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Texreader

Joined June 2016

Gal from San Antonio, Texas. I love historical fiction set around the world, or a good thriller action adventure mystery.
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Look what‘s out today @GingerAntics ! I wonder if I can remember what has been happening.

GingerAntics lol I pre-ordered a month ago!!! I can‘t wait for this to appear on my iPad at midnight!!! lol 2h
GingerAntics Totally forgot to post my “one more day” image. Please hold... 2h
GingerAntics I submitted this book to Litsy a couple months ago now when I first found it. Apparently they haven‘t gotten around to it, yet. 1h
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Just now unpacking from our trip. I had a few crafty items waiting for me so I am just now opening them too. I am so excited!! Who loves to scrapbook about their trips?

Karkar I love to Scrapbook!!! 2h
mrp27 Ohhh love! CM is my choice for all things scrapbook! (edited) 1h
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Today‘s free crime fiction deal on Amazon et al

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Bright Flows the River | Taylor Caldwell
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Good gosh I‘m not back even a day from vacation and here I am buying ebooks from the BookBub deals! I liked this author‘s This Side of Innocence when I read it as a teenager, which she wrote in the 1940s. Looks like she wrote this one in 1978...she had a long and prolific career. It looked good so thought I‘d see if I still like her writing

Crazeedi I read a lot of her books when I was younger. Great writer, I need to revisit! 2d
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Ahhh, the pleasure of unpacking souvenirs. The top puzzle of Trondheim was a gift from family, and the bottom one of Bergen was a purchase. Cannot wait to build them!!!

Crazeedi You're home! Welcome! The puzzles look fab!! 3d
brit91 I'm sure you're happy to be home with midnight!😻 3d
brit91 And awesome looking puzzles! 3d
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TheSpineView Love those puzzles! 🤩 3d
Texreader @Crazeedi @brit91 @TheSpineView Thank you! Yes our reunion with Midnight has been very special. She normally runs off to let us know she‘s mad when we get home from an absence. But this time she came running to each of us. And I can‘t begin to tell you how much love she‘s given me—she quadrupled lap time with me! ❤️❤️❤️ 3d
Crazeedi @Texreader aww, I know what it's like to come home to fur friends!❤ 3d
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We are home now. Flying home is the worst; no designated time for sleeping over the ocean, and going thru US Customs takes forever! We were awake well over 24 hours by the time we got home—so exhausted, and despite taking two types of meds I got motion sick toward the end of the last leg. Our cat was desperately happy to see us as were we to see her. I will miss posting my beautiful photos here. Thanks Littens for sharing our trip with me. ❤️

julesG Enjoy home and your bed! It was a pleasure to share your trip, virtually if not literally. 4d
TrishB Loved your pics 💕 4d
GingerAntics Loved your pics. I hope you get some sleep now that you‘re home. That‘s a long time to be up, especially if you‘ve got jet lag to go with it. 4d
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Megabooks Glad you‘re home safely! I‘m sorry the trip home was rough, but it looked like you had an amazing time!!! 4d
CarolynM The trip home is always hard😁 I loved seeing your pics, thanks for sharing. Hope the jetlag isn't too bad. 4d
Texreader @julesG @trishb @GingerAntics @meganbooks @carolynm Thanks y‘all! I am loving my bed. I took a few naps yesterday. I‘m loving not hearing seagulls screaming outside our hotel windows (having a view of fjords has its drawbacks). It was an amazing trip but there‘s no place like home 3d
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Tin Men | Linda Coles
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This debut novel is full of illogical (see highlight above) and too perfect (the MC has a perfect husband and teenage boys) scenarios. That someone looks stunning on the day of her father‘s funeral seems completely irrelevant The chapter continues similarly-her husband “handsome as ever”. I would have bailed into chapter 1 except I need an easy read for my insomnia. Unless it makes a major change for the better, I can‘t recommend it.

