Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day

Here’s a little background on how Father’s Day came to be.  Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by, Sonora Smart Dodd.  Her Father was a single parent to six children and a Civil War Veteran.  Sonora was listening to a service at her Church Honoring Mother’s and she went to her Pastor saying they should have something similar for Father’s! 

Her crusade to celebrate this day was not easy.  Sonora started in 1910 and it took 62 years to finally get this day signed into Law.  In 1996 President Johnson issued the first Presidential Proclamation Honoring Fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  Six years later the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Nixon signed it into law in 1972!  Whoo!  What a long process!

Well Dad’s, today is your day!  What do most Dad’s like to do on this day?  My research shows that most Dad’s want to just hang out with their family!  A breakfast with bacon – a fun day with the family – finish the day with a cook out – that’s what many Dad’s said was their idea of a Great Father’s Day!  Suzy’s Swirl is a great way to finish the day too!! 

I have great memories of my Dad, there are some days I can smell his pipe tobacco and I’m still amazed at how he could pat his head, smoke his pipe and read a book at the same time!  He was an amazing story teller and loved to read!  My husband loved spending time with his kids and was a big Muskie fisherman!  Family was so important to them both!  I hope you all have special memories of your Dad!

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a Dad!




What Women Inspires You?

As many young women are graduating from high school and college this June, it makes me stop and ponder the questions – Who Inspires these women to be the best they can be?  Who Inspires these women to keep on going when times get tough?  Not just “Who” Inspires them, but “What” Inspires them?

When I was younger, my Inspiration was my Mom!  For different reasons then you might think!  My Mom was one of the few Mom’s on our block that had a job outside of our home.  She was a very good realtor!  She worked nights and weekends! My Mom was so ahead of her time!  I was one of the original latchkey kids!  She Inspired me to want to be a Stay at Mom!  I also found out that it would be my most difficult and rewarding job ever! 

Let’s fast forward to 2019.  Who Inspires the young women of today? Is it their Mom, Sister, Aunt, Grandma, Teacher, Coach, Friend or TV Reality Star….?  Where are they getting their Inspiration from?  Is it from an experience, a job, a book, a poem or in today’s world a Podcast?  There are so many Podcasts to choose from to help Inspire Women such as, Earn Your Happy, Let’s Discuss and Style Your Mind, just to name a few!  Where young women get their inspiration from is very different in 2019! 

My list of women that inspire me has grown since I was a young women and it continues to grow!  My Sisters, my Mother-in-law, women I have worked with and my daughter’s inspire me!  There are so many different kinds of Influencers in today’s world – from Kylie Jenner, Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres and Selena Gomez!  These women all have very compelling stories of Inspiration!

Take a minute today and think about Who Inspires You, What Inspires You and Where You found Your Inspiration!  It can be as simple as your next door neighbor, as spiritual as Mother Theresa, well known like Oprah or Your very own Mom!  There are so many ways to find Inspiration in our lives! 

“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.”– Anne Frank       

Live – Love – Swirl





Let the Summer Begin


Can you believe it is the beginning of June?  The month of June is a time for celebrations!  High School and College graduations, Weddings and of course Father’s Day!  June is also the beginning of Summer Vacation for so many of us!  What does your family do during Summer Vacation?

When my kids were younger, swimming lessons were always first on the list of our Summer Vacation plans!  I do not know how to swim and I wanted to be sure my kids could save me if I fell into the water!  Thank you Miss Donna for being such a great swimming teacher!  Each summer we also went up to Eagle River, Wisconsin!  We would rent a cabin, go fishing, tubing and take it easy!  Just disconnect!  I hope my kids have happy memories of their Summer Vacations!

It seems like the days are moving so fast and we are all so rushed!  Summer Vacation is a time to slow down and relax!  Take your shoes off and walk through the thick, cool, lush grass!  Run through the sprinkler and color your sidewalks with sidewalk chalk!  Try to have some chill days in the midst of all of the rushing around!

