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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Today we had frost in the morning. It’s the second time this year and I don’t like it. Unfortunetly we’re not immune to it here in Northen California. We have to suffer through it much like the Scandinavically challenged people of the north.

This however presents a slight problem for me since my transportation unit lacks that one very significant feature that really helps out when a wind shield is completely frozen over. Heat. A minor detail, I know, but since I’m also missing a scraper, and keep perpetually forgetting to buy one, I end up resorting to a water hose as my only weapon in the battle of this horrible condition, widely known as frost.


The Julkalendern

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Having kids and living outside of sweden has made me more protective of swedish (and polish) traditions than I probably would have been had I stayed in Sweden. Therefore, I’m especially excited every year when christmas time comes around and I get to see the swedish Julkalendern (The swedes have a kids show every day leading up to christmas, starting on the 1st of Dec, to go along with opening¬† a ‘window’ in the Advent calendar).

Last year’s show was excellent and was available online, but the site or our connection didn’t seem to be able to handle streaming it, which resulted in me having to go through various illegal channels to get my hands on the show. It ended up working just fine, aside from the fact that it made me an outlaw.


Constant gardener

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

I never thought these words would ever leave my mouth, but I think I’m actually starting to like gardening. All my life I’ve looked at this as something only old people do. People with no lives who lost their minds to some kind of mental illness, walking around and talking to plants as if they were their friends.

Well, I’m not quite there yet. Fortunately. But I do have a new appreciation of making things grow. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older or loosing my mind. Or just simply because I like eating food I grow myself. It might just be because I like seeing the results, or “fruit” if you will, of my own labor. Another reason might be because, it’s really hard to fail to grow pretty much anything in this climate.¬† Just stick it in, make sure it’s watered, and watch it grow. Pretty simple really.


Winter on hold

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Since my last post, I guess Winter decided to hide a little longer. I can’t really complain about winter being here when it’s 35 degrees C outside.

Well, we took the opportunity and went up the hill into the Sierra’s to go Apple Picking with the kids. We went to a place called Apple Hill where we’ve been a few times before. It has become somewhat of a family tradition at this point. The kids love it and it’s great for us adults as well as we get to get out of the house and hang out a little bit outside, away from the computer. And this time, we could show up in shorts and T-shirt as it was over 30 C up there as well.

I really hope it stays like this for another few weeks, I’m not ready for winter just yet.