Category Archives: Houses

Decorate your balcony… by moving somewhere else

I’m looking up ideas to decorate our balcony for the summer. I came across this list of beautiful balconies. I like the balcony pictured here, but I have a feeling there’s just something about it that’s lacking in my own balcony.  Oh yes, I think I’ve got it now…. this balcony looks over the Italian coast and my balcony looks over another apartment building with a fat man who never wears a shirt. Might be hard to acheive the same look.

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No politics at all !

Just reminding everyone that I have a new book out – “As Long as I Have My Own Bathroom” – which is great summer reading while you’re on vacation, but most of all, IT CONTAINS ABSOLUTELY NO POLITICS!

For sale in the U.S. here – https://amzn.com/1530292964

For sale at other Amazons, such as – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1530292964

For sale in Sweden here – http://tinyurl.com/zfjql79

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Buy My Book!

Buy my new book “As Long as I Have My Own Bathroom” and learn the secret of the mysterious Leprechaun Museum.

Available on Amazon (for the U.S.) – http://amzn.com/1530292964
Available Amazon.co.uk (for the UK) – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1530292964
And AdLibris (in Sweden) – http://tinyurl.com/jyjfkro
And most likely on other Amazon services around the world so just check!

Thank you!  All money goes to ice cream.

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I wrote a new book!

I have a new book out! (also available on Amazon.co.uk) !
How would you act if you accidentally arrived with your extended family on a nude beach in France? Or if a Turkish salesman in the grand bazaar in Istanbul offered to replace your husband with a new one? How about having to go to the bathroom in front of your friends in the forest behind a sheet with the words “ladies room” painted on it? Heather Jonasson has handled these incidents, and more, on her trips around Europe and the US. Heather Jonasson is a native Texan who moved to the small, frozen country of Sweden in northern Europe for love. Now, follow her along as she tells of her travel adventures in Europe and the US.
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Check-in time: 7-11

We are trying to book a hotel for our summer trip to the U.S.  Here’s one that came up on the list:

Pros: You can get a Slim Jim anytime you like.

Cons: Lots of noise from the Lotto ticket machine.

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My kind of gingerbread house

Every year, they have a gingerbread house building competition at the architecture museum. This was my favorite entry. Hey, just because you accidently burn your house, that’s no reason to drop out of the contest! Work with it!

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No cackling!

It’s already time to look ahead to spring trips. I found a lovely apartment in Rome, but I’m a bit confused by some of the house rules:

Guests are asked not to cackle and have a decent attitude in public areas of the building; so as not to throw the cards out of the windows or anything else.

So…. no card playing witches?  Can I give a hearty laugh while in the building as long as it’s not a cackle? What type of cards can I not throw out the window? Greeting cards? Playing cards? Is this really a problem in this neighborhood?

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Flat screen TVs are ruining childhood!

Back in my day:

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My kids in 2015:

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No comment today, just decorating tips

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They’ve done it again!

First Spotify, then Amazon…. now the kids have gotten into my Netflix account and changed all the settings!  I worked for weeks cultivating the perfect system for recommendations.  I rated all my favorite stuff.  Watched a few things – Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Foreign.

I turned it on now and all the recommendations are for “The Magic Bus,”  “Phineus and Ferb,”  and “Smurfs.”  NOOOOOOO!!!!!!

We had guests over last weekend and we told the kids they could watch something.  I found them watching a cartoon on Netflix.  I had no idea they could work it.  They usually watch on another system.  It seems that I had stupidly left Netflix on from watching a movie earlier that day.  They ended up in my account instead of the special one I made for kids.

RUINED!  I give up!  I’m going to watch all seasons of Spongebob.  I’m going to listen to Club Penguin songs and just buy Legos and nothing else from Amazon.  I give up.  I can’t win.

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Boys

I realized today while asking my sons and their friends to help me with the groceries, is that the older the kids get, the more stuff they can do!  Now it’s the groceries, but later it will be building furniture, turning over the mattresses, carving canoes, building us extra rooms, digging a moat, fighting off dragons!  Wait…. I probably should have stopped after the mattress thing.

Anyway, I have many plans to become lazy in the future.  Thanks kids!

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Castles

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Went to see some castles yesterday.  Yep, that’s what you do here in Europe when you’re bored.  There’s always a few castles somewhere.

These were pretty nice.  One had been converted into a hotel I can’t afford and I have no idea what was happening with the other, but it was much smaller.  There was a tiny beat up Mini parked next to the smaller castle.  I guess if you pour that much money into living in a castle, you’re going to have to cut back somewhere.

I decided that my family could do nicely in the smaller castle (although it was a bit far from a grocery store).  Here in Sweden, the living space is so small that we don’t get to be like many Americans who have rooms they don’t use.   At least half of my friends have rooms in their houses bigger than our bedroom that are “just for storage.”  The older people always have that one living room that kids aren’t allowed to go in and no one sits in with the fancy furniture.

Here in Sweden, we have bedrooms the size of Texas closets.  In fact, I tried to make a guest room out of our closet, but my husband said it woud be rude to make someone sleep in there.  I don’t see why.   It’s quite comfortable in there if you don’t mind all the Christmas decorations and suitcases.

I need a castle.

 

Berlin hotels

Next month, my husband and I will be going to Berlin over a weekend.  It’s my job to find the hotel.  I have lots of nice suggestions, but my husband has said no to all.  See if you can find what his problem is.  These are all actual hotels:

Hotel Transit Loft (not cosy enough?)

Pangea People Hostel  (a little cultish sounding, but probably quite welcoming)

Apartment ChristBurger (It’s got Christ, it’s got Burgers – what could be wrong?)

Soylent Lodge  (so what if it’s made out of people?)

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Sweden has left the building

My encounter with the repairman last week says a lot about life in Sweden in the summertime.

“I replaced your medicine cabinet mirror, but it’s got no handle so you can’t open it.  I’ll get you a new handle, but I’m going on vacation Friday, so I’ll get it to you at the end of JULY.”

Hope we don’t need any Band-Aids for the next 6 weeks.

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Save money on paint

If I had a house, I’d make it like this one.  Think of all the money saved on a new paint job every few years!  (Not thinking of course about how many bugs are crawling in that… don’t think about it!  Don’t think about it!)

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Bathroom: A Space Odyssey

While looking at we could never afford, I found this.  It’s a bathroom.  Or part of the bathroom.  I have no idea what the purpose of this part of the room is, unless they are aliens and this is their spaceship.  This is what people with too much money do:

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