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My 45-minute walk this evening was slowed by grass. Wild grass. Ornamental grass. Plumy, wavy, bowing, grainy grass. 14 completely different kinds. I don't know the names of any of them, although after a cursory Google hunt I suspect one of them is wild timothy and one is probably wheat. Or maybe barley, except I think barley has longer awns, the hairlike strands that stand straight up above its seed-filled head. One is almost definitely switchgrass. Some of them are fluffy, some are airy, some are straight and rigid with stair-stepped ladderlike beauty. One looks like a miniature pale-green cat-tail. All of them are beautiful.

Another highlight from my walk: a friendly tiger tabby that came running toward me, tail up in welcome, meowing gladly. He allowed me to pet him and then accompanied me all the way to the end of the street, trotting alongside and occasionally commenting with little kitty interjections.

Karin had a hissy fit today because she wanted to go play with the little boys, all of whom were roaming around the neighborhood with shorts, no shirts and water guns, and I wouldn't let her out of the house without a shirt. Even a tank top was too much shirt for her tomboy sensibilities, so instead she howled for half an hour and was only mollified when Anders came home and proposed putting the sprinkler on in the back yard.

The kids spent the majority of the afternoon alternately freezing and boiling, although neither state seemed to phase them in the least. In and out of the ice cold sprinkler, laughing like maniacs and then sunning in the high-summer heat on the baking boards of the porch. They romped with water, beach balls, whiffle balls, frisbees and towels for nearly four hours. I NEED A NEW CAMERA!!! :(

I've made a gazillion marble magnets this weekend, although I'm not yet finished glueing the magnets on the back of the marbles with their little pictures, and realized that I have to go get MORE magnets since I miscalculated (that darn number thing again) and didn't buy enough on Friday. I'm doing sets with 10 different Swedish motifs* for my girlfriends that I'm reuniting with this summer. They are really turning out great!

Mission Before Bedtime: Complete In-House Fly Eradication

*Did you know the adjective form of motif is MOTIFIC? :D
mood: happy
music: Andrews Sisters—Rum & Coca Cola


Those are so cute and that's such a great idea! If you don't mind, I think I'm going to print out the sheet and make some of my own for Christmas gifts this year. I know some people who would really love them.

I don't mind at all! Go for it :) The only thing is that you should adjust the space above and below the viking helmets in the Word doc before you print it out...I found out today that they were too close to the images above and below them and didn't punch out quite right. The rest were all fine, though.

Your thing with Karin is something that happens when daddy takes off his shirt to work in the yard. We have howling and yowling here too. Glad we are not the only ones!

Personally, I'm with Karin. I think it's vastly unfair that boys can run around almost naked and girls can't, especially when they don't even have breasts yet!

It IS unfair! I agree! I told her it was unfair, too. But she's nearly 5 and in this day and age, even in Sweden, that's too old to run around topless. :(

Re: topless

There are places where Karin can get her wish. I was fortunate to live in a place where my girls could go topless until they decided of their own accord that they wanted to wear their shirts. Also, we had a natural food store near us in Portland where men were not allowed to enter without shirts, and a big sign explaining that until it was legal/ acceptable for women, then in that particular establishment it was not acceptable for men to go shirtless.
It's such an emotional and political topic/issue.

In Eugene/Lane co. it IS legal for women to remove their shirts, but seldom do you see it, except at a aprticular nude swimming hole on the McKenzie river and at the Oregon Country Fair :

Re: topless

She could probably get away with it here, too, for a little bit longer, but behaving within boundaries is already a huge issue for her, and I'm honestly not sure what to do about it as a parent. :(

Re: topless

Parenting is sometimes so hard.
I think boundary issues are especially hard. All of us have them in different areas of our lives and in a variety of ways (if we say we don't, we're lying.) This shades our thinking about how to respond to our offspring in creating and teaching boundaries.
It's a huge topic.

I bet you do a good job, it just may not always feel like it. We expect so much of ourselves.

Re: topless

I think the hardest part is the fact that I agree with her that it's not fair and part of me really wants to say "screw society, do what you like" but the practical part of me (and the fearful parent) always puts the kibosh on that.

Re: topless

It's such a balancing act, isn't it? I mean in a society like our world has created... and as a parent.


when are you getting your new camera?

Re: p.s.

before we leave for summer vacation, but after we get paid this month, assuming we have a couple thousand crowns left over for it...keep your fingers crossed.

Re: p.s.

*fingers crossed and waiting*

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