Showing posts from January, 2013

"MY" Swedish Adventure ~ Förbereda ~ Post 1

It has been a couple years since I first auditioned for the Swedish television show, "Great Swedish Adventure." I did not make the final cut, which was disappointing to say the least. I wrote a series of posts about that adventure starting March 2011. You can find the links to these on the right side of this blog.  From the time I was cut I believed I was going to make my own Swedish Aventure!  Although time has passed, this goal has never been forgotten. My plan? I am going to Sweden this year ! Yes, that is right, I am planning on going THIS YEAR ! I can hardly wait! I haven't been blogging much, mostly because I don't seem to find the time. I have made some changes this year so I am not quite as busy. Even though I won't be as busy with so many different things, I will be busy planning and focusing most of this year on my trip.  So, because of this strong focus, I decided to start another series, this time called: "My" Swedish A

Sentimental Saturday on Sunday

Been laying pretty low the last couple of days due to a head cold. Yesterday, I wrote a quick list of "house projects" I would like to see myself accomplish along with a list of "craft" projects to be completed. Of course, I always have the genealogy list along with my personal list going as well. To many lists as always, but that is another story.  The last few days have been beautiful outside and I am reminded winter will be over before I know it. When winter is gone, staying home, in the house to accomplish things on my lists will be mostly forgotten. Yesterday, I decided to crochet. The princess, my granddaughter (3 years old), stated a few days ago that she "needed a new blue scarf" to match her blue coat. Whatever the princess wants the princess gets (are you a grandparent yet?) but winter will be over soon, so it was important to get the scarf crocheted ASAP.  It wouldn't be enough to get the scarf completed though, she will need t

The Simplest Things

Sometimes it is the simplest things in life, truly it is! This morning I reflect on the awesome evening I had last night. For the first time in months and months I worked on my genealogy without it being "scheduled" as something on my "to do" list.  I am not sure what drove me to my family tree initially, but before I knew it I was working on sourcing and entering people in my "New" tree. Then, I realized I had spent a few hours doing this. I really felt like I accomplished so much and found it so enjoyable too. I tuned out the rest of the world and maybe other things I should have done, and it felt great! Redoing a family tree is not fun, and the thought of it usually just sounds like work to me, but last night I was reminded of things I didn't remember and learned a few new things also. SO refreshing!  I have come to realize that I should NOT schedule time to work on this tree, I need to let it happen simply and naturally. If it takes me yea

It's Here!

Two days ago a package came in the mail. I had high anticipation of what it was. Of course it was the Rosetta Stone I ordered! I set the package off to the side for awhile as I was involved in doing something else when it arrived. By the time I finally got to the package and really looked at it I found out it was not the Rosetta Stone package. I was surprised how that affected me. My heart sunk. The package was actually beads I had ordered for a class I will be taking later this month through Skype. You would have thought I would have been excited all over again, right? But strangely I wasn't. I feel I need every bit of time I can to learn some Swedish if I am going to make a trip to Sweden later this year. I already feel the pressure because one week this month has already disappeared with nothing accomplished in that regard. Fortunately, I did receive the Rosetta Stone package the following day! Again I was immersed in other things so it took me a couple days this time t


I took this fun and happy photo in June 2011 of Joan Miller while at Jamboree in Burbank, California. We had so much fun! My memory particularly goes to Joan, Susan Kitchens and Elyse Doerflinger when they impressed the heck out of me by doing different plank poses at the Marriott Hotel one evening. I posted one of those photos on my blog post  ~ Jamboree 2011 ~ A Few New Bloggers I Met, And A Photo NOT Staying at Jamboree! I remember how impressed I was with the strength each of them showed. There was no way I was in any kind of shape that I could do anything like the poses they shared! Just confirmed how out of shape I was! All of us bloggers continued on with lots of fun that weekend, including the party time with the pinata. I know many will remember that! Since that time I have started yoga. I can now do plank pose! I have a ways to go to be perform side plank, but every time I do plank pose I remember that particular night. I am so grateful for pictures! T

What will 2013 Bring?

2013!  It is here, the New Year...I wonder what it will bring? I am hoping lots of loving, healthy, and happy friends and family! More blog posts? I certainly hope 2013 shares enough time with me to write more blog posts than I did last year! The second half of last year flew by for me, I should say it actually overwhelmed me. I have made some changes for this year which I hope will allow a bit more time for myself. I changed positions in the genealogy society (instead of being VP-Program Chair, I am the Corresponding Secretary) cut back on the amount of dogs I will care for at any given time, will have my grandchildren less while school is in session and hope to have a less stressful year in general! There are a couple of vacations in store for us this year that I am really looking forward to. First a cruise to Alaska and also the long awaited trip to Sweden! But, more on that later. I hope to steal time to work more on my "new family tree," re