Mini Cooper

I recently bought a new car, a Mini Cooper S Clubman, in chili pepper red. I also got a tiny version for my grandson, who is very excited to have a car like grandma’s.

I am back to my regular routine of baby sitting two days a week, so here are a few pictures from yesterday. He is always on the move, so it isn’t easy to get a good picture of him.

Hail Storm

We had an unusual hail storm this weekend, accompanied by thunder and lightning. It sounded like someone was throwing rocks at my skylight, and I sure was hoping that it wouldn’t break. We don’t get snow here, but the hail almost looks like snow.

New Camera

In preparation for my vacation this summer, I bought a new camera – a Canon SX30 IS. I walked up to a nearby hilltop to try out the zoom lens. It has a 35 times zoom, which means the camera sees much better than I do. Here are some pictures of the bay area on a sunny and cloudy day.

Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas! This year, most of my Christmas photos are of my new grandson, Eliott. He is a lot of fun. He is at the age when everything goes into his mouth. He likes to taste every page of the book and every new gift.

In January, Natasha will be going back to work as a school teacher, and I will take care of Eliott two days a week. We will get to know each other quite well.

New Baby

Eliott Nathaniel was born on July 20, 2009, making me a grandmother for the first time. He had a little trouble breathing, so he spent the first five days of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit. He is home now, and is doing very well. Mother and father are also doing well, in spite of suffering from lack of sleep. They are trying to convince Eliott to be awake during the day and sleep at night.

Back Home

I am all packed and ready to go back home to America. This is a time of mixed emotions – I’m sad to leave the Faroe Islands, but I am looking forward to being with my children again. This time, the feelings are a little stronger, since it may be a while before I make it back to the Faroes again.

I have several projects that will keep me occupied for some time when I return home. First, I will need to learn how to be a grandmother. Other people who have had the experience tell me that this very small unknown person will become a very important part of my life, and since my daughter and her husband live only a ten minute drive from my house, I will have lots of opportunities to get to know the new little baby.

In 2008, the big event for me was getting my book published in the Faroe Islands (in Faroese). My next big project will be to find a publisher in America that is interested in publishing a book about a woman who finds her father’s family in the Faroe Islands (where???) some 80 years after he left home. Wish me luck! I don’t know how long this will take, but I plan to keep trying until I succeed.

I also plan to get back into directing and producing theater in my church in Berkeley. For years, we would put on a couple of shows every year, and I think it is time to get organized for the next show. Directing a show in Berkeley is not something I can do while travelling back and forth to the Faroe Islands.

On the other side of the picture, I love living here in the Faroe Islands. I like living in a small town where I know a lot of people and where people know me – a place where you don’t need to lock your doors and where you can safely walk alone, day or night. I am finally learning enough of the language that I can hold a conversation with someone, at least on a limited number of topics. I have grown to know and love my family here. If you have looked at my photos over the years, you know that this is an incredibly beautiful place. However, the winter storms are not among my favorite things, even though they make good pictures.

With all of the travelling I have been doing, I often say that home is where my suitcase is. Well, now I am taking my suitcase back to California – back home.

Happy New Year from California

Happy New Year! I’m back home and settled in my house in California. I have even recovered from jet lag and put away most of the miscellaneous items I brought back from the Faroe Islands. I am still waiting for the arrival of a box of books, and then I will be able to send out Christmas gifts to my family – a little late.

Here are a few photos from my last week in the Faroe Islands. Sorry they are so late. When I flew home in July, I missed the unveiling of the statue of Tróndur í Gøta in the nearby town of Gøta, but I finally got a few photos of the statue.

I left the Faroe Islands on 20 December, spent one night in Copenhagen, and finally arrived at my home in the early morning hours of 22 December. The plane was late because of snow at the Seattle airport, where I changed flights. Then it took me more than two hours to locate my luggage in the San Francisco airport.

I have been busy visiting family, celebrating Christmas on several different days in several different homes, but I forgot to take my camera out of my purse, so I only have a couple of photos.

My sister Erma, from Texas, came for a visit and stayed with me for several days. One afternoon we walked around the Miller/Knox Park on the edge of the San Francisco Bay, and this time I did remember to take my camera out of my purse. Comparing photos, I can see that we have trees here in California, not like the bare mountainsides in the Faroe Islands.

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