Jul 20, 2018

Just Another Day ~

Another day that passes is another day closer to seeing you...

A typical day for us in Norway goes as follows.  Get up. 
Have my coffee and relax little on my own before Arvid wakes up. 
 In between my being up and Arvid waking up, Molly his
 mother wakes up.  Takes her pill and has a little breakfast.
  She then goes to bed for another hour or so.

Arvid wakes up.  We make breakfast and as we are finishing
 up his mother gets out of bed again.  We maker her another breakfast
 and either tea of cafe.  I clean up the dishes and we then 
sit for a little before we start running around
 either with chores or visiting family.

Every single day it is the exact same thing.  The day goes
 on like this until about 8 pm at times.  In this entire
 day Arvid and I do not have much alone time.  

When we’re out doing chores he meets up with friends.
  When we don’t meet up with friends we are with his family.  
Anyway you look at it there is always someone around.

When we’re not running we’re with his mother.  None of 
this is unpleasant, but it is really exhausting. . Exhausting to
 the point where all I want to do is cry and cry some more.  I tell
 myself that next year I will not be coming for so long. I tell 
myself this every year, yet here I am. I guess after all, I do like it.

I love the grand kids. Seeing them is always such a pleasure.  
I enjoy talking to Michelle and Victoria.  They make this
 trip doable and that’s why I keep coming because I want to 
see them and spend time with them.  Even so just going from
 one home to another every single day sure can wear one out.

I’m sure Norway is a beautiful country,and this year I got 
to see some of it.. I saw a little of Norway’s West Coast.
  I’m grateful for that, but honestly I don’t know if I can continue 
doing this year after year.  When a person goes on a vacation,
 it’s not supposed to be so much work.  I’m so tired.  All I can
 do is count down the days until we go home.

On the other hand, we have some very exciting days ahead of us.
The wedding/  Another trip to VM, seeing the little ones and yes
 being a little busy doing a few chores to help Michelle and 
Emil.  Looking forward to all of that.  That is all fun.

At the end of the day I am thankful that 
my-blessings are bigger than my problems...


Jul 18, 2018

Our Norway West Coast Getaway ~

Relax, Recharge and Reflect. Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing...

For two days Arvid and I had a little getaway on our own. 
 For the first time in my 18 years coming to Norway, I gt to see 
some place different from Arvid's hometown of Horten.

Horten is beautiful, but it is very good to see other places,
 especially after I have been coming here for 18 years.

The drive up to the West Coast was beautiful.  Mountains everywhere
 and on either side you have a lake or the Fjord.  I loved every moment of it.

Arvid was pretty calm the entire time and we even got out and checked
 out the scenery.  Now I can really say, "Norway is beautiful."

We went o a place called Songndal.  We had our very own little cabin.

It's great to see family, but at the same time it's very relaxing to have
 some alone time.  We relaxed.  We watched TV, we had good food 
and we did a lot of sightseeing.  Overall we had a great time..

We have recharged our batteries.  Now it's soon time to head
 back to Horten.  We have some pretty good days coming up.  Michelle
and Emil's wedding.  Another outing at Victoria and Michael's. Yay!
 More time with the 2 little girls.  Yes, we are rested and ready 
once again to be on the run.  "Vacation"  Isn't it wonderful?

Sometimes I need to go off on my own.  I'm not sad.
I'm not angry.  I'm recharging my batteries.

What  amazing beauty we experienced in Norway's West Coast.

Make and take the time to relax, recharge,
 find your peace and look after yourself. Your life and 
everyone in it will be thankful you did...


Jul 17, 2018

Beautiful Norway ~

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit...

I have been looking forward to seeing someplace different 
in Norway for years.  Seems like it is finally happening and I could 
not be more excited.  I can't wait for the treat that awaits us.  

The most I have seen in Norway has been Arvid's home town 
and some nearby areas.  Not bad, but I know there is so much more 
to this beautiful country, and finally I will experience some of it.

Norway is beautiful and finally I will be able to see some of it.
For me this is one of the most exciting trips to this country.
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Wishing you all interesting and happy times.

You might want to decide fast. We live in a 
dangerous world.  If you see a chance to be happy,
 you have to fight for it, so later you have no regrets...


Jul 16, 2018

It’s Different In Norway~

Today I feel like putting an out of order 
sticker on my head and going back to bed...

It been a hectic week since getting to Norway.  Granted
it’s nice to see everyone, but all we do is run from one place
 to another.  This is a hectic way to spend our “vacation”
Being on the run all day long is definitely not “vacation” 

As Arvid told his mother it more like work.  We are tired. 
Very tired.  Have not had a single moment to do much of anything
 on our own.  Well not true. We do get to go to Fishland in the
 afternoons and just sit back, relax and have a little restful time.

I am having a good time seeing everyone.  Love the
grand kids and all, but this is just exhausting. I am ready to
be at home in Branson with Sniff.  I’m tired. Very tired
 and when I get tired all I can think of is going home.
 Having alone time and some peace and quiet.

