Am I without traditions and culture? 🇧🇻

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

This week was the Norwegian Constitution day 🇧🇻, and I used this day as a day off from “all and everything” for a tiny little while 😊. I could have celebrate together with some friends in Benalmadena as well as some friends in Fuengirola, but I did choose to just rest this day, in the sun,- and it was not to bad at all 🥰.

I’m still a bit low on energy, but slowly the energy is coming back now,- and that’s feels so great 🥰.

Marius, my oldest did work, Ruben did celebrate in Norway together with his friends, and Mathilde did her work together with a tiny celebration in Bali 🇧🇻. It’s make me happy to see my kids still do a bit of some of our traditions and Norwegian celebrations 🥰.

In a way I have “lost” many of this kind of Norwegian and family traditional and cultures celebrations during the last years. Some of the “losing” actually started before I moved to Spain. They started when I was in the relationship that wasn’t to healthy for my mind and soul up there in Norway. And, unfortunately, I haven’t managed to keep up with to many of my Norwegian traditions and the traditions I did grow up with after I/ we moved to Spain. I have tried, but slowly it’s a bit like the time, the daily life in a “new” country and the life on it’s own has in its own way slightly “erased” my/ our traditions.

I feel a bit “naken” , or more correctly, I feel my life is a bit “naken” without the traditions and cultures celebrations I did grew up with. At the same time I’m in a place in my life now where I need to find a kind of new rhythm when it comes to the traditions and cultures celebrations I had in Norway, because I’m not in Norway anymore.

I’m was perfectly fine in the sun during the Norwegian Constitution day this week 🌞. But of course I also did gave this traditions and cultures celebrations a thought and two. Am I without any specific traditions and cultures celebrations now? 🤔

If I have been in Norway I had maybe celebrate the Norwegian Constitution day,- I think, but I’m not sure- because who to celebrate the day together with in Norway? Everyone have their own to celebrate together with,- family and friends, and of course Ruben was and also had been together with his friends this day,- natural enough 💙.

And that’s also an other reason why our traditions and culture celebration are the way they are at the moment,- because we all four ( me and my three lovely children) are in different places in our life at the moment,- and also have been during the lasts years. We are trying to find our way in each of our lives, while walking a little next to each other as well ❤💙💙❤.

At the same time as we actually have created and made a kind of celebration during the Christmas- time as well as the Norwegian Constitution day, and my children’s birthdays too, and some few others traditions from our Norwegian culture. Not in the same way as we did when we did live in Norway,- but a kind of celebration in our own tiny, but nice and cozy way 🥰.

My birthday is many years since I did celebrate,- the exception was this year 🥰. Ruben did visit me/ us here in Spain the week I had birthday,- and we did celebrate my birthday together with just be together, order food delivered to the door ( a luxury on it’s own for me 😊) and we did watch a good movie together,- a cozy and in it’s own way,- perfect birthday, with the most amazing birthday present ever,- a surprise visit from Ruben 🎁❤.

In one way I do miss to celebrate our culture traditions the way we did in Norway when we did live in Norway. I miss family birthday parties, and other family “events”,- at the same time as I’m actually not sure I do “fit” in “there” anymore.

Some weeks ago two teenagers in Norway that I’m an aunt too, celebrated their baptism. I need to admit I did send them a lots of good thoughts for their day. And I also wondered how it had been to be there together with them, celebrate together with them and the family. At the same time as I think I don’t fit in “there” anymore. I have been away from “it all” a long time. I think I have felt very uncomfortable to be there, to be honest. They live their lives, I live my. And I feel different from them, a bit like an “outsider”.

At the same time as I do miss the different “old family culture traditions and celebrations” I don’t miss it, because we are not in Norway anymore,- and we need to try to find our own way to celebrate at the same time as we keep some of our “old” celebrations and create our new traditions and celebration “touched” with our culture in a new area in our life. Like make and create something that suits us as the family we are now, with something old and new traditions together in a way that’s best for us 😊.

I know my children have the tradition they did grew up with in their heart, mind and soul, and I have them too. Something Im very grateful for ❤ . They are just “resting” a bit, this traditions and cultures celebrations, and I think,- slowly when all four of us have found more our new places in our life we will get our new traditions and celebration together with some of the old one 🥰. I’m not worried about that,- this is a part of the life,- the different changes in life 🧡. But of course I at the same time will say I do miss now and then what was,- long time ago up there in Norway 🤗. What I’m incredibly grateful for that I and we have a lots of amazing memories together from different cultures and traditions celebrations in Norway 🥰. And good memories are gold worthy,- and really something to build something new on when the time is there 😊🤗. I have probably not missed the culture and traditions celebrations from Norway if they wasn’t some fantastic memories 🧡.

I like culture and traditions celebrations,- if not I have probably not miss them or given them to many thoughts. It’s like I also like the regular routines in the daily life 😊.

