Reasons To Stop… Reasons To Not…

Good decision! I think we all have those thoughts now and then, but I always come to the same answer and reasons for continuing. It’s too fun to stop. I talk with so many nice people here in the blogsphere. I think blogging interaction is a world peace project 🙂
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But I Smile Anyway...

I sit here often, thinking of taking a break.

A blogging break.

A real one.

You know, no visiting blogs, writing, reading, interacting… nothing.

Yet I can’t do it.

I think of the reasons to stop, yet there are arguments that voice themselves, making me think I can’t just up and disappear.

Reasons to stop

  • Real life is manic – whose isn’t though, eh!
  • My kids need to see me doing things rather than being on a pc or laptop a lot of the time… am I setting a good example?
  • That WIP isn’t going to get itself finished
  • Certain people think maybe I’m more involved in my online life than reality
  • No one is really going to miss me that much – I am one of millions of bloggers out there, there is plenty to read without my mindless ramblings

Reasons to not

  • I love my blogily
  • Reading and…

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Rettungsgasse? Kinderleicht

Can we ask these children how to make world peace too? They seem pretty smart. For comments please visit original post. Anna

Schickes und Schönes

Bei Red Skies over Paradise habe ich dieses tolle Video gefunden. Kinder erklären, wie eine Rettungsgasse funktioniert. Sogar Erwachsene können das verstehen.

I found this phantastic video over at Red Skies over Paradise. Children explain how to make a corridor for emergency vehicle access. Even adults can understand this. The video is in German but self-explanatory even without understanding the words.

über Rettungsgasse? Kinderleicht! — Red Skies over Paradise

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Miss Anna’s Sunshine Blogger Challenge

Check out Jims answer to the challenge. For comments please visit original post/Anna

Random Writings on the Bathroom Wall

Miss Anna receive one of them Sunshine Blogger Awards and issued a challenge per se to all to answer her questions.  I’ll give her questions a go and suggest you check out her WP and give her a follow if you aren’t already.  Let’s see …

1. How close to your dreams of life are you?  I’m way off.  I wanna be 5′ 10″ tall, good looking and rich so I can travel and meet people.  I’m 0 for 3 so far.

2. If you’re not close, what’s stopping you getting there?  A winning lottery ticket.

3. If you’re close, how did you get there?  It would be via dumb luck if I got close.

4. What achievements in life are you proud of?  Not getting thrown in jail (well, not since I was 19 but that was a drunk tank so I don’t think that counts), consistently keeping my…

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Thomas at aspiblog nominated this blog, so I owe him and the rest of you an answer. here it goes.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is for bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring as they spread sunshine to the blogging community.
Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you with a blog post and a link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

Thanks to Thomas at Aspiblog for the nomination.

Here’s my answers to the questions:

1.  If you could restore one place that exists only as an archaeological site to perfect condition what would it be?

One of the ancient art places.

2. If you remove from existence one current organization which would it be?

None. I think people in every organization there is should take self responsibility to not act in ways that hurt any other people or the nature. I’m not to judge how people choose to organize themselves. But we have all a responsibility to say what we think and respect others who say what they think and not hurt them just because they think different than ourselves.

3. What is the most amazing sporting performance you have ever witnessed?

Mr Ingmar Stenmark’s downhill sporting in the 70’s and 80’s. My whole country stopped and holded breathe when he was in the slope.

I have to add the Wimbledon finals between Borg and McEnroe to that list too.

4. Who is your favourite author of fiction?

Right know mr Harry Martinson and his space epos Aniara because I’m doing some drawings inspired from that book.

5. Pick one word beginning with each letter of the alphabet that is particularly associated with your life.

I skip this question. I can’t sort out my thoughts that well in this matter.

6. An alien visitor offers to give you the solution to one of humanity’s great unsolved problems: which one do you ask for?

I’m greedy. I want two problems solved. Poverty and starvation. If we solve those two problems we won’t have any other problems because I think then we finally learn to live in peace.

