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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Odds and ends around the yard.....
Earlier this summer we had some action going on in our yard...."Trädgubben" (The Treeman) came to cut down the 3 large pine trees that weren't doing so well in our front yard. He was amazing...climbed up the tree with a chain saw hanging from his belt. After sawing off all the branches on his way up (Bo and Dad pulled them out from under the trees and made HUGE piles on the side), the treeman sawed the trees into large pieces and pushed them off on his way down. Bo is in the process of sawing up all the logs to use as firewood in a couple of years once it is dried out. Mom, Maya & I did our part, too, by loading up over 6 trailers full of the smaller branches and tons of needles. Bo hauled them off to the dump. Too bad it's too early for making wreaths, I had plenty of pine to use! Once all the logs are gone, I will get to plant new things in that corner! Any ideas? It's mostly in the shade.
Here is Ms. Maya is showing off her Pappa's moose antler. Not the average play toy! It's a small one but very heavy nonetheless! Those moose are strong! *Note to Liz: Maya would like to know if you have an antler for your bathroom? would you want one?*
This is all that is left of the mint that I planted...darn rabbits! It was a transplant from another area of my yard...hoping that it would multiply like it did in my flower bed but I guess the rabbits had another idea! AGH! I'm too frustrated to show you what the rest of the little garden looks like...I need to build a new fence! Our cat does his part in keeping the rabbit population down but he needs some help! By the looks of this dirt, I think I need to mix in some fresh compost, too! We don't live in a desert! *Note to Natalie: See what I mean? Your garden looks like a rainforest compared to mine!*
I am an American living in Skåne (southern) Sweden. A special man enticed me to move to this part of the world in 1999. Now we are a small family living in the countryside near a small village. When I am not at home, I'm at work in Helsingborg at a small, private Swedish elementary school. I LOVE MY JOB!
After 9 years of living in Sweden, I have finally decided that blogging just might be the best way for me to share what's happening in my life here in Sweden. I want to keep in touch with family and friends around the world. This will also help me appreciate the wonderful life I have in this northern European country!
The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The #1 Ladies Detective Agency (series) by Alexander McCall Smith
That Quail Robert by Margaret Stanger
Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
Perfume by Patrick Süskind
Paula by Isabel Allende
Palace Walk by Naguid Mahfouz
Nothing to Declare by Mary Morris
Naked by David Sedaris
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little House on the Prarie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins
Evening Class by Maeve Binchy
Endurance by Alfred Lansing
Don't Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Cry My Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Chocolate by Joanne Harris
Charlotte's Web by EB White
Bean Trees by Barbara Kingslover
A Dirty Job by Chris Moore
1984 by George Orwell
What's Happening got an award!
Thanks G'G'ma! That's so kind of you!
Small Happenings that make me smile
I got a LONG letter from Pernilla today...put a smile in my heart!
Thank you for writing to me, your words were very touching and REAL!
Soon we'll be working together again! ;-)
How my daughter and our neighbor's son play so very nicely together all
the times they are together, no complaints, no arguing, no terrorizing
the animals, just good play time and lots of laughter. He is like a
surrogate brother only better because they really appreciate each
other. Actually he ADORES her because she is a year older and KNOWS SO
SEWING....projects not repairs!
Eating dinner with my family and talking about the day's events and planning the next day's activities together.
Planning lessons for my students....it thrills me to think of ALL the possibilities to help them learn new information!
My hubby's two day beard...but not the three day one.
Maya's daily drawings that she makes especially for me! I want to keep them ALL!
Bookworms...my book club that meets every month!
It's slowly getting darker each day and soon we can light candles everywhere to be "cozy" ...even at school!
I can see our goldfish swimming in the pond from my bedroom window
In the mornings I often have to slow down or stop the car to wait for the goose family to cross the road to go to the lake
When I go out to eat with my teacher friends, we laugh and laugh about stories of ourselves and our "kids" (students)
My Mom always leaves my birthday presents wrapped up in the guest room.
I wait to open them on the correct day...I've never been a peeker, even
when I was young.
Maya gave me kisses over the phone because she missed me putting her to bed tonight
My husband sets up the coffee pot so it is ready to start each morning for me!
Jessica, a teacher at my school, out of the blue came to help me carry
new art supplies to another building How did she know I was super
stressed and didn't have enough time to do it myself?
Åsa, my teacher friend who is on a year maternity leave, gave me a bag of beautiful children's books