A as in American and Anxiety


I´ve decided to join this ABC challange that my Australian blogger colleague Pip at Meet Me At Mikes started. An alphabetical “I Spy… game” A new letter each week to inspire a new blog post.
Naturally we´re starting with the letter A, then a new letter each week. I agree with Pip: blogging used to be more about things like this a few years back. Sending out challanges for other bloggers to accept. Remember our Family Picture challenge? I miss it.


Ok, let´s start
“I spy with my little eye something starting with the letter A”


A as in American Doll. Raggedy Anne
This type of doll is found at pretty much every fleamarket in the US that I´ve ever been to. She´s an American classic and this one is mine.
Also her nose looks like an A. So I think I should get some bonus points for that Pip! (not that it´s a competition)
Update. Plus her name is Raggedy Anne! (Thanks Mara)

A as in Anxiety.
Death has always been my favorite topic to disscuss. I find ways to steer pretty much any conversation in on the subject of death and the fear surrounding it. However I´ve found a new topic to talk about. ANXIETY. This winter I´m starting a photo and text project with a good friend of mine. We want to share stories about anxiety and the crazy actions it´s made people take.

Like wrapping up a vacuum cleaner in plastic and forbidding your partner to use it when you think you accidentally sucked up something in the basement that might have been asbestos. Cus thanks to google you know what it looks like and how toxic it is to you and your kids. (I took the photo inspired by her story)

When I talk about my own anxiety, especially when it comes to the fear of doing something to permanently damage your kids, with a group of people there are always several women who have storeis to tell. Talking about the devil that´s on my back is the best way for me to get rid of him.
So please do share your anxiety. Also if it´s unbearable go talk to your doctor, she will help you. (and if she doesn´t- go to another one)


A as in A sound system
I know this is a bit far fetched, but like Pip put it: “there are no rules in this game”.
Our sound system is on from early morning to late night. Music is always playing here and we hear the joke: “Are you having a party?” on a regular basis.


That´s this week´s letter.
I´ll be back with B next week. Hmmm what can it be? Beehive? Bart Simpson? Bermuda triangle?
Come back and find out.

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Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

August 18, 2016 at 12:57

Underbart! jag måste smälta komma tillbaka och läsa igen….kanske vill leka boksavsspion till och med :)

Jenny Brandt
August 18, 2016 at 13:03
– In reply to: kollijox

jag tar tacksamt emot eventuella historier från dig Kollijoxaren.

Maren Ingeborg Gråblomst
August 18, 2016 at 13:27

Flott post, og veldig spennende det prosjektet med angst. Det vil jeg veldig gjerne vite mest mulig om ! Om du trenger en bidragsyter så mail meg ;) ABC Challenge virket morsomt og uten regler er bra, kan godt være jeg slenger meg med og kaster ut en A før helgen er omme…

August 18, 2016 at 13:32

And the doll is named Raggedy ANNE!

Jenny Brandt
August 18, 2016 at 13:36
– In reply to: Mara

I was so caught up in the anxiety post that I totally forgot about this. Thanks Mara!

August 20, 2016 at 23:57

I followed you for years but rarely comment. I love this! Looks like so much fun. I was also wondering why you didn’t mention A for Ann! :) Laugh at your “too caught up in the anxiety post” explanation.

Raggedy Ann was popular in Canada too. At least from what I remember in the early 80s. Many friends of mine had one. My husband and his sister both received a set of giant Raggedy Ann and her brother Raggedy Andy when their little brother was born. I guess it was a way for their parents to announce the arrival of their little brother? I think those dolls are in the attic now.

Jenny Brandt
August 22, 2016 at 08:10
– In reply to: Bérangère

Thanks. I´ve seen those giant dolls. I recall seeing them in a Steven Spielberg-type of movie… ET or perhaps it´s in Poltergeist, in one of the kids rooms.

August 25, 2016 at 01:43
– In reply to: Jenny Brandt

I’m a huge fan of the genre and actually watched those again recently. At first I thought you were thinking of the clown with red hair in Poltergeist (my brother had one with the red nose that turns to play music) but you are right it does a quick cameo in E.T. in the close scene. :)

Did you watch The Conjuring? It’s a good scary one. The doll they use in the movie is of porcelain and has nothing to do with Raggedy Ann but it’s based on a real story and the original doll was a Raggedy Ann! Goosebumps! :)


Jenny Brandt
August 25, 2016 at 09:03
– In reply to: Bérangère

I love this comment so much. there’s nothing I like moe then talking about TV. I have not seen the conjuring, cau I’m such a scaredy cat nowadays, but Viola’s been nagging me to let her watch it.

September 23, 2016 at 18:04

I joined the challenge! Love these old school type of blogging challenges. <3

Jenny Brandt
September 24, 2016 at 11:19
– In reply to: Silvia