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Good riddance 2012

We're in the last hour of 2012 here...& that's a huge blessing. I know it's only a number, but the symbolism has remarkable healing powers on my psyche. Looking back on the time breaking a sweat with my second family, meeting an array of wonderful people in an unfamiliar line of work & spending precious time with my son gives me a reason to smile. The rest of the year's been laced with awful pain & sickness. So now I bid 2012 a fare the well...

...& I welcome 2013. May you fill our lives with loads of laughter, love, loyalty, good health, great wealth & divine blessings.

~Linn
"...& ye, who have met with Adversity's blast, 
& been bow'd to the earth by its fury; 
To whom the Twelve Months, that have recently pass'd
Were as harsh as a prejudiced jury -
Still, fill to the Future! & join in our chime,
The regrets of remembrance to cozen,
& having obtained a New Trial of Time,
Shout in hopes of a kindlier dozen."
~Thomas Hood.

A Proper Purge

I've taken a small vacation. A puking, feverish vacation...but nonetheless, a proper vacation. Got sooo sick on my birthday & it didn't get much better during the Holidays... Not gonna dwell much on it though, just have to say that the end of 2012 haven't differed a bit from the rest of the year. BUT I'm actually looking at it as a proper purge, both inside & out. 
I'm only one night's rest from the big organizing day. Gonna sort through & get rid of the clothes that don't fit, the toxic people in my life, the pile of paper I've ignored for so long... Not necessarily in that order or fashion, but I'll at least begin with the tasks at hand, & then I'll see how far I've come at the end of the day. Hopefully I've managed to get it all done. Cause on new years eve all I'm gonna do is wear my old pearls & new clothes, raise the champagne glass, hug my son, light up some Whiz Poppers & salute the New Year.


Hope the Go…

It's my birthday!

As my 33rd year comes to an end... I look back & acknowledge that it's not one to jot down in any history books. It's been remarkable plain, painful & downright boring. It's been a year of insight & revelations. Can say that it's been next to no personal gain, but a tremendous amount of loss. I've tried to do my best to focus on the few blessings I've had, but it's been hard. It seem like my mojo's taken a permanent vacation.
So now that I'm stepping in to my 34th year... I'm contemplating what I want to happen next... I want to get well, have a pain-free existence, start making serious money again, laugh with friends & family, have a creative outlet, travel more, just lead my kind of luxury living. Lets hope I haven't used up all my fairy godmother blessings. ;)

Have to get up in 4 hours...so nite nite!

~Linn.
"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional." ~Chili Davis.

KNITivity

Tiny snowflakes dances outside the window now, & I'm under the covers freezing! When I start to build the house I'll insulate with wool like there's no f**king tomorrow! ...& I'll install a crazy amount of fireplaces. See I don't mind the winter at all, 10 meters of snow - nooo problem, but I do mind freezing when I'm INSIDE. It's probably number one on my stupid-list. :P Well, aaanyhow... When I'm cold my mind usually take me to warm places, & today I ended up in Lusekofte land. So, do join me on this short tour of Norwegian knitwear.
This is called a Lusekofte It dates back to the time when we huddled together in front of a roaring fire, told each other stories & used oil & candles for illumination. It kept us warm when we went outside to chop wood for our fires & it made the most rugged man look suitable for wooing the loveliest girl in the village & vice versa. ;)  You can buy one like this here. It comes in a variety of patt…

Sunday chill

Today I've been making postcards, gift tags, etc. Dead tired now... (I'll post a few pics of that tomorrow.)

Had a quick trip to Oslo with my son the other day... It's quite fun getting to be a tourist for a few hours. Getting some one-on-one time with my son at the same time ain't a bad deal either. We took pics & looked at the guards by the castle. :) We even got a cup of hot chocolate from the Freiastore on Karl Johan street. YUMMY! ~Linn.
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food & warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand & for a talk beside the fire: It is the time for home. ~Edith Sitwell.

December tree

Finally winter's officially here. It isn't white outside, but it's a certain chill in the air that can't be mistaken for anything else. :)

Been decorating the tree... It's far from wintery green, but I love it! I'll take better pics in the morning...so these have to do for now.

