Something big, part 1

This is a picture of my house in the distance, its the same house that appears on the cover of my book. The house was built in 1993 and is one of kind. It was conceived deep in the depths of my imagination and then designed and built by my husband. Six children have at one time or another called it home and as for my husband and I, its our nirvana.

My relationship with the house and with Norway are a significant part of my story. Thats why my biggest wish is that Fly Away Home will someday be translated to Norwegian. I have sent it out to Gyldendal, a publishing house here in Norway but have not heard back yet…

I also sent a mail to Hjemmet, a weekly Norwegian woman’s magazine, which can easily be compared with Good Housekeeping in the UK, and America. I told them about the book, sent a few snapshots of the house and asked if they’d be interested in doing a photo-spread in exchange for a little book publicity. Anything the house may lack in design is more than made up for in location, but still I didn’t expect much.

I was in the middle of lunch with a mouth full of food when the call came, Hjemmet was interested and before hanging up, a date was set for the photo-shoot! First I danced around the living room, called my husband, my friends, my family and then danced around a little more. It wasn’t before later that night, while lying in bed waiting for sleep to come and rescue me from myself, that I realized what I’d done…

I invited an entire country into my home!

Yes, I wrote a book and told all my secrets, but this is different. This is where I hide when life is unkind, where I drop my armor and where I go to restore myself. Feeling it was too late to back out, I forged on and soon hit another mountain of worries. The house needed to be painted, the deck stained and the yard landscaped to perfection. It was at this time we were blessed with the most beautiful weather and therefore needed to get busy right away, one never knows when the weather will change in Norway.

I worked on the yard while my husband and son painted. After four solid days of painting (yes, I made him take off from work) and working on the last bits of trim, my husband took a bad fall when the ladder slid out from under him. I was inside preparing dinner, the grandchildren were visiting and the dogs were running wild, when I heard my son yell… “Help, Pop fell!”

I ran out, saw him lying in a pool of paint and blood, noticed the boards on the deck below him had actually broke on impact, ran back in and called 911 (its 113 here). I may have jumped the gun a little on that, it turned out he didn’t need an ambulance but I did have to drive him to the hospital, where he got ten stitches in his forehead. He also had sore knees (from crashing through the deck) cuts and bruises, but worst of all was what happened while we were gone.

A brand new bucket of white paint made the fall with him and splattered everywhere. While my son tried to clean it up the dogs and the grandkids managed to march through it and then ran through the house. Thats right, all my floors were now full of  white painted paw prints!

To be continued…

About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on June 2, 2012, in all things Norsk, Family stuff and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Having read the book, understanding how you are, I had to laugh just after a hearty congratulations! I hope Harry will be okay. I realize panic is the first reaction to expecting visitors, but since it is Hjemmet this is understandable. Good luck and try not to let anyone else get hurt!

    • Thanks!
      And yes, you know me so well… I’m in panic mode! (they’re coming the 15th)
      But this is the last time I blog after midnight -I’m HORRIFIED that I spelled ladder with two t’s! Sigh…

  2. annie siersema potter

    oh no! happy your hubs is fine! your home is beautiful.. you have opened it to your family and friedns for years.. now it’s time the rest of the world see it! i got so many great ideas from my visit… thanks for letting me into your sweet piece of heaven! you are a worldwind maggie .. if anyone can clean it up you sure can! just wish i lived closer to give you a hand! remember when your basement flooded… just after you finished it! i can’t wait to see it in the magazine!

  3. Glad to hear Harry is OK….send him our best!
    Congrats on the photo shoot for Hjemmet magazine. That is quite exciting and am sure it will work out well. Enjoy! xoxo

  4. No, no, no, no! I’m so glad your husband is okay. What a terrible thing to happen, and he was being such a good guy, too. Hurry up with Part two, Maggie. You can’t leave us hanging!

  5. Three things:

    !. My bags are packed and I am coming for a visit.
    2. Congrats on your house being featured.
    3. Glad your husband is ok! Wow, that could have been BAD!

    • See Robin, this is why I have a hard time calling myself a writer…
      Did you see I spelled ladder with two t’s?
      Well, thats the last time I blog after midnight!
      Your welcome to Norway, anytime.

  6. Funny! Can hardly wait for the next installment!

  7. OH NO!!! OMG, I would be exactly the same as you – everything would have to look it’s best. Oh, I hope your poor husband feels better and you get everything sorted! You know one day you will look back on this and laugh…

  8. Maggie, I’m not sure who I feel more sorry for, is it Harry for his injuries or you because I can see you freaking out over the paint splatter, the broken deck and mostly those foot prints in the house! Tell us it all got fixed in time for the big day! ps…glad Harry wasn’t seriously injured and now he will have a manly scar to show for his troubles!

    • Oh Donna, you know me so well!
      I’m beyond freaking out… They’re coming on the 15th, so we’re still working.
      I’ll need a vacation after this.
      Have you ever heard of Cinque Terra (Italy) I think its a good place for Harry to heal and for me to calm down. Now if I can only convince Harry of that!

  9. Oh my goodness, Maggie! Well thank goodness your husband is alright. I am very sorry to hear of the calamities, but how wonderful that your home and your story will be featured in the magazine! Truly exciting. Between all of this and the new baby, your family must be… tired, but happy! Stay calm, cool, and collected as usual and enjoy these special times,
    ~ Lily

  10. Thanks Lily!
    I’m trying to convince him that we’ll need an exotic vacation after all this!

  11. Oh dear – do you think the universe is speaking to the house proud side of your brain? 🙂

  12. Miss Footloose

    This story sounds like a movie! Glad your husband is okay.

  13. I think you may have to write a part two 🙂

  14. part two to the book that is!

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