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FREEZING FEET AND BLOOMING BRAIN
It is 8 degrees Celsius (46F) out right now. Do you know how cold that is for the 3rd week in May? Colder than a witch's Springy tit, that's what. I just checked the 2-week forecast and it's all BLOW and COLD and GREY and SUCK. There are no numbers anywhere in sight above the middle 50s except for the ones that give percentage chances of precipitation. Those? Are in the 90s.

Overnight, it seems we have gone from spring to fall. Summer, we hardly knew ye! I just went out and watered the garden and the trees, fully expecting the spray from the hose to freeze solid like the jetstreamed icicles from Frozone's outflung hand.

The sprayer handle of the hose leaks and my hand was thoroughly red and stiffened when I finally finished and came in. I am huddling under a blanket, with my bare feet in a tin bucket of hot water, steam wafting up, hunched over a mug of steamy hot chocolate. Heh. Okay, I'm not really, but you could SEE it in your mind's eye, couldn't you? It made my feet feel warmer for a second, at least.

Anders was at a meeting this evening so I made Karin go with Martin and I when we headed out for a walk. Halfway around the block we turned back to the house so we could fetch warmer jackets, mittens and winter hats for the kids. Sheesh! The last 2 days while walking I have been teaching Martin the names of some of the bushes and trees and flowers that we pass. He can recognize magnolia, forsythia, lilac, juniper, rhododendron, spirea and leopard's bane now (along with the usual tulips and daffodils, of course). It's funny to hear how carefully he pronounces "forsythia," with its tricky th sound that Swedish doesn't have. We walk along and he points and names as we go: "Forsythia, forsythia, spirea, lilac, lilac, lilac, lion's...no! leopard's bane, rodent-dungeon*, Christmas tree!" I tried to add another flower name (peony) and he looked at me with a resigned and sort of long-suffering face and said sternly, "Mama! You are FILLING MY HEAD with flowers!"

*Our new mnemonic for how to pronounce "rhododendron."
 cold
mood: cold
music: Belly—Seal My Fate


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(Anonymous)

o...I wish someone would fill my head with flowers!!! Anything except red roses and carnations (too cliched to deserve rooting in my head!)

um... and springy tit...blow...cold... grey... suck.... um, it's a kind of dirty Swedish haiku or something :D

xo Wee

"Colder than a witch's Springy tit, that's what."

OMG (where do you come up with such?)

and on another note, we are in the middle of summer, for three daze now. (It won't last) Last week it was in the low forties. well, enjoy it while I can is my motto. My head is full of flowersfrom my yard!
What a cute thing for Martin to say!

haha! I almost used my snowflake icon yesterday too, but I couldn't bring myself to do it!

I'm very impressed. Already Martin knows more flowers than I do, I say fill there heads with flowers and other such things. They're sponges now . . . our friend is a landscape architect and his hobby is to hit nurseries and botanical gardens. He could be there for ages. His wife has to drag him out of there. So he could be a fellow plant lover.

There are way too many to ever learn them all, but they are fun to learn, and it adds a whole new dimension when you are reading books to be able recognize flowers and trees from their names. :)

(Anonymous)
rodent dungeons

I may use that rodent dungeon trick myself. I always forget the name of that flower.

Neil
http://www.citizenofthemonth.com

Re: rodent dungeons

I didn't know the names of any of those (except Christmas tree and magnolia) until after we bought our first house. We don't even HAVE a rodent-dungeon right now. I need to rectify that. Did you know that a whole lot of rhododenrons growing together (they get REALLY big) is called a HELL? :D

(Anonymous)

I am looking forward to having Martin teach me what Leopard's Bane looks like- one I don't know. So many others I know, and find that their names hide from my tongue - only for them to finally decide to give up and come out...hours later!!! See you soon- Love, Lizardmom

There are still tons I don't know either! And some of them have a very short flowering or fruiting season when I actually have something to base my description on.

Swedish doesn't have a "th" sound? I wonder what "Heather" would sound like in Swedish. I have a French friend who pronounces my name "EZZ-air", since French has neither an initial "H" nor a "th" sound to work with. I am beginning to think my name doesn't translate well. :)

I wonder what Liz will guess? I think Swedes would call you Hedder or Hetter. And I think it would be WAY cool to be called EZZair. I'd wear nothing but stilettos and plunging necklined black cocktail dresses and maybe take up smoking long skinny cigarettes and drinking whiskey if I could be called EZZair.

Swedes call me Yeena. It seems like a giraffe's name to me.

I was out on my bike a lot yesterday and really needed gloves. But it's MAY, dammit! I REFUSE to wear GLOVES in MAY. So I chose to forego the actual USE of my fingers once I arrived at my destinations instead.

Who needs fingers?

it's amazing how fast you grow spoiled when temps reach the 70ies, then anything lower feels like winter again. :-)

but. but. but... you really had to water the garden yesterday??? but it RAINED!?

i am sending your mnemonic for rhododendron to F, she always stumbles on that too. :-) in exchange i will give you the one for the 12 cranial nerves:
oh (olfactory)
oh (optic)
oh (oculomotor)
to (trochlear)
touch (trigeminal)
and (abducens)
feel (facial)
very (vestibulocochlear)
green (glossopharyngeal)
vegetables, (vagus)
AH! (accessory + hypoglossal)

:-)

It only drizzle-rained, barely enough to wet the surface. We have new hedge and trees that need much more than that every few days.

(Anonymous)

Um, I'm not sure "cold" is technically a mood. ;)

~Sprigs

Yuhuh, is so. In Sweden, it is. Yep. Sure is.

I just guffawed at the witch's springing tit comment - too funny.

And keep filling that kid's head with flowers! Go you! You make me proud. :)

How fantastic that you are teaching Martin the names of flowers. I love that rodent dungeon pneumonic!

Fill my head with flowers! Please, please!

Majviva, ögontröst, förgetmigej, konvalje, gullviva och viol!

(Anonymous)
lucky Martin

that is so cool that you are teaching Martin to recognize flowers! he is way ahead of the pack, for sure

I was so very sorry to read about your neighbors losing their home-- that is heartbreaking--- it does make you wake up sharply and give thanks for all our blessings and thwack ourselves a bit on the head for our silly "inconveniences"

~bluepoppy

Re: lucky Martin

I figured it was a bit better than all the names of the Pokemon characters (there are 42 MILLION of the blasted things).

I'm glad to hear you haven't been terribly affected by the flooding.

The other day when you posted that you put away your winter clothes, I thought to myself, oh now she's done it, gone and jinxed herself. She'll be needing those winter clothes, I can feel it.

You are OH SO RIGHT. I've dug 3 sweaters back out this week, dammit.

(Anonymous)
sending you some sun

Seattle is actually sunny these days, so I'm sending some warmth your way.
-terrell

Re: sending you some sun

Thank you! We desperately need it, I can tell you!

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