There are exactly three working days left until I will be on vacation for four weeks!
I always have such great intentions when I have free for such a long period of time...actually I don´t recall the last time I have had free for such a long period of time in one stretch, I have never taken four weeks vacation in one stretch. Usually two or three...but anytime I have a good amount of time off I have great intentions about all the things I will do with my free time.
This time is no exception. Remember the paint I bought way back when to paint Thomas and Julia´s bedrooms? Still haven´t done that so I hope to get that done this summer. My bird houses Thomas was going to make me, which I got all the material for, that will now be a project for the Captain and Thomas to do together this summer.
I want to get my lawn mower working again so I can get control over the jungle here around my house. When the grass is growing up around my picnic tables and you can´t see the beautiful flowers blooming because the grass is too high, it just ruins the whole feel of summer..
This one doesn´t mind the high grass...and no, that isn´t my yard but might as well be...the grass is just as tall!!
I was given a secret mission by my boss to take photos of everyone I work with...I can´t write here why either as some of my coworkers might be reading..but it was a lot of fun to take photos of everyone. I work with such beautiful people- they will all deny that they are beautiful but beauty isn´t just on the outside, the greatest beauty is on the inside and my coworkers shine...I just wish they could see for themselves how much! The children also wanted their photos taken as I was walking around taking photos of the adults...what little photo hogs these kids can be!!! hahahaha...Oh I´m joking, they are adorable and some of my favourite photo subjects next to nature and animals. I especially like to capture them when they don´t know I`m photographing them because the moment they see the camera they give me these hillarious poses which are funny but quite fake! Again, I´d love to share photos with you but without permission from the parents I won´t.
What I can share with you is the photo I entered in the local newspaper´s summer photo contest. Each week they will pick out a winner and then all the weekly winners will compete for a grand prize of 3000 Norwegian kroner and second place gets 1500 Kroner. The photo I took below won the first week´s round of photos...I´m so proud!
This is taken next to Hoel Gård (Hoel Farm) which is located on Nes and this is looking toward Helgøya where we live and the water is the lake Mjøsa, Norway´s biggest lake.
What I can also share with you is a cream cheese mixture I made to use on bread or crackers. It is light and delicious and super easy. No recipe used here just my own little fantasy. Went down to my very own little kitchen garden and cut dill, chives, and some parsely and finely chopped these and put them in with some light cream cheese from Philadelphia and added some finely chopped smoked salmon and voila...
I also added some spring onions to this, finely chopped, garlic would also have been great here...just didn´t think about it when I made this..but since I still have some left and I do have garlic in the fridge, might be trying that out...yum yum...
My Beara has left for a week at the music festival Hove which is down in the south of Norway outside a place called Arendal.
She is spending the week with two girlfriends, one of which is an American exchange student this year. They are volunteers at the festival so they work two days and get free pass for the whole week- a pretty nice deal. Sarah got trash duty...which she is ok with. She has worked and paid for her overnighting and travel to and from the festival herself. She went to this festival last year with her boyfriend not as volunteers but just as spectators and had a great time but there was a comfort that she was with her boyfriend who is such a tall strong fella and could look after her. I am more concerned this year as she and her girlfriends are by themselves but they are smart girls so hopefully my worries are for nothing. She will be coming back on Saturday but we are leaving Friday for a dog show and won´t be back until Sunday. We don´t really have anything to show but several of my puppies from my last litter will be there so we are mostly going to visit them. We will show Shakira and Jackson just for the fun of it. Both are completely naked (no fur as their coat shed for the summer) and skinny...too bad naked and skinny aren´t part of the breed standard...hahahaha...oh well...the countryside is beautiful so we are looking forward to the trip itself more then anything.
When I look around at some interior blogs I am finding a lot of Green Gate products, everything from textiles, to cups, bowls, milk jugs, everything...and the patterns are adorable and probably mixable if you aren´t hung up on everything matching...however, I don´t know what to choose first when I am thinking of starting to collect some Green Gate...so while I was visiting a cute little shop in Brumunddal the other day I found a couple napkins to have in my bread baskets...they were 30% off so I figured starting my collection with sale items was a pretty good start...
If you collect Green Gate do you mix and match or do you shop just one pattern and which pattern do you like best?
The Captain arrives home in four days and we will be doing some travelling shortly after he gets home, so I will probably be blogging less then I do now...but be patient with me folks, I´ll be back- I promise!
Have a lovely Sunday everyone...
Until next time my friends..