Daily Delights

    • Anonymous
      October 31, 2006 at 7:56 pm

      Here is a continuation of the thread Kens started some time ago under the “Main Category”

      My delight and big surprise: Very unexpectedly, Michael, my second oldest son, just called to tell me that he is going to get married (second marriage) on December 31 in North Carolina. He is in seventh heaven. His dream to have a wonderful wife and children is finally coming true. His future wife has two, 6 and 8 years old. For us it will be grandchildren # 15 and 16.

      He wants me to come but I don’t know how I can manage. We’ll be in the Rocky Mountains over the holidays for a small family reunion on my wife’s side. I can no longer drive myself. :0


    • Anonymous
      October 31, 2006 at 9:15 pm

      That is wonderful Norbert! They look so happy.

    • Anonymous
      October 31, 2006 at 10:26 pm

      Congradulations on your new family members!


    • Anonymous
      October 31, 2006 at 10:31 pm

      [COLOR=”Purple”]Congratulations, Norb on your son’s upcoming marriage. What a happy looking family to be![/COLOR]

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2006 at 9:32 am

      Great looking group. They look very happy. Your son and his intended look like they belong together.


    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2006 at 10:27 am

      Congrats Norb! that is wonderful news. what a neat looking family. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2006 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you, guys. I actually was trying to resurrect this thread. Didn’t expect this kind of reaction.

    • Anonymous
      November 1, 2006 at 8:14 pm

      Okay, my daily delight is that I’m 30 minutes from being done at work and haven’t had one emergency all day. Of course I may have just thrown myself a snake.

    • Anonymous
      November 2, 2006 at 12:44 am

      well, my daily delight is that i went out to dinner with my husband tonight! I haven’t been able to do that for awhile, maybe april. i sat there in pain but it was overcome by joy of being out!

    • Anonymous
      November 2, 2006 at 4:30 am

      My daily delight – just had my hair cut, yeah easier to manage!


    • Anonymous
      November 2, 2006 at 12:24 pm

      Congrats Norb! Your son and his new family look very happy together.

      My daily delight is that I had the flu last week and I am finally feeling good today.

    • Anonymous
      November 2, 2006 at 6:51 pm

      My delight today and for many more days to come is my first grandchild. He’s one month old and named after my beloved father Max.

    • Anonymous
      November 2, 2006 at 7:06 pm

      Suzanne, congrats on your grandchild Max. Do they live nearby?

      All of ours except one live all over the place. My wife is in Denver right now and she just told me on the phone she will bring Sydney, our youngest grandchild, back with her on Saturday – my delight. Her dad will be working on our basement expansion for a few days again and our daughter is off for a day – I think. Her schedule as a resident at the hospital is so crazy that I can’t keep track of it.

    • Anonymous
      November 2, 2006 at 7:21 pm


      I wish my daughter and her husband and Max did live close by. My husband and I live in Virginia and they live in Venice Beach, California. We just got back on Monday night from a visit with them.

      I didn’t know how to post the photo of Max, except as an attachment, so that’s how I did it on my previous post.

      Enjoy Sydney’s visit.


    • Anonymous
      November 2, 2006 at 7:38 pm

      [COLOR=”Blue”][SIZE=”2″]Congratulations on your grandson, Suzanne. That is one beautiful baby![ATTACH]751[/ATTACH][/SIZE][/COLOR]

    • Anonymous
      November 3, 2006 at 9:02 am

      Warm congratulations to the new grandmothers, and I’ll remind you that I’ll join the club at the end of April if all goes well.:)

      It would be so delightful if Norb (and others) have found an easy way of posting “normal”-sized pictures directly into the posts again, it makes the whole athmosphere of the nice threads so much more lively and literally colorful!

      I for one don’t even know how to put a small “foreign” smilie or ani-gif into the post – and I really, really wish I could!:confused:

    • Anonymous
      November 3, 2006 at 9:53 am

      Allaug, I am afraidthe only way to have a larger picture show up is by inserting the web address of one that has been posted elsewhere, ImageShack or even the UK forum.[IMG]http://www.gbs-cidp.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=750&d=1162511451[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      November 3, 2006 at 9:59 am

      Allaug, I am afraid the only way to post larger picture is to insert a link to one that has been posted (uploaded) elsewhere like on ImageShack or even the UK forum. I am testing this with the beautiful picture of Max which Suzanne posted on the UK forum. Hope its OK, Suzanne.


    • Anonymous
      November 3, 2006 at 10:59 am

      [SIZE=4][COLOR=deepskyblue]Congrats Suzanne!!!! Max is adorable!![SIZE=2][COLOR=deepskyblue] Sooo what is Grandma going to make for her Cute Grandson??!!:) [/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR][/SIZE]

    • Anonymous
      November 3, 2006 at 7:14 pm


      I saved a beautiful velvet and satin quilt that my daughter’s beloved aunt made for my daughter when she was an infant. The aunt died very young (52) and was a great seamstress. My daughter was the first grandchild on both sides of the family, and Max is the first grandchild on both sides of his family too.

      I took the quilt apart and replaced the batting inside (it was bunched after many trips to the drycleaners), and replaced the satin side with new satin (it had baby stains that couldn’t be removed).

      My daughter didn’t know that I had been saving this quilt for her first child, so it was a happy surprize when she and her husband unwrapped it. I included a photo of my daughter, taken when she was a month old, on the same quilt. Now she’ll be taking one of her son on the quilt too.


      Thanks for re-posting Max’s photo. I agree with Allaug, the photos liven up our posts.

      Best wishes for many more daily delights for all of you!


    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2006 at 1:12 am

      Thats awesome suzanne!!!

      my mom saved my baby blanket and brought it out for my kids to use while they are at grammies house. i never knew she kept it-and it was in perfect shape, just like i remembered leaving it. my kids didn’t believe me when i told them it was my baby blanket. we had to show them the baby pics too. my daughter’s blanket is all torn up and worn, and she is just 13 years old. :rolleyes:
      that is just too cool that you saved that for her.:)

    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2006 at 11:05 am

      My delight: seeing the picture of Allaug’s pretty cat Mosse “bird watching” on the UK forum. I love cats but Carol is allergic to them. We used to have one in Minnesota for many years. She was miserable a lot but didn’t want to get rid of her because of the kids.

      Allaug, did you figure out yet how to post large pictures here. It really is easy. I more or less did this one for you. It is linked to the “True or False” thread on the UK forum.


    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2006 at 12:33 pm

      Allaug, what a majestic looking cat. beautiful!
      norb, lesson for me too please. i just can’t get it to go.:confused:

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2006 at 9:38 am

      Thank you very much, Norb – I was really stunned to see my beloved pet on this forum! Why can’t you tell me\us how to move pic’s from GB to the US forum? Everything you don’t know seems difficult, you know.

      Yes, Cheryl -she is a queen. When we first got her I was trying to figure out what to call her, and I came up with royal and\or historic names like Bast (the old Egyptian word for cat\cat-godess), Isis (another Egyptian God), Semiramis and Cleopatra. So one day at dinner I told hubby my suggestions, but he didn’t say a word for a long time. Then I asked him what he tought about my list, and he answered :”I think we should call her Mosse!” It was such an unexpected contrast to what I had in mind, that I almost felll face down into my dinnerplate with laughter. Of course – Mosse it was! But I also added “Caramel” because of her colors – but we only use that for more formal occations.:cool:

      Miaw to you all!

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2006 at 12:27 pm

      You are welcome, Allaug. Glad to offer a surprise.

      OK, you guys, Allaug, Cheryl and whoever is interested. Here is my “Guide to Publishing Large Pictures on the US Forum” ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Since you cannot upload [U]large[/U] photos on this forum, you have to link to one uploaded elsewhere by you or someone else. Example: Alllaug’s Mosse or Suzanne’s Max on the UK forum. It could be anything anywhere.

      2. Pull up the picture you want to link to and right click on it. Should look like this:


      3. Click on “Properties” (red arrow). You should see this:


      4. Highlight the address (URL) red arrow [COLOR=”Red”]<---[/COLOR]in this case two lines, do not include "http://" 5. Right click and "copy" 6. Go to the US forum and open reply window where you want to post. Type your message 7. Click on the icon of a picture above you message (see [COLOR="Red"]A ==>[/COLOR] below.)

      8. Panel appears with title: “Please enter the URL of your picture
      ” (see [COLOR=”Red”]B ==>[/COLOR] below).


      9. Put cursor behind the “http” ([COLOR=”Red”]B ==>[/COLOR]). Right click and “Paste”

      10. Click OK

      11. You are done. The “[IMG] etc” line should appear after your message.

      12. Post your message

      13. There are other places besides the UK forum that let you upload photos you can link to. But that is another topic after you master this. Good luck.

      Any questions, send PM

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2006 at 12:33 pm


      Thanks for the tutorial for uploading pictures to the forum. I’ll try it next time I want to post a photo.

      From one of the “dummies”;) ,


    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2006 at 2:06 pm


      How about this?:o

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2006 at 2:12 pm


    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2006 at 3:15 pm

      You are welcome, Suzanne. BTW, I removed the “dummies” from the “title” of my tutorial. My wife said it was OK for book titles but here it didn’t sound very nice.:o

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2006 at 5:17 pm


      – and the floor is collecting the unemployment…

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2006 at 5:33 pm


      NORB! I’m on my wit’s end here, trying your information work for me – what am I doing wrong? This window behind your red B is not looking the same on my PC, I’m getting the window with all the different types of image-files, and when I paste my url address there and click OK it says “invalid URL” even if the address is the UK forum.

      I need further coaching, please!

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2006 at 10:22 pm

      Allaug do you have a PC or a Mac? Are you using Microsoft Internet explorer with Windows XP? Remember, we are not uploading. Are you clicking on the small icon of a picture above your text box looking like this?


      If you do, you should get the same panel (I think) as I am showing that says in the blue part “http://www.gbs-cidp.org&#8221;, can you describe the panel you are getting a bit more.

      Here is your link, works fine for me.

      Your link

      looks fine, I used it to pull in your picture above

      P.S. beautiful rose

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2006 at 9:57 am


    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2006 at 10:11 am

      Norb, I’m using the same software, but when I click on the picture icon above the reply box here, my blue box does not say [url]http://www.gbs-cidp.org[/url], but “Internet explorer ledetekst”, but on the gray it says the same “Please enter the URL of your image. When I do that and click OK, just the address appears in my post. I think I understand that the text in the blue box is where the problem lies, but how can I change that?:confused: :confused:

      BTW the rose is from my island garden in July. They have a very strong smell; like rose-perfume. Wish I could share that too!

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2006 at 10:26 am

      What does “ledetekst” mean? I wonder if pop-up blocking is turned on in you Internet Explorer? It needs to be disabled temporarily for the correct window to appear.

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2006 at 2:15 pm

      You know, Norb, part of the problem is that I don’t know what “ledetekst” means myself, even if it’s Norwegian. Hubby showed a slight interest in the problem just before dinner, so I’ll take the opportunity to ask him again before I (might) give up!

      Thanks so far!

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2006 at 6:34 pm

      My delight today: Carol found a climbing/slide tower at a children’s recycle store. We set it up in our backyard and it turned out to be a big success with Sydney. I was babysitting her this morning. It was a bit chilly and I sat with a blanket wrapped around me watching her climbing up the steps behind or the climbing wall on the side and sliding down over and over. When I tried to get her to come back inside she answered with a loud and determined “nooo, fun”. She is almost 2 years old and developing quite a mind of her own.

      Babysitting her outdoors is quite a bit easier than indoors. I hope the nice weather is going to last a bit longer.

      [IMG]http://www.bluemarble.de/forum/climbing1.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.bluemarble.de/forum/climbing2.jpg[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      November 7, 2006 at 1:15 am

      cool slide set carol. nice croc shoes sydney. nice pics norb.:) and you wouldn’t want her to have anyother type of personality norb, right!? she’s part german isn’t she?! (so am i!):eek:

    • Anonymous
      November 7, 2006 at 11:51 am

      Thanks Cheryl, she is part German through “osmosis”. Carol’s daughter is my stepdaughter. Ryan came into my life 30 years ago about the same age as Sydney, same temperament, just as cute. First time we went out to eat she screamed bloody murder when we put her in a highchair. A few weeks later Carol and her two kids moved in with me ๐Ÿ˜ฎ She never left.

    • Anonymous
      November 7, 2006 at 11:55 am

      My delight today, is getting the crossword at the end of shift briefing, and having it done a few minutes later by the time the troops were ready to head out. Yeah me!!

    • Anonymous
      November 9, 2006 at 10:30 am

      Today i get to spend the whole day with my 8 yr old son. Joey asked if i could make him a grilled cheese sandwich today, joey NEVER asks for new foods-he is a very picky eater! i am soo happy to make him a sandwich we are having it for breakfast/early lunch!!:)
      we had his parent/teacher conference today-he is doing great in school. I’M ONE PROUD MOMMA!!!!:)

    • Anonymous
      November 9, 2006 at 12:10 pm

      It’s my Friday and I have the next four days off AND tonight is opera (Faust) and I don’t have to worry about getting home to get to bed, so we can have a nice dinner after the show. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous
      November 10, 2006 at 1:51 pm

      My delight today was receiving photos of my grandson Max from my daughter and son-in-law. I’ll try to post them with Norb’s directions, so I hope they work![IMG]http://shim1.shutterfly.com/procgserv/47b6cf27b3127cce98548b93e3a300000017100AbMmrdi4csWKA[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      November 10, 2006 at 3:21 pm

      Well, Suzanne, you did it. Congratulations. Nice picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Allaug, how about you? Did you give up? :confused:

    • Anonymous
      November 10, 2006 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks for the “lessons”, Norb. As you can see, your directions were flawless. I loved the pictures of Sydney on the slide. She looks so intent.


    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2006 at 6:55 am


    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2006 at 7:05 am


      As it turned out Hubby knew less about this “posting picture” thing than me. I think the fact that I don’t get the “name” [url]www.gbs-cidp.org[/url] as a headline on the little blue window that pops up when one clicks on the little “picture-picture” by the B-arrow you made, is the reason my pictures don’t come down as PICTURES in my posts. How to change that is beyond me. (I use all B.Gates sort of software! )

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2006 at 8:19 am

      My joy is to listen to this


    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2006 at 9:56 am

      Im going to find them to listen to, thank you for sharing them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2006 at 10:51 am

      Here a picture of Sydney hugging the Pinocchio puppet. She is here at our house for the weekend.


      Allaug, posting using the laptop I get a window saying “Explorer user prompt”. don’t think the text in the blue is significant.

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2006 at 11:07 am


      Your music post is interesting. I’m going to see if I can find that for a listen.

      Best wishes,


    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2006 at 11:33 am

      Another Great Marine Corp Ball (Birthday). The frist for me was when I was 17. Many memories over the years. The Marines still say


    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2006 at 2:19 pm

      It’s Veteran’s Day – and very delightful! For all of our past and present vets, thank you for your service to our country. WE LOVE YOU!:)

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2006 at 4:03 pm

      Thank You to All the Veterans!!! I really appreciate Everything You have done for All of US!!!

    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2006 at 8:32 am


    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2006 at 8:33 am


    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2006 at 8:35 am


    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2006 at 10:32 am

      Thanks for the Veteran’s discount we received on two new couches because Carol’s dad was a veteran in WWII.

    • Anonymous
      November 13, 2006 at 9:20 am

      Great afternoon yesterday visiting with friends.

    • Anonymous
      November 16, 2006 at 1:18 pm

      My delight: Spunky (and Carol’s mom) is visiting from Oklahoma for two months. He is a cuddly shiatsu. Havn’t seen him for over a year but he remembered me right away and made himself comfortable on my lap.

    • Anonymous
      November 16, 2006 at 6:19 pm

      My delight today was a POURING rainstorm that lasted most of the day. I didn’t have to go out at all and enjoyed listening to the rain drumming on the skylites, while I curled up and read, with my two sleeping cats.

    • Anonymous
      November 16, 2006 at 7:21 pm

      [COLOR=”Purple”]I am delighted to see DocDavid back and posting again!! Hope you’re doing well. We’ve missed you…Vicki[/COLOR]

    • Anonymous
      November 17, 2006 at 6:40 pm

      I am delighted that we just received two new very comfortable couches. The two we brought back from Thailand got banned to the basement. It was a big mistake we made. The frame was woven from water hyacynth and was crumbling away. The cushions were thin and I could feel the plywood board underneath making my back hurt. We should have known better. Many older Thais sleep on hard floors or wooden benches. While living over there we actually bought additional foam pads to put on the matresses on the floor.

    • Anonymous
      November 17, 2006 at 7:18 pm

      My delight today [Friday] is that I am still able to teach [even if it is only part time] and today 98% of the students looked alive and interested right up to the finial bell. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      November 21, 2006 at 3:29 pm

      Got DragonDictate successfully installed to-day! After some training I’ll be able to post as much and as many posts and other documents in English as I want, without literally having to lift a finger! Isn’t it marvellous!;)

    • Anonymous
      November 21, 2006 at 4:58 pm

      does that mean you will have dragon breathe now Allaug?:) or you will have firey words? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      November 21, 2006 at 7:06 pm

      Hi Cheryl!

      Dragon-breath -no, no! I’ve tried that, after having had one mouthful of an Ethiopian rice-dish that LOOKED quite innocent!:eek:

      But my words will be written in fire across the sky – you just wait – you will be able to see it all the way to and across the American continent!

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2006 at 12:36 am

      Allaug, do one thing for me before you start talking with your dragonvoice—–make sure your kitty is out of the way!!! wouldn’t want you to cinge the tail!!!!!:D ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2006 at 8:10 am

      Having one of our family forum members come up from Alabama to spend Thanksgiving with the family!

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2006 at 11:47 am

      The table is set, the ham is cooked – we are having Thanksgiving a day early. Our daughter is coming from Denver this morning to join us. She has to work tonight 11 p.m. through 7 a.m. at the hospital. Her husband and Sydney, our granddaughter, are in Florida with family on his side.

    • Anonymous
      December 1, 2006 at 4:26 pm

      It’s been quite a while since anybody had a delight to share, but now I have at least two!

      A while ago, a friend of mine from an English-speaking country gave me this wonderful program were I can just dictate into a microphone and then my computer writes down what I’m saying. I had to train while before most of the errors were overcome, but now it works quite well. This must be a heavenly program for people who are completely unable to use a keyboard! I’m able to use two fingers when I’m writing on my laptop, but even for me this program is a great help. Of course this program works only in English so when I want to write Norwegian, I have to use my fingers. Even if all my friends understand English, it would seem rather peculiar if I started sending them e-mails in English!

      My other delight is that I’ve seen the first picture of my grandchild. A few days ago, my daughter-in-law went to an ultrasound examination and had pictures taken. My son and his wife could of course have chosen to wait to find out what gender their child was, but they didn’t want to wait so they found out that their little baby is a boy! On the picture I could see his profile, and I think he looks like his grandfather, especially his chin! We were discussing a name, but found out that it was hard to decide before we had seen him. The doctor said that he is due at the end of March.:) I’ll keep you posted on the subject!

    • Anonymous
      December 2, 2006 at 12:09 am

      That is wonderful Allaug, you must be elated to be having a grandson. ๐Ÿ™‚
      i’m one of those 2 finger typists also. i’m trying to hold off on using our viavoice to communicate, although it would be faster and a better speller right now.

      my delight is…i was able to go to a girls basketball game tonight with my 2 kids and my parents. well actually it was 3 games-freshman, junior varsity and varsity. i even got to talk with my old coach—he is still coaching after 25 years!!! he wanted me to talk to the team about how much you miss running suicide drills after going through gbs relapsing/remitting. he wants to get thru to them that they are lucky to have their health and they need to work hard to keep their health and the importance of having a positive attitude. in other words he wants me to give them a kick in the butt!!:D by the way 2 out of 3 of my teams won their games-all were very close and decided in the last few seconds of the game—-Very Exciting!!:)

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2006 at 5:25 pm

      My second-oldest son called me on the way to the neurologist today to tell me that his wife – his second, they just got married – is pregnant. I am so happy for him. He’s been wanting kids for so long. Dominique his wife already brought two into the marriage. Soon he’ll have three which will make it 17 grandchildren for us.

