well, for those of you who know who I am, I have put this blog together to keep up with my brother and to share a bit of myself with who ever is looking.  I will include bits of my life and photo updates of some of my creations…. which could include stitching, food or my kids………… my hope is that my family will read along and my brother will comment when he can and let us know where he is.  Hey!!!  kind of like a conference call!!!


I am from Texas.

I have cowboy boots and i am not afraid to wear them.

I grew up in Alaska.

I went to jr high, sr. high and college in Washington (the state…..)

I come from a long line of Norwegians…. uff da….

I am a vegetarian.

I have been in Japan for over 29 years.

I have been married for nearly 20 years.

I have 3 children……they are 19, 18 and 14.

I have a degree in Speech Pathology.

I studied anatomy in college.  it was quite traumatic.

I knit.

I quilt.

I sew everything by hand…I don’t really like using a machine.

I love the book Dandelion Wine by ray bradbury…..

Favorite Music includes…..Cat Stevens, The Grateful Dead, Heart, Tina Turner, Pink…………..

I have over 600 c.d.s

I would love to let materialism go but I find great comfort in my possessions….

I think that HAROLD AND MAUDE and WAYNE’S WORLD are 2 of the best movies ever made.. brilliant soundtracks and comedy genius!!!!!!!!!

two books I turn to for inspiration are WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES and GIFT FROM THE SEA (both books from my mom)

I howl at the moon.


20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. K8
    Aug 20, 2007 @ 19:45:20

    The latest trip your brother took with his family was to upstate New York. A week in the Adirondacks beside a quiet mountian lake sounds idyllic until you add that his wife’s family was there as well…all 17 of them. Good just maybe not restful.The kids (his) have been planning when grandma and grandpa and their cousins in AK and Japan can come visit.
    This week your brother is in Indonesia and then off to Korea.


  2. K8
    Aug 20, 2007 @ 23:04:44

    The little cousins would love to hear about what the older cousins are doing.


  3. Grandpa H
    Aug 20, 2007 @ 23:39:28

    What is this Blog business, anyway.I am still trying to use a dial telephone. For my part, I recently spsent two days working on a ‘house for humanity’.
    Been a long time since I have worked so hard. But, good aches and pains.
    Now, lets see if this missave will go thru. J


  4. Grandpa H
    Aug 21, 2007 @ 03:13:24

    grandma H says hi and all is well here, cool but nice, I will take this cooler weather over your HOT stuff. Today I finished up my applesauce so now have used up all the green apples, now drying some of the red ones. Next maybe the NUTS will fall. Love, me


  5. K8
    Aug 22, 2007 @ 03:13:13

    Cool on the Humanity House Grandpa. OUr church has a group that does that but I figure that I will need to wait until the girls are bigger before I can do much with them. Weather here has been lots of severe storms- got 5in of rain last Thur and more lightning strikes in one storm than the entire year- no kidding.We have been hanging out in the living room just in case trees fall on the house again.Getting some trees taken out tomorrow.
    Been getting some great fresh peaches- have you ever canned any? Nothing like fresh peaches on pancakes- one of my favorite meals last year at Birch Bay.
    Your son is in the heat in Indonesia and trying to get some miles in on training for our 1/2 marathon the end of Sept.
    KG has been working on 1st grade and doing well. Bizy doing well and always listening in on the older lessons-she chimes in on a bunch of KG’s questions. They are both swimming up a storm. Guess which one is very technical and precise about the strokes and which one plunges in calling herself “cannonBelle”? Better signoff so I can get some miles done in tha am before the natives wake up. Love to all, K8


  6. Grandpa H
    Aug 25, 2007 @ 05:11:30

    here I am, grandma H and it is getting bed time but will add a little while I am closing up the basement. It is cooler tonight but feels real good. We worked around the house today, father mowed the lawn and we also dryed some apples. We are getting ready for our trip and just maybe we have not mentioned the trip, going toN.D, Minn., Iowa and Salt lAKE, DRIVING OF COURSE.hOPE THE WEATHER IS BETTER THEN AND NOT SO HOT. M AND D WILL BE IN iOWA THE SAME TIME WE ARE. pROBABLY WE WILL BE LEAVING WEEK AFTER NEXT. i AM NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AND ALL THAT DRIVING> lOVE gRANDMA h.


