Sunday, February 13, 2011


Even though my mother only lives 120 kilometers away from us, she's living in another world. We have coast climate, mild winters, cold summers. My mother, who is living at the end of a long fjord, surrounded by high mountains, has cold winters, but mild summers.

This winter the snow hasn't stopped
coming, day after day, week after week. My mother's veranda was filled till over the brim. Her nice son in law offered to give a helping hand as we were visiting. The second Sunday of February is Mother's Day in Norway.

My mother (85) is considering snow a personal offense, and said, "No way you are going to ruin your health on shoveling that snow.Let me do it!"

She just got carried away, using all her fragile might to hold Gunnar back. Actually she hasn't had this much fun in years.I find Gunnar very patient and generous, giving my mother the opportunity to play.

After Gunnar had picked snow and ice for half an hour, he finally was able to open the veranda door, and my mother can sit in her chair and get some spring sun in her face. Wasn't that a great gift for Mother's Day?

Originated by MaryT, check hers for today


Leora said...

I like how your family interacts so nicely. Glad she is able to enjoy a bit of the sun.

Felisol said...

So am I. My mother stayed indoors for a whole month because of the snow. She's got a lot of good humor to help her figting adversity.
Gunnar has got patience and a large portion of good will too.

Deb said...

I just have to say that I love your mother's sweater! Very colorful!

...glad she can now get out and enjoy the sunshine on her face!

Three cheers for Gunnar! said...

Not only is your mother full of life and adorable... Gunnar is a precious man to extend such kindness and have so much fun with her. That's such a blessing for you Felisol, since you love them both!

Crown of Beauty said...

This was so much fun to read, and the photos are so real. I think Gunnar really was such a good sport.

Oh, what a lovely way to celebrate Mother's Day, and to honor her on this special day.

Love always.

Mrs. Mac said...

Can you imagine the 'trouble' those two would get in if they lived closer :) What fun to see them interacting and horsing around. Your mom must have a good sense of humor. Happy Mother's Day!

John Cowart said...

Hi Felisol,

I laughed so hard at this! I think it is one of your best posts ever.

Gunnar looks like he is having so much fun. Those are such happy pictures.

Since Gunnar won't let her shovel snow,p]Please send your mother over here to my house; in Florida we don't have snow but I'll let her rake leaves in my yard.


Terry said...

your mom is such a great sport felisol!
i think that when you and gunnar go there, you have lots of fun just like bernie and i have at mom and dad goldens...
and what did YOU get for mothers day are a great mother yourself!
aren't we so blessed to still have our moms felisol!.....keep warm now in the cold! happy valentines day my terry

dad golden says happy valentines day norway..

Unknown said...

a thoughtful and loving gift to your mother. a perfect valentine's day gift.:p

Amrita said...

Even the snow can 't stop your Mother Felisol.

Both Gunnar and Mother are having ful. Glad she can enjoy the sun on her veranda.

Happy Mother 's Day to both of you.May mother-daughter love warm your hearts.

Gizelle said...

tug-of-war mom-in-law style! lol. Amazing how your mom can tackle a big man as Gunnar! :) Warm regards! The sun has been generous to us!

Trish said...

It is heartwarming to see your Mother and Gunnar playfully interacting.
A loving and close family issuch a blessing...thank you for sharing your Mother's day with us!
Oh, and the Church in the previous post was just breathtaking!
p.s. So is your lovely serina.

EG CameraGirl said...

Gunnar is indeed a very sweet son-in-law! These are great photos of your mother and husband having fun. :)

Colleen said...

Oh Felisol, wonderful post! I loved the humor with which it was written and the playful spirit both your mom and Gunnar have! This just brought a huge smile to my face so thanks for sharing your gift of fun of laughter with us!

Happy Valentine's day!

Ralph said...

This is a lovely and lively lady! To have fun with son-in-law (like Patti's mom and me) is great. She is acting as she always has, to want to complete a task and letting a visitor be. Hospitality she gives by being happy to be visited by Gunnar. A wonderful pair!

Terry said...

dear norway ...i am at mom and dad goldens and when they wanted to see these pictures and when i made them bigger i am sure that the pretty girl in the picture is YOU!
is it felisol and if so does your princess ever look like you!
let us know, ok? terry

B i r g i t t a said...

Hope Gunnar's back is OK after the work.
Our snow is gone but it is very cold just now :)

steveroni said...

Just been riding (scooter) tonight, it was quite chilly--COLD! Reading this about your mother and Gunnar, brought me warmth...I actually felt warm all over. Thank you for the lovely story!

eastcoastlife said...

Happy Mother's Day to your lovely Mom and you!

Gunnar is one son-in-law many mothers would want for their daughters. :D

Mona said...

Seems that you are close to each other, have time to visit my RT entry.

steveroni said...

Off topic: Seinfeld was of course a favorite. Also my fav was CHEERS. Since I tended bar for so many years (sometimes musicians have to 'work'--grin!) I found that show as realistic as living life itself. I'm sure there were others but I never was a TV addict.

Sorry to intrude with this bit of 'shrinkage'.......


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Your mother seems both spry and good-humoured!


A woman who always saw red,
Could not get it out of her head;
Her dreams were red-hot,
Although she was not
Exactly Miss Scarlett in bed.

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Red Umbrella

Doraemon The Movie said...

Nice blog, i like it.
thank you.

Jada's Gigi said...

What a sweet man you have there. Hooray for sunshine and mild winters and great son in laws! :)

Jada's Gigi said...

What a sweet man you have there. Hooray for sunshine and mild winters and great son in laws! :)

Annie Jeffries said...

How touching and playful. I love your mom's spirit.