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Swedish fires....

Friday, April 30, 2010

Tonight there will be fires all over Sweden and we will sing our traditional songs - where I live we have formed a very samll choir - I am the only alto - and will sing by the fire.

It was not possible to include the song so itīs just a link:

Ok - after some comments below I will fill in some details- although I admit that I will have to google because I have forgot why we do this... but the thing is that on the last day of april we light fires and gather around them and mostly listen to a choir sining traditional songs. There might also be speeches "saluting the spring coming" - I have been given one or two during my career - it is usually some politician or entrepreneur or community member of some sort that gives the speech...

Where I lived before I belonged to the church choir and we usually started inside church with some more complicated songs and then - as dusk came - we went outside to the fire and sang the traditional songs.

So I googled and the origin is hedonic - we celebrated the death and it was believed that the border between life and death was at the weakest this day. Today we celebrate spring and there are often fireworks as well.

It is also traditional that there are student choirs - hence the white caps you can see if you followed the youtube link - those caps are for people who graduated maybe, the school you examine from to be able to go to university. I did but I have no cap because that was during the seventies and I was a radical and too revolutionary to do anything traditional... and tonight I will sing and love it and be proud to be here!

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MAGNOLIA416 5/4/2010 9:29AM


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SBATES63 4/30/2010 2:50PM

    I love outdoor fires, so I will look up more on this since my Grandfather was from Sweden. Any excuse for a bonfire. Thanks, Meddy

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_VALEO_ 4/30/2010 12:24PM

    Nice tradition! I enjoyed your link--what a great choral group!

Wish you a nice evening filled with joy and songs.

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PINK-SOLDIER 4/30/2010 9:22AM

    I am Swedish and did not know about this. I live in Chicago, very interesting. emoticon emoticonInga

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SLENDERELLA61 4/30/2010 2:08AM

    How glorious! The song is beautiful! I would also like to know more about this celebration. Best of luck in being the alto singer for your group. Hope it is the grandest occasion. -Marsha

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EVERLEARNING 4/30/2010 1:59AM

    Please tell us more! What is the celebration for?
I love to hear of others' traditions!

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JEMPOWER 4/30/2010 1:33AM

    The fire looks beautiful. I hope you have a lovely time today.


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Guess what?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

GOT IT!!!!

Thank you all for good wishes and prayers - it helped!

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MAGNOLIA416 5/4/2010 9:29AM

    Wow, congratulations! You set your sights on something and you got it!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 4/29/2010 11:04PM

    I was also really wondering. So happy for ya!!!


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BET212 4/29/2010 7:33PM

    Congratulations!! I've been dying to ask but figured you'd let us know as soon as you knew anything.


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AKELAZ 4/29/2010 6:20PM


How exciting!!!! So-o pleased to hear your good news.Well done you!! Had been wondering but I had faith it would turn out well - as indeed it has. emoticon

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LHLADY517 4/29/2010 6:06PM


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V_ON_THE_VERGE 4/29/2010 5:31PM

    emoticon! emoticon! When will you start?

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SCRAPHAPPY94 4/29/2010 5:12PM

    too awesome! As I clicked on the button to read it, I thought "I bet she got the job!" Congratulations!

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DSJB9999 4/29/2010 3:35PM

    Wow! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

>You deserve it.
I am really happy for you
Hope it is everything you
want it to be.
love and hugs
Donna x emoticon

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IAMANDARAMA 4/29/2010 3:31PM

    Yay! Go Meddy!


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KLEONIKI 4/29/2010 3:22PM

    Gooooooooooooooooooood for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

I am very very happy !
I was thinking of you, dear!

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Cravings, cravings...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 i want pancakes....lots of pancakes with Maple syrup... or maybe spaghetti ... my craving is to stuff myself with carbs and I will try to use coach deans advice about listening to the voice inside that tells me that this is not in my interest and avoid the action I donīt want in the long run....

...but I am panicking about the situation with my child I canīt stand this much longer and yet, I just have to. And I keep telling myself that she could be dead or that her father could be dangerous for her... and it helps for about five seconds and then I go again...

The last time I had this panic was when I had chemoteraphy for my breastcancer - it was really hard to endure but I did survive and it got better.

Iīll repeat my mantra "everything is just the way it is supposed to be" - and go for a bikeride. The clouds are getting darker so Iīll better bring a raincoat.

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CYNDY_55 4/30/2010 1:09AM

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AKELAZ 4/29/2010 7:43AM

    I know there is nothing to say to you that will help the situation you are in currently - just know that I am truly sad for you and sending strength and love across the thousands of miles between us. Stay strong - AND step away from the pancakes! emoticon

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CELEST 4/28/2010 3:39PM

    I wish for you plenty of courage to face what you have to. I hope my dear that you manage to rise above this painful place you are in right now. I cannot say anymore because its hard to know what to say, but know that you are in my thoughts and please keep posting. Your picture is beautiful, such a sweet pony too.

