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

onsdag 13 januari 2016

Christmas gift

For Christmas I got a giftcard to Amazon.com from my sister Jo.
It was a real treat to go to the site, explore and find something to buy. There are so many things there and it's hard to choose. For me, leaving in Sweden, it's a bit easier. I just cross the square that says "ships to Sweden" and I get all the things I can order.

My choice was Bliss socks and a big bottle of Dermalogica body cream. They came today and I'm so happy. So once again a big thank you big sis for the generous gift.


lördag 9 januari 2016

Lot of traveling but not for me

Our yard with snow, photo by me
It seems like everyone we know is going somewhere to a warmer climate. Well, I can't blame them. We have had rather chilly weather with snow the last week.

Wednesday Gunilla and her Per took off to Jamaica, Montego Bay for 14 days. She will celebrate her 50th birthday there (but the party will be in June)

Then yesterday my niece went to Australia for a year. She will live and work there and she has a friend who will also do the same. It's better when they are two, a bit safer.

Tomorrow Jonas and Mandy fly to Fort Lauderdale for 3 nights, then they fly to Tulum in Mexico for 14 days and then back to Florida before they come home again.

Another grandchild graduates now in January and takes her Master of Engineering after 5 1/2 years of studies at Uppsala university. After that she and her boyfriend takes off to Sri Lanka for vacation before starting working.

And I also have relatives in Thailand.

But I stick to this cold and snow. Well, I don't have any choice since it's so much work now in January and February with closing of the books etc.

Jamaica, photo Per Drewes

onsdag 6 januari 2016


A New year has begun but before that we had Christmas.
Fireworks from our balcony. Hard to get good photos and a sense of how many there were
New Year's dinner - main course

I started my holiday on December 22 so I had a chance to fix all the things you need to do before you can celebrate. Like shopping for everything you need to prepare the food like the most important - the ham. Then to make the meatballs, the spareribs, the ham, the Christmas porridge and everything else you need.
Ready for Christmas Eve

Father and sons with some glogg

On Christmas Eve we were just the boys and us. Mandy worked and then she was at her sisters house.
We had a very nice time together and very traditionally. Helen and her family had gone on a cruise from Barcelona to Maroc and the Canary islands so they weren't here.
We had Secret Santa and I got a wonderful warm grey scarf.
Our Christmas tree

Some of the Christmas smorgasbord

The next morning we all went up to Gävle to celebrate our second Christmas. Almost everyone was there. The only ones missing was Henrik and his girlfriend. In all we were around 20 people and we had a great time. It's so nice to meet everyone. To catch up, chat and laugh. In the evening we drove back home again.
Hasse and daughter-in-law

Children, grandchildren, ex-wifes husband, spouses and great grandchild

Grandchild, ex-wife to Hasse, Per and Hasse

The cake buffet

Lisa, Gittan and Malin (who is expecting our second great grandchild)

Tuva in the middle of attention

Boxing Day my good friend and one of our "adopted grandchildren" came for coffee and chat. It was a long time since we met but we had so much fun. It's like we've never been apart. Lot's of laughter and "do you remember when...." The other ones didn't come because they had a cold.
Next time.....
My good friend Inger and our "adopted grandchild" Tanya - happy faces

Then a couple of days of relax and I started to build up a cold which I still have. I went to work on the 30th to empty the mail, pay some invoices and more...

Then New Year's Eve with just me, Hasse and Emil. We all had this cold by then. But I am the worst affected and when Hasse and Emil are pretty well now I have developed sinusitis. 
I hate that because I wake up in the middle of the night and I can't breathe properly. The nose has just shut down. Furthermore I get this asthma cough whenever I have a cold and it's so tiresome.
The best thing though is that I have been off work and thus able to rest. Every afternoon I had sat down in front of the TV and every afternoon I fall asleep for an hour or so.

And the last days we have finally had snow and cold! Today it is -14C and that is cold. Nice to be inside then. 
But tomorrow I'm off to work again. It's really not my day to work but since it's the first day of the new year I have to go in for the invoicing. But then I'm free again on Friday.

Next week it really starts.....

fredag 1 januari 2016

Recap 2015

Since many does a recap of 2015 - here's mine.
One of this year's many highlights, Matilda, me and Peter after their summer concert
January: Dinner with my sister's family on the 2nd, 
Dinner with our friends on the 9th. 
Gunilla's birthday the 15th 
The Rheumatic association work started the 15th as well. 

