Monday, 6 December 2021

Happy Hanukah

Happy Hanukah

For all my friends that celebrate these 8 special days. I wish you  all a very happy last day of Hannakah this evening, 

Love, Linn





Sunday, 19 September 2021

EPP pictures

Here are my some photos of my EPP project. This is 1" x 1" hexagons that I found at Geta's quilting studio, that I linked in my previous post.

This is just a very small start on this project, and I don't expect to finish it for a long time yet. I will update as the months go by. 

This is my EPP 1 , so whenever I mentionany EPP's, this is the first, my denim is my EPP 2. I will probably show some photos at a later point. 

At the moment I'm only focusing on this EPP 1 project.

Here's a little Viking saying. 

Affection is mutual when men can open
All their heart to each other:
He whose words are always fair
Is untrue and not to be trusted. 

Enjoy your day , Linn 

Friday, 17 September 2021

(EPP) English paper piecing

I am not sure if I have mentioned EPP (English Paper Piecing) before? 
I don't think so. 

I read a book, maybe it was in 2020, I am not sure. I don't even remember which book it was..let me try to find out. 
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, I read it in January 2020 according to Goodreads.

In this book they mention quilting, and English paper piecing. I had never heard of that before, so off i went to Google or Duck Duck Go it.  And that's when I found my newest hobby.

I started back in January 2020, gave it a go, then I started on another EPP quilt using old denim. 
...but then I got into sewing skirts instead, 

It has been a while since I last did Paper Piecing now, but once again I have been bitten by the bug. I have a fair amount of leftover fabric from the skirts I made this last year, I also have a bedsheet and duvet cover. They are no longer good for their intended use, so instead of thowing them out and for them end up on the landfill I have chosen to use them in my EPP project. I am also using a few shirts, and will use my daughters shirts when she finished school next spring. 

This is my choice, to try to have less of a footprint on this earth. 
I think that the pollution of our planet is one of the most important topics of our time, and I am doing my best to minimise my personal pollution. That topic is for another day though. 
Today it's English Paper Piecing. 

I am trying to get my photos up and running here on the blog, but they are not agreeing with me. I will have to just inset them in a separate blogpost later on. 

I have found inspiration on you tube and Geta's quilting studio. She has some helpful tips, hints and patterns. 

I am still very new to epp, and I don't know the inns and outs. I do have an idea on how to do this, and **I will try to show you how I get on throughout the year. 

Until next time, take care. 

Linn x

Sunday, 6 June 2021


After all the stress since March, with work and long hours at work..and the dog during the last weekend, I really need to slow down and try to relax a bit and take better care of myself. 

The best way for me to do this is to get my sewing out. It has been lying in a drawer for weeks and it's been at the back of my mind almost every day. 
Yesterday I dug it out and started to sew a new dress. I have misplaced the instructions for sewing, so I am just whinging it. 

The material is very thin, so it's really just a tester and I'm not too worried about it. I am sure I'll learn something on the way. The more I sew, the better I'll be at sewing. 

I still call myself a novice mantuamaker, but with each day I sew and every seam I finish, I'll be just that bit better at it. 
This is my whole goal really. Wish I had started 20 years ago, but I was just not really ready at that time. 

Never to late to start someting you enjoy, and I enjoy sewing. 

Linn x

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

June 2021

It's june, and I wonder how we got here. 
My work has changed quite a bit lately, from supporting only one client for over three years, I have been supporting several others since March and the last month I am supporting some clients that I get on with really well. 
I did not enjoy my work in March and the beginning of April, but at the moment I am loving it. The hours are long, and I am starting to get really exhausted so I hope I can get some colleagues to take over some of my shifts so I don't have to have shifts between 8 -21 five days every week. 

That was all about work. 
Next is dog. 
Our precious dog was bitten by another dog last Thursday night when out for her evening walk. Two emergency surgeries later, removal of 20% of her lungs and 4 days in intensive care, doggie is recovering at home. 
So far we are half way, another 5 days and she should be out of danger. 
Medication three times a day and a nasty wound on her side...I really hope she will be ok!! 

The hospital sent her home with an air filled collar to make sure she doesn't lick her wound, much better than the lampshade type collar she has used before. 

So, the last few days has been very dramatic here in our house, and she is still not out of danger and greyhound can get bloodclots alot easier than other breeds. 
I will just pray she'll continue to heal and that all will go well. 

I do have a few other things on my mind, but I will save them for another day. 

