We are, sponsoring a
child, from Souch Africa. His name is Njabulo
and he is 8 years old
(April 2008). Today, we got a letter from Children of the world, where
they told us that Njabulo's family did not need help from us anymore.
Njabulo's mother has now gotten a job, and they will manage by
themselves. But, in the same letter, we were offered to help another
family, with a little girl who was 1 year at October 17th 2008. Of
course, we said "Yes, thank you", to help this family instead.
My page about our
sponsored child is also
updated. And a
For the first time in a
long time, we have had some sun today, but it started to rain again,
before we got home from work. Nowdays, it's twilight when we go home
from work, and dark when we have finished our dinner, so now the polar
nights definitive are here. I already long for Spring. But I am also
looking forward to Christmas.
Cecilie and Joakim have participated in Operation Dayswork.
It was at the annual meeting of the School Student Union of
Norway in 1964 that a young man ascended the speakerís rostrum
and said that it was high time that Norwegian students took a
good, hard look at the world. It was wrong merely to work for
improved conditions at their own schools when youth in other
countries did not even have the opportunity of going to school.
Every year the ODW-Day is the
last Thursday in October. On that day, Norwegian
students can get the day off in order to do a days work, and the
money they earn that day goes to the education of youth in the
South. In advance of the ODW-Day, the information campaign
International Week (IW) is organised. The IW offers an
educational program and lecturers dealing with global topics
such as solidarity, equality, human rights and education, as
well as information on that yearís project. Among other events,
20 youth come from the country or countries to which ODW-funds
are to go to that year, and give lectures at Norwegian schools.
Prior to the launching of the campaign, ODW also cooperate with
youth from the project countries in order to prepare texts for
the teaching material that is distributed to the schools.
In 1964, Norwegian students earned 103,000 Norwegian kroner for
the reconstruction of school buildings in Algeria. Today
approximately 120,000 youth work and earn 30 million kroner
annually in order to provide youth in the South with educational
The places where
the kids are working, are paying a salary for all the kids who
work for them. This salary is given to kids in a poor country.
This year the money goes to education for poor girls in Bangladesh.
Cecilie has been
working on a farm, together with to girls in her class. They
have been packing wood into 15 sack's. They also were clearing
up outdoors, on the farm.
Joakim has been at
my work, together with two other boys. They have been helping
our janitor, clearing up and sweeping outdoors, and putting
together some office furnitures.
Both Cecilie and
Joakim were very happy about their day's on
We are still having a
terrible Fall weather here. It is raining, hailing and blowing a lot.
A couple of days ago, I
got some bulbs in the mail. Today I have been out in our garden og put
them in the flowerbed. It was blowing, raining and hailing, during my
little time in the garden. I am very exited to see how this new
flowerbed will look like, next summer. I hope that it will be nice.
and I have been out, eating dinner, on a kind of food trade fair. It
was very, very delicious food. The food had been made by young cook
students and their teachers, together with some lokal chefs. All of
the food was homemade, and was made of lokal Ingredients.
Now the big dancing
weekend is over. After the dancing course was finished, yesterday,
some of us went to dance on a stage. The municipality had invited all
the non-profit associations to come to a large gym hall, to show
themselves, so that people who lives in our municipality could see the
different associations, and what they do. It was a bit strange to
stand on the stage, but when we started to dance, it was all right.
Today it's 1
year since Rex was born! See my pages about Rex,
We had a nice time, together with my family, but on our way home, my
stepson called us, on his father's cellular phone, and told us that he
was at the hospital. He had been stabbed in his chest with a knife!
The wound was so deep that one of his lungs was punctured. This was a
very traumatic and shocking message to get, but we were reassured by
the fact that he told us this, himself, and not a doctor. He also told
us that he was going to be fine, again, and that he would not be
permanently marked. Now he has come home from the hospital, and he
recovers, day by day. Charles went to see his son at the hospital, and
we have been wisiting him, the entire family, after he came home from
the hospital. It was good to see him, and to see that he was all right,
in spite of everything.
This week, Cecilie, Joakim and I have been at the gym two days, after
work and school. In addition to this, I was dancing on Thursday. And,
Friday evening, and Saturday's morning, I went to dance again, on a
dancing course, so this turned out to be a very active week for me.
Thursday October 9th
On Thuesday I finished to put the bulbs and perennial roots into the
new flowerbed. I am looking forward to continue working with this
flowerbed, which is going to have only pink flowers in it. But, I
think that I will have to wait until Spring to do more with this
flowerbed. The winter will soon be here and we will have frost
in the ground.
Yesterday I was at the gym, and practised, after work.
Today it's Thursday, and my dancing day. Tonight I have been
Tomorrow Charles and I are travelling to wisit my family, who lives a
6 hours car ride from us. We are going to stay with my sister and her
family. At Saturday we are going to wisit my parents. We are going
home on Sunday. Cecilie and Joakim, who has been with their father
during their Fall vacation, are going home together with Charles and
After work today, I
bought 3 more bags with soil. (I bought 3 yesterday too.) After eating
dinner, I went out in our garden, and put the new
bulbs and perennials
that I got yesterday, into the soil. I have posted a photo from
the new flowerbed today.
I love to
work in our garden, and even if the weather is bad, like it is now, I
really enjoy doing this. I only have to put on warm clothes.
like I have got a new Spring, during Fall.
Yesterday I went to the
gym, and practised. After this, I went bicycling with Chico. Charles
and Rex were still on their moose hunt, but they came home during
Today I got
some bulbs and perennials that I have ordered. I am going to make a
new flowerbed next to a new terrace that we will make by our flagstaff.
See some photos of our project
here. This project is not
finished yet. We will do this during Spring 2009. But when I got 100
bulbs, and 10 Echinicea purple, I just had to start working
with the flowerbed. I did not have much time, after work, and before
it got dark at 7.30 PM. I hope that I will be able to continue with
this flowerbed tomorrow, so that I can put the bulbs and the Echinicea
roots in the soil before the Winter starts.
Today I have been
driving our car for 7 hours. Cecilie and Joakim, are going to stay
with their father during the Fall vacation, next week, and I drove
them halv the way, where he met us, this morning. I took several
photos during the drive:
I wish you all a nice
Thursday October 2nd
After several days with strong wind and rain, we now have had a couple
of days with cloudy weather, with no rain and wind.
I have got more
At September 30th, Cecilie, Joakim and I started to practise on a gym.
This is a gym where a
physiotherapist is available when we are practising. I belive that
it's nice to have him there, if there is something that we wonder
about, during our practising. Or if the kids are going to practise by
them selves, I know that there is a liable person there, when they are
practising. We have planned to practise 2 times a week.
Cecilie and Joakim went to practise yesterday too, after school, while
I went to practise in our gym room at work, as I use to, on
Wednesday's, together with my collegues.
Today it's Thursday, and I am going to dance tonight, like I use to on
Tomorrow, after school, the Fall vacation starts for the kids, and the
school will be closed for a week. Cecilie and Joakim are going to
wisit their father. We are going to drive for 3 hours on Saturday
morning, and meet him (he will also drive for 3 hours. We meets about
halv the way betveen where we live). He lives a 6 hours car ride from
Next weekend, Charles
and I are going to wisit my family, who lives in the same town that
Cecilie and Joakim's father. Charles and I are staying with my sister.
We will be picking up Cecilie and Joakim on Sunday 12th, and drive
home, the entire family.
Charles has been working this week, until today, but tonight they are
going out hunting for moose again. He will be hunting until Sunday.
This weekend, the weather is much better than last weekend, when they
were hunting too.