Christmas Greetings and Salutations

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Blog entry by stefang posted 12-19-2009 09:17 PM 5615 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Fellow LJ members wherever you are. My wife and I just want to wish you and your families


I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed your company since joining LJ earlier this year. I feel very lucky to be associated with so many fine people, and I mean that sincerely.

We also want want to extend a special Christmas Greeting to all of those serving in the military and their families who might see this. For those on active duty in dangerous areas, thank you for risking your life everyday to keep us safe. I hope you will come home as early as possible and be welcomed open armed by a grateful nation. God Bless all of you.

I took these pictures of our home today. I thought those living in warmer climes might enjoy it. It’s still snowing, so I will be out shoveling tomorrow. I tried to get my wife to be with in the first picture, but she has been camera shy since I met her, so that didn’t fly. The next photo is Erling, a young 12 year old woodworker, who also happens to be my grandson, scroll sawing a trivet as a Christmas present to his mom. He did a fantastic job on it and I think he is better at scrolling than me already. My youngest grandson Vidar also did some very nice scrolled presents, but (stupid me) I forgot to take a picture. Maybe next year. Thanks for stopping in.





Here’s what we woke up to this morning. My wife agreed with all of you who very kindly advised me not to shovel snow, so she called my Son and had him send our youngest grandson 10 years old to do the shoveling. This is a little difficult for me as I am not used to having others do my work. I am pretty lazy though, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get used to. The last picture is Vidar at work. He’s doing a great job too!

I hope you don’t mind me posting all these pictures. It’s just that we rarely get so much snow. From what some of you told me there is quite a bit coming down in different places in the States too. My advice is: Get out your Grand children and shovel some snow!! LOL.






Take care and have a safe holiday season!!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-19-2009 09:36 PM

Merry Christmas to you and yours

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 09:40 PM

Thanks and Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year to you too. I think we got more snow than you did, We had 13” last night. But I can’t get out and shovel it. Dang.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 10:04 PM

Thanks Rick and Jerry. Those photos were taken about 3 pm. I’ll bet You wouldn’t say that Jerry if you could see our place right now. My Wife just called me out to have a look into the back yard and believe me it is loaded! It’s 9 pm here, so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to take another pic. Meanwhile have a nice evening.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 12-19-2009 10:33 PM

Merry Christmas to you and yours Mike. We don’t get too much snow but sure have had the rain lately. Too wet!!

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 11:07 PM

Mike, I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as well. And please keep the snow there. I really do not enjoy shoveling the driveways anymore.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 11:12 PM

All the best to you and yours Mike my good friend…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 12-20-2009 12:13 AM

God bless you and your family a Merry Christmas and joyous New Year.

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 02:39 AM

It has been a great time having you on board Mike! Merry christmas to you and yours!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 12-20-2009 03:32 AM

Mike, just between us older guys I don’t really think that shoveling snow is something that you should be under taking. Right now the east coast is taking a real battering. Virginia is already over 16 inches at Dulles INT. Airport and is expected that this will dump on DC before moving up the coast. Boston is really in for a pasting. I guess that we are lucky its not going to reach this far north. Of course it was 5F thur am when I got up, around 8.
Any way a very Merry Christmas to you and yours and an equally happy New Year. ralph

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#10 posted 12-20-2009 04:01 AM

‘Mike, just between us older guys I don’t think that shoveling snow is something you should be under taking.’

Let your wife do it like I do…................(-:

Sherie is 15 years younger than me, and I always tell her to hire someone, but no, she has to shovel the steps and the extra parking area, where we used to park our motorhome, now given to one of my children. The rest of the drive way clearance is contributing to green house gases, it is heated and we don’t have to touch it. It is always free of snow and dry as a bone. Decadence.

Thanks for the picture, that is a wonderful idea. I have one picture of my porch and some moose on my blog, should maybe do more. It adds so much to understanding and appreciating our fellow lumberjocks.

Merry Christmas and the best to you and yours. I think I have said that 5 times to you, but we can’t say it enough.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 12-20-2009 04:05 AM

Hey Mike
Your much taller than your LJ photo LOL I always find your comments so kind and thoughtful Ljs is a much better place because of you and folks like you. I really enjoyed the photos and second the be careful shoveling that snow I know your really young at heart but sometimes our bodies don’t agree with our heads ;-))
a very Merry Christmas to you and yours and a new year full of joy.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 12-20-2009 12:15 PM

Merry Christmas Mike…........ Love the photo of your house in the snow. You would think here in Canada, that my place would look like that right now, but we haven’t received a flake …YET … all around me, but none here where I live. Take it easy on the shovelling, spring will come !!!

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 12-20-2009 01:21 PM

Thanks Jim, I feel the same way about you. Same to you Brian and have a look at my updated photos. An awful lot of snow for a 10 year old to move. We’ll see how he does. So far he has been in for a glass of water and then lunch. Right now he’s warming up in front of the TV. I’m amazed at how much he has gotten done in about an hour. I sure wished I had that kind of energy.

I sure hope we will have the snow cleared for Christmas Eve. We are taking a Christmas lunch/dinner to my 90 year old Mother-in-law which is about a 30 minute drive away. She won’t be with us at the main celebration at my Son’s house later in the evening because she gets too tired after 5 PM. My Son’s house is just about 100 yards away so we can get there easy enough.

It will be a pretty good party with 7 young kids and 8 adults. First we have dinner. After dinner we have a dish call “rice cream”. Its rice slow cooked in milk, chilled and then whipped cream is beaten into it to make it light and fluffy. We eat it with a strawberry sauce. A skinned almond has been mixed in the bowl beforehand. Whoever gets the almond wins a bag of candy treats. The kids often have to eat a lot in try to find that almond. The one who gets it usually doesn’t tell until all the rice cream is eaten up. Pretty cruel huh?

Next we open our gifts. Most of us will be seated in the living room while my two grandsons fetch the presents from under the tree and hand them out. This takes a long time! Now comes dessert. The Norwegians are big on cakes, no pies (too bad). They are really great cakes though, so I never complain. After we are finished with cake and coffee we will all circle the Christmas tree, hold hands and walk around singing Christmas songs. A wonderful way to end the celebration and it would be about 2Am.

I Thought some of you in might find it interesting find out how we celebrate here. The Norwegians are really into Christmas. It seems to go on forever here. That is ok for me! I hope you all enjoy your Christmas celebrations with family and/or friends as much as I do.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 12-20-2009 01:28 PM

Happy Holidays to you too!! Thank you for sharing the photos with us (and the big wave).
This photo is a postcard waiting to happen!

To the Grandkids – job(s) well done and happy shoveling.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 12-20-2009 01:46 PM

Thanks Debbie. I guess snow is nothing new to you Canucks!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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