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! 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

New Experiences

A new Experience coming up, and I am pretty sure every mum can relate!
The first time your child stays away.

Yes, it's happening. Princess Sunniva has been on a couple of trips before, but that has only been Friday to Sunday..three times so far.

This time , it's a school trip..Monday to Friday...and WHAT am I going to do when I have the whole day to myself for the first time in over 11 years?

We are busy packing, needs lots of extra changes in case they get soaking wet during their activities.

I am looking forward to it, but dreading it at the same time. I  am really looking forward to Sunniva coming home with lots of new experiences and maybe having grown a little..not in size but as a person.
But then I dread it, because I love being with her and I know she is growing up. My little baby is not a baby anymore. 

We still have a few things to pack, and still a few days to get everything in order.  But..yup..the day of departure is drawing nearer. 

Take care of yourselves and you loved ones, my dear friends! 

MariaLinn

Monday, 24 August 2015

Nature and such

What can I say, I love a little bit of outdoor activity me, so yesterday we ventured out for a little walk. The sun was shining, and we could hear the grasshoppers play their music,. Even I could hear them, I guess it means my hearing is still ok.

Butterflies and bumblebee...even fish in the water! 
A dog came to say hello while we sat down for a little rest All in all, it was a great day.

Then we came home, took my washing in..and that was that. 

I sat in the evening playing clas of clans on my phone 
(Not my clan picture) 
Well..in ticked a message on my phone. An old penpal, want to get back in touch!

How lovely, how wonderful..I do still write letters, so I am over the moon!!

Now this morning...I got a huge fright. 
I went to get my trousers, the ones I had pegged out yesterday to dry. 
I picked them up, and they buzzed,...what is that? Is it a phone?? 
BUZZ...a little phone??
BUZZ...Oh sh**, it's a bee or a wasp

I threw the trousers in the kitchen, closed the door , went to get the bug spray, and then poked them further in the kitchen..and again and again and again, moved them a half meter each time. Finally I was close to the door, I unlocked it, and got them outside..and not more then 5 seconds later a black and yellow furry bee fled the scene. 

I am not exactly in love with these things that buzz and can sting, so I guess you can say that I managed to keep cool. 
PHEW! 

I survived another morning! 
And as I have just ran 1.7 miles ont he treadmill,i will even say that the day is going pretty well, so far! 
Have a good day lovelies! 

MariaLinn

Friday, 21 August 2015

Food

I have been trying for years and years..to be healthier and yiou know...loose the weight....but 2014 was a terrible year, and when we went home to Norway to attend my dear grandmothers funeal on January 14th..I weighed the most I have ever weighed...95 kilos!! 
SHOCKING
Mildly said...not too happy. 

Soooo...I have managed to get down to 90.5..I seem to hover between 90.3- 90.8..I have been the same weight for the last few months now..I didnt even put on any weight while we had our summer holiday in N*orway.

Unheard of!!!!

But I was really happy about it. 
So..the next step needs to be to get under 90 kilos. 
I am trying some low carb stuff..and today (and yesterday) I tried what "they" call a "fat-coffee"

Basically mix coffee, butter and coconutmilk..whip it together. Most also add a raw egg..but i haven't tried it due to you know..salmonella...! I know there's not much risk these days..but still. 
Well...result? 

That coffee is NOT for me...my body seems to react badly to it..because both today and yesterday I keep needing to run to the toilet...! (sorry , too much info, i know) 

So instead..I thought I'd try a healthy lunch that does not involve that mixture mentioned above..and this is what I came up with

What's in it you ask?
1/3 cucumber, chopped in quarters
2 tomatoes, chopped in smaller segments
1/2 onion
2 tbs natural greek yoghurt
a bit of salt and pepper. 

Tastes pretty nice actually, and simple and quick to make. 
I amnot sure how long I'll feel full on this, but one can only do ones best. 

I use what I have in the house..it's the end of the month andwe try to use up the food before we buy new stuff next month. 
You kow..trying to avoid throwing away food! 

I better eat this tomato salad thing..wet washing waiting to be hung up. 
Enjoy your day! 

MariaLinn 

Melissa jacket

Or do you actually call this a jacket in English? Is it maybe a cardigan? 
Who knows, if you know..please tell me; what is the correct word for a stranded knitted jacket or cardigan..or does it not matter? 

Regardless of the name, my knitting is growing..slowly..slowly. I have made the dicition of knitting two rows every day...one knit and one purl row. 

Honestely, purling stranded knitting...who came up with  THAT idea? 
It is the worst and most boring and slow way to knit ever! 

I do not think I'll do this again, unless I don't mmind taking forever to finish something.

Unfortunately for me, I seem to always be in a race with myself. to finish whatever I am knitting as fast as I possibly can. 

What a silly thing to do really.

Why not just sit and enjoy the knit, instead of being stressed about it. I am working with myself to change my way of thinking..and I am kind managing to do it. 
Getting better atleast, and that's a step in the right direction. 

Well, time to start off the day, the coffee is gone and there are things to do. 


Have a great Friday, lovelies!
MariaLinn


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

August 17th

It is the first day back at school, Daughter has been waiting since school finished to get back,. She loves school!

Time flies by and now she has started the last year of Primary school. Hard fact to grasp.
 Here she is knocking on her pal's door :) 

Happy last year of Primary school!!

MariaLinn

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Hair August

Here are some August pictures of my hair. It's has been plopped is still moist, so it looks a little darker than normal.
some curly wurls will dissapear when it's completely dry...I will probably braid or bun anyway!

But this was just to see the curls really! Oh, i did have a little trim the other day, had so many split ends. Maybe a full cm went off..so lost all growth since July. But that's ok.