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Saturday 23 February 2019

Celebrating Kjetil's 50th birthday.

Irene and Amalie came also, and it was nice to see them both. I was still sick, and had some breaks where I went to bed and slept for a little while. Bjørn did all the cooking. I only set the table and let him do all the work.

We had a really nice evening. I can not remember the last time I laughed so much.

After breakfast - Ingrid played and sang. She is good at both.


I tried to take some pictures of Ingrid's dog, Leo:







Partying the night away!







Wednesday 20 February 2019

Darned cough

Fell asleep haf an hour past midnight. Woke up again at 2.30am because breathing passages were blocked. A moment of panic, and then a lot of coughing. I gave up on sleep, and stood up. Eventually fell asleep in a chair, and has been waking up with regular intervals for a bit of coughing.

Had breakfast with Bjørn at 8am before her went to work. After work, he and Kjetil will go to Hedmark to pick up their cars which have been there for a while. Meanwhile I am staying home, trying to get more things done, and coughing constantly. I have been quite effective, but I am so tired of all this coughing.

Went for a walk before it got dark today.





Tuesday 19 February 2019

Winter holidays

It is good that this week is holidays. I am so far from being well, and have spent most of the night coughing. Bjørn is off to work again, today it will be from 11.30am till 7pm, so he has full days. This means we can not do anything together this winter holiday, but that is just as well. It is so much cooler that he has a job to go to, and with the way I am feeling now, I need all the rest I can get, to be ready for work again.

Like yesterday, I have been moving slowly, but I do get things done. I made dinner for Bjørn, so he got a meal when he came back home. In the evening I went for a walk again. Last week was such a setback, and my lungs hardly have any breathing capacity at all. Walking after dark with a headlight can be quite cool.




There was a beautiful full moon, and quite a few stars in the sky. I like living where there is not so much light from people, it really makes for some outstanding night skies. This evening, Arctutus shone particularly bright. It is fitting that it does outside this house where there lives a bear.

Back inside, my cough gathered strength. My stomach muscles are so sore from all this coughing.

Monday 4 February 2019

Evening meeting with the online pupils.

Getting a few things done at home at daytime before I drove to work. This time in a brand new Renault station wagon. Bjørn drove my car to the garage today so that they would fix the damage that was done when he was in the chain-collision some time back. They lend us this Renault while we wait for my car to be fixed. Though it is 3 years newer than my car, and would cost almost twice as much, I am happy to say that my own car is much to prefer.

Though I am not to fond of winter, I will admit that it can be beautiful.



Wednesday 23 January 2019


Had a doc's appointment today. The ear infection still will not go away, and it is painful and bothersome. A new doc this time since my own was not available. He sent a requisition to a new specialist. I got an SMS later in the afternoon from the specialist, saying he had time to see me on March 27th. I will not be able to wait that long, so I will need to find another way. After the doc's appointment, I went for my walk in Ørje.



Saturday 19 January 2019

Winter wonderland...

Moving forward with the house project, it really is becoming the perfect home now. It will take a lot of time still, but it is coming along, and turning into the perfect home.

Today's walk took me into the forest and on snowfilled paths where it was difficult to walk.







Monday 14 January 2019

Being madly effective.

Getting lots of things done. Lost another kilo. And walking 6km. It is still winter.


Saturday 12 January 2019

Amalie and her friends visiting

Today Amalie and her two friends Ida and Yoomin came here. I know Ida from our stay in the cabin in Holmsbu this summer, and Yoomin we have met several times. It was so nice to have them here. I picked them up from the train station, we shopped groceries and when we came home,we made dinner. How nice to have dinner with the girls, and then an evening of chatting.

Amalie and Yoomin






Monday 7 January 2019

Starting 2019's second week.

The first one went fairly well. I lost a kilo, which was good, and I have walked every day. Today the walk needed to be in the morning since I had to go into work in the evening. It was foggy and uninviting outside. I walked 3.7 km.



The evening work was a get-together for our online pupils. It is useful to get to see them now and them.

Sunday 6 January 2019


A quiet day. Walking 2 km down to beautiful Tjuvholmen.






Wednesday 2 January 2019

2019th's first the second!

Once again I was up early. We wanted to do something together, but were not full of energy, so we settled for driving to Ski to see if there was something interesting at the New Year's sale. We did not find much of interest, but I did find some woollen slippers to wear on the rather cold floor here at the vicarage. We also had lunch there, which was nice.


Living up to my resolution of getting out for a walk every day. I walked 3 km. today.


Sunday 30 December 2018

Walking on ice

Bjørn and I went for a walk. It was very icy, and Bjørn fell a couple of times and hurt his back, so the walk was cut short because he was in pain. We took some pictures along the way, and until he fell, it was a nice walk.

Thursday 27 December 2018

My day of doing nothing.

One day a year it must be allowed to do nothing. Today was my day of laziness. And with a year of 140% work, neighbour hell, moving out and moving in, Bjørn's recent surgery and my own health issues, I made plans quite early that this should be a day of not feeling guilty about doing absolutely nothing. And I followed through! No alarm clock, which was heaven. Woke up, read a little, slept a little more.... We got out of bed at 1.30 pm. Then to the sofa for more reading and more sleeping. Eventually a dinner followed by reading, TV and sleeping. And then going to bed. OMG what a treat!!!!!

