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Week 31 & 32 – Thunderclouds & Kangos

It rained. It poured. Lighting soared. Thunder crackled and shook our floor and all sleep was devoured.

We had our longest power outage yet at the start of the week before this one, almost half a day. The edible content contained within our freezer box container started to thaw, we saw, and so we've been eating previously frozen contents like crazy. Mostly fish. Probably an unnecesary precaution, but you never know! We've also fished, a bit.

Thunder's been around a few times, intertwined with bright light and heavy sunshine. We had short bursts of thunder and rain for two nights at the start of this week, regular spectacular unusually warm sunny summer again for a couple of days, and yesterday one more burst of devestating power-outing electricity. All in all we've probably had a double dozin power outages at least, though most of them not longer than a few minutes. Swims in the lake are a frequent routine; it seems the previously partially quenched heatwave won't be giving in anytime soon.

As far as I know the largest forest fire in modern-time Sweden is still raging in the South (we might've been better prepared for it if our prime minister hadn't sold out most of our military helicopters to the US just recently - at no profit, either), and despite all rainy weather the ground is dry here as well. I took a trip to the end of the lake yesterday and realized that the stream transporting lake water down to the Kalix river was all dried out, small yellow flowers already blooming amidst the dried seaweed on the stones. As far as I know it's never been dried out before, and yet the water level isn't much lower than usual. Apart from drought, the garden's flourishing, almost too much, and for the last couple of weeks we've been harvesting almost more vegetables than we can hope to eat, salad a common topic for lunch; dinner - and it looks like everything short of tomatoes, potatoes and onions will be picked and devoured way ahead of schedule. Usually most crops ripen in a steady stream throughout August, but this year a great deal of them are already done. There's so much sun.

In other news: wasps are invading the house. We usually open the windows and let them out, but this year they're coming back with a vengeance. I killed 7 yesterday, another 2 this morning, and was having a rather sleepless night until I switched rooms - one after another they ferociously buzzed into the indoor atmosphere, attacking any visible light source and potentionally anybody nearby... like me, peacefully reading the routine bedtime comics. So I eventually switched rooms and woke up 4:30 to the beep of smoke alarm batteries running out and the buzz of yet another wasp. Appearantly there have so far been 25,000 wasp remediations in Sweden, this summer, another effect of this whacky weather. All the while Southern Europe's still flooded.

We are today embarking on a short weekend (and then some) trip to Kangos with the intention of picking cloudberries, maybe blueberries too, though neither of them seem to be doing that well this year. We embark nevertheless with great hopes and ambitions; I'll be back in a week or two, to type and book a flight. Here be last two weeks.

July Passes

Maybe summer's done! All that summer fun and sun in tons. The rain drums on the tin roof, the wind spins through the window like winds do, and I see the last of light last till night. July passed me by, and I'm in town to type some lines today, a passerbye. Till next week! Kangos!

Week 29 & 30 – Suntons

These past two weeks have been intense: a blazing summer sun sizzling on the rooftops every morning; more swims in the lake than I can count. I've spent a couple of days with a buddy, and three days partying hard during the celebratory series of days when my mom turned 70 years old (Happy Birthday!). First day we celebrated within the family, swapped presents and savored an imaginary cake baked for the next day; the following two days guests came pouring in with an abundance of gratitutable gifts and high spirits... and ate a total of three pies, three cakes, one large (and hellishly expensive) smörgåstårta (a sandwhich cake - translation nae available) and mounds of watermelon, ice cream and sallad. Twas a blast! My sister flew up for the occasion as well; stayed a week.

In other news the plantations are flourishing, and for once we have more salad than we can possibly eat ourselves - or even give away. Ditto with strawberries, they're flowing into the freezer at a scary pace, even though we eat mounds both for breakfast and desert. Berries are ripening in the woods too, and we're leaving for Kangos later this week. The public computer in the library is booked all the time, thunder; lightning struck down a few times and passed by drearily near - short rain sessions on the storm's tail, but otherwise it's still as steamy and sunblazed a day(s) as ever. And that's all I have time to type today. Have a contunually awesome session of summer days and here's last week.

Week 28 – It’s Summer!

This week blew by in a blast of sunshine (and it's not over yet)!

I'm in for a short visit to Överkalix today - another premiere for this year - with little time left as I write this late. But it is; this week was great. Especially the waking hours prior to today's date!

Here's last week.

Happy 25!

Woot, it's my birthday! This post is scheduled so I'm probably off celebrating right about now, but feel free to leave a message after the link click. ;) It's probably an awesome day. 25 to life. In life! On life! For life! For real. Yeah.

Week 27 – The Wild Wide North

I didn't post much last week, just something about a file, and something just before departure... up North! To the wild and free! To where I like to be! To the wide and debris-free where I don't need to strive to breath! Where the air is clear and I'm never in despair or in dire need of a quick promenade just to sight my feet. Yeah. Next post might be a while away btw.

The flight up was booked: full. I arrived at the airport an hour too early (communal traffic was unnaturally fluent - I just missed one train) and a mere hour and minutes later I was up here - enjoying the feats and finesses (and lack thereof) - that this amazing place always brings with it. The first day was rainy and restful, but since then the sun's been gazing down mercilessly over shriveling plants and crisp green lawns. Last night the temperature didn't drop below 23C even indoors.

I've been repairing stuff and painting window frames, swimming around and hiding behind strawhats and long sleeves to fight what at the start seemed like an inevitable burn, but now appears a potential tan. I'm a son man. This latter half of last week. The former three days I was Southbound, cleaning the house in a haze, vacumming the last dusty grains at way too late, past midnight, checking my flight check-in in sight before bed bug bites I was too tired to fight. But wait... every day's been great.

We're in Kalix today mostly to buy a pump, to bring up water from the lake, 6500 liters/hour, and ease the fight we previous years fought against relentless draught, bringing up 2-300 liters on dry days by hand. Waaay too much. All that energy we'll now be able to spend on less routinous; more rewarding tasks! Woot!

I took my first swim of the year a couple of days ago, first in the lake; a few hours later in river - visiting my good buddy Andreas for the first time this year. I've eaten my first Shrimp Sandwich of the summer here in Kalix today, attained my first splinter and driven around on lazy summer roads for the first time in way too long. Life moves at a pace of its own, far from effortless, where rest's a reward many steps from stress. Happy Summer people!

Here's last seven-day stretch.

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