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

söndag 24 maj 2015

What a day - Eurovision win for Sweden and a wonderful Hagapark Day

Måns Zelmerlöw won the Eurovision for Sweden yesterday in Vienna. I was too tired to sit up and watch it. After Måns had sang I fell asleep and got the news at 4AM. I have now seen it in rerun and it was just as exciting although I knew the outcome.

Before that we had our much anticipated Hagapark Day. They started with me waking up at 3 by the sound of heavy rain! Oh no, was my first thought. But by the time I left for the Hagapark at 05.30AM it was sunny. Suppliers were already in place and had started working. During the first 2 hours I had to run from one end to the other to show everyone where everything were supposed to be, how to place all the furnitures, how to place the stage, the artisttent, the toilets etc etc. 
At 8 AM some others came to help out while I furnitured the artist tent, took care of the catering showing them where the food and cake were supposed to go. We had cakes for 625 people (that was including artists and volunteers). 
In the artist tent
And more from the tent

The artists came in time at 10AM for soundcheck and everything went smooth. They were very happy with the tent they had access to. All artists that have children brought the whole family along, children, husbands, dogs, babies so a really family day. 

The first artist was the Choralena choir where one of my co-workers sing. A great performance! Then it was time for Victoria Tocca, an old friend, who is a gorgeous musical/classical/crossover singer with a warm wonderful voice. During her performance the skies went grey and then black. Soon it started to rain and then - hale storm!! She, as the professional she is, remained on the stage singing while all spectators raced for cover.
Viktoria singing in the rain


Then it was time for Erik and Jona. Some great acustic H.E.A.T songs. Very popular among the spectators.
Erik and Jona

After that Peter and Matilda, also friends since a long time. He is an excellent Queen interpretor (but can sing and play almost everything). She is his cousin and they often perform together. She has played a lot of musicals and is classically trained but sings everything from opera to Queen.
Peter and Matilda

There were H.E.A.T fans, Viktoria-fans as well as Peter and Matilda fans in place.

During the second set Erik and Jona called Peter and Matilda to the stage and they did this amazing version of The show must go on (click on this link to listen)
I just love when people are so talanted.

The last 2 hours we actually got some sun but since the day began so bad the crowd didn't got out. But we gave away 500 cake slices and coffe and we think there were around 500 more. Not at the same time but during the day.

We also had the Stockolm choir consisting of people with rhematic diagnoses. They finished off the day by us all singing "Together" which is our own song.
Little Rabbit - the symbol of the Rheumatic association gave balloons to the children

Jona - my son

Erik Grönwall and me

Hasse helped and was parking chef


Erik trying the paraffin bath which is good for your joints

After being organiser on the day, walking over 10km (according to my step counter) taking care of all suppliers from stage to toilets, being on my feet, sitting down at most 15 minutes, didn't have time to eat and didn't drink nearly enough. I was totally out with pain in the evening. I could hardly walk up the stairs into bed
I woke up with such pain at 4AM, took some painkillers, went back to bed and happily enough succeded to get some sleep.
I'm still tired and I don't do much today but chilling.

Tomorrow is a new working day. On Wednesday me and Hasse goes on a luxury cruise to Helsinki and when I come back it's the annual meeting with the Rheumatic association (Friday to Sunday)
And on Sunday it's Mother's Day here in Sweden.

Take care and be careful!

fredag 22 maj 2015

Tomorrow is the big day - Hagapark Day

This last week has been filled with last preparations for the Hagapark Day which will culminate tomorrow.

But the week started very bad :-( On Monday I woke up and couldn't walk!! Yes, litteraly. I had so much pain in my pelvis that I couldn't lift my feet and make them walk. But of course I did went to work and held in everything I could get hold on to get some support. But at last they sent me home. I had a bit of panic. I had to be able to walk tomorrow! So I took a big dose of cortisone and booked an appointment with my doctor the next morning. And yes I did stay home from work on Tuesday.

The doctor prescribed strong double painkillers, continue the cortisone but then reduce it gradually. Of course it was inflammation - again!
So on Wednesday I was able to walk much better and yesterday, thank God, I could walk a lot.

We had a run through with all suppliers from stages to tents to furniture and also sponsors.
Then in late afternoon we had a information meeting with the volunteers. I informed them about everything from catering to candy to brochures and what we expect to get help with. Everything went well so now all we pray and wish for is that the weather will be with us. But we are in Sweden and you can never rely on the weather here.
Me pointing out where the tents will be

I wish I did this in California instead. Then you would be sure to have nice weather!

For you near Stockholm tomorrow I bid you a very warm welcome to join us in all festivities.
Maybe do the walking quiz and have a chance to win great prices among then cruises with Viking line. The kids have their own walking quiz also with great prices.

We treat the 500 first to coffee and cake. We have try-on activities like Qigong, dance and sitting down gymnastics. We have great artists among them Erik and Jona from H.E.A.T, Peter Johansson known Queen interpreter, his cousin Matilda Grün fantastic musical- and popsinger, Viktoria Tocca fd Krantz a wonderful classical soprano who also sings contemporary and has sang in many musicals like Christine in Phantom of the Opera.

I'm so sad that my family in USA is so far away and can't participate. It would have been so fun to be able to gather you all here. Love you!

But as I said in the beginning - you who are close here - bring a picknic, a blanket or a chair, your family and have a fun day outdoors in the Hagapark.


söndag 17 maj 2015

Quiet week

We had a lovely celebration of Emil's birthday last Sunday. All the boys came over, Mandy sadly worked and couldn't be here, and we had a great lunch together.
This picture is taken last Sunday :-) and as you can see it's very sunny. 