Here's a nice picture to finish off today

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Hair , March 22

A little hair update. A month has gone by, and I have been busy working so I haven't oiled my hair at all this month. Still, here's the picture for this month. It's a little hard to see when I'm wearing such a light top, but I just had to get the picture taken. I also just brushed my hair, so it's definitely looking a bit frizzy at the bottom!

I'll try to get it oiled next month, but all in all, my hair feels pretty good. 


Monday, 22 February 2021

Hair update

Finally a hair update from me. I haven't touched my hair with scissors since June 2020. I have no plans to cut my hair any time soon.

This picture is taken today 22.Feb, 2021

I am trying to take better care of my hair again, and currently I oil my hair every two weeks. I have made my own oil mixture, using almond, olive, jojoba, argan and macadamia oil. 
No measurements, I just dump a bit of all in a little dish, and use that. 
I remember from earlier years, that my hair really like Almond oil, so that it what I use most of. 

I have just done the oiling twice so far, but I will definitely continue doing this. 
Also, going to be a bit more active on LHF again, so much good advice and people helping out when needed. 

Hopefully I'll manage to get a picture taken every month. 

Saturday, 29 August 2020

New beginnings

Once upon a time, many years ago...

I made some changes to my life, the changes lasted well over a year. 
But then...
An accident happened, involving milkshake..and it shook me and I couldn't stay focused any more. 

Now I have spiralled out of control for a few years already, and now it's time to get back to my healthy living.

I will keep myself accountable for my way of eating. I will do my best to not stray from what I know works for me. 

Starting at: 

29.08.2020 : 95.5 kg

Friday, 3 July 2020

Major haircut

I cut my hair one month ago. My long hair was thin and not so nice looking after being ignored and not cared for very well. So I chopped, quite a bit. This was my last haircut for quite some time.
I popped into LHF again, for some inspiration and joined a no chop challenge. 
I even made myself a t shirt to see the difference as the months go by. 
So here I am. 

Monday, 17 February 2020

A Monday in February

Another Monday has arrived, I have been feeling ill with a cold. Not terribly horrible, but you know how it is, Either a blocked nose or a runny nose, on and off headaches and not a ton of energy.

Still, life goes on and things needs to get done. I managed to talk Kris into changing around the living room. But oh my goodness was is difficult to get him on board and the amount of arguing he produced..just to move the television and the stand.  Well, we did it. Moved television and stand, and put the huge dug cage where the television used to be.

Oh it looks so much nicer, it's almost unbelievable.

Today, I have planned to just tidy up the rest of the living room, and most definitely my own crafty corner.  It is really messy at the moment, so today I'll focus on that.
It feels so great to have stuff changed around and to make it better than it was before.

But first, one has to try and find some important papers that work has requested. Wish me luck,. I have no idea where I have put them!!!


Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Home alone

It is Wednesday, and I have been home alone all day.
Kris left at 7 this morning and he won't be back until tomorrow evening. He's away down in Bristol for work. Maria is still at school, she usually has orchestra practise after school, so she doesn't finish until 16.45. I assume she'll be home in about an hour.

I have been really good today, I have done some laundry and I have tidied up in the bookcases in the living room. I also dusted of course. I tried to organise the books a bit better, so now I have the ones I am keeping separate from the ones I'll probably donate back to the charity shops when I bought them.

Some of these books are old, and used to belong to my grandparents. I will keep those for sure.

I miss my cat, I miss her purrs and her soft fur.  I miss her reply every time I'd look at her or just say her name. I miss burying my face in her fur and smell the outdoors in her fur. I  miss the best cat in the world.
I like dogs, I like them a lot. But I love cats.  It is how it is.

Also, after watching a YouTube channel quite a bit the last few months, I have once again realised how fragile life can be.
So, people..take care of each other.

God Bless , Linn

Tuesday, 22 October 2019


Here in a new little introduction and the other one only lasted one day..
We are :
myself: the mother and the wife,
one husband
one daughter
one dog.

Our beautiful, friendly, noisy, annoying, lovely, loyal, purring, meowing, sleeping, playful, amazing, ever best friend any girl could ask for.

Our lovely Solveig is no more. I hate cars.

RIP 19.10.19

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I will miss you forever and ever...!

Friday, 18 October 2019

Time to breathe

Times goes by ever so fast these days, and it feels like I hardly have time to stop and breathe.
Not that anything special is happening or going on, I just do not feel relaxed, I don't even feel like I am happy or satisfied.

