My BCT and sentinel node surgery


I had my BCT and sentinel node surgery January 16. Personally I wanted a mastectomy, but the surgeon kind of hesitated. I was told that the surgeon preferred BCT ( breast conservative treatment) because if the cancer comes back, I will have a better chance to be in an early stadium. Without a breast there is not much space between your skin and the chest wall. But if you need a mastectomy that is your best option and I guess you will be followed closely by your doctors.

The day before…..

I had to take the MRI scan with contrast. I was really anxious about this procedure. Once upon a time during a MRI scan of caput I crawled out of the scanner and went home. This time I got some Oxazepam from my doctor to ease of my anxiety.

Maybe I could have manage without the Oksazepam? Because this scanner was not of the same type I have done before. The “tube” was in a way larger. And the best thing about this MRI scan was me laying flat on a table with my face down. I had no feeling of laying in a narrow «tube» constantly giving me panic attacks. In my head phones I was listening to the radio, which made me forget in a way where I was. There was a lot of fresh air, and I actually felt comfortable despite the circumstances, because this scan would decide whether I would need a chemotherapy or not before my surgery.

Luckily the radiologist could not see anything else but the tumor. The condition in the breast was nice and he could not see any metastasis  (spread) of the cancer cells to my lymph nodes. So this scan made my day and I felt really relieved. Based upon the MRI scan it was decided that I should have the surgery BCT with sentinel node. This was the moment I have been waiting for. This heavy burden of my tumor would finally come to an end after a long period of waiting and worrying. It has ruined my Christmas, my 50th birthday and the New years eve. Unhappy new year with breast cancer

Technetium and scintigraphy

When the surgeon plan a BCT with sentinel node they install some technetium in your breast right under the mammilla the day before the surgery. It is a radioactive isotope in liquid form. After that I was to a scintigraphia to discover the radioactivity in the lymph nodes. They marked my skin with a marker pen, so that the surgeon could easily find them during the operation.

The surgery day

I was operated in an outpatient-surgery department early in the morning. At 13.30 the same day I was back home in my sofa. It took only 3 minutes before I was in T.I.V.A anesthesia ( total intravenous anesthesia) and that was great. No unnecessary chatting, straight to the point.  The next thing I remember I was in the postoperative department, and my husband sat in a chair beside my bed. I was really happy he was there with me.

Before the surgeon starts the procedure he or she inject a blue liquid in the breast. This liquid got many names, but I know it as Patent blau. This blue liquid and the technetium are “attracted” to each other and the blue liquid will follow the technetium to the lymph nodes. To find these radioactive lymph nodes the surgeon use a Geiger counter. My surgeon extirpated 5 radioactive lymph nodes in addition to my tumor. I was really radioactive, and according to my surgeon that was a good sign for me. If the lymph nodes are packed with cancer cells there is no space for the blue liquid and technetium. But I still have to wait for the pathologists to exam them and the conclusion will be revealed February 4.



In the mean time I lean on the clinical exam, MRI – and ultrasound scan that could not find any enlarged lymph nodes or metastasis. The prognosis are good and that most of us will be healed even when we got metastasis to the lymph nodes.



Unhappy new year with breast cancer


Today I got the phone call from my surgeon and she confirmed the radiologist cancer suspicion. Do I have breast cancer? I would love to say happy new year, but instead it is a unhappy new year with breast cancer.

Self examination

My Christmas was destroyed after I felt a lump in my right breast Sunday December 8. I visited my doctor who was very busy with a fellow doctor and the new data program they had installed in the office. She examined my lump and the axillae and told me she would send me to a mammography. She ended my visit with: “I am not worried about your lump. Do you have Vipps/Stripe/instant pay?”

After a few days I got the letter from the hospital where I could have my mammography January 9. Oh my God I thought, I can not wait that long. I thought I would be better knowing, but I was wrong. I visited my hospital and begged them for a mammography. My conclusion is no matter what I did would be right, so the Christmas would be destroyed anyway.

My emotions have been a living rollercoaster spiced with hope and fear, sickness, stomach pain, sleeping problems, panic attacks, anxiety and depression. You know the feelings you got when you are having tunnel sights as I call it. In some occasions the tunnel sight is spiced with blue lights. Like the one I normally get when I am about to faint. To reach out for help I was searching around on WordPress and discovered 

So thank you Ilene <3 You saved my Christmas. And now you know why I messed it up.

My tumor

My tumor was 18 mm on the ultrasound and the surgeon measured it to be approximately 2 cm x 2.5. For me that is a large lump, but not to the surgeon. She called it small and because of that she wants me to have a MRI the January 15. I must say I was relieved. What concerned me more is that I do not know yet how aggressive the cancer is, and whether it likes hormones or not. But I leave that thought for now, and celebrate my surgeons optimism.


My surgery is January 16 and I must say I am looking forward to get the tumor out. Personally I want to get rid of the entire breast, even though my surgeon recommend a breast conservative treatment (BCT). After that we have to wait and see. I guess there will be chemotherapy, but I just have to walk one step at a time. In Norway the prognosis for breast cancer are really good, so I will hold on to that thought too.

Seek help

I found a lot of help in Ilene Kaminsky’s web site “The cancer bus”. After I wrote to her my feelings calmed down a bit, and my panic attacks were not constantly turned on. At least it felt that way. Ilene tip me about Karin Sieger’s podcast and web site. She is a psychotherapist who will help you with your emotions. We are many out there.

I have written a lot about my hobbies. But after I discovered the tumor I could not find any rest in any of my hobbies like knitting and crocheting, because I start to overthink. So knitting has not been of any help mentally.  Hand knitting is mental hygiene The best thing to disturb my thoughts are audiobooks, radio or people.

I will have many ups and downs so I must say it is a really unhappy new year with breast cancer.



Do I have breast cancer?


Do I have breast cancer? Well, the radiologist seemed pretty sure, but I got to wait to January 2. before I know for certain. Then the team at the Breast diagnosis center will decide what kind og treatment I need.  This waiting time is so very long. It feels like an eternity.  I keep panicking all the time. What I fear the most is that the tumor should spread to the lymphoid tissue in the mean time, and how and what to tell my children….

The lump

First I took the mammography . And after that I went straight to the ultrasound room. I understood something was wrong when the radiologist used the ultrasound in the armpits or the axillae. She did not say anything before she decided to take three ultrasound guided biopsies. Afterwards I found out that they had found an 18 mm tumor on the ultrasound. The surgeon measured it to be 2 x 2.5 cm tumor.


After the mammography, ultrasound and the biopsies I talked with the surgeon. The only thing I know is that there will be a lumpectomy, a breast conservative treatment. When the surgeon told me this I became a little more optimistic. They did not find anything suspicious in the lymphoid tissue in my armpits.  But even though I think I will go for a mastectomy. I doubt I will undergo a plastic reconstruction afterwards with more anesthesia and another recovery period. I am feeling to old for that, and I don’t want to be treated with radiation afterwards. That is the prize for doing a breast conservative treatment.

