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.

Go to original post to read and leave comments.

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.



Gösta Berlings saga – The story of Gösta Berling

Do you remember the post of a wonderful gift that I received from a friend?

A whole bunch of old books written by Selma Lagerlöf, first female that got the litterateur Nobel Prize.

The books are over hundred years old, but the stories are still worth reading. I finished the first one, Gösta Berlings saga – in English The story of Gösta Berling. I have read it before long time ago, but I found it worth reading again. It’s a Swedish classic novel.

Even if the story takes place somewhere in the 1800 century the story could be about today’s politicians. There’s a bunch of almost useless (they don’t like hard work very much) people living in a house where they party almost all the time. Everyone of them have grandiose plans that never happens. If they happens they go wrong and the grandiose part is no longer grandiose.

It is also a love story, a story about pride and a fun story. The book has everything you want from a book. Read it if you find a copy somewhere. The book is translated to about 50 languages.

If you want to know more about Sweden life in 1800 century, this could be an interesting book as well.


December 6 2017 herons in the air

This tine of year we can watch herons fly by over the city roofs. It’s amazing watching those birds. 

Så här års flyger gråhägrar i flertal över hustaken i stan. Fantastiskt att få se hägrarna på så nära håll mitt inne i stan.

Apropå fåglar. Ett boktips så här i juletider. 

En underbar liten historia. En liten fågel i juletid av Fannie Flagg.

Speaking of birds. Have you read the wonderful book by Fannie Flagg?

A Redbird Christmas

Have a nice morning, day, evening and night where ever you are 🙂


December 4 2017 my favourite things

The list of things I wanna do is longer, but these are a few of my favourite things to do this time of year. So between the must do things I go to this list.

My concern right now is what to do with this yarn and fabrics.

I want to find out something nice to embroidery. A landscape format or a tall lighthouse format? I have no idea yet. Do you?


A wonderful gift

The other day a friend gave me old books no longer in use. They’re from the beginning of 1900 century and written by the first woman Nobel Prize winner in literature Selma Lagerlöf. I read some of her books before, but now I have plenty more to read. She was a good writer and it’s very interesting to dive in the Swedish 1800-1900 centuries even if it is fiction. Her books gives us an idea of how it was back then. Her book is based on true stories, so it’s learning to read the books.

One of the stories is about the time when many Swedes moved to Jerusalem because of their faith. Many moved to America too, but some took the way to Jerusalem instead.

So now all I have to find is time to read these books. They are over hundred years old. Imagine that. The wings of history sings when I open the books.

I think her books are translated to other languages, so if you find her books somewhere near you and in your language, take the chance to read a book or two.


Gnällspiken och hans behårade fästing – The grumpy one and his furry tick

Jag har läst en rolig och tänkvärd bok med härligt humoristiska och skickliga teckningar. Om du inte har vägarna förbi Gnesta eller Trosa bokhandel kan du hitta Olle Qvennerstedts bok Gnällspiken även här till exempel.

I’ve read a great book with humour and thoughtful excellent drawings. It’s in Swedish, but at the writer and illustrators blog you can find drawings in english.

You can also visit
and check out Olle Qvennerstedt’s beautiful paintings.

We need drawings like in this book and at Olle’s blog, in this crazy world we all live in.


Herregud & co (Deargod & co)

This is a little book that lighten up my day everyday. My family got it as a present and this present last everyday as long as we live. 

Everyday it’s new wise or funny words worth thinking of.

Most days it’s Swedish text, but some days are in English. This one is a Dalai Lama quote.

The books name Herregud & co is created by Royne Mercurio.

If you want to see more you can check out the fb page herregudco

I think you find Swedish, English und Deutch texts there if you scroll down the page.


Mannen som planterade träd The man who planted trees

I read a wonderful classic litte story the other day about The man who planted trees by Jean Giono.

Här om dagen läste jag en underbar liten historia som ger hopp om att varje liten människas gärning kan göra stora goda underverk.

Boken heter Mannen som planterade träd, författare Jean Giono.

Original title: L’homme qui plantait des arbres

The story so clearly shows that one human being can do great things without great resources. Helping nature can never be wrong and this man in the story shows how we can be nice to nature and humans at the same time. It´s a story made up, but it could be real. It´s possible to achieve such greatness if we want to.

