7/365 - Serenity

My grandfather died last night. He reached the respectable age of 93 and he’s been quite ill for some time, he had prostate cancer and only a few days ago they found it had spread to the skeleton. So it was hardly unexpected, but there is sadness obviously. Though in many ways I’ve already mourned the man he used to be, it’s been years since he was anything like the grandfather I used to know who’d take me walking in the woods near his house and convince me that Colargol lived there. So more than sadness, there is a sort of emptiness, someone who’s been part of my life “for ever and ever” is no longer here, and there is relief – for his sake, because he really wasn’t very well towards the end and I think he was ready to go on to whatever comes next, and for myself, because I had a constant guilty concience about not visiting often enough – and there is guilt at feeling relief.

And then there is joy and excitement, because tomorrow it will be all of two years since the lass arrived in our lives, and it is really very difficult to feel sad. Life is a very mixed-up sort of business.

But I rather thought a church was appropriate today. This is Vår Frue Kirke, one of my favourite churches, still lit by the Christmas lights in the trees. At Christmas the church became Norway’s first 24 hour open church, if you’re in Trondheim and need someone to talk to or somewhere to sit quietly for a while, this is the place. A noteworthy, and praiseworthy, initiative.


5/365 - Black and blue

The lass was kneeling on her chair yesterday and leaned too forcefully on the back, so it fell over. She hit her face on the corner (mercifully a rounded corner) of a table, and I was fully expecting her to have a pretty ghastly black eye this morning, but luckily this little blue spot on her cheek and a small red mark over her eye is all the result there is.

Week 1

Week 1

I stayed up too late finishing this, as I didn’t want to start out being late. I decided to do the layouts weekly, preferably Sunday evening (with Mon.-Sun. pictures), which leaves week 1 and week 53 with only four pictures. I am planning on using Impressions of Imagination for colour throughout the year and sticking to the same font(s) and white background, with a clean and simple layout. What with the nature of the project, I’m thinking the images will have such diverse colour schemes that finding a background that works for a whole week’s worth would be tricky, and the white will help draw everything together and at the same time prevent over-fussyness. I hope.


4/365 - Christmas ornaments

I finally got around to taking pictures of the Christmas ornaments. I’ve been meaning to ever since we put up the tree, since I want to scrapbook them and the story of where they all came from. This one bugs me, as I can’t really remember where I got it. Pretty sure it was a gift from one of two people, so I guess I’ll just have to ask, however sheepish that will make me feel.


1/365 - It snowed

The new year started with snow. Lots of it.

This afternoon I brought the lass to her grandmother’s for a sleepover and babysitting tomorrow, and though I meant to get the bus straight back I ended up walking quite a bit of the way as the snow was so pretty.