My feelings

I am now feeling sick and I living in a bubble. The blood has dropped down to my feet and the wall of a dark tunnel is making the world narrow. It is like a rollercoaster of feelings. Every feelings you can think of. What I think of the most is my children, but I guess I should try to leave these thoughts for now. At least try to be positive. I want to give my children the perfect Christmas, so I need to come out of my bubble as quickly as possible. It helps to distract your mind. I try to listen to audiobooks and music, just to distract myself. Knitting and crochet are out of the question at the moment, because then I start to think all these negative thoughts. So right now this is not mental hygiene……

The examination
Self examination

It is always smart to examine the breasts. Some doctors say once a month and others say every second month. The most important thing is that you do. My problem is I don’t remember when I examined mine the last time.

To make my story short I discovered my tumor after I was having my shower. I could not feel any tumor but when I bent over to dry my legs I saw an entrapment in my skin. Then I started to  pinch myself. That’s when I felt it and I completely lost it….. Do I have breast cancer? Well, I am pretty sure of it.

What a Christmas this will be…….



From the concert with Chris Medina




In concert with Chris Medina


This is the day when my choir, Kalliope is in concert with Chris Medina.Choir singing is mental hygiene

I am really looking forward to it and hopefully some people find their way to the church. There are two other concerts in town so this is in a way a fight for the audience.

Backing vocalists

We are Chris Medina backing vocalists in this specific concert and we are going to perform Christmas songs like Silent night, Simply having a wonderful Christmas time, Hark the herald, What are words, O come Emmanuel just to mention a few. Chris Medina and his band are on a Christmas tour in Norway, so there are many choirs around in the country backing him up.

Before a concert

There are always some nerves before a concert and that is normal. You need a certain amount of nerves to perform, and  afterwards you will get a feeling of relief. That feeling is the best feelings of all. I am always calm and tired in a good way. Gone is the stress and everything is feeling fine.

After a concert

As a tradition the choir will have a pleasant time having a meal and a glass of wine or two in a cosy restaurant. I am really looking forward to that.

Before choir practice with Chris Medina…..

But first I have to read through the lyrics and look over my suit or dress. I can choose, but the color must be black and we are not aloud to use mini skirt. I am bit nervous about the lyrics, but hopefully I will remember the most of it. There is always a blackout when I am nervous…..

Now I am going to prepare to sing in concert with Chris Medina.

And tomorrow…..

It is time to relax…..




Inspired by Quiltspace and Pinterest


I am inspired by Quiltspace and Pinterest. There are many creative persons out there, and if you are just like me in need of inspiration, these apps are a must.

I am a person who always got a project going on. But in periods where I don’t exactly know what to do with my hands, I use Quiltspace and Pinterest.


Quiltspace is more of a social app where you can publish your quilt or patchwork projects, whether they are finished or not. And you can ask questions and get advices how to solve issues related to your project. So far I have just seen positive feedbacks, and that is good. I have just used the app a couple of months so it is maybe to early to tell.

  • Potholders



Pinterest got no limits when it comes to creativity, and you can follow different categories and persons with interests in food, gardening, knitting, crochet, macrame, wood work, sewing tips, restorations and more. There is less or no contact between users of this app. I have just had one request during my three years on Pinterest, and that came from a man with other intentions than discussing hobbies…..

Pinterest has now opened up for sharing links from your affiliate merchants and your online store. But not every links you want to share are successful and are just ending up as a bold text. It just might be a restriction from your merchants. And some merchants do not accept links posted on Pinterest.

Despite the commercial, Pinterest is an inspiring app. I started with macrame because of Pinterest

At the moment I don’t know what to do next. So I will trawl the apps and I guess I soon will come up with something inspired from Quiltspace or Pinterest. It is all about to find something that will reduce stress.Chronic stress and diseases

Table runner

Sewing machine and sewing  projects

Preparing of the christmas gifts 

Is macrame a new hobby?



What is Darn Good Yarn?


What is Darn Good Yarn? The company was founded by Nicole Snow in 2008. What started with a single ball of handmade silk yarn and a desire to be the most creative version of herself. She wanted to and help others do the same. Darn Good Yarn has now grown into a global creative community.


Veteran day is coming up in November. Darn Good Yarn support them.                                                                                                                                         

What do they offer?

The company  offers handmade yarn, crafting supplies, kits and monthly subscription boxes. The company also offer clothing and accessories such as sari and cotton wrap skirts. These are handmade by company’s employees in India.

I have previously written about how the company helps disadvantage people and veterans economically.

What is yarn?

By definition, yarn is a thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and is used for knitting or weaving. But yarn is more than just thread or fibers, yarn is a story. From the beginning of its story while it is still being woven by the delicate hands of the company’s workers, to the middle as it passes from their hands to yours.

The end of the story is what you decide you want it to be. Whether you decide to buy yarn and turn it into your own creation, or if you decide to buy a ready-to-wear item. Darn Good Yarn sells more than just yarn because they believe in products with a story. Darn Good Yarn has fabulous art yarns in many unusually unique fibers, the materials for spinning, doll-making, rug hooking, jewelry making, fiber art, mixed media projects and more! If you need amazing craft supplies and want to support a great cause, you’re in the right place.

What is my passion?

My passion is yarn. I collect them just like other collect stamps, and the balls are laying in my shelves until the projects are popping up. I mostly knit sweaters and socks, but I crochet and weave too.

To be honest I feel good every time I have purchased something from Darn Good Yarn, because of their social contribution and support.

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Hand knitting is mental hygiene

A shawl for the winter


A shawl for the winter

A shawl for the winter

I have knitted a triangular shawl for the winter. It is an easy pattern, and anyone can knit it. I have used Nordlys from Viking for my shawl. I started this project a couple of years ago and have finally managed to finish it of. It may become a Christmas gift or I give it to the organizations that give care to the homeless….

I casted on 3 stitches on needle no. 3 (11). Because I want an even edge I never knit the first stitch in the beginning of each row. This shawl is knitted in garter stitch.

The shawl for the winter

The first row you knit 3 stitches. On the second row you take the first stitch off and over to your right needle. Then you take the yarn over the needle, knit one stitch, yarn over the needle and knit the last stitch.

The third row you knit five stitches. On the fourth row you take off the first stitch, yarn over the needle, knit one, yarn over the needle, knit one, yarn over the needle and knit one.

The fifth row you knit seven. You increase your work every other row with four stitches and then you just knit until you get the wanted size. 

I crocheted the edge all the way around the shawl. In one stitch you crochet:

1 double crochet,1 half double crochet/ half treble crochet,1 treble crochet,1 half double crochet/half treble crochet and 1 half double crochet.

In my shawl I crocheted these tongues every second stitch from the needle. It make a finishing touch to the shawl which I like.

What is Darn Good Yarn? 

Darn Good Yarn helps people

Preparing of the christmas gifts

Hand knitting is mental hygiene


Recycled Silk Yarn “Spice Market” – $16.99
from: Darn Good Yarn

Books and audiobooks Hobby mental health

It is time to relax…..


