Vegan month

A week to go with the vegan month November, great to try it out going Vegan for the week maybe. There was a calculator describing how much things saved by days or weeks being vegan. So it was ridiculous amounts of water and natural resources and probably a couple of cows as well. Got to find a link for it and calculate and try it out.

So with the friendly living thing in mind I started to get the holidays in decorating the apartment. Decided to make an Aloe Vera christmas tree to save the resources and just going for more of a New Years feeling since I really like New Years.

We also been starting to wonder about what we want to do after the pandemic, so maybe a bucket list for that. I think we both are really eager to get traveling as we enjoy doing so, first thing would probably be a get away for England where we usually go. So we decided to do fusion christmas (since we prefer to travel than to celebrate) so it’s kind of new traditions. We are doing the Swedish version for the 24th traditionally and international normal English for the 25th. But I think, to be honost, I prefer to continue with the after corona bucket list. There is so many things I would like to do and so many places I would like to see.

I guess until then I continue to make more music and write my stories, I am so happy to be able to be more #athome so that I have the time to get things going a bit more with things I love to do.

Beaches

I have been trying to get out walking the puppy for an hour every day in the mornings for about a month back, it’s great! Avoiding the crowds and being at home makes it a bit more productive for the day I think. So this morning we were far out at the Stockholm archipelago at the beaches walking around, it was so refreshing.

After that I just been trying to write and trying to do this and that, wasting time trying to clean the apartment. We avoid pretty much everything again being as much #athome as possible, I would love to be able to just be at home like we were during the spring session (like totally) , but it seem to be a bit more open and business as usual around town, and with the schools open and shops and pretty much everything being normal, we are just following the restrictions. And we rarely meet people anyway (think restrictions are for 8 people) and we decided to go groceryshopping more like once a week and we do wear face masks. Very few people wear facemasks here in Stockholm I would say about, I am guessing, five per cent, so it’s kind of just business as usual here. There is more restrictions starting this weekend I think, so maybe that get’s people to start wearing facemasks.

Other than that I am just trying to figure out the lyrics and a concept for a new song I am writing and loving to have the piano and making more piano versions of my recorded songs. You can listen to them at instagram (@l_helgaasen).

To make things happen I decided to start to decorate the apartment for the holidays. We rarely do Christmas since we prefer to travel for the holidays, that brings the nontraditional us to do a more traditional Christmas. That we look forward to, since we really have no idea how we want to do Christmas. So we decided to do international fusion Christmas with more of a celebration for the New Years that is more of a noticeable day to celebrate.

Christmas holidays check list:

Swedish Christmas 24 December with traditional Donald Duck cartoons and Vegan Swedish ham dinner.

25 December traditional English Vegan Christmas with chimney socks.

Christmas tree and lots of christmas lights ASAP

Gifts for the kittens and puppy (and us) but save most of them until New Years (so we decided to do the most gift things for New Years)

We are better with celebrating New Years (its my absolute favorite day of the year) so the New Years we been doing at home we usually bake somethings like cookies and cakes to stay up the night (my daughter and I).

So that’s my absolut best inspiration for doing the holidays this year. I used to work the holidays until I had my daughter, and I know there is so many people feeling so lonely during that time of year, even without self isolations, I hope it feels a bit better for everybody with the restrictions being a great excuse to having ‘the lonely holidays’. (And maybe there is great deals in the local hotels for staycations in local towns). I have to say making new traditions with traveling a bit made that time of year feel so much better, after a few holidays in a row (we usually go to London and then the English seaside towns)(but I am sure any town works), it was so appealing I was even longing for getting abroad for the holidays, ‘christmas walking’ the beaches in other cities, so nice and friendly people greeting each other, ‘merry christmas’. Then bringing a shitload of local christmas foods from the grocery shops (since many restaurants are closed during christmas) all exiting stuff to try out back at the hotels, feeling really happy, so nice and friendly and spoiling one self a lot. I can super recommend traveling for christmas (after the pandemic), regardless of reason. The quiet seaside towns and villages are awesome for that I think.

Vegan month

I hope you as well as me are enjoy the vegan month, you can start try it out at anytime though, for the rest of the month maybe. I am vegan regardless of month and I found it very fun to become one. Since I love to travel, and when I am out traveling I enjoy to go to the grocery stores trying out what locals eat, I realized becoming vegan was a bit like traveling. So many new products to taste and find favorites. Love it. So that might be something to get into when being #athome for when needing something to do, there is super good inspiration at instagram for vegan dishes and bakings and discoverings.

Today I been doing pretty much non of what I should I guess, feels like wasting time, but I wonder what I then been doing and I realized non of that either so I guess it’s just been a day trying to get to it. Been trying to get to sit down and actually write, sat down with the piano for a while trying to have some time there. Have to tidy up the apartment, about wasting time, so I guess trying to do that as well for a bit. And I guess trying to unwaste time. hahahaha. Trying to detox a bit, I guess it’s great since it’s supposed to be kind of calm around when detoxing, and it seem to work well with my trying to do something that make sense anyway. I even been trying to have a spare moment to watch telli.