~Linn.




Valdres

Just a quick update...

I had to get away for a while, so now I'm in Valdres.

I'll write more when I get back home. :)


~Linn
Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours." ~Robert Byrne.

A hint...

I shouldn't have gone out today... Feels like I'm on fire. You know when you burn your finger on a lit candle? That's basically how I've been feeling for the past 9  hours. So, I'm afraid that I only have one quick pic of what I'm giving my dad on Sunday. I can show you more tomorrow. :) 
Since forever my Dad's been flying planes, both military & commercial... So, I let it inspire me a tad bit. 
I've just used an old atlas book & ripped out the pages for the decoration. Wrapped the wine bottle, so he doesn't see what kinda wine it is until he takes it off. Then I recycled a cardboard box, & a bit more of one of the atlas pages...then I used my 1 dollar rubber "With Love" stamp to add a little interest. ;p The little card says "Thanks!" on the front & then I've written a thing I'm thankful for on the back. Then I've made a simple paper airplane, also out of a map.
I'll give him a basked filled with thi…

Nickname Mr. Pain

Good morning! I woke up at 7am as usual, but my body refused to get out of bed until it was almost 8 O'Clock. o.O .oO(Seriously, I look like a crooked old shrew in the mornings.) There's a reason for that of course...so for the past couple of weeks I've been going to physiotherapy. I'm one of those that clench my teeth & get on with it when it comes to pain. But seriously, the physical therapist I'm going to... He's really great, & funny! But, I've called him "F**king c**k!" a couple of times now. Yesterday he worked on my neck & shoulder area at first, I could deal with that... Then he made my spine crack on various places...dealt with that too, pretty gracefully may I add - NOT! *LOL* But after he used the heat treatment & starting messing about on my lower back I got a bit loud & kinda wished him pain. :p I'm usually good at controlling myself... But having a hard time doing that around "Mr. Pain". Hmmm... Go f…

Preparing gifts

Ok, writing from bed now, so please keep your expectations really low. (Disregard the spelling too... I'm Norwegian, tired & blonde. ;) )
So, going to tell you all about my visit with Mr. Pain when I wake up...& show you what I'm preparing for Fathers day & the oh so famous 24 day December calendar in the afternoon.
~Linn
Maybe a person's time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food. ~Frank A. Clark.

4 more years

When I went to sleep last night I wondered if the world would somehow be different in the morning...
...nooope!

It's bedtime here in my little nook on this planet... So nite nite! ;)

~Linn.
Teamwork divides the task & multiplies the success. ~Author Unknown

Skyfall

Was at the movies yesterday evening. :) Watched the latest James Bond flick...& without giving up too much, lets just say that 007 is going back to his roots. With villains to die for... (No pun intended. ;) ) ...& a scenery that's simply breathtaking.
Courtesy of  www.skyfall-movie.com Daniel Craig is nothing less than perfect for the role. He brings a certain je ne sais quoi to the character. It's such a leap from the sleazy portrayal of 007 we know all too well, to what I perceive as the quintessential Brit he always should have been.  I will actually go so far to say that Sean Connery aka the James Bond might have to step down from his 50 year long reign & let Craig be regent, at least until the next movie... Then we can decide if the coronation of a new Monarch is a necessity. ;)

...so if you want an escape from everyday life, then go & spend a couple of hours with Mr. Craig, Dame Dench & Mr. Bardem -who brings an impressive interpretation of what I see …

Prepping

For as long as I remember I've followed the seasons, gathered whatever nature had on offer & used it the following season. But as winter fast approaches I realize that my larder isn't exactly runneth over with the plentiful bounty of yesteryears. o.O I'm actually annoyed by the long list I had to jot down last night. Of course we have enough to last a really really long time... 
But NOT with the things I like to have at hand - the homemade goodies. Oh, & I have to say.......getting winter supplies is looong overdue. So got my work cut out for me this week. But, I'll enjoy every friggin' second of it. ;)

~Linn.
We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are. ~Anais Nin.

