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We voted yesterday in the EU elections, but honestly, after hearing the results of elections all around the world, I wonder why we bother...I don't feel like it makes any difference against the rising wave of nationalism, populism, right-wing rhetoric. Everyone I know expresses outrage and despair that the right-wing parties are gaining such ground, but SOMEONE must be voting for them. GAH. I really hope it doesn't take a world war, climate explosion (beyond crisis) and a couple of generations to turn the tide again.

Karin and I got her taxes done last week and I took them to work on Friday to copy them, only to notice as I was standing at the copier that one of the papers had a 2019 date on it, and one page wasn't completely copied over from her worksheet, but now we have to recalculate them anyway. GAH.

It's been unseasonably, unreasonably cold, a sad change after a few days of full-on summer. So cold still at night that we haven't been able to plant anything or get the tomatoes outside in the pots so they can get bee-pollinated. I'll have to hand-pollinate them at this rate, if it's not too late already. And while I had "net the cherry tree" on my to-do list, we were looking at it over the weekend and saw only THREE cherries on the way. Guessing frost killed everything before it even had a chance so no cherries for us this year. At least, no FREE cherries for us.

While I was sitting in a training session last week with our new graphic designer, I happened to mention something about my daughter occasionally helping our team out with certain tasks. "Your daughter?" she said. "Yes," I nodded, "The one that sits right outside the door of this meeting room, the blonde one." She had been introduced to Karin several days before, as "my daughter, Karin" but I guess in the round of intros to so many people, the fact that she was my kid didn't register. "Oh!" she exclaimed. "The one with all the tattoos?"


Yes. Yes, the one with "all the tattoos".

I told Karin about it later and she just laughed her head off.

Speaking of Karin, she and I pulled off a "Chuck & John" recently: watching as many of the "necessary" Marvel superhero movies needed in order to see (and understand what the hell was going on) Avengers Endgame before it left the theaters. We watched two Spiderman movies, Captain Marvel (meh) and Avengers Infinity War all in a blur. We were going to watch the Thor movies, too*, but we a) were running out of time and b) we figured what we'd seen was enough for comprehension, and we were right. I don't know if it was worth it, though, since even though I thought Endgame was fun to watch, and had a decent follow-through and ending, the storyline offed the heart and soul of the franchise and really, the only person that I watched any of them for.

On Friday, I had dinner with Debbie and Camilla and it was lovely to make dinner together (Eggplant casserole with red lentils, DELICIOUS) and sit and chat and chat and chat. We hadn't seen each other for a couple of weeks and a lot had happened to talk over and hash out. I am forever grateful that I have friends like these nearby. I don't know what I'd do if they moved away, like so many other friends of mine. I can talk to them about things that I can't talk about to anyone else or even write about (at least not publicly). It's a godsend having a space like that, with people like that, for a need like that. I didn't get home until nearly midnight, though, and the next evening when Karin and I went to the movies, we didn't get home until after midnight either, and yesterday we had cleaning, voting and then dinner with Anders' family, so I feel rather zombiefied today.

The lilacs are already fading, as are the grape hyacinths, but the pansies are thriving in the cold weather and all the pots I put a couple of plants in have exploded into full cupcake tops of pansies. The rowan (mountain ash) trees are blooming everywhere with dainty white flowers, looking like popcorn-headed trees. I love them, though they stink if you get too close to too many of them. The bush in our front yard appears to be dead, so we are discussing putting in a tree in that spot instead. A rowan might be just right! Or maybe a tulip tree. I've always wanted a tulip tree.

*I had written two Thor movies, but was then informed that there are, in fact, three of them. This seems excessive.
mood: calm
music: Kacey Musgraves—Golden Hour


I hope the right-wing swing comes screeching to a halt very soon. Please. Oh, please, please, please!

We have absorbed your heat and added it to our own. Hotter-than-normal temperatures on the heels of torrential rains, tornadoes (but not in our immediate area), and other weather events that suggest climate change has come to visit.

Now, about the tulip tree. If it's the same tree we (at least some of us) call tulip tree, it tends to have weak branches that the wind tears to shreds after about 20 years. But maybe it's not the same tree. The one I'm thinking about blooms with white blossoms very early in the Spring.

Hmmm, yes, I think we're thinking of the same tree. I remember my mother calling it a "junk tree" (at least I think it was my mom) because it litters constantly. But they're so pretty! Maybe I should plant a magnolia instead. Or a gingko!


Magnolias are beautiful -but the flowers don't last long and they cover the ground when they fall -all to quickly for me!

It's true. The don't bloom for very long. Anders suggested lilacs, which I'm okay with except they're not a tree.

I know what you mean about feeling that our vote doesn't count. In almost every country in these EU elections, except in Germany (predominantly Green), the far-right are exploiting the protest votes of ordinary - if shortsighted - people who just wanted a change in politics. I don't blame them as the established parties are really not worth much either, but it seems the wrong way to go about it.

The E.U. has already begun to self-destruct, largely thanks to the Brexit mess of the U.K. over the last three years. In trying to make an example of the U.K. by showing the other member states how difficult it would be to leave, Brussels has shot itself in the foot by forcing an unsolvable problem on Britain which will eventually bring down any government which attempts to find a way out with either minimum or maximum damage.

If the Euro collapses with the Union, then the other main function of the E.U. - to maintain peace on European soil - will collapse with it. Europe will revert to 27 independent territories, each with their own national interests and historical grievances with their neighbours. Old wounds will be reopened and global Cold Wars will recommence.

We've also had a bit of a cold spell. I had thought that you guys were basking in summer temperatures already, but I see you are shivering with the rest of us. Our cherry tree looks good, but I fear that we won't have many apples this year, judging by a quick look I took today. I guess I got spoiled last year by the huge apple bounty. I just hope we get a more normal Swedish summer this year and not the rainless heat we had last year.

Yay for good friends that you can have a proper heart to heart with. They are few and far between and should be chained in place when you find them!

It's so hard to believe that people as a species, are so short-sighted, about EVERYTHING. We don't deserve what we have, I sometimes think, if we're just going to waste it. We decided to go ahead and plant today. The tomatoes are in their pots and Anders is planting in the vegetable bed: potatoes first then the rest.

From Megsie

I am also very worried about the state of the world. My goodness, why would ANYONE embrace the ideals of the tyrants of history? It boggles my mind. Sometimes I think that maybe all of the elections have been compromised and some evil genius is behind all of it.

In other news, My family and I have just begun the project of going through all of the Marvel movies. We began at the beginning: Captain America-Captain Marvel-Iron Man-Iron Man II-Thor... Next up--The Incredible Hulk. Maybe tonight even. It is great to all be together and pretty much agree that there are A LOT of Star Wars in these movies. Some more than others, obviously.

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