H.E.A.T at Rockbåten, photo by Pär Altan

tisdag 7 februari 2017

Update August - February

I haven't written since August and I can't believe why really or yes I can. There is so much going on and the time never seems to be enough.

The last time was when I had been to the Hadiraja festival and places some videoclips here with Erik and Jona.

Since then if I just take August there were boardmeetings both at work and at the Rheumatic association. Mandy turned 25 and had a party with family to celebrate. She later also had a party with friends of course. At the Rheumatic association we had a big trouble when our newly elected chairwoman said she was immediately leaving her post due to doubts about the mission.
We then had to discuss how to deal with this which took a lot of time. We also had a chairmen conference planned in September with a set program that we suddenly had to change completely. This also took a long time.

In September I turned 62! Yes you read it right. I can't believe I'm 62, It doesn't feel like it, at least not in my head but my body do tell me I am that age.
On my birthday I first went to my hair stylist for a new haircolor and styling. Then into town or rather Djurgarden where I met up with my sis Helen and her collegue Lena. We first had dinner at Cirkus and directly after in to the theatre where we saw Phantom of the Opera. This time with Peter Joback as the Phantom and in Swedish! What a wonderful birthday this was.
But my top birthday present was the birthday card from J and M that told me I will be grand mother in April!  💑💕
And of course boardmeetings, doctor meeting and I started rehab for my arthritis.

The end of September and beginning of October I went to Oslo, Norway with my sister, her dentist nurse, her collegue and her nurse. Great time together.
Torpa in Sodertalje for a boardmeeting conference
Kristianstad with my friend Carina for concert
More board meetings, education and more.

November heavy snowstorm the day I was supposed to go on education in south of Stockholm. It wasn't possible so I stayed home which was a wise decision since people had up to 11 hours to go home by car. Something that normally would take 20 minutes!
Education in Malmö which also gave me opportunity to say goodbye to my beloved aunt. She had cancer and on top of that had two strokes so she decided she didn't want to live anymore.

December Hasse, me and our friends had a wonderful weekend at our favorite hotel where we ate Christmas smorgasbord.
Christmas party at the Rheumatic association
Christmas concert in Stockholm with my sis
Christmas concert in Norrkoping with my friend Ingvor and a wonderful stay at the Lamp hotel
Christmas party with my job at Hufvudsta mansion where we, as usual, cooked our own 3-course dinner.
Christmas Eve at home with the boys, my sis and her son.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day in Gavle celebrating Christmas no 2
New Year's Eve at home good food peaceful

January Snowstorm once again
The Royal Opera to see Fedora
Lunch with M and she now has a cute baby tummy
Board meeting comes along as well as all work for the annual meetings and auditing
On January 21 my beloved aunt passed away

February so far -
One fair about conference, hotels and food
Audit the local rhematic association
Audit done at work and the books closed!
Doctor's appointment tomorrow and rehab
Annual meeting with the local rheumatic association on Saturday
Auditing the District Februay 16
Going to Malmo for the funeral of my aunt Feb 23-25

That's about it so far. Sorry that I haven't bee able to write as I usually do but 2016 was a really hectic year and it seems 2017 will continue 😃😊
I will try to write more often because there are so much fun coming in 2017. New record by H.E.A.T, new grandchild and much more.

lördag 20 augusti 2016

1000 miles with Erik Grönwall and Jona Tee

Erik Grönwall and Jona Tee - Highway to hell

Me and Hasse were at the Hadirajafestival today which is a festival that Erik Gronwall is arranging. He is also performing with an acustic set together with Jona. This is great I think and their two voices blend beautifully together. I will place a couple more videos here for you to enjoy :-)

lördag 6 augusti 2016

Utan dina andetag - Without your breath

Matilda sings this beautiful song - without your breath together with Peter and the choir. The lyrics says in the chorus: 

I can't even walk
without your air in my lungs
I can't even stand
if you doesn't watch
What would I be 
without your breath

Utan dina andetag - without your breath

Break free / Freedom

I''m sorry I didn't get the whole song but I couldn't sit still more and I needed to clap so this is what you get. This is Peter Johansson in Sankt Anna church in Ostergotland in Sweden.
To go here each summer has become a tradition and it's so nice. Like a mini-vacation.

söndag 31 juli 2016

Bad, bad Mia

On July 9 I promised I would write more frequent - now it's July 30 and I haven't written since.
So bad Mia. But on the other hand you may take it as I have had a lot of fun and haven't had time.
Isn't vacation all about relaxing, doing things you want to but don't have the time to do the rest of the year. Or rather you probably have the time but then there are so many "musts" that you don't take the time.
For me at least it is like that. When I work I go up at 4AM, starts working at 5.15AM and are home again around 3PM. By then I'm exhausted and I just crash in the sofa in front of TV and instantly falls asleep for around 20 minutes. Then on to cooking and other stuff. Go to bed by 9PM to be able to go up at 4AM and so it goes.

So when I'm on vacation I just want to take it as it comes but I also wants to do things, se things, experience things but without stress and pressure.

So what did I do then? Well, I went to Malmo July 10 and stayed at a marvellous rather new hotel with breathtaking views over the sea and Denmark. I will for sure stay there again - Hotel Malmo
I visited my Mom's cousin, 88 years young, and I took us to Ystad (rented a car) and along the coastline to Trelleborg before heading back to Malmo. This coastal way is just beautiful! You drive alongside the sea on the left and rolling hills on the right. Went back home Wednesday night.

The day after I had mother-son day with Danniel and he had no idea where we were going. We headed to Mariefred which is the most beautiful little town with a magnificent castle - Gripsholm's castle. We stayed at the Gripsholm's Inn which dates back to 1409 where there was a convent here founded by munks from Germany. But first we went to visit with old friends that we haven't seen for many years, but who we went to Austria with for many years. So nice to meet them and sit and chat about old memories :-) Danniel also really appreciated it. Then a lovely dinner at the Inn before a good night sleep in De luxe rooms (one each). Next day we went to the "Cake Castle" in Taxinge and had a selection of their famous cookies and cakes.

That weekend I stayed home(!) because Monday 18 we went to "our"hotel Elite Marina Tower for 3 days stay and this time with our friends A and J. I had booked a suite for me and Hasse a long time ago when I got a very favorable offer ( I hadn't booked the suite otherwise). Our friends later decided to join us and they had a DeLuxe seaview (that actually cost more than ours despite my 25% off).
After a wonderful dinner at the hotel, a good nights sleep and a delicious breakfast it was time to take the boat (yes you go by boat here in Stockholm if you can instead of bus or subway) to Nybrokajen where our next boat waited to take us on a cruise in the archipelago. It was just a lovely tour. On the way out to Gustavsberg we had a very good lunch with warm smoked salmon, fresh potatoes, remoulad sauce and vegetables. After a 2 hour journey with lots of things to see, we had a guide onboard who told us about the things we passes, we arrived in Gustavsberg where an old porcelin fabrique is situated. It's very famous, and here's a link to Gustavsberg's porcelin
We also had time to buy some "fikabrod" (sweets to the coffee) and then we once again entered the boat and found places on the aft deck where we had our coffee and sat for the whole journey home. We once again had dinner at the hotel just becuase it's so good and the view is great.

I don't have time to write more today. Need to shower, pack my things for work and yes my vacation is over so I work tomorrow and Tuesday - then I'm off on new adventures. I hope it doesn't take as long to write next time .

Have a good day and be nice to one another.