Don’t forget to make Suzy’s Swirl a part of your Summer Vacation plans too!  We plan on Swirling Sensational Flavors for all of your celebrations!  Suzy’s Swirl can be enjoyed at Suzy’s or ordered online to enjoy at your home!  #Suzysswirl


Smell the sea and feel the sky.  Let your soul and spirit fly.

Van Morrison



Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day – By Erma Bombeck 

 “When God Created Mothers"

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order?" She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts...all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands."  

The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands.... no way."

It's not the hands that are causing me problems," God remarked, "it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have."

That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 'What are you kids doing in there?' when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word."

God," said the angel touching his sleeve gently, "Get some rest tomorrow...."

I can't," said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick...can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger...and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower."

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed.

But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure."

Can it think?"

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model."

It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear."

What's it for?"

It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride."

You are a genius, " said the angel.

Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there.”

Do You Remember When You Turned 21?

It seems like just yesterday that I was turning 21!  I remember going to my first bar and getting carded and was thrilled!  I felt like such an adult that I could buy alcohol and walk into a bar and order a drink!   Every now and then I still get carded, only because it’s the law at some stores – I’m thrilled when it happens!

This May my youngest child, turns 21!  I can’t believe that 21 years have gone by so quickly!  Turning 21 is such a rite of passage to adulthood!  From a Mother’s point of view – I just want her and her friends to be safe and drink responsibly!

I did a little research on when Illinois created the legal age to drink to 21 years of age!  Starting back in 1872 the age to drink alcohol was based on the age of the majority!  What does that mean?  Simply put, it’s when a minor is determined an adult and no longer needs their parents.  In 1961 the age changed to 21 years of age!  Then in 1973 it was lowered to 19 to buy beer and wine and still 21 to buy alcohol.  Lastly in 1980 is was brought back up to 21 years of age for any kind of alcohol!   There must have been good reason for this final change!

So, as so many of our kids Segway into “adulthood” and are now considered legal to drink, let’s take pause!  Together let’s make sure these “adults” understand what it means to drink responsibly!  Don’t drink and drive!  Don’t be so drunk you don’t know what Uber you are getting into!  Pace yourself and drink plenty of water!  Be the best “adult” you can be!

Happy 21st Birthday my Sweet Daughter!

I Love You to the Moon and Back!

When does the Madness, Sadness, Craziness and Mindlessness End?


The last few days of March ended with three State Troopers passing away!  These “great hero’s” passed away from distracted drivers and drunk drivers!  These drivers should never have been on the road!  Now the State of Illinois has a law called “Scott’s Law” and they have overhead highway signs saying “Enough is Enough”. When does the madness,craziness and brainlessness end?


As our hearts are just starting to repair, April brings the story of A.J.! You didn’t have to know A.J. to feel such sadness for all that this little boy had endured and died from!  It is just so unimaginable that people could bring such harm to children!  A.J. put a stop to these people and he too is a “great hero”!  The abusers are people not parents!


Illinois has many, many laws to protect children from abuse.  As I was looking them over, these words kept popping up “Reasonable Cause to believe a Child is being Abused or Neglected”.  The reports that DCFS published about A.J. were above and beyond “Reasonable” and not enough was done to protect him!  When does the madness, sadness, craziness and brainlessness end?


Keep these State Troopers Families in your prayers!  Keep A.J.’s Family in your prayers!  Justice will prevail!  “Enough is Enough”!  The madness, sadness, craziness and brainlessness has to end!


Life is Short – Love your Families!

Sundae's with Sue

Global Warming Vs Climate Change


What is going on with our weather?  I’m sure most of you are waking up this morning and shaking your heads saying, “Isn’t it April 14th?”  I suppose if we lived in the UP of Michigan, we would not think twice about snow in April!  But this is the Midwest!  Ugh!!


When I was little, Easter time was always sunny and warm.  My sisters and I wore our cute matching dresses, white anklets, white shoes and pretty hats to Church on Easter Day!  We couldn’t wait to get home from Church and run around outside!