It is time to relax and when I do that I love to listen to nature sounds. I have found some weather recordings on Spotify, and use them every day.

When I got sleeping problems or just needs to calm down I put on my noisecancelling headphones. Gone is the noise from the traffic and neighbor’s dog….. Instead I can relax to calming waves, heavy rain, thunderstorms, birds or stormy weather. That is the best sleeping medicine.

If you struggle with the same problem, nature sounds may be the solution. It helps. Other apps like mindfulness may be helpful too, or maybe artists like Enya or Enigma. I have used Spotify for many years now. I find it hard to switch.

It is a great combination with wireless headset, Bluetooth and Spotify. Since the app can be used offline, I can play it everywhere where I do not have any WiFi connection. And I do not have to worry about mobile data costs.

Well, it is time to relax and it is time to go to bed….




Choir singing is mental hygiene


Choir singing is mental hygiene because it improves the mental health. According to the scientists the oxygenation of the body increases, the muscles are stimulated and the endorphins and dopamine are released. The choir singer will get energy as well, feel more engaged and reduce stress. It is said to be a booster for “inter personal processes”. (Batt-Rawden, 2010).  

A choir singer can´t sing as he or she is the soloist, because each voices have to blend in to each other. The choir are supposed to sing with one voice even when it´s not unison. Every choirs need an income, and the members have to contribute in some way. Because the choir need money to pay the conductor and to buy original music sheets.

Choir singing, yoga and mindfulness

I compare choir singing with yoga and mindfulness because they all got some similarities. You got to focus on your breath, the tongue- and body position, and were you actually place the tone.

As in yoga there are some hard positions. For a choir singer it may be the position of the tongue, because the tip should lay almost glued to the back of the lower teeth. That is a “position” I find difficult. When you are warming up the voice, you are at the same time trying to release stress and tensions in your muscles. These tensions can have a huge impact on your performance as a singer.

When it comes to body position it is important to wear some comfortable clothes and shoes. Personally I like to wear shoes with a small heel so I don´t tilt backwards. I also try not to sing in jeans, because the give to much tension to my belly.

It is very interesting how your mindset can contribute to a quality tone or not, so positive self talk is actually of importance as a choir singer too. 

Some scientists say that singing in a choir may have a huge impact on the mental health in people, whether they got a psychological disease or not. (Clift & Hancox, 2010; Judd & Pooley, 2014). So if you struggle with depression or anxiety it may help to sing in a choir, or at least sing? And If you are not having any psychological problems it may prevent you from getting any? A Norwegian study shows that singing in a choir may give you an increased feeling of wellness and it does not matter what choir you sing in, level or the choir members background (Balsnes, 2009).

 A conductor´s impact

I have been singing in a female choir as a 2.alto for many years, and my conductor for 12 years has been Kristin Kostopoulos. She was a professional opera singer, vocal coach and most of all she had ambitions for my choir. Her ambitions for the choir inspired the choir members to work harder and practice at home.

As a 2.alto I guess I would be miming when we did Sour Angelica of Puccini if it was not for her.

Kristin used to say that you had to place the tone up to the front teeth/ nose, and sing to the back of the room. She taught us to sing with an inner smile to lift the tone, and make it lighter. I have really experienced how the inner smile can make the difference of being in pitch or not.  Kristin is conducting the choir in the you tube video I share with you below. Sadly Kristin passed away in 2016.

A female choir from Bodø

Is choir singing always healthy?

To be an amateur choir singer is pretty much voluntary, and like everything else you do in life, you can become tired of it. The choir is depending on you and because of this it may be hard to quit. For a period of time I did not get any energy of singing in the choir or felt any inspiration. So I ended up with no concentration, forgetting the text and so on. Well, I decided then to have a longer break to recover.

Now I am back and I really feel all the positive effects the scientists talk about. My energy levels have increased and it was really funny to be back.  I am even singing at work again. After a rehearsal I am always feeling so relaxed and tired, but still full of energy. My head is full of music and text lines, and that can be a bit challenging when I am going to bed. So my conclusion is, that under the right circumstances choir singing is mental hygiene.

Chronic stress and diseases

Hand knitting is mental hygiene

Burnout- will I ever recover?

Should I feel any shame?



Preparing of the christmas gifts


I must admit I am preparing christmas gifts in september. Normally this is far to early, but I hate the last minute shopping. It always ends in something I would regret. My golden rule is to buy something to other that I want for myself. With last minute shopping this rule is at stake, or I end up buying to expensive things.

Preparations for christmas

So why do I talk about christmas in september? This year I have decided to make most of the christmas gifts myself. My kids are out of the question, because it is hard to keep something secret. They don’t like for an example knitted sweaters even though it has been trendy for a longer periode. Knitting has got a renaissance these days, and there are many who didn’t learn to knit before they beca adults

I have knitted a pair of long socks after a pattern from Pt design. They are knitted in Pt 5 sport and contain 80% wool. That would be great on a cold winter’s day underneath a long skirt and boots with long shafts.

Long socks 66 cm

I love this pattern from Pt design, but sadly I can’t find it on their web site any longer. The pattern was free, so if you want the pattern you are welcome to e-mail me. I guess Pt design would not mind.

The pattern from Pt design doesn’t excist any longer?

To be honest I made these socks during may. My first intention was to sell them. Then someone in my family told me how much they wanted the pair, so actually after a closer thought, I was thinking about christmas in may.

Table runner and table cloths

It is 12 years since I last time had a sewing project.

In my box of fabrics I found fabrics with christmas motives. It seems a little childish with baby bears pattern, but I love it. I have made the patchworl for the table runner and are now half way with the table cloth. When the patchwork is done I am going to quilt it. It will not be an advance quilt, but I will make it so easy as possible.

A table runner

Half way with the table cloth

Other handmade gifts

I bought two sari skirts made in India. They are super light and very comfortable to wear. These skirts would be great for some cousins of mine who love to travel to warm countries like Spain, Italy or Greece.

Sari skirt made in India

So september is the month for finishing of some projects of mine, and I have only mentioned a few of them. But I also got a shawl and the Megan jacket.

The Megan jacket

So september is the month for preparing of the christmas gifts.


Sewing machine and sewing projects


Finally weekend, and finally can I see the contour of the autumn. I love this time of the year with the beautiful colors and the constant shifting weather. In the northern part of Norway it is getting gradually darker. And I must say it is charming. I can finally light the candles and that is pretty evocative and cosy. But the best part of the autumn is that I got an excuse to sit indoor with my hobbies. Knitting is practical in the summer and I carry my knitting projects everywhere, but I am now having a longer break because my fingers are protesting.

Last sunday I just sat in my hobby room and didn´t know what to do next. Then my eyes catched my long forgotten sewing machine. Well, that is maybe the beginning for my sewing machine and sewing projects.

My sewing machines

I have always had an ambivalent relationship to any sewing machines. My first one was a Husqvarna, and it tore off the thread all the time or broke the needles. It ended up deep down in my closet. Well, that is why I one day for about 15 years ago, bought a Janome Jubilee 85.

