Thursday, November 17, 2011

Daily Manna

I can sympathize with Steve E's concern; "is there food on your table"?
Like most Norwegians we have placed our kitchen table beside a window. We like streams of daylight, and we like to know what's going on outside.
I know I should have tidied up before taking the pictures, but this is how we live. Eating bread, smorgaas,orange juice, meat, reading morning paper, telephoning, listening to the radio, discussing, making notes in the Moleskin, reading loud Corrie ten Boom, "This is the Lord's day." Short and straight to the point words for the day.

Dinner; water, fried fish, onion, potatoes, fresh herbs and butter. Fruit and cheese. The paper still not done with.
Here's the place we like to gather and also when having guests. Plenty of place for six once the books and papers are gone. The candles and figurines get to stay.
Days like this (yesterday), are more valuable than anything I can think of.
And then there's coffee.

26 comments:

Debbie said...

Felisol, I love having a glimpse into your life. Funny that you mention placing your table near the window. I remember most of the relatives I visited in Norway also did this. It makes sense too! :)

There is a book written by the daughter of a Norwegian immigrant that I've read several times. It's called "First We Have Coffee". Coffee and talk have always been important in my family's life whether in the US or in Norway.

Thank you for being real and taking photos as you really live. I love it and ...you.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Trish said...

I just love your Norway dear Felisol! Your home is beautiful and I don't see any clutter...I see a wonderful, peace filled home.
Oh, and I can't forget coffee! Lol.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

The beauty of ordinary days.These are things that will stay in our hearts forever . I love that you are sharing your ordinary days . I not am Norwegian , but I also love my table near a window. Corrie ten Boom is one of my favorites too.

Blessings

Amrita said...

Your dinner table is full of love, warrmth and welcome

Jada's Gigi said...

I too love your posts like this...glimpses into your life...and what a cozy comfy life it is...you are right....nothing better...except maybe coffee...? :)

Crown of Beauty said...

I just love this brief post and the air of peace and contentment that I feel around your words.

The food is delicious.

Enjoying a mealtime routine is the best thing one can have in the midst of a busy day.

It always is a joy to visit you where you live.

Someday, Felisol... we will have a chance to dine together.

I continue to pray for your Mother.

Much love
Lidia

Sonja said...

It just looks so cozy, well lived in and well loved. What a comfy life you have together. I ate so well in Norway, there is always something fresh, along with good bread and cheese, and fish. We used to have open face sandwiches, buttered bread with a little shrimp and butter lettuce. Delicious! And mother used to make potatoes with butter and parsley that we loved, and FRESH fish.

This is where I will picture you and Gunnar as you begin your day, content and enjoying the morning.'

I hope yur mother is improving,Felisol. Praying.

Hugs to all of you.

John Cowart said...

Your home looks so warm, cozy, comfortable.

Connie in Japan said...

I love the warmth I see...I'm encouraged to relax more in my home...I'm far too tidy and I think this makes things stiff and formal at times. In Germany we also placed the table by a window. I still do if I possible can!

Terry said...

dearest friend..just even looking at these pictures has quietened my soul and then to read your post...oh it is too thrilling and bernie has on the tape recorder playing "nearer my god to thee"..no singing just the steel guitar being stummed by gentle praising hands.[gunnar has these same gentle caring hands as he reads his newspaper.so so true..like daily manna..oh to have daily manna like this every day of the week and through out the WHOLE day seven times a week!
i love you felisol..love terry

Terry said...

ps..felisol, your home looks all right to me..so comfortable!..the first time i ever entered miss patty's house, i felt so welcomed even though everything was not in 90 degree order...so feeling at home!...now, if I have company, i want to know two weeks ahead of time so i can straighten things up!!!...love terry

Felisol said...

Dearest Terry,
You can come to me only if you can zigzag in between my clutter. Every third week two strong women come to vacuum and wash the house. Gunnar and I spend the day before they are coming, moving chairs, guitars, news paper and wood bins, pillows, small carpets and magazines away for the floor. Plus we are folding laundry, changing bed linens and sheets, moving shoes and boots outdoors,baking bread,polishing tables, wow, it's an unholy shabang. Every third Thursday at 03 p.m.our house is clean, neat and tidy for at least three hours.
I'm not quite sure about the angels though.
P.S: Gunnar is playing the guitar fairly well.

Becky said...

never forget the coffee. have a good day.

Gattina said...

I prefer a picture with a home like it is, cosy,otherwise I can also look through a furniture brochure, lol !

Steve E said...

Felisol, you write: "...and then there was coffee."

To me that is like writing (on another topic!) "...and then there was HEAVEN!"
Ahhh, sweet brew.

Hey, I wish every blogger would publish a few photos of their home, surroundings, dinner table, kitchen...garage! What? Skip the garage? That's the only way to really 'know' Peeps--look in their garages

PEACE!

Steve E said...
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Steve E said...

Fel, I forgot about that "Blog Owner Approval" and probably posted 2 time...wouldja delete one of them, please. THANK-YEW!

Felisol said...

Steve E,
Next week there'll be a report from Gunnar's garage.(OK my bicycle and skies are probably, I said probably there too.)
I'm already looking forwards to revealing the most beautiful chair of our home. = >

Terry said...

hi felisol..i just keep coming back to this fantastic post..felisol, did you ever read the "life" magagazine?...well these photos could easily be from it!..they have a real
norman rockwell look about them!..i think they should be entered into a photo contest!...felisol, in the last year you have created magic with that camera of yours!...no fancy photo course you needed..for sure and you have the two best teachers you ever needed..gunnar and serina!....love terry

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Terry said...

sorry about that felisol..putting in the same comment twice..haha!..age is catching up to me...while i am here i will tell you that mom and your prayer child are doing fine...in three weeks, lord willing, dad golden will receive that card i was telling you about..we are all anxious for this happy day...god bless you and gunnar and serina and mom ljung and kel...i love you all!!..love terry

Felisol said...

Dearestest Terry,
We are entitled to do things our way, being busy 49ers.
I'm never letting go of my prayerchild, Dad Golden and keep on prayer that he may get his rightful citizenship both here and over there.
I have googled Norman Rockwell and had a good laugh. I don't read Life, but I used to read my Dad's Saturday Evening Post in my childhood. It had that foreign smell and wonderful, glossy pictures. Besides my Dad used to bring a certain chocolate and red, big American apples home with the Post.
Wonderful memories from a time when we lived more simple and small things could turn everyday into a feast.
I'm afraid my pictures are still both sloppy and imperfect.
I'm looking forwards to doing the garage report though.
Prepare for a joyful chaos.
Best of wishes to all of you
Yours Felisol

Terry said...

that's right felisol! mr. rockwell did a lot of the saturday evening posts covers.
gotta' run we are at dad goldens...
felisol, if you would like to see more pictures that mr. rockwell did, go to google images...love terry

Mrs. Mac said...

I do believe I need to update something on my computer as I can't see your pictures in this post. But you have given such a vivid picture written in words that I can easily imagine what you have on your table. After watching the scandalous accounts of crazy 'Black Friday' shoppers in the States, I can only imagine and hope for a day when the simple items such as a new magazine or a crisp red apple bring such contentment.

Annie said...

I love how you have the glass case just chuck full and stashed with stuff. That is my kind of case.

Roan said...

I love your busy dining room. It has lots of color and life. It feels welcoming. And then there is coffee. Oh how I love my coffee. It's the best part of my day.