October 30, 2008


The press and meteorologists have gone out with this warning for the coming weekend. ”Snow and slippery, dangerous, roads”.

They say it is a little bit too early. Yeah right, what’s new about that? Bad things do tend to come ”too early”. Us (fortunates?) on the west coast will most likely get the downpour in rain. Nothing fun about that either. We’ve had quite enough of this weather recently. Lookee here: ”E6: Rabbalshede–Strömstad – among the most dangerous roads in Sweden”. Figures. It goes right through where yours truly lives.

The good side of bad weather is that you get to stay indoors. Guess what I intend to do? After the cleaning, washing and the general tidying up after the working week is done. And if MrS is away. And if I am left alone at home. Yup. One word.



On the more enjoyable note I can tell that the Web Dept. delivered my new computer at work today. Double Yay! The screen was HUGE and the noice the computer made was LOUD. But, I guess I will have to turn on the radio or something to block that out. Guess it is the fan. Probably. Have the same problem at home. But it is loud, hmmm?? Anyway, partly a pleasant enough day.

Now, being alone for a couple of hours, I am posting this. AND will take some time on my genealogy hunt too. Anyone have an Oskar Albin Gustafsson in their family tree – give me a holler! I am “desperately seeking” this man; he is/was my great great uncle. My maternal grandmother’s father’s brother. Vanished in thin air in (we think) Chicago, Ill. sometimes between 1891 and 1895. He has been “bothering” me for years now…or rather evaded me perhaps.


October 28, 2008


Doesn't having two blogs stress you out totally? Yep! Probably.
I'm here, if I'm not here, ok.

Blogger vs Xanga

I am currently on both the above blogs. Someone lured me to start blogging. Who could that have been, I ask myself... :-) You can find her here and also on Xanga. She is my personal mentor when it comes to blogging. And she is a funny and entertaining writer!

Wrote the above yesterday. And, my word, I am going to be sooooo stressed - "having" - to post on two blogs. We'll just have to give it a try and evaluate it later. Ok?

See ya later!

October 26, 2008

Sunday Update

We are a wee bit tired today, MrS and I.
Last night we were invited to a small dinner party, at friends'. Small in the sense that we were only three couples, including the host and hostess. If you have read my previous blogs you know that's just right for me! So what did we have to eat? Well, for starters we had an absolutely deliciously devine Chanterelle soup and for the main course a great big hunk of a Lobster. Lots and lots of food on these ones. Then for afters they treated us to some apple tarte with custard. All too good to describe. Yum. We were back home again just before 2 am - so that's why we are tired. That is one of the reasons anyway!

Earlier this morning MrS had a phone call about a water leak at a big manufacturing company here in T town. Alot of water. MrS told him to call the fire brigade, the "normal" way, by calling 112. After a while we heard the beeper going off. Actually both our beepers. They think it was probably a culvert of sorts underneath the factory that has either collapsed or in some way doesn't lead the water onwards away from the factory. So in a little while MrS is going there to do a 6-hour shift. I am glad they figured they only needed one of us. I am all too happy just relaxing at home on a Sunday night. I'm a bit lazy like that. This is getting worse by age too!

For right now I am planning on entereing a few posts/people into my genealogy program instead. I had every intention to update my homepage this weekend, but as it takes a couple of hours, I will wait until I have a little more time on my hands. I know from experience that something always goes wrong transferring those files. So I need some extra time for those tiresome eventualities. I am entering some Björkman families right now. From Årsunda, Gävleborg (X). The current one is my "farmors farmors mosters dotterdotters dotter" - I have no idea how to translate that in English - anyway it's my "gg grandmother's aunt's g niece's daughter". Any suggestions you bilinguals out there?

So, I'll just get on with it, ok. Happy Sunday Evening!

October 17, 2008

My Next Life

Thank you LdM for sending me this one. Don't know who originally
had this profound and clever revelation, but here goes:

I want to live my next life backwards!
You start out dead and get that out of the way right off the bat.

Then, you wake up in a nursing home feeling better everyday.
When you are kicked out of the home for being too healthy, you spend
several years enjoying your retirementand collecting benefit checks.

When you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day.
You work 40 years or so, getting younger every dayuntil pretty soon
you're too young to work.

So then, you go to high school: play sports, date, drink,and party.
As you get even younger, you become a kid again. You go to elementary
school, play, and have no responsibilities.

