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Christmas

Howdy,

It’s Christmas eve here in the Netherlands – 24th of December, 2005 – and it’s been the saddest, awful most Christmas I ever have had the “pleasure” of having experienced.

It feels like the world as I knew it is sort of ending, it’s been an awful year when one look at the emotional part, not as bad if looked at the physical part.
So, I guess it was fitting that this Christmas has been an very empty and lot of sort of angriness inside of me.

Tore is sick, the flu… 😦
Me, I’m still not, but I guess I will get it next.
Tore’s brother, that are our only guest – is still like his been the last times we have had him on visit, nice but sometimes a pain, but he’s a good boy and I like him very much!

This year, we had not cleaned the house, not decorated anything, not made any Christmas cookies, no Christmas dinner, no Christmas spirit – just nothing but bad feelings inside.

It sadden me, I feel angry at my self, angry at the world, angry at my self, angry at my self, angry – you get the picture… πŸ™‚

6 days left of 2005 – 2006 is a year I’m afraid, so many big changes coming, and so much uncertainty – never had such a feel before that I have now a day.
I’m scared of my future, and that scares me.

So, as our Norwegian type of Christmas evening is over, it’s 00:04 here, and we enter the 1st Christmas day, I must say that I sure hope next year’s Christmas will be one to remember and cherish because I can’t stand this feel longer!
There where no packages under the Christmas tree this year, in fact, there where no tree either….

For those reading this, I wish you all the best, hope things are good in your end of the world, and me/us – we bounce back into life sometimes in the future.
We always do, and don’t plan on making a first non happening of that part… LOL

Then again, I never planned on such a lousy Christmas either, hmm, maybe…

Naah, things will get better

Best wishes

Linda & Tore

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Categories: Misc

The saga continues…

Hi,

anybody reading these pages might have understood that I/we do have some things that we struggle with – and now the latest news are in…

In the beginning of December, the 6th, I handed over the drawings seen below here – slightly fixed up – to an architect we had been in touch with since February this year.
I needed him to redraw this to a proper drawing and construction drawings and make sure the bearing and all the rules are followed.
He promised to start on it the week after, from around the 12 of December 2005.

Since then we have head nothing until we got the bill on Tuesday this week (20 December) for all the work spent on this project, and wow, was that high… 😦
I/we had also expecting the drawings all week long, none showed up so we phoned him this morning.

And what do you know, the guy had just had a glimpse at them, no work done…!

😦

This destroyed the little Christmas spirit we had left, I’m real pissed at this guy!!

I can understand things get delayed and other things taking priority sometimes – but I expect in cases like that a message letting me know things are delayed/postponed and a further noticed when he can do the job!!
That is common courtesy if you ask me!!

We pay for this, and this is what we get…

😦

I’m so mad, this is so devastating for us that it’s hard to explain!

None of us have had a job for a year, our money is running out, we need a lot of money to build a house, all people want our money, and this house we live in here in the Netherlands have a huge mortgage to be paid.
We don’t want to sell the house, we do plan on renting it out next year – but in order to do that we need to move.
In order to move, we need to build a new house first.
In order to build a house, we need people to do that, and a permit.
In order to find people and get a permit, we need a drawing.
In order to get a drawing, we need someone that is capable of making a legal drawing…
In order to get someone to make a legal drawing we need a drawing from us – that we have!

See, we’re in big trouble here.

The permit might take 4-8 weeks to be looked at.
The drawing from the architect I don’t expect to be one I can accept at once – so we expect at least a revisited version of it – that will take time.
We need to start build when spring arrives, that is around march/april next year.

The building will take time, we need to do it in steps, as we have the cabin already and that is being more or less teared down, and all the stuff inside it we have to put somewhere…
So, we had planned on making the garage first, but the guy doing the digging refused to dig the garage until the foundation for the house was done as he justified told us that otherwise he was not able to get around the the backside of the house…

So, when that architect told us that we should get his drawing in beginning of January that was a real blow to our head.

We wanted the Christmas/new year week to look his drawings over, do some planning in relation to furniture and so on to see if his drawings are acceptable – and now, now we don’t get them till next year.
Which is when we need to send the application for the permits…

Oh, I so hate people that just postpone doing a job for us that we pay them for!
Especially when they don’t let us know!

There, rant is over.

Best wishes all, but no Christmas cheers…

Linda

Categories: Eidsvoll

House plans…

Howdy,

I got this strange feeling over me, and I wanted to share it online… πŸ˜‰

My husband and I have had plans for several years of converting a cabin he have into a house, and for the last year or so we been struggling along to get to the point where it might happen.
So far, we still struggle…

But, I do have made some preliminary plans, and figured I could put them out here in case anyone that sort of knows me see this and feel it could be nice to see them… LOL

So, this is the link to the 4 sides, drawn by me, copyrighted by me…
Click on them to get a bigger view.

View from North
View from North, with the garage near left and the front door hinted at on right.

View from West
View from West, with the garage at the left and the dining/living room at front.

View from South
View from South, with the living room at left, office at right and so on…

View from East
View from East, which is the backside of the house.

Yes, I know, big house….

More later. πŸ™‚

Linda

PS, the drawings will always be the latest, even if the post it self is old…

Categories: Eidsvoll

Still alive…

Hi,

Well, for those hoping to never ever see a word from me, sorry, but I can’t live up to that as of yet… πŸ˜‰
For those hoping I might come back and write a “short book” again, well, maybe another day… πŸ˜‰
For those, who never ever been seeing this page, or may never even see it – here’s a few more lone words. πŸ˜‰

I wanted to use this Blog thing to help fill up the Internet with possible useless words when I got access to it, but things never turned out that way.
I can’t say life took a new turn, but I might say it caught up with me so I need to take a new turn…

Things not going the way I want, but guessing from past experience I bounce back into life.

Tore and I are still a big part of our life, we work out things, we fight, we laugh, we share and we have fun and sorrow moments – so I guess we are pretty normal, which is sad, as it is way more fun to be special. πŸ˜‰
Then again, we are special, for each other and hopeful for someone else.

The plans for moving home to Norway, build a house and live happily ever after is slowly getting here – but I’m sick and tired of it and one thing I have learned, drawing & designing a house is a “dirty” job, but someone got to do it! LOL

Anyway, we been on the road all day, driving from Sandnes on the southwest coast of Norway, to Eidsvoll, in the eastern part of southern Norway, inland from Oslo….
It’s winter, snow, mud, wet snow, ice and all that comes with the winter on the roads – so it is a tiring drive.

Maybe I get back to posting again, we see. πŸ˜‰

Take care who ever are seeing this, and for all that are not seeing this – maybe you are lucky, or maybe you are not, whatever it is, it’s not my fault. LOL
Thanks for reading my babbling

All the best

Linda

Categories: Misc