I am not sure what the reason is, I am trying to figure it out.
So, things has changed in my mind and I don't feel like writing a knitting blog I considered starting a brand new blog, with a clean slate and all that jazz.
But, I am still here,  still on this same place, just continuing my journey and expanding my blogging horizon.

So I am starting fresh at the old place.

Hi everyone, I am Linn, I am from Norway and I live in Scotland, I have one husband, one daughter, one cat and one dog.

I enjoy knitting, reading, writing, sewing, penpalling and I enjoy trying to keep my house simple and tidy.

The last one, keeping the house simple and tidy is an everlasting journey and battle.
I will try to be very honest in everything I write and show.

The plan is to try to get into writing every day, when I am not at work. I am working this weekend, so unless I post something later today, I won't be back until Monday. 

 Have a great Friday lovelies, Linn

Friday, 18 January 2019


Good afternoon, I am here once again. It has been a while since I was here regularly. But, I am planning to be here quite a bit more in the future.

Not posting about anything special, just whatever is going on in my life.

For some time I have felt uneasy using Facebook, so over the last months I have used it less and less. On purpose. I joined Facebook back in 2007, that is quite a while ago and I think I may have outgrown it by now.

There are a few things I am interested in these days, and this is probably what I will cover here.

I will try to be here on my days off work, which will not be many this month, but something is better than nothing.

Until next time, do take care.
Linn x

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Good moning NaNoWriMo

Here's Novemeber,
And with November comes NaNoWroMo again.
This will be my third time trying to write a novel, and this time I will get further than before.

My Novel is called Codename: Bear Island
That is all I have to say for now about this topic.
I hope to write alot this month, but it will probably never be published..still, it's fun to get it out of my head

The sun is shining, housework needs to be done, I have worked 40 hours in 4 days, so today I feel a little tired.'s time to get the dog out for a walk, and enjoy the sunshine.
Dinner today will probably be a chinese...last day before I start  eating properly again.

Honestly, this sugary high carbohydrate foods I have been eating is not good for me..I am tired, sluggish and I feel hungry all the time. I have had enough. And next time we go shopping, I will for sure get some decent food in the house. I will try to update a little on what I will eat this month.

But for now, enjoy the day friends. Smiles and sunshine coming your way.

Friday, 26 October 2018

OH dear

Ummm, hello there...

October is nearly finished and I can't say that is has been a slow month at all. I have walked the dog...alot and i have done nothing..alot.

And I have visited the shop Locavore and bought a new shampoo, well I have actually tried it before, so not "really" new.

I have also found a new channel on YouTube to watch...1000's of roots. I am so inspired by their kindness and smiling faces, watching them lifts my mind and heart.

Paris the greyhound is officially a member of this clan, and here she is enjoying life on her biscuit.

Her doggie personality is shining through more and more every day.

She is  a good dog for sure.

What's is left to mention... Right, here we go.... I am kind of dabbling in giving up Facebook, can you believe that? I am not sure how easy it will be, but it is a timewaster and I donot spend super much time on there anymore anyway .

Has anyone else given up Facebook? How did THAT  go?
I am getting in the stage on my life where I am ready to possibly give up this phenomenon.

So, I am thinking about doing my penpalling stuff in here, instead of on FB..atleast update here as well as in my private group.

I WANT to blog more often, about everything that goes I am going to try to schedule this in my calendar to see if that makes a difference at all.

Today the child is coming home from a residential trip up to Fort William, she has had a great time and she sent me this photo from the bus.

I will be very busy the next couple of days, work, work, work, double shifts both Saturday and Sunday, so I probably won't have much time to do anything else.

This is all for now really, I am sure I'll be back soon with something else at some point soon.

Hugs, from Linn

Monday, 10 September 2018


Here we are now...September has now started and we are already almost halfway, but not quite. 
Since my last blog, I have been dumped by a penpal I have written a letter to a penpal that has not given up on me..

I have nearly finished my journal, and have a new one ready for use. 
And we are trying something new....

We have a little visitor. 
Her name is Paris and she is staying with us until the end of the month.

We also of course still have our cat, and hopefully if these two can get used to each other and get on well...Paris may well keep on staying here next month also. 

She is a retired racer, her last race was only in June, so not long since she stopped.

Yesterday we went for a long walk, and we met another Greyhound, his name was Moyes, and he had also retired from racing recently (in May). 

Through talking, we found out they came from the same place (Sunderland) and checking it out online....Moyes' last race was in a race with "our" Paris. 