7. If traveling were free, where would you like to go? 

I’m happy where I am. But if travelling were possible without negative consequences for climate I would visit every art place in the world and if universe is filled with art, I would go there too 😉

8. If you could have a dinosaur renamed in your honour which one would it be?

A whole new undiscovered species called Annasaurus, who had the ability to make art on the cave walls,hahaha 😀

–the last three questions are based on the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs – :

9. You are able to save one music CD from the waves as you scramble ashore – what would you like to be on it? (If you want to go above and beyond and make the full eight music choices around which the actual programme is built be my guest!)

Do I have a CD player rescued from the waves? In that case something classic that is impossible to get tired of.

10. Choose three books that would help you pass the time on the island (the real thing restricts castaways to one choice, giving them The Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare whether they want them or not).

Yea, bible and Shakespeare seems like good company. The third, I don’t know. There’s so many. But maybe I would want the space epos Aniara in 4. with me if I haven’t finished my drawings.

11. Choose one luxury item (it should not be too useful, but I am not going to be harsh on that, and I will allow a little latitude in the matter of what the main item has with it – e.g if you select a camera, as I would, it comes with a spare battery, as well as the fully charged one that is currently in there).

Something I can make art with endlessy.

I brake the rule that says I should nominate 11 bloggers. I nominate all of you who wants to answer following questions:

1. How close to your dreams of life are you?
2. If you’re not close, what’s stopping you getting there?
3. If you’re close, how did you get there?
4. What achievements in life are you proud of?
5. How do you find courage to not always follow the main stream?
6. Who and/or what do you use as a map in your life to find the right ways?
7. Are you normal? (This is a trick question. I haven’t met anyone yet who claimed they’re perfectly fit for the definition of normal, so I wonder what is normal?)
8. What do you believe is gonna save our planet from humans destroying the planet?
9. What’s important in life for you?
10. Do you support friends and family in difficult times or do you run away scared of the situation?
11. What did you think of these questions? Please answer honestly. Asking questions is not my strong side at all.

Good luck with this challenge!


Winter greetings from Trosa Sweden

Jim wanted to see some winter pictures. Don’t ask me why someone wants to see winter pics when so many long for Spring. But as you know, Jim is one of our friendly blogger in the community so of course I show some pics from my city in white.

Freezing temps this weekend. Minus 12 C, but when Spring sun coming up it’s more like 4-5 minus C. 

Have a great start of the week 🙂


Blogger Recognition Award

I’ve got a lovely nomination from Thomas at aspiblog. I’m usually have very little time for awards, but sometimes I find a little time to answer, so here my answer goes:

These are the requirements for those who wish to participate in the Blogger Recognition Award:

1. Show your gratitude to the person who nominated you and provide a link back to the person’s blog.

Thanks Thomas at aspiblog for the nomination.

2. Give a brief story on your blog.

My blog started as a showroom for my art. Then I found out about the lovely community built by you all, readers/bloggers and started to interact with you. At the same time our local politicians started to make unwise decisions that will destroy our nature. That made me also use the blog platform to tell the world about us not following the Paris agreement. So today my blog is about art, saving nature and if course a bog reason to talk to you 🙂

3. Share two or more pieces of advice for beginner bloggers.

a) have fun when you blog
b) don’t wish to grow your blog if you don’t have endless time available
c) check out Thomas excellent advice

4. Choose 10 other bloggers to nominate. 

I nominate all of you bloggers that never received a nomination before. Here’s your first nomination 🙂

5. Comment on each blog, letting them know they’ve been nominated and provide a link to your award post.

I won’t do that cause I don’t know who you are yet 😉


Be the unique you

We’re writing the year 2018 and we still don’t get that we are all alike. We are all just expressing ourselves in the ways we find is possible for us. For far too many people that still means you’re different if you don’t express your self like “normal” people. I don’t get it. The most boring thing there is, is when people act like expected and like most people. The most interesting thing is when people break patterns and do the unexpected and expose their uniqueness in good ways.

That’s when the magic happens.

In Sweden we have a chance to see some of the unexpected acting dare to be unique people in a tv show called Lerins lärljungar (Lerins pupils).

Might not be available for those of you who read this outside of Sweden. Your country tv stations should buy this show from Swedish television.