We will be having 2 days away on on own. I am extremely
excited about it.  No running from one place to another.  I’m
just tired. Those 2 days in Norway will be the "vacation"

When I'm tired I miss home.  I miss Brutus like crazy.
 I miss Sniff and I miss my family.  And now I'm tired and
I am missing all of it.  I know tomorrow is another day, but all
it means is we do the same thing all over again.

We don't call it homesick.  We call it missing home.
There's not a sickness involved.  It's a state of mind.

Wishing you all a good day. Life in Norway is
 not as exciting as life in the USA. That’s a fact.

Sometime you just need to disconnect 
and enjoy your own company....


Jul 15, 2018

Summer Days~

Every summer has a story...

Norwegian roads are scenic as well.  There are tunnels all over the place. 
 Quite interesting and different our homes in Branson, Missouri
 and in Florida.  makes for a scenic and interesting change.

I find it pretty, but Arvid seems to not care.  
Says he saw too much of it growing up.

Our first days here so have have been perfect.  Weather is good
 and seeing everyone always is good.  Arvid's mom is doing
 great.  For a lady who is 90 years old she is amazing.

Not sure what we expected, but she's much more 
movable than we thought and that is very god to see.

Our granddaughters are gorgeous.  Grown up and as loving as can be. 
 We are super happy to have this time to see them and to send with them.

Michelle's wedding is in less than 2 weeks.  I'm getting excited.
Michelle is baking cupcakes and making her own cake. The 
girl is super talented and she does and amazing job.

For the next few days we will be enjoying time with family.  I 
even get to have kisses from Chico, their doggie. We also enjoy
a few outings on our own.  Especially in the evenings, which is a 
very good time to relax and unwind from the days activities.

Greetings to all.  Looking forward to our summer days here in Norway.
I am missing our little Sniff a lot.  I know he is well cared for, but at the 
same time I know he is wondering why we are not there with him.

Summer.. take the time to soak up the sunshine in your life...


Jul 14, 2018

Life Is To Be Lived ~

Life is made up of special moments which make it worth living.  
There are many cherished moments that are missed due to the
stress and fast pace of daily living.  We must slow down and
 remember how precious it is to be alive and to be loved....

 It has been extremely hot in Norway, and the fact 
that there is no air conditioning in most places have
 made the nights and days pretty much unbearable.  

Yesterday evening for a change we had some colder air 
while sitting on the balcony.  Arvid’s mom, Molly has an 
amazing view and it was quite enjoyable to just sit there watch
 the boats go by and enjoy a cup of coffee.  While she 
and Arvid spoke I read and enjoyed the view.  

We had a good time the other day with the 2 granddaughters.  
We had them for a couple of hours in the park.  As all 
little kids do, they have a limitless amount of energy.  

Both Arvid and I were tired but content.  It’s good to see them, 
be with them and enjoy time with them.  Even if we are worn 
out we also find in us lots of energy to keep up with them.

Arvid’s mom who we were told was not doing so good 
is actually doing very good.  As Arvid said, “ she’s
 doing much much better than we expected” 

 She sees better than we do and she hears pretty good.  
For a 90 year old woman she is very fortunate because she’s 
much better off than many 10-20 years younger 
than she is.  This makes us happy. 

 Another sign that she’s is great health is her appetite.  
As Arvid said to her, “ you sure have a healthy appetite.  
You eat all day long.”  These are all good signs.  Molly is
 still strong and healthy.  Good news all around.

As for me, I miss our Sniff.  I have not started yearning
 to go home as yet.  When Brutus was alive I wanted 
to go home the very next day.   I know Sniff is healthy
 and well cared for.  I’m a little more relaxed.

I do look forward every morning to hearing
 from his pet sitter and getting a picture of Sniff.  He is
 a good good kitty and I love him so.  My mom also gets 
updates about Sniff.  He's covered by all f us.

Just talked to my mom for the longest of times and I 
miss her-very much.  Also miss taking to my sisters, 
but fortunately I can call them anytime I like.  Thank 
goodness for international cell phone plans.

We are staying with Arvid’s mom as I mentioned before.
  Not bad, but I would much rather stay on our own.  
I miss having a little alone time with Arvid.  

We have gone out to Fishland and as always that as 
he says is one of the the best of times.  As always he meets friends
 from his childhood days.  They catch up on each other’s life.  
So really we have not gotten much alone time as yet.

When in Branson, the week goes by so very fast. 
  Norway is beautiful.  I enjoy spending time with the 
2 little ones, Michelle, Emil, Molly, Victoria and
 Michael.  Had it not been for them Norway
 would hold no attraction to me.  

We went to Victoria and Michael's.  As usual this was one 
of the highlights of the trip.  We had delicious food, 
spent time in good company and had a very good
 time with them.  Yes. One of my favorite 
times in Norway is at their home.

Victoria and Michael never disappoint.  Victoria 
is glamorous in every aspect of her life.  The 
minute you walk into their home everything is
 perfectly arranged and everything matches. 

