A Story of a Girl Born in Sweden 1897-1994; Part 1

by Jen Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

As my grandmother was going through some old family things she happened upon an amazing treasure; my great grandmother Hilda (Helda) Johnson’s diary. It contains lot of very incredible and often humorous stories from a time long gone. My great grandma Johnson was born in Tollarp, Kristianstad, Skåne County, Sweden in 1897, and I’ve decided to share this beautiful gift that she left for us. The following are the exact and unaltered words straight from her.


Mom Johnson’s Life Story (In Her Own Words)

A Story of a Girl Born in Sweden, by Hilda Johnson


My name is Hilda Johnson (Malmberg). My Dad’s father was Carl Nilson. That was my Dad’s name too. When Dad became a soldier and went into the army, he had to change his name from Nilson to Frisk. That was his first soldier name. My Dad did not like that name, so he asked for a new name.

The officer said ‘No, you keep that name’.

My Dad took the officer by the neck of his shirt and seat of his pants and threw the officer on his bunk bed.

Dad said ‘Now will you give me my new name?’

The officer said ‘Yes, yes, yes’

That is how my Dad got his new name Malmberg. My Dad could have gotten into jail for doing that. Dad was not a common soldier for he was an officer. This all happened before Dad was married.

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A Rude Awakening – My Experience Having a Brain Hemorrhage

By Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

On September 21/2019 at 2:30 am, I woke up in incredible pain; I felt like someone had cracked me in the back of the skull with a baseball bat.

Searing pain. I tried to get out of bed, however, I fell on the floor instead unable to get my bearings. ‘What is going on?’ Blurred vision, extreme vertigo, words not coming out of my mouth properly, unable to walk, severe vomiting, completely delirious, and incoherent.

My children ended up needing to call an ambulance for me, and they had to watch from inside the house as their mother was taken away to the hospital with them having no clue as to what was wrong with me.

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A Stunning Blue Jay Brings The Message Of Humility, Pride, And Ego

by Jennifer ZmurchykPrairie Sky Wellness

The stunning plumage of the Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) one of the three species of Jays found in Canada.

I feel very fortunate to live in Canada. It is a country full of wide open spaces containing a wealth of wildlife.

I spend time each morning on my deck with a nice cup of hot coffee and I usually see some kind of special bird or animal. This mornings treat? A stunning Blue Jay that flew up onto my fence, looked at me, then hopped into my backyard and strutted around a bit. After pecking in the grass for a while, it flew away being sure to boastfully show me it’s amazing plumage.

“Shamans teach that Blue Jay represents our ego and pride. They have an arrogant Spirit and sometimes prey on other nests for their food. The balance to this is that Blue Jay is an opportunist. He reminds us to treasure what we have and watch for those open doorways. You do not have to be a “victim” of the world. Blue Jay teaches us how to use our abilities with wisdom, remaining present and attentive in our daily life”.

What Is My Spirit Animal

The odd thing about this little winged messenger was that when researching the spirit animal meaning of the Blue Jay, I realized it was the second time today that I had come across information regarding humility, pride, and ego. Spirit seemed to be telling me that I needed to think about where arrogance and pride are blocking me from moving forward in life.

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How I learned To ‘Grow a Pair’

by Jennifer Zmurchyk – Prairie Sky Wellness

Growing a pair’ is hard work!

I ordered the most awesome shirt shown above from a beautiful soul; Dana at Joy PSA. I came across a YouTube video of someone wearing this shirt and I KNEW I had to have one because over the last few years I’ve been working really hard on growing a pair. Please visit Dana’s website here at https://joypsa.com/ where you can purchase printable pieces of her amazing work, and the best part is that the proceeds go towards her mission to spread love and joy in the world.


“The dreams you seed have a funny way of sprouting up into being”

Dana at Joy PSA

This shirt got me thinking about what it means to grow a pair and how I have been working on this in my own life. Now, I do not profess to be an Angel. Though I have made many steps to become a better person, I am still far away from being Angelic.

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