      Before seeing the neuro this morning, we stopped at the Thai consulate and got our visas. At the airport I exchanged $$ for Thai ฿ (Baht). It’s getting
      close ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜€

      Oh, I almost forgot. Since I won’t get IVIG for 2 months, the neuro wants to see me right after – March. If my symptoms have not changed she is going to refer me to a new oncologist who might be more open to try Rituxan. No change in symptoms would mean the IVIG is not doing much for me.

      [COLOR=”Red”]Cheryl[/COLOR], what’s a suicide drill?

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2006 at 7:22 pm

      My daily delight was having an entire afternoon to sit by the fire, drink tea, knit and read.

    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2006 at 12:25 pm

      Norb, That is Great News about your new Grandbaby.
      A suicide drill is a type of sprint that my coach had us doing to get/keep in shape for basketball. on a bball court you start at the outside line at one end and sprint to the foulline, turn and go back to the baseline. immediately turn and sprint to the halfcourt line, turn and sprint back to the baseline, turn and sprint to the opposite courts foulline, turn sprint to baseline then sprint to the opposite baseline and back to the start–in under 35 seconds. repeat this drill 10 to 20 times, depending on how many people didn’t complete the prior drill in the alotted time. they were killers to run back then, but man i would love to try it today, if i could!:rolleyes:

    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2006 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks, Cheryl. I’ve never been a sports type so I don’t know a lot about basketball or any other sports. The only thing Carol and I’ve been involved in was international folk dancing, middle eastern, Israeli etc.. Loved it .. miss it.

      My delight today: I am alone at the house once again and get to go out on my own. Dial-a-ride should be here in 20 minutes to pick me up. Grocery store, liqueur store and pizza place for lunch. I just got to have eggnog and Scotch tonight. Carol, Sydney and m-i-l are going to come back here from Denver tomorrow morning. Saw Sydney for a minute yesterday before my appointment with neuro. She spent the holidays in Florida with the other grandparents and a whole bunch of cousins. Strangely enough, she was a bit shy when she first saw us yesterday, too many people the past two weeks. So I am looking forward to tomorrow to make friends again. She looked so cute with curly hair.

    • Anonymous
      December 9, 2006 at 3:45 pm

      Training early. Meet Sydney, the youngest member of our forum. She’ll be posting under “Family and Caregivers under 3″. Her first contribution”How to keep grandpa’s spirits up by blowing rasperries on his big belly.”

      [IMG]http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/7937/sydneycomputer1mg9.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/6397/sydneycomputer2fm1.jpg[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      December 9, 2006 at 7:40 pm

      what a cute and intelligent child ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2006 at 6:39 am


    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2006 at 6:42 am


    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2006 at 10:37 am

      Allaug, here is the picture you are trying to post, The link must start out with http:// which is already there in the window that appears when you click on the photo icon.


      once you click OK this is the way the link needs to look within your post (substitute G for the *). You cannot type it in manually if I am not mistaken.


    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2006 at 10:54 am

      What cute babies!

      Cher, you must be pretty tall if you played basketball! I had no idea you were an athlete! I’m a scrawny 5’2,” so I was cheerleader, flag twirler and gymnast. That was about as physical as it got for me! I couldn’t imagine playing basketball with all those people jumping around in your face. I would feel claustophobic.


    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2006 at 6:43 pm


      Thanks a million, Norb – I could see where the mistake was from comparing “notes” with you. The picture here was just the first one I tried, from one of my favourite sites: engrish.com.

      Really a delightful discovery – I love posting pictures -, and I can share my private ones via the English forum.

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2006 at 9:29 pm

      Sometime a picture says it all

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2006 at 9:44 pm

      Jim, the picture is adorable!

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2006 at 11:38 pm

      [B]Allaug[/B], congrats. What a delight. I am so happy our combined efforts finally paid off.

      [B]Jim[/B] that picture is simply wonderful. Thanks for posting it.

    • Anonymous
      December 11, 2006 at 2:40 pm

      [B]Jim[/B], thank you for the most wonderful picture, it made me smile today!

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2006 at 9:01 am

      My daily delight came yesterday, i accomplished more in one day then i have been able to do in one week! on top of caring for my recovering husband.(thats a task in itself!:eek: ๐Ÿ˜€ ) and today i get to do what i really want to do—some crocheting!!!:)

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2006 at 10:32 am

      Norb ~ what a delight of a picture! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ My delight is talking with my 3 year old grandson, Jacob. He lives in Maine so our weekly chats keep me going ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2006 at 11:03 am

      We’re taking the dogs to the BEACH for an overnight. No phone, no emergency runs to the ship, no chores. WHEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous
      December 17, 2006 at 6:19 pm

      My delight today was being the proud mother finding out when helping my son with his written English essay that he actually is very good and has good vocabulary. He didn’t need much help other than company ๐Ÿ™‚

      It might seem a small thing, but to me it was great!

    • Anonymous
      December 18, 2006 at 9:48 am

      My daily delight was getting BACK from the beach with the dogs. Ended up putting them in the cab with us, and putting all our gear in trash bags in the back of the pickup. Brought back a chair from the beach house to fix, and it nearly blew out. Were blown to a complete stop going up the Astoria-Megler Bridge, then watched a tree fall over the road in front of us. Got home, turned the tree lights on, and thanked God for our safety.

    • Anonymous
      December 18, 2006 at 5:58 pm

      [QUOTE=Ninus]My delight today was being the proud mother finding out when helping my son with his written English essay that he actually is very good and has good vocabulary. [/QUOTE]

      That’s great, Nina. My parents didn’t speak a word of English. I didn’t have anybody to practice with and my conversational skills were lousy which I found out – painfully at that – when I first came to this country. Your son is very fortunate.

    • Anonymous
      December 19, 2006 at 12:38 pm

      Dear Friends:

      One tradition our family has during the holidays is to drive around town and look at the Christmas light displays. We try to find the tackiest, most overdone Christmas display in the town. Last night we found the most stunning display! They had angles, Santas, an animated Nativity scene, and more ligths than you could imagine fitting on a 50 foot by 100 foot lot. There wasn’t a square foot of the entire lot, house, roof, lawn, fence, and radio antenna that didn’t have a light on it. You could probably see this place from outer space! There was a freezing frost yesterday, but the heat of this light display melted the frost off the trees for 200 feet away. Wish you were here to see it. Ed Griswald would be proud.


    • Anonymous
      December 19, 2006 at 1:58 pm


      Let me know where it is. I’ll drive across the river just to get a peak.

    • Anonymous
      December 19, 2006 at 6:35 pm

      Dear Vmac:

      The winner of the Ed Griswald Award is at 19250 Eastborne Lane off of Clairmant Road in Oregon City. You should see it soon. This area is a bit higher elevation and all the trees are nicely frosted. The reflected light off the trees is pretty all by itself.


    • Anonymous
      December 19, 2006 at 8:46 pm

      thanks Lee

    • Anonymous
      December 23, 2006 at 4:02 pm

      my daily delight–today i was freed from the worse hospitals stays i have ever had!!!! and to think back on it i would have never guessed in a million years that it all happened to me in only 4 days!!!! I’M FREE!!!! I’M FREEEEE!!!!!

    • Anonymous
      December 23, 2006 at 5:13 pm

      Fortunately, the forum was down last night and I couldn’t post my daily delight. This gave me a chance to do a better job at editing the photo ๐Ÿ˜€ :

      The young people have been going skiing every day here at Breckenridge in the Rocky Mountains. I felt kind of left out and decided to get some excitement of my own. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my swimming trunks but I did not let that get into my way. Holding on for dear life, I worked my way up the snow-covered steps to the hot tub and attempted to get in. Fortunately my son-in-law saw me and came to my rescue. It was lots of fun. Carol helped me get out afterwards.

      I didn’t want you guys to miss out, so here is a collage


    • Anonymous
      December 23, 2006 at 5:22 pm

      Having a white Christmas and it looks like we will.

    • Anonymous
      December 23, 2006 at 5:44 pm

      Norb, you seem to be enjoying yourself ๐Ÿ˜€

      A very merry Christmas to all of you – I am finally in Christmas mood.

      Happy Holidays!

    • Anonymous
      December 23, 2006 at 6:11 pm

      Here is a picture of Hubby (disguised as a cat) when I surprised him while he was prepearing my Christmas present:


      This was really a great delight – makes my Dragon work perfectly too!:D ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      December 23, 2006 at 8:04 pm

      The Joy of having grand kids last nite and today…

    • Anonymous
      December 27, 2006 at 5:39 pm

      Today, while Carol was gone to the store, I was able to dig a narrow path along the house to free the dryer vent from snow. When we returned from our family reunion in the mountains yesterday, we found an eight foot snow drift on then east site of the house. My consolation was that any fall would have been into the big snow pile.


    • Anonymous
      December 27, 2006 at 6:11 pm

      Norb, I wish we had snow, and good work!

      My delight was making a good winter soup and eating it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2006 at 10:21 am

      just think norb, it could have been worse! at least this time you had clothes on!!!:D

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2006 at 12:15 pm

      [QUOTE=angel2ndclass22699]just think norb, it could have been worse! at least this time you had clothes on!!!:D[/QUOTE]

      Yeah, I can just picture myself losing my balance and landing in the snow with a naked butt. ๐Ÿ˜€

      My delight this minute: Carol just came back and I no longer have to babysit my “Supernanny” nephews. My blood pressure is slowly going down again.

      See my shout entry.

    • Anonymous
      December 28, 2006 at 3:19 pm

      My delight is we have a lad for the day. He’s down on the ship with sandy, but I’ll take lunch down to them in a few hours. He’s already had TWO cheeseburgers and it’s just 1230 here.

    • Anonymous
      December 29, 2006 at 1:32 pm

      It was a strange delight last night to watch the snow flakes of yet another blizzard fly past one of the living room windows. The wind was so strong they flew almost horizontally. These are Christmas baubles we hung up in the windows.


    • Anonymous
      December 29, 2006 at 2:12 pm

      Norb, you always seem to have good photos to show!

      My delight today was going to the cinema and watch “Eragon” a new fantasy film, part one of a trilogy.

    • Anonymous
      January 3, 2007 at 4:06 pm

      My delight for today is a photo of my grandson Max, 4 months old, with one of his Christmas presents called the Exersaucer. I think he likes it!


    • Anonymous
      January 3, 2007 at 7:49 pm

      Today we are enjoying our last day with our granddaughter Sydney before leaving for Thailand in four days. One more day of IVIG left. Hopefully it will bring some relief to make our 2-months stay more enjoyable.


    • Anonymous
      January 4, 2007 at 11:49 am

      Norb, Heres Wishing You and Carol A SAFE and Enjoyable Trip!! God Bless the 2 of You!

      Please give that sweet, adorable Grandbabe a Big Hug for me! She is growing up right before my eyes!:)

    • Anonymous
      January 4, 2007 at 2:35 pm

      Norb, have a good trip to Thailand and home. I will miss you if you are not able to post ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Anonymous
      January 4, 2007 at 3:11 pm

      Sawade, you and Carol have a safe trip. The work you will be doing in Thailand is truly remarkable. God bless and keep you both.

    • Anonymous
      January 4, 2007 at 9:10 pm

      Norb, safe journey. Come back to us as soon as you can.

      My daily delight was having to wait several hours to get my car serviced, and enjoying the “forced” down time with my husband. It was nice just to sit and read and relax while the auto dealer bought the coffee.

    • Anonymous
      January 4, 2007 at 9:15 pm


      Godspeed, and hope you and your wife have a safe and productive trip.


    • Anonymous
      January 10, 2007 at 3:35 am

      Thanks guys for all the wishes.

      My delight and good news: we arrived here in Bangkok after 24 hours of tiring flight at 4 in the morning with most luggage and rollator intact.

      More later.This thing is timing out shortly.

    • Anonymous
      January 10, 2007 at 9:00 am

      My Daily Delight today was receiving an email from Norb, letting me know he and carol made it safely to Thailand. Stay safe Norb and Carol.:)

    • Anonymous
      January 10, 2007 at 10:57 pm

      Great to hear you and Carol made the trip safely. Let us know how you are doing.


    • Anonymous
      January 14, 2007 at 6:51 pm

      My delight today was seeing my daughter, son-in-law, and my grandson on the webcam that they gave to us for Christmas! They have one too, so even though they are on the left coast and we’re on the right, we can still “visit” easily.

      What an inspired gift and one that will give us so much pleasure.


    • Anonymous
      January 15, 2007 at 8:47 am

      My delight was having a family dinner last night.

    • Anonymous
      January 15, 2007 at 8:55 am

      Mine was having fresh steamer clams, a nice green salad and a freshly baked baguette for family dinner last night.

    • Anonymous
      January 15, 2007 at 5:40 pm

      My delight to-day was being able to clean my study. It has a lot of stuff in it, so dusting and vacuuming are not something you do in a jiffy! I was pretty exhausted afterwards, but sooo happy I managed it: a first in I don’t know how many years:D ๐Ÿ˜€ ! I fell asleep in our recliner a while later. Trying to read, the lines refused to stay horizontally so I just had to give in to the demand of my body, even though my brains tried to prevent it for quite some time:p

      When I woke up, I was aching all over, but it was still worth it. (I must admit I do look forward to my cleaning-lady returning from her trip to see her parents.:o ).

    • Anonymous
      January 15, 2007 at 8:55 pm

      We made it OK to Chiang Mai and I am starting to feel normal again adjusting to 14 hours time difference. To my big surprise I found handicap ramps and bathroom at the Bangkok train station. And getting out of the taxi a Thai woman passed my going down the ramp with a rollator similar to mine. Everbody has been very helpful. Here at the faculty house the Burmese cook comes to my assistance evertime I walk up or down the difficult steps without railing into the dining area.

      The picture shows me and our Thai niece and room mate in front of a temple guard at the Royal Palace in Bangkok.


    • Anonymous
      January 16, 2007 at 11:38 am

      Thanks for the update, Norb.

      My delight this morning was running through the snow to meet my husband for breakfast.

    • Anonymous
      January 17, 2007 at 12:57 am

      my daily delight is contesting and winning a )(#$%)(df traffic ticket in court this afternoon!

      i’m a clean(well, sorta), free man!

    • Anonymous
      January 17, 2007 at 8:23 pm

      my delight today is the fact of being able to make my husband have a CT scan without holding his hand.

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2007 at 12:38 pm

      Daily Delight — have the sun out to warm the air.

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2007 at 2:12 pm

      Getting the snow shoveled off the sidewalk before someone slips and sues us.

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2007 at 3:26 pm

      Vacuuming MY OWN kitchen and livingroom for the first time in at least two years ๐Ÿ˜€ – and I didn’t feel completely wasted afterwards:) ๐Ÿ™‚

      (Still looking forward to my cleaning-lady’s return, though! )

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2007 at 9:16 pm

      What a delight: It’s still wonderfully cool here in the morning and early afternoon, not at all what I expected: 61 (20 C) in the morning and 84 (29 C) later in the day. Probably changing to higher temps soon as the hot season approaches.
      In our “home village” Na Lao the Thai kids were a delight, too. They were all around me and were fascinated by my rollator and the bicycle bell. There was a track and field day at the elementary school with a parade and games. We added our own gifts to donations by locals and gave to two poor and talented 8 year old students.

      The picture shows Carol in the middle and a Thai teacher we worked with in 2001 while in the Peace Corps.


    • Anonymous
      January 19, 2007 at 2:22 pm

      My delight is seeing the photos of Norb on his wonderful trip.

      Thank you, Norbie for doing this for us.

    • Anonymous
      January 19, 2007 at 9:08 pm

      Your are welcome, it’s fun to write these mini-reports, glad you are enjoying them. I still have to talk Carol into finishing our next newsletter. She is the writer but she’s been pretty busy meeting everybody and was already teaching a class.

      My delight today: we’ll be moving from the faculty house to a brandnew apartment close to everything. Our Thai friends just built this apartment building and saved one for us. It is normally rented out by the month. It has A/C, finally highspeed internet that works most of the time, cable TV with BBC and other int’l channels, phone, secure entry requiring thumbprint recognition, beautiful view on Doi Suthep, distant foothills of the Himalayas. The downside is, we no longer will have a Burmese cook and have to take care of getting our own at the nearby market. The steps are a bit difficult for me to negotiate but I managed.

      Two years ago we rescued Mim, their daughter, who was on a work-travel exchange stuck in a place near New York working at McDonalds. She and her friend from New York stayed for the remaining two months with our son and his family in Danbury, Connecticut, and loved it. Her family insisted on taking us in here in Chiangmai.

      The Dean of the program we are working for was a bit put off. He likes to have me and Carol around to work on editing course descriptions – his English is pretty bad – me teaching one of the faculty members to be the assistant registrar, and to help him with computer problems. But …. that’s life.

      This is Bojo, the Burmese cook.[IMG]http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/2559/bojorz5.jpg[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      January 19, 2007 at 9:46 pm

      Delight — to have two granddaughter over for a few hours this afternoon.

    • Anonymous
      January 20, 2007 at 1:32 am

      something to look forward to, for sure.

      today – riding the vx to work after the roads thawed. exhilirating.

    • Anonymous
      January 20, 2007 at 5:03 pm

      My Delight is to have a light snow falling.

    • Anonymous
      January 20, 2007 at 6:11 pm

      My delight is to have had a lot of snow falling:) ๐Ÿ™‚ !

    • Anonymous
      January 20, 2007 at 6:26 pm


      Lots of fun to hear about your latest adventure.


    • Anonymous
      January 21, 2007 at 12:26 am

      Sort of a delight: We were channel surfing on the TV in this new apartment where our Thai friends put us up. In addition to BBC World, Deutsche Welle (German), Italian, Indian, Thai, we discovered the “infamous” Aljazeera TV station from the middle east and watched it with interest. I’ve always been curious about the station which used to broadcast messages from Ossama ben Laden. It was nothing like what I expected, a liitle bit in BBC style wiith attractive young announcers speaking with a British accent. International news from all over the world without appearing to be slanted. The only oddity, they only showed the weather for cities in the middle east.

      We are doing fine, going to the big busy Sunday market later today, me armed with my rollator with a colorful umbrella rigged up to protect me from the intense sun.

    • Anonymous
      January 21, 2007 at 2:28 am

      today’s delight was being alive and well enough to troubleshoot the forced air furnace i put in some 15 years ago, ride the f650 to get the replacement igniter found in a store at the end of a very windy road through the park in the back of my town, and enjoy a dungeness crab dinner with a glass of wine in a warm home. tomorrow’s delight will be to go to church, horse trade for some walnuts, and possibly get some more walnut firewood.

      blessed in california,

    • Anonymous
      January 21, 2007 at 8:26 am

      My delight is knowing the site is still up and running and see all the help that is being offered. Thanks to all.

    • Anonymous
      January 21, 2007 at 6:08 pm

      Yes, if that’s not a daily delight, I don’t know what is!

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2007 at 6:44 am

      We have a new friend. When I opened the cereal box this morning a thing jumped out onto the floor. I was quite startled. It was a 2 inch long gecko. We like geckos. They are quite harmless and eat mosquitos and ants, very useful here in Thailand where these critters are found everywhere. Geckos usually can be seen on ceilings of old wooden houses making clicking sounds. I have no idea how it got into this new apartment building. It disappeared after a few minutes into a crack in the wall.


    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2007 at 11:26 am

      My daily delight was imagining Norb eating the post gecko post toasties

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2007 at 3:34 pm

      This is my 400th entry here on this exellent Forum! Mostly thanks to my (almost) daily entries on my three favourite games!

      I really love playing with you all, but it gives me a very rewarding feeling when I might be able to help someone by sharing what I know about the theme that ties us together. It somehow makes all I’ve been through medically, worth while – but then again I’m one of the lucky few who can talk about remission and see a real light at the end of my traumatic tunnel.


      – or a perfect tree in my mirror!:) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2007 at 10:33 pm

      Allaug in honor of your 400th post my daffodils in my yard are blooming! January is a little early,but they are beautiful!

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2007 at 7:47 am

      Thank you, Lesa!

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2007 at 7:52 am

      Victoria, I don’t think I was sharing the cereal with the gecko. The bag inside the box was still closed. But it wouldn’t have bothered me. Discovered another small one when I was taking a shower this morning. It came out of the drain in the bathroom floor. Really cute one ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2007 at 8:55 pm

      I would freak out if I found one of them in my cereal box! But then again, they are not something I would ordinarily see in Ireland anyway. Though I suspect I would rather find a gecko than a mouse.

