• 26Dec
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    I’m lucky enough to live very close to my mom, and we go out to lunch almost everyday.

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    But Bob and I are heading to our Swedish house for almost a month, and Mom’s worried she’s going to really, really miss us.  And when you’re 90, it can be hard to remember just when we’re coming back.  So, I decided a little visual reminder might be good!

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    I got some adorable little bags and stickers at Scrapuccino’s.

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    I did the countdown and Bob punched holes.

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    I added a few notes here and there.

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    And then it was candy time!

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    I filled each bag with a piece of candy.

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    Then I added a little pink ribbon—Mom’s favorite color.

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    Luckily, I had an empty box from Christmas…

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    …and they fit perfectly!

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    I hope it helps the days go by a little faster.

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  • 28Aug

    When I was in Sweden this summer, Sven-Eric allowed us to go into his attic and look through four trunks of very old clothing.  It was like finding hidden treasure!  Among the wonderful finds there were two old leather aprons.

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    Every farmer, blacksmith and craftsman probably had an apron like this.

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    Even though they were stiff as boards, Torsten tried them on.

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    One had a lovely, hand woven neck band.

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    Sven-Eric generously gave one to Torsten, who has worked some conditioner into it and made it soft and supple again!

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    Torsten has formal Nåsdräkten, but also the everyday clothes, which he has on here.

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    Don’t you love the birch bark knapsack?

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    It’s great to see new life given to old things.