Once Upon a Dream

If you’ve read this blog before, you may have noticed that I’m in the process of starting a gallery and gift shop.  It’s been a dream of mine even before I could put it into words.  Since I was a little girl the things that gave me most joy involved being creative. Now my dreamContinue reading “Once Upon a Dream”

A Little Church with A Story to Tell

Every year around 30,000 tourists visit Honningvåg Kirke. Unlike the spectacular cathedrals in Rome, it is a modest timber church that seats 220 people.  But within it’s walls awaits a remarkable story of endurance, and determination and hope. Built in 1885, Honningsvåg Kirke is the oldest building on the island of Magerøya.  No other buildingsContinue reading “A Little Church with A Story to Tell”

Hip, Hip, Hurray for the Winter Solstice!

Growing up in Idaho, I knew what the winter solstice was, but really didn’t care about it.  December came and went and the shortest day of the year passed by unnoticed.  But when you live in the arctic, the winter solstice is a big deal, at least in my Erica-from-America-living-in-Nordkapp world.  I guess it all comes down to aContinue reading “Hip, Hip, Hurray for the Winter Solstice!”

A Christmas Tree With ‘Tude…. 71º North Latitude, That is…

If I happened to meet a Christmas tree that wanted to grow up in the North Cape of Norway, well, honestly, I’d advise him otherwise.  First, I’d tell him that his kind don’t grow here.  It’s just not natural.  Not trying to be rude, just telling it like it is. Now if he still insistedContinue reading “A Christmas Tree With ‘Tude…. 71º North Latitude, That is…”

25 Down, 25 Plus to Go!

I recently started renting a storefront for my upcoming gallery, located on my favorite street in Honningsvåg, Sjøgata (Seaside Drive).  (To see some pictures of it in the daylight, you can check out From the Potato State to the Edge of the Sea.)  Here’s a the view just down the street from my front door beforeContinue reading “25 Down, 25 Plus to Go!”

Don’t Run with Scissors or Flaming Torches

This past Saturday our family got to participate in our first “Nissetog” (Santa Parade) in Honningsvåg.  The event was sponsored by the Children’s Trekking Association (part of the Norwegian Trekking Association.  All ages were invited to participate in the walk that lead from the City Hall down to the harbor.  The more santa hats, the merrier.Continue reading “Don’t Run with Scissors or Flaming Torches”

Before, After and Before….

If you read Giving the Gift of Time, then you saw some pictures of how my gallery looked before we started painting it.  I said it before and I’ll say it again – A Diamond in the Rough! When I counted all the colors in the room, the total was eight!  Yikes!  Now it’s down toContinue reading “Before, After and Before….”

The Wrath of the “DARK TIME”

Ten days have passed since my last post.  My days have been filled with working in my gallery and I’m looking forward to sharing photos soon.  But in the evenings, when I normally blog,  I’ve been hit by the wrath of the “Dark Time”!  That’s the direct translation of the Norwegian word, “mørketid”.  Doesn’t soundContinue reading “The Wrath of the “DARK TIME””

Giving the Gift of Time

I think that one of the best gifts we can receive is when someone unconditionally gives us the gift of their precious time – no strings attached.  In a world filled with “to-do” lists, activity after activity, and more text messages than actual conversations, quality time with one another is something that gets squeezed out.Continue reading “Giving the Gift of Time”