      Congrats on the 400th Allaug – and that tree in the mirror is really neat.

      Norb, I hope that you bought something quite mad at the market (as I would have done). You’re in Thailand, on holiday? I hope you have a whale of a time!

      Ferenc – What’s a dungeness crab dinner?

      Oh! Daily delights – today I discovered two things – firstly, that I am an awkward so and so as I wanted to do something, and I did it. I’m paying for it and I won’t do it again but I had a go and I did it.

      I found nearly 300 pounds in old money, in small coins, where I work. It had been left there cos it was so awkward basically. and the only way it could be changed was by taking it to a particular bank in Dublin. Now, I had an eye hospital appointment today in Dublin so I decided to take it up. I was told that I was mad and I didn’t listen. It took 2 men to lift it on to the train (do not ask how I got it out of the car). I have the muscle pains now and I slept on the couch when I got home.

      I was lucky because I ended up late for my eye appointment – or so I thought – only to find that I had the wrong time anyway and was in fact very early! Focussing is still rather difficult because of the eye drops.

      The number of steps up to the bank just took out! I got a bit cross (I was tired of it!) and I learnt about back entrances and lifts. I suspect the security men had a good laugh at my goings on.

      Basically, if you are going to need a bit of help – do it in Dublin. Although the taxi driver will still drop you in the wrong place, you’ll have a grand chat on the way there!

      Oh yes – daily delights! I got the 300 Euro that I wanted to get from the bank for the coins I took up to Dublin.

      But, best of all, I was told today that my eyesight has not changed one bit. The big changes that the optician saw are most likely because of the awful headache that I encountered. It might be migraine. I didn’t think I would ever be glad to say that I have now experienced migraine. But I am. I only hope it is that and nothing worse.

      After the eye appointment and before the train home, I couldn’t even spend any money – cos I couldn’t see properly, people looked at me strange as I had a trolley with me and it was just too awkward to go into shops with the trolley. Oh, I had the trolley because without it there was no way to transport the coins.

      After the eye hospital appointment, I couldn’t see very well (they put drops in my eyes) I grabbed a taxi at some traffic lights and panicked when I could not lift the trolley into the car and nearly did myself a mischief. But when the lights turned green, nobody blew their horn in annoyance. I was grateful that I was in Ireland!

      After all that, my daily delight is that I went to the eye hospital actually expecting to be told to rip up my driving licence – only to be told that in fact there was no change in my eyesight regarding occular macular degeneration over the last year. One of the taxi drivers asked if I had won the lottery and I said ‘no, I had done better than that’.

      The awful headache that I had recently experienced had probably distorted my eyesight and it could be migraine.

      Okay, I know I am now whittering so I will stop.

      God bless

      I know I am blathering yet I am so glad of the opportunity to do so.

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2007 at 10:22 pm

      My delight today was reading TA post about her eyes. So happy to learn that her eyes are not getting worse!

      Allaug, what a terrific photo of the tree in your mirror. Very artistic and beautiful1

    • Anonymous
      January 24, 2007 at 4:59 am

      My delight, I am actually managing to get into the Thai songtaus, the converted “Two-benches” red trucks, without help. It is fairly strenuous using my arms in addition to my legs to pull myself up. Getting into them, our only transportation, was one of my biggest worry before leaving for Thailand.

      Today, I just used my cane instead of the rollator because we went to a talk on the second floor of the Changmai University Uniserv building. The talk by Derek Tonkin, the former British ambassador to Thailand, was very fascinating. The topic was “Burma a reality check”. But he mostly talked about the January 12 UN resolution about Burma which was vetoed by Russia and China and the US role in the vote.


    • Anonymous
      January 24, 2007 at 9:45 am

      My detlight is the daily joy of family.

    • Anonymous
      January 24, 2007 at 12:02 pm

      [QUOTE=Teresa Anne]…

      Ferenc – What’s a dungeness crab dinner?

      … Oh! Daily delights – today I discovered two things – firstly, that I am an awkward so and so as I wanted to do something, and I did it. I’m paying for it and I won’t do it again but I had a go and I did it.
      God bless

      I know I am blathering yet I am so glad of the opportunity to do so.[/QUOTE]

      I’m delighted to see your post and that you can feast your eyes upon:

      it’s not the exotic weekend market with spicy fried scorpions, but a great place to catch some fresh seafood or some heart-warming clam chowder:
      after a blistery ride across the bay,
      ferenc, back to the grind now – don’t want to pay for the delights more than once!

    • Anonymous
      January 26, 2007 at 4:35 am

      My delight, a visit to a quiet enchanted place in the middle of a busy noisy city. I enter a gate and walk around on cobble-stone paths, marveling at buddha statues, wall reliefs overgrown with moss, a monkey god, ganish, the Hindu elephant god, a heap of terra cotta heads. We find two terra cotta statues across the street we like. We’ve been looking for something to complement the one we already have at home on a ledge in the living room.


    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2007 at 1:17 pm

      Today my great joy is a wonderful Sunday visit with family.

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2007 at 10:45 pm

      my daily delight was watching my kids go sledding today in the snowshower!:) and watching my hubby fall everytime he gave them a push at the top of the hill!!!:D

    • Anonymous
      January 29, 2007 at 10:01 am

      Dungeness crab is native to the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest. It is sweet and very tasty. It’s one of the things we in the PNW are proud of. At a crab dinner, one dons a large bib, grabs the crab crackers, and dives in.

      My delight was Saturday, watching my husband captain a 125 foot traiing ship with high school kids who had never done it before. He was brilliant, and they were very good. It was a good ride.

    • Anonymous
      January 29, 2007 at 10:44 am

      Yesterday’s delight: a wonderful, quiet week-end in a cabin by a beautiful lake in Sweden, staying with good Norwegian friends, meeting nice Swedish friends of theirs!

      Save “my island” this is my favourite place on earth

      This is the view from the verandah in summer.

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2007 at 1:16 am

      Today’s delight was seeing that beautiful island! Allaug that is so pretty!!!

    • Anonymous
      January 30, 2007 at 7:21 am

      Carol was busy all afternoon preparing a powerpoint presentation for her class, a bit boring for me sitting around in this apartment that isn’t ours. So I got adventurous and walked with my cane to the nearby coffee shop and 7-Eleven about 100 m from here. These stores have been added recently to the front of our friend’s office supply store just around the corner from where we used to live.

      I felt a lot less secure without my rollator. It was hard work with just the cane but I made it OK walking on the highway with heavy traffic. The sidewalk wasn’t manageable because of the many obstacles and the very high curb. At the coffe shop I had kaffey yen (sweet ice coffee) and a strawberry shortcake kind of thing. I watched the people for a while and tried to talk with the young woman in the shop. My Thai hasn’t improved much over the years and our conversation was rather limited. At the 7-Eleven (they have multiplied here in Thailand like rabbits) I bought a couple of large beers, a bottle of MasterBlend whisky (700 ml) which included a free glass, a diet coke for Carol, two tiny boxes of frosted flakes for breakfast and a large container with Chinese noodles and beef in a pouch similar to Ramen noodles without the meat for supper. All that for 290 Baht ($8).

      This was today’s delight.

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2007 at 5:37 am

      I wonder if anyone ever estimated the enormous number of flowers used to meticuously decorate the many beautiful exotic floats. It is the annual flower festival and parade here in Chiangmai, what a delight. Here a few of the almost 200 pictures I took this mo0rning:


    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2007 at 9:08 am

      Looking forward to a family celebration. Will be great to have some of our kids and grand kids together.

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2007 at 7:45 pm

      Hi Ferenc, thanks,

      I tried the copy and paste but got no place. Me and the internet – well, sometimes we don’t get on.

      To be honest now, I don’t really fancy the spicy fried scorpions. It’s not the scorpions I mind so much as the spicy part!

      Norb’s pictures intrigue me – it looks an interesting, and calm, place. And more power to your elbow getting on that transport yoke.

      Okay, Norb – I note you bought a bottle of whisky. I hope it goes down smooth. But I also note that you got Carol a bottle of diet coke. Diet? Does Carol really drink that stuff? And why? I know that sounds a bit ‘in your face’ and I don’t mean it to be. I was just so surprised. Probably because I would be dying of thirst before I would touch it.

      God bless

    • Anonymous
      February 4, 2007 at 6:12 pm

      The Diet Coke reminds me – when I was in Canada eons ago (-72, really) I tried Cherry Coke, which never has been on the market here in Norway, and My Daily Delight to-day is the thought of the fact that I NEVER have to drink that beverage again in my life!

    • Anonymous
      February 4, 2007 at 7:49 pm

      I so agree with you there Allaug

      And you made me realise that today, I told my lass that I’d got her some Fruit Shot drinks. I threw a quick glance at the label in the shop. But SHE checked it before she drank it and told me it had artificial sweeteners in it. So children do listen sometimes. Actually, I suspect that she is fed up of me going on about it.

      Another daily delight, small as it seems. The weather was so nice that yesterday I washed my car and I had a good go at it with a brush and car shampoo with wax (I discovered that wax is not good on your windscreen!) and today I cleaned the inside and the glass. I do this about twice a year (Ahem!). It came up red (the colour it is supposed to be) not a dull pink (the colour it had looked).

      I and Sarah went to town for a late lunch and a woman came up and said she used to have the same sort of car and told me not to change to what she now drives as it’s only half as good. She missed the car she used to have and I wonder if she only spotted it because it was a bit shiny.
      I was chuffed and it was nice to have chat.

      God bless

    • Anonymous
      February 5, 2007 at 2:51 pm

      I like diet soda better than the “normal” type.

    • Anonymous
      February 5, 2007 at 10:43 pm

      My delight yesterday was to spend a few minutes watching the “Puppy Bowl”. The Animal Planet places a number of puppies and puppy toys inside a small “football” arena. They have instant replays. It was a hoot. It was on at the same time as the Supper Bowl and made an interesting diversion when game slowed down.

    • Anonymous
      February 6, 2007 at 5:39 am

      [B]Teresa Ann[/B], glad you approve of the whisky, unfortunately it was Scotch ๐Ÿ˜ฎ . I’ve been dying to try Irish but it’s too expensive in the States and I havn’t seen it here in Thailand. Carol says as far as diet Coke is concerned the drinks here are so sweet that she reached her limit. The only alternative is water and that gets to be boring.

      My delight today: I ventured out alone once again, this time taking a converted two-bench red truck and a tuktuk (Thai riksha) to a shopping center, pretty scary for me. I overcame my fear of escalators and actually did rather well without stumbling. I left my rollator at the apartment and just used a cane because without help I can’t handle the rollator on the many steps and escalators. The steps to the shopping center had no hand rails but I made it up holding on to the wall. Once inside I used the escalators.

      I did grocery shopping having it delivered to the apartment later today. I had lunch and after that I went to Computer Plaza to get some cheap copies of software. To Carol’s big relief I made it back in one piece.

      Here a photo of a tuktuk I took earlier.


    • Anonymous
      February 7, 2007 at 7:06 pm

      My delight today was this cute photo of my grandson Max.

    • Anonymous
      February 8, 2007 at 1:49 am

      [QUOTE=Teresa Anne]Hi Ferenc, thanks,

      To be honest now, I don’t really fancy the spicy fried scorpions. It’s not the scorpions I mind so much as the spicy part!

      Norb’s pictures intrigue me – it looks an interesting, and calm, place. And more power to your elbow getting on that transport yoke.

      God bless[/QUOTE]
      Yeah, I agree with your about bugs – something Survivor folks have to do. Oh, one of my colleaues is making an appearance in tomorrow night’s opener.

      I was thinking that Norb was into such exotic foods at the Weekend Market.

      Had a grat dinner at Ponzu’s tonight – new chef and she was very creative. favorite was the crab cakes – great fusion of flavors ….
      food can be heavenly,

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2007 at 3:33 am

      Two sort of happy events: At the Tesco Lotus superstore here in Chiangmai I ran into a man from Seattle with a rollator. Unfortunately, I didn’t get his name. His symptoms and progression were very similar to mine but the only diagnosis he’s been getting so far was peripheral neuropathy. I told him a little bit of my story and gave him this website. He said he was going to check it out.

      The other “only in Thailand’ story with a positive outcome: My rollator “Ferrari” got its first battle scar and I got a big bump on my head, fortunately nothing serious. Carol was pushing me sitting on the rollator ๐Ÿ˜ฎ down a busy walking shopping street in town to get to the end of it faster. She hit a hole and I flew backwards hitting the back of my head pretty hard on the asphalt. One side of the plastic fork holding the right wheel was broken, split apart all the way. We sat down at an outdoor restaurant to catch our breath. Carol got some super glue and tried to fix it without much success when a woman from one of the stalls who had been watching us with interest grabbed the rollator and without saying a word pushed it down the road disappearing around a corner. 15 minutes went by, soon 30 minutes. We were wondering if we would ever get my “Ferrari” back. After 45 minutes Carol finally went looking for her. After a few yards she saw her coming our way. She had fixed it wonderfully reinforcing it with a strip of metal and six huge bolts. What a relief. Carol gave her 300 Baht (about $10) and we continued our shopping.


    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2007 at 4:12 am

      Norb, are you really OK?? It’s always fun to read/see your current posts. Thanks!

      My delight is knowing that my little grandboys in Maine love me. Talking with them via webcam is a thrill since we live clear across the county from each other. I’ll post a picture of Jacob and Eli when I learn more computer!

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2007 at 9:09 am

      [QUOTE=Judi Z]Norb, are you really OK?? It’s always fun to read/see your current posts. Thanks!


      Thanks for asking. I am really OK, just a headache for a while, didn’t black out or anything like that. Glad you are enjoying my posts.

      If you need any help with your computer, posting pictures etc, send me a private message. I’d be happy to help if I can.

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2007 at 10:58 am


      What a story! Glad you are ok though. Judy is right, I do like reading your posts. Also the newsletters from you and Carol have really been wonderful, always waiting for the next installment – thank Carol for taking the time to write them.:)

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2007 at 9:45 pm

      Keep the pictures and stories coming. It reminds me of my stay in Thailand and the wonderful people I met many very ago. I’m glad to see somethings don’t change

    • Anonymous
      February 12, 2007 at 11:51 am

      My daily delight is get more pictures and information about Norb’s Trip.

    • Anonymous
      February 12, 2007 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks for that post, Norb. My daily delight is that Norb gives us all such delight. Bless you Norbster.

    • Anonymous
      February 12, 2007 at 11:29 pm

      my daily delight today is i got to shovel my sidewalk and 3/4 of my driveway, all by myself and for the first time in 2 years!:) I love being out in the snow, can’t wait til tuesday when we will have even more snow, but i won’t be shoveling it-i’ll be playing in it!!!:D

    • Anonymous
      February 12, 2007 at 11:34 pm

      Throw a snowball for me tomorrow!

    • Anonymous
      February 14, 2007 at 9:07 am

      [B]Victoria[/B], Norbster, what kind of a name is that? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      My delight: I was able to update our website with all the newsletters plus photos we mailed sofar including today’s. If anyone is interested to read up on it, here is the address: [url]http://www.bluemarble.de/New_Journey/3_Tiisaam/[/url]

      I am excited about tomorrow. We will fly from here to Luang Prabang, Laos, and stay for three days. It is supposed to be like Thailand 50 years ago. We decided not to wait until the end of our stay in Asia. It’s been 6 weeks since my last IVIG and getting around is becoming more difficult. When our daughter and son-in-law went there 4 years ago, they rented bicycles ๐Ÿ˜ฎ We decided to hire a tuktuk or whatever they call it in Laos and take us around. We were told the passenger seats on these three-wheelers are in front so we won’t miss anything.

    • Anonymous
      February 14, 2007 at 10:08 am


      Norbster is related to the Vicster. It must be a northwest thing. It’s a term of compatibility around here.

      The Vicster

    • Anonymous
      February 18, 2007 at 6:02 am

      My delight, we made it back to Thailand today in one piece, me that is. Luang Prabang (Laos) wasn’t quite the quaint place we expected but still interesting. Two days there were quite enough, though, especially since my stamina is going downhill. Riding the three-wheeler tutuk taxis was quite a challenge to get in. The back must be a foot or more lower than the front and not open, the step was minute and slippery. I twisted my foot the first time but then I figured out how to do it. And I’ll never go on a propeller plane again. They are simply not built for the handicapped. The hand rail is much too short and the steps are too narrow. I almost fell down the steps this morning on our way back if Carol who was behind me wouldn’t have caught me.

      [IMG]http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/3026/tuktukdp5.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/8059/laosairlineszy8.jpg[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      February 18, 2007 at 7:53 pm

      Family dinner with kids and grandkids is always a delite.

    • Anonymous
      February 18, 2007 at 10:02 pm

      Keep the pictures coming. I remember trying to ride in those things in my younger day. I could hardly get in and out. 6’6″ I just doesn’t fit. It’s quite a delight to see these images that remind me of a life time long long time ago.

    • Anonymous
      February 18, 2007 at 11:37 pm

      Jim, you probably didn’t have two people helping you get in and out, my wife and the driver. The tuktuks here in Chiangmai are a lot easier for me to handle than the ones in Laos, but then I am not 6’6″ ๐Ÿ˜€ .

    • Anonymous
      February 21, 2007 at 3:44 pm

      My daily delight is, yesterday my 13 yr old daughter and myself had a snowball fight. it was the best time i have had in along time. afterwards we made snow sculptures-that were immediately attacked by our dog Henry.:D we did all our playing in the rain!:)
      we are both recouping today! (school was closed due to ice and dense fog) we even taught our Henry to carry a snowball from one person to another and to retrieve a thrown snowball-our dog is tooo cool!:cool: he comes by it naturally-follows after my kids!:)

    • Anonymous
      February 21, 2007 at 5:28 pm


      I really enjoyed your “daily delight” post so much. You and the kids and Henry must have had lots of fun!


    • Anonymous
      February 22, 2007 at 9:55 am

      Yeap, we had a blast! well worth the recovery time!!

      that same night i went to a girls basketball game, tournament time, with my parents and had a great time also. my arms are still really sore and i’m spending the last couple of days laying around and rehabing, but it is all worth it.

      i’m looking forward to saturday’s game, i’m taking my daughter with us-my parents and like to make alot of noise at the game and that just embarrasses my Tev, especially when others turn their heads and look at us like we are crazy people!!:D

    • Anonymous
      February 22, 2007 at 7:22 pm

      Daily delight for today was how every thing at work came together. The all the projects were completed on time!

    • Anonymous
      February 23, 2007 at 2:46 am

      My daily delight today was i went shopping tonight all by myself and actually bought my first pair of jeans in the last 20 years-and they fit!:D and i can post a pic of my Henry.:) he’s checking out the snow from the blizzard. and Henry smiling.

    • Anonymous
      February 24, 2007 at 5:37 pm

      [COLOR=”LightBlue”][B][/B][/COLOR]We are happy to announce the birth of our grandson Joseph Wesley. He is a small guy, weighing in at 4lbs. 6ozs and 17 inches , but he is doing well and might get to come home in a couple weeks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Anonymous
      February 24, 2007 at 6:12 pm

      Congradulations! Babies are a delight,so innocent and pure.Hope he does well and comes home very soon.

    • Anonymous
      February 24, 2007 at 6:32 pm


      I just wanted to say congrats – your first pair of heans after 20 years! But really the mega news was that – they fit! I’m not trying to be funny cos in times long gone by I tried to fnd jeans that fit and I was on a hiding to nothing. But in recent times I have found some – yippee! However, I a now 50 years of age. But blow it, I still like demin jeans – that fit.

      somehow, I have missed the picture of Henry.

      Congrats to Molly. I hope you have a ball with your grandchild. All the fun and none of the aggro. Plus, you now have the experience and the knowlege. Use it wisely and have a great time.

      God bless

    • Anonymous
      February 24, 2007 at 9:11 pm

      Having the grandkids and their parents over for dinner is always a delight?

    • Anonymous
      February 25, 2007 at 2:48 am

      [SIZE=3][COLOR=lightblue]Congrats [COLOR=palegreen]Molly!!![/COLOR][COLOR=blue] Boy he is a little guy! Hope he gets home soon.:) [/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE]
      [SIZE=3][COLOR=#0000ff]i know what you mean TA. i have been looking for pants for too long, got tired of wearing snapup sweats and warmup pants. [/COLOR][/SIZE]
      [SIZE=3][COLOR=#0000ff]today my daily delight is i was able to drive to several places around town today, and i went shopping 3 times and to a basketball game. now if i can only go to sleep.:rolleyes: [/COLOR][/SIZE]

    • Anonymous
      February 25, 2007 at 10:06 am

      My delight today is leaving work at lunch, half day early. Woo Hoo!!

