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Reply 10/02/14
09:47 PM

Well,the old tractor has been' in a workshop again and this time seems to be the last one..nothing more to fix really : )Anyways,getting stronger as we speak and -I really do miss painting...I am working on it-seriously- so hopefully we will see each other again...sooner this time/Take Care and Enjoy the vibrant autumn colors to come Leena

Reply 06/11/14
11:58 PM

Helloo from Louisville,KY. Long time-no writing...or painting for that matter!!Always too much around that takes too much time and energy...I just took my papa back to Finland after been' here for almost a year-he wanted to go back where he belongs he said...very sad and heavy to know that I might not see him again...alive!!And-with that I will close my blog for today,maybe one day I will pick up my painting again-until then Happy and Sunny Summer Wishes to you all!!!!

Reply 10/09/13
01:03 AM

Click for larger view I feel like an old "tractor"-you replqce one part then you have to replace the next one and next...and before you know it-the old tractor works again a few years.....

Reply 10/09/13
12:57 AM

Long time-no hear,,I know,havent' had any energy to paint,write or do much at all!!Getting ready for a back surgery -noticed that when I am in too much pain my creativity is zero!Hopefully it will disappear soon (at least for a while)and I can get back to work-under mean time:like they say here in KY."Ya'all take care now,ya' hear!! HUGS and keep on painting-autumn is here with its' marvellous colors-go out and "catch'em"

Reply 11/03/12
08:29 PM

Click for larger view Today I am in my bed-had a knee surgery yesterday and wrapped up in cooling pads and heating pads and my now I have a little time to write..I am also painting christmas cards(in my bed-gonna' end up with some colorful sheets and comforter I am sure...)Feeling a little better although I miss my mama-endlessly!!When I finally got to know her...but,I am glad I did because now I know more about myself as well-peace will come to my heart-and -stay! Take care and stay busy/ Marja-leena

Reply 08/13/12
12:04 PM

Long time since I visited my blog...have not been' painting or drawing much at all-I guess sometimes you just do not have any energy or inspiration ..especially when sad things happends and they brake your heart...!! my mother passed away in june this year and one of my dear girl friends got a seizure and lost her life as well....two weeks later! Hard to think and feel more than devastation and emptiness and -deep sorrow. Time will heel-so,I get back when I feel...blessed enough to still be alive/love marja-leena

Reply 11/09/11
03:14 PM

Click for larger view On a happier note I can now say that I managed to take care of my parents to the point that I can feel safe in my heart -I no longer have to worry about their well beeing'-they are both in great care and I am very grateful to the finnish society(goverment) as to how they take care of their elderly!!KIITOS PALJON SUOMEN MAA!!!

Reply 11/09/11
03:01 PM

My little store was broken into and they stole all my silver items (thank God I did not have any gold..)It seemed like they knew exactly where to go and how to open the glass cabinets..35 years of collection gone' in a few minutes!!! I had some beautiful "Slave Bracelets" made by native indians w/ coral and turqouise inlays,very old and hard to come by...I also had a great collection of Kalevala jewelry from Finland,those pieces you can NOT find any more..I am wondering if they took it only for the silver-that thought is killing me since the value was not in the silver-it was in the craftmanship,the uniqueness and the superb heart is crying!

03:53 PM

There is some problem in our wine isdtnury.When I came to UK, there was a lot of different brandy tastes there. But in this country you should pay sth. like 500 000 UAH to get a license for a wine of horilka production. It is the way to make some corruption schemes to be an ordinary way for business. So, you should like Masandra wines. Some of them are really good. But if you like dry ones, you have no real choice in this country. -
08:04 PM

Are those Are those interviews for real? How can a aiontn so obsessed with hockey know so little of hockey? I follow hockey, hence I follow the major international tournaments and remember which country that won them. Canada sucks ass, USA USA USA -
Reply 10/28/11
05:54 PM


Reply 08/22/11
02:34 PM

Click for larger view Hallo-just a small note:it is time again-to go and visit my parents ,my dad in Sweden and mother in Finland-both are now at the age that they need a lot of help!So-my situation is not too good this time-have to find a place for my dad(who wants' to move back to Finland) and my mother who lives in not quite know where to start but hopefully my heart will lead me the right way(maybe w/ a little help from my sister and brother who both lives in Sweden..!!!)Was told they do not need the "stress" but they will be "thinking" of me....

12:32 AM

Approximates per person in USD, for a month trip:Flights- $900Eurail pass- $950 (based on group rate, for a one-month pass)Hotels- $50/night (based on a duolbe room, split costs, averaged for different countries)Food- $40/dayLocal transport $10/dayAdmission to sights $30/dayTotal, not including any personal buys- minimum $6000 per personIt could easily cost much, much more, depending on personal habits. But I think that is the absolute minimum if you stay in hotels and eat cheaply, one restaurant meal and day and the rest from grocery stores.I've lived in the UK, Sweden, and currently Norway, and all three countries are very expensive compared to the US. You can't get a restaurant meal in Norway for under $12, and that's if you go somewhere very cheap and drink water. Romania is much cheaper, but any tourist area in any country is going to be more expensive than the country average. Parts of Russia are actually more expensive than Scandinavia (like Moscow).It would take minimum a month to visit all these countries, and you'd really need 2 months in order to properly see anything. The distance from England to Russia is huge. Train travel is difficult in Norway because the tracks are limited due to natural boundaries (mountains) and it takes a long time to go anywhere. Across Sweden, from Stockholm to Oslo, the train takes about 8 hours. It's another 8 hours to Bergen. France and Spain are large countries (not to mention Russia).If you were backpackers, willing to couch surf and avoid tourist traps, you could do this much more cheaply and efficiently. For a normal traveller though, I would really recommend choosing a few countries in proximity to one another, and sticking to those for a single trip. You experience much more this way, it will be less stressful, and MUCH cheaper. You don't have to see everything at once.England-France-SpainItaly-France-SpainNetherlands-GermanyNorway-SwedenSweden-Finland-RussiaRomania is sort of off on its own, it could be combined with nearby countries like Ukraine or Poland or Turkey -
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