February: 3 birthdays this month: Klara, our grandchild 5th
Danniel turned 40 (!) 15th
and Bianca 19 16th
She and Klara are the same age.  
Went to my friend Anne in Norrtalje 5th
Visited Malin, Alexander, Tuva, Henrik and Amanda in Norrköping where the guys played hockey 20-21th
Had dinner with my work 24th. 
Went to annual meeting and sat as secretary with my local
rheumatic association 26th

March: Malin turned 24 on the 2nd. 
Dinner at Wenngarn castle on the 4th. 
Went to Norrtalje the 5th 
Theatre Bristol for lunchtheatre on the 6th.
I was invited to lunch at Artipelag on the 12th, gorgeous place.
Helen and I saw a "dance on roses" at the Metropol 14th
I and my work went on a study trip to Berlin (which I have arranged and booked) 20-24th

April: Birthdays (!) Hasse, Anne, Tommy on the 7th, 
Jonas 30 on the 17th
Marvin 75 on the 21th
Between that meetings
Overnight meeting at Torpa hotel 23-25
Visit to Norrtalje 29th

May: Christening of our great grandchild on the 2nd in Gävle. 
My work celebrated 10 year-jubilee with a great outdoor event 7th
Emil turned 28 on the 9th
I had throughout this year and since last September planned and arranged a big celebration that took place in Hagaparken on the 23d in order to celebrate the National Rheumatic association's 70th birthday. This was the big thing this month with lot of work but also so fun.
On the 27nd me and Hasse went to Helsinki on a luxury cruise to relax 27-29
Returning home I was one of the delegates for the annual National Rheumatic association meeting the last weekend of May 29-31

June: Sandy's birthday on the 5th. 
Bianca, my niece, graduated high school on the 5th.
H.E.A.T played at Kungsträdgården on the 7th and me and Hasse went to listen.
Me and Hasse celebrated 30 year of marriage on the 8th and stayed at Grand Hotel in a luxury suite 7-8th
Invited to lunch and showing of Skytteholm 11th.
Klara, our grandchild, graduated high school in Gavle 12th
Vacation on Gotland the last two weeks of June 18-28

July: Vacation!
Svärdsjö at Gunilla and Per with Allsång 4-5
Elite Marina Tower our favorite hotel 6-8
Malmö visiting my Mom's cousin and taking road trips around Scania 9-14
Väsby rock festival 17
Åbo luxury cruise 19-20
Old Linköping and summer concert St Anna 22-24
1000 island cruise 30th

August: Helen turned 52 8th
Mother-son day with Jonas to Sandhamn with Strömma kanal 14th
Hadirajafestival in Knivsta 15th
"Mother in law- daughter in law day" with Mandy to the island of Möja in the archipelago 23d
Linnea birthday and we had lunch here for her 26th then we went on
Birka luxury cruise 26-27 
Straight our of the ship to the Royal Opera for AW with my work 27th
Mandy 24 on the 29th

September: Doctor 1st
Board meeting conference Torpa 3-5
Budgetgroup 10th
Concert in S:t Erik's church with Viktoria Tocca 11th
Half marathon 12th Jonas ran and was just great!
Birthday dinner 13th 
My birthday 15th
Såstaholm to celebrate my birthday with Hasse. Wonderful room and gorgeous dinner
Lunch Jonas 27th 

October: Tuva turned 1 
The Royal Opera with my friend Carina 7th
Brunch with Helen and then the musical Jersey boys 11th
Tyrol Mamma Mia on the 12th which I couldn't attend due to heavy dizzines, sad, sad.
Gothenburg concert "I love musicals" with Helen. Train down, staying at Elite Park 17-18
Chairmen conference at Rosersberg 23-24
Dinner and musical at Göta Lejon 29th

November: Course in HR and payroll 3-4
Hamburger Börs - lunch and the show Alcazar with Helen 14th
Lizzie's birthday on the 19th
Meeting with Viktoria Väsby city 21th
Lunch and viewing of Nynäsgården 25th
Lunch with my friend Inger and her children (our "grandchildren")
Meeting with our auditor at work 30th

December: Lunch discussing the new organization 3d
Christmas celebration at the Rheumatic association for our elected trustees 4th
Elite Marina Tower with Hasse - Christmas smörgåsbord and overnight staying 5-6
Linköping - Christmas concert with Peter and Matilda 10-11
"Glöggmingel" (mulled wine mingle) with our neighbors on Lucia 13th
Christmas party with my work at NOGA (Nordic Gastronomy) Oh how good! We cooked ourselves of course.
Jo 72 on the 17th 
Christmas Eve at home
Christmas Day in Gavle with almost everyone - 20 people and that's just the closest and we still missed 3.
The rest of the year a bad cold!

Over and above all this mentioned there has also been, of course, the usual Monday cookings for work, all meetings, doctor appointments etc.

Now I'm curious to see what 2016 has installed for me. I know we have some big things coming up. First of all Gunilla turns 50 (!) January 15. Then we have Hasse 75 (!) and also Mandy 25.


I just wanted to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!

I hope all your dreams and expectations will come true this year.

I wish for you all a good health and a happy year to come.

Personally I want to get rid of this cold that makes me sneeze all the time.

Take care :-)