Goodness me, I’ve been tagged by Kathleen!

Five is supposed to be my lucky number, so let’s see how I can manage this…

Five minutes to yourself: Well, it seems that almost every time I leave the house for work or whatever, I’m just about five minutes late and end up putting on my lipstick or earrings in the tram or elevator. If I could just have five more minutes to get ready…

Five bucks to spend right now: how would you spend it? I think that I would buy either a nice magazine (like Elle Interiör) or the Laura Ashley Spring 2006 catalogue to swoon over.

Five items in your house you could part with, right now, that you hadn’t thought of already: My closet is bursting with clothes and shoes that I shall probably never wear again. I’m sure that I could easily come up with at least five items to sell or to give away.

Five items you absolutely, positively could never part with in your house: This is difficult because I have quite a few things in my house that I really love. But let’s try…

There are two boxes under my side of the bed. One holds hundreds of photographs from the days when there were no digital cameras, so they can’t really be replaced. I would be devastated to lose them. The other box hides away my journals from the past twelve years. Every once in a while I take some of them out and read them through. It’s very important to me to be able to do that, to kind of re-live certain passages of my life through remembering how I felt about them at the time. So, in case of a fire those two boxes are what I would grab first!

Then there’s my mother’s old teddy-bear that she had received as a gift from a boy in the early 1950’s.


A very old chest that my grandmother had actually just found somewhere, abandoned when she was living in Kemiö with her second husband in the 1960’s. She knew that I had always loved it so she gave it to me when I was about sixteen years old. I could never part with it!


Our kitchen wouldn’t be the same without this vintage Nordmende Transita Deluxe transistor radio that we bought from a second hand store in Turku some years ago. It had probably been sitting in someones garage for years as it was horribly dirty and smelly, but we saw the potential in it and spent one afternoon sitting on the kitchen floor, scrubbing and cleaning it with old toothbrushes, toothpicks and cotton swabs. And it came out beautiful! It also has the best sound although it’s from the early 1960’s.

Nordmende Transita De Luxe

Five words you love: This is the hardest one. Argh!

lumous (finnish for “fascination”)


barmy (A word I’ve learned from P.G. Wodehouse’s books. This word makes me smile. If someone’s barmy, it can’t really be that bad.)


taikahuilu (finnish for “magic flute”)


Ok, that’s done! Now I’m tagging… Tiffini.

3 thoughts on “Five

  1. kathleen says:

    What wonderful treasures you have… things like those just could never be replaced, they have meaning & history. 🙂 Loved reading your answers… & Lumous, is such a pretty way to say fascination.

  2. You goof ball! I will work on this in the next couple of days! You are too cute! That is a great radio – it is weird that the older stereos always have the best sound. Great answers and I will get on it! ( ;

  3. great finds, the chest especially! The sweet postcard and the magic flute!

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