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My family (not me) hiked the top of three of the seven mountains around Bergen yesterday. It was rugged, exhausting, and beautiful.

brit91 That's so beautiful!😍 5d
brit91 I don't know if I could do it lol I'm very scared of heights!😲 5d
wanderinglynn Gorgeous view! 5d
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Megabooks 😍😍 5d
Crazeedi Wow that's quite a hike!! 5d
Cathythoughts Stunning 5d
Texreader @brit91 @wanderinglynn @Megabooks @Crazeedi @Cathythoughts Thank you! Bergen,and Norway of course, are so beautiful. Let the scrapbooking begin! 3d
Texreader @brit91 I‘m scared of heights as well. They had lo take a cable car to the top of the mountain to start the hike. Besides being unable to hike 10 miles because of my bad back, those things scare the living daylights out of me. So a big nope! 3d
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Moose burger anyone? Reindeer? Whale? Ahhh, Norway....

brit91 LoL! I don't know about that! Did you try one!😀 5d
Ddzmini Ah nope nope not wanting to try any of those ... if we didn‘t have cow 🐄 burgers I would starve...🤣🤣🤣📖😋 5d
Texreader @brit91 @Ddzmini Heck no I wouldn‘t try any thing other than cow (venison is another matter), we had venison burgers at a relative‘s house this week. But not reindeer! Last time I was here, a kindly fellow at the grill at the Viking Ship museum let me eyeball and smell the different kinds of meat. The whale looked and smelled like liver. Like, why do that to a whale for liver?? I ended up getting a baked potato. 😁 5d
Ddzmini Ah the baked potatoes option I always go for the baked potato 🥔📖😋 4d
Texreader @Ddzmini I felt sort of bad when I chose the potato after he‘d gone through all the meats with me, but nope. The baked potato was the only viable option! 😁 3d
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1 & 2) Guardians of Ga‘Hoole (one of my fave book series)
3) Anything by The Who

#manicmonday @JoScho

DaveGreen7777 “The Who”! I see what you did there! 😂🦉 5d
Texreader @DaveGreen7777 I was wondering how many folks would figure that out! Whooohoo! 5d
JoScho Thanks for playing 😊🖤🦉 4d
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Bergen Harbor today. You can see a small cruise ship in the distance center-right. Bergen attracts enormous cruise ships (dwarfing the one you see here), I‘m told sometimes three at a time. There was one such enormous cruise ship in the harbor when we arrived in Bergen, and the crowds to match. Today is much nicer.

Crazeedi Beautiful, I feel like I'm standing beside you! 6d
Jerdencon My 10 year old son has Bergen on his bucket list... hoping to make it there one day. 6d
Bklover Beautiful! 6d
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brit91 Just so beautiful!!😍😍😍😍 6d
tammysue Beautiful pic! 6d
Texreader @Jerdencon If he loves the outdoors it is perfect for him. Yesterday my family (not me) did the 10-mile hike over the top of three of the seven mountains around Bergen. It was tough on my boys, even though they do a lot of hikes, but they loved it. They went sailing, too. In Trondheim they kayaked. Probably some way to do that too in Bergen. In the winter, lots of skiing opportunities (but it is dark most of the day). (edited) 5d
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Early Style Hardanger | Yvette Stanton
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I have countless Hardanger books & patterns (many inherited from my husband‘s grandmother), but this book is by far the best I‘ve ever seen. It covers the history of the technique (the photo here is from the area we drove thru to go to the Hardanger museum in Utne), countless photos from that museum, & brilliant instructions starting from left or right. Brilliant. Detailed with countless diagrams. And a sleeve with patterns. I ❤️❤️ this book!

Crazeedi Can't wait to see your creations! 6d
Texreader @Crazeedi Thanks! I‘m hoping I am capable of doing it again. I‘ve been struggling with a pretty simple stitch (I‘ve started on a bookmark kit I‘ve bought), apparently so simple that even this book doesn‘t explain it. 6d
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Sights around Bergen, Norway today.

Amiable My aunt and her sister are on a cruise to Norway right now—I think they were in Bergen yesterday! 7d
brit91 It's so beautiful there! I'm loving all your pictures!!😍😍 6d
Freespirit Gorgeous! 6d
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Texreader @brit91 Thanks so much! I‘ve been loving all your comments! It makes it so much fun to post updates. 6d
Texreader @Amiable That‘s so cool! My husband and I were thinking we may have crossed paths! 6d
Texreader @Freespirit Thank you! It really can be a magical place (until the massive cruise ships unload) 😁 6d
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In the 1470s, William Caxton had a profound effect on the English language standardizing words across regions, but leading to the most unusual results we question today. This is the best (most fascinating) chapter of the book by far.