So no,- I’m not without traditions and cultures celebrations,- they are still there inside me, just “resting” a bit,- and slowly I’m, together with my children, are going to create our culture and traditions celebrations up again, build from something old and something new 🥰.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊.

Me ,- the photo is taken on the Norwegian Constitution day this week,- after a lovely rest in the sun. And I’m without any kind of makeup,- it’s in its own way represented like I sometimes feel my life is a bit “naked” without traditions and cultures celebrations.

I’m not without traditions and cultures celebrations even it feels like that sometimes 🇧🇻. They are there inside me, in my heart, mind and soul, they are just “resting” a bit until we find our own and new way to celebrate the different traditions and cultures event with something new together with something old 😊.

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Happy Easter to you all 🐣😊🌞

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

The Easter is here, the Spring is in the air,- and I wish you all some Great Easter Days 🐣🌞.

I have been looking forward to some days off for a while now,- and my plans for thise Easter Days is not very much. Relax, enjoy that the Spring is in the air, maybe paint a bit, and spend time together with my daughter,- and also Marius, my oldest and his girlfriend that’s coming back from Paraguay this week 🌞. And maybe I’m going to socials a bit together with some friends too.

Today it’s just one week until my daughter will be on the plane to Bali, and ready for some new adventures in her life, and a lots of new knowledge too 😊. So I want to spend as much time as I can together with her before she’s travelling. I’m actually not sure when I will see her again. But I also know she is going to spend a bit time together with some of her friends before she’s leaving as well as she need do work a bit and also start packing and organize the last things and paper work for her long and exacting travel in life 🏖😊. So she have a bit to do the last days before she’s leaving.

I’m going to take the days a bit as they are coming this Easter, but be available for Mathilde when or if she needs me 😊. I have two days off from my job, and then I need to be a bit like a “working bie” on Saturday on the phone 🎧🐝. Hopefully most of the costumers are on Easter Holiday so there will be a bit silent on the phone 🤞😊. And then I have two more days off from my work before a the “normal” working days are “up and running again” 😊🎧. I’m really looking forward to some days off even there’s a day with work inbetween 😊.

I hope you have some fantastic Easter Days to look forward to 🥰.

I wish you a great Easter Holiday 🐣🧡. And I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are as well 🧡. Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

I’m so ready to enjoying some Easter Days now 😊🐣

I wish you all a Great Easter 😊🐣. I hope you all have some relaxing and fantastic days to look forward too 🧡. I’m just looking forward to some relaxing Spring days, as well as using time together with two of my children. And maybe be a bit extra available for Mathilde- because it’s just one week until she is getting on a big and exciting travel in her life 🏖🧡. Happy Easter to you all 🧡🐣.

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It was a cozy celebration 🎁🥰

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

The days goes fast at the moment, and they are filled up with two of my three my young adults children “in the home” now at days 🥰. Something I’m enjoying at the same time as the time just “fly away” a bit to fast 🛩.

It was my birthday on Thursday, and I’m now 49 years young 😊. And it was a very nice and cozy birthday celebration together with my three children and Andreas too, Marius’s good friend. Exactly the way I wanted it 🥰.

I’m not use to celebrate my birthday. Or that’s not totally true. I did celebrate my birthday before I moved to Spain together with my family in Norway 😊. But there wasn’t to many birthday celebrations the lasts years before I moved to Spain, and not very much after I/ we moved to Spain,- natural enough 😊.

My plan was not to celebrate this birthday either, but that was before I knew Ruben was going to be here in Spain at my birthday 🥰. Then I wanted to at least celebrate a tiny bit together with my children 🥰.

My beautiful children and a very proud mammi – 27.01.22 🥰

But my birthday didn’t start to good, and I thought for a tiny little while that maybe I just should cancel my birthday as well as all my birthday in the future too 😅. ( You can say a tiny bit drama queen there for a second and two 😂).

Like I mention,- I’m not use to very much celebrations at my birthdays. In Norway it was in general a nice and cozy family celebration together with my children, my parents and my sister’s and their families. Not any big parties of any kind, just nice and cozy celebration with the closest 🧡.

A couple of times I did try to create a kind of birthday party with my friends, but in general I needed to cancel the party. Because most of my friends couldn’t come to the party for different reasons. So after a couple of “tries”, I gave up that “birthday party project” on my birthday 😊. And family celebrations was and still is a nice, relaxing and cozy way to celebrate my birthday 🥰.

Thursday, my birthday, started with that Mathilde’s best friend’s family dog during many years died 💔. And then his whole family tested positive for Covid19 as well, and more and less all of them are sick with headache and fever and so on 😳. Hopefully they all will recover soon 🥀🤞.