Something in the weather department has changed over the years!  The grass is still getting greener, the tulips and daffodils are starting to bloom and the trees are full of buds!  The weather has different plans.  Our Spring seems to last forever with rain, snow and cooler than normal temperatures!  Our Summer seems to be very short and Fall seems like it lasts longer than before!  Don’t get me started about the length of our Winter! It’s as if we have only 2 seasons – Spring and Winter!


One source says that our global warming is an unprecedented type of climate change – we are having side effects to our environment!  Changes in sea levels, glaciers melting and changes in our temperatures!  There’s a lot of debate going on in regards to Global Warming Vs. Climate Change!  I think we can all agree that something is definitely changing!


Whatever the season or weather – it’s always a good time for

Suzy’s Swirl!



My Nod to Kathy Lee Gifford

My Nod to Kathy Lee Gifford


For the past 11 years I have enjoyed watching Kathy Lee and Hoda on the 4th hour of the Today Show!  Their genuine friendship, compassion for others and wit shined through on each show!  This past Friday, April 5th was Kathy Lee’s last show with Hoda! The today show has been celebrating Kathy Lee for the past several months!  Some may wonder what is the big deal! 


I do not know Kathy Lee personally, but what I saw of her on the Today Show, I believe we could be best friends!  First and fore most she lives and breathes her Faith and does not apologize for it!  She has shown the world that when life does not go your way, you find a new way!  At the age of 65 she is excited to start a new chapter of her life! 


Kathy Lee shows us that after great loss, you still have many chapters of your life to live!  Granted it is not easy!  We all do not have the means that Kathy Lee has!  Just like her, though, we have choices we can make!  You can choose to bury your head in the sand or you can hold your head up high and believe in yourself and the God Lord above!


Kathy Lee may not be everybody’s cup of tea!  I do hope we are all open enough to embrace and be excited for all of the possibilities that each chapter of lives will bring!  I will miss you Kathy Lee!                  Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord.

April Fool’s Day 

Tomorrow will be April 1st – April Fool’s Day!  When did April 1st become April Fool’s Day?  Why is this day filled with funny practical jokes and silliness?  Some research says it dates back to Geoffrey Chaucer’s, The Canterbury Tales.  Other research says it was a way of celebrating the changing of the seasons!


However, it became to be – April 1st is a day of practical jokes!  There are some jokes that can be very funny – a hallway full of cups of water, toothpaste filled Oreo’s and a bowl full of m&m’s, skittles and reeses pieces or freaking out your teenage kids by telling them you are pregnant!  That last one always got my kids!  LOL!


To me April 1st is such a happy day of the year!  There’s more sunlight to each day, the trees are starting to bud and the robins are chirping away!  April 1st is a sign that winter is over and spring is on its way! I also happen to love April because it’s my birthday month, along with my son’s too! 


Start off April with a fun and silly practical joke!  Enjoy the month full of April Showers that bring May Flowers!  Take a moment to listen to the birds chirping and look for your flowers to start blooming! 




Staycation vs. Vacation


This is the week of Spring Break for so many of us!  Thus the big dilemma of Staycation vs. Vacation!  What are the pros and cons of both?  Which one will you choose?  If you could pick any place to Vacation, where would you go?


If you have decided to enjoy a Staycation, I hope you make time to relax!  Catch up on that book you’ve been wanting to read, make an appointment for a pedicure and treat yourself to a fruity drink with an umbrella!  I’ve also taken this time to do some spring cleaning!  It’s a great feeling to weed out your closets and that dreaded junk drawer!  Maybe even unplug from all electronics for a few days!  Enjoy your Family!


Vacation’s away for Spring Break are equally fun too!  The anticipation of traveling to a new state or country is exciting! Looking forward to sticking your toes in the warm sand and listening to ocean waves is so relaxing!  Plus, having a few days of not cooking and cleaning is the best! It’s a big wide world out there, it’s exciting to go and explore!