GingerAntics 🤦🏼‍♀️ so many questions answered in just that one paragraph 7d
Texreader @GingerAntics I know, right? 6d
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@brit91 This was my little Midnight six years ago (with her fave toy at the time, a shoestring). Missing her so much on vacation. Do you see why your little dumpling has hit me in the feels? ❤️❤️❤️

brit91 Awww my heart! She's so cute!😻😻😻 she's looks just like my Dixie!!!💜🧡💛💚💙❤ 1w
Slajaunie 💙💙💙💙 1w
Dragon 😻 1w
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Lady_Tigana_20 So cute 😻 1w
Texreader @brit91 Yep, she really stole our hearts!! Aren‘t our little black kitties such a blessing? 6d
brit91 @Texreader yes they sure are!😍😻 6d
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Early Style Hardanger | Yvette Stanton
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It paid off going into those Norwegian bookstores! Look what I got!!

TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 1w
Crazeedi Beautiful embroidery! 1w
Texreader @TheSpineView @Crazeedi I just really hope I can make such beautiful pieces again! 5d
Crazeedi @Texreader I'd love to see when you do, it looks so awesome 5d
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The Vikings: Facts and Fictions | Kirsten Wolf, Tristan Mueller-Vollmer
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My son and I played the Viking game 3 times. The king always won. We will have to play some more to figure out how the attackers win. The rules to the game are from somewhere between the 9th and 10th centuries. Remnants of this game have been found from Ireland to the Ukraine. It‘s addictive.

Daisey Fun! 1w
MellieAntoinette Your photos and fun facts have my feet itching to run off to Norway! 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️ 1w
Crazeedi That's a totally cool looking game! 1w
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GingerAntics Recently found out just how Norwegian I am. This game looks interesting. 6d
Texreader @GingerAntics What were the results? I am 0% Scandinavian! 6d
GingerAntics 22% Eastern Norway, which upset some of my cousins who have spent years incredibly proud to be half Norwegian/Viking (they were all raised in Minnesota, so that does have additional bragging rights I suppose). Of course, the way genetics works, it‘s possible that some of them are much more Norwegian than I am. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6d
GingerAntics Is there an app for this game? I feel like there should be. 6d
GingerAntics Is it easier to play than chess? I really suck at chess. 6d
Texreader @GingerAntics Wow! 22% is a fair amount! You‘re practically a Viking! The game is easier than chess (at which I suck too). But so far we can only figure out how the king wins even though his side has almost half the pieces as the attackers. Looks like the son and I will have to keep “investigating”. Yes you‘d think there‘d be an app—maybe there is. 6d
Texreader @MellieAntoinette That‘s awesome! And thanks! It‘s not the easiest country to visit though. The roads can be difficult to navigate and sometimes scary, there are not convenient places to eat once out of the cities (we always pack a cooler bag and frequent grocery stores and then picnic), and it‘s expensive as heck (picnicking helps). Worth researching before taking the plunge. 😁 6d
Texreader @Daisey @Crazeedi My son and I loved it. He actually spent his 500 kroner (almost $60!) from his Farfar (grandfather) to buy it. He loves games and wanted something uniquely Norwegian. This sure fit the bill. 6d
GingerAntics From what I‘ve been able to see, there are apps, but they are all meant to be played with a live opponent (almost like words with friends) as opposed to playing against an AI opponent. 6d
Texreader @GingerAntics Very interesting! There‘s an app for everything! Even an ancient Viking game 5d
GingerAntics But if you don‘t know how to play yet, it‘s not very useful. 5d
GingerAntics Wait, I think I found a variation of it. 5d
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Some Trump humor here in Norway: on the left, the Norwegian cover of Luke Harding‘s book and the advertising on the right speaks for itself.

Slajaunie 😂😂😂 1w
jillrhudy That ad is hilarious. 1w
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 1w
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Tamra Bahaha!!! 1w
Megabooks 🤣🤣🤣 1w
GingerAntics That is just awesome!!! (edited) 1w
Texreader @Slajaunie @jillrhudy @sprainedbrain @Tamra @Megabooks @GingerAntics I knew it would find some appreciation here on Litsy! Hope it wasn‘t too political, but I couldn‘t resist 6d
Slajaunie When it is humor like this, it is just funny. 6d
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Prayerbook Spiritual Friends | Madeleine L'Engle, Luci Shaw
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Norwegian prayer book from 1682-1684.

brit91 So cool!!😎📚 1w
Texreader @brit91 I know, right?? A book from the 1600s! So amazing. 6d
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Even when I don‘t read the language I end up in bookstores! Granted, there is a tiny section of English-language books. Does anyone else do that?

