Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Manchester

I am so sad and upset about what happened in Manchester a few days ago.
It is the opposite of how I am trying to live my life.

Terror must never win.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Peace

I try to smile, I smile when I pass people in the street.
I listen when others talk, I might not agree with their views, but I listen and accept that we are different.
I can still be your neighbour, your friend.
-, Even if we do not share the same views, nationality, ethnicity, family, language or religion
We can still be sisters and brothers- Best friends.
IF we accept that we are all different, and do not choose to force our life on anyone else.
Freedom of choice.

I try to be kind and helpful. If we all try to be kind to each other, and help the ones that need helping.
We would be alot closer to having Peace.
Peace with ourselves
Peace in the world.

Be kind, Be respecful.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Good morning

Good morning Friends,

How are you all? I hope you have all had a great Easter holiday. We spent a week of the Easter holiday in Spain visiting friends that live there.



My friend's son was going to have his church confirmation in The Norwegian Sailors church known and "Sjømannskirken".

It was a beautiful confirmation with 15 young boys and girls declaring their love for God, I suppose.

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We also drove to Barcelona and spent two night there in a room we rented through Airbnb, it was fine, we only slept there so I can't really say too much about the room..other than the beds were really nice to sleep in..and Tatyana and Christiano, the couple that lived there seemed nice. 

The day we were supposed to leave Barcelona, and drive back to Torrevieja, we had Hamburger and chips for brunch, and I even ate the bun. I was starving. But that was a really bad idea.

I got so ill, I couldn't sit or stand, I sank down on the floor just making sounds due to severe abdomen pains, just like gallbladder pains..exact the same place. 

So, it's safe to say that I will neve go back to eating bread, or even high carb ever again. 
It has been tough to get back on track , even when we came home, because the Princess just turned 13, and she has been celebrated by us, but  her partyfor her friends  is coming up...with pizza, cake, ice cream and sweets. I will have to stear clear of most of this though, for sure. 

Wish me luck!! 

Other than this..My mother in law looked after my pea plants when we were away, and they have been planted out maybe almost a week ago. Even if it is still really cold out there..unuaually cold by the way...they seem to survive. Hoping they will manage this next week of bitter cold nights!!

Hey, I also have good news on the tomato front...THREE of my plants have small buds which will hopefully very shortly turn into tomatoes!! yay!! 

After the summer holiday, I will order some cherry tomato plants, to keep us going with tomtoes through the winter. I am so excited about this! No kidding. 

Then my knitting....

The last sleeve is growing...little by little. IF this does not fit him..he's had it. I am not knitting a third version. Then it will be turned into a dress for myself. LOL. I do hope it will fit though. It was just a little too tight last time, and he also wanted it longer in the body..I have knitted another 10 cm I think. So it should be good. 

Other projects...searching for a job and decluttering my house.  Going better than ever!! YAY for that. The goal for 2017 was to get rid of 2017 things, and I am over halfway. It is more difficult now, because I have alot less rubbish to actually throw away. I am sure I'll get there in the end though.

Hope you are all fine, and i hope to see you all soon! 

LinnM








Thursday, 9 March 2017

Tomatoes are growing

Not the easiest task, to take photos with a laptop...but atleast you can see that there's something growing there...!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Camp-nanowrimo

Good morning everyone,

I have joined Camp Nanowrimo for the very first time. I did my very first NaNoWriMo in November last year, and I managed to write about 25.000 words. That means I only wrote half of what I actually wanted to do.

Never fear, I haven't finished with that novel just yet.

Camp nanowrimo starts in April, and I am going to have a new synopsis ready for then, so my plan is to work on that this month.

I have a good idea about what to do next...actually a couple of good ideas to be honest. but one at a time.

If any of you have a good idea about a theme, or even a sentence, make a comment to this post.

Take care of yourselves people,
Love Linn

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Tomatoes

Good morning

I hope you are all doing well this Wednesday morning.
I am shortly going on the treadmill to get started on my c2k5 again. I'll be starting week one, even if i am much further along in reality. 
Anyway
I just wanted to show off the tomato seeds I put in the earth a little while ago.  They are really coming along and some of them are even getting their true leaves. 


This is really my very first time growing tomato plants and I am very excited about this. I have repotted some of the plants, because there were too many plants in each cell..I guess I didn't actually expect them all to come up.

I even planted some pepper seeds, I actually took them directly from the pepper and planted them. They are actually coming up too! 

Yes, very exciting. It's not warm enough for anything to go outside, maybe in another month or so. 

It's definitely still frosty over night, so not taking any risks. 

I have also decided to grow some herbs, so might get started with that this month. Not sure which herbs to try, maybe basil ? Anyone has any tips for me! If so, please comment .

Take care, and pop by again soon. 

Love, Linn 

Monday, 20 February 2017

I have started

I planted my first tomato seeds 4 days ago, and today I saw the first couple of sprouts already. That was so fast. Hopefully I'll have many more plants coming up and hopefully I will be able to grow tomatoes for the first time in my life. 

