On vacation! I will be back at
Friday June 30th
Joakim's stommach was better
today, so I went to work. We agreed that he would call me, if
he was feeling worse. I work only a 3-4 minutes car ride from
home, so I am able to get home fast.
Today we have nice Summer
weather. We have had much bad weather this Spring and Summer.
So I think it's lovely when the sun is shining and there are
no wind og rain. Wonderful to wear only a skirt and a top, and
not jeans, sweather and jacket.
Today I will pack and get
ready for our little vacation. My kids and I are going to my
parents cottage, later today, together with my two sisters and
their kids for about a week. We will be 3 adults, 7 kids and
Chico, our dog, at the cottage. I really hope that the weather
continues to be nice, during our holiday.
I went to work this morning,
but I had to go home again after 1/2 hour. Joakim called
me on the telephone, and told me that he was not well. His
stommach hurt. We went to the doctor. We are fortunate to
have a doctor in our neighbourhood. The doctor is an old
man. He checked Joakim, and told us that there were
nothing seriously wrong. Joakim will be well during the
next couple of days.
At Saturday, my kids and I
are going to my parents cottage, together with my two
sisters, and their kids. Charles are staying home. He will
work with our new house. He always keeps one week of
vacation for the fall time. Hu uses to go hunting for a
week. (Hunting for moose, which is very common in Norway.)
I am looking forward to be
together with my sisters and their kids. It's not very
often that we see each other all 3 of us and our kids. We
lives a 6 and 8 hours car ride from each other.
I have two aquariums. Today
I have put the 3 fishes that I had in the small aquarium
over into the big one. I have got snails in the little
aquarium, and are going to empty it, to get rid of the
snails. Besides, it's easier to have only one aquarium to
worry about, when we are going to move to our new house,
during the next month.
I have been home from work
for two days, now. Joakim is sick. He has been vomiting
each time he has tried to drink or eat something, since
Monday afternoon. But, now, at 10 AM, he has managed to
drink both a bit water and some Coke, and also have eaten
a few bits from his cheez crescent roll. I belive that he
is turning better now.
We did not work in the new
house yesterday. I had to stay home because of Joakim, and
Charles was emptying our old caravan, and drove it to the
caravan-store. We have bought a new caravan, and the
caracan-store will take the old one in return.
This afternoon, Charles have
put new floor boards in Joakims room. He also removed some
of the old doors in the house. We are going to buy new
doors for the entire house.
We are still struggeling
with bad Summer weather, here. But today, the rain did not
come until the afternoon, so I had time to paint this wall
on our new house. I an not used to paint, and my muscles
are hurting. I used 5 hourse to paint this wall:
While I was painting,
Charles was working in the entrance hall. He was changing
some old pipes, that the electric cables are inside. After
this he tear down the old panel in the entrance hall, and
put up the new panel, which I am going to paint, later.
He also changed the outer
door. The new door looks very nice!
Yesterday we went to our caravan, and stayed there for the
night. We were celebrating midsummer, by grilling a
moose-steak, and having a nice meal. The weather was bad (about
10 degreez Celcius and rain), so we had to enjoy our meal
indoors, in our caravan.
In Norway, people usually
celebrates midsummer by grilling food, and lighting
We went home after breakfast
today. Charles and I went to work a bit in our new house,
but we did not work all day. It's Saturday, and we decided
to go home early, to make a homemade pizza and have a nice
time with Cecilie and Joakim.
Wednesday June 21st
I finished painting the
kitchen walls today, after work.
Charles and his son, Morten,
put up the ceiling boards in the hall.
After I finished painting, I
went out in the garden, and finished the flowerbed that I
was working with yesterday.
After work today, Charles
and I went to our new house to work.
I painted more of the walls
at the kitchen. Now I just has one wall left.
Charles put up the new hatch,
with the ladder on, that we are going to have to get to
When I finished painting, I
went out in the garden. I planted some plants in the
flowerbed that Charles helped me dig up this weekend.
This weekend (June 17th
to 19th) my kids and I have been on a car-drive with a van
that we have borrowed. We have bought lots of stuff that
we needs for our new house.
bought outdoors paint for the house (light grey for the
house, and dark grey to paint by the windows and door), I
also bought boards for the ceiling, walls and the floors,
and paint for the boards to have on the walls. I also
bought a front door, 2 cabinets and 3 lamps.
I am very exited to see it everything that I have
bought is as nice as I am hoping for.