TrishB Always 👍🏻 comfort viewing. 1w
Freespirit I love visiting foreign bookshops❤️📚 1w
LeeRHarry Always! Like @TrishB says it‘s comforting 😊 1w
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Slajaunie Yep! Went to book stores in Rome and Germany. (edited) 1w
Kindredanne I just did that in Peru!!!! 1w
Crazeedi Of course! The perfect place to check out, I would be in there in a heartbeat. 1w
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Bergen today.

Ddzmini Beautiful 😍📖😋 1w
TrishB Lovely 💕 1w
brit91 WoW! So beautiful!😍😍 1w
Texreader @Ddzmini @TrishB @brit91 Thanks! It‘s probably the prettiest city I‘ve been to. 1w
youneverarrived Beautiful! 1w
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My first selfie from the trip. This is behind the Steinsdalsfossen waterfall in Norheimsund on the way to Bergen.

wanderinglynn How cool! Great photo! 👍🏻 1w
brit91 So cool! Awesome picture!😎🤩 1w
Slajaunie Beautiful!! 1w
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@howjessreads #friyayintro

1. Traveling a lengthy stretch of Norway: Trondheim to Bergen
2. Am I obligated to say Norway since it‘s my 9th trip here? I ❤️ seeing family. Not fond of international travel. In the states, my fave vacation was in the Jamestown-Yorktown-Williamsburg area of Virginia
3. Neither (pecan or chocolate)
4. Yes! Seeing more family in Bergen and possibly sailing with them along the Norwegian coastline 🇳🇴 ⛵️
5. Ok

thewallflower0707 I‘ve been to Norway 🇳🇴 once (Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Elasund, Geirangerfjord). It‘s a wonderful country! 1w
TheEllieMo Norway is definitely a place on my to-visit list. I really need to get my act together! 1w
Charityann I‘ve never been to Norway, but it sounds like a fun trip! Also, I found out recently (from a DNA test) that some of my family came from there. 😊 1w
Dragonfairykats Norway is on my to visit list. Every picture I've seen is so beautiful and I'd love to see the history. 1w
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This is the bookmark I plan to start with. If anyone wants to give it a try I can send you the correct size cloth (I have a lot of extra) when I get home and instructions for the correct type of thread and needle. You also need the small very sharp scissors. Just let me know in the comments and we can exchange emails. @AnneCecilie @writerlibrarian @ljuliel Anyone else?

catebutler I‘d love to give this a try! 1w
Texreader @catebutler Awesome! Email me your address at kamonsen atsymbol aol.com. Put the word Hardanger in the subject line so I can easily find it when I get home from vacation. 1w
catebutler Thank you so much! I‘ll get that email off to you! 1w
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@ljuliel Here‘s another page showing some of the stitches. The top example shows how to do the cutting of threads.

writerlibrarian I have not done this in ages. I have my stash of hardanger embroidery in boxes still. (edited) 1w
ljuliel Wow 😮. That cutting part would make me sweat 😓 bullets. One wrong snip and.........😵. 1w
Texreader @ljuliel I‘m sure I‘ve done that. If you‘re very careful with it, it‘ll be ok. To me the hardest part is alway getting the counts of the stitches precise so you can cut. I‘ve had to redo the sewing countless times to make sure I‘ve gotten it right. 1w
Texreader @writerlibrarian Sounds familiar. I took mine out to make a Christmas ornament for a Litsy exchange. #blameitonlitsy 😁 It was a simple heart and I struggled so much! 1w
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@ljuliel This is a picture of a Hardanger pattern. It is sort of like counted cross-stitch on large pieces of special material. The empty squares are where threads of the material are snipped using very sharp scissors like those pictured and pulled out (called cutwork). The stitches have to be precise to do this so the whole thing doesn‘t unravel. So where it looks like pieces are joined, this is actually where a lot of cutwork has been done.