I am trying to lead a cleaner life, and try to ..I don't know..be better, I guess. 

It's sad that I am only now trying these things, I wish I did this years ago...nevermind: I will for sure teach my daughter how to grow things, but not until i figure it out myself!

 In this box, that's where the seeds are hiding! I'll show you another picture in a few days, when there's more green to see. 

Well, it's pretty late at night, and time to end today.

Hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow! 

LinnM

Friday, 3 February 2017

C T S

Good evening everyone!
It's has been a busy week for me, I have joined a challenge..the challenge is to get rid of 2017 things in 2017.
I am well on my way, I don't know how I have managed to actually get rid of nearly 600 tings in just one week. It's basically everything from paper clutter to pens that don't work any more.

Even the white IKEA dresser is going, hopefully tomorrow. I can't wait to get it out of the house.
I am not sure how I have managed to aggravate my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome once again...first I thought it was because I have been playing Slither.io too much...but now I wonder if it might be the whisking I did when I made mayonnaise.  I don't really know.

What I do know is that I have purchased a wrist support, super cheap one..but I think it helps a little. I am not a big fan of this particular one, because my hand sweats a lot with it on.

And I had joined InCoWriMo , but I have had to be super careful with my hand..so- so far I have only managed to write one letter, the letter is to Jennifer in Massachusetts. Might post it tomorrow, if I have the money to do so.

Oh...should I mention my kid...should I...well maybe or not? All I know is that I am really annoyed with my mother in law today. My daughter had an accident with her foot, and had a fair amount of skin scraped off. This was well over a week ago and the wound had gotten a nice scab on it and it was healing nicely. Today the mother in law made my daughter soak the wound so the scab got soft, and then she (the mother in law) managed to dry the scap so roughly so the scab was completely gone.!!
now it's all weeping and bleeding again. Oh my goodness...what was the deal with that please tell me someone!!!
I am hoping it will heal quickly, but I am sure she'll have to miss swimming next week as well!!
Rant over!

Better get ready for bed, it's nearly 23.00 o'clock.
Talk later <3 p="">





Saturday, 28 January 2017

questions: what to do

The questions are: What am I passionate about, and what can i do with it? 

My passions:
I enjoy knitting, 
I enjoy decluttering (yes, I really do)
I enjoy reading and writing
I enjoy helping others
I enjoy eating proper foods

What can I do with this?

Make patterns
Knit stuff
Make lists of decluttering
Write my book
Blog more about
  • decluttering
  • minimalism or simple living
  • lchf
This will probably be the future :D

I hope you will come and see me sometime. 

Hugs and kisses, LinnM.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Another day

Another day has started, I have spent my time watching declutter videos on YouTube, to get inspired, and it has worked. I have spent the last week decluttering, and it feels good.

My house is far from empty, and I don't want it to be empty either, just a little less stuff around. I have also started up with my own project Pan, Natasha V has explained it perfectly.

When I was an Avon representative, I ended up buying so much make up and so many nailpolishes, and I still have way too many. So I will focus on using up. I don't buy much makeup anyway..guess that is because I have so much, lol.

Anyway, base and top coat for my nailpolishes, and primer and mascara for my eyes is pretty much the only things I buy, because I only have one of each.

So, before I start doing any more decluttering and tidying up, I am going to finish my coffee. Have a lovely day.

LinnM


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Good Afternoon!

I hope you have all had a wonderful start of the new year.
We haven't done much, apart from booking a holiday in Spain. Which is a pretty big deal.

I am currently looking into learning some Spanish before we go..but it seems I really have to go through the course a few times before my braid (that's a typo, should really say brain..but I think I 'll just stick with braid) remembers it.

Actually, I am doing on online course by BBC, and I think it might be ok for what I need.

Other than that, I have started running again, twice I have been running, and yesterday I ended up having a pretty sore back afterwards. BUT, I am not giving up on my dream of a 5K in about 30 minutes. It is possible!!

Today I have also done my Self assessment regarding taxes...and oh My Gooodness...it was tough to find all the correct papers. No doubt I need to really tackle all old paper clutter. I have always though my husband has loads..but I have it too...I have just put it neatly away.Without any systems whatsoever!

That's going to be my big project of the week...!

And purging and decluttering, that is my constant goal. To end up with less!

I will leave you here, with my wishes of having a great day where ever you are.

Hugs, LinnM.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New year start

Hello everyone,
We are starting the new year with a Harry Potter movie marathon. I love Harry Potter, and I will probably never stop loving both the films and the books. 

Still, sad to know that Severus Snape, aka Alan Rickman left us for real in 2016. 
Rip Alan Rickman, loved, and deeply missed.

LinnMarit

Monday, 2 January 2017

2017

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Happy New Year

to all my friends, family and readers.