My Janome Jubilee 85

It was an expensive, impulsive purchase, but I was lucky.  What a difference? It even sews through thick multilayered jeans and denim fabrics. The machine also got an embedded «thread the needle» tool, so I don’t have to use a microscope to find the eye of the needle. So my conclusion is that anyone can sew. It is all about your sewing machine.

Projects 12 years ago

It is now approximately 12 years since I did my last sewing project, a baby diaper bag and a little blanket for the stroller.

Baby diaper bag

Stroller blanket

A long break for the baby, but it included so much more.

Projects 2019

Last sunday I was sitting in my hobby room, I recalled some beautiful vintage fabric in my box of fabrics. The fabric was precutted with super easy instructions for a rusty sewer.

A Cath Kidston hand bag

The original Cath Kidston hand bag. Instead of an ordinary button, I put a pushbutton inside for easier access

The adjustable Cath Kidston pattern

I have made a few bags and some of them are not after the pattern, accept the 5 cm cut off in the corners of the bottom.

I am not a fan of the iron, but when it comes to sewing it is very important. It can be the matter of success or complete failure. Each and every seam edges are always gentIy pressed before the next sewing step.

The bottom and the sides are first sewn with zig zag seam. The pieces are then pinned together inside out, and the bottom and the sides are then sewn together with straight stitch. The seam allowance was 1.5 cm.


Side edges and bottom pinned together inside out and sewn with straight stitch.

The bottom and the sides are now sewn together.

The top edge was folded over and my top edge was 3 cm when I was finished. I sew it first by hand before finished it of with the sewing machine.

The strap and rounded edge

Pattern to the shoulder strap. You need two of them.

I did sew the two pieces for the shoulder strap inside out. But 8 cm before total closure I stopped and cut the thread. I then turned the outside in and closed the opening by hand. If you want a rounded edge I recommend to make some tiny triangular cut offs in the fabric.

Cut off some tiny triangular pieces for rounded edges

I sew one button on each sides of the bag and two button holes on each sides of the strap

So this was my story about my sewing machine and sewing project.






Family Hobby

Genealogy- which methods are best?


Genealogy- which methods are best? Is it a data program, or pen and paper with access to a digital archive? I have tried them both and have made my conclusion. Genealogy is a time consuming hobby which make me forget time and space. My experience when it come to data programmes is My heritage, where names firmly pop up and make it so easy to collect information.

My great-great grandmother Lotte Myhre 1882-1945

Genealogy in Norway

For many years ago I sign up for DIS-Norge, The Genealogy Society of Norway. This is the largest association for genealogists in Norway. The most famous database is Gravminner. This is the Norwegian name of the DIS Headstone database, which is one of the tools I have used the most. This is a free tool which DIS-Norge provides for their members, and others who are looking for their ancestors.

I have used The National Archives of Norway (Arkivverket) especially the Digital Archives ( Here you can access censuses, parish records, emigrant lists, real estate registers, probate records, tax list and more.

The National Library of Norway has preserved copies of everything published in Norway, which have given me a lot of help. The library has preserved books, newspapers, magazines, photographs, phone books and even train schedules and election files. The web adress is They recommend to send them an email at before visiting the library.

I have had a lot of help of the nationwide censuses held on regular basis. That mean that 1801, 1865, 1875, 1900 and 1910 are available online along with lists of males back to 1664. The web adress is

Parish registers have been a valuable contribution to my reasearch and is very interesting reading. The priests started to keep records of baptism, marriages and funerals in the beginning of the mid-1600. Most of the registers can be found at

“Village books” have been of invaluable sources for my genealogy projects. You get a good insight in how your ancestors lived.

The digitized genealogy research

Whether you want to search your ancestors “by hand”, or set up a digital programme you need a name. age, place and occupation. I have for may years been written my lineage chart by hand, but a couple of years ago I decided to give My heritage a try. You sign up and get a frontpage at the web site. You can write messages to other people through My heritage, and in some cases that is a nice feature. My heritage is not free and you got to pay a annual amount. Genealogy with a digitized method is really fast.

My heritage is very easy, and you don´t have to be an data expert to use it, and you can easiliy add names and other information.

The disadvantage with My heritage

As you work, you soon will discover other people searching for the same ancestors as you. The problem with My heritage is all the names popping up constantly, and you get suggestions from other people’s lineage chart. Then you have to decide to add the suggested names into your chart or dismiss them, even if you got the names in your chart or not. There are step mothers, step sons, sisters to an aunt or somebody´s uncle, four-,five and sixth cousins and so on and the question is; do I need all the information?

To be honest, I didn´t like these pop-up suggestions. I wanted to do my own research. My lineage chart became to big, because certain names actually doubled. In the end I was so confused. I could not remember who has been added to my chart or not, and it became so difficult to know whether I was really related to all of these people or not. The clues are in the documentation which you don´t have any access to at My heritage.

One lady wrote to me on my “My heritage” frontpage and asked why I dismissed her lineage chart, because they were correct. She seemed really furious about it…… On the other hand I may have misunderstood the purpose, but for me it was just disturbing.

My heritage promotes their DNA tests. But is that really necessary when I through my research find exactly where my ancestors lived?

Which methods are best?

I decided to change method and go back to pen and paper, which gives me better control and a better chance to remember the names. The digital archive in Norway has all the documentation I need and given me the access to the parish registers, censuses and the Headstone database.

I am so old now that my grandmothers and grandfathers have pasted away a long time ago, so I can´t use them as a source. Even they tried to tell us about their childhood in Lofoten or stories about their grandparents.

So I have now invested in “Village books” and genealogy books for my own children. So genealogy- which methods are the best? Pen, paper and the Digital archives.


Setesdal´s sweaters with long collar


Today I want to share with you my two favourite Setesdal´s sweaters with high collar.

I love to knit. When I do large projects I often listen to audio books. It makes me forget that I am knitting and other problems.

Hand knitting is mental hygiene

I just glance in the pattern every now and then. Everytime I am on a new project I am really keen to finish it as soon as possible. Therefore I always start with the sleeves first.

The sleeves are joined to the body at the armholes, and continued with a circular yoke. I prefer that, because I don´t have to use the sewing machine, and then cut the holes for the sleeves. The only sewing you make is by hand in the armholes.

Drops Karisma is a 4-threaded sports yarn and got a very good form stability. It is a superwash yarn, which means you can wash it in your washer machine at either delicate or  wool program 40 degree.  The yarn is very comfortable and soft. Itching has not been a problem. Each ball is 50 g. It is recommended to use needles at 4 mm (EU), 6 (US) or 8 (UK).  The Setesdal´s sweaters with long collar can also be knitted in Darn Good Yarn´s Cascade superwash yarn. It is a perfect match. The cascade yarn must on the the other hand be washed at 30 degree Celsius, but it can be actually be tumbled dry.

I have used both my Setesdal´s sweaters a lot. The pattern differs a bit, because the white one got som beautiful lace at the edge of the body.

The Setesdal´s sweaters with long collar pattern

Knitted jumper with round yoke and Nordic pattern in DROPS Karisma. Size: S to XXXL.