Of course, there are always cons to both!  You can’t make everyone happy!  We are sure we can make everyone happy at Suzy’s Swirl! Make sure you plan some time to enjoy your Spring Break with us at Suzy’s!  We are Swirling Super Spring Flavors! 


Spring Break + Suzy’s Swirl = FUNCATION



Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Sundaes with Sue


Who is St. Patrick and why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

History.com says that St. Patrick was born in Roman, Britain and was brought to Ireland as a slave when he was 16.  He then escaped, returned to Ireland and was credited for bringing Christianity to its people!  He died on March 17, 461

 Since the 9thor 10thcentury, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic Feast Day of St. Patrick on March 17th.  The first actual St. Patrick’s Day parade wasn’t in Ireland; it was actually in the United States.  On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through the streets of New York.  They were singing Irish songs and connecting back to their Irish Roots!  

St. Patrick’s Day will always be a special day for me!  Part is because I am Irish!  The other part is because it is the day I became engaged to Joe!  On March 17th, 1983 (I’m aging myself) there was a snowstorm, my parents were flying home from a trip overseas and Joe decided this was the day!  Joe’s side of the family is Italian, but he always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day like he as an Irishman.  At an Italian restaurant, in the middle of a snowstorm, on St. Patrick’s Day – I said Yes!  

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but Happiness come through your door!

Daylight Savings Time

Sundaes with Sue 

Finally, an extra hour of daylight!  Does anyone really know why we Spring ahead in the Spring?  Some research says it was Benjamin Franklin’s idea to conserve candles.  In fact, the United States has been using Daylight Savings Time on and off since 1918 for wartime reasons.  Finally, in 2007, it was proposed to “spring ahead” on the 2nd Sunday in March and to “fall back” on the 1st Sunday in November.

Let’s look at the positives of DST – we all get an extra hour of daylight! That extra hour of daylight is truly a boost for our mental health!  After eating a lot of heavy comfort foods all winter, we can now try lighter and brighter meals!  Of course more Vitamin D!  Say good bye to dull and dry hair and skin! Let’s all get out and say hi to our neighbors again and take a walk!  I personally, love this day!  

I suggest you use your extra hour of daylight and come into Suzy’s Swirl! We are swirling some sensational spring flavors!

Pineapple Whip, Mint Chip, Orange, Greek Tart, just to name a few – don’t they just make your mouth water!  No matter what time of day or night it is, it’s always a good time for Suzy’s Swirl!


Keep Calm and Swirl On!

Big Joe Challenge

Sundaes with Sue

Knock Knock – Who’s there? – Joe – Joe Who? – Joe King (Joking)

It’s not easy finding jokes with the name Joe in them, well at least ones that are G rated!  What’s not a joke is the Suzy’s Swirl Big Joe Challenge!  On Saturday, March 9thSuzy’s Swirl is having an all day, Big Joe Challenge!  Plus, we are working to raise $1000.00 for the American Heart Association!

Big Joe Challenge

64 oz. of Frozen Happiness

8 oz. of Toppings

20 minutes to Gobble it all up

If you don’t succeed, we ask that you donate $20.00 to the AHA 

This is an eating challenge, it is a lot of Frozen Happiness, it is for a good cause!  The CDC has stated some alarming stats on Heart Disease.  About 160,000 people die from Heart Disease in the United Sates, 1 in every 4 deaths!  Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in men and women!  These are not good stats!  Know your risk factors and know the signs!  Together we can knock this disease out!

I don’t want to leave you on a low note, so here’s another knock knock joke: Knock Knock – Who’s there? – Sue – Sue Who? – Sue Prize! 

Don’t forget to set your Google Alert for the 

Big Joe Challenge, Saturday, March 9th All Day


Sundaes with Sue 

Spring is upon us – only 23 more days until March 20th! On this day, they say the length of daytime and nighttime are nearly the same!  I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to Spring!

