Monday, November 1, 2010


I have to thank my friend once again for helping me with this blog. She has the patience of Job when it comes to explaining how this blog works and she is half a continent away from me! Thanks again my friend.  Both you and your sister are back on as my followers.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

In a couple of weeks, my husband will have his first book, Atonement, published, a murder mystery with humor.  It is set in a small town in northern Minnesota where he grew up. Besides being available in
 paper,  eventually through in print or as an ebook., or through his website; You can also follow his blog at

Award winning Minnesota author Kent Krueger, one of my favorite authors who has written  Iron Lake, Mercy Falls, and several others, writes the following about Atonement:
"Atonement, is a wonderful cautionary tale of greed run amok. Paul Schmit has created the quintessential Minnesota small town whose inhabitants, quirky and combining and humanly flawed, will keep you reading this compelling tale long into the night. Take it from me, murder has never been so much fun."
---Kent Krueger

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My First Posting

We just got back from visiting my relatives in Sweden. We had a wonderful time with them and their friends. This is the second time we have been to Sweden and we found it just as beautiful and the people just as gracious and wonderful as on our first trip there. Once again, my cousins and their families were welcoming and made us feel right at home.

 The coasts (either the west or east coast) are sprinkled with  charming coastal villages, I loved walking around admiring the Swedish houses, the lovely flowers and the shops with Swedish linens and fashions. I'm hoping that the long tunic tops and leggings , which I saw worn by women of all shapes, sizes and ages, gets to the United States. I could kick myself for not getting a couple of Victorian looking tunic tops in a store called Joy in Goteborg. They were beautiful, why did I hesitate?  There is also a wonderful furniture shop on the west coast that I would love to go back to as soon as I win the lottery. In fact, I like the Swedish design style so much the decorating magazines were the one item I most wanted to purchase and bring home with me.

The cities of Goteborg and Stockholm are international cities where you can get anything you can possibly think of from around the world. The people are wonderful, most people know English and are very helpful and friendly. The food was fresh and delicious.  I brought some recipes back with me and hope to duplicate them here at home.  Sweden makes it very easy for English speaking visitors to find their way around as signs are usually in English as well as Swedish.

If anyone is wondering where to visit next, see Sweden.