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Monday 6 August 2018

Non-stop moving

Today's helpers were Merete again, and Irene and Steinar. Bjørn had phoned Irene to tell her he did not think he would be able to make it to Eira and Axel's wedding because we have so much to move and so little time. Irene would have none of him not coming, so she and Steinar came to help us. I was called in to help carry from car to storage room in Ørje.

The first boxes being placed in the storage room - Steinar helps out.

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Sunday 5 August 2018

Moving...

Today's helpers were Merete again and a former pupil of mine, Ahmed from Syria. I was out in the world finding more empty boxes for them, and a bit of other equipment. I met up with Bjørn and we had lunch together and drove to look at one of the storage spaces we have found. Then he went back to continue packing, and I went back to Ås where Anja and Espen now are back from their holidays, and Jazz is no longer my responsibility :)

Saturday 4 August 2018

Let packing frenzy commence.

I had a relatively quiet day. I went for a long walk with Jazz, and I have been contacting more people to try to get more helpers. It will be quite a job to move everything out before Monday 13th. Bjørn has started packing today, and he has had help from his friend Merete. I have never met her, but it sounds as if she is a packing genius. They have started in the kitchen, and have made a good start.

Friday 3 August 2018

Contract meeting

Met with the buyers and signed contracts. Then we went out to celebrate. Again. Might take at least ten celebrations before I feel I am done.

Thursday 2 August 2018

A very busy the 2nd.

Today we did not even meet. Bjørn has been busy getting started with the housemoving project. On the 13th, the keys will be handed over, and then we need to be finished moving out. While Bjørn takes care of the muscle part of the moving project, I will try to get hold of people who can help, and I will do as much as I can of everything outside of Bergly. It is is such a wonderful relief that we are finally seeing the end of our 4 year long nightmare.

I also walked 7.4 km with Jazz in the morning.

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Wednesday 1 August 2018

Walking

The weather is still very warm and very dry. Had three walks with Jazz today and walked about 9 km altogether.

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Celebrating the sale

I was at work, Bjørn was in Oslo, meeting his friend Mahmood.

There are not many people at work over the holidays, just the one or two teachers who need to take care of the one class that is there, and a couple of people from the office. Today I was the only teacher. Shortly after I had told Nina and Stine at the office about the sale, a cake was on the table. What a cool gang I work with!

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When my workday was done, Bjørn picked up Amalie, and drove to Ås where we had dinner at the excellent Ås Bistro to celebrate that we are going to sell the house!

Monday 30 July 2018

YES!!!!!!

Bjørn made a counter offer. He asked for the current selling price, but said we could be out of the house in ten days. They accepted. We are going to sell the house!

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Sunday 29 July 2018

The house

Heard from the real estate agent who says we ought to make a counter offer. I have to go to work tomorrow, so Bjørn will take care of that. Bjørn was here for a while, but went back to our home in the afternoon.

Saturday 28 July 2018

A day by the sea.

Bjørn has been going to the beach alone for some days this summer, and I wanted to try to come with him. We have been a couple since 1991, and I can count on one hand the number of times we have gone to the beach. It has not been something we have wanted to do. So, it was a bit inspiring that Bjørn started to go now. No wonder that he did... for those who can swim, the beach seems like the only sensible place to be this summer.

Anyway, my fear of water was back, that was clear. I spent the first couple of hours safely on the beach, just enjoying the sun and being a little annoyed that the water scared me so much. But then I overcome my fear and went out into the water. I survived. With some encouragement from Bjørn, and his steady hands, I could lie down and also have my head under water. I am not at where I can let go of him, and I am miles away from swimming, but it was quite a victory for me just to do this. We did have a fun day on the beach and I can even imagine going back, and we hope to do so in a few days.

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In the car on our way home, we got a text message from the real estate agent. The ones who looked at the house had a made bid. It was 150.000 less than the asking price and it will get us into trouble if we accept. BUT it will mean getting rid of the house, which means so much for my health.

We spent the evening discussing what to do. I wanted to accept the offer since this might be our only chance to sell. Bjørn did not want to accept the offer since it will mean we will be left with nothing after the sale. Discussion turned into heated argument. I have made so many decisions against Bjørn's will in this sale's process, so it was on time for him to get his way. We turned the offer down, and I was not a happy camper.

Friday 27 July 2018

Jazzy jazz

Still too hot to walk much. I have had a quiet day with Mrs. Quirky herself - Jazz. Our real estate agent told us that the ones who looked at the house yesterday are interested and she thinks they will make a bid. I will try not to get my hopes up.