The famous Swedish aquarelle painter Lars Lerin having an art school for aspies, autistics, Down’s syndromes and some others with special talents.
It’s lovely to see these creative people with warm hearts big as universe and very clever minds. We should learn a lot from them and the world would be a much nicer world for all of us.

They show what happens when we let people to be what they are and let them express themselves in they way that suits them. So far we have been able to watch four episodes and it’s amazing to see goodness in people. It’s so inspiring.

In the blogsphere we also find this kind and wise people, that I always learn a lot from. For example at aspiblog and The silent wave.

What I wanna say is that we should stop putting labels on people and try to force expressing rules on them and ourselves. We all need to feel we can express ourselves in ways that’s suits us without being questioned all the time. There’s no right or wrong in the way of how to create and be the unique you.

Is it possible for us to accept the challenge – to accept people for what they are and allow all to be the unique person everyone already is?

I say yes – it is possible!


Feel free to use this piece of art if you join the challenge 🙂

Böcker och livet Books and life

Found an interesting post over at Leah’s blog about books.

Here’s a translated qoute from that post.

My relationship with books is and has always been special. I have relationships with the books, the stories, the poems and the process. I have a strong empathy and experience what the author wants to convey. I borrow a lot of books in the library and on return, it is like taking leave of a friend. All books teach me something, whether I like them or not. They come into my life, learn something, and then they go … It’s like people. People who come into my life for some time, do that for a reason. That’s why I’m going to learn something.

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Hos Leah kan ni läsa en härlig text om hur böcker kan fylla våra liv med glädje.

Den fick mig att minnas att jag målat denna bild.


Getting No Where Fast by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Osaka Time in iTunes

I agree with Leslie. We need to find another way to transport ourselves and things in the future. We don’t want it like this, or do we? Visit original post for comments/Anna


I had to go to the inner city today and was caught up in the proverbial traffic jam. Of course this song came to mind. I’ve been in traffic jams in China, India, Paris, Tunisia, Greece, Italy,  Boston and all over Canada (just to name a few). You would think with all the tecnology we have we would have solved one of the most basic problems of today. Well we haven’t and it is just getting worse. This is a universal problem. Self driving cars aren’t the answer. We need to teleport. So here is my song dedicated to traffic jams. 1:40 min.

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Hur mycket ska Trosa växa – How much growth in Trosa?

Hos den lokala nyhetstidningen kan ni läsa en insändare som jag skrivit. Tidningen har fått ett svar på insändaren. Vad tycker du om frågorna och svaren?
I got a text published in the net local newspaper and the newspaper got an answer from our leading politician. What do you think of the questions and the answer below, a google translation from the Swedish version at


The submitter presents the basis of which municipal council Daniel Portnoff comments.

“I have tried to get answers from Trosa’s leading politicians without success.

A decision in the City Council says that Trosa will grow by 150 people a year, which means a declining percentage increase per year. Municipal council Portnoff says that they expect an increase of the population around 1.5-2% per annum. The investment decision for Infart Västra Trosa indicates that 670 homes will be built in western and southern Trosa to cover the cost of the new road. The municipal council committee Tomas Landskog says that only 10% of the growth will be outside the urban areas.

How does that work?
If the decision in the City Council applies, Trosa only needs to grow by 52 people per year until 2021. Then it may seem unnecessary for taxpayers to pay over 150 million for a new road that neither needs nor meets the climate goals of reduced emissions. In that case, the new road would be built for only 5-15 additional people per year outside urban areas for 134 years.

Preparedness with current rate of increase
If the population increase instead is 1.5% per year, we get twice as many in 46 years. If the population increase is 2%, we are twice as many already in 35 years. Do we have prepared for an early doubling of 11 years? Are we prepared to even double in 46 years? During the fall of 2017 it was found that Trosa has grown by 4% during the year. If that rhythm persists, it would mean that we become twice as many already in 17 years. Do we have prepared for the rapid increase?

In order to further confuse the number exercises, I add to the task of Tomas Landskog that 10% of growth should be outside the urban areas. Based on the 670 housing decisions of the financing decision and 3 people per home, I come to the following results.