Raindrops are falling...

Can't believe it's Saturday already! I've planted my behind firmly in bed. No, I'm not going to sleep. It's just nice to sit here all quietly & listen to the rain gently tapping the window. Been planning the Thanksgiving menu...& no, I do not celebrate the American Thanksgiving, but rather just a gathering to celebrate the last autumnal bounty & give thanks to nature for providing. & hey, lets face it... I'll jump on ANY excuse to make sweet potato pie & stuffing. ;D I just think it's nice to make your own traditions. When I became a Mom it just became very important to give my son a strong awareness of the seasons...& what's the best way to do that? Follow the way of the old...& not a clock ticking on a wall. ;)
Now I've moved my a** into the living room. Had to see Stjernekamp. I'm rooting for 
Tuva Syversen(Pic taken by Julia Naglestad/NRK)
Tonight they have to perform in my least favorite genres... But I'll suffe…

Wonky candle

I'm in bed already. Been a long day... Just stopped by to wish you a fantastic weekend + show off my first homemade candle this season. I failed bigtime!!! :D But that's the charm of homemade - anything - really... ;)

Nite nite! <3 br="br">
~Linn.

Dabble-month

November is here! Naked branches, smoke rising from the chimney tops & long cozy evenings in front of a fire. Yeay!!!
Loads to look forward to... Thanksgiving (aka the last autumn feast of the year), fathers day, a few birthdays, preparing little calendar gifts for my son, holiday decorations & so on... It's nice getting to dabble.

The snow's gone & rain's pouring down...& that's really alright by me. I need autumn to last a bit longer. But have to admit, I'm starting to get a few butterflies flapping around in my stomach... Cause Yule/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah or whatever you call it is a magical time of year.

On a sadder note... Someone I cherished a lifetime ago was buried today. It reminds me of how sick & tired I am of "what if's & why didn't I's"...

~Linn.
What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner. ~Colette.

Samhain 2012

Happy Halloween everybody!
When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, 'tis near Halloween.
~Linn.
Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story. ~Mason Cooley.

Visitor

Today I really haven't done too much... So nothing exciting to report. But tomorrow I'll be digging into Halloween, can't wait! :)

Got to put down my phone & be social now... Have a guest! :D

~Linn.

BTW...here's a pic of Hamsterix, my lovely guest ;D
(If I was a guy, this pic would be soo wrong in so many ways... xD)

Snowing

I don't really check the weather reports all too often... It's usually enough to look out the window. But maaaybe it would've been a good idea to check every once in a while at least. One minute I'm preparing for Halloween & the next.......... Crap pictures, but it's just to give you a glimpse of the day we've had here on Jeløy. :p I really can't complain though... Been watching news about Hurricane Sandy...& my heart goes out to you over there. Stay safe! 
~Linn. Any proverbs about weather are doubly true during a storm. ~Terri Guillemets.

SuperMan vs. PrimEval

Greetings from Lil' Miss Couchpotatoe!
(Can't be bothered to get up, so writing from my cellphone...)

Been painting my Mum's kitchen to the best of my abilities today, whilst in a rather foul mood. Just one of those days I guess...

Ended the day flickin' back & forth between Superman returns & Primeval... Seen both movies before, so no surprises there. ;)

Taking my achy self to bed now...

Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend!

~Linn.

0024/7

Watched House of wax -alone...& it scared the *bleep* outta me for some reason. (It was insanely bad the first time I saw it.) Sooo, decided to watch James Bond & stuff my face with crap instead. :p

~Linn.
Eat, drink & be scary. ~Unknown.

PS: Writing this post on my iPhone, so haven't a clue how it'll turn out. O.o

beLONGINGs

I miss my stuff. Been looking through old pics...& I just miss surrounding myself with my little treasures. Heirlooms, dragon heads, paintings, LP's, books...can't wait 'til we're settled. :/ 

~Linn You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. ~Vernon Howard.

Something new...

Woho! I finally have a new phone... Took me a while & it's sure been good without people's nagging. But getting bad news through Facebook just tipped the scales for me. Need to be reachable.

