Monday, August 20, 2012

Prowling around in our garden

A praying mantis is on the prowl in the cup plants (Silphium).

after the praying mantid meal...
And after the meal, all that is left is a wing of the swallowtail butterfly.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

IKEA's online robotic assistant need some help

From today's conversation at with their automatic help person (illustrated as a redhead named Anna):
You said: I need to find replacement wheels for an office chair.

Anna said: There are many options for chair available on our catalogue. In order to narrow your search select one specific category from the ones listed on the window below me.
          Product types
          Product names
          Item colors
          Item price ranges
          Was this answer helpful?

You said: NO

Anna said: Sorry. As an IKEA Online Assistant I don't know the meaning of 'no'.
Now,  how are you supposed to answer a question like "Was this answer helpful?" Yes or no would be the most basic answers, right?  And as a computerized robot, yes/no, 1/0, would be the most basic, logical thing, clear and concise.  But Anna, the robot, does not know the meaning of 'no'.  Hilarious. And totally unhelpful of course.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

OK snapshot: Bolaget (The Company)

En fredag utanför Systembolaget :)

[A friday outside the liquor store]

Snapshot from Stockholm, Sweden.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weekend kayaking in Stockholm archipelago

 No wind.
 Saturday evening close to eight o´clock.
 Under the cliff of Stora Gryt
 Close to Dalarö Skans, a fortified old gun house, to defend Sweden. No canons there today.
The lovely view from my kayak, Blå Jungfrun!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Track Speed to Port Jervis

Track Speed to Port Jervis, originally uploaded by ericwill.
I just love this photo, taken by one of our friends. Isn't it gorgeous?

"Chesapeake & Ohio 4-8-4 614 crosses the Hackensack River with a Hoboken to Port Jervis excursion on October 18, 1997."

Monday, August 6, 2012

Heavy summer rain in sunshine

Summer rain in sunshine, originally uploaded by Vilseskogen.
Our weather has been less than reliable the last couple of days. (NJ, USA)

OK snapshot: Exclusive taste

Björnarna har blivit finsmakare.

(The bears have become gourmets. [Björnmat = bear food])

Seen in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Today's harvest from the garden.  
Blueberries, raspberries and krusbär (what´s their name?).
The berries are already gone together with the vanilla ice cream!

My embroderied Artist Trading cards

Näckros Nymphaea-landskapsblomma

 I want to show you some of my ATC cards, made for trading projects on a Facebook group I´m following. Each swap has it´s own theme.
My favorite

Fairy tale

Inspired by Karin Bergöö Larson, swedish textile artist from 19th centrury.

Bortbytingen / the child of trolls

Sjörapporten, coastal weather report