10 Things About Myself

First of all, I am so sorry I have not been very alert and active lately but the family was hit hard by the flu (5 out of 5 family members!) but we are all up and running in happy circles again!

While I was under the covers lovely Greet at the blog Belgian Pearls sent me this Honest Scrap Award. Belgian Pearls is a must read blog for anybody who gravitate towards truly elegant interiors with a Belgian Twist. Greet is an accomplished interior designer and her blog offers a wealth of design information & inspiration. Visit her often! 

With this award I am supposed to share 10 things about myself that my readers may not know about me. And then send this award to 7 other lovely blogs.  (But I really should have sent this to all the blogs I read and comment on. They are all WONDERFUL! And so are the people behind those blogs!) Here goes!:

1) I have no sense of orientation. None, zip, nada. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten totally lost in major cities and somehow managed to apper on the complete opposite side of the city, without any understanding of time and place. On a positive note: I thrive on meeting people and seeing places, so getting lost is nothing I fear. On the contrary!

2) Every night before I head for bed I drink a jumbo cup of silver tea. That is a fancy name for hot water with nothing in it! It probably sounds terribly boring to you but I crave it with such intensity that my whole family gets nervous if they don’t hear water boiling late in the evening.

3) I married a really good man. He is a super hero in my eyes. Intelligent, kind, generous, accomplished, an out of this world great dad, loving and witty. He has oodles of hidden talents that I still after 10 years of marriage am discovering. It took me years to figure out that he is brilliant saxophone player, scratch golfer, a great skier, he’s a human dictionary, and he is a really good cook. And he puts up with me!

4) My favorite cities in the world: Stockholm and New York. We have permanently put down our anchor in Seattle which is a beautiful & fun city with incredible people. But Stockholm and New York make my heart race extra fast.

5) I’d rather put my money on something for the home, than something to wear.

6) I love black, salty (really salty) liqurice. The first thing I buy when I land in Stockholm is to get a bag before I even reach the passport control. It is also the last thing I buy before I board a plane on route to the US. You can actually buy containers of vanilla ice cream with swirls of salt liquirice at just about any ordinary grocery store in Sweden.

7) I consider myself happy & content. I laugh often! To me life is beautiful! But I don’t take if for granted.

8) I crave really good and well written suspense novels.

9) When I travel I always try to find good local restaurants off the beaten path. In Taiwan I once ended up in small local hangout (think hole in the wall) where only snake was served in different concoctions. I love dining adventures like that. And yes, it tasted pretty much like chicken!


10) I love peonies and dark bing cherries. I always tend to go a little crazy when they are in season. 

That was my contribution! I am now sending this award to the following 7 blogs (in no particular order). Let’s find out more about them!

1) Mochatini

2) Belle Vivir

3) Design Fragment

4) Space for Inspiration

5) Vintage Simple

6) Otis & Frank

7) Swedish Antiques 

Images by: 1.  Gak’s , 2. flickr, 3. Desiree Swanson, 4. Olof S , 5. Nicoatridge,  6-8. Domino, 10. tamaki, 11. flickr, 12. pieter, 13. rabbee, 14. flickr, 15. superhoop, 16. Shortcake scraps

Written by Splendid Willow in: Thank you! |


  • Monika,
    Thank you so much for sharing all these things about you! I loved to read it! And what a wonderful picture of your family!


  • I loved learning more about you and great pictures.

  • Courtney says:

    This was so fun! I love your photo of Stockholm – it’s city I’m dying to visit someday. And you have such a beautiful family!

  • eva says:

    great list and photos! now i’ve just got to go think of my own honest scraps…thanks for thinking of me!!!
    ps. i agree regarding salty licorice, peonies, new york, and cherries, not necessarily in that order.

  • Monika, so sorry to hear you were sick but happy to know you are all ok now! what a fun post. i enjoyed learning about you. thanks for thinking of mochatini! i love peonies, dark cherries and NY too!

  • Joe Clarke says:

    How fun to get to know you better. You are welcome to NY any time! Bring your family, they seem like a happy bunch!

  • Anci says:

    Hej !
    Jättekul att titta in på din fina blogg och läsa tio saker om dig. Jag är en av de andra som har fått utmaningen av Greet. Jag ska göra mitt bästa med att skriva om mig själv. Lite svårt är det…


  • what a lovely composition of a genuinely happy life!

  • Monika says:

    Thank you dearies! You are all wonderful and I am so happy that I started this blog adventure so I got to meet you all. And had you all lived closer, I would have invited you over for a lovely blog dinner a long time ago! Cuber hug, Monika

  • You are such a dear..! I, too, have a weakness for peonies and NYC. And of course you know I am dying to go to Sweden (and Stockholm, obviously) one day… And I’d definitely buy something for my house before I bought anything for me to wear! No wonder I like you..!

    Thanks for thinking of me… I really appreciate it and I am flattered beyond words. Thank you.


  • kiki says:

    Hey, what happened with all those babies of yours?
    They have all grown up so fast and are so beautiful!!!!
    Oh Boy, I am going to miss you all…it is not that easy to move home after so many years abroad, believe me.

    What is up with us Swedes and licorice? I have the same behaviour. It is the first thing too, of sweets, that I buy right off the airplane. David can not stand it, which means more for me.

  • julie at BV says:

    Hi Mon,

    Thank you for passing the award to me. I’m happy to receive it. Number 5…uhm sounds familiar.

  • Charlotta says:

    Thank you / tusen tack for the award – have to search my soul and picture archives now..
    We are extremely similar in so many aspects – especially when it comes to lack of direction, peonies, stockholm and cherries.. :) Haven’t tried snake..but take your word for it! x


  • Purple Area says:

    Wow, what a great post, you look like a wonderful family. Let me know if you want me to send you some ‘lakrits’, how can anyone live without it.

  • Janean says:

    your images are beautiful. black licorice…my mother was absolutely mad for it! guess you love or hate it?

  • Karena says:

    Monika, it is so fun to hear more about you and your family the group photo is beautiful, in fact all of the images you posted are! We have some things in common, peonies are one of my favorite flowers, etc. Check back with me & I will post my Honest Scrap!

  • Hey sweet little lady!

    Thanks for this little task, I’m loving it! I have been superbusy the last few weeks, but this is something that will definitely get my attention during this weekend. Fun, fun!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Monika, yours is such a fun list! Gorgeous family, and EEK! on the snake meat. You are adventuresome.xo Lidy

  • Hi Monika – thanks for letting us into your life – and what a beautiful family!

  • Loved learning a little more about you here! Your comments about your husband made me smile :)
    (Salty licorice, fresh bing cherries and peonies are near the top of my list for favourite things too 😉 )

  • sylvia says:

    Beautiful picture of the family! What a miracle that they all post so well at the same time! You are my kind of girl Salted licorice, my favorite ! Try World market they have adorable little containers with Dutch double salted licorice. But I’m sure you know about that? Sorry I did not visit your blog for awhile since my computer was in repair. But I’m glad to be back ! Hope you are doing well? L, Syl :)

  • sylvia says:

    sorry I mean pose so well, I did not had my coffee yet!

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