BTW, it snowed for like a split second today before it turned into hail. :) I was insanely glad to see the blue skies in the back... I'm just not ready for winter yet. 
Have to get to bed now...almost past midnight. :)
~Linn When snow falls, nature listens. ~Antoinette Van Kleeff.

The good, the bad & the ugly

Today I can honestly say that I feel like the worse mum ever! I started my day beginning to reVamp my Mum's kitchen, it ended up with me - without energy... Which resulted in me not going to myson's dance recital... I feel butt ugly... Inside & out... :/
I hope I get to see it on film... But as he said: "It wont be the same as seeing it live. :("

Well, what can I do? Hmm... I can at least show you some pics of the good. So here goes:
As you see, it's only one corner of the entire kitchen, but I'll get there eventually... Getting my son's forgiveness is another thing. He do understands it all though, with me being "under the weather" for months. But I get his disappointment too...it was important for him. Even though he's 15 years old, he's not one of those "Get the *blip* out of my room!"-kinda kids. He's actually a VERY good kid. So Ravn, if you're bothering to read this today - I'm sorry!!! ♥ ;) xxx
~Linn Forgivene…

A little M. Stewart inspiration

Been sifting through Martha Stewart's site, looking for a little Halloween inspiration. So, I made a couple of collages of a few of my finds. I'm definitively gonna make the little goodie bags... Easier to hand out & sooo much more sanitary than little fingers in the candy bowl...




~Linn. I'll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween. ~Author unknown.

D-vitamin rant

Sooo I'm really none the wiser...or perhaps a tad smidgen wiser, but not much. My body doesn't seem to absorb much D-vitamins. My initial reaction was: "Oh great Goddess! My Prayers have been heard!!! I finally have proof!!! I trrruly am a Vampirrre, I trrruly am!!!!!!" ;)
*InsaneHappyClap* Pic borrowed from this site.

*Safely back on planet earth...* I've been stuffing my face with supplements, I've waved hello to the sun as often as it appears in this country, I've eaten salmon, tuna, sardines, mushrooms, shrimps, cheeses, eggs, disgusting cod liver oil, consumed D-vitamin enriched milk (which I really can't f**king stand.) with my cereals, I would've eaten C-vitamin rich fruits too...but I get allergic reactions from it, so not an option. I've even chowed down on oysters for Pete's sake!!! I've really made an effort once I knew I had D-vitamin deficiency to get it back up to a normal level. Cause if this reaction I'm having - with…

Taking a small breather...

I've been so lost in the new layout I'm planning for the blog, that I kinda lost track of time...so basically it's a few minutes past midnight here & I haven't got much to say. Have to get my ass to bed anyway, have an early appointment with the doc in the morning. Hope he have some answers for me... Don't really wanna leave his office with more questions than answers.

Sooo, wish me *points to the pic under here* luck!!!!!!!!


Miss Craaaazy-eyes! ;)
Nite nite!!!

~Linn. 
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder.

People never cease to amaze me...

...in good ways & bad.

Got some sad news today... Made me think about Mignon McLaughlin's quote:
The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive - perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine.
...so I gazed into the well of enlightenment & reflected a while, on life & what I hold dearest... From now on I'll cherish those closest to my heart & move far away from what diminishes my soul & spirit.
Picture's source - click here.

~Linn
You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everybody dances with the Grim Reaper. ~Robert Alton Harris.

Thanks!

Just popping by to wish you who bother to read my blog a 
FabulousFriday!
Crappy pic, but it's a park just 2 min. walk from me. I haven't had hundreds of thousands hits every single month, just a tiny but steady incline every week...& that's kinda fun! Looking at my stats I've seen visitors from all over the world, USA, China, Russia, Colombia, Japan, Ukraine, to name a few...& the same countries seem to pop up every single time I check. :) I didn't really know if it was correct until I recently started getting mails from people saying that it was nice that I've started blogging regularly. (Odd, cause I seem to only complain & moan these days... :p Hehe.) I don't know if I'll be able to continue doing it every day after my 31 day challenge...but this thing is like my personal vent sometimes, my online shrink. So it might be doing me some good to continue? Time will tell. Anyway, THANK YOU for using your precious time reading about my wasted tim…

Hell's bells & buckets of...water?