He devoted his life to plant trees and after many years he had created an enviroment that people could live in again. The trees gave people water again.

In my area people, well politicians and people hungry for money mostly, thinks trees are useless. They´re not!


Omgiven av psykopater – Surrounded by psychopaths

Thomas Erikson har skrivit en utmärkt faktabok Omgiven av psykopater, som tydligt förklarar fenomenet psykopater och personer med psykopatiska drag. Har du den hårda vägen lärt dig vad den persontypen kan göra mot dig och andra kommer du nicka igenkännande genom hela boken och faktiskt finna bekräftelse för att det inte är du som är galen utan den som försöker få dig att tro att du har fel och hen har rätt.

Om fler av oss lär att känna igen den persontypen skulle färre personer med detta drag inte lyckas ställa till med så stor skada som de faktiskt gör. Den här boken kan lära dig något om att försöka känna igen de klassiska varningstecknen. Men jag skulle nog säga att du inte kommer lära dig att känna igen typen förrän du själv blir drabbad av en sådan på ett eller annat sätt.

Det är som att försöka slåss med Darth Vader utan Jedi-krafter och lasersvärd. Ingen tror på att du i verkligheten slåss mot sådana illasinnade krafter och ingen tror på att din fantasimotståndare faktiskt vill förgöra dig. Nästan ingen, utom de som känner till persontypen och vet vad det innebär att möta en sådan motståndare.

Läs boken om du också vill lära dig att upptäcka trubbel i god tid så att du i bästa fall kan göra något åt det innan du står med maktlöshetens känsla och tror att du börjar bli galen på riktigt.

Jag har gjort en teckning på en narcissist. De jobbar på samma sätt som psykopater, men psykopaterna är miljoner gånger värre. De är helt beroende av din hjälp för att nå sina mål. Är du villig att hjälpa dem eller vill du stötta den som psykopaten vill åt?

The Swedish author Thomas Erikson has written a book about how to recognize psychopaths and how to avoid them. They can really mess up your life if they show up without you knowing it. They cause great damage and it often takes very long time to sort things out and get back to normal if ever reaching there.

The fast way to learn about this kind of person is to be up against one. That’s no fun at all, but if you do and learn how they work you will forever recognise that type.

It’s like trying to fight Darth Vader without having Jedi-powers and laser sword. No one will believe that you’re up against such dark power and no one will realise that someone is after you with bad intentions.

I don’t know if the book is available in your language, but you can read more about the book here:

I have a drawing of a narcissist. Psychopaths work the same way but millions times worse. They are totally depending of your cooperation. Will you help them or the ones they will destroy? That’s up to you 🙂


Wine talk

I got a message from one of the followers of this blog. For those of you who don’t read Swedish it says Hey check out my e-book Private Wine tasting…

The book is in Swedish but for those of you who read English you can check out the website bonvin.se instead maybe. 

Hej alla!

Nu går det att köpa min e-bok Vinprovningar hemma för en billig penning hos Adlibris, Bokus, Bokon, Dito och iBooks. Beskrivning av bokens innehåll följer:

“Tycker du om att träffa vänner, dricka vin och äta god mat, då är boken Vinprovningar hemma något för dig. Här finns 12 intressanta och lärorika vinprovningar med förslag på både viner och mat.
Exempel på teman är Röda vinstilar, Vita vinstilar, Mousserande viner, Roséviner och Fatlagring.
Du lär känna viner som framställs med Appassimento-metoden, Recioto, Amarone, Ripasso och Valpolicella Superiore.
Du lär dig skilja på vin från Bordeaux, Bourgogne och Rioja.
Ett avsnitt beskriver hur mat och vin kombineras och ett annat handlar om olika osttyper.
Boken innehåller underbart vackra bilder från olika platser i vinvärlden.”


Vinprovning hemma author Ingrid Benson

English information about private wine tasting at bonvin.se

I found an old drawing that matches this post.



Vargarnas tid Wolves time

I read a book about pure braveness among ordinary people. The story could be about any time and any place. This particular book takes place during the Second World War. It’s a story about dark sides of our history but also a fairy tale love story in some way. Sure, the book is about people but also about some wolves fighting the same war as humans and a very brigt and brave raven. I read the book because it takes place in a nearby area and I know the author usually writes good stories. It was also interesting to read about a time in Sweden not long ago but so different from now.

