Summer days with summer activities

I’ve  done a bit of gardening, some laundry and a couple of errands today- and for the rest of the time I’ve been on the porch- in and out of the sun. Now Bill has gone to his out-of-town- office and I have finished the Collage Play for the Crowabout Group. Kristi has a bad cold and has crawled under the covers for a while. 


The picture of the knitting lady suited me fine!!!


Large wallpaper journal finished

I just finished the back of the wallpaper journal and that means it’s done. I should sew another one.. I liked playing in that format:


This is the back cover:


List of summer enjoyments



(Great job with the lawn Bill! It’s like walking on a soft carpet!)




DSC04524(1) weekday of my vacation

Last night Carly had a friend for a sleepover, Kristi and a friend , plus Bill and I went to the movie theatre to see Angels and Demons. Afterwards Bill and I went to the pub and had a couple of beers and a chat with some acquaintances. It’s nice to go there on a Sunday. Not many people , no entertainment, good opportunity to sit and gab and enjoy slow time. We walked home around midnight.

It’s always nice to wake up on the first Monday of the first vacation week and know you have all the time in the world. Get up to have a coffee and then make some scrambled eggs and set the table for a breakfast together (-Bill has home office):


I had some phone calls to make and some appointment dates to figure out, then we had to go to uptown and do some errands. Bill had a physiotherapist appointment and afterwards we went to the bakery for lunch. The girls and I stopped for magazines and an ice cream on the way home.


It’s sunny and warm today, but a breeze that takes a hold of canopies and sun umbrellas makes it a bit difficult to fully enjoy porch life.. We are still going to try and barbeque soon.

My shoulders are about to be lowered and relaxed…

After a two days’ silence

I’m back. The last post was written while I had to stay home from school due to a stomach problem.  It’s not quite over but nothing to fuss about anymore.

The surprise evening for the teachers on Wednesday was a guided tour around town with the old bus from the 50’s. I was sad to miss that. Afterwards they went to the stables for coffee and horsebackriding. I did not feel so sad about that one since I have never been on the back of a horse and I’m a little scared of them. The last thing was a dinner at the principle’s house- and I did go to that. Very nice!! (and bathrooms -2 of them- close by)

On Thursday we had our last day with the students at school and a walk was planned. We walked along an old road where there are several small farms along the way, and we had posted  questions at intervals. The groups of students had a pencil and a sheet of paper with them to write down their answers. As for me I drove down with my car full of barbeque supplies, prizes etc. I started the bbq and then the rain started pouring as the students arrived with backpacks filled with hot dogs. One of the teachers’ brother owns the camping site and the restaurant where we were, so we found a couple of porch umbrellas and tried to shield the hot coals from getting wet. The kids got their hot dogs, we were getting wet -and we all smiled anyway and tried to find some shelter here and there. My camera wouldn’t cooperate in the humid weather so all I got was one shot of some girls getting out of the rain by the sinks at this outdoor counter:


We then went down to the ferry. We have an old railroad and ferries here and they are now working on it because we are being considered to get on the World’s Heritage List. That day the one ferry turned 80 years and it was celebrated on board. The local news papers were there and the kids found themself on the front page the next morning.

After work I went to the next town for some shopping since there was a big sale on. One of the other teachers went with me and I got a sleeping bag for half price. Kristi needs one for cold winter weather. Besides, she is soon going away for a week. National Scout camp in Ålesund.And you never know with Norwegian summers, especially a little further north. I also tried to get myself a spring/fall jacket but that was futile.. Instead I bought some bedding. And we had a bite to eat before going home.

Friday was planning and cleaning up our desks at school. And some cake since one of the teachers is turning 40. AND NOW MY HOLIDAY HAS STARTED! YEY!!! Kristi left for Oslo right after school. She was going to an outdoor concert with some friends. We saw her in the audience on tv. Carly and I went uptown since they kept the stores open until 10 pm. We looked for Converse shoes for Carly but couldn’t find the right size. We had coffee/Coke and cookies at a café too. There we met this lady who is having a drawing course for kids next week. She told us she could take a few more students- so Carly is signing up. It’s a two day thing, five hours each day.

As for myself, I celebrated my starting the holiday with waking up at 5.30 today. An hour later I gave up and went downstairs to put coffee on and do some journaling that I hadn’t been able to do for a few days.  The first one is a loose leaf journal page.Then there are a couple of spreads in my spiralbound small journal from early in the week.




This one is the last spread in my big wallpaper journal:


All I’m waiting for now is the GOOD WEATHER!

Good for something..

Since I felt fine except having to be near a bathroom today, I DID actually do some ironing and a run with the vacuum cleaner as well as a couple of loads of laundry. It’s been nice and sunny so I’ve brought my coffee out on the porch where I also sat correcting a last test that will be handed out at school tomorrow.

They called me from school and revealed where the trip was going. It was a real flop that I couldn’t go since they were going for a ride in the old bus from the 50’s around town- with guiding on board. I would’ve loooooved that!   Then a stop at the stables and in the end there is going to be turkey served at the principle’s house. She said there were two bathrooms at her house- so I went for the solution of going there when they call me from her house. I’m getting better by the hour anyway. I’m sure it will be back to normal tomorrow.

I journaled while having coffee this afternoon( some of the collage elements are from Nancy Baumiller’s collage sheets:


shuttle day

What can you do when you feel just fine- other than the fact that you have to shuttle back and forth to the toilet? That’s me today. I had to call in sick at work. The worst part is that after school the staff is  going on a  trip together. We don’t know where or what we are going to do (other than have a meal somewhere), only the principal knows.

I feel fine, really, so I’m thinking… what can I do on a day like this?






weave? (my loom is at home since we are going to move our weaving night to another facility)

Maybe I’ll just take another trip tp the toilet…. 😦