GingerAntics That sounds REALLY complicated. 1w
AnneCecilie I love Hardanger and have wanted to learn it for ages. 1w
Texreader @GingerAntics I learned it in my 20s from my husband‘s grandmother, who spoke no English. She‘d make things to sell to the tourist shops. My brother-in-law sat between us for hours and translated while she taught me how to do it. It was easy for me then. Now I‘m 51 and it is very very hard for me to do. But I really want to try again. @AnneCecilie I highly recommend it if you‘ve got the time and inclination. It‘s so beautiful. 1w
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Texreader @AnneCecilie Having someone teach you is so helpful. About ten years later I was working in Washington DC and came across a group of ladies who sewed Hardanger. I went to one of their group meetings and they showed me how to do some of the more complicated stitches that Borghild wasn‘t able to teach me before she died. I inherited all her patterns! ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
ljuliel Wow, that cutting part sounds pretty challenging. I hope you‘ll share photos as you go along with it. 1w
Texreader @ljuliel I will try. I‘ve bought a few kits while here (I like the kits because you get the perfect sized cloth and all the correct thread). One is a very simple bookmark so I‘ll be starting that first. Can‘t wait!! 1w
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This is a Hardanger embroidery pattern book I bought today, along with some Hardanger kits. I really do hope to get back to it.

ljuliel I used to do embroidery and cross stitch , but never tried this. It is like counted cross stitch, using all one color ? And does this pattern come with the pieces already together, or are they put together with crochet or some other type stitch ? 1w
Texreader @ljuliel I‘ve posted a picture from the book that shows a pattern and the special scissors required and tagged you. 1w
ljuliel Thank you, I just now saw it and replied. Good luck ! I‘ll be glad to see your progress. 1w
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XPD | Len Deighton
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Who wants to be reading with me sitting here by the Hardanger fjord? 🇳🇴❤️🇳🇴❤️

JoScho 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️ 1w
Balibee146 🙋🙋🙋 HOLA! 1w
Simona 😍😍😍🙋‍♀️ 1w
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Cathythoughts Beautiful 🙋🏻‍♀️ 1w
TheSpineView Me!🙋‍♀️ 1w
brit91 Beautiful! 😍Count me in!😜 1w
QuietlyLaura 🙋🏻‍♀️ That's beautiful! 1w
Ddzmini Me 🖐🏼 me 🖐🏼😝🤣🤣🤣📖😋 1w
LeahBergen Me! 1w
Texreader @JoScho @Balibee146 @Simona @Cathythoughts @TheSpineView @brit91 @QuietlyLaura @Ddzmini @LeahBergen Please don‘t laugh too hard. I read about 10 pages, but the sun and the lapping of the water and the jet lag put me to sleep! It was still lovely. I‘ve read off and on the rest of the day but this ideal setting wasn‘t quite so ideal for reading! 🤣 (edited) 1w
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Norway Sognefjord Søndfjord Nordfjord Nordre Bergenhus Amts Dampskibe Bergen | University of St. Andrews. Library. Beveridge Collection
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It‘s the girls‘ shopping/resting day in Norheimsund (the boys are hiking a nearby mountain). So we‘ve finished shopping and are now relaxing by the fjord outside our hotel (pictured). I‘ve book in hand ready to spend the afternoon reading on this gorgeous day.

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jessinikkip OMG where did you get a book log like that? Already thinking about 2020 1w
Texreader @jessinikkip It‘s a Moleskin Book Journal. You‘ll see some more sample pages (like the index) if you scroll through my posts for the last week or so. 1w
LWagoner On my 3rd moleskin Book journal! Love them! 1w
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Texreader @LWagoner Do you do one a year, or wait till they fill up? I‘m thinking I‘m going to do one a year but not sure 1w
LWagoner @Texreader I just fill it up and go to the next one 1w
Texreader @LWagoner Ok, thanks!! 1w
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1. Homemade corned beef hash with an over-easy egg on top
2. We have a Magic Time Machine restaurant with themed rooms, like the arctic or jungle. You have to dress for anything since you don‘t know if you‘ll be freezing or hot...
3. Yes if no one is around and sometimes even if they are
4. Norwegian Freia chocolate with whole hazelnuts
5. @julesG @8little_paws @GingerAntics @Bookzombie
@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Texreader Thanks for the tag @Crazeedi ! 1w
julesG Thanks for the tag! 1w
Crazeedi @Texreader 👍❤ 1w
Bookzombie Thanks for the tag! Magic Time Machine was the first I thought about too. (edited) 1w
Eggs #3👏🏻👏🏻🤣🤣 1w
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This was today‘s outing in a town called Utne, on what was probably the scariest road I‘ve been on in Norway. So many blind turns on the edges of mountains with one-lane roads. Fortunately there weren‘t that many cars on the road with us. This museum had the history of Hardanger embroidery (cutwork Norwegian embroidery my husband‘s grandmother taught me about 25 years ago) and Hardanger fiddles from the 1600s.

