Italian good looks
for making me stick out like a sore thumb
no matter how I might dress.
Something I will need to get used to is the lack of daylight hours in Norway during winter. I think I may not mind it. I always thought snow looked better in the dark. It glows and twinkles under the moon. The quiet and the gentle hum of the winter wind is enough to lull one to sleep.
I have heard of this thing they call Hygge. “While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, ‘contentness’, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness” says hyggehouse.com. The creator of hyggehouse also mentions that it is about living in the present. Enjoying that cup of tea and talking with a friend about cats. It’s making homemade pizza and eating it on a cold winter night together. Enjoying the present is not something Americans really like doing. We like to do this and that and quickly be on our way. Most people hate days like today.
One could suggest hygge is not at all a new thing but rather a rediscovered method of living life.
Enjoying the present is actually in therapy and it is called “mindfulness.” I’ve been practicing it for a long time and it is indeed hard to do. Enjoying whatever you do to the fullest you can, no matter how simple, is hard. For someone with anxiety, your mind wants to go elsewhere. Whatever worry you may have or random thought pops into your head disrupts mindfulness. You could also call mindfulness a form of meditation. Meditation has caused me to fall asleep or even have panic attacks! Yes, for people with anxiety or panic disorders that is not uncommon to happen. Though that is not a reason to give up.
Hygge is something that can be learned and even studied. I’ve gotten a book on it and plan to dive right in. Teach me your Danish and Norwegian ways to deal with the cold and wintery!
Oh myy. These are words I need to practice! Here are some winter wonderland words!
Winter is well and truly on the way in Bergen. The temperature is dropping and on Friday, we had our very first sprinkle of snow! However, I was informed that this slushy mixture of rain and snow is not actually called snow in Norwegian but instead, ‘sludd.’
That got me thinking, in a country which gets its fair share of winter snowfall, there must be a few different ways to describe it. During my snøord search, I soon discovered that there are in fact A LOT of different words used to describe snow and snow-related activities. I’ve shared a few of the basics and some of my favourites, but if you’re snow inclined, this blog post is incredibly comprehensive!
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I think making spaghetti sauce for my in-laws when they come to visit us this holiday season is special. Why not make special meatballs too!? This recipe from cookingadventures looks awesome! Check out the recipe and this food blog.
These were probably the best meatballs I have ever tried. Even with having a finicky daughter who started complaining about having to eat them, couldn’t stop at one and her quote was “These are better than cheese curds”.
They are very easy to make and go well alone or over any kind of noodles.
Oven 400 degrees
Time: 15 minutes
1lb Ground Beef/ Chicken (works well too)
1c Bread crumbs
1/2tsp Ground Garlic
1tsp Italian Seasoning
1/4tsp Black Pepper
1pkg Mozzarella pearls
– Heat oven…
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I’m using language apps on my phone called Duolingo and Tinycards for Norwegian. It was easy at first and then. . . .
I was like “Wait, what? What’s going on right meow?”
It got much harder. I am greatly confused by “you” “they” and “it.” Word placement is different than in English. Where do I place the “ikke”? Not like or like not? I still don’t fully understand how to say certain combinations of sounds. Thank God I have studied two other languages and understand how to study a language.
A Norwegian course is offered to immigrants in Norway for free. I might be able to get familiar with Norwegian but I feel I really need this class.
As I might have mentioned before- my diabetes is out of control. We’re talking 500-270 blood sugar ranges everyday. For a healthy person, your blood sugar should be 100-70. My endocrinologist and I have been trying to determine what is the culprit. Is it me? After Paleo, Keto, Non-Red Meat Vegetarianism, and Low Carb we decided that what I ate was not the problem. I saw an autoimmune specialist and I have fibromyalsia. That does not cause high blood sugars. Next is seeing if my digestion is the issue. Drugs and more insulin do not control my blood sugars.My endocrinologist is baffled by me. So what do I do if nothing is working? I’m not giving up.
In Norway, I plan to try:
Did I mention I need prayer? Yeah, lots of that.