Perfect Weekend

I've been watering my sees religiously. I expect to have harvest in a couple of weeks..

I’ve been watering my seeds religiously. I expect to have harvest in a couple of weeks..

My weekend – especially Sunday – was pretty much perfect. No, I didn’t spend my weekend with a gorgeous hunk in a hotel in New York, but I’m sure my experience came close. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was so fired up on Saturday morning that I planted spinach and coriander seeds on four pots that I placed on my balcony. Spinach in three pots, cilantro in one.

I’m not a plant person, but I almost started talking to my seeds aloud when I dug tiny holes and placed the seeds in them.

I thought something like this: “If I drop several seeds in one hole, will you fight for sun and nutrition and snuff each other out?

(It’s quite possible that nothing comes out of the seeds – last time I tried raising herbs in my balcony I got nothing. Gotta go and check my pots now).

After that I voluntarily cleaned my kitchen and went out for a long walk in the balmy 80-degree weather.

Finns go nuts in summer.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s because there is so much light and no need to robe oneself in layers of clothing and fight the polar bears for sustenance (I’m kidding, no polar bears in Finland. And no fjords!).


Yesterday I had two long walks outside.

Because the summer has just begun the nature is lush and bright green, not languid like it’s in July and August. When I was idling around, I discovered that there’s a brand new ParkGym practically in my backyard. The machines are a bit of joke though because there’s no way to increase or decrease the load or otherwise adjust the machines.

I was more interested in the outlandish machines in the nearby playground – plenty of options for functional workouts!! – and the tiny basketball court beside the soccer field. I could well take my workouts outside on some days.

If there was a team of short adult basketball players available, I would join! The max height wouldย  be 5 ft 4 inches, so my 5 ft 1 in wouldn’t be a problem. ๐Ÿ™‚


Spending a week in New York – with or without a handsome hunk – would be an item in my bucket list if I had one. I visited New York briefly six years ago when I attended a conference in New Jersey, and I’ve wanted to take a long vacation in New York ever since.

Question: What is your idea of perfect (summer) weekend?



  1. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! If I get this straight, you have 80 degree weather in Finland, while we have 60 degree weather in Wisconsin??? We do have some “lake effect” coldness in Milwaukee due to Lake Michigan still being about 44 degrees.

    I do like planting things, but I don’t have much budget for it this year. So I might throw a couple of pretty snapdragons in right before our neighborhood tour this month.

    Summer is not my favorite season, but I guess I like reasons to needlessly wear high heel sandals to various places. The teen kids both have summer camps, so husband and I don’t have the funds to go anywhere ourselves. Oldest daughter J. is moving back to Milwaukee, so I’ll probably spend a lot of time with her. Gym is always delightful.

    Your gym/park sounds fun. Who cares if the machines are less than perfect. It’s a big playland to goof around at–and close by too. You can hang and hoist, and do all sorts of funny stuff in front of people who don’t know you!!! I wish I could go too. ๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Marion

    • Satu says:

      Hi Marion! Yes, you got it right! Helsinki is a good place for a beach vacation right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you were here, I would take you the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress!

  2. Wait, I’m still thinking of the gorgeous hunk in the hotel room…..

    Okay, now I’m back! We have some of those ParkGym things along our walking tracks and in parks etc. I’ve never seen anyone using anything other than the incline thingy you do sit-ups on.

    Our summers in Australia are often really humid so exercising outside isn’t pleasant at all. But… spring and autumn are nicer. It’s winter here now so I’m rugged up – though not as much as you need to be (obviously!).

    As for the plants, I kill everything. I tried herbs recently and they died. A friend of my mum’s is planting some more for me. Oh dear.


    • Satu says:

      LOL about the plants, Deb! ๐Ÿ™‚ Nothing is sprouting in my pots and I’ve started to become a bit anxious! Shouldn’t there be tiny sprouts already? Luckily I get a chance to interrogate my friend about plant things later today.

      The weather is still very pleasant, it’s rarely very humid in Finland.

  3. Lori says:

    I usually buy annuals as small plants at the garden center. Seeds are cheaper, but Ms. Pixie ate my last attempt at seed starting indoors and didn’t save me any money…

    My perfect weekend is 70 degrees, partly cloudy and a long bike ride ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Satu says:

      So Pixie is into green stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚ She could have my cilantro because I ate a lentil salad yesterday Iand rediscovered the fact that I hate cilantro!

      The spinach is growing well though..

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