  7. K8
    Aug 27, 2007 @ 12:03:25

    He’s in Korea and will head east later tonight to be home tomorrow. Love to all, K8


  8. K8
    Aug 28, 2007 @ 22:30:43

    FYI-Safe in VA until 9/02 to the UK.


  9. Brother Stuart
    Aug 30, 2007 @ 18:11:28

    Am I blogging? I am home from Korea, Indonesia and the UK, scheduled to fly back to the UK this Sunday night for budget stuff. Maybe get to see a cricket match with my friend who is captain of his club and they lead the league. Funny game to watch but a very nice way to spend an evening and a very nice pint. Ok, I will hit submit and see where this goes….


  10. Snippety Gibbit
    Jul 13, 2008 @ 18:26:51

    Hey, Jan…..Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m here looking around at your family updates. = ) I’m off to check out your Flickr now. jan in VA.


  11. sofennell
    Jul 18, 2008 @ 01:17:35

    I replied on my own blog, but thought I’d try here too. Now, I take it you are still currently living in Japan? And hey, btw, nice to meet you too!


  12. Kathy B.
    Jul 25, 2008 @ 22:58:18

    Just read your “About” (and entered your contest) and was thrilled to know you also don’t like sewing on a machine. Although I’ve probably made about a hundred garments on a sewing machine, I’ve never really enjoyed the making of any of them — just the end product which included ordinary clothes, a ballgown for my mother (Vogue Diane von Furstenberg) and a 3 foot Raggedy Ann for my niece as well as several Halloween costumes for my own daughter (now those were actually fun). I’ve never sewn a garment by hand, though (although my mother did). Tell me (if you have the time) do you do that, and what do you make and how long does it take you?. I would love to know. I also knit now, which I love more for its portability and the process than I did sewing.
    I’ve just discovered you through the Mason-Dixon bookmobile contest and plan on being a regular reader (thank goodness for Bookmarking).

    Kathy B.


  13. Michelle at Scribbit
    Dec 10, 2008 @ 05:21:43

    Hey can I get you to email me at scribbit at gmail.com?

    You left a comment on the post where I said that I was interviewing Patrick Dempsey and I used your question (thought it was great) so I have a bottle of the fragrance for you if you’ll send me your address.


  14. I_am_Tulsa
    Jun 06, 2009 @ 22:56:39

    Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I am soooo excited, you are in Japan too! I have to go to work now (I know…it’s a Sunday!) but I will be back! So nice to meet you!


  15. shiborigirl
    Jul 09, 2009 @ 17:21:12

    haha- thought it was about time to read your “about” page. i was actually born in gig harbor. curious-what took you to japan?


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  17. Lajla Nystad
    Feb 18, 2011 @ 05:45:38

    Hello fellow countrywoman,sort of….I am born and raised in Norway,but is now living in Australia with husband from NYC.My daughter was born in Charleston SC.We get around,us Norwegians!Wonder about yours as I thought all Scandinavians followed the snow and went to Minnesota and there abouts!Came across your blog just this week,and I like what you do.
    I also make quilts and other textile projects.Gotten into embroidery lately,just playing with the stitch.I went on a textile tour of Rajasthan,India last year.It was an adventure!Japan would be another country I would enjoy visiting for its craft.This year I am heading to Norway to catch up with family and friends.Will also visit USA,I have a sister in San Francisco.
    I shall send this off into cyberspace and hope it gets to you…Ha det,hilsen Lj.
    PS Couldnt make lefse to save my life!


  18. Kim Melton (Tyler)
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 19:04:53

    OMG! I saw the news about the earthquake and sunami last night, and I immediately thought of you. Terri found your information on Facebook(?) and passed it along to me. I am so happy to hear that you are ok. I think about you a lot, always wonder what you’re doing and how you are. Ray and I are in Gig Harbor, WA still. We ride our Harleys as often as we can. Usually go to Arizona for 10 days in late March to ride in the sun, but this year, we have a daughter who is getting married, so Arizona will have to wait a year. Eric is doing well. He’s in Seattle, an Electrical Engineer. I would love to hear from you.


  19. anita culp
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 21:44:43

    I cannot believe it’s you! I was just searching the web for a new & exciting carrot salad recipe!


  20. Anne
    Jun 12, 2011 @ 07:50:03

    Where do I look for quilting fabrics and/or used kimonos in Nagasaki?


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