Sweden families took care of many children from Finland during the war and many of them stayed here after the war. Today they’re old and wise of a whole life lived in a different place than the original parents probably had in mind back then. I think they probably still carry a lot of mixed feelings when it comes to their destinies. Today a lot of children around the world are forced to find new places to live if they want to stay alive. So we still haven’t find a way to live peaceful on this earth. We are not the smartest species on the planet!

You can read more about the book in English here.

Du kan läsa mer om Vargarnas tid av Elisabeth Nemert här.

I don’t know if the book is translated to English, but the Swedish version Vargarnas tid by Elisabeth Nemert you can find here.

If you don’t want to know anything more about the book until you read it yourself, then stop reading now!

For those of you who continue to read. This is a showstopper in the book. At least for me it was.
The book tells about brave people who have the guts to say -No this is not okay! And they also do something trying to stop the evil madness. I hope I have that braveness but I don’t know if I have. I don’t think you know that until you experience a moment when you have to choose.

The showstopper part of the book is about an old legend.

“In every man lives two ancient wolves. They have lived there since the beginning of time and they’re constantly fighting for power of the beating heart. One of them carry the name Fear and Hate and the other one Love and trust.

Which of the wolves win?

The answer is….

The one we feed”

And in Swedish

So which wolf do you feed?


The station agent

Jim talking about quiet time as a good thing and I totally agree.

I have a favorite movie (well actually I have more favourite movies, but this is one of them) that really captures the good feeling of quiet time.

If you’re a extrovert person not liking quiet time you will think this movie stinks and are just so boring. If you’re an introvert quiet time liker you may like this film. You will immediately understand the two out of three main characters situation. Check out The station agent if you haven’t seen it.


If you know about other movies like this one, please tell us in the comments 🙂


Imagine a Day

When I did a post about a photobook Imagine by Erik Johansson, Sheldon commented the post and mentioned a book he remembered. Imagine a Day by Sarah L. Thomson, Robert Gonsalves.

Now I got it and it’s a lovely book!

Fantastic paintings and beautiful words. I will read this book many times and learn from the paitings.

If I haven’t had a blog, made a post about another book and not reading the comments, then I never would have known about this book.

Blogging is a wonderful thing when we all cooperate 😉


Sweden according to Thatscribbler

Thatscribblers comment on Sweden according to Leslie:

“First image I get after hearing Sweden is that of Ibrahimovic in golden football jersey! :)”

Made me draw this as an interpretation of the comment.

Mr Ibrahimovic has done lots of good to Sweden besides is soccer skills. His book made thousands of young people read their first book and that book also made people who never take interest in soccer to read about a great soccer player.

He’s a star in Sweden and the rest of the world too 🙂


Libraries is our common soul

Biblioteken, vår gemensamma själ

Det här inlägget gav mig iden till denna post.

This post gave me the idea for this post.

I like libraries. They’re full of books and people in reading silence. You might think, silence – how boring. But, there’s a lot more sounds in libraries than anywhere else. You just don’t hear them as normal sounds.

Just take a look at a bookshelf with lots of books in it. Think of what’s in those books. I don’t mean the paper and the letters. I think of all the stories they carrying and the noises all things make in those stories. When we read the books we can hear the sounds. And yes, Thumbup says that it is possible for deaf people to hear the sounds too.

I read good news about our library in Trosa. We are best in the county of keeping the library open.

Jag gillar bibliotek. De är fulla av böcker och människor som läser i tystnad. Du kanske tycker att tystnad låter tråkigt. Men bibliotek har fler ljud än någon annanstans. Du hör dem bara inte som vanliga ljud.

Ta en titt på en bokhylla med massor av böcker i. Tänk på vad dessa böcker innehåller. Jag menar inte papperet och bokstäverna. Jag tänker på alla historier de bär och alla ljud som bor i berättelserna. När vi läser böckerna kan vi höra ljudet. Och ja, Thumbup säger att det är möjligt för döva att höra ljudet också.

Jag läste en god nyhet om vårt bibliotek i Trosa. Vi är bäst i länet för att hålla biblioteket öppet.
Klippet har jag hämtat från Södermanland nyheter.

Keep reading books!
Fortsätt att läsa böcker!


Trosa library (I gave the painting to the library after an exhibition I had there couple of years ago)