 9 pocket sleeves (like the ones for baseball cards) and putting whatever you want in 8 of the pockets, and a letter in the last pocket. I chose to decorate both front and back on my sleeves. You can read more about the concept over on Janette Lanes’ blog. Janette is the “creator” of pocket letters and she has some of the most beautiful creations. I also just joined Pocket Letter Pals, a network for pocket letter creators. It’s free to join and a great place to find inspiration and pen pals to swap pocket letters with. There is also a Facebook group dedicated to Pocket Letters, here.

The other day I made my first pocket letter and shipped it of to the US. Hope Lori likes what she is getting. Since I haven’t told here about this blog, I’m taking a chance and posting pictures here – hopefully she doesn’t see it here before receiving it.

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folded up

As Lori had told me she loved ocean blues, I tried to make that the theme of the PL. I folded it up an made a closing mechanism using washi tape and a few star stickers. I’ve seen several on the PL network stating how addictive make PL are. I’ve noticed that and already looking into making my next PL…just need to find another victim  recipient.

I look forward to receiving my first PLs. Sound like so much more fun to receive letters like these than the boring official mailings that frequent my mailbox.

- do you send/receive snail mail?

Monday, March 2, 2015


A fun discovery we made this weekend. Banana crash as SweetieS called it. While watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood  on NRK Super they made a fun, frozen desert.

It’s as simple as 1-2-3…
Put a ripe banana in the freezer.
Using a blender, blitz for a few seconds – until you get the crumble consistency you’d like.

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I managed to snap a picture right before SweetieS chowed down…

I did however make some discoveries along the way.
- peel the bananas before freezing them (saves time waiting for them to defrost and then being able to peel them when putting them in the blender)
- use very ripe bananas (the sweeter the better)

Here @CasaR we always have bananas that we end up throwing away when they get so ripe that they feel to mushy to eat. This is a great way to use those bananas instead of wasting them.

Another tip for when you have overripe bananas, make banana bread. Here (from Det Søte Liv – it’s in Norwegian, but Google Translate should do a decent job translating) is a recipe I’ve used a lot.

- do you have any trick to overripe foods?

For those of you who don’t have any overripe bananas at hand..enjoy this vid…

just love these guys…

Twinkle, twinkle little star

A while back I got a pre-loved set of wool pajamas from my wonderful sister-in-law. A nice and cuddly brown pajama made by Nøstebarn. Just love these pajamas. After being used by my little nephew the feet were worn and had a few holes where you would expect holes to be. As the rest of the pajama had no wears and tears to mention I thought I would give it a try and patch it up.

After “consulting” SweetieS we agreed upon star-shaped patches. SweetieS pick colors from yarn I had at hand and I went searching for a star pattern.

I found this star pattern by Valley Yarns, pattern available for free here. This is a pattern for Christmas ornaments. Just don’t sew two stars together and you have your patches.

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A few threads to fasten…

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And the result…

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SweetieS is happy with the result…therefore I am.

- what do you do to “fix” holes in your clothes?

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