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Sari's Journal (November 13, 2007)
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

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Sari writes in her journal while her chldren are napping; she wants to take advantage of the peace and quiet.

13 November, 2007, Ivalo, Finland~

Dear Journal~

Terve! Miita kuuluu? Kiitos hyvaas!

Sari here. Sorry for not writing; have been busy trying to keep the children busy, entertained; trying to keep our house in order, trying to keep my multiple sclerosis/firbromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome under control. Not easy to do, particularly on my bad days, where everything is flaring up at once!

Am getting the house ready for Christmas; Christmas is one of our most important holidays here in Finland; we pull out all the stops to ensure that family/friends have a Christmas they'll remember for the rest of their lives.

 It's when we put up our Christmas decorations, make candles, decorations to put outside or around the house, go to the woods, to find that perfect Christmas tree, make sure that we leave food out for the reindeer--and for Santa Claus, who will surely be coming by to visit the good little children.

Little Erik is too young to know of Santa Claus; yet Birtta is surely to wonder who this jolly old elf with the long, flowing beard, and dressed in the familiar red-and-white suit is. We plan on taking her to see him when the holidays start up in just a few short weeks.

My! How the year has flown by! Seems like yesterday it was Midsommer; now it is nearing the middle of November; the days have gotten a lot shorter, snow is starting to fly already, and it's gotten a lot colder outside here in the frozen northland. The auroras are out nearly every night (on the nights where it's clear, that is; it's kind of difficult to see the auroras when it's cloudy), dazzling us with celestial fireworks.

Yes, fall is truly upon us. The trees are now threadbare; not very many leaves left. The birds have migrated southward, and the animals are busy looking for food before they settle for their long winter's sleep.  Soon it will be winter (although I think it's already here; we have had snow a few times already, including several inches last week; some of it is still left on the ground).

The snow we had has put me in the Christmas spirit. I'm suddenly in the mood to get the house ready, put on the Christmas carols, and start baking--only as long as my health problems will allow. It's kind of hard doing all of this while trying to watch over two active children--and take care of a hungry husband who never seems to stop eating! LOL Or w hen my health is giving me problems!

I have been working too; part time, but still working. I enjoy it, it's nice to get out of the house, have adult conversations with adults. Usually I am trapped in the house with little children, and sometimes I catch myself talking baby talk to my friends, who only end up giving me strange looks. LOL It's rather embarrassing! LOL

I talked to Louisiana Sandusky via e-mail the other day: seems her problems have ended; she's getting big and fat, she says, and she is going crazy for being in the house; she can't wait until her twins are born! She says she's as big as an elephant (somehow I doubt that). Louisiana says she is doing well, as is her family, and that is awfully good to hear; I was awfully worried about her for a while!

Ilsa is now off the crutches; her leg has healed. She's back to her normal self again. She broke her foot when she kicked the dresser; broke three toes.

Inger, my friend from work, is sad today: her mother, Hilde, is in hospital, in a coma; she has diabetes, she let her sugar get too high, and now she's very sick. Inger found her mother on the kitchen floor the other morning, unconscious. She couldn't wake her up; it scared her. She called for an ambulance; the ambulance came and took her mother to hospital.

I am praying that Inger's mother makes it through this latest crisis; she's had so many problems with her diabetes!

I will have to pray for Inger, too, for strength, and for courage, during these difficult days in her family!

Well, I hear the babies stirring as they awaken from their naps; guess I will have to stop writing now. I will write in here again soon; take care and God bless! Until later, this is Sari Annike saying Nakemiin!

~Love, your Finnish friend, Sari Annike. :)


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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 11/13/2007
Today snow are falling in truck loads, so I hope that little one come out to see their first winter, but with temperatures falling down like a hot rock on butter...I doub they will ever going to come out before summer.
From Sweden...have a happy winter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 11/13/2007
You Karen have got that flare for writing. Wonderful, keeps reader interested..Sari is a busy bee that is for sure. And as far as the CFS, I can relate to Sari with that one. ALso this story put me in a Holiday mood--Great job.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/13/2007

Whew, Sari makes me look forward to the Thanksgiving and Christmas season! :) Beautiful write, you take us into her house, her world.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/13/2007
Sari certainly will have her hands full for the next month or so with the holidays approaching.


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