May 2017 be the best year so far in your lives.

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  Many hugs, LinnM.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

More books

Merry Christmas to you all! 

I hope you have not been too busy, and can manage to enjoy a little of December. I have been busy, but I have managed to also relax and enjoy life a little. 

Well, that is a slight lie...
I have ha terrible muscle spasms in my back and now after about 3 weeks they are getting better.But the result of not being able to do much is that i have been reading alot. 

1. The Julian Chapter
A continuation of the book wonder that I read earlier this year. This is the story told from Julian's side, and I did have to bring out the tissues for the end of the book. 
I loved this book. Even if it is a childrens book.

2. Me Before You
I have wanted to read this since I saw Jojo Moyes on tv earlier this year, and finally I got around to do so. I really loved this book, and it was so easy to read, so I finished it in only four days. I had to keep the hankies ready for the end of this book as well. Now I really want to read the next book, calle After You. 

3. Maskerade
This is a Terry Pratchett discworld novel, and it's about the Witches and I do lovereading about the witches. Perdita gave me a couple of life ideas actually, lol. Was really fun and easy ro read.

Maybe is it just my brain that has finally managed to get back into writing mode again after years of not practising the art of reading. 
I have so many books on my " To read" list, and I have been to so many charity shops and come out with several book the last couple of months. I am building up my library again.

At the moment I am reading Feet of Clay, another discworld novel. I do love Terry Pratchett books. 

Now, on with next year..I have ready 18 books to far in 2016, that is 6 more than I challenged myself to read. So I am pretty happy with that result. 

New goal for 2017...20 books. 
Wish me luck. 

Continue having a wonderful Christmas everyone, and have a sparkling new year 2017! 

Hugs, Linn

Friday, 9 December 2016

December book: Interesting Times

I have been reading this book for a little while, Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett. Is is number 17 in his series about the Discworld. You can read more about his books, Terry Pratchett and Discworld HERE.

I have been reading this series since 2012, when I started reading books again. I am nearly halfway through the series, and I am still enjoying the books. I might try and step up my reading a little next year, just because I really want to.

There are so many books I want to read, and there's only so much time to read. I also have other hobbies, so I don't use all my free time to read.

Interesting times is about Rincewind the Wizzard but also about Cohen the barbarian and his Horde. Twoflower that was a part of the first Discworld book, the Colour of magic is also in the book. I have not finished it yet, so I can't tell you how big a part Twoflower has.

Best thing to do, Is to just start reading them. I use a Kindle Paperwhite for the Discworld series. Just because it's there, and easy to bring along in my bag.

Linn

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Once Again

I have once again decided I want to continue my blogging, but a little more often than before.

I will cover many topics, and I should probably actually start all over again with a new blog, but I don't think I want to. So instead I will just continue with what I already have. It can only get better, right?

Hope to see you all soon!!


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Reading

For years and years I loved to read, read every day - all the time.
A few years ago i started reading again, my daughter is older and I have time to read.

The last few years I have joined in on the reading challenge on Goodreads, and my challenge had been 12 books every year. In 2015 I only managed to read 4 books. that is no good for a bookperson like myself.

This year in 2016 I have made an effort to read more, and so far I have read 11 or 12 books. Does it count when you re-read books?

I am on my own going to join the Rory Gilmore Reading challenge...that's over 3oo books, I think it's actually 339 books, and it's bound to get longer in November when Netflix releases 4 mini movies. Gilmore girls. A year in the life.

I am not new to GG, I have watched it since it was released in 2000. But I have never actually actively gone through Rory's books.
 I have made a page dedicated to this project on the right of this blog. I will add all the books on the list little by litte.

If you are interested in the list, the list is on Google and Pinerest as well. My list is chronological and not alphabetical.

Wish me luck, some of these books are hard to come by!

Mar.Linn

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Gently

I have gently started to excercise again, trying not to go overboard as I sometimes do. go gently, not focus on speed, but just get the stuff done.

I have been "stuck" around 83 for a few weeks now, and i am hoping that a little movement will maybe tip the fat burning back to my advantage again. So..hopefully over the next few weeks I will see myself coming under 83 ! If not, I'll just continue anyway!

It is raining here, and it's nice not having to go out for a run just now.

Have a lovely day peeps!

MariaLinn

Monday, 5 September 2016

Update on weight

Just a really quick update on my weight, I hit a little milestone yesterday, since my last blogpost, I have gone down in weight a bit, from 85 to 83 kilos.

I am very happy about the result, I am pretty sure my body is adapting to the ketones, because I have really bad breath (sorry to anyone that comes near me) but it should stop in a few weeks time, unless I once again have too many carbs in my food.

I don't have ketosis as a goal in itself, it's just a bonus really. Although I do want my body to be a fat burning machine.

anyway, just wanted to put a little update out there.

Marialinn

Monday, 29 August 2016

Namechange

So I have changed the name on my blog, for a few reasons..