Today, at Monday, Charles put up boards at the kitchen,
and in one wall at a bedroom. I painted one of the walls
at the kitchen.
Charles also helped me digging up rest of the flowerbed,
so now I am able to plant my plants there.
I have bought several new
flowers today, to decorate outside our new house. Even if we
have not moved into our new house, it's nice to have flowers
there. We go there every day, to work with the house.
Today Charles and his son har
changed the outdoor panel at the south wall. It will be my job
to paint the new panel wall.
Yesterday, I dug up half the old
flowerbed by hand! I was working for 3 hours, and I only
managed half the flowerbed. We had very warm, sunny weather
yesterday. (26 degreez celsius). I drunk over 2 litres of
water while I was digging in the old flowerbed.
Today I have put flower in the
part of the flowerbed that I dug up yesterday. But, I need to
get some help to dig up rest of the flowerbed. It's too much
grass, weed and moss. I am not able to dig the rest of the
flowerbed. (It's the wose part of the flowerbed which is left.)
Later this evening I have been
on a meeting for the parents in Cecilie's class. She is going
to go to 8th grade next year.
Also this weekend my husband and I
have been at our new house, working, all the time.
I have painted the walls and the window frames in
Joakims bedroom. I also painted the walls in the hall.
Charles has taken down the old
kitchen furnishings, so now
we will just wait to get the new one.
Charles also made the doorway
from the kithchen to the livingroom bigger. (This was very
He also has
over the old door opening betveen Morten's room and Cecilies
room. We are going to make the house bigger, and will built
two new bedrooms too. When we have done this, Cecilie's
bedroom is going to be changed into a new, big bathroom.
We also have done lot of stuff
outdoors: I have made a nice flower bed. While a friend of
Charles and his son, who is a friend of Joakim, had come to
help us to get rid of two very big trees in our garden. They
working for several hours, and did a great job!
After this, I was raked the lawn,
and Cecilie and Joakim removed the grass and the moss.
We also tryed to dig up an old
flowerbed, by using our tractor, but we must borrow an other machine to do this.
Monday June 5th
This weekend my husband and I
have been at our new house, working, all the time. I have
painted the walls and the window frames in the livingroom. My
husband has pulled down the old walls in the hall, and started
to put up the new panel walls. He also have put panel wall
over the old kitchen door opening. (In the house, there were
two kitchen doors. One lead to the livingroom and one lead to
the hall. We only need one door from the kitchen, so my
husband has put panel over the door that lead to the hall.
This will give us more wall space in the kitchen, for the
This weekend we have had
terrible weather. Cold weather, rain (lots of rain) and wind.
But, at Monday, the sun was shining again.
Saturday, we sold a cupboard
that we used to have in our livingroom. But the livingroom in
our new house it smaller than our old one, so that we can not
take all of our furnitures with us to our new home. But we
will have more kitchen furnishings in our new house, so I hope
that we can put our glasses and bowls into our new kitchen
With the money that we got
for the cupboard, we bought a "Trampoline" (I am not sure if
this is the correct name in English, but we call it
"Trampoline" in Norwegian.) We have not had enouch space
around our old house to have a "Trampoline", but around our
new house, we have plenty of space, and a big garden! Even if
we did not move to our new house yet, we have put together the
"Trampoline" in our new garden. Both the kids and I have been
out, jumping on it already. -Funny, and nice way of practising.
Thursday June 1st
Today we got the keys to our
new house! Finally we can call it our house!
are not moving into the house yet. We are going to paint, and
do lots of other stuff, to make the house look better, before
we are moving in. The house is from 1969, and the former
owners have not done much with the house during all these
The house that we have bought,
only has 4 bedrooms. (In our appartment, where we live now, we
are having 5 big bedrooms.) 3 of the bedrooms in our new house,
are smaller than the bathroom, in our appartment! We have
planned to build another floor, to get a bigger house. We have
been drawing the house, just like we wanted it to be, and
checked the costs to do this.
were informed that there is a new rule in our town which say's
that we are not allowed to built the house taller. So, now we
must start to plan it all over again, and try to figure out
the best way of building the house bigger, without making it
and I have been to our new house to cut the grass, today. Or
cut the moss and weed, I probably must say.
even if the garden is bad, I am looking forward to make it
look nice. I already have drawn an outline plan for our new
garden. I assume that we must work in our garden for several
years, to make it look like we want. But I love to work in the
garden, and are looking forward to it.
I must go.
going to dance. Today is the last dance-evening before Summer.
We will start up again late in August.