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Over a year ago this little blog was suspended because cruddy spammers hacked into my account and wrecked havoc all over the web. Considering I haven’t written here for four years, you could say the site fell way, way down on my priorities list. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it just yet, but I figure it will be a good place for reminiscing.

{mini interruption to share this tidbit from Maggie: did you know that pedagogy comes from the Latin word for the guys who would walk wealthy Roman boys to school in the morning? Nothing to do with actual education.}

The kids are all older now. I’m older. Our focus has shifted. So much has changed…


Hello again!



Farm days

It’s almost sad how excited I was yesterday when the Early Girl Farm up the road officially opened up for the season. We’d been getting our eggs there all winter long, but there’s an extra buzz there when you see everything in bud and growing.

At the end of last summer Bjørn headed over on his own and asked is he could volunteer there & Patty, the farmer, said yes — he was soooo pleased. The picture above is of Bjørn in the greenhouse transplanting hundreds of tomato plants a couple months ago — he comes home with the biggest smiles whenever he goes there — makes this Mama so happy.

Coming out of hibernation

This past winter Tomas, the kids, and I were lucky to visit some dear friends in Vermont. While we were there, we heard that there was a hibernating bear (!!) not too far away from the house. We did not go visiting (last thing i wanted to do was wake a sleeping bear!), but there was something rather exciting to know that he was jus a few hundred yards away from us while we romped in the smow and sledded.

It’s been forever since my last post here, and I feel a bit as if I’d been hibernating, too. It’s been a rocky road, to be honest. I’d been looking for work forever & then landed a job, only to lose it a few months later. Pretty hard to keep your chin up when you’ve been rejected as many times as I have.

The good news is that while I continue to look for work (and try to figure out what it is I want to be when I finally grow up), I’ve been able to spend quality time with the kids again. Typically in the role of chauffeur for Maggie and Bjørn who are 12 and 10 now, but more meaningfully with Tor (5) who had a bumpy introduction to kindergarten — reading is HARD! It’s exciting to see his progress (leaps and bounds of it!) and to know that I helped facilitate that.

I’m also excited to start planning our summer, and will share our adventures with you here — I’ve got plenty in mind!I’m so glad to be back online & to chat with you all again.

What do you have planned this summer?

Working on writer’s block

{excuse the lack of photos … I forgot my camera at home!}

Figure a good place to start when you haven’t been able to write in a while is with a blog post.

I’m on a plane (LOVE airplane wifi, not so in love with this airline — my plane smells like pee) — headed to what promises to be a grand couple of days of meeting & greetiing, and re-kindling friendships, and learning about what’s new with some of my favorite web destinations like Flickr & Shine. I’ll be at the Yahoo! Mother Board Summit & it promises to be a busy/informative/great event.

Every time I take a flight I find myself with an awful case of the jitters and insomnia, last night was no exception. I think I slept all of 45 minutes, and didn’t pack my bag until around three in the morning (upon blurry reflection, I’m pretty sure I have a day’s less clothing than I need, sigh…). I also left the house in a total disaster (which always happens, and which always leaves me knotted with feelings of guilt and inadequacy).

I haven’t even gotten where I’m going yet, and already I’m missing my family something terrible.

See? I think I’ve just demonstrated the why of my writer’s block. It’s much funner to post happy fun times. Creative, vibrant, alive times. Must focus on those more. Right now I’m feeling the weight of my responsibilities a bit too heavily & need to re-focus, re-group. Maybe stepping away for a couple days will be good.

I wish I’d brought a camera.

Maggie is the swan piper

hello! swan at the door

Last night after dinner Maggie was practicing her clarinet and Tomas espied a swan (!!!) outside our kitchen door. Apparently, it really liked her sound. It hung around as long as Maggie played, and waddled off when she stopped.

It was pretty nerve wracking, waiting for him (her?) to cross our busy street. Eventually, a neighborhood birder came by & asked if we’d seen the swan, so we pointed her to where it was by the side of the street. She explained to me & the kids that our bay has just one swan couple now, so it was extra important that we save this one. She also informed us that swans could only take off and land from water (who knew?), so I directed her to the nearest inlet (and pools), and watched her shoo the bird in that direction.

I can’t tell you how thrilled the kids were, and how they all chattered excitedly about how their friends and teachers would never believe this without pictures:

swan whisperer