After that it has been raining a LOT and today is no exception. It has rained since this morning and it's cold. One day this week it was -2C in the morning!! In May!  That is not OK!

I sure hope it will have sort of rained off now so we get nice weather on Saturday when we have the Hagaparkday.

From the official site visitstockholm.se
I have placed our event on different sites like this official one www.visitstockholm.se. See the photo above.

And also here: https://www.facebook.com/events/453669161458729/

We have also advertised all over Stockholm with big posters and  I will be on Radio Stockholm this week.
Poster for Hagaparkday

Poster in Old Town

Poster outside Humlegården in Östermalm
I also have had contact with all suppliers and artists for the last details and will have more contact during the week. On Thursday we in the planning group will meet at Hagaparken starting with lunch and then working through the afternoon and at 5.30 PM all our volounteers will come  for a last briefing before Saturday. So this week will be filled with all that. 

Wish me luck!

Today is the National Day in Norway. Congrats to Norway!

I hope you have a nice week. Take care!

fredag 8 maj 2015

10-year jubilee done!

Here you see how sunny it was

The first of the events in May is done. It was my works 10-year jubilee which we celebrated yesterday.
It was the first real warm day of the year and one where we actually could sit outside in the evening without freezing. One is very greatful for those few precious days here :-)
The cake
There had been a lot of preparations, of course, before the festivities. I have worked with this for quite some time now. On Monday we got the news that the catering firm didn't have any table decorations in our company color which is orange.
I came up with the idea of having orange gerberas in glassbowls on the tables and so we did. I went to the flowershop and ordered 30 of them which I then fetched yesterday morning. So fresh! I cut them and put them in the bowls and it was really nice.
Look closely and you can see the flowers in the bowls
But everything went smothly. The tent went up, the band came and rigged everything and did soundcheck. The band is Vinylbandet and they play 60-80th covers. The drummer is father to the drummer in H.E.A.T so of course it was my doing we hired them :-) They were so great and there were spontaneous dance. I for one was one of them ;-) Which I might add I have to suffer for today when my back is killing me or rather my pelvis where I have inflammation. But when it's good music I can't sit still and I have to move with it. Here's some photos from yesterday:
Outside my work


Some more co-workers

Our owners welcomes our guests to the celebrations

The food!

Vinylbandet in action

Isn't this wonderful. What an enviroment we have
Did you hear about the earthquake in Nepal 2 weeks ago? One of my co-workers is from Katmandu, Nepal and her family suffered bad. Her immediate family is safe but have nowhere to live. Their house is destroyed so they live in a tent on a field. There are still aftershocks. Her cousin died and because of that she had to eat vegetarian food for 13 days. That is how they do it.
I have given money to her and also my friends and my sis Helen. We know that it will come directly to those in need.

Tomorrow it's Emil's birthday, my youngest, and we will celebrate him on Sunday. That is because Jonas is in Mallorca writing songs with Erik Grönwall and they won't be home until late tomorrow so that's why we postponed it until Sunday.

Take care and have a great weekend!


söndag 3 maj 2015

May already...

A new month and a big month for me, but first what happend the last days of April.
What happened? Not much but I did go to Norrtalje to meet my friend Anne for treatments and lunch but this time I also brought my friend Ingvor with me. They are my "sisters" and they met at my birthday party last year and clicked :-) Neither of them have sisters so they wanted us to be sisters :-)
My "sisters" doing a test

We had a lovely day together with chat, treatment, lunch and we also posted the posters for the Hagaparkday in Norrtälje. Good day.

Then on Thursday we had Walpurgis night, you know when we great spring and light big fires to scare the winter away. Hasse and I stayed home instead of going out and freeze. We had a lovely dinner and enjoyed the warmth in our house instead ;-)

Yesterday we went to Gavle for Tuva, our greatgranddaughter's Christening. She was named Tuva, My. It was so nice to meet everyone. This time Jonas had the possibility to attend which was very nice. After church it was reception in the Church house and we were treated with sandwichcakes, very good, and a lot of cookies :-) A very nice time among the 50 closest :-) We are gradually becoming a very big family.
Malin (our granddaughter) Alexander (her man) and little Tuva. Beautiful family

Alexander's brother, Alex with Tuva, Malin, Lisa and Klara, parents and godparents
Jonas and Linnea, uncle and niece
Tuva baptized and presented by the priest to the congregation
Speaking of which I joined a genealogy site and wrote my name. Then I saw someone had put my grandfather's name (Mom's Dad) on his tree so I wrote and told him that was my grandfather and asked if we were relatives. He said his wife was my second cousin. When I followed my line on my mother's side and her mother and so on I found myself being related with both Bordon, noble family no 522 (in Sweden) and Sinclair or S:t Clair (no 444) and they have been able to trace our line down to Wilhelm I of England, the conqueror in the 11th century. This is so fascinating to be able to see exactly how we are connected because on this site I can take a name and ask if I am connected and if I am I get the result exactly how.
My tree is very wide and broad and the side where I have come the longest is on my mother's side.
I got hits also on Jo, Marvin and the others in USA stating my relation to them which is so interesting. Who knows all these facts? I wonder, but I'm glad it exists because I find it more interesting the older I get to know my roots and my heritage.
The clan in Scotland (that originate from France) which I'm related to, the Sinclair's, have reunions every 5 year and has one this year. It would have been so interesting to go there and meet them.
I have never been to Scotland but always had a desire to go.

Also on Thursday we have the 10-year jubilee at my job so a lot to do with that. Emil turns 28 on Saturday and I'm hard at everything with the Hagapark Day.

Have a good Sunday and week everyone and take care!