In a few years, you become a baby and everyone runs themselves ragged
keeping you happy.

You spend your last 9 months floating peacefully in luxury, spa-like
conditions: central heating, room service on tap.

Until finally... you finish off as an orgasm.

I rest my case.

October 14, 2008

I'm tagged! Oh No Not Again!

Just got tagged by Cousin L! Hey - you know I only have you that I can tag back! I know that you are really good at this blogging business, but I don't think you'd want to do this all over. Right? So, I will be a good sport and try this out - and not to tag you back.

Anyways, this is what I am supposed to do - coming from Cousin L:

"Six unspectacular things about myself"

1. Not the most social person in the world. (Which could receive the "Understatement of The Year Award") I am very social with family and a few close friends. When I want to. I enjoy my own company, or to do things in my own good time.

2. I love to read & alot. Spent my teens at home, cooped up in my room, reading away and listening to music. First came all the books about horses (early teens of course) and then came the passion for CRIME novels. Preferably in English. Haven't passed on to anything else. Have had a book written by one of the presidential candidates on my nightstand for eons now. Obviously it didn't do that much for me. One of these days it might be different and I will get through it. Alot of people like it. I've heard. They are probably right. I just want to start on another - solving another crime.

3. Love genealogy. For the hunt and search. I always wanted to be a copper - until they told me my eyesight was too poor. Since then they have changed all that - but now I am way too old! (And probably too set in my ways....) Also love it for all the COUSINS I have found!

4. Hmm. Yes. I would love to speak the English language fluently. Not sure which dialect though. British English/US English? Once in my mid teens I spent a month in Great Britain/England and someone mistook me for a Scotsman. I was really flattered. I love that accent and I can understand why someone with a bit of a Swedish accent would mistakenly be taken for a Scotsman/-woman. Also love the Aussie accent. Very sexy!

5. I am singleminded to a fault. See some of the above. Genealogy tend to overwhelm you (read "me"). You think about it during the day, what sources you have looked at, what can be searched next. Who WERE that ggg uncles second wife's parents? That goes for reading too - just have to read one more chapter before light's out, just one more page...

6. I am a home person. Not the one to go out partying "all night long". See no 1 above. I like small dinner parties at home, with a few select people. And I don't want it to drag on too long. How about midnight for a nice conclusion of a nice evening! I did all my partying before and around the age of 20 - so I am done with it. Done that - seen that!

6a. Reading the above gives you a hint - I am a bore & a stiff*!

And proud of it too!

Not sure this is what I was supposed to do when Cousin L tagged me. But hey, now you get a small picture of what's me and what I am all about. And I promised you CL that I wouldn't tag you again!

Now this is what y'all** have to do:

Meme terms & conditions:
1. link the person who tagged you
2. mention the rules on your blog
3. list 6 unspectacular things about you
4. tag 6 other bloggers**

*stiff in the meaning I'm a bore - not a stiff stiff, i e a dead person. I am very much alive!
** if, like me, you don't know enough bloggers, bummer!

October 03, 2008


I haven't blogged much -at all?- about my (fanatic, according to some) interest in researching my ancestry. Lately I have found a whole bunch of relatives in the US. Or cousins as I prefer to call them. I enjoy telling MrS that I have found yet another American/or Swedish cousin - when it is really a third cousin three or five times removed in the "real world". He's not amused. He would go as far as to admit a "Tremänning" (third cousin) is a cousin. He has quite alot of "real cousins", coming from a large family. But further out than that, nah - wouldn't think so. But that's him. I treasure all of my cousins, from the 1st to the last! And I keep on calling them "kusiner/cousins".

I think we, us ancestor hunters, usually concider those "cousins umpteen times removed" as regular cousins. Or am I wrong? I'd
like to think of y'all as cousins. So I will. For the most part we do share a couple of ancestors back in time, about 100-150 years ago. That you spring from one child and I from another in the same family, who cares!? Not me. You're still my cousin, and that's the end of that.

What's your opinion?

I now have COUSINS in the following states: Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, Missouri, Nebraska, California, Washington and Illinois. Might have missed a state or two, but hey what a road-trip that would be!!! I'd also make a detour up to Canada and visit you too Cousin M!

Happy Friday and Trevlig helg!