julesG I'd brave this road just to go to the museum. But, what's the rule for those one lane roads with u-bends? Honking before you enter the bend? 1w
Texreader @julesG No idea until the cars are facing one another that the other one is there; it‘s quite scary. One car has to back up till there is room to pass. Which is scary. It‘s a delicate drive. A 22km drive took an hour. 1w
julesG Oh just like some roads in the UK or Ireland. In some countries you have to slow down and honk, if there's no answering honk, you can pass. If there is an answering honk, I have no idea how to proceed. 😁😁 1w
Texreader @julesG Apparently not so civilized here. 🤣 1w
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This is what 3:45 am (I have insomnia here too) in the morning looks like on the Hardanger Fjord in Norway. It looks about the same as photos I took at 11 am yesterday.

8little_paws So cool!! 2w
wanderinglynn Wow! 😲 It‘s so light! It stays light here until 10ish, but that‘s a whole ‘nother level. 2w
RealLifeReading Ooh Norway! That's on my bucket list 2w
Susannah It‘s beautiful, but I would struggle with all the light in the summer—and the lack of light in the winter. 2w
Crazeedi Beautiful! What a delightful visit it looks like you are having❤️ 2w
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Berlin Game | Len Deighton
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We spent the afternoon with my husband‘s dad and stepmom who have a cabin on the side of a mountain near Norheimsund. I told his stepmom I was reading Len Deighton‘s XPD and she gave me this trilogy off their amazing shelves of books.

Suet624 Score!!!! 2w
GingerAntics Your in-laws are awesome!!! 2w
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We drove by the Hopperstad Stave Church in Vik on the way to Norheimsund today. According to my handy stave church book, it was built in the mid-1100s and restored in the late 1800s.

Eggs This is surreal! 2w
Butterfinger Beautiful 2w
Dragonfairykats The architecture just grabs you! 2w
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Ms.Story That's amazing 😍 2w
Slajaunie Gorgeous! 2w
bookaholic1 Beautiful!! 2w
LeeRHarry Love these churches!! 2w
Princess-Kingofkings What an adventure that would be to walk among the headstones. ⚰️ 2w
Texreader @Princess-Kingofkings I didn‘t do that this time but certainly have on past trips to Norway as I love cemeteries and I‘ve done some genealogy sleuthing here as well. In Lillehammer my husband and I found a couple who died in the mid-1800s with our first names (unrelated). It was eerie. 2w
LauraJ Whoa! 2w
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What a hilarious description of the maitre d of a posh private club. I can actually picture this guy!

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The Rescue | Steven Konkoly
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These are the pages of the book journal from Moleskin in which I am recording my #litsyatoz reads, as well as my #nonfiction2019 reads. Sometimes I record more information than others. The previous pages I posted for #Litsyatoz are the index pages to this journal. I hope this helps you all who asked or wondered about this cool book in which I‘m recording the books I read.

Crazeedi I love moleskines! My book journal is a different one, I'm going to have to get one of these!!!❤️❤️ 2w
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Norway Sognefjord Søndfjord Nordfjord Nordre Bergenhus Amts Dampskibe Bergen | University of St. Andrews. Library. Beveridge Collection
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The panoramic view of Sognefjord from our hotel in Balestrand. It was a beautiful but very long drive from Ålesund. We encountered everything one can imagine in Norway slowing us down: one car road in which a bus and a gravel truck-trailer met and neither could pass the other (lots of backing up), sheep in the road (multiple times), tunnel under construction (scary), road under construction, cyclists going up/down one car roads (slow)... so tired!

