Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Year Fun

I stay indoor today. It's Leap Year and from old Post Cards I do understand it can be dangerous out there. For Men. LOL.

You are welcome to enjoy these old Postcards (from 1908), which I scanned from a Magazine today.

Caged in for the occassion. Smart or stupid guy?

Who will swallow the bait first? "Skudaaret" means The Leap Year - 100 years ago.

What a trap - it says: Gold and green Forests. (what a temptation)

Hooked in the Park

That's it for now folks. Have a great Weekend

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

You may know me as a curious person. Hunting for knowledge and facts. Even "funny" facts. Most listed here are from "Did you Know"

Did you know?

1) Easter bunny originates from ancient Anglo-Saxon carnival

The ancient Anglo-Saxons celebrated the return of spring with a carnival commemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime, Eostre. The word carnival possibly originated from the Latin 'carne vale' meaning "flesh, farewell" or "meat, farewell." The offerings were rabbits and coloured eggs, bidding an end to winter.

As it happened, the pagan festival of Eostre occurred at the same time of year as the Christian observance of the Resurrection of Christ and it didn't take the Christian missionaries long to convert the Anglo-Saxons when they encountered them in the 2nd century. The offering of rabbits and eggs eventually (in the 8th century, it is thought) became the Easter bunny and Easter eggs. Read more it's soon Easter.

2) A cat's brain is more similar to a man's brain than that of a dog! And that a cat do have 100 different sounds while dogs have 10.

3) CO2 discharge from computers (power consumption, incl cooling) are equel to that from the Airline Industry. Every time we are on internet we create a carbon dioxid footprint.

4) In the 6th century BC Greek mathematician Pythagoras said that earth is round - but few agreed with him. Greek astronomer Aristarchos said in the 3rd century BC that earth revolves around the sun - but the idea was not accepted. In the 2nd century BC Greek astronomer Erastosthenes accurately measured the distance around the earth at about 40,000 km (24,860 miles) - but nobody believed him. In the 2nd century AD Greek astronomer Ptolemy stated that earth was the centre of the universe - most people believed him for the next 1,400 years.

5) With all its grazing and many stomachs, it is no wonder that cows are one of the main contributors to the hole in the ozone layer. Apart from CFC, the biggest culprit is hydrocarbon emissions from cars and cows. Yes, cows! Cows release some 100 million tons of hydrocarbon annually - by releasing gas. To give you an idea of how much gas a cow emits: if the gas of 10 cows could be captured, it would provide heating for a small house for a year. (Free energy for Farmers. TorAa, comment)

6) Coffee is the world's most popular stimulant: 4 out of 5 Americans drink it, consuming more than 400 million cups a day. Consumption in Scandinavian countries is more than 12kg (26lb) per capita. With more than 25 million people employed in the industry, coffee is second only to oil in world trade.

7) A diamond is the hardest natural substance on earth, but if it is placed in an oven and the temperature is raised to about 763 degrees Celsius (1405 degrees Fahrenheit), it will simply vanish, without even ash remaining. Only a little carbon dioxide will have been released.

8) If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you'll feel thirsty.

9) The muscle that lets your eye blink is the fastest muscle in your body. It allows you to blink 5 times a second. On average, you blink 15 000 times a day. Women blink twice as much as men.

10) Indian comic actress Manorama has played the most leading roles of any performer in movie history. She began her career in 1958 and in 1985 had appeared in her 1,000th movie.

11) The paperclip was invented by Norwegian Johann Vaaler.

12) If you suffer from phronemophobia you are afraid of thinking (Think about that)

13) In Norse mythology the 13th number led to the death of Baldur, the beloved of the gods. When the 12 gods gathered for a banquet in Valhalla, Loki gatecrashed the party, increasing the number to 13, which led to the death of Baldur. It also happens that in Tarot cards, 13 is called "Death."

Did you enjoy and learned something?

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - February 27 - 2008

Which painter is the inspirator?
Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

End of Winter Vacation - for the Cats

During our stay with Renny and Diane, Rosa and Felicia had their vacation as well. They did visit Stompa for one week, and fed and pleased by Solvi. They like it there. So well we hardly find them when I come to bring them back. Even Stompa hides away. What a struggle. No chance to even take a photo. And when back in the Winterhome, they are all over in such a hurry I do have the same challenge: Take photos.
But I did manage to take these two: (Click to enlarge)

Rosa sat down on the kitchen table for 3 seconds - to have a snap shot - then she ran away again. Too busy - something new?