Long payment time
If Trosa is to grow by 150 people a year, it means that the 670 resettlement income of the financing decision takes 134 years to get in. It’s a long time for taxpayers to lend money for a road, which only 10% of a future population is said to need, but everyone has to pay for. Or, the growth rate outside the urban area means that today’s politicians have planned housing for 134 years in the future. Or, the 10% task entails that Trosa is expected to grow with 6700 homes in total, which would mean an increase of 20,100 people in total. Period unknown.

So my question remains: How much is Trosa to grow?

Quick exposure in the exponential effect: Begin with the number 70 (year) and share the growth rate figure. Growth of 10% means a doubling effect of 7 years. (70/10 = 7)

Learn more about the impact of the exponential effect here:

Anna Bohlin

We contacted Daniel Portnoff to comment on the sender. He responded as follows:

“In 1992, Trosa municipality had 9894 inhabitants. By the end of 2016 we were 12,447. Population growth has thus been around 110 people a year, though it has varied over time. Some years it has fallen slightly and in other years it has increased by more than 300 This is mainly due to the business cycle.

We live in a free country with extensive legislation in the housing sector. Overall, the Swedish housing market works poorly. We would need a comprehensive review of large parts of housing policy at national level to get a better functioning housing market.

As local politicians, we try to do our best to ensure a housing production where all forms of return are available and the entire municipality is part of balanced growth.

In a growing municipality, we get a growing economy and properly managed to improve our ability to have great ambitions in terms of quality and supply in our municipal service to citizens. Population growth also creates better conditions for other services and a well-functioning labor market.

Nobody knows how the future will look and how the economy will be in terms of housing construction. However, a reasonable assumption is that the whole of Trosa municipality will continue to grow somewhere between 150 to 200 inhabitants per year for the next 10 years. But it will vary over time.

One thing I know. It is as well not the city council that determines how many inhabitants we become. There are a lot of individual decisions that control the development of a free country to a very high extent. On the other hand, the municipal council in a municipality where more people want to live can take responsibility for housing and plan for future growth. We try to do that and are sure to ensure broad political agreement over the block limit on these issues. “

Daniel Portnoff, Municipal Council

Stay cool 2018

I read Andys post 2018 and that made me think of this drawing when I read the word cool.

A little snow men and snow women  fun 🙂


My mind to me a kingdom is

I repost an old post. I live much of my life in my mind. It’s like traveling through universe. I find many art ideas there on my journey. So this poem I find very beautiful and well written/Anna
I read a blogpost on HarsH ReaLiTy/have you ever if you ever,

that made me think of another poem.

This poem i found in a book about the Shakespeare era. A great inspiration for me and maybe also for you. Enjoy!

2015/01/img_2209.jpg I think the poem celebrates introversion. Learning more about celebrating introversion go see the TED-talk with Susan Cain. This is one of my paintings dealing with the questions introvert/extrovert. I call it And the winner is?

2015/01/img_1649.jpg Anna

Poinsettias Julstjärnor

I read a post about Poinsettias over at Jims blog. I found an old painting when I tried to sort out some old pictures on my ipad to free some space on it.

In Swedish we call the flowers Christmas stars – julstjärnor.

I did this on colored cardboard with dry pastels.

Have a great weekend. Soon it’s winter solstice and after that sun comes back sooner.


The authorities for protecting nature fails big time

Please visit the blog fotobloggarna and read about the terrible ignorance the protect nature authorities shows when people point out that the protected snakes are threatened and needs help with their reproduction areas. It’s a shame that authorities that suppose to protect nature don’t give a xz&@qrf about it. There’s an English version of the text over at fotobloggarna.

Läs det viktiga inlägget på bloggen fotobloggarna om hur våra naturskyddande myndigheter struntar i våra fridlysta snokar. Ett riktigt lågvattenmärke i myndighetsutövning eller snarare brist på den.

Dessvärre är det här vanligt även i Trosa Södermanland. Vi vanliga människor kan inte längre lita på att myndigheterna följer de lagar som göller för naturskydd. 

Besök fotobloggarna och sprid gärna det inlägget.