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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Observing Sweden - Christmas Eve at son-in-law's house

A time for presents here. The most surprising gift I received was a can of Surströmmings Filéer, something you eat . . . or maybe not.


When I began to open the can people started screaming, “No! Not in the house!”
It seems this stuff has a bit of an odor. One of the relatives opened a can in his apartment and was evicted the following day. True story. You are supposed to eat it outdoors. “Some people don’t like it,” I was told. “Norrlanders (Northern Sweden) love it,” they said, and suggested breaking a cigarette into two parts and sticking the halves up my nose. “That will help.” 

The English translation for this delicacy is posted in Google as: Fermented Herring. 
I can’t wait.

My second surprise of the evening was being turned on to, The Swedish Elvis – Eilert Pilarm. If you do not already own a collection of his work I strongly suggest you give a listen to his interpretation of Jail House Rock. I guarantee you have never heard anything like it.
He can be found on Youtube.

Ahhh, these Swedes.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Kats


               “You’d better start believing,  Amber. Pretty soon it’s going to be too late.”
               “You’re tripping, Bucks.” (He’s so naive.)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Kat


Now Christmas is only a few weeks away
I’m hoping for katnip without much delay
This furry face man In the red coat is cool
I’m hoping you get what you wanted this Yule.

He travels the U.S and Europe I know
Does his sled have spare wheels if there isn’t much snow?
Santa flies through the air on a sled made of wood
With a GPS guide to find your neighborhood.
Let’s hope he’s on time when he’s passing through Sweden
And all of us get the things we are needin.’
          With all my furry love,

Thursday, December 5, 2013

White Stuff


The green has all gone
It’s turned white outside
And my coat’s warm enough
For a nice winter ride.
Here’s new information
That you might be needin’
The angels have dandruff
The ones here in Sweden.