Then my oldest son, Marius, called me and told me he wasn’t sure he could be a part of my tiny birthday celebration because he was on the road to the mountains and Andreas. Because Andreas’ s cat suddenly died too 😳.

Uff,- not a very good start on “my day” 😳. And I know some will say it was “just” a cat and a dog, but for those who had this dog and this cat it was like to lose a dear family member 💔.

Marius’s dog, Zorro is like a family member for us, special for Marius 😊

But still it became and was the nicest and most cozy birthday I have had for some years 🥰. We all was together in Marius’ s home and just order some tasty take away food. I think it’s the best burgers I’ve tasted. But of course Andreas burger was 20 minutes late for some reason- but we all got tasty food, and was happy and filled up in our stomachs 🍔😊.

Just the way I wanted my 49 year’s birthday to be 😊. We did eat well, watched a old movie, “Big Mama”, and had some great conversations too 😊. A nice, cozy and relaxed time together 🥰. The perfect Quality time together with my family 🥰.

And some good laughs too 😅

And I got nice many congratulations both on my Facebook as well as on Teams from my colleagues too 🎁😊.

For some my birthday celebration maybe seems not very special, maybe even boring- but for me it was very special and fantastic birthday celebration 🥰. It’s not often I can spend some time together with all my three children at the same time anymore. So I presage every little second, and I’m so proud and grateful for being this three young adults’ s mammi ❤.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

My three beautiful and amazing young adults children ❤ The love of my life 💙💙❤

My birthday celebration this week became exactly the way I wished and wanted it to be 🎁. To celebrate together with my amazing children 💙💙❤. But for a tiny little second I thought it was not going to be any celebration at all 😳.

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Maybe a nice surprise to some aunts and uncles? 🎨🌹

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

One week before Christmas I did send up some gifts to my family in Norway. Just painted glassbottles, but still something personal to each and one of them 😊. The gifts are still not arrived to Norway yet 😳,- but I did check with the post office today- so I know they are under transport- phu 😊. Just some delayed delivery with the transport- and that was good to know. The gifts will probably be in Norway next week 😊.

So then I took the chance today and sent up something more- but this time to a couple of aunts and uncles in Norway 😊. Painted, personal and one of a kind – and glassbottles of course 😊.

I have actually in a way 8 aunts and 8 uncles. But that’s not quite correct. My mam have 3 sisters and 3 brothers, and my dad have 2 sisters- and they are all married- so then I in one way have 8 aunts and 8 uncles, but some of them are married into the family 👫. And of course I also have some cousins too.

By the way,- one of my “uncles” did past away some years ago, so it’s 7 uncles and 8 aunts now.

I don’t have contact with them all, not all my aunts and uncles, or my cousins either. But there’s a couple of aunts and uncles I have contact with, and they have always ment something special for me, since I was a child, and I wanted to “show” that to them in form of a personal gift 🎁. Maybe they will like it, maybe not. And they don’t know I have sent anything up to Norway to them either,- so I hope it will be a nice surprise for them 🤞. And if the post office gave me the correct information today, my aunts and uncles will receive their gifts in around 2 or 3 weeks 😊.

This is to one of my aunts and her husband,- I have always “looked at” her husband as my uncle.

This glassbottle represents and remind me about one of my aunt and how happy, sparkling and caring she is. Then it became something in happy colours together with some sparkling effects 😊.

The glassbottle “all the way around” 😊
Just some few details from the glassbottle
And the glassbottle with lights inside 💡

My next aunt is also happy and caring as well as with a soft harmony mind. So then it became something with soft harmony- in a colour I have got an impression that she likes 😊.

Pink painted small roses to my aunt number two, and of course her husband too 😊.
And then “the all around show”- with a bit “shaking” start 😊
Some few details
And of course also with some lights inside 💡

And my third aunt is not my real aunt of blood,- she is married together with one of my mam’s brothers, but she have always felt like a real aunt for me 🧡. She is also gentle and kind, caring and in her own way so powerful,- so then it became a glassbottle with some “powerful colours” 😊.

Look at this glassbottle with the different powerful colours 😊
And of course a tiny “all around look” 😊
Some few details as well

What do you think? Do you think this will be s nice surprise from me to some aunts and uncles I have in Norway? 🎁

I feeling lucky and grateful for having this aunts and uncles in my life,- even it’s “ages” since I saw them 🧡.

I’m going to send up a couple of more glassbottles,- but that will not be before probably during February or March- and then it is to some friends in Norway that I think deserve a tiny bit “special” and personal attention from me. But one thing at the time- it takes a bit of time to paint the glassbottles too 😊🎨. And I think I want to ask my friends two questions before I start working on glassbottles to them,- and that’s their favourite colour and favourite image and illustrations 🖼.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

And the last one for today- with lights inside 💡

Today I sent up some more oilpainted glassbottles to Norway. This time it was to some aunts and uncles I care for 🧡. So in a couple of weeks I hope they think they get a nice surprise in the mail box from me 🎨😊. If you want to take a tiny look,- you will find the different glassbottles in my text 😊.