  • I live away from my home country and I often miss my language and my family.
  • I come from a Nordic country and have always loved Vikings and they are a part of my heritage, according to my grandfather St.Olav was my 30 great grandfather. 
  • I like to think my name Linn comes from the name Hlin that has been mentioned as a goddess, some people think it's another name for the Goddess Frigg. I like to think Hlin was a goddess of her own, a minor goddess, but still. 
  • They used to take the fathers name as surname in "the olden days" , so I am doing it too. 
I guess these are the only reasons for the change, and who doesn't need a change every so often?

Have a great day! 
Marialinn

Thursday, 25 August 2016

My Diet Change

I have already mentioned my diet change, and I'll do a little recap of my story so far...

I have been a little overweight...even before I was pregnant 12 years ago..I weighed about 74-76 kilos..about maybe 10 kilos over the recommended BMI. But , you know what..I looked fine, I didn't actually look that much overweight and my belly was flat (so I hadn't had a kid by then, does that matter at all, lol?)

Anyway..I moved to Scotland, my in laws always ordered an Indian meal every Friday (I was not used to that), the food was different and slowly the weight crept up....so at a max weight of 87...

I joined Weight Watchers. I went to meetings for years, first I lost, came all the way down to 76 kilos (yay) in a year!! Then I found it difficult to follow over a longer period, I was hungry, cheated with the foods..or maybe just didn't track all I ate and drank and always went over my allowance.

One year ago this summer, I stopped going to weekly meetings, had been going for maybe 6-7 years..and I found it hard to follow more than two weeks..!

So..at my grandmothers funeral in Jan .2015...I weighed : 95 kilos.
Almost scary to write the number.

I had looked into Paleo  eating, and tried to follow that, and I had lost weight with it, a few kilos in a month, very satisfied with that. And through Paleo, I found LCHF, I don't remember how I found it, but I had read the letters LCHF before, but didn't know what is was...I read about it on Mirka's blog.

So I started reading, and finally it all made sense to me. It's FAT, we need to eat fat, not sugar and carbohydrates.
It's so easy , so simple...and yet so hard to understand.

I am not going to try to talk anyone into eating LowCarbHealthy(High)Fat, anyone that is interested in reading and learning about it..this is the place for you!!

I have been eating LCHF since June, only a couple of months..well, ok three months. I have been on holiday, had weekend guests over..and still I have lost weight.

I started on 92 kilos in the last week of May, and today I weigh 85 kilos.

So I admit I have had a stall the last month, but I am eating good stuff and I am not very hungry. I eat when I feel hungry and that's it.

I have noticed...to lose weight there are a couple of important factors for ME:

These are:

  • Drink enough water
  • Get enough sleep
  • Do not eat too much protein
  • Make sure I eat enough fat
I will keep you posted on my progress, not sure if anyone is interested, but I post for my own benefit, so I myself can see my progress. And of course, maybe I can inspire others too.

Husband is by the way also doing this, because he had high glucose in his blood when he tested with teststrips in January or February. He was shocked and looked into how he could lower the glucose. That is how HE entered the world of LCHF. I found it through wanting to lose weight,and not find it difficult to tie my shoelaces anymore..

So there you go...my secret is out.

Marialinn





Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Hi again!

I am back after a long holiday, We have been in Norway for almost three weeks, it was fantastic. All of it was great for a change, and I didn't put on the usual 3-5 kilos either. I met up with my cousins and their kids, I met my old friend from School, I hadn't seen her for probably about 20 years ..and yes.

It was great, we went places, saw things I hadn't seen before and in general we came home feeling very happy.

It is great to be home in Norway, but it's wonderful to come home to my own house, my kitchen, my bed..and my stuff. So, yeah, I still have too much stuff...but it's mine!

We have been shopping school uniform, and we were ready for High School over a week ago.
She looked so smart when she walked to school with her friends that first day. She still looks equally smart.

And the best thing, I think she is kind of enjoying herself there..still getting used to the school and new classmates, but still..good stuff happening.

For myself, I have a plan, and definetly a plan involving this blog. Come next month, I might have a phone that actually works with Blogger, and that means I can once again upload photos, yay!

So, I will leave you all here, hoping you have a great day!
 The cat!

Marialinn

Monday, 4 July 2016

PUMA points

I have once again joined The Running Bug's summer challenge and today was my second run. It's the first 5K this month. It went surprisingly well..although rather slow, lol.

I don't really mind that much.

I was not able to run during the weekend, because we were out shopping both days. I guess we can say that we are nearly set for our summer holiday. Suitcases are down and ready to be packed...!

I will try to keep up with my running while I am away, I don't want to be deadweigth to my Team Drive/Speed.

I have been eating good stuff, but my weight has been on a standstill for about a week now. I am hoping for some movement this week, it would be so great to see 87 again. I think this morning I was at 88.3, which I have been hovering around for about a week or so.