Felicia under the dining room table - also 3 seconds - then she were all over again. Hunting High and Low. It's impressive how fast they move.

Cats on Tuesdays at Gattinas

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Winter Vacation has come to an End

Our Winter Vacation in Mariestad with our wonderful friends Renny and Diane is over for now. It's a sentimental fact. We miss it allready. The journey home allways feels very long. Makes a distance to all the wonderful memories, moments, fun and food. Then thanks we can blog to share and remember.
Below is how our Saturday evening dinner ended. LOL. (Our quiz afterwords was very funny and challenging. But all the photos are blurry. The Champagne?)

To see the Dinner from the very beginning, you must visit RennyBA's Terella.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008


Photo Hunter feb 23 - 2008 - Wooden
Typical in Norway
Rest of the bunch: Photo Hunter

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Mariestad - in short

Hi folks,
what a blast we do have here with Renny and Diane. So, pls excuse our selfishness by not posting more. But here you'll find something public. *giggles*
You may know, Norwegians abroad are loved all over the World: 'cause we are heavy shoppers;))
Anna shopping Jeans. Not because of favourable prices but:

due to the excellent service.
- Hmm, I like these, but a bit too long, Anna said
- No problem, I'll fix that within 10 minutes, the serviceminded girl said. And 8 minutes later, the jeans was fixed and a perfect match to Anna's body.

Anna likes to draw.

Here is Renny studing himself as drawn and seen by the artist

Then Diane had to be model.

Papa danced with the model.

OK, folks, that's all for now. We are busy, so stay tuned

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - February 19 - 2007

We did have a Wordless Dinner when we arrived at RennyBA's leisure home in Mariestad, Sweden - after 5 1/2 hours driving from Oslo, Norway.

PS. Did you know when in Mariestad, the distance by helicopter to the 3 Scandinavian Capitals Copenhaguen, Oslo and Stockholm is the same. That was this weeks lesson.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

TT 13 - a Silver Wedding Mountain Sigtseeing - reposted

Photo Hunter "Free" is here . It's me

It's utterly tragic when Blogger handle me this way. All were correctly posted and seen as I accepted then posted. Then: Well, Fu¤% you. Back to my dashboard, unfinnished. Did you, Blogger run a back up? Of an old version? For me it's very humilitating. DO YOU HEAR? Is it about time to Quit? All my comments are lost

This what happens, at Bloggers, when I do try to upload photos. After 3 1/2 houresbI give up.
You will here see my intention, and what was obtained-
PS. Love you all

Dear regular readon the Subject: TT13- Meant to be something thrilling. Hope these photos may be a good replacementers, thanks for your patience and understanding when my personal computer does not Work. This evening, I'm writing from my Office PC. Thus I miss thousands of pictures I would have wanted . They are all from our Silver Wedding Honeymoon.

1 - We went away - out on a normal Road - in the Andes - but this part of the Road is luxus. No fee or Toll paid,

2 Suddenly - yeah . you can Z. I mean the Road

3 . Z - they - large CATCUTES?

4 - A Railway Bridge? km

5 Anna met a kitten in the Village: El Alfarcito - It's nice to live here, the kitten said.

6 Free Medical service in the Village El Alfarcito




10 - From about the Highest point.. 4080 moh




This was possible thanks to Ramiro, who gave the best advices for a visit to Argentina.

PS. It is not a paid afdvertising, but a tribute to a person that understand foreigners.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Feb 13 - 2008

Wordless Wednesday Participants

PS. My Private Computer is still blocked, hence I do have only a limited number of Photos to pick from


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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cats on Tuesday - Feb 12-13 in the Year of 2008

This is a bit out of line. Posted from my Office Computer, without my normal photo capabilities. So excuse the Photo Quality. And the short time I had to post it. In between. Work - Job, you know. (here we sometimes work 24/7 when needed - Customer needs first)

Here you will see Rosa and Felicia - Sisters - Born same Day. Rosa first. Felicia several hours later. 3 in between.