With each change of the yearly seasons, it also makes me take pause to look at the changes of the seasons in our lives!  Try thinking of your life, like the 4 seasons of the year!

Spring is the beginning of life – babies, weddings, jobs, homes…

Summer is the fun and sun – teenagers, dances, college time…

Fall is the changing of colors – travel and downsizing……

Winter is crisp and sparkling white – retirement and relaxation..

Whatever season of your life that you are in, it has ups and downs. Always know that no one season lasts forever!  Your babies do grow out of diapers, your teenagers do learn how to drive and we all grow up!  I think the key is to find the positive to each season!  

Remember Spring is only 23 days away!  Enjoy each season of your life and don’t forget to smell the roses along the way!

Happy Spring!

Big joe challenge

Sundaes with Sue

What is the Big Joe Challenge? Come into Suzy’s Swirl on an empty stomach, ready to consume 64 ounces of Frozen Yogurt and 8 ounces of Toppings in 20 minutes!  Not too difficult!  If you succeed you get your picture on our Wall of Fame and a one of kind Big Joe T-shirt!  If you don’t succeed you donate $20.00 to the American Heart Association! 

From February 1st to March 9th Suzy’s Swirl will be working on raising $1000.00 for the American Heart Association!  Every customer can help 

In our efforts!  A customer can Buy a Heart to Save a Heart and come in on March 9th for our day of The Big Joe Challenge!  You can also enter into a Raffle for a Year’s Worth of Suzy’s Swirl!

Now you know What The Big Joe Challenge is and you know When The Big Joe Challenge is, now you need to know Why!  Why, why, why?!  My husband Joe, passed away from Cardiac Arrest 8 years ago!  When my family opened Suzy’s Swirl, we wanted to make sure that Joe was included!  It was part of our mission at Suzy’s to give back!  We couldn’t think of a better way then to give back to The American Heart Association!   

We are calling all customers to come into Suzy’s Swirl on Saturday, March 9th and try The Big Joe Challenge!  Don’t forget about baseball teams, football teams, golf teams…… can come to Suzy’s Swirl and see who can finish The Big Joe Challenge the fastest too!


Four Words:

What Can I Do? = The Big Joe Challenge!



What More Can I Do?

Sundaes with Sue

This week we experienced the breaking of the Polar Vortex with incredibly cold temperatures and then a nearly 70 degree warm up!  You have to love living in the Midwest!

This past week I also experienced the most inspirational conference in Dallas, Texas. The Global Best Practices Conference that focused on People – Profits – Planet.  Suzy’s Swirl was given the honor of providing a break snack of single cups of Moscow Mule, Mocha Joe, Birthday Cake and a few others! Swirling Greatness!  Kathy was also a featured Speaker of Inspiration! Kathy along with, John O’Leary, Mindfulness and Merlot and Milo Cress were high energy, inspirational and motivating! 

We heard such thought provoking phrases and questions such as; Why me?  What more can I do?  Great Cups Great Causes, Take 5 minutes each day to reflect, To be Mindful, Importance of Connectivity, Your best days are in front of You, We all have a Story, Love, Live Inspired…..   I left the conference being inspired both personally and professionally!  

Life is short and fast moving!  Do not take it for granted!  Find happiness and joy in with your family and job!  Live Inspired!

Life is like a Roller Coaster – Hopefully you will have more

Highs than Lows!

HAPPY Anniversary

Sundaes with Sue

Anniversaries are the recurrence of a date marking a notable event!  I think we always first think of a Wedding Anniversary!  Did you know the gift for a 1st year Wedding Anniversary is Paper or a Clock? Of course, most of us know that a 25th Wedding Anniversary or Silver Anniversary the gift would be Silver and a 50thWedding Anniversary or Golden Anniversary is Gold!  A notable way to celebrate amazing dates!

This January 29th my parents would have celebrated 64 years of marriage! Unfortunately, they passed away over 20 years ago!  Could you imagine being married to someone for 64 years??  To think that two people have spent more than half of their lives together!  Oh, the wonderful things they have seen, as well as, the heart breaks too!  It is a true blessing for those that have loved and survived each other for so many years!  

