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Friday, March 31, 2006

The Awakening

One day I was thinking about how many of us sleep walk through life. Then someone or something comes into our life and awakens us up to life's infinite possibilities,"The Awakening."


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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Thirty Five Years and Counting

Thirty five years ago I made the smartest move of my life.....I married Ken.....he has been my rock, especially these days while I have been recuperating from knee surgery. We have been fortunate, as we have had a good and interesting life together.
Below is a photo of Ken and our son Brian taken at Christmas time this year.

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Friday, March 24, 2006

A Wonderful Surprise

Why is it, I wonder, that I have not felt like writing a blog for so long? Was I waiting for something to happen? Is it because when I googled my name there were 301 results?
It may be hard for some of you to believe, that I am rather shy and find it hard to talk about myself and my art. When someone opens the door, I can talk and talk about both. This is why I was so pleasantly surprised when I was visiting Terry’s Timeout, this morning, that Terry in her post talked about the Icelandic Jolasveinar (Christmas Lads) that I made in December and linked to my countdown on their arrival. What a lovely thing to do.
I found her blog only this week. She loves Iceland and things Icelandic and has some stunning photos from her trip to Iceland. So now here I am again enjoying the blog world, and the many wonderful people, that I have met through this interesting phenomenon.
Go and visit Terry and tell her that Mo’a sent you.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

A Ghost In The House

Do you believe in ghosts? I do and we have one. Now it could be a poltergeist, except for the fact that there is not an adolescent living here in our house.
My ghost likes to play tricks on us, to keep us on our toes I suspect. One thing it will do is turn the kitchen light on and off. Another favorite is slamming the window screens down in random windows.....this always occurs when the house is very quiet.
The roller blinds in our bedroom is another favorite toy....after I have pulled them down for the night, they will go up, with a lot of noise and drama, just about the time we are about to go into REM sleep.
My all time favorite are the television tricks. Our ghost waits until we are deep into the story of a great movie to turn the television off. Sometimes the television will go on when we are sitting in the family room reading or at our computers.......I will ask what show would you like to watch......if my tone is harsh the television will be turned off again. There is no way to please a ghost......at least not our ghost.
One night I was awakened from a deep sleep with people screaming and crying....I thought this was happening outside my house. Curiosity got the best of me and I got out of bed walked into the hallway to look out the window, it was then I noticed that the noises were coming from the TV.....I got rather miffed and told the ghost if he/she wants to watch television in the middle of the night, at least turn the volume down so that we can sleep. I think it listened to me, as I have not been awakened in the middle of the night since, however, sometimes when we go into the family room in the morning the television is on.....Now I must tell it to turn the TV off when it is finished watching. I would add a photo here if I had one, I think he/she is camera shy, or just shy as I have not seen it.
Do you have a ghost and does it play tricks on you? .

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Monday, March 06, 2006

New Socks

Yesterday was a big day for me......I went shopping. Big deal you say......well for me it is, remember, I had the surgery six weeks ago. We went to Eckerd, our local drug store. This store has everything from food to toys and drugs. I had fun looking at all the bunny and chick Easter supplies. I got lost in the make-up section for a while, however, could not find the lipstick I was looking for. I love drug store make-up and creams. I used to work for cosmetic companies years ago and I know a little about the manufacturing of make-up and how to get the best buys. That being said, my Mother went to Macy’s and bought eye cream that she insisted I use, in order to be presentable for my son’s wedding in July. It is a fancy label, Chanel, and the cost was $60.00 all I can say it better have me looking thirty five by July.....I will be faithful in it’s use to give it a chance to do it’s thing.
At Eckerd I bought a face cream by L’Oreal, Lancome’s sister company.....I suspect that the products for both companies are made in the same factory..... Oh! yes, that cream cost me a whopping $4.99. Then I went wild and bought socks three pair for $3.99, I love my socks so much that I just had to share them with you. Here are a couple of photos.

Now I have something fun to look at while I am in Physical Therapy. I had better sit tight for a while before I go on another spending spree:)

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Ash Wednesday

When I was growing up in Iceland this was one of my favorite times of year. Starting with Bolludagur or Cream Puff Day, which was this Monday. We start the day by waking our parents and any other adults in the house, by banging on their duvet with a long stick, and counting the number of blows we could get, each blow meant another Cream Puff for us. This stick was made by us days before, out of a long piece of wood and decorated with strips of crepe paper in multitude of colors.
Sprengjdagur or Eat until you explode day, was Tuesday. That day the menu consisted Salt Kjot and Baunir, a stew made out of salted lamb, yellow peas, potatoes, turnips, and in my family Sod Kokur a big dumpling like cakes made from four and water. I, as a child, loved this meal and still do.......it is on my wish list when I go to Iceland for a visit, my Uncle Eirik always makes it for me.
Then came my all time favorite day Oskudagur or Ash Wednesday. There are new customs that have evolved over the years, however, when I was growing up, it was the day we...the girls....tried to hang a bag filled with ashes on every male we could find. Days before we made our bags out of scraps of fabric that we had been collecting all year long. The bags were a simple construction that we hand stitched then added a long string with a bent straight pin on the end. They told the story of the what fabrics had been used for each member of the family, much like a quilt would. My Mother has a cousin who was a seamstress and made all our dresses, I would collect the scraps of fabric left over. We made our bags in our Sewing Club, where we talked about who was going to get each bag and how we were going to hang it on their back. The boys we had a crush on got the most beautiful bags. Planing was important as the men made it hard for us to hang bags on them. They would wear Rain Slickers or Trench Coats that were impossible to hang a bag on, it was important to get the men in our household before they could put their coat on.
One of the most memorable Ash Wednesdays for me, was when there was a man who visited the Book Store, where my Mother was working. He was from a foreign country and was oblivious to the fact that on the back of his Wool Coat were numerous bags. He smiled on each child as they were hovering around him laughing, pointing, and slapping each other on the back, at this point the boys had joined us in the fun. No doubt he was thinking how happy and friendly the children of Iceland were. By the time he left the Book Store he must have had over thirty bags on his back. As an adult, I imagine his surprise as he took of his coat back at his hotel, to discover these colorful little bags filled with ashes. I know I would have been delighted to make such a discovery

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