    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2007 at 1:19 am

      My delight is to have internet again, It’s been out for four days, no idea why. It’s a network serving all 30 apartments in this building. The old grandma probably was downstairs in the office playing around with the computer again and dutifully turned everything off when she left. This would be typical for older Thais.

      One more week here. Can’t wait to get back home without steps to climb.

      Carol learned how to use CorelDraw and made this new wonderful icon for our bluemarble website, it’s supposed to be the blue earth.


    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2007 at 4:32 pm

      My delight for yesterday is i was able to extend my walking to 1 mile and added steps also! today i got to take a much needed rest, well worth the added steps i think.:)

      norb, tell carol-great job, that is cool. what is coreldraw? can’t wait to see you guys are back home. miss seeing all your snow back there!:D

    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2007 at 5:54 pm

      Hi, Cheryl, you say you miss seeing snow?

      Check this out:


      This is my cousin’s verandah

    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2007 at 6:01 pm

      And here is her brother’s garage:


      They live down on the sout coast of Norway, not so far from my island, but I thank the weather-gods that where I live the amount of snow is reasonable. As much as they are having is exceptional even by Norwegian standards.

      My delight to-day was celebrating my son’s 29th birthday. He got a Cannon digital camera from Hubby & me, and was overjoyed. So nice, now he can shower us with pic’s of our grand-son when he sees daylight for the first time in about a month.:)

    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2007 at 8:22 pm

      Cheryl, CorelDraw is a cool design program we found here. Carol loves that kind of stuff. I neither have the patience nor the steady hand needed.

      Seeing all that snow makes me want to stay here longer. Just looked up the weather back home, darn cold, snow today.

    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2007 at 8:31 pm

      Allaug, OOOHHH what I would give to be there in ALL that snow!!!!:) neat pics! we might have about 1 1/2 inches left on the ground-if that! supposed to get up near 50s this week—and there goes all my snow!:(
      can’t wait to see that little bundle of sweetness! i bet you are just beside yourself waiting!

    • Anonymous
      March 1, 2007 at 7:59 pm

      Allaug, Now that is what I would call to much snow.

    • Anonymous
      March 2, 2007 at 9:04 am

      Now since our stay here is winding down, I want to share one big delight: People here in Thailand are the most friendly one’s I’ve ever encountered – and the most helpful with my disability. Most of the time it was men who helped me up and down stairs or to get onto a songtao. Sometimes women did help, too. And another delight is the respect younger people pay to older ones. This is something you have to experience yourself. It is taught at a very young age and pervades the entire society. It is difficult for me to put into words how it makes me feel .. being appreciated for who I am maybe or ????.

      We said goodby today to our wonderful Thai friends down the street who let us stay at this great apartment for free. We exchanged presents and hugged. Mim, the pretty 21 year old daughter, hugged me and said “you are my Opa.” (German for grandpa).

      Mim and her younger brother:

    • Anonymous
      March 2, 2007 at 9:09 am

      That is soo sweet, Norb. Can I call you my Opa also? I hope You and Carol have a safe and fast trip home. Thanks for sharing that part of the world with my kids and myself-they just love seeing the pics from your trip.:)

    • Anonymous
      March 2, 2007 at 9:21 am

      Sure you can, Cheryl, except I am not that old to be your grandpa — or ๐Ÿ˜€ Glad you enjoyed our newsletter. I didn’t take a lot of photos this time around since my hand isn’t that steady anymore. What’s cool was that Carol took a lot of videos with her new toy.

      Did you see Mim’s picture? I just added it while you posted. Isn’t she pretty?

    • Anonymous
      March 5, 2007 at 6:12 pm

      Posted: Mar. 05 2007,23:09

      To-morrow Hubby and I are going to follow Gene’s example and go on a CRUISE!!

      I was born with salt-water in my veins (in my father’s family all the men – except my father – were ship’s captains, so I just love it at sea). We have taken this trip between Oslo and Kiel in Germany many, many times since -67, just after we first met. But this time is the first on this huge ship “Color Fantasy”. It’s one of Europe’s biggest “ferries”, but equipped just like the cruise-ships of the West Indies etc. There are all kinds of restaurants, from the most fancy to a Hamburger stand, swimming pool (indoors of course), spa, training facilities, shows, golf course ( ! ), a whole mall of taxfree shops: ho-ho-ho – tobacco, alcohol, sweets, perfumes, clothes etc, etc! I’ll know more when I’ve seen and enjoyed it all.

      I found a (2465 in fact) picture on the net to show you now, but Hubby’s going to take plenty of pic’s, so I’ll share some with you later.

      Unfortunately, this is not for two weeks, only two days, but they’ll seem long since everything is new.

      I’ll be back here on Thursday, so see you then!


    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2007 at 2:44 pm

      My husband and I were out on our deck near dark on Sunday, when we noticed two deer standing about 30 ft. away – a young, 6 point buck, and a doe. We were close enough to see the lashes on their soft brown eyes.

      They were browsing for food in the woods beside our house. The buck was mostly keeping watch over his mate, as she ate. We watched them until dark, when they faded back into the darkness.

      The next day, we put out some corn, and sure enough, the deer returned. They were aware of our presence, but other than keeping an eye on us, they didn’t seem to mind us watching them, as they foraged peacefully.

      God must surely love the forest to populate it with such lovely creatures.

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2007 at 9:12 pm

      What a delightful day! It’s snowing softly – big fluffy flakes covering the ground and the leaves in the woods.

      This afternoon we were visited by a red fox. He looked very healthy with a strawberry blond color and white tip on his tail. He walked around in the woods on the side and rear yard of our house, then wandered back to the park area behind us.

    • Anonymous
      March 9, 2007 at 2:40 pm

      The sun was shining yesterday @ about 62* so I worked up my flower bed at the front step. The crocuses and tulips are peeping thru and I added a couple of primroses. I have an old cream seperator and a crock which I have filled with the most beautiful pansies. So, today my delight is peeking out the window and enjoying the fruits of my labour ~ sore arms and all !! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      March 10, 2007 at 1:21 pm

      My delight, we made it back to the States OK after a 18 hour long ride -instead of 13 – on the night train because the engine broke down. Since most of this northern route between Chiangmai and Bangkok is one track, we huffed and puffed to the next city to switch engines. Then came the flight across the Pacific on the Taiwanese airline which didn’t seem to end. Two aspirin, a few gin and tonic, good meals and red wine – and a lot of dozing did the trick. We experienced two Thursday sunrises since we crossed the internatiional dateline going east.

      Now we just have to get over the jetlag and I need to receive my overdue IVIG next week and we will be back to normal – whatever that is. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      March 10, 2007 at 1:30 pm


      It’s good to see you made it back. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I’ll miss the pictures from Thailand.

    • Anonymous
      March 10, 2007 at 5:37 pm

      Nice to know you are safely back home, Norb – you certainly had a harder journey than Hubby and I on our cruise to Kiel. Here are afew pictures to prove it:

      Our cabin:


      Part on the ship’s shopping mall:


      Part of the ร  la carte restaurant with three decks high windows at the aft of “Color Fantasy”:


      Do I have to mention that we had a wonderful time?

    • Anonymous
      March 13, 2007 at 5:23 pm

      OK ~ I wanna cruise! What a delight to see your pictures ~ thanks.

    • Anonymous
      March 13, 2007 at 5:27 pm

      A delight that you liked them, Judi!

    • Anonymous
      March 14, 2007 at 9:51 am

      Allaug sounds and looks like you had a nice couple of days. neat pics.:) that sounds like my kind of getaway-a few days on the water, without the worries.

      my delight today was smart mouthing to an ignorant man at the post office. i wasn’t even out of the car yet, and this snobby, slightly older then me man, starts to tell me i’m parked in a handicapped space and i can’t park there. i had my handicapped placard on my mirror, my cane and my husband was driving-but he lets into me(since i was the only mame there at the time), in such a nasty voice and didn’t stop harping until i slammed the car door and looked into his eyes and said ” thank you for pointing that out to me-i didn’t know i was handicapped, and i am aloud to park there!” my hubby was nicer about the situation then i was, he nicely told him she is handicapped and we do have the right to park there, and we do have a handicapped placard. after the double barrel assault on the man, he didn’t even appoligize for being soo mean and making a mistake.
      after we went into the post office, my hubby just couldn’t believe the nerve of some people. he was more upset then i was. and so was another man who heard the conversation outside, they were both at a loss for words. i took the other road, i see it as i stood up to a strange, snobby, very ignorant person in a public place and i made a few more people aware that handicapped people do come in all shapes, sizes, ages and levels of disability, and they can still talk back and get away with being rude to those who deserve it. i should have used my cane on him!:D he deserved a good caning!!!:D

    • Anonymous
      March 14, 2007 at 1:51 pm

      [B]Cheryl, good for you girlfriend. Some people really need to be told off.

      You should have whacked him with your cane. Marge would be so proud of you. She whacked a guy’s car outside the hospital one day.[/B]

    • Anonymous
      March 15, 2007 at 1:27 pm

      Donna, Marge made me do it!!!!:D I wish I had the nerve to smack him with my cane–didn’t want to waste my energy on a jerk like that though.
      I did refrain from using my keys on a new caddy that parked illegally at my door at the mall later in the morning. after going for my daily walk with my parents i go to get into the car(which was parked legally in a handicapped space) and find this nice new caddy parked on the cross lines next to my dad’s car–the only thing that kept me from doing it was my mom-she was standing right behind me–darn it i wish i didn’t have soo much respect for my elders!!;)
      today i’m staying home, still in my pjs and doing nothing!:)

    • Anonymous
      March 15, 2007 at 6:55 pm

      Atta girl, Cheryl, you made my day with your story of how you put the man straight! You live up to the “-with An Attitude” part, while I don’t have a shadow of a doubt that you’re an “Angel” too, (even if I remember the reason for your “signature”).

    • Anonymous
      March 16, 2007 at 10:23 am

      Good for you, Cheryl. That would have pissed me off, too.

      Glad to be back home in Ft. Collins after visit to neuro Monday in Denver followed by three days of IVIG. Seeing Sydney after 2 months was such a delight. Boy, has she changed. She was all over us talking our ears off. She’ll be 2 next week.

      Now we finally have time to recuperate, won’t be back to Denver for the next IVIG for four weeks. I am at the lowest point I’ve ever been. I was six weeks overdue with my IVIG because of the trip and everything went downhill the last 3 weeks in Thailand. But I kept pushing myself, didn’t want to miss anything and didn’t want to disappoint Carol.

      Was it worth it? Definitely. The first five weeks were fine, not always easy. It was great to visit all the familiar places, see friends, shop for a few things we wanted. It also allowed me to see my limits and at the same time prove that IVIG is really helping.

      Neuro told me Monday it might take another round to get to where I was before if I am lucky. But I am determined to enjoy my time here and not give up hope.

      Oh, another delight. For the first time in 50 years I heard from an old classmate in Germany. I completely lost contact with all of them. Still have to answer him.

    • Anonymous
      March 16, 2007 at 4:21 pm

      Seeing the flowers peeking up out of the ground.

    • Anonymous
      March 16, 2007 at 4:54 pm

      We got a delightful return visit from the little red fox this morning. He sat briefly beside our deck, then sauntered off down the hill in the woods. I’ll try to get a photo next time, so I can share him with you.


    • Anonymous
      March 18, 2007 at 5:18 am

      Suzanne ~ how lucky you are!

      My delight today (St. Paddy’s Day) was our first picnic of 2007. And yes, we had a yummy potato salad, made by yours truly ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      March 19, 2007 at 12:09 am

      Recovering is my delight.

    • Anonymous
      March 19, 2007 at 12:18 am

      My delight was seeing the first daffodils, snowbells, and crocuses appear in our yard after watching it snow and sleet the day before.

    • Anonymous
      March 20, 2007 at 9:13 am

      Its [COLOR=plum]SPRING!!!!:) [/COLOR]

    • Anonymous
      March 20, 2007 at 9:56 am

      To-night we are going to our son’s in-laws – where he and his wife currently live between houses – to give them “all” the presents we bought for them and the baby in Germany two weeks ago. I’m really looking forward to see if they are pleased, especially my daughter-in-law, because most of them are for her and the baby. We were a short trip to Sweden on Sunday, and I found this bib saying “This does it – now I’m gonna phone grandma!” Of course I had to buy that too – just so the new parents are warned:D .

      Everybody there had the flu a week ago, and we thought that it would be over by now, because yesterday they were all feeling OK again, and then my son’s mother-in-law phoned me an hour ago and told me our son had been sent home from work (!) with a temperature of 102F ๐Ÿ˜ฎ and a new bout of influenza. But we’re going there anyway, I just have to say hello to him through the key-hole. I just hope he’ll get well again before the birth, which in fact could start any day now. It would be such a disappointment for him to miss it, and even though his wife can have other family-members at her bedsid when it happens, it will not be the same for her either.:(

    • Anonymous
      March 20, 2007 at 12:51 pm

      I now have my tickets to go to Maine for 2 weeks in April ~ to enjoy my Jacob (3) and Eli (1) and my son and daughter-in-love ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      March 22, 2007 at 12:20 pm

      Today’s daily delight ~ knowing that Miss Emily is working on a surprise!

    • Anonymous
      March 22, 2007 at 1:50 pm

      Allaug, you’re Grandma-you get to buy what and as many as you want for your grandbabe.;) how do you say grandma in Norway? i bet you are all a tingle waiting for your sweet little g-baby to arrive.:D

      my delight today was calling the store i just went shopping at and complaining. i usually just let it go and stay quiet, but not this time. the customer service girl told me to go over to another checkout-express line. so i did, i had been the next in line at the first checkout-which is what made me mad, going over to the express line i had to wait for 4 others before i was wrung out. it took me longer to wait in the express line then it did otherwise. as it was i was holding a heavy box of garbage bags-52 count, and a few other things, and using my cane besides. boy did i have a few words to say to that nice lady-but i bit my tongue and called the manager from home instead. and while i was being waited on that nice helper told the elderly man and his wife behind me to go over to the other line–and naturally he wasn’t going to budge because he was next and if he had he would have been in line after 3 others–man was she doing something wrong!:mad: i feel better now that i explained to the manager you don’t have someone on the floor telling people where to go when they don’t need the help, especially when it sets them back. my arm was of no use to me driving home because of the strain i had on it. if there were scooters available i would have used one–not one to be found in the store.

    • Anonymous
      March 23, 2007 at 11:43 am

      Cheryl, you can be so proud of yourself, not playing the “good-girl” game of putting up with everything all the time. Age should give all of us the knowledge to know when to keep shut and the self-confidence of speaking up when that’s the right thing to do.

      “Grandma” in Norwegian can be “bestemor” (best mother) whether the child is your son’s or you daughter’s, or more specifically “farmor” (father’s mother) if it’s you son’s child – like in my case – or “mormor” (mother’s mother) if it’s your daughters.

      Still no baby, but my son’s flu is on the mend.

      My delight today: I had my house thoroughly cleaned by the girl who lived with us last year. She is still helping out with heavy duties like that. Yesterday she cleaned all our windows. But now the house will remain uncleaned for three weeks because she is going home for Easter.

    • Anonymous
      March 24, 2007 at 1:13 am

      Visiting with all the cousins.

    • Anonymous
      March 26, 2007 at 12:45 am

      today my delight was going fishing with my kids and hubby. didn’t catch a thing, but got some neat picks of a couple of loons and a coot(boy that didn’t exactly come out right-i really did mean the feathered type, not my kids and hubby!;) ) swimming closeby. and brought back some minnows for my pond out back too.

    • Anonymous
      March 28, 2007 at 6:27 pm


      that hopefully will last for the rest of my life:

      a boy 2.9 kilos, 48 cm long! (Picture(s) will be posted asap)


    • Anonymous
      March 28, 2007 at 7:38 pm

      that hopefully will last for the rest of my life: a boy 2.9 kilos, 48 cm long!



      that’s wonderful. iS ‘farmor” the equivalent of grandma? Hope you start bragging soon ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      March 29, 2007 at 12:03 am

      Farmor, [SIZE=3][COLOR=royalblue]CONGRATS!!!! when you see him, please give him a sweet little peck on the cheek from me. and one to mom and dad also.:) [/COLOR][/SIZE]

    • Anonymous
      March 29, 2007 at 8:30 am

      Congrads It is wonderful having grandbabies. I have three and maybe another on the way. They sure do bring lots of joy and happiness into your life. Have a good time with him and sending you lots of love and hugs for you and your family.:D

    • Anonymous
      March 29, 2007 at 9:04 am

      My husband’s ship was vandalized and sinking. They have been on board 24 hours a day keeping the pumps running until a dry dock space opens up. My delight is that one of the wonderful volunteers showed up for an extra watch last night and he got to come home and get good sleep in a real bed with me and the dogs. God Bless good volunteers.

    • Anonymous
      March 29, 2007 at 12:19 pm

      Sorry to hear about your hubby’s ship, vic. i hope its repairable.

      my delight today is i got through my 1st aqua therapy appt without getting stuck in the pool. the last time i was in a warm pool i ended up paralyzed for a week. i even made it up the steps to get out on my own today.:)

    • Anonymous
      March 29, 2007 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks for all good thoughts! Norb, I guess that you’ll see it when I tell you that “farmor” means “father’s mother”.

      I met my grandson for the first time to-day, he is cute, isn’t he?


    • Anonymous
      March 29, 2007 at 6:20 pm

      Congratulations! He is beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ Does he have a name yet? Hugs to all.

    • Anonymous
      March 29, 2007 at 7:04 pm


      Congradulations! What an adorable picture of your new grandson.


      So sorry about your husband’s ship. What a terrible thing for someone to do on purpose. I hope things will turn out alright and they will find the person who did it.


    • Anonymous
      March 30, 2007 at 10:23 am

      It’s “yard sale Friday” and my stepdaughter and I will enjoy the hunt for “treasures” ๐Ÿ™‚ (she has a new apartment to furnish ~ yeah!)

    • Anonymous
      March 30, 2007 at 10:58 am

      My daughter and granddaughter are coming up from Denver for the day. I am excited to see them again, it’s been two weeks since we don’t babysit anymore. Too bad they can’t stay overnight. My daughter has to work at 11 pm at the hospital.

    • Anonymous
      March 30, 2007 at 3:22 pm

      This is actually more a weekly delight. On Monday I had a lymph node biopsy. Three doctors had diagnosed sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disorder in which the T-cells cluster in various parts of the body and affect the function of different organs. One doctor believed it was lymphoma. So, Monday I went into surgery.

      On Wednesday my father went under the knife for suspected colon cancer. On the same day, my three-week-old niece had surgery for a narrowed aorta–the kind of thing that wouldn’t normally be discovered until, as a toddler, she dropped dead.

      At midnight Wednesday my mother called to tell me that my niece’s surgery had been successful, and that my father was found to be free of colon cancer. Today my doctor called to say that my biopsy showed sarcoidosis but no cancer.

      It’s been an amazing week. God is indeed good.


    • Anonymous
      March 30, 2007 at 7:12 pm

      Deb, that is indeed good news. It must have been an anxious time waiting for the results.

      Here my delight: Sydney visiting and fingerpainting at Oma and Opa’s house today

      [IMG]http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/5200/fingerpaint1ow4.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/9572/fingerpaint2of3.jpg[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      March 31, 2007 at 12:54 pm

      Today’s delight: 4 cubic yards of topsoil just dumped into our driveway. It’ll keep Carol happy and busy for a long time putting in new beds and planting all the bushes she bought.

    • Anonymous
      April 1, 2007 at 12:26 am

      norb, if i have 4 times that amount dumped in my driveway will carol come and make my flower, garden and lawn areas for me?!:D Sydney has grown in the past few months, she is still sooo adorable!

      today my delight is i walked through Cabellas without a rest, or a buggy and using just my cane.:)

    • Anonymous
      April 1, 2007 at 8:37 am

      Congradulations Cheryl.

      May delight is a home day for just me and my wife.

