On vacation! I will be back at August
Friday July 28th
has been Charles' and mine last day at work, before our sommer holiday.
work today, Charles put up CD-player and TV (and did all of the
electric work with the CD-player and TV) in our new caravan, while I
was watering and organizing our flowers that we have outside our flat.
always loved a plant called "Stemor" in Norwegian. I bought two of
these plants the last couple of years, but the plants have died during
the cold winter. But today, I was very lucky and happy to find that
the plants had spread their seeds under our terrace. I dug up the two
plants and put them in pots. I am going to plant them in my new
flowerbed by our new house. I hope that they will spread their seeds
again, and continue to grow in the new flowerbed. Here is two photos
of the plants:
The flowers are wery tiny
(about 1 centimeter tall).
Thursday July 27th
After work today, I did not go
to our new house to work, as I usually does. Today I spent the
afternoon at home, washing all our laundry, so that we will
have noe laundry waiting for us at home, while we are on our
But Charles went to the house,
working. He and our brother in law finished the boards where
foundation wall is
going to be. We have ordered cement for tomorrow, and they had
to finish everything before the cement is delivered.
Wednesday July 26th
Actually, it went well to make
the strawberryjam yesterday. It only took 2 1/2 hours, from I
started to the jam was in the freezer.
Charles took a day off from work
today, and worked at the house, together with his son and our
brother in law. We also got all the stuff from Ikea, today.
After work today, I went to the
house too, and helped the guys a bit. I also fixed a
watering-system for the new flowerbed.
We have bought ourselves a new
caravan. We got it from the caravan store today. It's brand
new. (Came from the factory a few days ago.) We are going to
use it on our holiday, which starts this weekend.
Thuesday July 25th
have bought a case of strawberries (6 kilograms). I am going
to make strawberry jam later this afternoon. This is something
that I am not very fond of, so that's why I am sitting here,
by my computer, with my cup og coffee, instead of going out to
my kitchen, and starting with the berries. But, I suppose it's
better to start, and than be able to finish a bit early.
weather is, by the way, like we are used to, again: Cloudy and
10 degreez Celsius. (I suppose I shold be happy that it's not
raining or blowing strong wind.)
weekend we are going for a weeks holiday, with our caravan. I
hope that we will get some better weather during our holiday,
than we have had here lately.
week holiday, we are going back, home, to spend the last two
weeks of holiday working with our new house.
Sunday July 23rd
Charles removed the floor
covering at the bedroom that we are going to change into a
bathroom. Then he put up the moulding around the door
opening betveen the hall and the livingroom.
I finished painting the
door frames. Now I am finished painting all of the door
frames. (We will have 3 more doors, gradually. So I will
have 3 more doorframes to paint, later. We have not put in
the door for our new bath, yet, and we will have 2 new
doors, when we are finished with building the 2 new
bedrooms for Cecilie and Joakim.)
Later this morning,
Charles started to dig, where we are going to built the
new bedrooms. (The house is a bit to small for our big
family, and we must built it bigger. We are going to make
2 new bedrooms for Cecilie and Joakim.) Charles has
borrowed a tractor, to dig down to rock ground. After this
he must build a foundation wall, before he starts to do
have continued with putting perennials in my new flowerbed. I
have been trying to find flowers that are suitable to each
other. Both the colors and the size of the perennials must
Now I am finished
putting the plants into the flowerbed. (I only have to buy stones to
have around the flowerbed.)
While I have been doing this,
Charles has been sweating and working with changing the wall
boards in a wall. After a while, Morten also came to help
Friday July 21st
Finally, it seems like we
are going to have some Summer weather here. But, we are also
having an ice cold wind from the North. But, I don't
complaint. This is a thousands times better than having the
Yesterday I painted the
south wall foundation of our new house. I only used one hour
After painting, I stated
digging a new flowerbed. I removed a climbing rose called
Flammentanz, which I have had in a big case, from our
appartment, and put it into the new flowerbed, by our new
house. Next to the climbing rose, I put a white Veronica.
Here you can see how it looked
like, when I started to dig:
While I was doing this, Charles
put up the wardrobe in our hall. And then he started to tear
down the wallpaper in the bedroom which we are going to change
into a bathroom.
Then we had to stop. We are
in the habit of watching the TV-serie 24, with Keifer
Southerland, and hurried home to see it. 24 started at 9.50
PM, so I beleve that it was time to stop for the evening
I will continue with the new
flowerbed this weekend, but tonight we are going to Charles'
sister. She is celebrating her birthday today.
After eating a lovely dinner
with Charles' sister, Charles and I took our bicycle's and
cycled to the town. We are having a festival here in our town,
now, and we had agreed with Charles' cousine to meet him in a
big tent, where several kinds of music was played, live.
Wednesday July 19th
has been the first day, in 10 days, without any rain! Even if we have
had cold wind from North, and only 10-12 degreez Celsius, it has been
wonderful to have a whole day without rain.
work today, I have been painting the last two door frames. I have to
paint eatch one of them two times. Today I painted them one time, and
then they must get dry until I paint them the second time.