Source: Susan / DROPS 135-5 – Free knitting patterns by DROPS Design

Knitted jumper with round yoke, Nordic pattern and fitted waist in DROPS Karisma. Size: S to XXXL.

Source: Ivalo / DROPS 135-43 – Free knitting patterns by DROPS

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A shawl for the winter

My granny’s yard tree bedspread



My granny’s yard tree bedspread


The yard tree pattern is said to be over 200 years, and it is still very popular. My granny’s yard tree bedspread contains of four small blocks, sewn together to one large block. My grandmother had made a large bedspread for a double bed. I fell completely in love with it and decided to knit one for myself.

My bedspread projects

Well, it took me about 30 years before I started on my project, and another approximately two years before my granny’s yard tree bedspread was completed. I got a lot of others projects in between, especially sweaters, mittens and socks, but I completed it with a lot of music and many audio books.

I knitted my bedspread for a single bed in thin alpaca, which is a lovely yarn for this project. My bedspread is mainly grey, but there are some sparkles of pink and blue in it. It doesn’t unfortunately show in the picture. Even though the bedspread was made for a single bed, it became heavy when all the blocks were attached together.

I have now started on my bedspread number two also in thin alpaca, but this time in light beige. My granny’s yarn tree bedspread was knitted in 100 % cotton. You can choose the yarn and color you want, but I would recommend you not to use a yarn with a lot of colors. The beautiful pattern will almost disappear.

Yarn and needles

For my granny’s yard tree bedspread with the size of 2.05 x 2.05 m, you will need 1300 g of thin alpaca or 900 g of Solberg 12/4. For the alpaca you need needles number 3 for europe, and 11 for the US and UK. If you choose a 100 % cotton yarn,  I recommend the needle size on the ball. My bedspread got 15 large blocks=60 small blocks.

Explanations to the pattern

K= knit

P= pirl

St= Stitch

SL1- K1- Pa1= Slip one stitch over to your right needle. Knit one stitch and pass the slip stitch over.

SL2-K1-Pa2= Slip two stitches over to your right needle. Knit one stitch and pass two stitches over

SL2= Slip two stitches

Pa1 = Pass one stitch over

K2 tog= Knit two together

Yon= Yarn over the needle ( to make a eyelit pattern on the next row) I use the term constantly whether you knit garter stitches or pirls.

K2 of 1 stitch. I pick up the back loop from the previous row and make a knit stitch. Then I knit stitch the original stitch.

*(__________)*= repeat from * to *

The pattern may make you dizzy, so I have marked the middle. Perhaps it will be easier for you to follow. My granny’s yard tree bedspread pattern demands full concentration, but it will be easier with time.

My granny’s yard tree bedspread pattern

Cast on 3 st

  1. P1,K1, P1
  2. K2 of 1, P1, K2 of 1 ( This is the wrong side)
  3. P2, K1, P2
  4. K2 of 1, K1, P1, K2 of 1
  5. P3, K1, P3
  6. K2 of 1, K2, P1, K2, K2 of 1
  7. P4, Yon, K1, Yon, P4
  8. K2 of 1, K3, P3, K3, K2 of 1
  9. K1, P4, K1, Yon, K1, Yon, P4, K1
  10. K2 of 1, K4, P5, K4, K2 of 1
  11. P1, K1, P4, K2, Yon, K1, Yon, K2, P4, K1, P1
  12. K2 of 1, P1, K4, P7, K4, P1, K2 of 1
  13. P2, K1, P4, K3, Yon, K1, Yon, K3, P4, K1, P2
  14. K2 of 1, K1, P1, K4, P9, K4, P1, K1, K2 of 1
  15. P3, K1, P4, K4, Yon, K1, Yon, K4, P4, K1, P3
  16. K2 of 1, K2, P1, K4, P11, K4, P1, K2, K2 of 1
  17. P4, Yon, K1, Yon, P4, SL1-K1-Pa1, K7, K2 tog, P4, Yon, K1, Yon, P4
  18. K2 of 1, K3, P3, K4, P9, K4, P3, K3, K2 of 1
  19. K1, P4, K1, Yon, K1, Yon, K1, P4, SL1-K1-Pa1, K5, K2 tog, P4, Yon, K1, Yon. K1,  P4, K1
  20. K2 of 1,K4, P5, K4, P7. K4, P5, K4, K2 of 1
  21. P1, K1, P4, K2, Yon, K1, Yon, K2, P4, SL1-K1-Pa1, K3, K2 tog, P4, K2, Yon, K1, Yon, K2, P4, K1, P1
  22. K2 of 1, P1, K4, P7, K4, P5, K4, P7, K4, P1, K2 of 1
  23. P2, K1, P4, K3, Yon, K1, Yon, K3, P4, SL1-K1-Pa1, K1, K2 tog, P4, K3, Yon, K1, Yon, K3, P4, K1, P2
  24. K2 of 1, K1, P1, K4, P9, K4, P3, K4, P9, K4, P1, K1, K2 of 1
  25. P3, K1, P4, K4, Yon, K1, Yon, K4, P4, SL2-K1-Pa2, P4, K4,Yon, K1, Yon, K4, P4, K1, P3
  26. K2 of 1, K2, P1, K4, P11, K4, P1, K4, P11, K4, P1, K2, K2 of 1
  27. P4, Yon, K1, Yon, P4, SL1-K1-Pa1, K7, K2 tog, P4, K1, P4, SL1-K1-Pa1, K7, K2 tog, P4, Yon, K1, Yon, P4
  28. K2 of 1, K3, P3, K4, P9, K4, P1, K4, P9, K4, P3, K3, K2 of 1
  29. K1, P4, K1, Yon, K1, Yon, K1, P4, SL1-K1-Pa1, K5, K2 tog, P4, K1, P4, SL1-K1- Pa1, K5, K2 tog, P4, K1, Yon, K1, Yon, K1, P4, K1
  30. K2 of 1, K4, P5, K4, P7, K4, P1, K4, P7, K4, P5, K4, K2 of 1
  31. P1, K1, P4, K2, Yon, K1, Yon, K2, P4, SL1-K1-Pa1, K3, K2 tog, P4, K1, P4, SL1-K1-Pa1, K3, K2 tog, P4, K2, Yon, K1, Yon, K2, P4, K1, P1
  32. K2 of 1, P1, K4, P7, K4, P5, K4, P1, K4, p5, K4, P7, K4, P1, K2 of 1
  33. P2, K1, P4, K3, Yon, K1, Yon, K3, P4, SL1- K1- Pa1, K1, K2 tog, P4, K1, P4, SL1-K1- Pa1, K1, K2 tog, P4, K3, Yon, K1, Yon, K3, P4, K1, P2
  34. K2 of 1, K1, P1, K4, P9, K4, P3, K4, P1, K4, P3, K4, P9, K4, P1, K1, K2 of 1
  35. P3, K1, P4, Yon, K1, Yon, K4, P4, SL2-K1- Pa2, P4, K1, P4, SL2- K1- Pa2, P4, K4, Yon, K1, Yon, K4, P4, K1, P3