At the moment..we (kid and I) are waiting for the weather to get a little better so we can walk to town. Takes about 30 minutes..wonder if it has stopped by now..I have been playing Slither.io for a while hoping the rain would stop.

I better go check..have a great day wherever you are!

 See ye efter, MariaLinn

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Summer?

Where did the summer go?
A few weeks ago the weather was great, the sun was shining and it was nice and warm. Now it's just not so..the clouds are grey and it's wet and rainy outside, I am even going to put on the heating for a couple of hours! 

I really hope it's going to get a little warmer soon, no wonder why I had to have my shower so hot earlier today. 

I just wanted to mention the challenge I am doing this summer, just as I did last summer. 
The Running Bug is doing the PUMA challenge once again and tomorrow is the first day. Iam going to go on the treadmill for the first time in over a month. Well..I am going to attempt some sort of interval jogging. We'll see how it goes. 

I will give you a little update on my mileage tomorrow when I have done my run. 
I am going too turn the heating on, and hae a warm cup of coffee..with some butter and oil in it. Yummy! 

See ye efter, Marialinn

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Eating

I have wanted to lose weight for a number of years..Atleast for15 years..but the weight has slowly just moved upwards.
Slowly, but steady until I was at a maximum of 
95 kilos in my grandmothers funeral in January 2015.

This was only just over 12 months ago. I have followed mainly Weight Watches, and it did work..for a while. Then I slowly stepped away from them. About one year ago I was at my last WW meeting. I did not know I was not going back. It just happened, I was not needed as a helper, so I never went. 

That has been great for me, because I had already started dabbling in the Paleo life, and had lost a couple of kilos... 
In November 2015, I decided to try to eat differently, and things were good..until Christmas.

About 4 weeks ago, after reading, trying a little, reading..trying to educate myself I started properly to eat differently.

MY goodness, was it tough for several days to quit the sugar. I had headaches every day. But i didn't cave.

In four weeks I have lost 4 kilos. I started at 92 kilos, and I am at 88 kilos at the moment. 
I have had sugar this weekend, because we had visitors, and it was my birthday..

BUT
Never again.

It created a craving for sugar and bread and sweets...
Oh boy. 

Today is my first sugarfree day this week...and yup..headache has arrived. The solution, a cup of bullion. 

If you wonder what sort of lifestyle I am living...
I am here to tell you..I think I have found where the magic is at:
The magic is in the FAT. can you believe it? 
Here's "my" food pyramid


MariaLinn




Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Changes

I have thought a lot about my blog lately, and what to do with it..Should I just leave it? 
should I try to blog more? 
should I keep it as a hobby-blog, the way I used to ? 
should I use it to document my life and where I want to go? ¨

Well, after some thinking..I have decided:
I will continue using the blog to document my life, where I want to go and the changes that happen within my life. 
I will be honest, although I am not using our real names.

I have only today figured out how to get pictures from my Windows phone...not easy! 
But, i am sure this is the beginning of something really good for me. 

I do hope you will follow me on the way forward...


Yours truly, in Eskdalemuir on my 38th birthday...26 june, 2016!

See ye efter, MariaLinn
 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Yikes..running

I had a goal..and that was to run (or jog) 300 mils this year...I didn't manage last year...but I really want to to it this year.....

BUT...

We are halfway through April already...I haven't even run 3 miles yet..I better get a move on if I want to reach my target.!

Do you think I can do it?

Wish me luck, anyway...
Maria

Friday, 8 April 2016

On the horizon

On my horizon I can view something new and different....

My experience after trying for a while now..to eat low carb...eat more fat, less carbohydrates and more wholefoods...well, we have been eating tons of veg for years now... we have literally cut out bread, pasta and potatoes since November...we do have carbs,, but not tons of it.

Today after really trying to get away from sugar....I skipped out of the kitchen...

I SKIPPED...with no effort, and I didn't even think about it until after I had done it.
I still haven't lost tons of weight, not really...but hey my jeans are very loose,....and I ahve to wear a belt.

The jeans were new in November. Lucky for me that I have already worn these jeans out by now,...so I can happily get a new pair of jeans that will last me for the next 4 months...until hopefully I'll need a new pair anyway..a size smaller.

Maybe wishful thinking, the goal is to fit into my bunad on 17th of May.
Here's a picture of my bunad..THIS in not litereally my bunad,  but this is what it looks like.
 I found this picture after a quick Google search. My grandmother bought it for herself when I was a little girl, and she gave it to me for my confirmation when I was 14, with the promise that she could still use it whenever she wanted. A few years ago I managed to finally take it twith me here to Scotland, and now that my granny passed away over a year ago..I really cherish this costume even more. 

Anyway...weightwise..I will weigh too much, and I still haven't been uinder 90.3 kilos..which was my weight this morning. 

I also finally found my excesise gear..so I can start on my c25k program again.