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V_ON_THE_VERGE 4/28/2010 11:16AM

    As you say, you have survived incredible difficulties, and you can again! You seem to have several strategies that you are using already. I will not pretend to understand what you're going through but am confident that you will get through this. Stay strong and courageous!

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Spammed and annoyed....

Monday, April 26, 2010

...I just deleted about eight blog comments from the signature " ILLBESTRONG." It was obviously an attempt to make me connect to a link that was advertising some weightlossstuff.

Through members board "technical help" I learned that I can report the person by going to his/her spark page and click a button down at the left "report inapproriate message"
SO I did and since a lot of other members have done so too, I guess that membership will be removed - and signed in again no doubt.

The thing is I get really annoyed - I love the generous and wideviewed attittude of sparkers. When this happens it feels like somebody really is trying to tear down that attitude. For what? Probably some cents for every person that clicks into the link. Or for spite? I have no idea, I have deleted the comments - and I have never deleted any messages to med no matter what I thought of them because I donīt mind people not thinking the same as me. But spamming really annoys me and thinking that I had to delete the same amount of spam comments ever day or every week makes me realize that it is a severe threat to Spark people, because I would in the end give up the community.

Ah - now I get it! It is sombody who envies spark guys achievements and wants to destroy it...!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 4/28/2010 12:48PM

    Even if that person joins again under another name they will repeat the same behavior, and again be removed. Soon they will learn that it just doesn't 'work' to behave like that way here, and they will either behave themselves if they join yet again - or they will go elsewhere to do those things.

I have seen several people who tried to use their pages to sell stuff: one had a sales link directly on their page (which was removed after I reported them), and another lady did a lot of sympathy ploys on the message boards to try to get people to send her money to tide her over for her hardships (she gave up when nobody responded - and after I questioned her about the links she gave going to nowhere - but she is still here). Another lady I saw on the message boards people WERE sending her money 'for her hardship'. That was early in my 'Sparking' and I didn't know you could report them, but it bugged me to no end that someone was using Spark People to solicit money. Maybe they really did have a hardship, or maybe it was just a scam. I envisioned her going to many sites and getting LOTS of people to send her money. But, here there were quite a few people on that message board thread saying, "send me your address and phone number in private mail, and we'll send money".


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_VALEO_ 4/27/2010 6:14AM

    It's annoying, but don't let this person affects you.
Hopefully Spark will block the IP or make the site more secure to avoid bots spamming members.

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FARMWIFEANDMOM 4/26/2010 10:39PM

    Same thing happened to me this morning, with the same user name as yours. I, too, deleted it, and was wondering how to report the spammers. Thank you for posting this!

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GREENSCRAPCAT 4/26/2010 10:03PM

    Yep, me too, same user name! The comment has since been deleted off my blog, too!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 4/26/2010 9:46PM

    Me too! I deleted the comments, but know that they will join again under another user name. It IS extremely annoying. I enjoy Spark and the active thoughts of members but the Spam really gets to me. I know as a public site it is going to happen, but still...

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NEWME0519 4/26/2010 9:31PM

    I haven't been spammed but will now be looking out for it!

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GREENCAT1 4/26/2010 9:02PM

    Got me too.....

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DREENAMT 4/26/2010 8:54PM

    I agree completely. Same thing happened to me. I was bummed as I have never been spammed on Spark.

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MELTEAGUE 4/26/2010 8:37PM

    I got one of those messages too, thanks for dealing with it!
There is no place for THAT sort of thing on here!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/26/2010 8:05PM

    She got me twice! How annoying!

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JUSTICELEAGUE 4/26/2010 5:31PM

    SPammed too. It really miffed me off. I reported them as well. I hate black hat marketers.

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CELEST 4/26/2010 4:50PM

    I only got the message once so I didn't realize it was spam. I did see that there was a link to go to, but I never know what else people want....if spark is not enough, gosh what is? Sparks is more than enough for me. I'm a satisfied customer that's for sure.

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KRZYKAT3 4/26/2010 12:57PM

    I was lucky not to have gotten spammed but I agree it is annoying! Unfortunately we are a public site...

Any word on job?

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THEFITNUTLIFE 4/26/2010 10:26AM

    Me too! I had the same commenter on 2 of my blogs. I reported them and deleted them. It is very annoying!

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SCRAPHAPPY94 4/26/2010 10:12AM

    I had the same spammer!! Deleted the comments - now I'm headed to the sparkpage to do the same thing. By the way, I like your new background:)

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LINDA! 4/26/2010 9:34AM

    I also have hit the inappropriate button recently. Too many people try to sell on this site. Very unforunate.

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MAGNOLIA416 4/26/2010 8:57AM

    usch, jag oskså!

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PATRISNA 4/26/2010 8:24AM

    Hi Meddy,
Thanks for the blog. Someone else did a blog about this spammer. I also got several comments on my blogs from this person that I deleted. Your blog will help a lot of people.