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The time is running out for 2021 ⌛😊

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

The time is running out for 2021, and I don’t think I’m the only one that’s a bit happy for that. And the energy did run out of me after Christmas eve, I think it has been a bit to much in my life for a longer while now. I have more and less just sleeping and eating the last days, except from a tiny train”trip” to my oldest son 😅. And obviously my body and mind needed this tiny rest for some days 😊.

We had a very nice and cozy Christmas- eve with a tasteful traditional Norwegian Christmas- dinner- pinnekjøtt or lamb ribs as the name is in English 🐑.

The pinnekjøtt was in water for 30 hours before I cooked it on low heat for 3 hours, and then had a tiny little crispy finish in the ovens before I served it. As accompaniment to the meat, I served Brussels sprouts, carrots, kohlrabi puree …. and creamy mashed potatoes this year.  Normally, dinner is served with regular potatoes, but we did not get it. It was sold out in the shops we checked.  And then I make a gravy adapted to the food.

Our Christmas dinner this year- pinnekjøtt 🐑

Like for many other, our Christmas celebration and plans did also change this year. The plan was to celebrate together with my oldest son and his friend Andreas, and of course my daughter too. And in my sons home. The first change was to have the celebration in my home instead because it was a bit easier for me to finish the meal/ dinner that way 😊.

And because of the weather, a lots of lots of rain, Andreas was a bit “stuck” in the mountains and he also needed to work in the evening from 19.00 to 01.00. So he didn’t manage to come down to “the city” for the Christmas.

And my oldest son’s car, or more correctly the wheel broke and he didn’t manage to get any help to fix it because it was Christmas eve. The nuts are stuck, so he needs help to remove them. He could take the train to my home, but the train stopped early this evening as well. So he chose to stay home and work instead, or more correctly, he should start working at 22.00 this evening anyway.

So then it was my daughter and me together this Christmas evening as last year- but we still manage to have a very nice, cozy and relaxing time together with a very tasteful traditional Norwegian Christmas- dinner 🎄🐑.

My daughter enjoying her Christmas dinner 😊

And I did pack down leftovers to my oldest son and brought this to him the day after- not quite the same as eating together Christmas evening, but still better then nothing, and he was very happy for the dinner, dessert and cakes 😊. The train was “in function” a bit more hours the day after 🚂. Unfortunately I couldn’t do the same to Andreas- bring him some leftovers to the mountains, but I can make him a tasty dinner next time he is “in town” instead 😊.

Some leftovers ready to be delivered to my oldest son- and some put in the fridge for me and Mathilde to enjoy an other day 😊.

We also had dessert and some very few cakes. I didn’t manage to bake very much Christmas cakes and cookies this year, but I manage to make our traditional Christmas- dessert, Dronning Maud.

Dronning Maud dessert.

And I manage to bake Sara Bernard cakes and some carrot cake 🥕. One traditional Christmas cake and one just traditional cake,- but it did “function” anyway 😊. And was very tasteful too 😊.

The “Christmas cakes” in our home this year 😊

I have been thinking about Christmas celebration and traditions during the last days, and my own Christmas- traditions are very few from what I had before, when I was living in Norway. Of course I feel a bit about sadness that my Christmas traditions and celebration I really did like in one way are “gone”, at the same time as they are there, but just in another way then before. And that’s the way it is with celebrations and traditions,- they are changing a bit during the years 😊.

I like the Christmas- time, I like to make the different Norwegian Christmas- food, cookies and cakes, and I actually like to decorate to Christmas as well. And I like to be able to give my children and my family something, a tiny Christmas gift for Christmas 🎁. But sometimes things just changes- and that’s just the way it is and a part of the life.

We still did have a tiny Christmas celebration this year, my daughter and me together, and enjoyed a tasty traditional Norwegian Christmas- dinner together- something I’m very happy and grateful for 🥰. And this year I also managed to give something to my children and my family in Norway for Christmas and I’m very grateful for be able to do that- the first time for some years 🎁.

So our Christmas plans did change as they did for many other people this year- but that’s the way it is, that’s a part of the life- and it’s better to just try to do the best of it and be grateful for what’s “there” instead of whining for what should and could be 😊.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

And me on Christmas eve- after a tasty dinner together with my daughter 😊.

Our Christmas plans did change a bit this year, but it still became Christmas with a traditional Norwegian Christmas- dinner 🐑. A tasty and cozy dinner together with my daughter 🥰. That’s the way it is sometimes- thing changes, plans changes- it is what it is, and it’s a part of the life- this different changes,- and then it is to try to do the best of it 😊.

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