February 29, 2008

What makes you laugh?

I get a good laugh out of things like this:

Click on it to make it happen!
(Credit to


Skottdagen - Leap Day
Today is the day when women, inclined to do so, can kneel down and
ask their beloved ones for their hand in marriage.

Since the year 1996 it has been on the 29th.
(Previously on the 24th, according to Wikipedia)
Some men out there today not answering their cellphones??

February 27, 2008

Whimsical Wednesday Day!

I declare today the official WHIMSICAL WEDNESDAY !

Have you ever been there? When you have been given the information, you have to ask again "to make sure" you got it right, and yet you don't know the answer in the end?

Today is one of those days for me. My brain has taken some time off. Don't know where it went - just hope it's in some sunny, relaxing place. Where I'd rather be too!

Let's hope I'm all put together for work tomorrow!

February 25, 2008

Sad news

Sad, sad news.
My uncle lost his wife early this morning.
The children lost their mother.
The grandchildren lost their grandmother.

She had yet to celebrate her 57th birthday.

February 22, 2008

I am unique! How about you?

LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

I actually had an idea about that beforehand. I have a unique last name even for Sweden. As we have our own family name. As my dad had it changed. He was a common Johansson before he changed it.

So how about you? How many have your particular name?

February 21, 2008


So I got tagged....
Here are the Rules:

You must post the rules before you give your answers. You must list one fact about yourself for each letter of your middle name. Each fact must begin with that letter. If you don't have a middle name, just use your maiden name. After you've been tagged, post a new blog with your middle name and answers. At the end of your post, you need to tag one person for each letter of your middle name. (Be sure to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged and need to read your blog for details).

E - easygoing
V - vvvvvvv...???? Ah, vivacious (lovely word - although not exactly me today!)
A - athletic
L - lively (sometimes, when I am not outright pooped!)
O - overwhelmed (by this tag)
T - tired (see L above)
T- tenderhearted
E - empty(-headed right now)

Told you I wasn't any good at this. Sorry - but have so little blog friends - you are IT Cousin L! So whoever you are, that happen to come by this blog, please feel free to give it a go!

February 19, 2008

Nothing much!

Nothing exciting or earth-shattering to blog about today really. Today has been a pretty spring-like day. Not that I have been able to be out in the fresh air to enjoy it. Have been working all day. But The Boss told me... "Thank you Boss for the much needed and very useful info". Hmmm...

And at home my feet froze to instant ice cubes, because of the icy cold floors in our house. Two words: Heated floors! Want! Need! Crave! Hopefully we can at least put it in when we get to the part of renovating the entrance(s). Which will happen one of these days, I am sure. This house is from the latter part of the 1890's. So it is quite old. Lots have been done to it - quite alot still remain. It happens to be The Man doing it all. After his ordinary full time job. After his ordinary part time job. He keeps quite busy.

It will be a lovely old/new house when it is all done!

Our Lovely House...

February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

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Maskros = Dandilion

Happy Valentines Day!
Cousin Lori just gave me the English name for Maskros = Dandilion. True weed of weeds in the States too??? As kids we blew the "thingies" off the flower - thus sharing the "joy" with all of the neighbours... :-)

Commenting on Cousin L's comment:
People here sometimes make Maskrosvin/Dandilion wine. Have never tried it though, so I can't say if it tastes good or not. Would be something for the man at home to try...

February 13, 2008

This is uncanny...

An excerpt from www.paulsadowski.com:

Your Inner Dream number is: 5

An Inner Dream number of 5 means: You dream of being totally free and unrestrained by responsibility. You see yourself conversing and mingling with the natives in many nations, living for adventure and life experiences. You imagine what you might accomplish.

3 Favorite flowers in my garden

Three flowers I like the most in my garden

No I being my absolute favorite flower all categories
- any kind and any color – just beautiful!
No II on my list is the rose “FRESIA”
- yellow and pink and smells absolutely divine

Then finally no III on my list of favorite flowers would be
- yes another rose, the INGRID BERGMAN - Just look at those velvet(-y) petals!

Here's the most common flower in our and our neighbours' gardens during the summer
The one and only
(Taraxacum vulgare)
earning the price of
"most persistent and most likely to survive..."

Can't wait till summer is here again. I live for the summer. Winter is just a waiting period for better times to come.

February 11, 2008

Facts of life!

This was interesting ...

If you want to check it out for yourselves, go here: http://www.paulsadowski.com/BirthData.asp
4 December 1962

Your date of conception was on, or about, 13 March 1962 which was a Tuesday. (Aha!!)

You were born on a Tuesday
under the astrological sign Sagittarius.
Your Life path number is

Your fortune cookie reads:
Your many hidden talents will become obvious to those around you. (Ok, when?)

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 4 & 22.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path number 9.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 3, 6, 8 & 11.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2438002.5.
golden number for 1962 is 6.
epact number for 1962 is 24.
The year 1962 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/5/1962 and ending 1/24/1963.
You were born in the
Chinese year of the Tiger.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Owl; your plant is Mistletoe.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Menchir, the second month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 7 Kislev 5723.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 8 Kislev 5723.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is which is
12 baktun 17 katun 9 tun 3 uinal 18 kin

The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Tuesday, 7 Rajab 1382 (1382-7-7).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 22 April 1962.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 29 April 1962.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 7 March 1962.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 10 June 1962.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 17 June 1962.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Saturday, 29 September 1962.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Thursday, 19 April 1962.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 6 March 1962.