The middle of the small block

  1. 36. K2 of 1, K2, P1, K4, P11, K9, P1, K9, P11, K4, P1, K2, K2 of 1
  2. P4, Yon, K1, Yon, P4, SL1-K1- Pa1, K7, K2 tog, P9, Yon, K1, Yon, P9, SL1-K1-Pa1, K7, K2 tog, P4, Yon, K1, Yon, P4
  3. K2 of 1, K3, P3, K3, P9, K9, P3, K9, P9, K4, P3, K3, K2 of 1
  4. P5, K1, Yon, K1, Yon, K1, P4, SL1-K1- Pa1, K5, K2 tog, P9, K1, Yon, K1, Yon, K1, P9, SL1-K1-Pa1, K5, K2 tog, P4, K1, Yon, K1, Yon, K1, P5
  5. K2 of 1, K4, P5, K4, P7, K9, P5, K9, P7, K4, P5, K4, K2 of 1
  6. P6, K2, Yon, K1, Yon, K2, p4, SL1-K1-Pa1, K3, K2 tog, P9, K2, Yon, K1, Yon, K2, P9, SL1- K1-Pa1, K3, K2 tog, P4, K2, Yon, K1, Yon, K2, P6
  7. K2 of 1, K5, P7, K4, P5, K9, P7, K9, P5, K4, P7, K5, K2 of 1
  8. P7,K3, Yon, K1, Yon, K3, P4, SL1-K1-P1, K1, K2 tog, P9, K3, Yon, K1, Yon, K3, P9, SL1-K1-Pa1, K1, K2 tog, P4, K3, Yon, K1, Yon, K3, P7
  9. K2 of 1, K6, P9, K1, P3, K9, P9, K9, P3, K4, P9, K6, K2 of 1
  10. P8,K4, Yon, K1, Yon, K4, P4, SL1-K1-Pa2, P9, K4, Yon, K1, Yon, K4, P9, SL2-K1- Pa2, P4, K4, Yon, K1, Yon, K4, P8
  11. K2 of 1, K7, P11, K14, P11, K14, P11, K7, K2 of 1
  12. P9, SL1-K1- Pa1, K7, K2 tog, P14, SL1-K1-Pa1, K7, K2 tog, P14, SL1-K1-Pa1, K7, K2 tog, P9
  13. K2 of 1, K8, P9, K14, P9, K14, P9, K8, K2 of 1
  14. P10,, SL1-K1-Pa1, K5, K2 tog, P14, SL1-K1-Pa1, K5, K2 tog, P14, SL1-K1-Pa1, K5, K2 tog, P10
  15. K2 of 1, K9, P7, K14, , P7, K14, P7, K9, K2 of 1
  16. P11, SL1-K1-Pa1, K3, K2 tog, P14, SL1-K1-Pa1, K3, K2 tog, P14, SL1-K1-Pa1, K1, K2 tog, P11
  17. K2 of 1, K10, P5, K14, P5, K14, P5, K10, K2 of 1
  18. P12, SL1-K1-Pa1. K1, K2 tog, P14, SL1-K1-Pa1, K1, K2 tog, P14, SL1-K1-Pa1, K1, K2 tog, P12
  19. K2 of 1, K11, P3, K14, P3, K14, P3, K11, K2 of 1
  20. P13, SL2-K1-Pa2, P14, SL2-K1-Pa2, P14, SL2-K1-Pa2, P13,
  21. K2 of 1, garter stitch, K2 of the last stitch
  22. Garter Stitch
  23. K2 of 1, Pirl stitch, K2 of the last stitch
  24. Garter stitch
  25. K2 of 1, Garter stitch, K2 of the last stitch
  26. Pirl stitch
  27. * (SL1-K1-Pa1, Yon)* repeat until you got 3 stitches left SL1-K1-Pa2
  28. Pirl stitch
  29. SL1-K1-Pa1, Garter stitch, Knit until you got 2 stitches left, K2 tog
  30. Garter stitch
  31. SL1-K1- Pa1, garter stitch until you got 2 stitches left, K2 tog
  32. Garter stitch
  33. SL1-K1-Pa1, Garter stitch until you got 2 stitches left, K2 tog
  34. Pirl stitch
  35. * (SL1-K1-Pa1, Yon)* repeat until you got 3 stitches left, SL2-K1-Pa2
  36. Pirl stitch
  37. SL1-K1-Pa1, Garter stitch until you got 2 stitches left, K2 tog

Repeat the rows 65-72 five more times= 7 rows of eyelet pattern. You can choose whether you will alternate garter or pirl stitches. Personally I prefer garter stitches on the right side and pirl stitches at the wrong side.

Cast off 1 stitch on the edges on the right side. Cast off until you got 3 stitches, and finally cast off with SL2-K1-Pa2.

The lace to my granny´s yard tree bedspread

Cast on 10 stitches

  1. Garter stich
  2. SL1, * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* repeat and end the row with Yon, K1
  3. Garter stitch
  4. SL1, K1 * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* repeat and end the row with Yon, K1
  5. Garter stitch
  6. SL1, K2, * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat and end the row with Yon, K1
  7. Garter stitch
  8. SL1, K3, * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat -Yon, K1
  9. Garter stitch
  10. SL1, K4, *(Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat- Yon, K1
  11. Garter stitch
  12. SL1, K5, *(Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat- Yon, K1
  13. Garter stitch
  14. SL1, K6, * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat- Yon, K1
  15. Garter stitch
  16. SL1, K7, * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat-Yon, K1
  17. Garter stitch
  18. SL1, K8, *(Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat- Yon, K1
  19. Garter stitch
  20. SL1, K9, *(Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat- Yon, K1
  21. Cast off 10 stitches, K10

Repeat the rows 2-21 to the wanted length, and sew the seams together. And before you know it you have knitted my granny´s yard tree bedspread.



The daughter of an alcoholic


I don´t remember when I understood I was an alcoholic’s daughter. It came gradually until it was obvious that my father abused alcohol. I got two reasons to write this post. First of all I want to get rid of the ghost from the past and heal myself. The second reason is to show people with a similar story that they are not alone. I am convinced that it is better to be open about alcohol abuse despite what other people say.  Therefore this post about a daughter´s review of an alcoholic.

Chronic stress and diseases

The Vestfjord

Vestfjord crossing in unnatural weather

There is a lot of stigma and prejudices considering alcoholics. They are fathers and sons, a manager, mechanics or engineers.They are everywhere and in every society.

When did it all start?

My father was 26 when he tasted alcohol for the first time according to my mother. It all started when he had to have a drink after work to calm down. I don´t know when the snowball really started to roll and what triggered it.

He was a person who could not say no when someone asked him for help. His motto was not to wait to the next day to get things done. A motto I as an adult don´t share anymore. It can get you stressed and the burnout would be your last name. It got also a touch of obsessive compulsive disorder. You can´t get any relaxation before you have done what ever it is. When I look back I often think of him with a undiagnosed ADHD, but that is just speculations.

How to get alcohol?