Charles, Morten and our brother in law, changed one of the three
windows at the livingroom. Two of the windows has two layers, but one
of them only has one layer. Now we have changed the window with only
one layer. This will make the house warmer during the winter.
I have been looking for a perennial called Prydsvinerot in Norwegian.
The flower store did not have it, but I noticed that one of our
neighbours has it. I asked if I could get a small part of it, with
roots on. She sayed "Yes". I went to her, and dug up a small part of
her flower. I gave her a Yellow Lily as a thank you gift.
Yesterday we got a photo, by e-mail from a friend of Charles:
went to the house, after work today. I finished painting the window
frame in our bedroom, while Charles tried to dig a ditch with
the tractor that we have borrowed. Unfortunately, the ground was full
of stone (very big stones), so he just had to give up. Earlier this
day, while we were at work, Morten has removed almost all of the wall
boards on one of the walls of the house. (The old ones are very poor,
and we must change all the wall boards.)
afternoon (after work), we actually had some hours without rain. It
still was cold and windy, but not rain. I just had to stay
outdoors. I beleve it's wonderful to have some hours without rain!
work, I drove directly to the market garden. I enjoyed my self for an
hour, by looking at all of the flowers and roses. I could not leave
the market garden before I had bought some nice flowers for our garden
to be, by our new house.
been waiting to get the moulding for our new house. Today we got it,
and Charles started to put up the moulding at Joakims room.
tried to dig some holes in the lawn to some bushes that we have
planned to remove. But the lawn was too wet. The tractor that we have
borrowed was sinking about 50 centimetres down in the lawn, so we just
had to stop, and give it up. We must think about another was of doing
We are still having at terrible
Summer weather. 10-12 degreez Celcius, rain and wind. It has
been like this for a week, now. Since I got home from my
vacation. I was very lucky to have wonderful Summer weather
during my vacation week, last week.
Charles and I have been working
every available minute with our new house. Both after work,
and during the weekend. We have now finished with putting in
new doors. I have painted a wall in our kitchen.
We also finished with the boards
in the ceiling in our entrance hall, and painted the walls in
Charles also assembled the
wardrobe for our bedroom, while I have painted the window
frame in our bedroom.
I have been wisiting Wanda Lucia, and
played her game,
by recognizing 16 graphics artists
drawings. I won this gift:
I also have posted her gift
job today, I went to the house with almost all of our plants, which we
had in our livingroom. I have sold the old flowerpots, and bought new
ones, so I decided to move the plants, when I sold the old flowerpots.
This day started with nice
weather, but in the evening, it started to rain again.
After work today, Charles and
Morten put up the ceiling boards in the main bedroom, while I
finished painting the entrance hall. I had to paint two times,
to get it look okey. I am very exited and a bit worried if the
color I choose is going to be nice. The color is very bright,
a tone of yellow and green. (More like a Lime-green, with a
touch of yellow in it.) I have decided that we must only have
black and grey colors in this room, to make the color on the
walls look less bright. I hope it will be nice, or else I must
find another color, and paint it once more.
Today it's raining and blowing a
strong wind again. We have had nice Summer weather for about a
week now. Luckily this was one of my Summer holiday weeks!
Today, when the weather was bad again, I have been at work.
I have gotten the same
stommach infection that
Joakim had. But I went to a health food shop and bought some
great stuff, which helped Joakim, and which is also helping me.
But I am not able to go to our house to paint today. Instead I
am staying home, washing some clothes, and uptating my blog. I
hope that I am feeling better tomorrow, so that I may go to
our new house, and paint the entrance hall after work tomorrow.
Charles has done lots of work
in our new house, while we (my kids, our dog and I), has been
on a weeks holiday. We have been at my parents cottage,
together with my two sisters and their kids. The weather was
wonderful! We had a fantastic holiday.
After we had been at the
cottage for some days, we went to my parents house, and stayed
with them for a few days. My youngest sister lives about 2
kilometres from my parents, so our kids spent lots of time
During my holiday, I bought
more boards for our indoor ceiling (for our new house). I also
bought two new lamps. One for the livingroom and one for the
While we have been on our
little holiday, Charles have done lots of work in the house.
He have put floor-boards on all of the bedrooms, and in the
hall. He also put boards at the walls on our bedroom. And
removed a window. (We are going to built the house bigger, and
will get two more bedrooms. We had to remove a window, because
we are going to built, at the wall that we had that window.)
Our dog, Chico, and I came
home from the holiday at Friday July 7th. Cecilie and Joakim
are staying with their father for 3 weeks.
At Saturday and Sunday,
Charles and I went to our new house, working: Charles changed
several doors. I painted both inside where we are going to
have a closet, and in our entrance hall. At Sunday evening,
Charles and cut the grass at our big lawn.