    • Anonymous
      April 1, 2007 at 11:46 am

      Enjoy your day, john!
      today my delight will be taking my kids down to the maumee river to fish for walleye. and hopefully bring home a fish or 2.:)

    • Anonymous
      April 1, 2007 at 12:06 pm

      [QUOTE=angel2ndclass22699]today my delight is i walked through Cabellas without a rest, or a buggy and using just my cane.:)[/QUOTE]
      That’s great. I am still waiting to be able to do that, too. Maybe after the next treatment in 2 weeks.

      [QUOTE]norb, if i have 4 times that amount dumped in my driveway will carol come and make my flower, garden and lawn areas for me?!:D
      She laughed when she just came in dirt all over her. She is going very slowly taking lots of rests. Maybe she’ll get done by the time summer comes around. I guess you shouldn’t wait for her.:D

      I should get off the ‘puter and go outside to keep her company, maybe fix the drip line she pierced with the pitchfork in a number of places. At least i can to that on my knees.

    • Anonymous
      April 1, 2007 at 10:55 pm

      what carol didn’t like the size of the holes in the dripline? just had to have them larger.:D that’s ok norb, i think i’ll just work on the flower garden and the veggie garden and let the lawn(well the dirt!) go until the fall. we have a major grub and mole problem that needs to be taken care of first.:(
      and with the chance of snow coming this week, things are going to be backed up as far as working outdoors goes.

      well we took the neighbor boy fishing with us this afternoon, didn’t catch anything but rocks, until it started raining. after the snow passes thru this week, we’ll be back out there to try again.

    • Anonymous
      April 4, 2007 at 12:04 pm

      Once Carol gets started there is no holding her back. The dripline was just one casualty. No way she’ll wait til fall. I just hope the weather gets warmer soon to get her out of the house ๐Ÿ˜€

      There is one good thing that came out of her being trapped in the house and this is

      [B]my delight[/B]: She just finished building wide steps for me to be able to get into the garage easier with my rollator. They are just wonderful, a frame with a 4 x 4 feet plywood platform, large enough for me and the rollator. Next to it a lower one with a chair for me to sit and put on my shoes.


    • Anonymous
      April 4, 2007 at 12:36 pm

      norb, you better take that wonderful lady out for dinner!!!:D tell her it looks great!!! well done!!:)

    • Anonymous
      April 7, 2007 at 4:45 pm

      Delight — kids looking for easter candy and eggs.

    • Anonymous
      April 16, 2007 at 12:43 am

      My delight family dinner with the kids and grandkids.

    • Anonymous
      April 22, 2007 at 12:37 am

      my delight today was going fishing with my family and actually catching a few fish, even though they kept breaking the line and getting away. the fish were all big carps.:eek: ๐Ÿ˜Ž heres a pic of my daughter after she caught (and lost) her fish.[IMG]http://farm1.static.flickr.com/178/467846077_356ea522be.jpg[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      April 23, 2007 at 12:04 am

      Having Ham and Bean Soup.

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2007 at 4:59 pm

      About a year ago we started refurbishing our main bathroom. It has been a long and at times an unnerving (:eek: !) process. We have been able to use it since August last year, but only to-day did I pay the contractor his last bill. Now the bathroom is pretty and functional, and I’m very happy we did it, even if at times I almost regretted starting the business.

      My second delight was celebrating wee William’s four week birthday. He has gained about 2 lbs. since birth, and now he is a little, perfect marzipan baby! I had him on my lap, singing softly to him while gently bouncing him on my knee, and he looked interestingly at my face, at first with wide open, dark blue eyes. After a while they narrowed more and more until he fell asleep in my hands, and when I put him up along my breast and shoulder, he went on sleeping. A blissful moment for “farmor”! A birthday picture will be published on “Farmor Allaug” when I get some mailed over from my son. He and his wife are very proud of that thread, and they look it up it now and then to check for enthusiastic comments on their ๐Ÿ˜Ž offspring.

      Cheryl; it’s not hard to give an enthusiastic comment on you daughter – she also looks “cool” and I’m sure she’s a nice and OK kid!

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2007 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks Allaug. she is my “cool chic”! tevan is an awesome kid! ๐Ÿ™‚
      i can’t wait to see those pics of sir william!:D

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2007 at 5:53 pm

      The first day Sydney was a bit shy, probably because of the strange environment. But the next day there was no holding her back. We played with her toys, I tickled her and she kissed my “owee”.


    • Anonymous
      April 26, 2007 at 12:16 pm

      Good to see You 2 together smiling, Norb! soo when do you get sprung? You are looking great! Keep up the good work!:)

    • Anonymous
      April 26, 2007 at 5:55 pm

      What a joy to see so much life in a hospital bed! Norb – I wish you all the best.

      I can’t say I’ve had a delightful day to-day, because my washing machine broke beyond repair, but after abt. 25 years, I guess it was to be expected. Well, there is something to be happy about after all: I can afford to buy a new one, and just the one I like the best too! I just ordered it on the Net. And come to think about it – this is also something to be happy about: I don’t have to spend a lot of painful energy to run around to find the machine of my choice!

    • Anonymous
      April 26, 2007 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Norb

      That picture speaks at least a thousand words. Such delight, such trust and faith in her face.

      What I want to know is what is your ‘owee’?

      God bless

    • Anonymous
      April 27, 2007 at 2:50 pm

      [QUOTE=Teresa Anne]Hi Norb
      What I want to know is what is your ‘owee’?

      Owee is Sydney’s word for a booboo. So what’s a booboo, you ask? It’s an injury usually requiring a bandaide which for Sydney usually must have leopard spots or tiger stripe designs on it. She kissed the bandage around my head.

      BTW, I was released last Monday. The follow-up CT scan looked good, the hematoma that is left is only minor, instead there is a big bubble of air which will clear up eventually. Of course, now Carol has proof to call me an airhead.
      MRI of my knee a couple of days ago shows several fractures but the bones are still lined up OK. It’ll take another month or so before there is improvement and up to three before it is healed. I am on large doses of hydrocodone and get to practice my wheelchair skills for the first time. it teaches me patience in getting around. I am still not very good at it. Fortunately, when we built the house 5 years ago we considered handicap access and I can get to most places – except the laundry room. But I am not complaining about that ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      April 27, 2007 at 11:58 pm

      Delight a visit with a neighbor.

    • Anonymous
      April 28, 2007 at 3:02 am

      my delight for the week was getting out of the house!!! not only for my appt but to go to my in-laws house and had a surprise visit with my hubby’s aunt and uncle. ๐Ÿ™‚

      norb, i had the same airhead idea running through my mind, and then i read your next sentence about carol-i just had to laugh!:D your knee sounds really painful, good thing you are on hydro!!:eek: you just enjoy getting out of doing the housework don’t you?! now you have to behave, or carol might put a boot on your wc wheels to keep you out of trouble!!:D

    • Anonymous
      April 30, 2007 at 9:58 am

      my weekend delight was, i took my daughter and son to a fishing derby at the lake 1 mile south of us. here is my son checking out the competion with his binoculars….[IMG]http://farm1.static.flickr.com/173/478378658_e74d0ec04a.jpg[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      April 30, 2007 at 10:01 am

      and here is my daughter with the catch of the day….[IMG]http://farm1.static.flickr.com/221/478378700_bab9147adc.jpg[/IMG] Her first Rainbow Trout!

    • Anonymous
      April 30, 2007 at 4:44 pm

      Sounds like you were having fun, Cheryl. Good looking children.

      Greetings from the “airhead”.

    • Anonymous
      May 1, 2007 at 2:51 am

      is it Opa airhead?;) Thanks, i think so also!:D i had a good time with them, just wished my son had caught a trout also. but since he didn’t, i guess i’ll just have to take them fishing there again this week sometime!:cool:
      i’m already planning on getting some extra rest in during the day.:)

      You behave Birthday Boy, and please give Carol and Sydney a Big Hug for me. and here’s a BIG HUG for you, too!

    • Anonymous
      May 1, 2007 at 4:59 pm

      Actually, I like just Opa or Norb better ๐Ÿ˜€ Carol is talking – she always loves to make plans ๐Ÿ˜ฎ – about going into the mountains for a few days after i get over this to do some trout fishing. I’ve never done fishing before.

      Isn’t it funny how our standards or frame of reference changes. My delight today is being able to transfer from the wheel chair to the shower, bed or chair much easier. Now when I put weight on the leg with the fractured knee it no longer gives me excruciating pain. It is tolerable now, a sign that the injury is healing, resting is paying of.

      Our backyard is looking great, no longer boring. Carol is putting in endless hours making new beds, planting bushes. I am so proud of her. Today she relocated two of the sprinkler heads without my help, just a few tips. A few years ago she was helping me instead putting in the entire sprinkler/drip system when we built the house. We couldn’t afford to have it done professionally.

      We’ll be heading for Denver next week for my next IVIG. Can’t wait to see Sydney again. Oh, our crazy daughter is pregnant again. She is on a tight schedule. That means a new phase of babysitting coming up in December. Life is never boring for us.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. It’s actually in two days.

    • Anonymous
      May 6, 2007 at 11:07 pm

      Norb, fishing is a very relaxing activity. you married a very smart lady!;)
      my delight today was taking my kids to the lake and catching 10 bluegill, which was 1 more then my daughter caught:D and watching an Osprey hoover overhead and dive dive into the lake and come out with a fish, 5 times:cool: i got a pic of the dive, well all you can see is the water splash, and another shot of the Osprey holding the catch afterwards. so neat to see that type of bird of prey just 1 mile from my house and soo close to a city.

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2007 at 8:26 am

      My daily delight would not normally be a Monday. Yet, this Monday is the last week of the semester. The faculty and the students are prepared for finals and ready for a break. Some for one week then back for the summer session, some to be gone until the fall semester, some to graduate and some to retire. It is a great time of the year.

    • Anonymous
      May 10, 2007 at 11:56 pm

      Daily Delight — learning that rear tires need to be aligned also.

    • Anonymous
      May 15, 2007 at 12:10 am

      my delight today was putting in half of my garden, finally. i’m paying big time for overdoing, but hopefully it will be worth it later this summer and fall.:)

    • Anonymous
      May 18, 2007 at 7:14 pm

      For the first time in six weeks I was able to walk very slowly and gingerly (waddle is probably the better description ๐Ÿ˜€ ) from the frige to the rollator on the opposite site of the kitchen without support — or falling. I am using the rollator again a little bit every day. I am so tired of being in a wheelchair all day. My fractured knee seems to be healing nicely. In a couple of weeks i’ll start PT to gain strength in my atrophied legs again.

    • Anonymous
      May 19, 2007 at 9:04 am

      Great to hear Norb. Just take it at a pace you can handle without hurting yourself.


    • Anonymous
      May 19, 2007 at 5:45 pm

      Good to hear you are doing better Norb. Let us know how PT goes.

    • Anonymous
      May 20, 2007 at 6:15 pm

      I’m also very happy for you Norb, and our wee William is wawing the Norwegian flag for you! BTW, pic was taken on our National Day May 17th:


    • Anonymous
      May 21, 2007 at 9:33 am

      Great Pic, Farmor Allaug!!!!! Love it! Give that Handsome Prince a Big Hug from His Auntie C, please!:)

    • Anonymous
      May 21, 2007 at 1:27 pm

      Some say Rainy Days and Mondays make me blue. But as for me we need the rain and Monday is what I choose to make of it. That is my delight for today.

    • Anonymous
      May 21, 2007 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks JEF, Sue & Allaug. Allaug, give that sweetie a big hug from me. He does have big feet. ๐Ÿ˜€

      My delight, we are off to a place near Aspen in the Rocky Mountains for a few days to join our daughter, husband and Sydney. Travis has been working on a remodeling job in this summer cottage, and Catherine Ryan has a week off, her only annual vacation. I am excited to see all of them again, especially Sydney, our granddaughter. No internet all week ๐Ÿ˜ฎ How can I survive ?

      When we come back, my second-oldest son and his pregnant wife will be visiting over the memorial day weekend. We have never met her before, another exciting event.

    • Anonymous
      May 22, 2007 at 10:54 am

      Norb that sounds very relaxing. don’t over do it and please-no falling!;) take plenty of pics of Sydney for us. i can’t wait to see how she has changed. have a great trip. Give Carol and Sydney Big Hugs for me.:)

    • Anonymous
      May 24, 2007 at 11:51 pm

      Good week over all. Work was great.

    • Anonymous
      May 25, 2007 at 12:21 am

      2 days ago i climbed up to our house roof to rescue a baby bird. it was in the upper 80s that day and we have a metal roof-hot to the touch. a black bird had taken the baby sparrow out of its nest and dropped it on my roof. well my daughter and i placed it in a shoebox with some bedding materials and fed it with tweezers and a syringe. my daughter put the box and bird on our bench on the back deck, in a short time the momma bird was landing on the box, feeding her baby. at night i tuck Roofus in and put his box right under my kitchen window, under the roof over hang, so he stays dry and warm. today was daddy birds’ turn to feed Roofus, amazing how they switch responsibilities, and stick to them the whole day.:)

    • Anonymous
      May 25, 2007 at 12:24 am

      another delight for me, my sister and some of her kids, are coming to visit for the weekend. hopefully the drive friday, from wisconsin, will be a fast and safe one.:)

    • Anonymous
      May 26, 2007 at 12:49 am

      I am headed to Portland, ME for 10 days with my son, Jeremy, daughter-in-love, Karen and my grandsons, Jacob (3) and Eli (16 mths). I haven’t seen them in 8 months!! (I’ll post a pic when I learn how ๐Ÿ˜€ )

    • Anonymous
      May 28, 2007 at 7:55 pm

      My delight: an exciting week in the Rockies with our daughter and family and after that a weekend with my second-oldest son and his wife we never met before, 8 months pregnant. He is 44 and loves children. His dream finally came through to have a child. And Dominique brought two wonderful children into the marriage. We hit it off with her right away. She is just delightful. Of course, we enjoyed our stay with out daughter and Sydney. Our son-in-law was busy most of the time remodeling the cabin where we stayed belonging to one of his clients. On the way home we decided to take a detour and go across the Independence Pass 12,095 feet, the Continental Devide, everything still snow covered. I was a little out of breath but doing fine. The mountains tops were just beautiful, all still snow-covered end of May.




    • Anonymous
      May 29, 2007 at 12:40 am

      SNOW, thanks for those cool pics Norb.:D Sydney is quite the young lady already! i can’t believe how big she is getting!:) looks like a beautiful place Norb, glad you enjoyed it.

    • Anonymous
      May 29, 2007 at 1:45 pm

      My delight today was finding out my sister and 4 of her kids are staying an extra day.:) and with the good comes the bad, my son is sick for the 2nd day in a row!:(

    • Anonymous
      May 29, 2007 at 2:45 pm

      Your pic’s were delightful, Norb, and I’m so happy for you, you recovering so well is such a reliefe to me to me too, though far away as I am, I often think about you!

    • May 29, 2007 at 7:19 pm

      My delight for the day is that Kevie is swimming in the pool playing with his friends. Hopefully tommorrows delight will be when the neuro says he does in fact think Kevie has gbs and not cidp, we shall see. For now I will be delighted for the wonderful day Kevie is having! Dawn ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • Anonymous
      May 29, 2007 at 7:51 pm

      My delight: I started physical therapy today and it seemed to be not as bad and strenuous as I feared. Carol wants to do many of the exercises at home with me. That should help my motivation.
      Thanks Allaug & Cheryl, for your feedback. Actually, I don’t think I am recovering as much as it seems. I am just a stubborn person who likes to push the envelope. For sure, I am recovering quite well from my knee injury and the pain is usually only minimal. . The goal I set for myself for the PT is to be able to get back to using just a cane instead of the rollator. Right now it is difficult to tell the difference between CIDP effects and the 5 weeks in a wheelchair because of the knee injury. It is difficult to walk and I tire very quickly. What worries me is that the CIDP seems to be advancing in my hands, numbness is increasing.

    • Anonymous
      May 29, 2007 at 8:31 pm

      Today’s delight was staying semi awake during the final facility meeting.

      Norb, great pictures

    • Anonymous
      May 30, 2007 at 2:35 pm

      Norb, its that German blood don’t ya know. thats what i blame in my case.:D
      my delight today is my son is feeling good and back to school, my hubby and i got our pool all ready(actually he is getting in as i write this):) and my sister and her kids are on their drive back to wisconsin.:( visit was good but way too short.

    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2007 at 7:49 am

      My delight to-day is that it’s sunny and calm after several cold, rainy and windy days. My friend Ellen and I are going out to look for lilies-of-the-vally as soon as her pain medication kicks in. She is staying with me here on the island this week, and we have such a great time, quiet, but great, no matter what the weather is like, but we’re both looking forward to go for a walk now after days of in-doors “activities”.

    • Anonymous
      June 3, 2007 at 7:18 pm

      We came back to Denver for my monthly IVIG, this time a day earlier because we wanted to go to Wat Buddhawaram, the Thai Buddhist temple, to participate in the Visahkha Bucha celebration, the most important Buddhist holiday of the year.

      In the morning I did my assigned Physical Therapy exercises. Of course, Sydney was watching and wanting to help me.


      Carol had cooked several delicious Thai dishes we brought to the wat to share. Before we all ate – monks first -everybody lined up outside to make merit by giving rice and money to each of the eight monks. Here Sydney making merit. In Thailand people would line up in the streets near each temple at 6 a.m.. The monks would then walk past them with their begging bowls to accept food and other donations. Here in the US that wouldn’t be very practical.


      Upstairs a six day long meditation retreat was going on with the monks chanting in the Pali language. Next to the large Buddha statue is the Thai king’s picture, then the Thai and American flags.

      We really enjoyed ourself being part of this large Thai community for one day. It was like being back in Thailand.


    • Anonymous
      June 3, 2007 at 10:06 pm

      Great pictures! Looks like you find the right nurse to direct you physical therapy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      June 4, 2007 at 5:14 pm

      Norb, Love that pic!!! your pt assistant is beautiful! no bribing her with cookies!!!;)

      my delight today was hearing my son won a 15 speed bike from his school!! he is soo excited about winning it.:D

    • Anonymous
      June 7, 2007 at 6:29 am

      My daily delight yestarday was to go to the beach in the afternoon, and had a marvellous nap. I didn’t do it since May 2006 and now it’s even better.


    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2007 at 6:21 pm

      I started physical therapy since I my knee seems to be healed and I am out of the wheelchair I was in for six weeks. The first session was just learning a set of 8 easy exercises. But yesterday the P.T. put me on an exercise bike. Boy was I nervous. But I managed to get on using a low stool and him holding on to my belt for safety. I pedaled for quite some time at low resistance setting. I was so surprised I could actually do it. It felt good. Then I tried a cane and a balancing board. Still feels wobbly and insecure. For the time being I’ll stick to my rollator but I was delighted with my progress.

    • Anonymous
      June 9, 2007 at 9:27 pm

      Way to go Norb!!:) Keep up the Good work!

      My delight for today was celebrating my daughters’ 14th birthday. We had a party at my sil house and it was a beautiful day.:)

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2007 at 10:19 am

      ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Carol is finally coming back this afternoon after visiting her mom in Grove, Oklahoma for a week. It’s about time. I missed her. I started to feel awfully lonely the last few days here at the house.

    • Anonymous
      June 20, 2007 at 3:57 am

      Norb, you’re just an old softee!:D have you been behaving yourself?!

      my delights this week have been, I walked around The Zoo for 5 hours with my kids monday-the hottest day of the year so far!!:eek: and tuesday night I walked around Wauseon looking at the 400 plus cars that showed up for the supercruise.:cool:

    • Anonymous
      June 22, 2007 at 9:52 pm

      OK, Cheryl, I admit it. You got me all figured out ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      June 23, 2007 at 1:26 am

      The last time I went shopping at this one particular grocery store, i noticed the electric carts were ALL shot, broke and in really bad shape. I was soo mad that this store had replaced all the other carts with brand new ones and didn’t bother replacing the electric carts, so I spoke up. I wrote an email complaint to the head office up in Michigan, complaining for the 2nd time about the elec carts and the poor shape they were/are in. Well I went in to shop and to my surprise there were 3 new carts sitting among the bad ones. It does pay to email complaints to the Head Honchos! (I guess they didn’t want the local tv station to investigate the unfairness they show towards the disabled patrons of their store):D

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2007 at 1:34 am

      My delight today was seeing pics of my new niece, she was born 6/22/07. My baby brother is a Grandpa-man does that make me feel old!:eek:

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2007 at 11:57 am

      It is so exciting to see wildlife looking out the kitchen window. Just a few minutes ago a coyote went through the tall grass of the large open area next to our house. There is also a fox family we spot sometimes. Since the trees we planted have grown taller, there are many more birds around.