It was not easy to get hold of alcohol because there was no liquid stores. You had to illegally brew it yourself or travel 4 hours. My father started to make his own alcohol of sugar and yeast in the bathing tub. And my patient mother had to clean up the mess afterwards. On his alcohol- making days I did not bring along any friends home. I was so ashamed.

Our bathing tub clogged and ended the story of his home-made-alcohol. After a while I noticed that he could order alcohol from the liquid store in the city. As an alcoholic´s daughter I preferred four bottles in a box sent with the ship, and driven to our doorstep.

The daughter of an alcoholic

I could give you many stories of things that happened during my childhood. My father was seldom physically abusive but he hit me in the face a couple of times. But he stopped doing that when I grew older and stronger and he became simultaneously weaker and weaker.

Something that has stucked to my mind are the family birthday parties. He was always carrying a shoulder bag, filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste and a liquid bottle. My daddy went often to the bathroom just to have a sip. Afterwards he tried to mask it off with laughter and jokes. But everyone knew exactly what he did in the bathroom. I was so ashamed.

Often in holidays my father and his boozers had a party. They drank, sang, argued and discussed while I was could not sleep. As a daughter of an alcoholic´s I got a constant pain in my stomach, but these parties made them worse. I often sat in my bed counting stamps or my napkins. It always ended with a transistor radio in my bed where I tuned in Radio Luxembourg. I just have to muffle the noises from down below.

My father was an artistic soul. He wrote poems and songs. In his creative periods his temper was rather short. If he had to write during daytime I was outdoor most of the time, or in my room.


My little brother and I was bullied. To be involved in a fight was not uncommon for me. I was unscared and strong. For some reasons I was never reported to the principal……

My experience made me wish I lived somewhere else. I longed for peace. Hopefully my son didn’t feel the same when he left home.

When your children leave home

I have during the years realized that some of the bullies also got an alcoholic parent. My brother has become friends with his bullies, and I hope they have given him an apology. The only disadvantage we got was an alcoholic daddy.

Where shall the alcoholic´s get help?

First of all the alcoholic got to admit that he or she got a drinking problem. That is maybe the hardest task. The drinking problem is the entire family´s problem. Many of the alcoholics have tribute to the society and paid their taxes, so why should the politicians and the government shot their eyes? Pretending that these problems don´t exist.

What become of the children when they grow up? Would they be a swing -door- patients because of PTSD, anxiety and depression? There have been a lot of focus on drug abuse, and that is important too, but the alcohol debate has silenced.

As a daughter of an alcoholic I saw my father off to an alcoholic clinic and I visited him once. I did not recognize him. He was so thin and he looked great. I was so proud of him. And then guess what happened when he came home? He started to drink more than ever because no one helped him afterwards.

It is easy to blame the alcoholic for not being strong enough, but if the problem is anxiety and depression they need help for that.

The end

When my father started to drink again in 1985 it took only three years before he pasted away at the age of 49. One summer day he sat in the doorway on a chair and looking at the sea. I asked him why he was sitting there. He replied: “This is the my last summer.” He felt his time had come.

As a daughter of an alcoholic I got mixed emotions. At the end he got diabetes, no balance because the neurological system gradually failed, he started to hallucinate, got pneumonia and large wounds at the legs that would not heal. Finally he could rest but to young.

One day when I was on my way home from work, I saw the ambulance plain. I just knew it was my dad. According to my mother he was in and out of coma. But one of the last thing he said was: ” The eagle is about to fly”.

Hobby mental health

Chronic stress and diseases


I read once an article on a Norwegian web site about how chronic stress can give us diseases. It was actually an interview of Rune Jonassen  from 2014-12.25, a psychologist and scientist at the University of Oslo.

What is normal stress response?

Jonassen explains stress as the condition in which we experience demands exceeding or approaching the level of what we are capable to handle. We all know that stress reactions are normal physical responses, and that some people handle stress better than other.

When we get stressed the heart rate increases and we breathe faster. The stress hormone cortisol release glucose into our muscles and liver, and in this way the body gets extra energy. The immune system is triggered, but when the stress becomes chronic, the system is weakened instead.

Can stress make us ill?

Scientists say that a high level of cortisol is associated with a variety of diseases, because the cells of the immune system stop responding to the inflammation in the body. The consequences are that stress can make us ill.

Chronic stress

Stress that last over a long period of time can trigger various autoimmune diseases. The immune system stars to attack its own tissues and cells, because the body perceives it to be foreign components. It is the same response as if it was a bacteria or a virus. This response can cause diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus.

During stress the blood supply to the skin and gastrointestinal tracts may become insufficient. The metabolic process may slow down, and the food can be digested more slowly. Chronic stress may therefore cause diseases like gastritis, ulcerative colitis and ulcer.

When it comes to the skin you may experience pimples and itching.The constriction of blood vessels may also be the reason why the skin lose elasticity and cause early aging. Hair loss are also common, because the body loses zinc. If you got a low value of zinc it may cause burnout, headache, mental disorders and heart problems.

Stress over time can give you a depression. One hypothesis is that depression can have a function to protect the you from the stress.

My chronic stress and disease

I am actually a living proof how chronic stress can have such a bad influence on the body. In 2012 I got ulcerative colitis. I recognize many of the symptoms I read about in the article. Every bone and muscles in the body was painful, and it felts like a non-stop flue. I struggled with sleeping problems for a long time and could not find any rest. The hair loss was massive and always commented by my hair dresser.

To sleep at night I listen to Spotify and sounds from the nature. That really calms me down. Hobbies like knitting , Audiobooks, mindfulness and a long walk each day are important in my recovery program.

Burnout- will I ever recover?

Should I feel any shame?

Hand knitting is mental hygiene

It is time to relax…..

Hobby mental health

Is macrame a new hobby?


After my son left home a couple of days ago I have really been in a vacuum condition and decided that enough was enough. So I looked through my chest where I store all of my yarn balls. In the bottom I found some yarn for macrame I had forgotten all about. Well why not? Maybe macrame is a new hobby of mine?

I remember making some plant hangers over 20 years ago,  as a birthday gift to my my mother. But she was not fund of them. I could read her like an open book. This time I would like a wall hanger for myself in an accurant size. Afterwards I see it as an oversized, impulsive and an overoptimistic task for a beginner. Anyway, the macrame is done and my fingers and hands are sore…..

As I said I found some macrame yarn in the bottom of my chest. It got a beautiful blue color and made of cotton. I bought it on a web site in Norway together with some wooden rods. I was disappointed when I got the yarn and even more disappointed when I saw the sizes of the rods I had ordered. The yarn was thin and very stiff. It was not easy to work with. The rods were only 5 mm in diameter, so I must have punched the order incorrectly. As a perioperative nurse I know extremely well these sizes in diameters. We use 5 mm optics for arthroscopy everyday. Anyway, I decided to keep the stuff.

Macrame research

I made first some research at You tube and Pinterest. There are so many clever people out there, who are so passion about macrame. First of all I had to refresh the different knots.

I got my inspration by the following video made of Ideiascriativaspap.

