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#metoo in Sweden and let the kids stay!

There are several breaking stories in my homeland, and my friends are involved in both! First there is a massive movement to let young refugees without papers stay in Sweden.  Due to the molasses-like movement of the state many children have been there for so many years that they have learned the Swedish language and assimilated into the country. Now, they are being forcibly removed and sent to war torn countries like Afghanistan.  Would YOU want to go if you were them?  Hell no!  One of my friends is part of the effort in Stockholm to stop that from happening and others across the country are trying to find homes for them.  Wish I was there to help.  I have been following it and I'm impressed by the group's commitment and PR savvy.  Just doing my best to help from here by spreading the news.   #låtdeungastanna. facebook:
Another important issue that is being taken up just this week concerns the #metoo movement.  Despite Sweden's repu…

Beautiful beach scene

Ahhh!  Summer... wish you were still here.  Come back!  :)

Lego Land

Dear Heather,
You mentioned that you are planning a trip to Lego Land in Billund, Denmark and I blithely thought: I'll just send you a link to my blog post on our trip to Lego Land.  Huh?  What? Where is it?  How could I have been so lame as to not post about one of the most fun family trips that we took while living in Sweden?!  So a "little" late (um, sorry) here are some pics from our most excellent trip to Lego Land, Denmark in April, 2012. Sorry for the delay to all my super readers from around the globe and safe travels if you go!  Heather, we hope you and your family have as much fun there as we did. 
p.s. there's a new house that's been built all out of legos, and it's opening this week, check it out! 

p.s.s who wouldn't get a kick out of the video remake of Ed Sheeran's "Lego House" featuring Rupert Grint and his lego counterpart :-) Hope you do!

Beautiful view - Helsingborg

A lovely view from the inside if not the outside of this amazing apartment in Helsingborg that we were lucky enough to borrow from friends. Constant rain this summer in Sweden is the big bummer but at least we can curl up here with a book and a nice cup of coffee, or like the kids just stayin bed! The colorful decor and the large windows which let in lots of light remind me of summery days and with any luck the rain will stop and we will enjoy walking the boardwalk again tonight. :)  Helsingborg is beautiful.

Nordic detox diet

I've finally found a diet for me --- the Nordic detox diet lets you eat two grams of carbs for every gram of protein! This balance of carbs and protein is called the "golden ratio" and allows the system to stay lean according to Dr. Astrup of University of Copenhagen.  OK, sounds good to me!  But here's the scoop, buy one of those nutrient-rich, dense blocks of bread that you normally skip called "Dark European Rye" and sugar-free muesli, cereal, barley, peas, corn and potatoes.  That's carbs folks, not two doughnuts for every slice of bacon. ;) I love to eat this way and luckily for me I'm headed to the land of Nordic eating soon!  I just have to stay away "fika" or choose fruit with my coffee or this cake which is reputed to be "The world's healthiest cake". I haven't tried it yet but it looks good.  If you make it please leave a comment. Off the the gym, enjoy!

Whole Orange & Almond Yogurt Cake 2 small oranges, pee…

Spider-Man Grabs Coffee

I'm in a "green-coffee machine" AKA Starbies enjoying a cascara coffee, which tastes just like a regular espresso to my philistine tastebuds, and the AC!  This movie is pretty fun.  Maybe time for fika?


I am vacation enjoying this view. Vacation is so good for you, mentally and physically but sometimes, lets face it, it can be stressful too. My stress comes from trying to make this trip "a once in a lifetime experience!" for my family (whatever that means) and coordinating with other people's schedules while doing work on the side.  What's your hidden holiday stressors?  Whatever they are I hope that you can forget them and just breathe. We all need a break.  Enjoy! :)

Frames & Paint & ART

Good morning all! Today I'm finally thinking ART!  It's been a super busy year (not very lagom at all) so what is a tired teacher to do? Wait until the summer, natch, to break out those paintbrushes and get to work. On today's agenda is buy some big *** canvases. Yes, I'm going to break out the big guns because I have a show next May in a large venue, see above.  Last year's art show was in my house so my existing work worked nicely. Here are some landscapes and a portrait that I painted in typical smaller sizes (most are for sale by the way).

Next year I'm showing in that huge space with three other artists and I want to go big or go home. :) So, I'm popping a link into here on how to make large frames inexpensively because the size I'll be using is 36 x 48 or 36 x 36. The motif is horses.  Do you like these studies? I'll be working more on other studies next week.  Should be interesting. That's it for now! Ha det så gott.

Happy Midsummer! Glad Midsommar!

Hello lovely readers, it finally is the last day of school and I'm celebrating!! It's finally nice weather, I have a beautiful lunch to attend, and a fun movie with a good friend will cap off my night. Tomorrow is "Midsommar" the day when Swedes of all ages wear flower crowns in their hair and jump around like frogs.  Ha, ha!  There's singing, dancing and drinking to be had and it's a lot of fun.  I miss it but I wish all my Swedish friends the best time ever and good weather! Glad Midsommar! More information on the festivities here.

Here are some pictures of the beautiful Swedish summer for those of you who have never been. And if you've never been, go!  The prices are right.  Norwegian Air has entered the market for the Americans would like to go to their "homeland" and WOW! and Icelandair are competing by lowering their prices. Plus the dollar is strong. Let me know if you need advice.  I love playing travel agent, and if I can help you out …

CO2 Neutral

Hello everyone!  Hope you're all well and looking forward to your weekend.  While I should be blogging about Midsommar which will be held on Friday, June 23rd this weather has gotten me down.  Rain, rain go away already!!  How much rain do we really need?  And then it's hot, and then it's rain.  Ugh!  What I wouldn't give for another day like the one we spent recently in Boston?  Glorious sun and 70 degrees Fahrenheit = perfection!  Check out the pics.  We love Boston!

May was a wash, June is turning into one, but global warming?  "Nix" says our new president who wants to "preserve the coal industry". Huh?  No one said it made any sense but that was the promise he made, and without understanding the implications of the Paris Agreement he pulled the USA out. Makes me want to scream.  Sweden on the other hand recently voted to net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2045.“With Donald Trump planning to pull out of the Paris agreement, now more than ever d…

How to be more Scandinavian

I'm getting ready for a trip to Scandinavia this summer so I thought I'd brush up on my "skills". My son and I are speaking Swedish, the clogs have come out (and they're not going back into the closet until there's snow on the ground) and I'm using my "osthyvel" more frequently.  I found this article on Scandikitchen and I think it's pretty spot on.  Mmmm, toast and jam. :)  And I really do want a "Fjällräven" backpack!  Thanks for the laugh Scandikitchen.

Fun stuffInside ScandiKitchenEvents & Community How to be more Scandinavian in your everyday life Posted by Bronte Aurell | CommunityFun stuffInside ScandiKitchenScandi Life Also known as: Quirky traits of the Scandinavian people. We asked on Facebook and Twitter for your help on this. Thanks to everybody who came up with some awesome suggestions: The slicing of cheese It’s a thing. A big thing (especially in Sweden). Do not cut the end of the cheese if it’s a triangle, al…