Dragon A beautiful view! 2w
Cathythoughts Wow again 😮♥️♥️♥️ 2w
brit91 Beautiful view!!💖💖💖💖 2w
Reviewsbylola Gorgeous! Sounds like a hellish drive tho! 2w
Crazeedi A bit different than interstate highways! I love the back roads❤️💕 2w
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Norway Sognefjord Søndfjord Nordfjord Nordre Bergenhus Amts Dampskibe Bergen | University of St. Andrews. Library. Beveridge Collection
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The panoramic view of Sognefjord from our hotel in Balestrand. It was a beautiful but very long drive from Ålesund. We encountered everything one can imagine in Norway slowing us down: one car road in which a bus and a gravel truck-trailer met and neither could pass the other (lots of backing up), sheep in the road (multiple times), tunnel under construction (scary), road under construction, cyclists going up/down one car roads (slow)... so tired!

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The Orphan of Salt Winds | Elizabeth Brooks
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Happy to add this book for #letterO in my #litsyatoz records. Three books to go, two of which I‘m reading now.

Sapphire What notebook are you using to record? I like that layout. 2w
Stormborn1992 I'm also really interested in that layout! 2w
Texreader @Sapphire @Stormborn1992 This is the index to the Moleskin Book Journal. Check out the follow-up post with a photo of the pages in the book 2w
Stormborn1992 @Texreader Thank you so much, that is awesome!!! 2w
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Alesund: The Town, Its Life, and Its People | Sunnmorsposten (Alesund, Norway)
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Sights from Ålesund today: downtown, Viking ship, and from the outdoor museum, a house from the 1850s and other buildings.

brit91 Beautiful!!😍😍😍😍😍😍 2w
Crazeedi What a beautiful country! 💕💕 2w
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The Orphan of Salt Winds | Elizabeth Brooks
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This story is told from the perspective of a newly adopted girl in WWII and the same person when she is 80-something living at Salt Winds. It‘s a somewhat slow, moody read about a tragedy the girl witnessed and its affect on her as she nears death, but its well written and good enough to keep your interest to the end. She‘s a flawed character making bad decisions at both ages, which is frustrating but necessary to the story. 3-1/2 stars

Mindyrecycles Beautiful cover 2w
Crazeedi Sounds good, I'm putting in my books to read journal! 2w
Texreader @Crazeedi I liked it! Hope you do too! 2w
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Alesund: The Town, Its Life, and Its People | Sunnmorsposten (Alesund, Norway)
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Our view from our Airbnb in Alesund at 10:30 pm last night. The sunlit mountain opposite us was beautiful.

brit91 Beautiful 😍😍😍😍😍😍 2w
julesG Midnight sun! 😍😍😍 How strange is it for you to have these long Scandinavian days? 2w
Cinfhen Cool!! Loving your vacation photos 2w
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Cathythoughts So beautiful 😍 2w
TrishB Lovely 💕 2w
Crazeedi What a lovely vacation you are having!! 2w
Texreader @brit91 @julesG @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts @TrishB @Crazeedi Thanks y‘all! It‘s always so gorgeous here! I am used to the midnight sun, it being my ninth trip here; it‘s just a matter of whether our bedrooms have good shades to get us into at least semi-darkness to sleep. At about 3 am everything is blue. I really want to try and get a photo of it. It‘s amazing. But hard to do without waking the family. It‘s 5 am now and as bright as day. 2w
Cinfhen My hubby is in Sweden for work and he‘s also experiencing the midnight sun!! Crazzy!!! Great photos😊 2w
Crazeedi @Texreader my daughter was in Norway last year and wants to move there! She loved it😍 2w
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We are now in Alesund, Norway via the Atlantic Ocean Rd., which is supposed to make its debut in the upcoming James Bond movie. Apparently in the winter it is one of the most dangerous roads in the world because the Atlantic Ocean is smashing waves across it.