Anniversaries can also be the date marking a new job, a new home or sadly, the death of a loved one, all are dates marking a notable event.  The days go by so fast and suddenly you stop to look at the calendar or you get a google alert to remind you of a special date!  No matter what the notable event might be, it’s important to stop and remember the dates meaning to you!

Just in case you were wondering, if you are lucky enough to be married 65 years, the gift for a 65th Wedding Anniversary is a Blue Sapphire! 

Happy 64th Wedding Anniversary Mom and Dad!


May God Bless all of You on Your Special Anniversaries!

Snow Days

Sundaes with Sue

Do you remember the blizzard of 1967?  In January of 1967 in a two-day span, Chicago and the suburbs were hit with 23 inches of snow!  I was just a small child, (LOL) I really was, I remember the snow came up to the top of our shed!  We could walk over our fence because there was so much snow!  Of course we had a snow day!  

Back in the day, to see if you were going to have a Snow Day, you had to get up early and watch WGN to see if your school was listed.  Snow Days meant staying home, playing in the snow and drinking homemade hot chocolate with marshmallows!  Snow days also meant you had an extra day to play with your Mom and Dad!

How will you spend your next Snow Day?  Will you stay in your pj’s all day and watch movies?  Maybe you will finally try that new recipe you’ve been too busy to try!  Watching each unique snowflake fall from the sky and rolling them all into a snowman is a wonderful option too!

You know what’s also fun to do on a Snow Day?Come into Suzy’s Swirl!It’s always warm at Suzy’s!Let Suzy’s Swirl be a part of your next Snow Day!Snow + Suzy’s = Awesome

Life in Review

 Sundaes with Sue

These past few weeks at Suzy’s Swirl our team has been working on adding new content and updating our website!  In reviewing all of our pictures and posts, so much has happened in 7 years!

I have been given the opportunity to ponder a few things, some personal some not! First and foremost, I will always have short hair, I’m not going to bother trying to grow it out, short hair is my thing!  Now that that has been decided, I was reminded of so many other happenings at Suzy’s Swirl!

 Our first group of Swirlers have graduated college and some have moved onto grad school!  We have hosted so many FUNdraisers for our community!  We were on Chicago’s Best with Brittany Payton for our Big Joe eating challenge!  (You can still see the interview and challenge on our Facebook page).  We have had numerous Girl Scout Troops earn their Small Business and Entrepreneur Badge!  There is so much more to come in 2019!

We all get so busy in our day to day life!  Every now and then it’s healthy to stop and reflect on our relationships, our lives both personal and professional.  When we stop to reflect it helps us provide insights into where we are going and who we want to be traveling with!

Happy New Year

Sundaes with Sue

Happy New Year Everyone!  We are 6 days into the beginning of 2019!

How’s it going for you?  Are you excited about all of the possibilities this year can bring?  Are you stressed out by everything that has to be done this year?  As I like to say, “focus on one event at a time – don’t get too overwhelmed by everything and always remember, this is just a moment in time!”  

I have always thought of the New Year as an automatic re-set button. It’s like I’m breathing in this fresh air for the first time and the chaotic-ness of the holidays is over, the clouds have parted and I can see clearly again!  I try to eat healthier, work out a bit more, get to bed earlier and be on time more!  

I’m really excited about 2019!  My daughter Jen will turn 30 and my other daughter Julie will turn 21! Suzy’s Swirl is going to be celebrating its 5th Birthday this year too! Many, many, many more exciting possibilities at the store too!  I am definitely going to be celebrating this year! 

I hope you will continue to celebrate all things big and small with us at Suzy’s Swirl!  I am excited about all of the new and exciting possibilities for the New Year! Don’t worry, we’ve got 359 more days to figure out 2019 – don’t be stressed – stressed backwards is Desserts!  

Desserts = Suzy’s Swirl