But I did take a photo out of the window to test my new wide angle lens!


Sunday 2 December 2018

A strange way to spend the 2nd.

Waking up, having breakfast and after a while I drove Bjørn in to Ullevål hospital in Oslo. I never drive in Oslo, so that in itself was quite an ordeal. I stayed on while he got a room and while they did a lot of different tests, He will have surgery tomorrow morning. When I drove back home, I was of course lost, and had to drive around in very busy streets downtown. Goodness that was stressful. Driving home, I was so tired, I was worried about Bjørn and I was hungry since I had not eaten all day. And then Joanna phoned me. She knew I had been to hospital, and she figured that I had not had time to eat, so she told me to stop by her house, and she would make me dinner.

If it is one thing that life has taught me, one piece of life wisdom I wish I had learned sooner, it is that even for an introvert as myself, the one most important factor for a happy life is to have a strong social network. I did not have that before I started working in Askim five and a half year ago. My life has changed in so many ways during these years, and to some extent I am a very different person now from what I was when I moved. But making so many friends, and having such a strong, extensive and dependable social network makes such a huge difference in my life.

Joanna made dinner just for me and served fried cod and salad. It was so good. Both the food and having someone to talk with.


Then home, where i spent some hours in the kitchen, listening to radio and wrapping Christmas presents, talking with Bjørn and falling asleep.

Saturday 17 November 2018


After a nice Saturday morning, I went to Oslo where I met Astri. We had dinner at Jaipur and looked around in a couple of shops. Big mistake of me to look in book stores for Christmas gifts since I find about one hundred things I want myself for every potential Christmas present.

The streets were crowded, so the Christmas hysteria has already started. We sat down for a cup of coffee, and then it was the train back home. Bjørn came to pick me up at the railway station. He had been to Fredrikstad today to buy a birthday present for my brother who turns 40 on November 21st.

Home and an episode of the excellent French "Le Bureau" before bed.

Oslo is ready for the Christmas crowd


Thursday 15 November 2018

From misty morning walk to Course in First Aid.

Thursday means walking before work. I should not bring my camera, because it means less exercise. But our surroundings at this place are so exceptionally well suited for photography, it feels like a waste not to.

Then to work where I did not go to Kolbotn after the workday, but stayed on in Askim to have another half planning day. Today was about first aid, and it was very useful to go through that again. Home at 8pm on a Thursday is quite good, so I also had time for a bit of housework!

Thursday 8 November 2018

Misty morning walk.

Following up on my plan to walk before work on Thursdays and Fridays. The rest of the day was work as usual, but the morning was exceptional. Too bad I only had my phone camera.




Monday 5 November 2018


I have been keeping myself busy today. Got up at 7 and started working with the online course. When Bjørn woke up at 8, I made breakfast for us. After he left, I continued with housework and unpacking and getting organised in our new home. This is the most practical home we have ever had, and there is enough space for everything to have a place. I could live here for quite some time! I also went shopping, read a bit; finished the Murakami Per lent me, and got so incredibly much done of all that needed doing. Bjørn was at his thing in Mysen, and after that he visited Merete. When he came home I made dinner (gulash) and a few cookies. Been ages since I made food from scratch. The kitchen we live in now inspires!



Saturday 20 October 2018


We held a party here for those who helped us move, and their spouses. Some were busy, and a couple became sick a the last minute, but we had 12 guests here. It was a great evening. Bjørn and I made the food, Joanna and Anne brought cakes. It was supposed to be our way of saying thank you, and yet they brought a gift for us. A pretty darn good one: lots and lots of firewood! They are the best people ever. All those who came were my workmates with spouses, except for Bjørn's friend Merete. It was an evening of quality conversations, lots of laughter, lots of singing - included and old Polish song and an an old Bolivian one. And we sang the birthday song for Nina's boyfriend who thought noone knew he had his birthday today. Amalie's guitar and Bjørn's keyboard was also brought out, since we had so many musical guests. Anecdotes, poetry recitals and jokes. And everyone agreed it had been a good evening.

Making food....


The party lasted till 2am, and Anne and her boyfriend Morten slept over. When I finally hit the bed, I thought I'd fall asleep right away, but it took a little while. So happy it was such a success.

Me, Nina, Joanna and Lene


Me, Nina and Lene


Saturday 13 October 2018

Happy life!

There is something to be said for walking up together in a home where you enjoy being! No alarm bell today, and slept till 9am. A slow toast breakfast while planning the day and our priorities. More unpacking and moving in. We carried in the beds and nightstands that Bjørn got from Anne yesterday. Then we explored the storage building that comes along with the house. Quite a few useful things there. More unpacking, lunch. I concentrated on emptying the smallest livingroom and making it habitable. Meanwhile Bjørn went to Anne to pick up more of the furniture she is giving us. And then he went in to Askim to be on a stand, handing out info about the Autism organisation at a theatre where they currently have a play about a person with autism.

It feels great to have a life I am happy with. It has been a while. My 49th year has so far been my best year ever.



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