Wish me all the best!
MariaLinn

Thursday, 31 March 2016

My my...

I have again let my blog slide for way too long. not that I haven't been busy.
Doing pretty much nothing I guess!

No just kidding.
In January I should really have mentioned that we went to London, It was not for pleasure, but business. My kid and I needed new passports, so we drove down to London. It took us 10 hours..and we went straight to the Embassy. And we were actually about 2 minutes late for our appointment. Luckily there were only one other woman there, and we got it sorted pretty quickly.

We stayed with my father in law, and that was actually really nice! We hadn't seen him for several years...maybe 5 or 6 years, so it was a pretty good visit. He said to come back in April, but going to London is pretty expensive, so it'll have to wait.

In February the kid had her danceshow, and it lasted forever and ever.
Dress rehearsal on Saturday..only 5 hours!!
Sunday..Matinee show..met at12, show started 13.00 and lasted 3 hours..so finished at 16.00. Then two hours off, and we decided to go and grab some dinner..and then back for 18.00 for the evening show ar 19.00. Show finished at 22.00, then home at 22.30 and bed at 23.00
11 years old kid was very tired.

AND..the last show was Monday evening at 19.00, but didn't finish until 22.20..We weren't in bed until 23.30.

We had a few busy days.
Then we had the Rookie Rockstar 
Rock concert at school where MY kid won the competition for the best cd cover, and she got a tshirt and two cd's as a prize. Great evening !!

Tehn a few weeks ago the kid was at the Dance Festival, where she and 14 other Primary 7 kids danced for our school, among 15 other schools. Amazing to see all these youngsters onthe stage!!

The next thing on our agenda has been the Orchestra concert on Tuesday night. They did really really well, and I love that the kid loves toplay music.

We have had a few really busy months, sp we really look forward to the spring break. They finish half an hour earlier than normal tomorrow. I look forward to two weeks off school. Yippie!!!

My old phone broke...internal breaking..and I doubt it can be fixed, so my "new" phone is an old windows phone..and it's difficult to use. When i figure out how to get the pics on to the blog, I'll show you how my Wiola is coming along.

I have attached the sleeves to the body, so not really that much left to do. I am SO excited to hopefully finish it soon. I have been working on this jacket for a long time now!!!

Ooops, it that the time already??? Guess it's time for me to get going, school pick up is next.
And..as a last thing here..I will try to update more often about what I am up to.i have some very interesting new projects on the go.

Have a great day people,
Maria

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy new year


Happy New year from Scotland.

I haven't been as active on the blog as I wanted to, so my new years resolution is that I want to be more active in every aspect in life.

I started yesterday with 15 minutes walk on the treadmill, and that is a prettyg ood start of the day.

Last year I ran 80.06 miles, and I really want to try to get the 300 this year. 

i hope everyone had a great Hogmanay celebration, and look forward to the new year.

I am considering a week off from Facebook, as it really is a time stealer. 

I also promise to update a little more when it comes to knitting, food and organising stuff. 

One of my  most recent "new" hobbies are journalling, but also planning. 

So, may 2016 be a wonderful year for us all..
And may the Force be with you!!

Marialinn

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Time to rest

My oh my, I feel exhausted..so tired..!
The reason is that these last two weeks we have been working very hard with helping daughter preparing for her grade 1 piano exam.

Her exam was yesterday, we picked her up from school halfway through the school day,adn went home for lunch, change of clothes and some practise time on granny's piano.

She got 15 minutes in the practise room before she went to have the exam. Mr. John was very straightforward, no pleasanteries with him at all. And he was irish, so she thought he said G, when he said D.

Nevermind, the result will come within the next 19 days I think. Hoping she did well!!



Now, it's just a bit of violin practise and the concert on Monday..abd then we are pretty much ready for the Christmas holiday! 

Gosh, can't wait for a hoiday! 

Te only problem I have now is that I need to find the house phone..I have lost it somewhere inthe house. 

So...must go out and do my Avon round and then prettymuch get on with everything. Going to get our Christmas decorations up this weekend,...so looking forward to it !! 
yay!

So, I hope you all have a great day..and take care of yourselves!
Marialinn!! 

Monday, 9 November 2015

November

*November is here, and we are already well into the month already.
Last week was so foggy, almost unbelievable! Usually the fog lifts when it gets light, but at 9am it was still there. 




Also, Princess is practishing for her piano exam, but we only have a keyboard. So we went to Granny's house and practised a little. Just a shame that the piano is SOOOO out of tune and it just sounds horrible. The piano is pretty much unusable, but it is ok to practise on every now and then. 

I am not sure if the video will work, if it does..Iam sorry for the horrible out of tune sound!!!

Hugs, MariaLinn

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

October is over

*And Hallowe'en has been celebrated with pumpkin and spiders. 

Now it's time to say welcome to November and hello Christmas! 

