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The wind is playing games, whizzing and buzzing the treetops. Everything rattles and whistles when you go outside. The kids and I walked through sunshine and birdsong and windful flurries to the nursery and bought a flat of pansies and ivy and 2 big bags of dirt. On the way home, we stopped at the playground with the new playground equipment where Martin showed me how quickly he can pump up to speed on the swings and Karin sold me a cinnamon bun made of brown sand and white gravel. It looked like cinnamon and sugar, minus the bun. I swung for a bit, played on the twirler, sat sideways and rocked on the elephant. I could hear 4 different bird songs and the chatter of my children. Crocuses are up, waving in the wind. :)

1 Thing I Said Today That I Stand by: Making someone else's day is a sure way to make your own.

2 Things I Practiced As a Child That Never Came in Handy: Writing backwards, cartwheels

3 Things I Once Collected, But Don't Anymore: Empty pop cans, playing card designs, Trixie Belden books

4 Flowers I Plan to Have in Our Garden: Lily of the valley, Snapdragons, Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle, Leopard's Bane

5 Animals That I Wish We Had Here in Sweden: Blue Jays, Cardinals, Garter Snakes, Fireflies, Koala Bears

One of the library books that we read the other night mentioned the Chinese calendar, which has led to Martin and Karin being very interested in what Chinese Animal Year they were born into. Martin was born in the year of the Ox and Karin in the year of the Rabbit. They were both a little disappointed, so I said they could borrow mine and Anders' (dragon and tiger).

Oxen are born leaders, inspiring confidence in everyone they come into contact with. However, they can be too demanding. Methodical and good with their hands, they make fine surgeons and hairdressers. I don't think Anders is going to be thrilled with the hairdresser thing.

Rabbits are affectionate, cooperative and pleasant, with lots of friends. But they can get too sentimental and seem superficial. Ideal careers areas include law, diplomacy or the stage. Cooperative! hahahahahah! Although the stage would be the perfect career for my melodrama queen daughter!

Dragons tend to be popular individuals who are always full of life and enthusiasm, with a reputation for being fun-loving. They make good priests, artists and politicians. Hmmm....I think I've missed my calling.

Tigers are sensitive, emotional and capable of great love. However, they have a tendency to get carried away and be stubborn about what they think is right; often seen as a "Hothead" or rebel. Tigers would be excellent as a boss, an explorer, a race car driver, or a matador. A matador!? That's an odd career path to throw in the mix, don't you think?

mood: content
music: Monkees—Daydream believer


5 Animals That I Wish We Had Here in Sweden: Chipmunks, raccoons, hummingbirds, bald eagles, and yes, fireflies.

A snok is pretty close to a garter snake, even though it's black with the white cheeks (do snakes have cheeks? I'm too terrified to even look at pictures, so I'm not really sure).

I'm a Tiger and Anders is a Dog.

I actually thought about bald eagles but Sweden has eagle owls which I actually think are cooler. I forgot about hummingbirds though!

Yes, hummingbirds I very miss!

Maybe I should make a career change from tech writer to (non-lethal) matador. Growl!

A matador! Now I know what I can fall back on if I get tired of being a librarian and need something "more exciting"! :)

Matadors are killers in fancy pants. Fall back on roller coaster rider! :D

I'm a rooster. That's a lot to crow about.

They don't have lightning bugs in Sweden? That sucks.

Totally. :( I miss them!!


what about the chinese HORSES? I'm a horse. Hear me neigh. Animals I wish lived here in Canada: giraffes, platypuses, octopuses, kangeroos, pandas, sloths, lemurs and munkies. But the little kinds of munkies...not so much the chimps and gorillas and such. They kinda scare me. Lemurs totally rock. O...and to prove I wasn't a robot, I had to enter a code. There's an Audio test as well. If only our national defense was as good as the security around livejournal!

My sister is a horse, too. :D Lemurs was a good one! Wait until you have to press your eyeball up agains the screen for a retina scan before you can leave an LJ comment! :P Are you sure there ARE no platypuses in Canada? Where ARE the platypuses?!

I'm a wrascally wrabbit. Introduce Karin to Bugs and she might feel different.

Oooh, that's an excellent idea! :D

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