      They talked about housing development in that area but so far the university who owns the equestrian center adjacent to it has refused to sell the required right-of-way for building an access road. I hope that never happens.

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2007 at 1:51 pm

      A wonder warm sunday with family comming to visit.

    • Anonymous
      June 26, 2007 at 9:26 am

      My Delight for today will be meeting with friends at a picnic.

    • Anonymous
      June 27, 2007 at 4:03 pm

      I’m so happy about the fact that my son and daughter-in-law have bought a new home, and it seems like they got good value for their money. They are moving in on July 7th. I have only seen pictures, but it looks very nice and I wonder if I can wait until the middle of August to see it. On the other hand, I hate having to go back to Oslo in the middle of my stay here, so I guess seeing it for myself will have to wait.

    • Anonymous
      June 28, 2007 at 12:07 am

      My delight today was watching rain fall on my parched yard. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      July 4, 2007 at 11:13 am

      Kai, grandchild # 17 was born a few days ago. Michael, my second-oldest son is overjoyed. He’s been wanting children all his life. He is 44 now and this is his first one from his second wife. Dominique also brought two of her own children into the marriage. We just met her for the first time over Memorial Day. A wonderful, fun person. We like her a lot and are so happy for both of them. They live in Durham, NC

      Here a collage my older daughter just put together:


    • Anonymous
      July 4, 2007 at 3:43 pm

      Grand children are a joy. Congradulations to you and your sons family.

    • Anonymous
      July 4, 2007 at 6:16 pm

      I’m so happy for you, Carol and Norb!

      Imagine – grandchild no 17!! But this one is special – only three months and two days younger than William. Now we have grandchildren practically the same age!


    • Anonymous
      July 5, 2007 at 12:05 am

      [COLOR=#00bfff]Kai, what a neat name.[/COLOR]

    • Anonymous
      July 5, 2007 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks, guys. Too bad they live so far away. You probably get to see William more often, Allaug. The first time we will get to meet Kai will be in November on Thanksgiving during a family reunion in Michigan.

      We like the name, too. In Thai it means egg. But we have not told them yet. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2007 at 1:28 pm

      Today I got Great News!!! My Father in Law is now CANCER FREE!!!!! He was dx with stage 4 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma last Year, Today His Onocologist told Him He was Cancer Free! We are celebrating with him tonight! Talk about emotions running High!!!:D

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2007 at 1:08 am

      My Delight was the joy of my grand daughters today. How little involvement it takes to make them and me very happy.

    • Anonymous
      July 20, 2007 at 1:46 pm

      Good news. I just had a 3 months follow-up CT scan of my brain. I won’t hear from the neurosurgeon until he comes back from vacation in 2 weeks. But I got a copy of the pictures on a CD. It all looks normal again. What was left over from the hemmorraghe is gone and so is the large airpocket. [B]Mark[/B], you can’t call me an airhead anymore ๐Ÿ˜€ If you read this, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated you visiting me at the hospital while you were getting your IVIG. I am going to see a neurologist locally next month and I hope I can start getting treatments at the hospital here in Ft. Collins. I might run into you there.

    • Anonymous
      July 20, 2007 at 2:59 pm

      Now that is good news and a great delight. Congratulations! Much success with being able to have your treatments in Fort Collins.

    • Anonymous
      July 21, 2007 at 1:43 am

      My Delight today was along time coming, 33 years actually. I rode on a Roller Coaster that I had flown out of the seat way back when I was a kid. My Dad caught me by my belt in my pants. I faced my demons and I WON!!!! So take that, Blue Streak!!:D

      That’s Great News, Airhe.., aahhh I mean Norb! Now Sydney will have to come to you to visit while you’re getting your treatments.

    • Anonymous
      August 4, 2007 at 6:19 pm


      I’m sorry that the photo is not of excellent quality (cell phone camera), but even if it’s not to-day’s delight (two weeks old) I want to share my beautiful lunch table, with roses from my own and two very nice neighbours’ gardens. We were 15 people all together, the kids had their own table on the verandah. We had such a nice time and everybody were so happy about the event – in honour of my aunt who died last year. These were people who had got to know each other in connection with her passing away. We are planning to make it a tradition to meet like this every summer, and I really hope it will come true.

    • Anonymous
      August 4, 2007 at 11:22 pm

      My delight today was arriving back home after a cruse. The cruse was fun, but one more trip to the buffet and I would have be rolled down the gangplank.

      Pictures to follow ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2007 at 12:47 pm

      My delight was finishing the 3/4 hike again around Bear Lake in the Rocky Mountain National Park. On the drive there with the family I was determined not to attempt it this year. My strength seemed so much less than last year. But once everybody piled out of the car including 2 year old Sydney, I didn’t want to stay behind. The terrain was difficult at times with 16% at its steepest. I had to rest a few times to catch my breath and enjoy the beautiful scenery. But with Carol’s help pulling me past the most difficult spots I made it.


    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2007 at 6:11 pm

      Thats Wonderful news Norb. I’m proud of You!!:) Carol is such a Wonderful Lady!!!:)

    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2007 at 11:50 pm

      Norb……….you post some of the best pictures!! Congrats on your accomplishment, I think it’s great. Keep those pictures coming!

    • Anonymous
      August 13, 2007 at 8:10 am

      My delight today is starting a new school year. Teacher start today so we can get ready for all the smiling face that will show up in a little bit ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2007 at 2:00 am

      My delight was seeing Allaug’s lovely luncheon table. I just want to sit down and visit in such beautiful surroundings. Perhaps we should ask Allaud, set a date, send out the invites and choose our place at the table. Then we can chat away about the joys in our lives.
      Just lovely, Allaug, just lovely!:)

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2007 at 2:00 am

      My delight was seeing Allaug’s lovely luncheon table. I just want to sit down and visit in such beautiful surroundings. Perhaps we should ask Allaud, set a date, send out the invites and choose our place at the table. Then we can chat away about the joys in our lives.
      Just lovely, Allaug, just lovely!:)

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2007 at 6:25 am

      M Delight/wish. Seeing Allaug luncheon table makes me want to go visit it.
      I love traveling.

      Maybe someday we can get a few of us visit each other.


    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2007 at 6:00 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll polish the silver, get out the damask tablecloth, buy some romantic napkins to go with the other colours on the table, set out the more than 100 years’ old glasses and English (Sheffield) stoneware, go hunting for the lovliest and most decorative flowers – and greenery – from my own and – really – my neighbours’ gardens and invite up to 27 of you (that’s how many plates I have of the kind on the photograph) to come over the Pond for lunch. Please give me some ideas for what to serve – and what kind of wines you prefer. Coffe and “native” cakes later, before you return.

      Wow – my delight to-day was getting such a positive response to my photo of my luncheon table – it was such a nice party too!:)

    • Anonymous
      September 10, 2007 at 6:43 pm

      I haven’t posted here for while and I missed all the fun conversation and your latest invitation, Allaug. How about something typical Norwegian?

      Carol and I had a fun afternoon today. An old friend from our Peace Corps time 2001 in Thailand was visiting us today. Maxine is an amazing woman. She is a retired education professor 72 years old and currently on a road trip through the United States. She has Parkinson’s disease, the slow progressive kind. Before 2001 she was in the Peace Corps in Africa in Namibia for three years.
      Over coffee and cake we talked about the many shared memories back from the time when we were in Thailand together. She just left a little while ago to go to Denver to visit another friend from her time in Africa.


    • Anonymous
      September 11, 2007 at 3:35 pm

      Suddenly this morning the population here increased 100%! I have been all alone here since Monday morning, and I don’t mean alone in the house, but alone in the “village”. The thought of being the only person for miles around was a little disturbing at first – it has never happened before – but it was not so bad really, since I’m quite used to be alone in the house, and in the evenings I seldom saw or heard anyone anyway.

      My dear neighbour Gerd came out from Tvedestrand where she lives when she’s not staying here, to do some gardening in the nice and sunny weather, and I invited her for lunch on my verandah. I picked a whole lot of blackberries and stirred the with some sugar, and we had tea and dark bread and butter to go with the delicious freshly made jam. It was so nice to share the latest news too.

      She went back to Tvedestrand in the evening, but in the meantime another (frankly not so dear) neighbour, who is living here all year round, came back from a trip to Oslo, so now I’m not staying on a totally desert island.

      It’s really a special and wonderful atmosphere here when there is almost nobody around. I guess some of you never have been to a place where you cannot hear a single man-made sound, only the wind, the sea and the birds. I love it when that happens, but very often the shrill sound of a boat or ship pierces the silence. The good thing about that is the very nature of the disturbance – it disappears.:)

    • Anonymous
      September 11, 2007 at 6:32 pm

      Allaug, what a wonderful story you wrote. It sounds like a special place. It reminded us of our times staying on Emerald Island at the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina. Thanks for sharing it. Carol and I both enjoyed your story very much.

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2007 at 3:29 pm

      So pleased you enjoyed my little epistle from yesterday I feel motivated to describe the athmosphere just now. It’s 9.15 in the evening, pitch dark and the wind is so strong I can hear it howling around and above the houses. It has been blowing “hats and hay” as we say in Norway, off and on during the last week or so, from the North West\North East which is the only directions that we really feel in the bay, as it opens towards the North.

      But indoors in my house everything is so quiet, Mosse is asleep and I have turned off the TV now that I use my computer. There is a faint smell of wood-smoke in the livingroom, as I have lit a fire in our new soapstone\cast iron stove. It has a huge window in front, so it’s almost like an open fireplace, and I love to sit and watch the flames. It’s also very convenient, because I don’t have to open it to see if I need to put more logs on the fire.

      To watch a fire while the wind is making strange and a little scary noises outside, is my delight at the moment – and when I’ve finished this, I’m going to treat myself to a large, sweet apple! (Unfortunately not from any of my own trees, as that fruit is not ripe yet).

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2007 at 6:11 pm

      I’m coming for a visit Allaug!!! I can just picture your fire and can hear the wind blowing! Thanks for the momentary vacation! Keep them coming-can you make them last just a little longer next time;)

    • Anonymous
      September 13, 2007 at 1:57 am

      Well Allaug, I thought that I was coming just for the lovely lunch but now you’ve made the rest of the day sound so inviting! Is there any chance that you have a feather bed to go with the cozy of your home?? I promise to “try” to keep Cheryl from jumping on the bed ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Lets see, a new toothbrush and new flannel jammies and I’m on my way ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      September 13, 2007 at 6:27 pm

      Why don’t you guys come for lunch to-morrow and stay until the next day? The weather forecast says strong north-westerly wind again (after a wonderfully calm and sunny day to-day) from mid-day tomorrow until Sunday, so the cozy\spoky mood will surely be back. I have 11 beds with duvets for all, so we could bring the duvets down in front of the stove, light candles and I know hubby has several bottles of fine red wine in our cellar – let’s indulge ourselves on that and the best chocholate in the world. That’s what I have – if you want something else, please bring it along, as there are no shops whatsoever on the island. I might have a surprise for dinner: reindeer meatballs with new potatoes and a gravy tasting of sour cream, brown cheese (a special Norwegian treat) and junipher-berries, and a salad of fresh vegetables. Red wine with that too. The best ice-cream in Norway with freshly picked blackberries for dessert. For lunch you will have to go and catch your own fish – I have rods and other gear – and gut your catch too ๐Ÿ˜€ , nobody has a problem with that I take it? If so, I guess Norb, Ken, Jim or other gentlemen in the party, will be able to help you gals – or it may be the other way around;)

      See you soon then!


    • Anonymous
      September 13, 2007 at 10:14 pm

      A very inviteing photo, hey I want in on this one to. I think I’d like to go there & stay about a wk. Surely looks like a great place to visit.

    • Anonymous
      September 14, 2007 at 1:16 pm

      Hey Terry, Can you swing north a tad and pick me up?:D Allaug, you are def on my To Do list!!:) I enjoy fires and cool sounding wind, along with The Best Ice Cream in the World!:D Ahhh come on Judi, its a vacation-We have to have FUN!;)

    • Anonymous
      September 14, 2007 at 6:15 pm

      OK ~ now you all know that I am a “first born”! Just shake me loose (another glass of Allaug’s husband’s wine ๐Ÿ˜€ ) and I’ll get the hang of it. I’m long overdue for a vacation with good friends and fabulous food. Cheryl, I promise not to count how many reindeer meatballs you enjoy:) What a lovely and generous invite, Allaug. [I]Thanks[/I] (You really have a descriptive way with words. Perhaps we should start a thread “Tales from Norway” as I anxiously await each forthcoming post)

    • Anonymous
      September 14, 2007 at 6:48 pm

      I’m building the fire just now, so I can light it at your arrival!

      Nice that you’ll join the party, Terry – I’ll give you the best bed-room for the whole week.

      I have to tell you a true story about when my mother’s cousin, a policeman’s wife from Chicago, visited us here in the summer of -63. She was in her 30’ies at the time, and I remember especially her very high stiletto heeled shoes. (Don’t forget your sneakers, folks, high heels do not work around here.) We had shown her around the house, and when we were about to leave her in her bed-room, she asked “Where is the bath-room, please?” – and I replied, without thinking, really “We don’t have any!” You might try to imagine her face – it was really undescribable! The fact was that the loo was in the outhouse, and we had bowls and pitchers in each bed-room, fetching water from the kitchen for washing.

      Rest assure – those days are over, now we have a bath-room and a separate toilet in the main house!

    • Anonymous
      September 14, 2007 at 7:43 pm

      Allaug, I wish had taken a picture of her face. I can only imagine the wide eyed “YGTBKM” look [You Got To Be Kidding Me] on her face ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      September 15, 2007 at 12:04 am

      [FONT=”Century Gothic”]Hey it’s always nice to think about something different Jim. I’d love to visit Norway Just to get away from here for awhile. Since I lost my wife I’ve had to give up several things already, & before it’s over with I may have to get rid of some more things. I am just trying to deal with everything the best way I can.[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      September 15, 2007 at 10:08 am

      May I come too? I’d love to tend and watch the fire! It looks so relaxing there. I want to escape! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      September 16, 2007 at 6:26 pm

      Of course, Jan – the more the merrier, and I have a BIG house!

      Judy, I’m flattered ๐Ÿ˜€ by your idea, I really love writing, but I have to think about it. If I could get some hints from my American Cyberfriends what “Tales” you could possibly want to hear of\from Norway, it might be a start. Or perhaps I could get what they call “Carte Blanche”, and write whatever I wanted, like a blog, but then again to be fair, anyone who wanted it would have to have their personal “Tales from….”. Let me hear what you guys think!

      In the meantime her’s a pic of my “blue” living-room where my firplace is:


      Looking forward to seeing you all there, hope you like it in spite of the rather “lived-in” look:o

    • Anonymous
      September 16, 2007 at 7:22 pm

      Allaug, Lived in is The Best!!:) It looks soo inviting and comfy. I can see us all sitting there sipping the Good wine and chatting and laughing til we all need to run!:eek: ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can feel that comfy blanket over my lap right now.

    • Anonymous
      September 17, 2007 at 12:58 pm

      Ahhhh . . . ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      September 22, 2007 at 11:23 pm

      My granddaughter Sydney is here for a few days with her dad who is working in the basement finishing it. She is such a delight. Now she discovered playacting. On the back patio she flattens small rocks with her hands and has me eat the “pancake”. I ask for syrup. “No”, she says,”I don’t have any but here is peanut butter and jelly.” She pretends to spread it on the “pancake”. I close my hands over the rock, pretending to eat it but slip it into the other hand. “See, I ate it”, showing her the empty hand. She gets me a new one.

      After a while she starts licking the rocks. I tell her not to do that. Of course, being a 2 1/2 year old, she ignores me completely. I use a more authoritarian voice and she reacts immediately:”No, Opa, you can’t talk like that. Daddy can.”

    • Anonymous
      September 23, 2007 at 2:39 pm

      LOL!!!:D Boy she has it down already!;) We know who’s the boss now don’t we?!:D

    • Anonymous
      September 23, 2007 at 5:40 pm

      I just can’t wait until William starts to talk!!!

    • Anonymous
      September 30, 2007 at 12:51 am

      Good reunion with the Cousins. What a great time share and keep updated on what is happening in our families.

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2007 at 10:57 pm

      Just found out that the grant I wrote was approved. This will allow the school to purchase equipment for the eighth grade science class. I have a whole lesson block planed for designing, building and firing rockets. Now I can do it! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2007 at 11:46 pm

      Awesome Jim!! Your Out Of This World!!:D NASA Watch Out!!!;)

    • Anonymous
      October 6, 2007 at 5:37 pm

      Congratulations, Jim – and good luck with the rocket project!

      My carriere as a language teacher was never as explosive as that – for better or worse! (Sigh – I miss teaching, though, still after nearly fifteen years.)

    • Anonymous
      October 6, 2007 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks, Allaug and Cheryl. Right now teaching is what makes getting up in the morning worth the effort. As long as I can till make it out bed, even if it is a bit shaker then before, I got to keep trying. Beside Middle Schoolers are so much fun. [Kindergartens with raging hormones] ๐Ÿ™‚ :rolleyes:

    • Anonymous
      October 7, 2007 at 10:06 pm

      I enjoyed a Pretty sunset tonight. I was out taking pics from my car on a deserted country road, when a Small town Cop told me I should leave and it wasn’t the best place to be because the guy up the way was unstable and the family is known for shooting at people on the road:eek: Man, now I have to find another nice, deserted country road without wacky people close by! At least I was able to get 80 shots in before I had to leave.:)

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2007 at 2:50 pm

      I guess nobody is surprised when I show you what’s a great deligt to me these days:


      His hair is almost as soft and silky as Mosse’s fur.

    • Anonymous
      October 21, 2007 at 2:33 am

      ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh What a Wonderful Picture, Allaug. I can just smell him and feel his baby soft hair.

      I’ll have to get some pics of my Grand Niece. I got to see and hold her a few times tonight-I swear she has doubled the size of her cheeks!:D
      OOHHH How I LOVE the Baby Smell!!!:D

    • Anonymous
      November 14, 2007 at 6:44 am

      Seeing many of the neighbors listening to a very good speaker and feeling there wonder and happiness as well as my own.

    • Anonymous
      November 16, 2007 at 12:16 am

      Tonight My daughter finished her powerpoint report on GBS for her Health class tomorrow. I’m really proud of her for choosing to do this report on GBS and taking it upon herself to inform her teacher and classmates about this difficult syndrome. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      November 16, 2007 at 9:21 am

      My dear friend is giving me her “old” Viking sewing machine so that I can enjoy quilting this winter! It’s taken this many years to “feel” up to and “want” to have a hobby. Yeah ๐Ÿ˜€ (I hope that the foggy brain will co-operate!)

    • November 16, 2007 at 10:34 am

      Kevie woke up happy today and I feel unusually hopeful about something, I don’t know what!

    • Anonymous
      November 18, 2007 at 9:42 pm

      Today I have had a chance to get to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It means I can now get back on the Internet. The only problem is, it types what I say, not what I meant to say. It is still trying to understand a New Jersey accent. What makes it funny is that I left New Jersey over 30 years ago. Oh well, some things die hard.

    • Anonymous
      November 20, 2007 at 3:41 pm

      [QUOTE=Judi Z]My dear friend is giving me her “old” Viking sewing machine so that I can enjoy quilting this winter! It’s taken this many years to “feel” up to and “want” to have a hobby. Yeah ๐Ÿ˜€ (I hope that the foggy brain will co-operate!)[/QUOTE]
      JUDI – You are indeed blessed to have such a friend! Please Please update us on the progress you make with your quilt.

    • Anonymous
      November 21, 2007 at 7:18 am

      Yesterday a friend brought me a flower as a belated birthday-present, and she had time for a chat over a cup of tea too – it was such a delight.

