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Early last week, an old friend and I were taking the little guy to Pan Pacific Park’s huge playground sets for a quick romp when we noticed this little drama unfolding in a tree close to us. Yeah, you might have to squint a little, they’re both...

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We seem to be on a role with all things wild and Finnish, so here’s a little video of something else that I found in our garden in early September last year. It was very early in the morning and I had been forced out of bed to make a bottle for a fussy toddler, so I was a bit surprised to...

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Today’s Mystery Meat comes to us courtesy of the specialty foods store in Stockholm Arlanda airport.

Yeah, I know I won’t win any points for classy presentation with these photos, but these were just quick snacks that I snapped pictures of on the way to the table. Were I serving this for guests, I’dve probably chosen a nicer plate, prettier crackers, and encased the pâté in a pastry skin or something. But that wouldn’t have looked as much like a mystery meat, would it? These tasty chunks of pâté were a fine example of native Scandinavian wildlife. That ought to be more than enough hint for most of you. Anybody still wondering what mammals they were made from can peek behind the cut…

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Have been trying to catch up with the huge piles of emails, RSS feeds, and comments from the past month or so’s online inactivity. It’s a bit daunting ! Just finished up the gardening folder late last night, and that was clocking in at 4000 individual posts or so. I felt very accomplished, being able to close it up and see no “pending” marker on it. :-) So apologies to all of you who got spammed with two month old comments yesterday, now you know why. Hee.

Something I discovered just the other day that has been a TREMENDOUS help in organizing all the notes, pictures, posts, documents, and miscellany rattling around in this here machine? Evernote. No, really, why didn’t somebody think of this sooner? It’s brilliant. It’s a web-based program that syncs to your various devices and keeps track of all your notes and clippings, organizing them by sifting through the text (and converting text in pictures at the same time). Plus you can add your own tags to help further sort things. So you can have a copy on your computer or portable device to use offline, plus it’s all backed up elsewhere so there’s no worry about losing all the data. It’s the software version of some beautiful closet shelving system you’d find at the Container Store. It’s love, I tell you.

What else has been going on? Well, I mentioned that the balcony has been cleared for winter (we’re expecting first snowfall this coming week), but it seemed sad and empty with nothing out there. So we went and got some decor/winter interest pieces…

A little wooden bird feeder that dispenses seeds. There’s a little perch that goes all the way around so they can sit and eat like a birdie cafe. We just hung it up last night and I have already seen some cute yellow chickadees (titmice) coming to visit this morning. Coco gets all excited, but the birds seem to know she’s behind glass, because they pretty much ignored her after the first afternoon.

Bird balls! Well, bird food balls, anyway. I got two different kinds of food, to make sure we covered the range of wildlife. These balls have molasses and some suet mixed in, so they’re probably tastier than straight birdseed. The boy said that there are quite a few varieties of bird that stick around through the cold winters, so I want to see as many as possible.

And on the other end of the balcony, a candlelit lantern. Because I love candles and it’ll look so pretty once the nights get dark earlier. Flickering candles along balconies and windowsills while driving around on snowy nights were one of my favorite things, the first time I visited this country. You can bet I’m sticking candles everywhere I can :-)

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