Kimzey Beautiful! 2w
TrishB That‘s awful....I hate bridges over water. Would be crying going over this! 2w
Cinfhen Stunning 🤩 2w
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Susannah That is an amazing photo, but you‘d have to sedate me to get me over that bridge. 😲 2w
Crazeedi I think this might scare me a bit !!🤔 2w
Texreader @Kimzey @TrishB @Cinfhen @Susannah @Crazeedi It‘s an odd bridge and road. Much shorter than the map suggests and not nearly so tall as it looks. In bad weather/ocean conditions, though, I assume it can be very scary. The one thing that did disturb me: the bridge is very very narrow like many roads here. It felt claustrophobic with cars coming the other direction. Oh and it‘s got a bit of a tilt. That‘s a bit disconcerting too (edited) 2w
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Intriguing prologue to my next book for the #letterY in #litsyatoz

Soubhiville Great quote! 2w
Texreader @Soubhiville I think it raises a very interesting concept. The quote doesn‘t really go with the book though. At least not yet 2w
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Trondheim folkebibliotek | Trondheim, Norway, Norway (Library)
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Sights around Trondheim yesterday. Husband and son went kayaking on the river around the city center (the first photo is not them, but made me think of them) and had a marvelous time despite it being cold and rainy. This is daughter and husband looking toward Nidaros Cathedral. And oh how I‘ve always loved the abundance of flowers here in Norway. On the road to Alesund today. Much of the rain should be over (please!).

LauraJ So green and lovely! 2w
Freespirit It looks delightful😊 2w
Texreader @LauraJ @Freespirit It is an unbelievably beautiful country in the spring and summer (in reality that‘s only May-July). It is not so much in the winter when it is dark cold and windy. I guess the Norwegians deserve such beauty for putting up with dreary winter conditions most of the year 2w
Freespirit I am doing a cruise next month which stops in Oslo so I will get a taste of it❤️I‘ve enjoyed your pics😍 2w
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The Orphan of Salt Winds | Elizabeth Brooks
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Love this description of snow.

“It‘s started snowing again. It‘s too dark to see anything through the indigo window—and anyway their reflections are in the way—but Virginia senses it all the same. There‘s a prickly silence that comes with snowfall, and it‘s more than just absence of sound. It‘s heavy. If you put that silence on the kitchen scales, they‘d tilt with a loud clang.”

GingerAntics That is a PERFECT description of snow. 💙💙💙 2w
Texreader @GingerAntics I know, right? There were some very nice descriptions in this book. Not overdone either. 2w
GingerAntics Oh, I do love when you can get good descriptions and they‘ve managed to not go overboard with it. 2w
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How gorgeous is this cover in the Norwegian version?

Cathythoughts It‘s very gorgeous ✨✨✨ 2w
TheSpineView Wow!💜💜💜 2w
Erofan 😍 2w
Texreader @Cathythoughts @TheSpineView @Erofan @erzascarletbookgasm I actually considered buying it for the cover. But the not knowing Norwegian and being a heavy hardback to carry home were big disincentives 2w
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How do you like the knife sticking out of this book? Nice gimmick. This would be the original language version of this book because Nesbo is Norwegian.

LeahBergen Cool! 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Our light block-out shade as a few “leaks” so the sun that never goes down here in the summer alights the bedroom In our Airbnb where we are trying to sleep. The sun sinks a little sometime after midnight and a few minutes ago (4 a.m.) it rose again causing our bedroom to light up even more. And it woke me up!

How come I can nap during the day without the shade but the daylight affects me so much at night?

Arg! My kingdom for a dark bedroom.

riversong153 Wow, where are you? 2w
riversong153 Oh ok! 2w
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Texreader @riversong153 I‘ve been here lots (husband‘s from here) and this is a very rare occasion. Most Norwegians have excellent light-blocking shades. Just one more night till we move on to the next town so hopefully the next Airbnb will be better. 2w
Crazeedi @Texreader that's a shame! You'd think the Airbnb would do better 2w
Tamra I grew up in Barrow, Ak - no sunset. Tinfoil was the solution! 2w
GingerAntics Oh that is a problem. A nice dark bedroom is a must at night. 2w
CouronneDhiver My parents are having that issue right now and they aren‘t even that far ... in Northern Ontario. 2w
Zelma @Tamra agreed! Tin foil saved us in summer; my husband was losing his mind from lack of sleep. (We used to live in Bethel.) 2w
Tamra @Zelma I wouldn‘t have thought to bring tinfoil on vacation - that would be a funny item in the bag! 😆 2w
Zelma @Tamra not vacation at the time. But I would certainly think about now having lived that way. 2w
Tamra @Zelma I mean on your current vacation 😁 2w
Zelma @Tamra unfortunately I‘m not on vacation! 2w
Tamra @Zelma 👎🏾 No fun! 2w
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