So just now I am trying to get in the mode for a bit of writing, all tucked in out at the balcony listening to the rain. It’s just so cosy, absolutely love it!

Acoustic piano

Being a bit more at home has for sure made me very happy to have the piano. So waisting time, instead of cleaning the appartment I guess, infront of the piano, and being out with the puppy, most of the days I think. I am so so so so trying to write my book manuscript in total edited version and I am so so so so trying to find time and the right feeling to be able to actually do it. Sometimes it’s just like that when writing, it comes in waves. And I am so, so, so, so looking forward to continue the book script I am trying to write after, so I just have to fix it to get there. So I am trying to write a bit every day, a bit of progress is a something forward some days it’s thousands of words, so I guess any forward is what counts for me.

So the night shift again here in Stockholm. Love it. The balcony letting the sounds of the wind getting through giving a great feel to being all tucked in trying to write. So grabbing a coffee and continuing to try I guess at some point it has to be total and getting there anyway, and I am having a great time trying listening to the autumn winds.

Also been making more acoustic piano versions of some of my songs. It’s been like total pajama sessions, where it’s been like up straight to the piano so I guess as real as it gets, really have to make some nicer photos as well to get a bit more balanced flow to it. but I t5hink it’s a bit nice with the PJ Sessions anyway, I mean with many people being just at home in pj’s so does it even get more real than that at the moment? I guess it’s part of being real in the world right now. So anyway, getting into it with the piano and acoustic versions at the moment.

you can see the videos at my instagram @l_helgaasen

just posted a version of Free- the studio version is to be found here at the start page.

Hope you like it and Enjoy the new week coming!

Sunday morning

Waiting for the dawn to get seen I guess, being out at the balcony trying to write. It’s just so super cozy (so happy to have made the balcony into my bedroom) and being in a busy part of Stockholm it’s just so nice during the nightshift out at the balcony, I think.

So yeah, we are obviously in the corona timezone. Just letting the hours come comfortably as they want to. I really like it that way, with flexible timezones and I guess somewhat ‘jet lagged’ at times. I have been up and out with the dog most mornings watching the city awake in the dawn, this week. Amazing. And I seem to think that any Corona germs should be better during that time of the day rather than when everybody have been swirling things around at the evening. So the mornings been really good here lately.

Musicwise I been busy with the piano getting into it since it’s been a while since I had a piano. Practice, practice, practice. It’s great, I absolutely love my piano and I am super happy with it. Love the sound of it. Love to write more music with it.

So I guess that’s a bit about Sundays again, I just love Sundays.

#athome

This time around with being more #athome we are a bit more prepared. Being in Sweden there is recommendations to be #athome so we are basically just that, been out a bit but avoiding shoppingcentres and things like that. Although having a puppy this time around makes a big differens and gets us out a lot more than during the spring where we barely dared to sit out at the balcony. And just being a bit more used to the situation I guess has made it more like ‘as usual’ being at home as well.

So the days are filled with joy with Henry, the puppy, and normal things, I am trying to write everyday and make progress to my stories as well as make more music and things like that. Since the new piano just been packed up I am just super happy spending most time at home anyway getting into it with the piano, so that and walking the puppy is kind of keeping us entertained.

Also been getting into a lot of new things and routines, I think more than I would normally have done, so I think all this time at home have brought a lot of time to sit back and actually think about things and learning and getting into it with a more clear view and more time to waste I guess. I really like to have all this time to get to clear perspectives and I think walking the puppy is a thing that really brings that up and being without the time pressure we consider normal, I think is really good for us, for me it seem to be anyway. So I tend to walk the pup a lot, and decompress I guess, and I realize it was such a great idea getting puppy.

Henry

Feeling Yellow

Weekend again, love it. Continued the feel good project with walking the dog for an hour this morning, then went back to bed, where I am still snoozing, at the moment. The balcony works great for a bedroom and I am super happy with it, brings a bit of energy to me with the light I think.

So while trying to make my days a bit happier and trying to make all others feel good as well, I decided to bring a bit yellow feel good to the table.

Being Vegan I am trying to eat yellow sometimes, and I think it works!

So here I am trying to make the world a bit more yellow from my perspective, think it would be kind and nicer climate for everybody if so.

So I guess I am feeling a bit yellow this weekend- it’s great!

November – Vegan month

Vegan month is here. I am Vegan regardless of month but I think it’s extra nice with Vegan month anyway. It’s a great thing to do, try it out for a month, I found it almost like traveling becoming Vegan, it was great to go food shopping discovering new products almost like being in a noter country in the grocery stores. (so that’s a great tip even for if being in Corona isolation or just in general being a bit more at home, if you like traveling – like me, It bring a bit of that feeling trying out new foods) And there is a lot of great Vegan products, and with more people buying, there might be even more Vegan friendly products coming as well, so I think it’s a growing market.

So yeah, I really like being Vegan – it feels great. I think it’s really good for the body and also feels good for the animals as well as the climate with a friendly lifestyle.

So I am very happy with my choices and I think Vegan month is a great thing to just try it out and get a bit more inspiration if so just having Vegan menu for a day a week or if going for it totally.