When life gives you lemons…

I don’t mean to sound like my life is terrible. It’s actually quite good if you ask me. But today I once again had some bad news. Or rather… some news. At first I felt sad but the more I thought about it the more I realised that I wasn’t as much sad as I was disapointed. And when I thought about it some more I realised that it didn’t have to be so bad news after all. It’s not what I would have wished for but I decided to make the best of it, see it as an opportunity rather than a letdown and a hindrance.

When life gives you lemons…

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But lemon lemonade has never been my favourite. And I didn’t have any tequila at home. So what else to do with lemons? Then I remembered some diy-instructions I had found a couple of months ago when I was searching for new and adventurous things to do. I had bought things for it but they were still in the kitchen and I so far hadn’t tried the instructions. So I decided do to so.

When life gives you lemons… make body scrub!

Here are the things you need:
– 7 dl sugar
– 1 dl olive oil
– two lemons (zest from 2, juice from 1)

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You also need a bowl, a spoon, a measuring cup and a jar or something similar to put the finished body scrub in.

First you but the sugar in the bowl. Add the olive oil and stir it together.

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Zest both lemons and add it to the bowl. Then cut one of the lemons and add the juice. I was stupid enough to first cut and juice one of the lemons and had to try to zest the halfempty peel afterwards. Not very easy I can tell you.

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Then you just stir it all together untill it is properly mixed. Very easy. 🙂

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And then just put it in a jar untill you are going to use it. I tried my body scrub almost right away and it was… a new sensation. Just using it felt a bit strange. Just the thought of standing in the shower and rubbing yourself with sugar. Haha! But is smelled nice and now after the shower my skin feels very smooth and soft and nice. 🙂 I am definetly going to continue using and making this body scrub. It was easy and quite fun to make (though I had a little cut on my hand with stung very much when I got lemon juice in it), the ingredients doesn’t cost much and it feels like it’s probably healthier than regular soap.

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The original recipe said to also put 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract in the scrub but I left that out this time because I was a bit affraid the sent of the vanilla would clash with the sent of the lemon. But I might try that next time. Maybe it will just make the body scrub even nicer. 🙂

Therapeutic bird photography

Fluffungar 1

Something happened today which made me very sad and upset. I wont talk about what it was because that isn’t really that important right now and I don’t want to burden others with it (especially when I feel it’s very easy to take the other persons side).

 Kaja   RödnÀbb           

Needless to say I felt like curling up under my cover, eat ice cream, watch horror (for some reason I often feel like watching horror when I’m sad) and maybe cry a bit (more). But I talked to my mom and she said No.


      Duva   FiskmÄs

“Take your camera with you and take a walk. Search for spring. Be amazed over what has happend since you looked for it the last time. Make a photo collage on a theme, maybe a colour or a shape or a size. I look forward to seeing it.”

GrÄsparv    KrÄka

I groaned a bit and said I didn’t feel like it. To leave the bed, get dressed and go OUTSIDE felt like to big of a task at that moment. But I did it anyway. I took my camera, my new telephoto lens and I went in search of birds. And it made me feel so much better. I would probably had felt better after some ice cream and murder too, but this way it went much faster and much less of the sadness was left (even though I’m still upset over what happened).

MÄne   Fluffungar 2

So thank you again, mom. (This is probably the fifth time and the third place I’ve thanked her). I really love you and I look forward to seeing you the day after tomorrow.

Flock 2   Gulsparv

Duvpar   Flock 1

BlÄmes   Skata

Depressions and the light at the other end

Yes, I will start the new blog by talking about feeling bad. (Not a lot though. There is light at the end of the tunnel.)

But the truth is that the last months I have been feeling really horrible. A lot of crying, a lot of sleeping during the day and staying up during the night because seeing the light and sunshine made me feel worse, a lot of not doing anything at all, a lot of feeling disappointed in myself and what I do and don’t do. Also a lot of grieving for my grandfather who passed away in december.

But. BUT! I do feel better now. I was so affraid that I would stay in my depression and feared years of it (the last time lasted a couple of years) but I managed to get out of it before it, I guess, got a too tight hold of me. I have managed to send in one of my school asignments (too late but it’s in now), I have managed to draw a bit and I have tried to do a short workout every morning (I feel weak like a little leaf but at least I try).

After reading Sarah Shotts’ Love Letter to Adventure I now also really want to start having small adventures. Not every day but to try and do something new and/or exciting every week, however small it will be. It’s because of this I have added the words “and small adventures” to the top of the blog. So I have some place to write about those adventures. And I highly recommend reading Sarah’s Love Letter. I hope you will find it as inspiring as I did. And if you do you should come join us in the Venturers’ Treehouse. I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun together.

I hope to see you there. 🙂