My impulsive macrame project

I made some 20 feet cordings and used to 5 mm rods.  I attached each cords to the rods with larkhead knot.

I found out later on that the macrame cordings were to short. It means that my wall hanging project became smaller than I wanted. Well, I added some new cordings. I decided to change the knots from square to spiral. Between the square and the spiral knots I put a new rod. At last I tied some knots on the fringes in different hights. I decorated the wall hanger with some flowers intended for my cardmaking. The flowers can I change when I got tired of them.

Is macrame a new hobby?

This was a very funny project. I learnt alot and would give you some advice:

  • You got to hang the macrame on the wall, but not to high. If it hangs to high you will quickly feel it in your arms, shoulders and neck.
  • Plan your project better than I did.
  • You need long enough cordings
  • As a beginner I would use a specific pattern.
  • Use some good shoes if you got a very hard floor. I got backpain
  • Use a thick and soft yarn
  • Use some branches from the nature. It add something special to the macrame.






Books and audiobooks Hobby

The advantage of e-books and audiobooks


I love to read and a day without  books,e-books or audiobooks are unthinkable. I am a collector but I don’t have to fill my book shelves anymore. All of my books are now stored in a digital book shelve and that is very practical. I have learnt that reading books can benefit your mental health, so keep on reading

Bobsey twins, Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys

I discovered the magic world of books when I was about 10.But it all started when I extremely disappointed got a book without pictures as a Christmas gift. How could my aunt do that to me? I started to read one day, but it must have been of pure boredom. It was the Bobsey twins, and at that time this was a thriller for a little girl.

Later on came Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys along. No wonder I wanted to be a detective when I grew up, just slightly influenced by the literature. My friends and I looked for cases we should solve, for ex when we found a stolen, abandoned bike in the ditch. Neither of us became detectives or police by profession. Well that’s ok because we never solved a case.

Agatha Christie and David Suchet

When I was 14 I discovered the queen of crime novelists, Agatha Christie. There were many late nights because of her. One very fine memory I got is when some friends and I were tenting in our backyard. The sun was up all night so it was hard to sleep. In the northern part of Norway there is daylight 24/7 during the summer. But I got company of good friends and Agatha Christie. The book was extremely heavy. It was a 3 in 1 book. So this one could benefit as an e-book or audio book. But in the early 80’s the mobile phone didn’t exist and I don’t think the term audio book existed.

I guess I have read all the books and seen all the films about miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. To be honest Hercule Poirot was and still is my favorite. When it comes to the films, David Suchet is the Hercule Poirot himself although he appears in movies as a terrorist. Well he does a magnificent job in all characters he plays. He is a kind of actor who can fill any shoe. Just like Meryl Streep…. I should write to him because I am a huge fan of him. Well, I won’t do that. I assume there is nothing new under the sun for him.

What is it about Agatha Christie? I don’t know. I have read the books more than once. There is always a new detail. My husband think I got a memory loss….

Some Norwegian authors

Gunnar Staalesen’s books about Varg Veum and Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole have been some of my favorite Norwegian authors. Varg Veum and Harry Hole are some very similar type of guys. In my head they are both alcoholics, shabby detectives. They both solve any puzzles with in some cases an unorthodox way. Jo Nesbø has reasonly released «Knife». That will be my next audio book. A absolute must……

I have just mentioned two excellent Norwegian authors. That is unfair to the others that have had such a great impact on me. Unni Lindell is the Norwegian queen of crime novelists. I allow myself to list Karin Fossum, Jørn Lier Horst, Tom Kristensen, Tom Egeland and Anne Holt. All of them are a crime or thriller novelists so I am bit silly when it comes to genre.

There are many excellent writers around the world. I tend to read books written by Icelandic, Swedish, English or American authors.

The advantages of e-books and audiobooks

The last couples of years I have read less physical books, because I discovered e-books and audiobooks. The advantages with e-books and audiobooks are many cause both got some practical features. You don’t have to switch on your lamp on your bedside table which may disturb your spouse. When you are on a journey or travel you don’t need a physical book in your bag or luggage that uptain space and gain weight. You can easily read or listen to books in a waiting room. When it comes to digital books you can easily adjust the size on the letters, which can benefit people who is visually impaired.

If you are blind or simply love being read to, audiobooks are a very good choice. You can connect two Bluetooth devices to share the book with your spouse, friend or children. I use to connect my phone to a DAB radio. In that way I try to get my children interested.

Another advantage of an e-book and audio book is if you are rheumatic or struggle with joints- and muscle pain. You can easily set up a digital book on your Ipad, pc or mobile phone. You don’t need to physically hold a book.

The advantage of reading, whether it is a book, e-book or an audio book, as I said in the first paragraph can improve your mental health. can read or listen to books about mindfulness and affirmations.

I got some fantastic Sony headphones which I really recommend .  The housework have become so much easier. Washing the floor goes like a breeze.

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A new blogger in WordPress


I have always wanted to write and that is the reason why I decided to have a blog. So I am a new blogger,  a typical freshman, a beginner who has to make all the mistakes you can think of. I am among the so called dummies who reads all the articles about do and don’ts. Anyway, I will do the don’ts.

After reading all these articles I have realized that blogging is an art. I believe that each and everyone of us got a story to tell. We all struggle with something that writing can help to heal or ease of. It is a sort of mental hygiene or mindfulness were you either put your problems on hold or become healed.

When I started to blog I first had to decide what language I had to write in. It was not difficult. If I wrote im Norwegian I had already excluded many potential readers. But my problem was that I have not written English for several decades, so the grammar is a bit rusty. In a way I am a beginner in English too. Like how and when to use for an example this and that, who and which and so on.

We got English in school and we also pick up English through movies and tv. I understand the most of it. To master English writing I got to push the button in my head, where I just think in English. But anyway I can not guarantee the English grammar to be right. I still struggle with at, in, on and of, because they are used differently than in Norwegian.  Reading other people’s blogs will hopefully help me.

A freshman in WordPress compared to Squarespace

WordPress is great that way where people can follow each other’s blogs. It was not that easy with Squarespace. I felt in a way more lonely. Just me and my blog and not to forget all the technical problems I got.

I stopped using Squarespace after a couple of months because I did not like it. I normally blog from my mobile phone. In Squarespace I lost many of the edit options on the screen. They edit functions were just accessible from my lap top, so that was very unpractical. I was more annoyed about the technical problems that I did not got time to blog in a proper way.

I gave up blogging then. After a few months pause I decided to try WordPress. Well, I must say I am not disappointed. As a new blogger I will recommend WordPress. It is so much more user friendly and intuitive.

When I found out what plug-ins to use for my blog, WordPress takes care of the rest. I only wish that I could have some free recommended plug-ins from the very beginning. I guess I can find articles about this somewhere. My hard disk is overloaded and full now, so I can’t read more for a while. I lost the micro SD card somewhere during the  summer holiday.

The largest problem for me besides mastering English, is to find something to blog about. There is a lot of things going on every day, but is it something to write about? How I envy people who got a new post every day……..!