Category: Family

Me as a person

I have done this so many times, and still, it`s not as easy as I want it to be. That thought is what motivates me the most. I actually thought that this post should be a piece of cake for me, but still I feel a bit unsure and that bothers me! OK, so I made my point, but this is one of the hundreds points that motivates me to do stuff in my life. So now when I have made this ice breaking kind off start on this letter, I can start writing down the basics about myself. My name is Anders Stenhammar. Stenhammar means “stone hammer” and I got it from my wife. I like it because it reminds me of my strong wife and the stone hammer is for me a symbol for plain hard work and craftsmanship. My mother and father gave me the name Anders. My parents are divorced, but they did actually agree on this one. They probably see themselves as simple workers and like to keep things simple, that’s why my only name is Anders, and nothing else…

During different courses that I have attended at the military officer academy, I got to do a lot of different presentations… Even though I have practised this several times and I have this strange urge to fight my stage fright, I can never decide what part to tell about me and my life. Everything is so integrated and nothing is so plain simple as my parents wanted things to be. I still have to decide what parts to be told, and accept that I won’t be able to make you understand who I am in this letter. That´s if you don’t want to pay me to write an autobiography…

You should know one thing though, I am born in June. The sign of Gemini is thought to be very adaptable and flexible, sometimes to the point of “being” two different personalities.  Anyway, I hope you will enjoy reading this “mess of words” that I composite here for you.  Yes, I do use autospell when writing, sorry, but I´m an automatic engineer student!

So let’s go back to the basics again. Born in Norway, moved a lot during my years as a kid (undefined amount of years) and kept moving around until now. Now I just want to settle down and enjoy my life with my wife and hopefully with some kids in the future. I do not dislike the fact that I have been brought up in a moving family, I actually have a lot to be grateful because of that. My sister thinks the opposite, and she has not had the fortune to realize that all our experience in life do make us stronger, if we use it right.

The sky’s the limit! That´s what one of my mentors told me once. I like having mentors, they make me feel great and I really respect that. The feeling when I grow in their eyes and make them proud. I guess that´s one of the reasons why I like to be a mentor myself. My first teaching job was when I was 15 years old and worked for free as a R/C pilot instructor (Radio Controlled). My patience became my strength and also my curse. I`m been teaching since… Still trying to teach people how to fly…

Working as a  aircraft technician officer in the Air Force did develop my teaching skills. I loved that, and still do. I am a teacher and a learner and I like the military leadership. All to often the Air Force educate their soldiers to become strong and smart so when they demand more of their soldiers, they are surprised to learn that the soldiers suddenly expects more of them as an employer. I get that, unfortunately too bad for the Swedish Air Force. .

Being on my own is something that has never bothered me. I do like people and when I’m around them I’m very social, but I do get by very well by my own. I have my workshop at home, where I can run away and just be by myself and do the things I like to do. I really love to work on my microlight airplanes and all the other projects I have. Recently I became a member of Blekinge Uppfinnarverkstad, which is a club for inventors and innovative people.

Sometimes my father don’t see the problems when he`s getting into new projects. Sometimes he never see them, not even when they appear! I guess I have some of that in me. Problems is not a problem, its an issue to solve! At the same time I`m not able to settle on one thing for too long, except from my wife. My wife Catarina ak. Cata is the one steady point in my life and it seems like we have found our spot on this planet. For 14 years we have been together, and I can’t imagine a life without her.

So why am I an automatic engineering student right now and why am I doing this right now? My friends and family members have asked me that so many times. I don’t have any straight answer on that one! I guess I am in this phase in my life where I want more of myself and my life. Working in the aircraft industry slowly hurted my passion for aircraft and invention. I needed something to develope and put my name on. I need to feel some growing pain during my career. I know I am capable of more, and I need to try, never quit trying. So why shouldn’t I?

I can`t have enough of this life, so I want to keep learning new stuff and live this life even more deeply. I love knowledge and I love hard work. My passion is my drivetrain and my goals keep me going. A true Stenhammar never quits.

It`s just that simple!

