Thursday hail and tornado warnings...
|...but not here.
East of here in Meagher County north of Teresa in Bozeman.
Played one game of Mah Jongg and won (dragons and flowers). I was dead in the water when one of my opponents played 3 West Winds, so I had to adjust. And did! I'm good for the year.
I also completed a level 2 sudoku, although I was very slow.
Socrates Club hit a bump today. It's one thing to have an opinion but to think you're right because you've "worked it out" is another. Even rational people can be wrong.
Three salad lunch for $3: tuna, chicken, potato. Very nice. I bought into it for the cherry cobbler.
I put the fan in the window so it would cool my room off. It gets cool at night even after a hot day. Today it never warmed up! Good sleeping weather.
Just another day...
The blue blue stars of borage...
The irises are gasping their last gasp but the borage is blooming. So many flowers in bloom in early June. The leftovers of Spring and the harbingers of Summer.
It's still green, but it won't be for long if it doesn't rain. Dry Spring. The river never rose much but that's okay if there's enough snow high in the mountain peaks for runoff.
Still struggling. Went over to Nancy's home and sat with friends last night. She has a friendly wild duck that visits. We played a dominoes game. I resisted, but...
Did get to bed at a decent hour and I'm getting enough sleep overall but there's no consistent rhythm. I'm awake, bubbly or tired at random times.
Well... the wash got done and my black underwear is folded and ready for the next trip. I need a few hours at the computer to strategize.
Saturday night I got to speak with a young student who is going to school in Trollhätten in Sweden next winter semester. Thrilled me to share what I know! I'm happy when I can be of some use.
After the pressure...
We can never be someone else. We are best at being ourselves.
Depresses me to the max. I see people I want to be or worse ..."have".
I walk my journey alone.
Went to market. Saw Jeremy. Saw Peter. Met other people from Baltimore or Orioles fans. Bought steamed dumplings. Bought morels.
Glad I remembered to go.
I was up early after collapsing early. This adjusting ain't adjusting. Tired now. Need coffee. Almost noon.
Without purpose I'm a bit lost. Have something to keep me busy and occupied every day of the week. Doesn't seem to be enough.
When I'm traveling I don't have time to get too depressed. The anxiety and daily frustration wipe it out. When good things happen I can smile.
But when the pressure is off even good things don't help much.
I mostly look and sound happy. Folks have no idea...
|I think I'm still on Stockholm time.
To bed too early; up too early.
But I'm doing fine.
I'm methodically unpacking and organizing. It'll all be done soon. No rush.
Stopped in at Thursday evening in the park last night by happenstance. It poured. I know market is tomorrow. Today?
Got to talk to someone who is going to Norway and Sweden in July. Color me happy.
And treated myself to a banana-split cupcake at Bernice's.
Need to focus on writing and editing now that I'll be back into a routine.
Next trip may be late-July until late-August. We shall see.
At home. My checking account balance...
|...is fine, thank-you.
I did okay on my trip. I estimate $78/day but I could be wrong. In any case my bank balance is fine and I have enough money to plan my next trip.
Still... tempting to go NOWHERE!
I got in at 8am Stockholm Time yesterday. Nick Bless-his-Heart picked me up at the airport at midnight Montana Time. Went to bed. So exhausted by flight back.
That didn't stop me from eating calamari with chips at Ivers in the Seattle airport though. Nor did I snooze and miss photos of the Rockies, the ice pack off the east coast of Canada, the western coast of Greenland, Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands, Hardangerfjord, Oslo.
I have no one to blame but myself.
Not quite straightened out time-wise but I've seen friends, picked up mail, went to the doctors for my scheduled appointment, seen friends.
I'm catching up.
Tomorrow I meet a friend of a friend to talk about traveling around Sweden and Norway.
Glad I can be of some use.
|The fjord is not quite glass; but, the day is warming and promises to be picture perfect.
No need to think of the blizzards and dark dreary days.
Unless one is moving to this paradise.
Need to finish my coffee and contemplate eating and repacking and planning my next move.
In the meantime the morning sun streams in, the four lambs stay close to their mother, two children age 4 and 6 play nicely. People are out and about but the day is tranquil.
All is good.
A gift for myself
|I bought two used books today. Authors who write in nynorsk, who I'd have trouble finding in the USA. I don't feel too guilty... just need to make space where there isn't any!
Don't ask the price ...things cost.
I also went to the glacier museum and did some walking along the Fjærland fjord. After a cloudy morning the sun came out and it almost got warm.
I'm figuring out how to get around. Just in time to leave. LOL
Saturday is a day for washing and repacking. There are no buses. The forecast is sunny, calm and warm. Good day for a long walk.
5 Americans in the dorm. We're getting alone nicely.
Time to head off to bed. It's 11 and not dark out but still ...it's 11.
No apple blossoms yet
Probably should've gone to Voss, but didn't think of that alternative.
Rainy day now darkening into night.
Totally worn out when I got here so I took a nap. Wrong idea? Hard to say.
No real news. Did get to see Yan in Bergen. Ate fish soup. Ate fish-potato dish. Nothing new or fishy about that. Met folks from Italy, Taiwan, Makedonia, China.
The German choir group was nice to listen to and there was one great sunset.
Didn't do much in Bergen this time.
It was great to run into Alwin from Greenland though. Totally unexpected. Met him last year.
Life is good even when it isn't exciting.
On the boat to Bergen.
|Day whatever. 35 of 58? I'd rather be on a plane home.
That said, I've got some beautiful places on my agenda and if I need to take a day to rest I can do that too.
Warm yesterday and today ...and sunny.
Hope that means apple blossom time in Solvorn. I'll need to arrange my visit soon.
Longer times in fewer places would be wiser next time. I don't want to think about Washington state, Costa Rica or Africa just yet. Not even the promise of eccles cakes and mushy peas will make me plan my return to England ...yet.
Karmsund: a quick stop.
Boat is relaxing in a way. At 400kr it was cheaper and quicker than bus or train. A bit cool up on the deck though!
preiskestolen. day 34...
Stress is my companion...
Managed to buy boat ticket to Bergen tomorrow. Easy if one has internet. I have reservations at a hostel in Bergen for three nights. So important to get there, no?
So... that done I joined a couple from Zaragoza, Spain and another from Newcastle, England on the boat cruise down the Lysefjord. 3 hours of sunshine. Didn't see any seals but did see a couple goats, waterfalls and the famous Preiskestoken. 25x25m flat topped rock and 600m over water... better to see from below.
Nice trip. Would have liked to have done the entire Lysefjord but that boat left long before I was ready.
I'm sitting at Bøker og Brust with a coffee (25kr) after a McShake (20kr). Needed liquids.
It's a famous gathering spot in Gamla Stan.
Trying to relax. I think I wrote something similar from a Bergen café last May.
If I can do one thing a day...
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