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J-ALEXIS 4/26/2010 8:05AM

    Hi MeddyPeddy,

I have not yet had the unfortunate opportunity of being spammed, here on Spark People. However, as a Computer Science professor that loves technology and is diligent in teaching the cons of cyber technology, I am extremely upset to hear how once again, uncaring, selfish, idiots want to use anything they can for their own purpose and have little regard for others. The world is full of fabulous caring people. Yet, at the same time, jerks share our planet!

Please remember how wonderful this site it. We will all work hard at reporting the idiots and doing our best to continue working together.

Warm smiles,

J. Alexis


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GINABUG 4/26/2010 8:02AM

    Yup, me too! Thanks for reporting! Luckily, I just got one, but it was very annoying. I felt invaded, indeed!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/26/2010 7:46AM

    My blogs got spammed, too. I just deleted all of those from this person. By the time I got up and found mine, the spark page of "ILLBESTRONG" had been removed, so it looks like your vigilance in reporting it paid off.

Thank you!

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KMIRANDA2000 4/26/2010 7:46AM

    interesting...thank u

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RSWIFE 4/26/2010 7:35AM

    Thanks for this warning. I'll be on the lookout for the spam.

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JESPAH 4/26/2010 7:27AM

    The page is removed but the comments linger on unless you delete them.

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IAMANDARAMA 4/26/2010 6:41AM

    Rock on Meddy - and keep throwing them, so we can keep SparkPeople the supportive network we all know it to be. Still have my fingers crossed for your job.


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SANDYJAS 4/26/2010 5:31AM

    I just found spam from them on my page too! I googled how to report it and I found your blog! Thanks, I deleted the comments. It's just surprising here after all the supportive people to get spammed!

Comment edited on: 4/26/2010 5:34:21 AM

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GOING2LSEITNOW 4/26/2010 5:18AM

    Thanks for writing about this. I never click on links unless I know the person. I learned my lesson early. I had to report one member once. His blog was just an advertisement and not too long ago we got added to someone's friend list and none of us knew the person. He/She has since been removed.

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SUGARBABY60 4/26/2010 3:42AM

    Thank you for explaining how to report this spam . They maay be stong but we SPARKERS are a lot stronger!!! and smarter , and UNITeD!

hope your weight loss journey is going well. I am sending you good wishes for the upcoming week! emoticon

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JANLEEW 4/26/2010 2:47AM

    It seems there is always someone who takes advantage or is just invading a legitimate site to further their own gain. Spam is definetly inappropriate on Spark! This happens on sites devoted even to very esoteric themes. Keep deleteting, keep reporting. Good week to you!

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Pressure of waiting

Thursday, April 22, 2010

So my interview went well - I think. Good atmosphere in the room, interesting conversation, I have hope.

But I think it is very hard to have to wait for a week for the result. There are two more to be interview and I assume that they are nothing like me - I mean how many more 57-old entrepreneurs who have had their own newspapaer and travelled round Scandinavia as a public speaker is there? The big question is if it is that kind of person they need...

Well - I felt the support from all my spark friends and that was great! BUT... I diddo some nervous overeating afterwards and I could have lived without that.

Another good thing today was that I asked a girl in the stable to help me with my horses. Itīs embarrasing because I should do it myself but I fear that I will never get up on those horses if I donīt get assistance. I donīt want to burden anyone but now I have asked and thatīs a relief.

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INGMARIE 4/25/2010 9:18AM

    way to go, emoticon
fingers are crossed for you
and great of you to actually ask for help emoticon
I know that is one of the hardest things to do

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KRZYKAT3 4/23/2010 2:16PM

    YEAH! So glad oyu had your spark friends in your pocket as support. We will pray your interview went weel enough for you to have an OFFICIAL job.

I am happy you are able to reach out for help. Asking for help is on of the hardest things I do as well but I have learned. We cannot do it all, we cannot be good at everything, we can be very very good at what we can do AND there is always someone around who does well what we don't!

That statement may be a tongue twister but I am going to copy it to my quotes for future reference....

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STARREACHER 4/22/2010 11:34PM

    Hi MP. Good for you for asking for help with your horses. Sometimes that's the hardest thing to do - to ask for help.

Oh, I'm sending you support vibes so that you get that job. There's nothing like a life with a steady income. I hope you get it!

Huge hugs,

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GWTRIKER 4/22/2010 8:24PM

    I am glad the interview went well. Fingers are crossed that you are the candidate selected. Good Luck.

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IAMANDARAMA 4/22/2010 6:07PM

    The deed is done then and it's fingers crossed. In the meantime, keep busy (I know you will) and the time WILL go quickly.


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V_ON_THE_VERGE 4/22/2010 5:04PM

    Good for you! Both on the interview and on asking for help. Let's hope the decision is an easy one for them and that they'll get back to you even sooner!

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