December 4th is the feast of Chango (St. Barbara).

As of 2/11/2008 9:45:56 AM EST
You are 45 years old.
You are 542 months old.
You are 2,358 weeks old.
You are 16,505 days old.
You are 396,129 hours old.
You are 23,767,785 minutes old.
You are 1,426,067,156 seconds old. (That IS old!)

Celebrities who share your birthday:

Lila McCann (1981) Tyra Banks (1973)Jay-Z (1970)
Marisa Tomei (1964)Jozef Sabovcik (1963)Jeff Bridges (1949)
Dennis Wilson (1944)Francisco Franco (1892)

Top songs of 1962
I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray CharlesBig Girls Don't Cry by Four Seasons
Sherry by Four SeasonsRoses Are Red by Bobby Vinton
Peppermint Twist by Joey Dee & the StarlitersTelstar by Tornadoes
Soldier Boy by ShirellesHey! Baby by Bruce Channel
Duke of Earl by Gene ChandlerThe Twist by Chubby Checker

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 6.45988258317025 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)

Your lucky day is Thursday.
Your lucky number is 3.
Your ruling planet(s) is Jupiter & Neptune.
Your lucky dates are 3rd, 12th, 21st, 30th.
Your opposition sign is Gemini.
Your opposition number(s) is 5.

Today is not one of your lucky days! (Figures...)

There are 297 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 46 candles. (Have stopped counting, thank you very much!)

Those 46 candles produce 46 BTUs,
or 11,592 calories of heat (that's only 11.5920 food Calories!) .
You can boil 5.26 US ounces of water with that many candles.

In 1962 there were approximately 4.2 million births in the US.
In 1962 the US population was approximately 179,323,175 people, 50.6 persons per square mile.
In 1962 in the US there were approximately 1,523,000 marriages (8.5%) and 393,000 divorces (2.2%)
In 1962 in the US there were approximately 1,712,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1962 the population of Australia was approximately 10,846,059.
In 1962 there were approximately 237,081 births in Australia.
In 1962 in Australia there were approximately 79,090 marriages and 7,245 divorces.
In 1962 in Australia there were approximately 93,163 deaths.

Your birthstone is Blue Zircon

The Mystical properties of Blue Zircon

Zircon helps one be more at peace with oneself. (When?)

Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)

Blue Topaz, Ruby, Lapis Lazuli

Your birth tree is

Hornbeam, the good taste

Of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, tends to egoism, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads reasonable, disciplined life, looks for kindness, an emotional partner and acknowledgment, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with her feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

There are 318 days till Christmas 2008!
There are 331 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were born was in its first quarter.

February 07, 2008

Found a new way to blog!

This was neat - writing in my mail program and sending it off to my blog!

I guess everyone else knew about it, and have practiced it since day one... but I am a happy happy girl right now! I am a big "smiley nerd" as well as a genealogy and computer ditto. And happy to admit it. Now I feel real content, all warm and fuzzy, having all the means to blog away in a smiley fashion!

I am such a geek!

.. Hej då!

February 06, 2008

Family and celebrations!

My blogging habit sucks! That is a fact - but I am honestly doing my best.. :-)

It's been "a while" since I last wrote anything. This is a serious attempt to write down the latest news:

Travelled to Jönköping on Friday, to spend a prolonged weekend with my family who still live in my birth town. It is only a 3 hour drive, but it tends to be longer and longer between my trips. Would love to live closer to "home", but... things being as they are, I am kind of "stuck" where I am today.

For now at least. One never knows.

The main purpose of this my 3 hour trip in my tiny blue Fiesta was to spend Saturday with my maternal grandmother - and the rest of the family/cousins. My gran celebrated her 95th birthday on the 2nd! She is totally clear (more than most!) and is my true inspiration when it comes to genealogy hunting! She is the person who got it all started!

....with "OSCAR"... Ahhhh... the man who mysteriously vanished somewhere "over there". My true brick wall. Here is a reminder of whom I am talking about. Anyone recognize him?? Give me a holler if that is the case, ok...
Anyway, my gran is doing great. If it wasn't for a somewhat bad hearing and eyesight she would be up and going, just like that! We all had BIG pieces of smörgåstårta, then my grandmother's homemade cake (without the 95 candles!) and coffee. All very good and yummy.

Then I "accidentally" mentioned that I didn't have a picture of her mother's father, Carl August Flodberg - sooo we got all her old photo albums out! We are totally bad (nerds?) the two of us when it comes to talking about the "olden days". She loves to tell me the stories and I love to hear her talking about it. What could be better? Perfect match. But no - no picture of Carl August to be found...

We had clear and fine roads during our trip to Tidaholm, where my gran lives. Then it started to snow really heavily during the day and when we turned back towards Jönköping in the late afternoon we were totally engulfed by a snowstorm. About a decimeter of snow - yippee! Not. Due to the storms the rest of the family and cousins were all snowed in and couldn't make it on saturday. They celebrated gran on sunday instead. A shame for those of us (i e me!) that haven't seen them for years and years...