That is so weird and funny! is my first day alone with the dogness...she is lying in her den sleeping I believe. 

 Child and dog
Paris, used to be trap 6.

No more racing for you, Paris. 

Friday, 31 August 2018

Hello again!


Hasn't time flown like crazy? 

I can't believe we are already at the very end of August,and here in Scotland it has been a super hot and sunny summer, but now it seems we are for sure heading towards the autumn.

So, I guess the question is; what have we been up all these months?
It's pretty simple, I have been working, kid has been to school and husband has been working too.

THEN we went on holiday to Norway and spend almost two weeks there which was really nice <3 nbsp="" p="">But , here we are..several weeks later and things are back to every day life.

I am still working on my minimalist project, and I plan to write about this in another post when i have more time.

Right now I finished my last day of freedom, no just kidding, but I do have double shifts at work the whole weekend.

So have a great weekend, and hopefully I'll be back next week.


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Minimalist Inspiration Tag Questions

Hi again,

As i already mentioned before, I am working on actually owning less things, I will even eventually go through my books as well, but they get to stay for now. i do love my books.

To get inspiration to tidy, organise and get rid of (donation, recycle or in the bin) stuff i no longer need, want or use i often watch YouTube videos

Abundantly Mimimal is one of the many channels I watch, and this time Sarah has made a Tag video and I thought i could try to answer her Tag questions.

Minimalist Inspiration Tag Questions: 1. Why do you want to be a minimalist? OR Why do you practice a minimalist lifestyle?
I have realised that i get stressed when it's really messy and I can't focus with too much stuff lying to "free my mind" and make my life easier..i need to have less clutter around. Well, that's the main reason anyway. 2. What have been the toughest items or toughest groups of items to get rid of, and how did you overcome that?
Actually nothing yet...or maybe the knitting magazines...I haven't gotten rid of the completely..I have kept the patters I may wish to use at a later date. I think i really want to keep this thing..most of the time it's no..sometimes yes.
3. Who or what helps inspire you to declutter when you get stuck?
YouTube videos, might talk about the different channels I follow at some later point. 4. What did/does your decluttering process look like?
My goal for 2018 is to have 2018 things less than in 2017. I have my Bullet Journal spread and my colouring pencils..and I fill in one square for each thing I "get rid" of. I go into a room and just look through I use this old cheap necklace? Have I worn in the last 5 years? If I haven't...why hold on to it, obviously I don't love it! 5. How has your minimalist journey benefitted you so far?
I have less stuff, and it seems easier to clean. My mind is a little more focused..but of am far from finished, so maybe in 2019 I'll feel completely free.
6. What is your best piece of advice you have for other who are seeking a more minimalist lifestyle?
Honestly...just start in one room, in one shelf or one drawer....!

One thing at a time..if it's hard to get started..just try to find ONE thing every day. Today, i have so far found 5 things..very small things, but still...! Yesterday..ashamed to say it...i threw out 4 balls of useless wool. I had kept them for years. How silly is that?

I want another two things less in my house today, so I better start searching for them.

Take care, until next time.

Hugs, Linn

Tuesday, 9 January 2018


Good Afternoon everyone,
2018 is here, can you believe it? I guess it happens every year...always a shock that another year has gone by.

Anyways, my plan for 2018 is to update a tad more often, about the few things that I am passionate about.

Last year I had a goal of "gettng rid" of 2017 things, I did really well, and ended up at around 2270 or something like that.

I have made a similar goal, and this time it's 2018 things I will be getting rid of in 2018.

YES, it's definitely getting more difficult to get rid of things...but today I decided that that old stripey grey and green short sleeved hoody...that is around 10 years old , it has to go. While it still looks pretty ok, it's not something i want to wear anymore..and i haven't worn it for years.

It's likely that a couple of scarves will also end up in the donation bag.

It feels really good to have less "stuff" around.

I really hope to be more active here this year, and hopefully you will enjoy reading about what's going on.

Welcome 2018

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017


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


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! 


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


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


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. 
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 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! 


Friday, 3 February 2017


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 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 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.


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 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.


Monday, 2 January 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.


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


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!


Thursday, 29 September 2016


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!


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.


Monday, 29 August 2016


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! 

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 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..! 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 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 secret is out.


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!


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 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


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


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..

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


Tuesday, 28 June 2016


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


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.....


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...

Friday, 8 April 2016

On the horizon

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

My experience after trying for a while eat low 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, 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 I can start on my c25k program again.

Wish me all the best!

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 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. 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,

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!!