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A jackdaw perches on the corner of the playhouse. I can hear the summer sound of children laughing and bouncing on the trampoline as the sun slides into shadow at the end of the day. A tiny spider dangles by a silken thread from the edge of the porch roof, legs wheeling frantically as it motors upwards. All the greens have evened out, darkened into summer shades; the neon edges of newness no longer vibrant and jarringly alive.

Today is only Tuesday. For once, the week seems to be strolling through the days; no frantic sense of time slipping by too quickly. It's only Tuesday! I have time to get things done, to devour another chapter in the intricately written book I'm immersed in, to walk out to the porch and sit in the lounge chair and wonder if that honeysuckle is dead. It looks pretty dead. There are only a few leaves around the bottom. I can't remember if it's a late bloomer, like the sad little red-leafed bush that I almost give up on every summer only to have surprise me each August, or the pathetic brown and withered looking laurel bushes by the garage that redeem themselves by autumn.

Martin is in here, reading over my shoulder, head in hand leaning on the desk. He's taller than me now. He's funnier, too. He won't let me write exactly what I want to anymore. I have to wait until he goes away again and, since he's reading this, he'll probably never leave now. Heh.

Paranoid teenagers.

Karin is at soccer practice. She and Anders biked over to Södra Sandby, the next village over. It takes not quite half an hour to bicycle there. Karin has made the trip several times by herself now, though I still get a bit freaked out by the idea that she's old enough to be allowed outside the neighborhood. :)

It's very quiet here right now. All I can hear is the hum of the computer. The trampoline-bouncing kids have gone inside. If I was out on the deck, I could hear different bird calls: blackbirds, crows, pheasants now and then. I could maybe hear a bumblebee. It's been too dry and nice for mosquitoes, huzzah! (Huzzah was Martin's idea, he's good with words. Also ideas. Also, being silly)

(He's still reading)

Today at work this morning, I was a presenter for our international new employees. Later, in the afternoon, I was the moderator/presenter for another meeting. I've been told I'm good at it, but I'm self-conscious about getting up and speaking in front of people. Fortunately, I talk reallyreallyreally fast and get it over with quickly. Ha! I have to be the guest speaker for our AWC meeting coming up in a couple of weeks, and the topic is "Treasure-Hunting on the AWC website" ...I figured it was a good topic because we have tons of great info and resources on the website which most of our (over 200!) members don't even know is there. But so far, only 5 people have signed up (including me) and 3 of them (including me) are board members.

Nothing is urging me to take care of it at the moment. That is a strange feeling. Even Martin just looks at me and shrugs when I ask him what I should be doing.

Anders just came in, early. "Are you home already?" I asked, because Karin's practice isn't over until 8:30, it turns out he had THREE flat tires on the way and Karin ended up going on by herself and he's been walking home for the past 45 minutes. Guess I should have gotten him a pack of inner tubes for his birthday!

I think I'll go lie on the trampoline with Martin and count the summer sounds I can hear. What sounds are filling the air around you right now?
mood: mellow
music: Martin singing the Mind the Blox song


What a great post!! It has everything. Atmosphere and great imagery, fun and an everyday life feeling when the every day life is a very good thing, when it is safe and secure and just right!


Just got an answer on why anonymous comments weren't showing and now I know how to fix it!

The sound filling my ears right this moment is Eurovision (It's 21:41 as I type. Earlier today the sound filling my ears was the snip-snip of scissors giving me a haircut (almost the one in the icon - I created that one from a try-out-a-new-hairstyle-website). And the sound tomorrow will be chugga-chugga (or whatever sound trains make today) as I zoom my way up to Göteborg.

But the sound I'm going to be hearing as soon as ESC is over will be the clickety-clack of my keyboard as I try to figure out how Södra Sandby can possibly be the village next to yours' when in my head it's right next to Dalby which is right next to us, but not at all in the same direction as you. (Yes, I do have the world's worst sense of direction.)

Haa! Yes, you are right next to Dalby, which is right up the hill from Sandby and then comes Flyinge just after that :)

I'm listening to the quiet flames on the stove as I steam broccoli, and the cricking of the oven after I've turned it off. Outside it's raining, but it's cool enough that the windows are all closed, so I can't actually hear it.

I'm wondering if the flower in your icon is one of yours...are dahlias blooming in Sweden right now? At the nursery yesterday I saw several potted dahlias and was transfixed...mine just came in to be planted, and they usually bloom in the late summer here. It seems especially relevant with my wedding in less than two weeks. I wanted dahlias for my bouquet so much, but was resigned to not having them, and now I feel utterly confused seeing them around.

But my real question to you is: what book has you transfixed?! :)

Nope, the dahlia isn't one of mine, I think I found it on webshots a million years ago. I haven't seen dahlia's out here yet. Lilacs are just blooming, as well as the rapeseed.

2 weeks! Man, time flies! How exciting about your wedding :)

And the book I'm reading is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.


Birds chirping - wind blowing in the treetops and my windchime. I love outdoor sounds in the spring!


Me too, it's wonderful!

From Megsie

The sounds I hear: Ducks quacking from someplace close, my kids playing their DS games waiting for the "IT'S TIME" call for the bus, and talking about the ducks, arguing about when they were in our yard last. Nicholas convinced his sisters that it was yesterday morning before they woke up. The dog whining to go outside to sit. Now there is a parade toward the door to catch the bus. "Bustling" I would call it. The birds have been at our feeder all morning, and we have been watching our resident chickadee go out and return to the bird house we hung up earlier in April.

I love that Martin stood over your shoulder to add his words to your post! Huzzah!

Re: From Megsie

He was more a censor than any help :P


Seems my messages are ignored when posting on LiveJournal simply because I am not a LiveJournal user...

anyway... this text is as wonderful now as it was the first time I read it.

I hope you see this. :)


Just fixed it, now I've got your comments! thanks! :)

From Willow

Summer sounds in this house right now: the heater! After a gas leak and no heat/hot water/cooking for a week, the heater is a glorious sound. It's foggy and cold in San Francisco most of the summer - 'the air conditioned city' - so we still need the heat. Am beginning to dream about moving though, somewhere where I can hear birds, bees...and my future kids can bike places on their own!

Re: From Willow

I can recommend Flyinge!

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