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Thursday 26 July 2018

Impending doom

A good and warm Norwegian summer is one when you reach temperatures above 25 degrees for two, three weeks, and when you only have rain two, three times a week. Those have not been many in my lifetime. Temperatures at around 13 to 23 degrees, short summers and quite a bit of rain is what we are used to. This summer has been very different. We are setting new heat records everywhere. Place after place, even in Northern Norway are reaching temperatures they have never had before. Place after place are having new records for number of days when temperatures are above 30 degrees in a row. It is hot. All the time.And we get no rain. Farmers have had to slaughter their animals because lack of water means no crops and no animal food. We have forest fires everywhere, and in Sweden they are out of control and nearing the Norwegian boarder. Forest animals are suffering. I have never had summer that was anything near this. We constantly hear that today Oslo is warmer than Barcelona - or other places Norwegians escape to for warmth in the summer months. It is like we are living in a parallel reality. Last time I spoke to my sister-in-law, she told me this was so abnormal that she had a very strong feeling of impending doom. It might not be right around the next corner, but with all recent knowledge of what we are doing to the planet, this does indeed feel a bit scary.

Today it is so warm that I have not been able to do much. I am sluggish and lethargic (yes, sluggish and lethargic both). It is too warm to be outside. Even when there is a bit of wind, it just feels like someone is holding a hairdryer close to you. I can't ever remember feeling wind that warm. I have tidied and cleaned a bit and been outside with Jazz. No walks today either, it is just too warm and I fear the doggie will just melt. I have finished a good novel, and I have talked with the real estate agent. Yet another couple are coming to look at the house today. It is starting to feel like a routine. People come, look at the house, say they like it and then we never hear from them again.

Bjørn was supposed to come here early, but now he has been busy with the house instead. He will be here in the evening and I look forward to his company.

"Ingrid Winters makeløse mismot" by janne S. Drangsholt

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An easy read, finished it in a couple of days. Light, and funny without being stupid. Very enjoyable.

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Could be better

Not happy with myself today for all sorts of reasons. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day.

"Satantango" by Lásló Krasznahorkai

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Finished this one a few days ago. I had hoped I would like it, since I have not read much by Hungarian authors. I always discuss Norwegian literature with Zoltan, and feels on time to do something Hungarian. It will not be this one though, even if it is a cult novel that has been made into a cult film. It was very typical for the modernistic project with the whole "In order to reflect a confusing and unintelligible world, the texts themselves must be confusing and unintelligible." Mix in a small dash of magic realism and the bleakness of post-communism Eastern Europe and there you have it.

It might be that I have read very many other modernistic novels and am too familiar with the concept, but this one did not speak to me. I will go look for other Hungarian novels.....

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Power to the people!

Fell asleep late, woke up late. Showered, had breakfast. Walked Jazz for 8.6 km. So warm that we simply were not able to walk any longer.

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Back here, another shower and then I drove to Ørje. Met Bjørn and had a nice lunch together at the boat cafe and then I went to the post office to pick up my much missed power supply. Drove back to Ås (love the new car!) and have been doing a little of this and a little of that.

Jazz is being her own very strange self.

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And after she in her very Mrs. Evil genius way had managed to open my sack, pull out the goodies I bring for her on on our walks, had brought them to my bed and lied there eating them all up, I decided it was on time for her to go upstairs and sleep in her own bed for a little while. This was her a few minutes later:

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Monday 23 July 2018

A dog? An Alien? Hard to tell.

Our main walk today was only 5km, but it is so hot that it is a little overwhelming for me and doggie both. I do bring water - without it, we had not lasted more than a kilometer or two.

We are exploring the new forest behind Espen and Anja's new house. Many nice paths.

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Have been very sluggish today, I think it is because of the crazy warmth. We have not had a summer like this in my lifetime.

At times I do wonder if Jazz really is a dog... or if she is something more ... alien.

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Bjørn was at the beekeeper course today, and his bees are doing great and behaving well. I bought a jar of honey at the store today to honour his efforts :)

Sunday 22 July 2018

Exploring the woods and having a date

Our main walk today was 12 km. Quite a nice forest. We saw a deer run across the path right in front of us and we saw a squirrel.

We needed frequent breaks for water.

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We passed some very nice corn fields.

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Bjørn bought dinner and came to Ås. We watched a couple of films on Espen and Anja's giant TV (Oh the life of the nouveaux-riches). By then jazz had already had yet another walk, and she slept like a log. After Bjørn drove back home, we went for the third and last walk of the day.

Saturday 21 July 2018

Bjørn showing the house and me walking

More people to see the house today, and I am trying to be optimistic. Bjørn stays at home the whole day to take care of cleaning and showing it.

I walked for about 12 km, with the main walk being about 7 km. The evening walk was at the exact right time when the sun was setting beautifully over the corn fields.

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Friday 20 July 2018

Winding down

Unpacking, getting instructions about what to do when Anja and Espen leaves for their Croatia holidays tomorrow morning and I will keep dog and house and lawn safe. And try to keep their stick insects alive. Have also rested a bit and had a bit of a head ache.

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