Anders

Christmas days

We went to dad’s place this christmas.

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Dad Steinar and Steph mom Kerstin

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Me and my brother Jon.

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Jon likes to work out.

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Cata and my brother Gustaf

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My sisters daughter Destiny

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My sisters second daughter Riana

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My mothers fat cat.  😉

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Jag är ett sätt att tänka.

Sunday labors

our neighbour Christer had a firm who sells firewood, so we bought a big container stuffed whit 16 square meters of firewood.

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First we used the wheelbarrow… Then we went over to the car trailer. It takes about 20minutes each trailer of 1,5 m2.

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After 2turns, we needed some fika (brake).

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the result of todays workout:
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Jag är ett sätt att tänka.

Honeymoon 2

The journey continues.           9/9-12
So we now know what a 4stared hotel in Pisa is like… I do not need to tell you more.
We went to Pisa for that tower everybody is talking about, me myself only relates this to Superman, when he is pushing it straight… Anyway, this is how it looks like.
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After that we drove on. Passing by a Airport.
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And we got to take a bath. The water was warm and nice.
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The driving started to be really interesting, because the nature turned into green colours and very amazing.
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We forgot to take pictures because it was so much to see.

At late evening, we arrived to a nice bed and breakfast up on a hill. Again the drive was crazy, but now because it was in the mountain and the roads were like rally roads.
The bed and breakfast was unique.
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Hello Milano, here we came! 10/9-12
But first let stop and have a look at a big shopping centre.

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We went to Castelanza after that, and had a icecream. Cata did her school practice here for 8years ago. She was excited and happy to see this nice place again.

The Bed and Breakfast outside Milano was also nice.
On the evening we took the car in to Milano, after all, we have full insurance on the car…
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The Doum in Milano was BIG and cool!
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On top of the La Rinoscenta shopping mall, there was a exclusive restaurant. Really expensive… but a nice view.
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My lady in red.
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The drive home to the the B&B was exciting, but we did not need the insurance…
God night Milano. Tomorrow we go home.

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On the plane Home. 11/9-12
Thank you everybody for this trip, we loved it!
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Going on honeymoon.

After receiving “some” money in wedding gifts, we decided to go to Italy. It feels very romantic. We decided on monday night and went on tuesday. No one knows but we. We don’t take any calls and we try to relax and give each other all the love we deserve. We are so grateful for this.

On the airport in rome

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The hotel in Rome

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Colosseum

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Fontana di trevi

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Good night Rome, thank you.

6/9-12
Good morning Italy! Let’s go up north!
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We picked up our car today at the airport and started driving north. First we stopped by one beach and had some fun in the water. We got some colour in the face also.
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Then we went out on the countryside. We googled on B&B and ended up outside Cantino on a Olive farm, a vonderful place!
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The views were just what we love. And the atmosphere were full of harmony.
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We needed some food and went down town.
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To Canino, a nice little place.
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Good night Canino!

Good morning Canino! 7/9-2012

Today we decided to stay one more night att
the Bed and breakfast
The breakfast that Michaela made was
delicious.

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After some relaxing we went down to the sea in montalto.

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I think I need some sun. All the Italians were looking at me as I was a viking from mars.
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After some food we went back to the countryside. To a big lake, Lago di bolsena.
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It was the best beach so far.
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When we got back we took a walk in the olive plantagenet.
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It is so beautiful here!

This is our ride so far.

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God night Canino.
I love my wife so much!

A day on the road. 8/9-2012

This day we only had on the road, and stopped on a famous restaurant that we read on the internet.
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The chef grilled the meat in the restaurant, quite nice. But the food was nothing special for us spoiled swedish people.
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so we kept driving on. The Italian roads are not easy to drive on, the traffic is crazy!
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But the surroundings were absolutely beautiful!
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After a lot of googeling we found a hotel in Pisa, just so we could go to sleep. The driving in the mountains worn us out.

God Morning Pisa! 9/9-2012
Let’s go and take a look at that tower!

A lot of tourists… But many nice buildings…

More to come…