Wednesday, April 02, 2008

APRIL FOOL, MARCH REVISITED

March came with garden lilies.
Mom has gardening as her absolute main interest.
No crouches, but a broomstick was appropriate support, she felt.
We were both correctly dressed for heavy working.
One week later the tiny flowers were covered by snow.
Spring can be so moody.

For Jim: New favorite:Warm Brownie with thick fudge and nuts,served with ice and whipped cream.
Blackberries, blueberries and cow berries added. So are several pounds to my weight.


Yellow is the color of Easter by us. Serina makes a splendid
background decoration.
My place in the kitchen, under the picture of my Dad and br. Ole.
The blue coffee jar comes from my German friend Christa.
Feathered domestics are also Eastern symbols. The cock from the Garden of Gethsemane is a must. The hens and eggs refer to the ancient fertility cult previous to Christianity.


Serina decorates herself with parsley.

Getting better all the time. Now in her typical housewife position.
Smiling Mom washing dishes of extended Easter family.

More items from my permanent poultry exhibition.

Bro Knut E showing off in Mom's old self made tablecloth.
She's an artist with thread and needle.

After a gray and rainy winter, spring came with snow.
Had to feed the birds some extra portions of cornballs.

Two garden angles almost hidden by the snow.
The daffodils were totally drowned.

Gunnar has made me an old fashioned swing hanging in the
cherry tree.
The brown miniature trolls have to stay out in the open all of the year together with Virgin Mary and two wooden cats.

More daffodils in snow.

Serina's two second cousins from Oslo came visiting.
They are her age and serving in the army.
Ruby had a nap in Serina's bed on her way back to Vet. school on a university outside London.
Finally out hiking. While making a coffee break this cute
rabbit came forth asking for food.
Can't believe it has survived alone in the wilderness.

Liv and Turid enjoying holy moment of April sun.
Life is not so bad after all.

The barometer of my life has again turned to wonderful.
We survived the icy, shifting storms and snow of March.
Even after 29 years with ME I did not imagine it possible to be so utterly worn out.
By Pass Over His blood was stained over the our door, and the angle of death speared us.
After holidays my Mom felt so well, that she got severe homesick. My bro followed her to live alone in the place she and my Dad have struggled and built up for 56 years.
She walks and talks and is able to feed her self in every way, so it's probably just Gunnar and me who felt she ought to have stayed a little longer.
We cannot forget the miserable sight who met us January 7th. (I had called home every day,but she hid her illness, wouldn't be of any trouble.)

Serina went to Azerbaijan Thursday after Easter .
We are both happy and worried about that too.
She's sent some messages that she's having a good time, but she actually is in a country at war, consisting of 93% Muslims.

Oh, I shold be proud. She's unselfishly helping out at an orphanage. I am happy about that, but....

Well, after hitting the wall and cracking all up for some days, I'm on my feet, making phycical exercises and today I'm headed for an outdoor hike with Liv, Turid and Gjertrud .

Slowly life is turning towards normal. Daffodils are painting my garden yellow and soon the tulips will spring out as well.
If He could just stop the rain from pouring down for a day or two I might even get some fertilizing and sowing done.

The sky is gray, but the sun is shining just now. Our part of Norway is famous for having the most unpredictable weather, four kinds of weather in one day is not uncommon.
Today our garden is green, but next week the meteorologists have predicted more snow.

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672) US poet

13 comments:

Amrita said...

a lovely leisurely trip to your home Felisol.

Lovely photos as usual.

So glad Mother is feeling good, she is an artist indeed, her embroidery is classy.My mother did a lot of needle work, lace-making and knitting. Because of cataract she is not able to that much.she wove quilts too.

Daffodils are my favorite flowers. Never seen then in India. Do they grow from seeds?

i love your poultry. I have a little Russian cock.It could a traditional Easter decoration!

Serina looks like a Snow Princess. So glad she volunteered to go to Azerbaijan.

What you say about the PassOver angel is true. The blood of Christ protects us.

I take such courage by looking at how well your dearest Mother has recovered.

God bless you all.

Nancy said...

What a joy to read all about your life and customs.. I love all the pictures & Easter decorations..
Your Mom looks very well... God Bless!!

