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I'm baaaaaack

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It has been a while..  a crazy couple of years..  A couple of years for all of us to process the changes in our lives..  How to move on, how to start over.. 
The starting over.  
Dating again in my 40's yikes..  with all of my history thrown out on the internet to see.    Family pictures, daily adventures..  I suddenly didn't want my life out there for the world to see.
Was a time for privacy for sure.... 
I made my blog private..  & then left it.. 
Sad really, when once I really enjoyed posting memories for my children and our life "abroad"
Not really so abroad anymore.. - As Norway has really become home & I have even gotten my Norwegian citizenship Whaaaaaat?  Yes, the procrastinator got off her tail and took care of herself.. 

Looking at the old header.. Another reason I stopped blogging.. I had to figure out who I was -- After 17 years of being a wife , and changing our little family..  So goodbye American in Norway  "partying on the poopdeck"

Happy Birthday Dane❤️

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Weekend trip to Copenhagen for Dane's 17th Birthday.. Love you KID!

A "shitty" good week...

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This week has been a bit "shitty" literally.I've been experiencing another part of being single.. The not so fun part of being on your own, for the first time in my adult life..  But perhaps this is another, less exciting thing to mark off of my bucketlist.. Becoming an Independent home owner.
The problem started weeks ago with a "bubbling" in my pipes everytime we'd flush the toilet.... 
I went next door to my renters- who had lived in the neighbor house for years, asking if they had noticed anything?
"Yes,yes.. But not to worry, the bubbling would go over.."
I'm kind of a positive person.. And like to believe that everything would just work out.. He he.. Not so much.
My first shower after returning from a business trip, my bathroom flooded.. ...  I tried to investigate.. Checked the drain & concluded it must have been because I was using the washer at the same time. (Shrug).
When my daughter used the shower the next night (with nothing else runni…

Happy 16th Birthday Dane!

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Happy Birthday to my beautiful "baby" boy. I can't believe how fast 16 years has flown by with you.. It breaks my heart a little. I am so proud of the man you are becoming.  I have no doubt that you are destined for great things son.
I can't wait to celebrate your BIG Day in the BIG APPLE marking off things on our bucket lists.  
I love you so very,very much. MOM

Venice.. last post..

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Trip of a lifetime.. still smiling with a happy heart.. can't wait til next year's SPRING FLING..

Colorful BURANO ..

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Pretty Burano is one of the many islands of Venice. Famous for silk and brightly colored fisherman's homes it's one of the most beautiful sights in Venice. I never dreamed I would get so excited about laundry...  but in Italy, it just. works.



 Ohhhh .. the SPRITZ - MANY.. were consumed... The Spritz (German: "splash" / "sparkling", also called Spritz Veneziano or just Veneziano) is a wine-based cocktail commonly served as an aperitif in Northeast Italy. The drink is prepared with prosecco wine, a dash of some bitter liqueur such as Aperol, Campari, Cynar, or, especially in Venice, with Select. The glass is then topped off with sparkling mineral water. It is usually served over ice in a lowball glass (or sometimes a martini glass or wine glass) and garnished a slice of orange, or sometimes an olive, depending on the liqueur






Burano is known for its small, brightly painted houses, popular with artists. The colours of the houses follow a specific system origi…

Beautiful, Fantastic VENICE..

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Sigh... I am still having a hard time getting back in to "REAL LIFE" Venice was perfect in every way...  Spending much needed time with one of my BEST FRIENDS from the US... I think I am still glowing.. feeling blessed.. Please bare with the picture filled posts to come...


 Looked all over for these "Rice Balls" deep fried & filled with cheese.  - doesn't matter that I was walking over 10 km a day.. with all of the food and drink.. I may have broke even. I have no idea who this lady is... but the abslolute JOY on her face was priceless... I am a big PEOPLE watcher... I love seeing the joy.. and guessing their story.. I also see the people who are not so happy.. (It is never too late to change your story..) I love seeing the happy couples taking the trip of a lifetime.. but also see the couples who sit across from each other with nothing to say... I have been on both sides of the table.. I choose to sit on the joyful side now.. making a consious…