On sick leave

How do you take sick leave when you’re a self-employed stay-at-home parent? Not easily. But one thing’s for certain – it is much easier now than when the kids were younger! Now I at least get a few hours of rest when they’re at school. And they’re already grown so big! Next year all three of them will be teenagers.

I haven’t been ill for many years now, but this fall I got the shingles, and if I’d known beforehand how that would be like I would have vaccinated all three kids against chicken pox! It’s not a fun illness to have, especially afterward since my immune system seems to have taken a deep dive, and I’m getting colds and flu:s like never before. And high blood pressure. So now I’ve been putting myself on sick leave, consisting of lots of chicken soup, reading good books, playing computer games, trying to chill. No brisk walks for me until I get my nightly heart rate and HRV in order.

The kids have been co-operating quite a lot – we’ve been playing computer games or card games and they’ve helped with both decorating for Halloween and removing the decorations afterward. They’re really growing up a lot these days!

Now I’m off to enjoy yet another cup of delicious ginger tea – have a great Thursday!

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Happy Halloween!

Greetings from our House of Horrors…!

The Bahne family – a scary clown, evil Pikachu, a ninja, the Plague Doctor and just a regular zombie…!

Also featured, my bf – who’s a teacher and wore the perfect costume for the occasion! …looks like things are getting a bit out of control in Junior High during Halloween, teachers beware!

And here’s my evil goddaughter, in her best devil disguise (horns DIY:ed by herself – she’s crazy creative!)

Just look at those eyes!

Hope you’re all having a scary, cozy evening!

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DIY Plague Doctor Mask

I decided to go as a plague doctor for this years Halloween party. My version has a black mask, not the white one that is commonly seen, simply because I had black paper on hand at home…! But I’ve concocted a backstory where the mask is really made out of black leather, making it much more medieval:ly.. Anyways – here’s a look at how it was made. Above – I started with some newspaper that I molded around my face and taped together.

I made a large beak, big enough to fit a bunch of herbs. The thing with plague doctors is that people used to think it was the miasma i.e. bad odor, that spread disease. So to combat that doctors wore these big masks that fit sweet-smelling herbs inside the beaks.

I taped the beak to the mask and cut out holes for the eyes. I made ridges around the eyes using some paper and some tape.

Then I glued on lots of black paper along the mask in several layers. I glued some cut out plastic circles to the eyes (you have to cover everything! Otherwise you’re not a proper plague doctor and might succumb to the plague yourself!) and finally some black ribbons to the back of the mask.

I wore a black turtle-neck, black pants, a black cape and a black top hat. Not seen on the picture is my walking cane which I used to poke people with to check if they were still alive…! (which is what the plague doctor mainly did – check if people were dead or not)

It was a fun costume to make. But I only wore the mask at the beginning of the evening – it got too hot in there!


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Halloween goodies

We had sooo much candy at our latest Halloween-party! Luckily Halloween comes only once a year – I kind of didn’t think of the amount of candy we had already bought when I told the kids that they could bake cookies and cakes. Which they also did! Very nice ones actually – the perks of having kids who are getting older and can bake and cook and even sometimes clean up after themselves…!

As a contrast, all the food at the party was gluten-free, minus allergenic nuts, mostly vegan and overall healthy! So it kind of evens itself out! (not really, but I’m pretending it does!)


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DIY Window Monsters

These monsters were really easy to make, and give an instant Halloween-vibe to our house.

I folded a thin black paper into two and cut out a place to stick the eyes, and a scary mouth plus some evil looking ears/horns.

Then I taped the monster to the window, added a pair of glow-in-the-dark eyes.

I think we’re ready for Halloween now!



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Halloween is approaching

Our house gets more and more Halloween:y for every day that goes by – soon we’ll have our annual Halloween party, with new friends invited. It is always such a nice occasion to invite some of the new friends that our kids have made, along with their parents. My favorite holiday, my kids favorite holiday, and we’re all exited making costumes at home!


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