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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'! 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."
mood: cold
music: Belly—Seal My Fate


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.

Giraffes aren't named Yeena. They're named Yeeeeeeeeeeeenaaaaa! hahahaa!

Why do I get the feeling I'm going to get to hear my name that way in the very near future?

"Muahahaha!" she ululated.

Heheehehehe...Maybe Ezzair will have to be my new, slinky alter ego. :)

Definitely Hedder, or possibly Hedter. Although, I do have a friend named Hedde, and I can't remember what it's short for.

And your userpic made me cackle out loud. :)

Perhaps it was a diminutive of Hedvig.

By the way, 66 women in Sweden are called Heather.

If it IS Hedvig, I'm SO gonna give her abuse about it next time I see her! :D

I think I could dig Hedder. That sounds kind of cute. :)

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