Sue "Sioux" Seibert said...

Hi, I know you think I sank through the floor or something, but I am back. What a wonderful Easter. Ours was also. I know you are worried about Serina, and she is in our prayers, as are you all. God bless you as spring begins in earnest!

Amrita said...

btw hat ice cream is so yummy. O have an award for you on my blog come and take it

Renae said...

Oh, what wonderful pictures! I was wishing myself there, as I looked. We had snow here in Texas, Easter 2007. It never snows in Texas! If it does, it usually is just a small amount of slush and doesn't even stick to the ground. But that Easter, it was the thick fluffy kind like in your pictures! It only lasted one day, but it made everything seem fresh and new. I felt it was a gift from God.

Of course, I may not have felt that way if I had it all the time! :-)

Glad your mother is well. Such a blessing when your parents are healthy.

Blessings, Felisol!

--renae
www.renaebrumbaugh.com

Jim said...

"And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain."

Nice long journal post here, Felisol. Good to see you are all doing well and enjoying life, even the rain and snow.

Thank you for the brownie desert. Leave off the fruit and you would have the CornCrib Sundae I used to eat so many of while attending the University of Nebraska.
Those were a chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and nuts if desired, whipped cream, and a marchino cherry on the top, put on in that order.
The Corn Crib was an eating hangout there, a lot students spent a lot of time with cokes, floats, sundaes, sandwiches, etc.

We are off for our Ireland thing finally April 14th. Not Norway this year (again).

I may have missed, but how long till Serena gets back to civilization? She is on my prayer list, now her safety will be also.

It does snow in Texas, just not here in the southern half. Up north and out west get a lot of snow! It doesn't stay very long though.
..

Saija said...

i love it when you share your life so generously with us all ...

i hope you hear good news from serina soon ...

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
I feel sorry for your Mom, who cannot see to enjoy her creative skills. There's so much pride and contentment connected to making and mastering handicraft. Maybe you could make some pictures from your Mom's earlier production. That might bring her some pride back. (I intend to do that with some of what's left of my Mom's handicraft.)

Daffodils as I grow them come as bulbs. They thrives in wet surroundings, in England they are growing wild near lakes.
In Norway they are named Easter Lilies and their white cousins blooming later bear the name of Pentecost Lilies.

My Mom is still doing better every day, but she's om her own now, and even equipped with all kinds of alarms I do fear something might happen to her climbing staircases down in the cellar and up in the attic every day.

She's born stubborn and that's perhaps also what made her recover from her stroke on her two months stay in our home.
She worked on her training every day with Gunnar and me coaching..

Serina shall be back on her Norwegian school by tomorrow.
I'm so looking forwards to hearing from her.
Thanks for being so supportive pray, dear Amrita.
I find it alright to be so little that I'm always in need of prayers from fellow Pilgrims and daily grace from above.
Yours Felisol

Felisol said...

Dear Jim,
exercises in English pronunciation
from my childhood:
Whether the weather be good,
Whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Whether the weather be hot,
Whatever the weather, we'll weather the weather
Whether we like it or not.

I should have known that you knew all about Brownies.
What is then your favorite cookie??

I have not heard anything, but I do hope you'll see the doc. before you leave for Ireland!!!

Have a good April week to all
Fom Felisol

Felisol said...

Dear Nancy,
thank you for visiting.
I like to pop in to your sites now and then as well.
I think peoples everyday life tell more about a country's culture than politics and TV series.
I have for sure got my horizon broadened by reading American, Canadian and even Indian blogs.
Hope we will continue to meet.
From Felisol

Felisol said...

Dear Sioux Sue,
yes, I'm glad you are back.
You are such and engaged women in various fields.
Always nice too have you around.

FRom Felisol

donna said...

Hello Felisol..this was a delight to read ..i came back a second time to enjoy it once more..keeping you all in prayer as you live out your days with Him. Many blessings
donna

Felisol said...

Dear Donna,
Isn't it delightful when sisters and brethren are wandering together in delight!
I sure hope we'll be allowed to bear each other's burdens and be sharing both blessings and sorrows.
Your Felisol