Hi Sister, mieew, how are you?

But we suspect they have different Fathers. We do remember their Mothers behaviour. And I'll comment no more on that Subject. Cats are Cats. Unless, if it might be a popular linguistic intepretation - Cats - PussyCat.

I'm not THAT deep into how slang/popular words do became "common" - not in English. But - I do have some hypotesis. I do not know if they are still valid.

Here you see Rosa in the left Kitchen Window

More about Cats here, If you really want to know about humans first domestic animals (sic)

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Monday, February 11, 2008

I'm locked out from my PC

I can't believe it. I'm locked out from my own Computer. For the first time Windows XP Professional asks me to Sign in with a PassWord. Until that problem is resolved, I do have limited Time to access and create posts and comments using my Office Computer.

Friday, February 08, 2008

HEAVY - PhotoHunter - Feb 9 - 2008

Circumstances like what you see above have been a heavy reality for many Mountain Cabin Owners in Norway this Winter. It's only one solution: Shuffel off the Snow. Before the Spring and Rain. Then we can really talk about Heavy: Wet Snow - besides: It's very heavy to get rid off it. If not, then you need an insurance - with a Heavy Bill. Or mistreat your Roof.

As you can see here, the Snow was not very easy to get rid of, it was in fact heavy, but, we saved the roofs (by not digging too deep)- Haha - believe it or not - it's part of our SUMMER home you now see.

It's hard to believe. It's the same place. (Our Cats will NOT be there during the Winter - nothing to Catch). That's what's so exciting with four distinct Seasons. It's really Heavy to understand, these 3 pictures are from the same spot (allmost). Here you see Felicia.

Take the Photo Hunt Challenge. It's exiting and demanding. Important is NOT the quality of Photographing, but the intepretation of the Weeks Theme. This weeks challenge is Heavy.
Lot's of intepretations. It's very interesting and learning to see how people around the globe inteprete. It's an important lesson. Do not laugh of others, maybe they will find your's "far off", so to speak. It's about learning and respect. And World Peace.

PS. There is no Rats around here this time of year - even though the Chinese "Year/moon of the
Rats began yesterday. Read from "So Shiok"

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You Are Chardonnay

Fresh, spirited, and classic - you have many facets to your personality.
You can be sweet and light. Or deep and complex.
You have a little bit of something to offer everyone... no wonder you're so popular.
Approachable and never smug, you are easy to get to know (and love!).

Deep down you are: Dependable and modest

Your partying style: Understated and polite

Your company is enjoyed best with: Cold or wild meat
What Kind of Wine Are You?

This not a bad result, as I no longer can drink Red Wine.
I found this at Fleur de Lisa

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Feb 6 - 2008

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Cats on Tuesday Feb 05 - 08

Ingelin did have "Open House" for all her Norwegian Friends here in our Winterhome last Saturday. It lasted from 1 pm (Saturday) until about 5 am (Sunday).
Did Rosa and Felicia enjoy? No. It was kids around. And other strangers. But they did came along around 2 am (Sunday): - It's about time to leave, mieewa?
I mieewed back: (translated to English: Ingelin will not be back until Christmas. And she has promised not to eat Cats when in Hong Kong). Then they went to Bed.
Here they are, waiting for Brunch. On Sunday. Papa soon went to bed again. Too early for him to wake up. Enlarge and you sure understand how early it was. Hahaha. Besides, it was White outdoor. Wet Snow and Ice below. A Day to stay indoor. And Clean up.
In the late afternoon, Rosa prefered some caring and visa verca
Felicia could at last relaxe in her (for the moment) favourite chair - puuurr, so relaxing.
More Cats here at Gattinas

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Sunday, February 03, 2008


We happend to suddenly be on this narrow road. Here it is, well, a sort of driveable. But later on, I did not dare to stop and take pictures (Enlarge and try to imagine what would come) Anna closed her eyes. It was steep on both sides. Rocks and water on the road, a huge mud-lake down under - point of no return. With a tiny, 2 wheel drive Car. No Cell Phone contact. Mad Vikings. But beautiful Nature I'm told. Had my eyes on the Path. Yes Path or Trial. Passing the Sand Dunes 1 hrs later was even more risky.

Photo Hunters

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