This month I'll be knitting alot. I have already started, and it feels great! You now, Christams comes round so quickly, I really need to get a move on. 
Have a good day lovelies!



Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Why food diary?

Yesterday I started a food diary. Not Weight Watchers related at all, as that ship sailed quite a while ago.

Monday night, I started feeling a little unwell, as I waited for Princess while she attended her gymnastics class..I though it was just because I sat reading without any back support.

Then Princess went to Guides, and I still felt funny. But later on, when she came home..I felt worse..as if I was hungry. But I had a proper dinner s usual..so I knew it couldn't be that.

At 23.00 o'clock I took two painkillers, but they didn't really help. No point going to bed. at 3 I thought maybe I could get some sleep..so I headed for be.

Was not to be, after an our of tossing and turning and not managing to get comfortable at all..I got up again, took another painkiller, and was just lying on the sofa until 6 when I nodded off for an hour.

Was still painful, and at 8.30 I took another two painkillers and by 9 I started to feel alot better.

All yesterday I wrote everything that I ate, and I will continue to do so.

If you wonder what the pain was...my guess is gallstones.
I have had the same pain before, but it would go away after a couple of hours. So it has neer been this severe.

So here's my food diary for today..and I will probably keep doing this until forever!


Here's hopeing I never get that pain ever even. Cheers to a healthy life!

MariaLinn

Monday, 26 October 2015

Brambles

Last summer, I discovered that the brambles that was growing wild in  my hegde had berries, and I picked enough for us to have as a dessert. I decided to not cut them down, but just see if I could get some more berries this year.

Yesterday was the third time I picked berries this sumer,and still there are loads just waiting to get picked when they are ready.

I got 900ml yesterday, and that was enough for 3 bown FULL of Brambleberries, and I made custard and it was just the yummiest ever!

It's amazing when the garden gives us some stuff we can actually use. I really just love it. At the moment I am trying to grow onions, and so far they are looking ok. They are still just mini's, but I COULD use them I think. Next summer..I might even try potatoes..!


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Just October hair

Yes, it's a hair kind of day. 
I thought it was time for another quick length shot, and I guess it's not much of a difference since my last picture. 

I haven't really done anything different, just braiding and bunning every day, moisture with coconut oil every so often. 
Actually, I saw a video...or did I read it somewhere? I am not sure, but now I spray my hair with water before I put oil on it. Seems to work ok so far. 

Also, one of the main things I have done the last few weeks is to get a satin pillowcase. Actually, it's not even a pillow case. It's the daughters old dress up princess dress, I cut the whole skirt off, and I am using the satin part of the skirt as my pillowcase.

And..RESULT!!
Alot less frizz in just a few weeks. I never thought it would make such a big difference. So..for Christmas that is what I am wishing for.-..a proper pillowcase...even if the skirt is working too.
             
 Picture taken today by 11 years old daughter.

I have water and a leave in, so the ends look wet..well..they are wet on this picture. 
I don't think I'll reach classic by Christmas, but by the summer I'll be there. Definetly. 
I have joined not cut for a year, in 2016..so if it gets longer than classic by the end of next year..I'll probably start microtrimming every month..to even out a little. 

I am happy with my progress!

This is all ffrom me today, happy Sunday!
MariaLinn 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Wiola -again

Around June I started knitting the Wiola cardigan, and I really loved the pattern. But then I wanted a smaller waist and I went on to change needle size...and I realised that I was making the cardigan too big. Booo
Also, the pink and brown was not really a great match, not enough difference.
Again- Booo

So , I started frogging..and I frogged and started all over again. With pink and beige this time and now the pattern is really visible. 
And wow, this pattern is so simple to knit, it sticks in the brain really fast. This will probably be finished before I have started the sleeves on Melissa. I am about to finish the first of three stars on that one. 

But for the fun of it, here's the picture of the two versions of Wiola

           New Wiola                                                   Old Wiola


And now I  am not sure which one I like the most...! BUT I am not restarting, so it will have to be the one of the left! 

I don't really have any other projects on the go yet, I really need to get started on my nephews wollies, but have to wait until next motnh when I hae some cash to buy wool. I already know which ones I'll be making for him. But if you hae any great wollen trousers for kiddies, please give me a hint of where to find the pattern!! 

Have a great day lovelies.
MariaLinn

Monday, 14 September 2015

Sunday morning dreams...

It's already Monday again, the weekends seem to go by so quickly, and as usual ,, it feels like I have done nothing. I know it's not true. 

Yesterday morning I woke up early, to let the cat out. I went back to bed to sleep a little more, which I did. But I dreamt about my grandmother--.AGAIN. 

This time I was at a cafe with her, and some women came and sat down at our table. She was a carer and knida knew my granny, but she didn't want to tell me her name. I got absolutely pee'd off with this woman..told her "we should sstart over again". So I went over to her, smiled, stretched out my right hand to greet her and said "hi, my name is Maria". She just smiled, and said, "I can't tell you my name". 

