Goodbye summer


Goodbye summer 2012

I’m always happiest in the summer. I want to say its because of the nice weather, but we don’t always get the nicest weather here in Norway. Warm sunny days pop up randomly but can never be counted on. What we do get, is plenty of daylight. While the north of Norway basks in twenty-four-hours of it, we here in the South get about four hours of dusk, to which we call night. I get super charged by the light and run around like the Duracell Bunny all summer long.

It took all summer but Adam’s (grandson) sunflower finally bloomed.

As you may have guessed, by the end of summer I’m more than ready to go into winter hibernation. Especially since our long days of daylight turn into long days of darkness. I get through these months mostly in pajama pants, with plenty of books and lots of vitamin D. (Exercise and eating healthy also helps).

As the days steadily get shorter and the kids head back to school, I can feel my energy already starting to deplete. I’ve been sending children to school without a break since 1982, and with only twenty months to go, I’m eager to put that part of life behind me!

These two (Khloe & Mia) will really miss summer

My book came out in April and its been nonstop since then with blogging, promoting and travel. I’m happy to report an excerpt from the book was recently highlighted in the Foreign Exchange Newsletter and put up on their Expat Exchange web sight. Feel free to go in and push the fb like button or tweet it. Thank you!

Which brings me to the next order of business, I promised a book giveaway. The lovely Emily (granddaughter) took time away from her painting to pull a name for me…

Emily picks the winner

And the winner is Crazytraintotinkytown which is a great blog, that comes to us all the way from Turkey… Yay!

Maybe I should deliver the book to Turkey myself

Later this week my daughter and grandson are coming from America for a visit. Its not often I get both of my daughters in the same country. I’ve therefore decided to take a short break from blogging and enjoy every minute I can with them. I hope you all enjoy your week as much as I know I’ll enjoy mine. -Maggie

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 September 10, 2012, in all things Norsk, Family stuff, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. It sounds like you have had a wonderful but exhausting summer, Maggie! I admire your ability to make it through the harsh Scandinavian winters. I think it must be a real challenge, I find it hard enough in Scotland (I know it’s not that far away from Norway) but I guess every season has its charms! PJs and books sound like a good plan! 🙂

    • Actually, winters aren’t too harsh here in the south part of Norway, but it does get dark. I suppose its not much different from Scotland.. PJ’s and books are always a good plan… Oh and I forgot to mention TEA… PLENTY OF TEA!

  2. annie siersema potter

    oh, our warm summer is almost over here on the jersey shore. time to close our pool, it’s always a sad day! finally have my air off and windows open. fall is right around the corner! enjoy your beautiful girls and your grandbabies! now that i’ve had the pleasure of visiting your home, i can picture you all there! xoxo

  3. Maybe the young-uns could write a “what I did on my summer vacation” for you (and us!). Have fun with your family. Autumn is time to get everything done before winter gets serious around here.

  4. Enjoy your Indian Summer with your Daughters! Remember those???

  5. Even though we have “spurts” of crazy cold…..we almost always have sunlight…..even though it is shorter in the winter. After about three days of “no sun” I feel it! You must really have to prepare your soul for winter there to stay so strong. I love your pics. Adam & Emily are adorable. (as are Kloe & Mia!) Enjoy time spent with your children. And start that 20 month countdown now! 🙂

    • Thanks Paula, they are cute (kids and dogs) and a lot of fun!
      A grandma shouldn’t still be sending her own kids to school, but I guess all these kids keep me young.

      I really don’t mind all the darkness until after Christmas, then I start going crazy! But because we are so far south, we do get a few hours light (its not totally dark like it is up north) By the end of February its over and the sun is back 🙂

      The secret is… not to over think it.

  6. Thank you so much Maggie, I am over the moon! I really think you should consider a book tour of Turkey – how fab would that be!!!!! And also great pics!

  7. We had the first day of cooler weather yesterday and that energizes me. I hope tht;you have a lovely week and yes, you seem like a very young grandmother!

  8. Maggie – have a wonderful week with your girls! I am with you, a summer girl through and through, and it seems harder to let go of this year than others. I think it’s because it’s about more than just the weather for me, it’s the pace, the freedom, a schedule that is a bit more carefree 🙂

  9. Have a great time! Beautiful children!

  10. The change of seasons is always an interesting time, looking back, packing up and looking forward, anticpating. Spring has arrived in Australia, and the last vestiges of Winter are filtering away. Like you we enjoy aspects of all the seasons, I think that’s what makes life enjoyable, the rituals and the nuances of each.

  11. Oh Maggie – you tease me with those lobsters!!! Now I want to eat them

    Adam and Emily are absolutely gorgeous – what treasures 😀

    Have a wonderful break with your daughters. I’m heading off now to check out the Expat Exchange web site!

  12. Hi Maggie – Here in Arizona it is now 6:15 am and I am now going to bed – I HAD to finish reading your book! Now I can’t wait to really peruse your blog and pixs of your family. I will share with others re your book!

  13. Sorry, I forgot to say your grandchildren are darling! Your heart must be filled to brimming with so many sweet ones around!

  14. I love the summer as well. This is my last year with a child in school and at home. Next fall my youngest will start college – how strange will that be? Your grandchildren are adorable! Safe travels and enjoy your time with your daughters.

  15. Your grandkids are too cute!

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