Going through the process of getting a new car, I was relieved each time I made progress with an ID card, loan or license plates.
"It's almost done now!" I thought.
But I had to remind myself of the old Swedish saying: "Don't yell hi until you've crossed the river." ("Don't count your chickens until they've hatched.")
It made me think of more Swedish idioms, and how some lack good American equivalents. Many are based on nature, animals, food or working outdoors. Here are some examples:
Go like the cat around hot porridge (oatmeal) - Beat about the bush.
Be hot on the porridge (oatmeal) - Be very eager.
Now you are out riding your bicycle! - You don't know what you're talking about!
Small pots also have ears - Children will hear and understand more than you think.
The lazy one would rather kill himself by carrying too much than make two trips
Here is your pay for old cheese - It's payback time!
He has gnomes in the attic - He is out of his mind
Cows rarely jump backwards up into apple trees to snatch pears - complicated way of saying it's not gonna happen, it's impossible
I wasn't born in a mud room - I'm not stupid, I wasn't born yesterday
Throw the ax in the lake - To give up
Now the boiled pork is fried! - Now you're in deep shit!
He has planted his last potato - He's done (i.e. "I'm getting revenge now")
That's not much to hange in the Christmas tree - It's not worth much
He was caught with his beard in the mailbox - Caught with his pants down, caught by surprise