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The weather is glorious, biting autumn cold, but of those edgy, orange/red/yellow leaf days where the clouds seem to stand still in the sky and the shadows are so crisp they could cut you.

A group of parents has had the unenviable project the past few months of transforming the school yard from a sea of concrete to a green and inviting playground. They've put out calls for volunteers and materials and spent several weekend working, and several days worth of time calling the county and wheedling their way into approvals for this and that. Today we were there at 10 a.m., helping to finish up 2 obstacle courses. There were at least 15 parents and and equal amount of children milling around underfoot while their fathers hammered and drilled and raked and shoveled. I sanded several posts and 2 seesaws smooth, and raked and shoveled with Karin and Anders until we got called for hotdogs. Martin helped for a short while, but spent most of his time with an older girl, playing on the swings. :)

The 2 obstacle courses run parallel, starting with a huge concrete pipe to crawl through, 3 round posts of varying heights, a seesaw to walk up and then down, a chain bridge, a zigzag balance beam, a suspended round log balance beam, and a contraption that consists of 8 chains suspended from a beam and anchored to the ground in a row, that each have an upside down horseshoe for stepping in and climbing across.

I have the primer coat on the new art desk and half of the first coat of green (what else?) paint on as well, so feeling very accomplished.

Last night, after a droolingly yummy dinner of sushi, galestorm and I crashed an Amerikanska gathering, and were pleasantly surprised at how nice and talkative and welcoming everyone was. We've both had a disenchanted relationship with the Talk Forum on Amerikanska, but the group in Malmö seems to be a lot of fun. :) That was the first time I've ever been able to go, and while smoky pubs are not really my style, I would certainly like to meet up with this group again.

I'm wondering if I can make something yummy over pasta using pumpkin, garlic, onion, creme fraiche, bacon and mushrooms. With those ingredients, I ought not to be able to go wrong...or?
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"I'm wondering if I can make something yummy over pasta using pumpkin, garlic, onion, creme fraiche, bacon and mushrooms. With those ingredients, I ought not to be able to go wrong...or?"

Does this mean you didn't make pumpkin soup?

I've had lovely Thai pumpkin curries in restaurants that would probably be easy to duplicate... especially if you have access in Sweden to Thai curry pastes... do you like Thai food?

yep, I love Thai food. Pad See Ewe...mmmmmmm! I didn't make the pumpkin soup yet, in fact I chickened out tonight, but I still have 3 pumpkins so I'm really in no hurry. I have to go pick up a couple of the ingredients ozswede's recipe called this week!

Well let me know what you do with the pumpkins.
I remember once many years ago making pumpkin soup for a party, and serving it from a pumpkin.

I love the idea that the parents & the kids pitched in on the playground :) Our school will not have such a budget for a few years, since a whole new school was built this last year. I saw in Växjö that a new sushi bar has opened ,,, I've never tried it, but there's always a first.

I swore up and down for 30 years that I would NEVER try sushi, the whole idea was so revolting...then I met Anders. And now I'm a sushi FIEND. I could eat it nearly every day (and did, when I lived in Chicago). You need to go with someone who knows how to ease you into it :) I'd volunteer if I was able to get to where you are easier!

Glad you enjoyed the 'kanska get-together! I was sooo surprised that you live in Skåne, I have been following your LJ for a few weeks now so I found it hilarious that you just popped in!

I don't pay much attention to Amerikanska any more to be honest, I just happened to see the thread on time for once, and figured, ah what the hell, might as well pop in since I have a few hours to kill and was in Malmo anyway. It was a lot of fun, and nice to meet you and the gang :)

We had höststädning here yesterday and it sounds a bit like what you guys did at the school. I like the idea of community working together to achieve a goal.

Glad you had a fun night. I'm like you - not really into smoky pubs, so I avoid that sort of social scene.

Yeah, I can count on the fingers of one hand the times I've been to bars in the last several's usually St. Patrick's Day and that's it. :)

I'm loving your Findus-icon ;)

Thanks! I'm mad about Findus :)

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