      On the other hand, though, now I’m so annoyed, if not right out mad:mad: because I had written a long and lively entry here, and then my still a little bit unruly fingers hit an unknown button, and everything disappeared, because the ‘puter went back to my Abbyssinian kittens on my desktop, and I don’t have the energy to write everything over again, and…., and…, and…BUHU:(

    • Anonymous
      November 21, 2007 at 10:11 am

      [I][SIZE=3][COLOR=purple]The one thing that would be a delight, would be a day without this arthritis pain, or the back pain.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/I]

    • Anonymous
      December 3, 2007 at 8:42 am

      My Delight today is My Hubby started Truck driving school today:) He will graduate in the first week of Jan 08 and hopefully land a Great Job! He was laid off from his last job back in Aug, he was with that company for 11plus years:( . But soon he will be doing something he will enjoy, hopefully.;)

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2007 at 4:11 am

      Time for a delight! I collect “creamer bowls” and a friend just gave me a beautiful, tiny one with old pink and yellow roses painted on it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2007 at 2:34 pm

      [I][FONT=Palatino Linotype][SIZE=4][COLOR=purple]I got a something in the mail today that made me cry, it was a gold christmas ornament from the funeral director. That took care of Debbie’s service, It had her name engraved on it The ornament was an angel.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/I]

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2007 at 10:26 pm

      That sounds really Nice Terry. What a neat gesture!:)

    • Anonymous
      December 11, 2007 at 12:50 pm

      Today I am baking Christmas cookies again! Last year I wasn’t able to stand up to even mix let alone bake. It is truly a delight to be able to do this. God blessed me with this activity. Even more so is that I am making my brother in laws favorite cookies (he lost his wife, my sister this past fall) as he just had surgery. I will surprise him with them. It is a good day. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      December 11, 2007 at 4:17 pm

      And I’m wrapping and decorating my own Christmas presents for the first time in 6 years – paper used to be the VERY worst material my hands could touch!

      It’s such a delight to sit there like in the old days!

    • Anonymous
      December 12, 2007 at 2:47 am

      I’ve been invited to a traditional tea this coming Sat. afternoon! My dear friend and her mother do this every year at this time. One time we all wore “hats” and that was a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ This year is casual but cute ~ any ideas??

    • Anonymous
      December 12, 2007 at 11:06 am

      Allaug I know how you feel! I am looking forward to wrapping again too….its funny how the little things are important and soooo enjoyable!

      Judi how about a Santa hat to be festive! I got one to cover up my bald head from my chemo and it brightens people’s days. You could be an elf….

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2007 at 12:06 pm

      [FONT=Book Antiqua][SIZE=3][COLOR=purple][I]Just wanted to add a little Christmas to this.[/I][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      December 19, 2007 at 3:58 am

      I found a treasure at a thrift store ~ a tiny creamer in perfect condition. It is by Paragon Bone China ~ by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen. It is highly collectible and I scored for $1.50 ! My British friend just loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      December 20, 2007 at 7:54 am

      Today is my last chemo! WhooooooHoooo!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      December 20, 2007 at 10:30 pm

      [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=purple]Last night I spent an hour & a half doing research on medical sites, it seems as though what I’ve been suffering with is Peripheral Neuropathy. What a bummer ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      December 27, 2007 at 9:21 am

      My Delight was having, Grand children and our Children and spouses over for the Christmas Holidays. What a great time we had.

    • December 27, 2007 at 9:31 am

      I hope my delight will be a call from the doc approving my request for long term ivig maint. and the insurance agreeing!

    • Anonymous
      January 9, 2008 at 12:54 am

      My delight today is the wonderful “family” on these forums. Thank you everyone for your input ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      January 16, 2008 at 8:53 am

      My delight yesterday, was finding a soultion to a record keeping problem I’ve been working on for some time. WoW!

    • Anonymous
      January 17, 2008 at 7:00 am

      Let me share the weather conditions here, and not on the “Official Weather Thread”, because this is the greates delight for me all week! I finally stopped raining after several gray and dismal days, and I haven’t been able to go for a walk and get some fresh air for about a week. It has really been getting at me, especially since rain in Norway in January is such a bad omen climate-wise.

      But to-day “”Let the sun shine in…..!” and I’m going out and get some exercise for at least 3\4 of an hour! I just have to grab a bite before I go.

      Bye, bye!

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2008 at 12:02 pm

      [SIZE=”4″]The sun is shining! ๐Ÿ˜€ [/SIZE]

    • Anonymous
      January 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm

      [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=4][COLOR=red]Ditto on the Sunshine, it is also shining brightly here. ๐Ÿ˜‰ [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      January 19, 2008 at 6:48 am

      I can say “Goodmorning” to the sunshine after a gray and drizzling day yesterday. It doesn’t matter that it’s blowing “hats and hay”, because we are going to visit my mother-in-law first, and then – my special delight for to-day, of course – William & parents afterwards, by car and not by boat, which would have been a rather unpleasant way of travelling at the moment.

    • Anonymous
      January 26, 2008 at 1:15 am

      My 2 year old grandson, Eli, called on the phone. He loves to tell me what is happening in his precious life. He lives way over in Portland, ME. His latest question is: do your ears hear the thunder and your eyes see the lightening??
      Awe the awe of children ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2008 at 7:31 am

      Yesterday I went to the hospital and visited my new grand nephew. There is nothing so endearing as holding a newborn.

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2008 at 10:56 am

      ๐Ÿ˜€ Saturday, we got to drive to Dallas and visit our 2 sons, their wives and 3 grandaughters. It was our late Christmas get together. We just couldn’t pull it together before now. I was one happy momma when I went to bed that night!:D

      GBS-MFv 1993 and 2004

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm

      Alma, that is just wonderful!

      It is such a delight for me when one of our older “family members” shows up on the forums ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      March 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm

      Long time no see …. but SEE I managed to hold my camera almost without trembling\shaking! Wonderful isn’t it? (Both the fact and the rose!)


      Among other things to celebrate finishing 900 entries to this forum. It’s also a special hello to Dustdemon Terry – you know why!

    • Anonymous
      March 4, 2008 at 10:35 pm

      Allaug, What A Wonderful Capture!!!! Postcard Perfect!!!!:)

    • Anonymous
      March 5, 2008 at 12:53 am

      Allaug, WOW! That’s one of the loveliest sights I’ve seen in a long time! Thanks so much for sharing it! And congrats on keeping the hand still. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Anonymous
      March 8, 2008 at 1:21 am

      My Delight for the day was having three grand daughters over for lunch, and a great day together.

    • Anonymous
      March 20, 2008 at 8:45 am

      My delight and big surprise was having a nice chat with my brother. He is about a thousand mille from here and we don’t see much of one another.

    • Anonymous
      March 20, 2008 at 11:21 am

      My delight today is–its my last day of peace and quiet before my kids are off on spring break!!! and tomorrow I get to spend a whole 10 days with my kids!!!:)

    • Anonymous
      March 21, 2008 at 8:33 am

      My delight yesterday was having my son & family here for most of the day. William, his mother and I went for a walk with him in his pram, and when we got back, we met our neighbour and her 11 (I believe) year old daughter outside. We went up to let them meet William, and he fell in love for the first time in his life, streching out and making happy agitited sounds towards our little neighbour, Kristin. She came with us into the house and william had the time of his life (so far) and she was smiling from the moment she got into the house until she had to leave. Here is a photo to prove it:



      PS: Another photo of William from yesterday on the “Farmor Allaug” thread.

    • Anonymous
      March 25, 2008 at 1:33 pm

      My delight today was having My Dad reconnect to me! He is still in very critical condition, but while off the sedation he recognized me and I knew exactly how he feels not being able to express his needs and feeling trapped in a body that won’t work properly.

    • Anonymous
      March 25, 2008 at 2:15 pm

      My delight today is all of you on these forums…I am learning so much and at the same time having some fun on the “Lighter Side”.

    • Anonymous
      March 30, 2008 at 1:27 am

      Jan you are so right. It is indeed all the folks on this sight that make it so great.

    • Anonymous
      March 30, 2008 at 12:23 pm

      My delight today is that I just traveled to 19 states and 8 countries on this thread. I feel like I know each of you in some small way now.
      Thanks to all of you
      Not sure if my count is correct !

    • Anonymous
      March 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm

      MMMMM…..New (used;) ) car:


    • Anonymous
      April 2, 2008 at 11:38 pm

      My delight today is watching the new born calves running and frolicking in the pasture. If I only had a 10th of their energy….but they are so cute when they are newbies!

    • Anonymous
      April 17, 2008 at 9:44 am

      ๐Ÿ˜€ My daily delight came flying in yesterday -:D a hummingbird! Spring is here! ๐Ÿ˜€


      GBS-MFv 1993 and 2004

    • Anonymous
      April 17, 2008 at 10:20 am

      My delight today is that some old (and I do mean ‘old’) college friends are playing hooky today to drive out to spend the day with us on the farm. The sun is shining, baby calves are being born, and it’s above 60 degrees.

    • Anonymous
      April 17, 2008 at 11:25 pm

      My daily delight today was feeling good enough to take my 2 kids fishing at the Maumee river-in search of the famous walleye and coming home with a nice size fish that my son caught. We will try for walleye again. Bubba had the touch tonight, he caught both fish in the 45 mins that we were fishing. The smile is still on his face while he sleeps.:D

    • Anonymous
      April 17, 2008 at 11:35 pm

      My daily delight today is that I only have one more sleep until I can head for home. I am looking forward to my own bed….

    • Anonymous
      April 23, 2008 at 1:17 am

      I finished setting out the rest of my new garden plants today ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      April 23, 2008 at 12:20 pm

      I am delighted as yesterday was my last radiation treatment for my breast cancer! Yaaaaaa Whooooooo! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anonymous
      April 23, 2008 at 6:22 pm

      JanB! Congratulations! That is delightful!

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2008 at 12:28 am

      Jan that is Wonderful News!!!!:) Keep going strong!!!!

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2008 at 12:29 am

      Today we brought Dad home after a month in the hospital!:D He is doing Good!

    • Anonymous
      April 26, 2008 at 3:40 pm

      JanB and Cheryl – thank you so much for sharing your wonderful news!

      My delight to-day is packing and getting things ready for our Amsterdam cruise onboard the “Jewel of the Seas” on Tuesday – I’m so excited!

    • Anonymous
      April 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

      Two of my sons are out here at the farm today and brought with them their wonderful sense of humour. They always make me laugh and can brighten the darkest of days. I love listening to them tease their dad and hearing it go back and forth! Even sons who are grown men are a daily delight! Now I have to go and make them homemade fried chicken like their granmother used to make. Promised it for supper and don’t want to disappoint them or I will receive the brunt of their humour!!!

    • Anonymous
      April 29, 2008 at 12:08 pm

      I had my other cataract removed yesterday and today I found out I have 20/20 vision for distance and just need reading glasses for small print. I feel like I live in OZ as things are so bright and clear.

    • Anonymous
      April 30, 2008 at 10:19 am

      I got an email this am from someone in Canada who had GBS many years ago and she is now experiencing some of what I am. I am so delighted to hear from her and am going to connect with her asap. We only live about 5 hours from each other so I am hoping we can actually meet. It amazes me how similar our stories are!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to get to know her better. I am pumped!!!!

    • Anonymous
      May 15, 2008 at 9:19 am

      What a wonder each day in life can be. I enjoy the beauty of each day. Even those that don’t go according to my plan. Looking forward to another great day.

    • Anonymous
      May 15, 2008 at 10:13 am

      Me too! Today is a delight because I am going to get my grandaughter and she is going to spend the weekend with us. Her dad and stepmom will be here tonight with their new daughter so it will be a wonderful weekend with everyone!

    • Anonymous
      May 19, 2008 at 7:27 am

      I had my second anniversary of CIDP diagnosis. I am happy to say that I am higher functioning than I was on that day 2 years ago. I was able to walk in the American Cancer Socitey Relay for Life walk on Sat. I did a total of 1.5 miles! ๐Ÿ˜Ž (I took breaks between laps)

    • Anonymous
      May 19, 2008 at 7:44 am

      My Daily Delight is that I applied for the disability tax credit based on my ADHD severe anxiety hearing problems CIDP and chronic pain. In 2005 the Government changed the rules so if you have 2 or more problems you may qualify for the disability tax credit and last Thursday I want online to the government website and found out that I was approved for the tax credit. The government doesn’t give out money too easily.

      So that means for the last 3 years I will get a refund. This years taxes and the other 2 previous years. I am expecting about $4200.00. Now every year at tax time I will get a refund. It helps pay for all the time I lose from work for all my DRS appointment and stuff. Also it validates that I do have many medical problems.
      Last year I was labeled a hypochondriac by some people at work. So this will shut them up. I am not sure when I will get the money as they are reassessing my taxes for those 3 years.


    • Anonymous
      May 19, 2008 at 3:03 pm

      Wow, Sue – your news really made my day! Congratulations on beating the bureaucracy\crazy!

    • Anonymous
      May 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm

      Thank You Allaug. I am happy ๐Ÿ˜€


    • Anonymous
      May 20, 2008 at 8:51 pm

      Allaug I found out when I am getting the credit owed to me. On the government website it shows the date of May 27 as the reassessment date and I have direct deposit so that is good. Also the best thing about it is that the 27th is my Birthday can’t ask for a better birthday present. ๐Ÿ˜€


    • Anonymous
      May 21, 2008 at 4:50 am

      Well Sue, can I just say Happy Birthday and congratulations right now! You certainly deserve the assistance. How rewarding that you stuck through the process. You go, Girl!

    • Anonymous
      May 21, 2008 at 6:51 am

      Thank You Judy ๐Ÿ™‚
      Actually after my DR filled the form and I mailed it out it took about 6 weeks for me to get an answer which I got last week then yesterday found out next week I am getting the money. When I called the government office to see how long it would take form them to make a decision the person said 3 to six months. Well 6 weeks is pretty darn fast.
      So just knowing every year at tax time I will get a refund. I got another 20 years to work so as long as I got taxable income I will get a rebate.

      Thanks Again


    • Anonymous
      May 21, 2008 at 9:14 am

      Today, I’m giving the final science exam to the Eighth grade. That’s it for the year. Summer, here I come! [OK, so I’m moving a little slower than I was last year, but I can still float down a creek in an inner tube -assuming I can find one big enough :rolleyes: ]

    • Anonymous
      May 21, 2008 at 10:18 am

      My delight today. It’s a beautiful sunny morning and the birds are singing.
      Sparrows, doves, robins, cardinals, finches, my little humming babies and even the black crows. What great sight and sounds we have.


    • Anonymous
      May 22, 2008 at 10:15 am

      I am delighted to finally get my garden planted! I can’t wait for the fresh produce.

    • Anonymous
      May 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm

      My 150 years old apple trees are blooming:


      Standing beneath them, you can hear all the bees and bumblebees are working their wings off pollinating them for me and gathering honey for themselves. A great delight for me and for them!

    • Anonymous
      May 22, 2008 at 8:26 pm

      Allaug What a lovely picture


    • Anonymous
      May 22, 2008 at 8:35 pm

      Breathtaking! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      May 24, 2008 at 7:50 am

      Our fruit trees are blooming also, what a wonderful picture. Thanks.

    • Anonymous
      May 24, 2008 at 12:37 pm

      My delight to-day is watching the smaller kids, around 4 to 9 years, playing in the water by the quay, even though the water temperature is no more than 60 degrees F! And the air is about the same.

      I seem to remember that the seawater was never too cold for a swim when I was a kid too!

      Oh, my! I just observed one of the dads climbing out of the water, and he is in his 40ties…. But then again, he was two times ski biathlon World Champion in the 80ies. He is not your average Norwegian 40 year-old;)

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2008 at 2:51 pm

      Goodness ~ it’s been awhile since anyone posted here!

      My delight today is the “cooler” weather of the mid 80’s. I sat on the patio in the cool of the early morning with my Kali kitty and a “cuppa” ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      July 12, 2008 at 9:35 pm

      Oh Judi, glad you brought this back up!

      My daily delight is watching my hubby play with his new puppies. we have had them about 10 days and he absolutely loves them and they love him!:)

    • Anonymous
      July 15, 2008 at 12:07 pm

      [FONT=Georgia][SIZE=3]As for me I’m sitting here with a bowl of cooked cabbage & cornbread. The cabbage came out straight out of our garden. ๐Ÿ™‚ [/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 8:50 am

      Daily delight today……

      Getting up and reading a stretch of what I wanted to read – with no interruptions (granted, all of that had to be done at 4:30 this morning:eek: )

      Terry, I like cooked cabbage and cornbread as well. I always slather honey and butter on my cornbread – almost like a confectionary when I eat it.

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 9:30 am

      Oh man, now I am really hungry. Cornbread is not something we get in Canada os when I travel, especially to the southern USA, I always have to have my cornbread. And if they have red clover honey…well, then I am in heaven.

      Gotta get to work, talk to you all tonight.

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 10:46 am

      [FONT=Georgia]My mom use to buy a big bag of corn meal & make her cornbread from that, but now she prefers to use something called Jiffy Mix. It’s a lot easier to make I guess, something I remember she use to fix was she took a bunch of onions & boiled them in a pot. They always cooked down into something that was very good, anyone else ever eat fried green tomatoes. Mom does fry a lot of those yellow squash from the garden, those are pretty tasty to. [/FONT]
      [FONT=Georgia]I got to quit talking about all this as it makes me hungry, I did find something at a local grocery though I like. It has a generic name on it Best Choice Cookies & Cream Ice Cream. This one is very good & it’s quite a difference in the price of it compared to the name brand. Oh well now I got to go find me something to snack on.[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 12:12 pm

      Terry,Love fried green tomatoes. I grow my tomatoe plants each summer and can hardly wait to get that first fried green tomatoe sandwich of the summer.
      That will be my daily delight when I get it.

    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2008 at 11:00 pm

      I never had green fried tomatoes. How do you make them? I have tomatoes growing in the garden so could maybe try them this year. As to cornbread, when I get to the US I buy the Jiffy cornbread mix and bring it home as you can’t find it here in SK. It is wonderful but not the same as what you get homemade…:rolleyes:

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2008 at 9:25 am

      Pick a few green tomatoes when they are a good size but before they change colors. Give them a good wash, slice about 1/2″ thick, dust with flour or corn meal (I prefer flour), in the south most places use cornmeal, season with salt and fry them in oil till brown but not crispy, drain them on paper towels. Makes a great sandwich.
      You can also freeze them to have in the winter. Wash them and make sure they are completly dry, then slice 1/2″ thick and put in freezer bags.
      Try them and enjoy.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2008 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Shirley,

      My tomatoes are just starting to bloom so it will be a while yet till I can try them but I am definitely making them. It is always nice to try things you’ve heard about but never knew how to make.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2008 at 11:47 am

      We have blackberries that are ripening here, the bad thing though is they are very sour. My mom has been hitting the vines here every couple of days. I don’t know if she’s planning on making a pie or making jam out of them. We also have a few raspberry vines, I love the jelly from those. But there just aren’t enough for that, so I generally will get a small jar of Smuckers Black Raspberry Jelly from the store. It has a good taste, as for the garden my mom came in with a couple of green beans this morning. So I guess in not long I’ll be having fresh green beans, just can’t wait.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2008 at 8:48 pm

      My garden is really slow this year. It was so cold un until mid June and we had that huge hailstorm around mid June as well, so everything is delayed. I am hoping when I get home that there will be something fresh…even if it’s just a few potatoes.

      My delight today is I am only one sleep away from heading home for the weekend. I love my job but hate being away. I look forward to seeing my flowers, yard, and garden.

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 12:54 pm

      My delight today is that it is Friday. I’m really looking foward to the weekend.

      Yesterday afternoon, I picked the first of my tomatos….pretty nice ones that are starting to ripen.

      I went with a different variety this year, a “Mountain” type of tomato that is supposed to be as good as any????

      I used Super beefsteak and Goliath last year and they were NICE BIG TOMATOS, [I]but[/I] they were the gnarliest looking fruits you ever saw…and a lot of them were cracked and splitting. I wanted to change to a “medium” sized fruit and supposedly these “Mountain” ones fit the bill.

      Also have a nice Sugar Baby watermelon coming on…..that’s for my girls. Every other day they are there watching it.

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 12:56 pm

      Oh, I forgot….yesterday morning I didn’t have to be in till an hour later so I sliced up some new potatoes and onions and made my wife fried potatoes with onions for breakfast.

      I also cooked some sausage and eggs the way she likes them…..

      Just another delight to add.

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm

      [FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]All this talking about food is making me hungry, but unfortunetly I don’t have an AC in the front part of this Mobile Home . So I’m going to have to wait before I can go fix anything, maybe I’ll just opt for cold cuts. It’s around 88 degrees in there right now.[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2008 at 6:56 pm

      How nice to see all the activity here since I last visited y’all – a delight in itself!