 I have never seen anyone anywhere set a table the way she does. 
 Every single detail is accounted for.  Sometimes it feels
 wrong to eat and ruin such a perfect table setting.  
Of course the food never disappoints either. 
 Needless to say, we had an amazing time and
 a delicious meal.  We always do.

It has been another good day, and yes it's another day 
closer to going home to Sniff as well. I miss the little dude 
and his meows.  Mama loves you Sniff Sniff.

It’s all about the little moments 
that make life a big adventure...


Jul 12, 2018

Norway Days ~

Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order
 to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others...

This summer we are staying with Arvid's mom.  Not exactly my
 favorite of choices, but it is what it is. She was kind enough
 to let us stay. I can always hope for the best.  We all can.

One thing is for sure.  His mom's apartment has one of the 
best views in Horten (Arvid's hometown).  When things get a 
little too hectic, just sitting out on the balcony and watching 
the ferries come and go makes it much more pleasant.

Be it day or night there is always something to see.  
Also, right across the street from his mom is our favorite 
spot in Horten.  Called Fishland.  It's a little restaurant by the water.  
It's our relaxing place and a time to have a few moments on our
 own without the rest of the family.  It's something we both 
enjoy and look forward to.  It's our quiet time together.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and relaxed day. 
 As Arvid says, "my imagination functions much
 better when I don't have to speak to people."

A meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words.
It is in the quiet moments of solitude that we are able to tap
 into our unlimited capacity and do the impossible...


Jul 11, 2018

Norway Mode ~

Here we go again.  We've been down 
this road before, many, many times...

Just a few little hints that we are no longer in the USA.
The amazing scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

For the next month we will be enjoying the summer with family
 and friends, and hopefully I will be learning a little more of the language.

  With 2 granddaughters it has now become essential that I speak
 some Norwegian if I want to communicate with them, and that
 I definitely want to do.  So please wish me good luck on
 picking up some more of this very difficult language.

You know they say a different language is a different
 vision of life.  Well I am ready to embark into it. 
 I now have little ones I need to talk to. 

Good morning world.  Greetings from Norway, Arvid's 
homeland.  Land of the midnight sun, which I have yet to see.

Looking forward to relaxing days.  Enjoying time with family and
 seeing a little bit more of this beautiful country in the next few weeks.

He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own...


Jul 10, 2018

Hello's From Norway ~

Seize the day.  Make it ridiculously amazing...

Greetings from Norway.  We made it.

As of this minute it's a race to see how many hot dogs we can eat while 
we are here.  I do not like hot dogs, but when in Norway you do
 what Norwegians do.  You eat hot dogs. A lot of hot dogs.

To be fair we also have a lot of good food.  Not from
 the restaurants, but from Victoria and Michael's. Going to their 
home is always such a delightful time.  There I know I will enjoy 
every delicious minute.  Already looking forward to it.

Time to get rolling and start making beautiful memories.

Also today is our nephew J's birthday.  J sending you our love
all the way to Miami, and we look forward very much to seeing
 you when we get back to Florida.  J Alexander's here we come.

Let your soul be built with a collection of moments.  You won't 
realize it until much later, but these are the memories that make you...


Jul 8, 2018

Leaving The USA ~

No matter how you feel.  Get up.
Dress up. Show up and never give up...

A new week is soon upon us.  In just a few hours 
we will be in Norway.  I have not been there since 2016.  
Have not seen our granddaughters in 2 whole years. 

 You know that I am so looking forward to seeing them all this year.
  Unfortunately, I still can't speak enough Norwegian to communicate with
 them.  That makes me mad, and yes I am practicing with my online 
lessons, but the pronunciation it difficult.  The little ones
 will speak English before I speak Norwegian.

My mom says she dreads when I go on "vacation" because all I 
want to do is come back home.  It always starts out being exciting, 
but then after the first few days the "magic" wears off.  

Going to Norway is not "vacation" as Arvid puts it.  It's visiting 
family mostly.  It will keep us busy so for that I am happy.  

We run from one family's house to another.  No time 
to get bored that's for sure.  And that's good.

In the many years I have been going to Norway, I still have
 not seen much of the county.  Seems once we get there
there is hardly time to do anything but catch up family.
After all it's only once a year we get to see them.

Every year Arvid says we will do something, every year 
something else makes it not possible.  I have seen many other

European countries, happy about that, but Norway is beautiful and I
 would love to see some of it.  Seems like it will be happening this year.
We get to see the West Coast of Norway!Who knows one day as we 
get older we may not go there as often.

As always the excitement to get going is upon us.  Can't wait 
to see everyone soon, but at the same time knowing me I know that 
I will be counting down the days until we are back home in the 
USA with Sniff.  For now it's time to go to Norway and have a great
 summer with everyone.  Yes, we always have good times.

Wishing everyone a relaxing Sunday spent with loved ones.  
Soon we will be doing the same.  Time to make some memories.
 Next stop Norway.  "See" you all soon.

The best thing about memories is making them...