Wow, I was not happy, sparks probably flew from my eyes...and granny and I didn't even finish our pancakes (pancakes, really??) and left really quickly. I might even have swore at that woman as I left. 

Not fun waking up being in a bad mood because of something that happened in a dream. 
I realised it was actually my granny's 93rd birthday yesterday-..maybe that's why she was in my dream. 

This is the 4th time I have dreamt about her since her passing in January. 
I miss her.

MariaLinn


Sunday, 13 September 2015

Princess party

Princess went to a party on Friday, and i did her hair. Was very happy with the braiding result! 


She had great fun, and they danced the night away..well..until 9 pm anyway. 
Happy birthday Freya! 

MariaLinn

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Hair September

I tried to get some pictures taken while Princess was away last week.  Trying top get my curls to looks nice and not frizzy.

It's just not easy, because when it's dry, there are always hairs that doesn't want to clump. 
I came across a video on Facebook and then also a blog..and this woman (Melissa) explains what i need to do..so my next hairwash will be a little different to what I noramlly do. Will be very interesting to see if there will be a difference at all. 

This is all for today, better go make that coffee.
Love, MariaLinn


Vikings in Largs

Every year in Largs they have a Viking Festival , we have been before and enjoyed it. So e decided to go again (yay).
















Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Revelation (food)

I have had several revelations over the years really and today I am going to tell you all about them. AND my latest revelation as well.

First: I FEEL ILL WHEN I EAT CERTAIN FOODS!!!!

Not disrespecting any company in any way, but this is how my body and mind reacts.

I cannot eat McDonalds foods...except the milk shake. I get really bad tempered and very easily annoyed.

I cannot eat pancakes, not bought or homemade..if I do, no more than 2 for me. I end up having stomach pains for hours. Blah!

I am guessing it has something to do with white flour.

And my latest thing, that I have suspected...I am sure I need to stay away from chocolate.

I really REALLY wanted chocolate today, and bought a fairly large bar...had 6 squares..and then I felt pain in my belly, and a little later a mild headache came sneaking upon me...and lastly.typical..I became really tired and terribly sluggish.

I even dropped a plate ...not on the floor- on my toes. I guess it was lucky that neither the plate or the toes broke.

So...here comes my one and only solution...I must eat clean foods. I have started making dinners without carbohydrates, want to see how it goes. Sunniva might have to have some carbs, but we are definetly cutting down.

Here's to a healthier life- SKÅL!!!!! (Cheers)

MariaLinn

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Abnormal week

Yes, the week has started, the weird abnormal week when Princess Sunniva is away on a school trip...and I am all alone from yesterday (Monday ) all the way to Friday.


That is of course not stricly true, as the husband Kris is also at home...but he's a little boring and he also cought our cold so add on a little bit of grumpiness and you'l get what I mean.

Sunday evening Kris was out at a concert, not my music taste, so it was great that he could get free tickets from his workmate and they could go together.

That also meant that Sunniva and I could have a nice relaxing evening before she went. We lit candles and watched a film..super cozy...or "koselig" as i normally would say.

So, last night I Sunniva was away and I was wondering how she was getting on while I enjoyed a little bottle of some cider while watching Coronation Street.

It was Kopparbergs cloudberry cider, I really enjoyed that and will probably get it again. I OH so miss the cloudberry yoghurt I was able to eat many years ago.
 I don't think they make it anymore, I mean it's probably a reason why they call it Gold of the Forest.

Today is my first full day at home, and I started a tidy up project. So...I have started..firstly I emptied the cupboard that was FULL of shoes, jackets and 2 chairs..and then I put our IKEA Trofast thing in there.

Now I have to EMPTY all the boxes, clean the shelves and then I can start putting everything back again.
WHY did I even start,,this is so much work!!!

I am sure it'll be better when I am finished.

Wish me oh so much luck! Not to mention that the Puma points Re-match started today and I need to get running before the day is over!

Take care, lovelies!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Letters

If there's one thing that has stayed with me since I was a child, it is my love for writing. 
Every so often I struggle with just sitting down and writing, but when I first get started it's easy peasy. 

I have many penpals, mainly from Europe and USA with couple of exceptions being New Zealand and Japan. 

I started writing in 1991, that is when I got my first international penpal, Yuka from Japan. We are not in touch anymore but my "oldest" penpal is Cindy and we started writing when I was only 13 and she was 11. 

To get back into writing again (I have found it tough after my granny died) I have changed my wrting place. I am once again in the kitchen, and I have created a little corner for my letter stuff. 
 This is my little corner, with letters to reply to. I am quite happy about if I must say so myself.

And here is the start of my next letter, that will be to Erica. 

The dream is to one day have one of these
But we don't really have room for it. This is a picture I found on the net when I used the searchword " Skatoll".

But hey..maybe I can make one of these myself..who knows..lol! 
Have a great day lovelies!