      Otherwise to-day has been the most perfect summer’s day here, with a blue, blue sky and a blue, blue sea and hubby and I went out in our boat and went down to Lyngoer where I have loads and loads of (well, more or less removed) relatives and knocked on the door of one of them and got ourselves a dinner invitation for next Tuesday as they already had their house filled with sleep-over guests. Ten we went out to sea a mile or so, cut the power on the boat and just lay drifting on the wawes hearing them break on the skerries along the coast. When we had had our fill with with this nature experience, we started the engine once more and went at about 30 m.p.h. towards the mainland and our favourite restaurant where we had dinner – hubby loves all kinds of seafood, so he had “cockles and mussles”, while I had fried sea-trout with a lot of trimmings and a deeelicious sauce made on sour cream. We had no room for dessert, but needed a cat-nap, so we went back home and I had my nap with the cat:D !

      They promise us this high pressure will last for a week more, so at last summer is here for real!

      Perhaps I’ve posted this pic’ before, but I put it here just to give you an impression of what my day has been like:


    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2008 at 8:33 pm

      What a beautiful picture Allaug ( you have posted so many ) and what a wonderful day you have had. May I come over too with the other girls and visit? ๐Ÿ™‚

      My daily delight was eating fresh Michigan blueberries – had a whole bowl full-meant to leave some for pancakes tomorrow, but ate them all while reading all the postings here. ๐Ÿ˜€ Guess that gives me another excuse to go to the farmer’s market for more-for me that is the best part of summer-fresh fruits and vegetables!!!!

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2008 at 8:52 pm

      Allaug, I’m coming over with Emma! What a gorgeous place and so peaceful looking.

      My daily delight was spending a day catching up on odds and ends. Three trips to town which we never do with the gas prices here in Canada…a bit more than in the USA:D Anyway, went to the ER today and found out I am in the beginning stages of shingles:eek: so lots of drugs later!! Then back home to pick up the puppies and take them to the vet. One has been scratching like you wouldn’t believe. It seems he may have mange. Poor little thing. So over a hundred dollars later, we were back home and with the hour heading into Yorkton, the opposite direction from the vet/hospital. I needed new blades for the lawn mower and couldn’t get them in Melville. :rolleyes: What a day. Still in pain and understand I can expect more yet :confused: Not sure what to expect but guess I will just roll with the punches. I am trying to find the blessing in all this..HHMMMM

    • Anonymous
      July 23, 2008 at 10:07 pm

      [FONT=Georgia]Hey my daily delight today was getting fresh cooked green beans, that came straight out of the garden. That & ripe tomat0es to ![/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 24, 2008 at 3:38 am

      Allaug, I’ve missed You!! and Your Beautiful Pics!!!:) It sounded like you were describing heaven to me, Allaug!!! I’m definitely penciling in Norway for a vacation trip in the future!!!:cool:

    • Anonymous
      July 24, 2008 at 11:52 am

      [FONT=Palatino Linotype][SIZE=4][COLOR=purple][I][B]I almost forgot this [SIZE=5] Welcome Back Allaug[/SIZE] ! ๐Ÿ˜‰ [/B][/I][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 24, 2008 at 6:44 pm

      My delights to-day were first planting a new apple tree in my garden, an old Swedish kind I bought when we were visiting our son’s parents-in-laws last week. It’s called “Great Germans”. I hope it will thrive and give us lots of apples for apple-sauce and pies in a few years. Then I had a nice swim in the clear water down by our quay, and last, but not least, reading all the kind comments and greatings from so many of you. You’re welcome to stay with me on my island anytime! (Well, during summer anyway!)

    • Anonymous
      July 24, 2008 at 9:45 pm

      Hear that Jan?????? Allaug welcomed us anytime…..how fast can you pack your bag??:D ?? JanB can take over in the tavern and we are headin to beautiful Norway!!!!!! We promise not to get to rowdy Allaug!

      my daily delight——-my son called, returned safely back to his Navy base in Hawaii from seeing his daughter in Seattle…


    • Anonymous
      July 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm

      [FONT=Palatino Linotype][SIZE=3]:D Hey stop by & get me to, I need to get out of here for awhile. Glad your son made it back ok Emma.[/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2008 at 9:10 am

      Allaug, your picture is beautiful, makes me want to visit your island (in the summer time).

      Emma, your son is stationed in paradise! We lived in Hawaii during my husbands Army career, we loved it.

      My daily delight – Just realized my legs are not tingling this morning, first time in months. Take it while I get it and hope it last. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2008 at 11:33 am

      Shirley-that is great that your legs are better-hope that lasts awhile for you!!

      Anxious to visit my son-going to try for this winter, always nice to go some wonderful warm place, when the snow is flying at home…

      Sure Terry-you can come with us to visit Allaug-ok Allaug???

      My daily delight-reading all these threads with my morning coffee.

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2008 at 1:21 pm

      [FONT=Georgia]This was one good thing the numbing has backed off in my feet. All I can say for going to visit Allaug is Are You Ready Oh Yeah ![/FONT]
      [I][FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4][COLOR=purple][B]Oh & I almost forgot to add this Wishing Everyone a Great Wknd ![/B][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/I]

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2008 at 11:44 am

      Emma, my bags are packed and waiting.

      Shirley, isn’t it wonderful when the tingling stops? Mine do that to but it always comes back. I just enjly every moment when my body is “quiet”. Doesn’t happen too often anymore though.

      My delight today is getting to mow hay. I am going to coerce my hubby into letting me have a turn for an hour or so. Gets my mind of the pain in my side.

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2008 at 12:48 pm

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”3″]I want to come too!
      Just so long as i don’t have to work the flight and we all get first class sleeper seats!
      Jan, keep meaning to ask you about those huge round bales of hay, where does it go to get into the familiar small square bales??
      I’ts a beautiful day here today and i need to drag myself away from the computer and get outside and do some gardening.
      Frankie, my one eyed cat just brought me a vole, how delightful!:eek:
      He’s so proud of it that i have to praise him.
      He’s the reason why, though i love watching birds, i don’t dare put out a feeder or bird bath, as he’s lightning fast and just waiting for one to get close enough to pounce.
      See ya later, O.B.[/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”3″]Just had to share this…

      Hope it puts a smile on your face!

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2008 at 3:16 pm

      Veronica, I Love it!!! As for the square bales…well I’d like to tell you I go out with a utility knife and carve them out, but I guess you wouldn’t believe that. Sure do miss the square ones but don’t miss the work they require to get them hauled in and stacked!

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2008 at 7:29 pm

      Veronica, you are too funny-laughed out loud..

      First class sleepers to Allaug’s??? Has anyone noticed besides me, that since we started asking to come over and see her, she hasn’t posted anything?????
      Must have scared her off with our packed bags and all. Oh, Veronica, you will definitely NOT be working this flight…….Allaug is probably floating off somewhere with that hubby of hers on that beautiful water with their beautiful boat.:)

      My daily delight? I woke up this morning gradually-no pain, no full bladder, no alarm–just slowly. Smiled, Thanked God for another day, then I got up-BAD mistake–now if I could just ring a bell or call for room service, etc., that would be a double daily delight……

    • Anonymous
      July 27, 2008 at 12:10 pm

      My Clematis is in full bloom. Love flowers and it is one of my favorites. My Gazanias are also in full bloom so am going to take my coffe, go out and sit outside and take in the beauty. Hardly any pain today so that is a blessing in and of itself.:)

    • Anonymous
      July 27, 2008 at 12:16 pm

      [FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium][SIZE=3]My daily delight today, would be to be visiting Allaug’s island. ๐Ÿ˜‰ [/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 27, 2008 at 6:13 pm

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”2″]Emma,
      i don’t have to ring for room service, Frankie brings me a mole or mouse nearly everyday! Yes and he deposits it right by the bed so i’ll be sure to step on it when i arise.:eek:
      Jan my Clematis has not bloomed yet, do your gazanias make it through the winter or do you have to replant every spring. U sed to grow them in California but didn’t think they here hardy here.
      Beginning to see some color on the Goldenrod, so beautiful.
      See Ya[/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 27, 2008 at 6:22 pm

      Hi, everyone!

      Oh, no – I’m not scared off, Emma, but I’ve been out enjoying the marvellous weather we’ve had since I posted last. I’m sure if you didn’t see the nature, the temperatue of the air and water you’d think you were in the Caribbean! And the incredible fact is that my island is not far from on the same latitude as Anchorage! For your convenience I’ve converted the temperatures from Celcius degrees to Fahrenheit, so the air is in the high 70’ies and the water is 72 degrees.:D (Perhaps a little on the cool side for the Caribbean, but still…)

      It was a delight to-day to go on a 2 hour boat trip in our neighbour’s boat, but the down-side was the fact that we were towing our boat to have her motor fixed because the other day hubby discovered that instead of being distributed all around inside the engine, the oil had gathered in the bottom of the boat. Now, how serious this is we won’t know until the mechanics have gone over the engine – it could be just changing a pipe or hose or it could be bye, bye old engine and buy, buy new:eek: (It’s an American boat, so the only consolation would be that we don’t have to pay a very high exchange rate for your dollar;) ).

      In the meantime our neighbours are queuing up to lend us their boats if we need to go somewhere – which we probably will.

      I’m looking forward to seeing you guys here – for the third year in a row, and this is how my snapdragons are this summer:


    • Anonymous
      July 27, 2008 at 7:24 pm

      Veronica, I replant the Gazanias each year. They won’t winter here. I have some really neat colors this year that I haven’t seen before. Am really enjoying them.

      Allaug, those snapdargons are an awesome color. How lucky for you to be on your island. I can’t wait to visit:D

    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2008 at 1:29 pm

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”3″]Allaug,
      Sounds perfectly lovely there and your Snapdragons are beautiful.
      [B][I]Jan[/I][/B] I want Gazanias too! Do you mail order or get em at a nursery?

      My daily delight?

      I’m playing hooky[IMG]http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh47/oldbat2ccats/mouse.gif[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm

      While at my sil’s house yesterday I took a few shots of her Gazanias, they reminded me of Janet!:) [IMG]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3255/2711320266_425b17c28b.jpg[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2008 at 2:35 pm

      Beautiful shot Allaug! they are one of my favorite flowers.:)

    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2008 at 6:25 pm

      Cheryl, those look just like mine! I have always had them but always in the yellow and orange colors. This year I found pinks and maroons and rusty red. They have anywhere from 8-12 blooms happening at a time and I haven’t had to fertilize. Just the right year for them.

      Veronica, I get them at the nursery or at our local grocery store. This year I found them at Canadian Tire, as well.

      My delight today was getting to cut hay. Unfortunately I had a break down that I can not fix so had to quit until Irv can get home from work and repair it.

    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2008 at 11:25 pm

      Janet, you mean like this…. this is my fav color combo.[IMG]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2236/2711448514_bae01d5b60.jpg[/IMG]

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2008 at 12:15 am

      Cheryl, I love them all! The rusty red with pinkish centre is very unique and I do like it.

      My second deoight today was helping a mother cow find her newborn calf. For some unusual reason, one of our cows lost her newborn over night. She couldn’t find it and my husband spent an hour this morning looking and he couldn’t find it. I went out late this afternoon and finally found it. I was able to reunite them. The little fellow sucked and sucked. He was starving. It was a hot humid day here so glad we were able to accomplish this or he would have died. He is a dark brown with black stripes, black around his face and a black tip on his tail. He is the cattle version of a zebra:D

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2008 at 12:44 am

      [FONT=Georgia]Mine was getting out riding around on the farm on the atv today, I always enjoy that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ [/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2008 at 7:03 am

      Even if it’s early in the day, I cans share one great delight, and that is the fact tat our boat is back on ouf quay, fixed and ready to go! It was just a broken hose, and we are so lucky as to have the boss of the mechanics as a neighbour, so the job was done at once even though it’s really a FOUR WEEK:eek: waiting period because of the huge amount of work they have.

      Hubby and I are still floating, though, – on our backs in the wonderful water!

      Quiz-time: What’s pdeculiar with this picture, taken only a few days ago?


    • Anonymous
      July 29, 2008 at 10:48 am

      Well, Allaug…seems to me tulip season is over. So would it be that there are tulips in bloom? What is that about?

      My delight today is getting to spend it outdoors with my husband building fence. I love to be outside so am looking forward to a reason to be there.

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 9:39 pm

      [FONT=Palatino Linotype]Hey my daily delight was that the numbness finally backed off, I had a miserable time at work. The numbness not only was in my feet it was also pouring it on my ankles. So right now my hands are the only thing giving me problems.[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 10:16 pm

      This is an awlful daily delight, but it’s all I got–the nurse finally got my iv in for my ivig.

      Allaug-I have looked at that picture 4 times-usually the obvious is what is overlooked, and I have to agree with Jan that the tulips blooming is what is so peculiar. Our tulips were done by 2nd week of May. Or have we missed something else???? Glad your boat got fixed so fast, because when Jan, Terry, and Veronica and I come over we would love a tour of your beautiful island–right gang?

      Jan-how is your new calf doing?

      Terry-I wish I could wave a magic wand over your feet, ankles, and hands and the neuropathy would be gone forever!!!!

      Terry and Jan-would love to ride on your quads and find a quiet spot and listen too.

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 10:36 pm

      [FONT=Palatino Linotype]Emma you come down here & I’ll take you riding on my brothers Artic Cat atv, it’s a 4 whl drive model & it will go just about anywhere. I’m just curious if the quads Jan is referring to is a quadrunner atv.[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

      Allaug, is your rose bush in bloom at the same time as your tulips? Beautiful flowers by the way.:)

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 11:11 pm

      My daily delight today is learning I’m a Great Aunt again!!! To a 10lb 3 oz, 22 inch long bouncing [COLOR=deepskyblue]Baby Boy[/COLOR][COLOR=black]!!!:) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ [/COLOR]

    • Anonymous
      July 30, 2008 at 11:57 pm

      Congrats Cheryl.

      Terry, my quad is a Yamaha 4×4. Our son has the same one and our other son has a Polaris Scrambler. They keep them here at the farm so I can take my pick:D

      Emma, the calf is doing great. It is happy now that it is with it’s mommy.

      I spent time cutting grass again today and then in my garden. It is one of the nicest gardens I have ever had. I love being out there. I picked peas, green beans, potatoes, onions and carrots and made a huge pot of soup for supper. Added a bit of braised steak to it, some dumplings and made a batch of fresh biscuits. Yummy. It must have been good because my husband had another bowl before going to bed!

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2008 at 4:51 am

      Congrats Auntie Cheryl-a big baby-hope all is well with the family.
      My day is not starting out to be so delightful-woke up after 3 hours sleep and in pain plus needed potty break, so hey I figure, my day can only go one way from here. UP. Waiting for meds to kick in and then try to get back to sleep. Hope your day goes well. Terry, sure hoping to read later today that your sis made it through surgery and is ok. You need some good news in your life. Jan and Terry-all your quads sound like fun-hope to be riding one this Sat, around a private 40acre man made lake during a family reunion, we’ll see. Other options are a pontoon boat and a canoe and a paddleboat, so will have fun on something. Take care guys. Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2008 at 8:42 am

      [FONT=Georgia]We have all different brands of atv’s in this area, my brothers is an Artic Cat 4 x4 my friend has a Polaris, there’s a lot of Hondas to. Being as I can’t get out & walk very far anymore, that atv really helps me. I can literally get all over this farm in a very short time, there’s nothing I like any better than farm riding. It gets my mind off everything, especially my neuropathy.[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2008 at 10:22 am

      Terry, I’m with you. I love to ride. And now with the boys having bikes/quads, we can go together. Sometimes my husband and I climb on a quad and just go sightseeing….known as “crop checking” in our area.

      Terry, hope your sister has a good outcome today. There are so many great advances in heart surgery so it is becoming relatively safer than in the past. Will say another prayer today.

      Emma, hope you have a great day today. Want you all juiced up and healthy as you have a very busy week ahead. I’m still drooling that you get to see Neil…..

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2008 at 11:31 am

      [FONT=Palatino Linotype]Jan my brother has a cart that hooks behind his atv & I used it back earlier this yr to haul firewood in I had cut up. I can get it in a lot smaller area than the tractor I have here, what my brother used the cart for. He used to dig the footers out to pour concrete in to set monuments on people’s graves. My cousin runs a monument business near here, that’s where Debbies monument on her grave came from. [/FONT]
      [FONT=Palatino Linotype][/FONT]
      [FONT=Palatino Linotype] I helped him a few times we put the dirt in that cart & hauled it out of the cemetery. I’ve had my share of all kinds of work like that, I worked for a cemetery in 73 & I found out a lot of things when I worked there. Especially what I found out about burial vaults, some of it was shocking. [/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 12:43 am

      We have a cart that my husband made and we put it to good use, that is for sure.

      Terry, how did your sister make out with her surgery today? Have been thinking about her. And you of course!:)

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 8:37 am

      [FONT=Palatino Linotype]Jan she had 4 clogged arteries & she made it ok through the surgery. Hopefully her recovery will progress & she will soon feel a lot better. Thanks for asking Jan ![/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 8:56 am

      Terry, what great news. That must have been your daily delight yesterday!

      My daily delight is having the day off. My hubby says I don’t have to doa anything today! Somehow I am skeptical. I am sure he will think of something he needs done!

      My grandkids are coming to spend the night tonight. I am looking forward to it on one hand, but not so on the other. I am tired and not sure I am up for the challenge. By evening, I will be into it though!!

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 9:08 am

      [FONT=Georgia]Oh Jan the joys of the grandkids visiting, just don’t get too worn out. Debra use to have such joy out of the grandkids, but they always took a toll on her & she just got totally worn out. Hope you a great night Jan, just enjoy ![/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 11:20 am

      Thanks Terry. I will. I know right now I am tired. I had a rough night with losts of cramping and pain in my side. Pain in side probably related to the shingles thing, and I have been overdoing it! I know I need to rest. I have to go to town for parts so am going to make it a leisurely trip!

      By tonight, I will be ready to enjoy those kids!

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 1:48 pm

      [FONT=Palatino Linotype]Just curious if you are on or have been on Lyrica Jan, I keep seeing the info at the Drs office I clean that lyrica is also effective on Shingles Pain. I found out it works on some of the pain from my neuropathy like the stinging pain & the burning in my feet. But it hasn’t done anything to help with this numbing pain, so guess I’m stuck with it.[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 4:51 pm

      Haven’t tried Lyrica. It isn’t covered by the health plan I have nor the gov’t subsidized plan so is very expensive here. It all comes down to the almighty dollar. Healthcare here, although free to some extent, is not free when it comes to the drugs. My friend is losing her vision in one eye and needs injuctions into the eye. each injection (she needs three) costs $1800.00. It isn’t covered by any provincial plan. she has private insurance through her work and that is the only way she can aford the shots. Most of us would probably have to accept losing our vision.:o

    • Anonymous
      August 1, 2008 at 4:58 pm

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”3″]Hey Canada,
      Slow down a bit okay?
      You don’t want to miss the Beach Boys tonight over at the Tavern, and Norb’s giving out free t-shirts, Jim’s behind the bar but we gatta watch him, think he’s trying to serve us a laxative!

      i got up on a ladder today!! Okay it was only a step ladder but still. Finally got around to taking down heavy winter drapes, washing windows and hanging sheers. Taking it slow, don’t care if it takes all weekend. Nobody around to spy on me but the sheep next door.:D

      See Ya later…..[/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 9:05 am

      Got the grass cut yesterday, the edging all done, my house cleaned…..and now my feet hurt. But I love looking around and everything…inside and out….looks so neat and clean. I just want to sit and enjoy it today. (Before some of the kids come and make a mess again.) Yeah they are all grown up but some things never change ๐Ÿ˜€ It really hasn’t been their fault. With the well pump needing replacing, etc. they have been in and out of the house, up and down the basement stairs so you gotta expect some of that dirt. But I LOVE neat and clean. I am a neat freak!:eek: ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 10:25 am

      [FONT=Georgia]My daily delight would just be to feel half decent today, the numbness set in on my hands & feet both yesterday. It made for quite a miserable day & it’s continued over into today. :confused: [/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2008 at 10:28 pm

      My daily delight is that I just had dinner out with two girlfriends that I haven̵