It's been pouring all day & a few inches from the house they've been banging away, digging & clawing their way through layers of old asphalt & hard packed dirt. (...I've been swearing a lot. :p) Cars been rushing by, a couple of ambulances screeching through the dig site & the cherry on the top of all this - a moron, screaming like crazy at an old man who was just trying to figure out how to maneuver out of the intersection. Damn...I feel like a little old curious lady, staring outside, watching life go by...& it sucks! I miss ME. 

Click here to get to the source. :) Tomorrow I'm starting to prepare for All Hallows Eve. Pain or no pain, I'm not missing it for anything. So better to do a little preparation each day... :)

~Linn
Where there is no imagination there is no horror.  ~Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

Blabberoo

Almost got desperate today. I read that they might not have my favorite x-mas soft drink - when December comes...so I actually contemplated dragging my aching body down to the shop & buy up a huge stash of this:
Stole this pics from www.facebook.com/gransjulebruspaeresmak o.O WTF is wrong with me? I absolutely HATE it when they stuff x-mas  things down our throats this early...& here I go getting dragged into it. Bah!

To put my mind on something else I've switched the focus onto this...
Mati Karmin's wonderful world It made my mind drift towards warm winter evenings, sitting by a beauty like this
(The fireplace of course...)
Who needs TV when you can watch little fishes swimming around in this?
This makes me contemplating having babies. LOL! I know I've said it before, but Steampunk really is the ultimate green-living. It's 100% recycling, both time & artifacts. I see that the style of clothing isn't for everyone. But you have to admit that we do need to slow do…

Bunch of old pics

I've been going through 3 suitcases of old pictures today. Been kinda meditative... 
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Some of them have names scribbled on the back of them, some don't...
. ...thinking about what's been, what is & what I hope will be. Even went through a box I've filled with letters...written with love, a love I cast away because of fear. I'm sad that I'll never get to experience the life I'd have if I'd taken that path. But I'm also glad to know that I'll never make a mistake like that again. Life's really to short to repeat stupid choices... 
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Postcards, pics from America, old newspaper clippings...enough to make me smile.  . Be present & patient...& good things will happen - if you let them. ;)

~Linn.
I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.  Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red ber…

Miss Creative

I miss creating things... I seem to design more than ever these days. (Filled almost 3 huge notebooks cover to cover.) That's of course cause I have enough dealing with figuring out what the hell's going on with my body. If I add the whole making of all I jot down on paper I'd be flat out on the bed in seconds. Going out dancing & s**t on Friday night made me move like a 90 year old for two days after. :p So I've learned my lesson, yes I did. But still I do miss creating things. Painting things in my colours, building furniture...seeing what's in my head grow up around me. I just miss it dearly...


Would love one of these wonderful things in my kitchen... 
Almost midnight here, yet again...going to try to take a few pics tomorrow. Maybe even post them here. ;)


Nite!

~Linn.
We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.  ~Japanese Proverb.

Complain a little...

It's Sunday & I'm just stopping by to complain a little, so here goes...
I love getting tipsy every once in a blue moon. Forget the pain, let loose, dance a little... Even though I had a lot of fun, I sure do have to pay for it the next couple of days. o.O .oO(...just bad judgement on my part really. But I'll get over it. ;) ) 


In the woods at Framnes on Jeløya in Moss, Norway.
Been raining all day here & apparently snowing somewhere else in Norway. Whoop-dee-f**king-doo! I'm already annoyed by all the x-mas s**t in the stores...don't really need the white stuff ruining my lovely autumnal joy quite yet. At the end of November I welcome it with open arms. But please, please, please! I beg of thee all mighty weather Gods.......let me feel the rotting leaves beneath the soles of my shoes when Samhain comes upon us. Let me celebrate under a starry sky, carrying lanterns & laughter through the thin veil of the old. 
...please?

Blablablah... ;)

~Linn
Weather forecas…