Friday, May 13, 2011

Welcome More New Followers, an Award, and Five Things About Me

First, let me welcome five new followers and then send the first of the awards I received after the A to Z Challenge ended out to five wonderful and creative bloggers. I will also show you five photos that give some background to who I am and where I'm from. Loevi blogs in Spanish, but it doesn't matter much because her blog is about abstract photography. There you can see the most beautiful photos and so much creativity that it's a joy to visit. It is a pleasure for me to give Loevi the Kreativ Blogger Award, I received from Munir. I feel a connection to Sarah, whose blog I found during the challenge. Sarah, who is married to a Finn, wrote posts about creatures of folklore, mythology and the paranormal during the challenge. Like me, she has a strong love for wolves. I would like to give the Kreativ Blogger Award to Sarah also. I should mention that Sarah gave me a Versatile Blogger Award that I will accept in a future post. Lyn lives in Sydney, Australia and writes Christian devotionals and articles, and loves all things creative.
Welcome Doreen -- I'm sure I read your blog, Doreen, so you must have left a comment on mine. As it is, you didn't leave a link on your Google Friend Connect form, so I can't link back to her blog here. Elizabeth is a mother of four and a writer of novels and children's books. Elizabeth's blog reaches out and makes you feel welcome, as if you were friends with her for along time. Elizabeth is the woman who handed out the Zebra Award to all 1200 plus of us who finished the A to Z Challenge. With all that and four kids, I say "Wow!" Elizabeth, please accept the Kreativ Blogger Award and thank you.

I have told you so much about myself, I thought I would go back in time and show you a five things/places you may not have seen before.

I was born on the longest day of the year in Stockholm, Sweden, in the troubled year 1940. I was born under an almost midnight sun, perhaps like in this picture, taken around 10:00 p.m. The tower to the left is City Hall, the other spires are from the three great churches in Old Town. The bridge is the Western Bridge and, as you can see, we grow up around boats there.

I was baptized in Katarina Church, the one in the picture at the top of the cliffs.

As a teenager, I loved to hang out in jazz clubs, deep in the cellars of Old Town. Stockholm celebrated its 700th birthday in 1955 and some buildings here go back that far; the streets are cobblestone and the atmosphere is wonderful.

If I were to go back again, my favorite pastime would be to lie down in a meadow like this and watch the clouds go by overhead, while

perhaps eating some wild strawberries and listening to the birds sing their familiar Swedish bird songs.

I accepted this award from Munir
on May 4th, but then I got sick and couldn't follow through with forwarding it and letting you know five things about myself. 

It is very difficult to give out awards. I know everyone who blogs regularly deserves one. I want to give this award to five very creative bloggers:


Please visit these blogs, they are really, really great. And thank you again, Munir.

As for my health, I am over the cold and cough that fractured my vertebrae. The fracture still has to heal but I don't need to see a specialist unless the pain gets worse. So far it seems to be getting better. I am still taking pain medicine at night and resting mixed with being up and about. So it is looking pretty good right now. Thanks for all your good thoughts and wonderful comments. 

Oh, Jim, you didn't read my A to Z Challenge, where the letter P went like this: P is for Pippi Birdie, Parakeet. It tells the story of another rescued parakeet and how Pippi came to live with us.


  1. The picture of Old Town, Stockholm with the cobblestone street is my favorite!! Oh, would I have loved to have shared with you in hanging out in the jazz clubs. What a wonderful life you've led and still do!!! I'm so glad you're feeling better.

  2. Congrats on the award, Inger. :)

    Sometimes I wonder how you ever left your beautiful birthplace. Gorgeous photos.

  3. i'm familiar with Leovi, Nordis and Manzanita's blogs. they're well deserving of this award you've given them!

    congrats to you as well. and SO glad you're doing better!!! the strawberry patch looks so inviting! as does the meadow...

  4. Thank you for the lovely tour. Valkommen tillbaka to the Land of the Living--so glad you're feeling better.

  5. Thank you for the award! I'm honored. =) Congrats on receiving it! I love the pictures! I had the pleasure of going through Stockholm, Sweden on my honeymoon to Norway. Hubby and I would love to go back and see the sights.

  6. Hello Inger ... I'm sad to hear about your health problems but encouraged that you're handling them with a smile ... I wish you a speedy recovery.

    It's strange where Life's journey takes us hey? ... in your case, from lush, green Sweden to the Desert ...

  7. Your pix are great. Congrats on receiving the award you are really great. And I am so happy that you are well again. Will check out the blogs you mentioned. Do take care and have a lovely weekend.

  8. Thanks for your comments. Fran, I love your Swedish! Nancy,I wonder too when I go back now. Sarah, you are so welcome and I hope you make it back. texwisgirl, I hope everyone checks out those blogs and yours too. OneStonedCrow: I'm so glad you are back, can't wait to visit your blog.It is indeed very strange and also strange how one can come to love two such opposite places. Bobbi, you would have had a lot of fun in Old Town, Stockholm.

  9. wonderful photos of your childhood home! i love the charm of old european towns. and wild strawberries... :o)

  10. I'd like to lie down in that meadow too! Very lovely.

  11. So glad you're feeling better..and loved all the photos. :)

  12. Is there room for a few more in that meadow? Simply beautiful Inger!
    I am so happy that other people recognize how good your blog really is. So informative, sensitive, and heartfelt. It is always a pleasure to read your 'thoughts'.

  13. Congrats on the award Inger...and thanks for sharing your native country. My it is so beautiful there; just so green and peaceful!
    Thanks also for sharing your many new followers...I have visited a few so I'll have to go back and say 'hey'...glad you are feeling better...I myself am healing as well and am so thankful the worst is gone!

  14. Glad to see a new blog from you and your note that you are recovering from the cold and the fracture... good to know. Congrats on your award and passing them on to your other bloggers. Take care and blog when you are up to it.

  15. Love the strawberry & meadow pics Inger.

  16. So glad to hear you are feeling and doing much better. Lovely pictures! Thanks for posting them. I was born in 1941 in Los Angeles and am sorry that I don't have any photos to share. Sure do love that meadow! You take care!

  17. Inger, congratulations on your beautiful award! You surely deserve it. I love your photography, especially Samson--he looks like my dog, but he's pure white! ;) Thank you SO much for thinking of me and giving it to me, I am honored... *hugs*

    Can Alex save Winter from the darkness that hunts her?
    YA Paranormal Romance Darkspell coming fall of 2011!


  18. Firstly thank you very much for the award, is for me an honor to receive recognition. Do not pick up the awards but I appreciate that, because I like it when they remember me. And now I commend you for this excellent post with beautiful pictures and interesting information. Greetings.

  19. Hi Inger .. just written a long comment .. but because I need to be in IE - for some reason it bombs me out .. (can't comment from chrome)

    Congratulations on your awards .. and now after my nauseous bug in the Challenge - I'm resubscribing to blogs I want to follow.

    Loved the Stockholm pictures .. wild strawberries, beautiful meadow and a warming sun would be just wonderful!

    Hope your vertebra will settle down .. like a cracked rib I suppose .. really painful I guess .. and if you went sailing yesterday - hope you had a glorious day .. cheers and enjoy the week ahead .. Hilary

  20. Yay Pippi! Now when I look at my wallpaper, I will be thinking of Pippi, and Inger :)

    Your Sweden is beautiful, and those pictures capture it perfectly. Makes me want to be Swedish too! Alas, Im Austrian, French, German and Russian...and one day i hope to visit the homelands of my grandparents!

    Bones are so fickle - I hope yours heals up fast...Vitamin D can come from the sun; being outside is good medicine...


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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