Posted in Bjorn Maelstrom, In The Neighborhood, Nor'Easter, Norwegian Explorer, Pennsylvania, Weather

Niko Came To Town

We had a Nor’Easter come through our part of the globe yesterday.  It could have been a lot worse than the 5.5″ we received.  Niko was very blustery and annoying but his punch was a little on the weak side…thank goodness.

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We had fun playing in the snow but it was back to business.  Today it was still super cold outside but tomorrow they are calling for high 47’s.  YAY!

Posted in Autumn, Bjorn Maelstrom, Christmas, Holidays, In The Neighborhood, Norwegian Explorer, Pennsylvania, Seasons, The Roomie, Weekend Adventures

Forced Retirement

It is with sad heart that after 12 years of travel and adventure Bjorn Maelstrom is being forced to retire.  This weekend saw his worst injury today.

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While visiting Historic Hope Lodge to ring in the fun Christmas Season Bjorn suffered another radical amputation.  If you follow his travels you know that he’s lost both hands, his tail, his nose and his hair due to many individual circumstances.  This time he has lost his arm.  He is running out of parts to fall off.

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So for his future safety and under much protest the old boy is now shelf bound.  His family and friends will keep up the travels and adventures but for the foreseeable future Bjorn will be a quiet old man in retirement 😦  This makes us all sad since he was the one who started it all.  Hang in there our Norwegian friend.

Posted in Autumn, Bjorn Maelstrom, Christmas, Fear, In The Neighborhood, Norwegian Explorer, Pennsylvania, The Roomie

Getting Ready For Christmas

Every year the Roomie reads us Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”.

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It’s an old-timer kind of tradition but we humor her.

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Fear got all scared because there were ghosts in the story.  No matter how much we tried to assuage him it was for naught.  The little dude is destined to be afraid of everything.  I guess that’s why his name is Fear.

Posted in Bjorn Maelstrom, Buddy Christ, Elves Are Everywhere, Files, Homie the Gnomie, In The Neighborhood, Jeff the Clone, Nor'Easter, Norwegian Explorer, Pennsylvania, Snow, The Roomie, Winter

Oh Yay…It Snowed

So in our neighborhood we got 22.4″ of snow from Jonas.  I still think it’s stupid they name the storms.  Now nobody will want a friend named Jonas because that a-hole dropped 2-3′ of snow on the east coast!

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I think that Homie needs a smaller shovel.  It do give him props for giving it a try though 😉

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I was Bjorn of the mountain.  Really there were mountains of snow everywhere after the plows came through.  Crazy stuff this Nor’easter business.

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We decided to have some fun sliding down the hill.  It would be sledding if someone remembered to bring the sled.  I’m not pointing fingers but you’ll recognize him from his thumbs up…BUDDY!

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Homie says he enjoys snow so much more now than when he was a garden gnome/elf.  He’s a big fan of keeping dry and being warm.  We all survived and the next storm to come our way has been changed to a passing rain shower so no more shoveling for a bit.  YAY!!!

Posted in Bjorn Maelstrom, In The Neighborhood, Norwegian Explorer, Winter

Bjorn Just Can’t Catch A Break

I was just sitting at home when Tara the wonder puppy decided my hair was fun to play with and ripped it off my head.

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So I was feeling humiliated for a while…

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But the Roomie was able to glue my hair back on and things were relatively okay.  It was embarassing enough when my nose broke off but this scalping just put me over the edge.  I need some serenity so I’m going to go for a walk in the forest.  I ‘ll see you all…whenever I come back, lol.  Happy New Year!

Posted in Autumn, Bjorn Maelstrom, Fort Washington, Norwegian Explorer, Pennsylvania, Seasons, Sunday Madness, The Roomie, Weekend Adventures

Welcome To The Revolution!

This weekend the Roomie and I headed out to watch the Revolutionary War Battle Re-Enactment.

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We live in an area that is filled with Historic places.  The battle took place in the back field of Hope Lodge.

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Today’s battle saw the British taking the field.  That’s revolution speak for winning.

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I’m not sure if you can see behind me are the red-coats.  The uniforms were really cool since this supposed to be like 239 years ago.

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It turned out to be a beautiful day for a Skirmish in the back field.

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If you get a chance go visit.  This place is fun, historic and just a nice way to spend a Sunday.

Happy Autumn!

Posted in Autumn, Bjorn Maelstrom, Morris Arboretum, Norwegian Explorer, Pennsylvania, Seasons, The Roomie

Autumn With More Milkweed Pods

The trees are in full color now.  The Roommie wanted to see if the milkweed pods were exploding yet and as luck had it they were.

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They were all over the field.  I think I saw her doing a little jig.  It was kind of an awkward moment.

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I snagged my Milkweed Seed and made my wish.  I sure hope it comes true!

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We went to the wheel pump house because it’s not far from the field of Milkweed Pods.  It was a great lunchtime!
I can’t wait to see where we go tomorrow!

Posted in Bjorn Maelstrom, Cleveland, Ingrid Maelstrom, Norwegian Explorer, Ohio, The Roomie, Weekend Adventures

Visiting Ohio – Part II

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I’ve repeatedly told the Roomie that I do not like to travel this way (especially since my nose fell off) but she insists on it.

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While in Cleveland we went too the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  It was fun and loud, lol.  Being from the tranquil forests of Norway it was an eye opener for Ingrid and Me.

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So much history in one place.  We had so much fun.  Elvis and anything 50’s early 60’s are my favorite but Ingrid is all about Queen.

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The view from the 3rd level was amazing.  It was an overcast/rainy day but Lake Erie looks awesome in the distance!  To lean all about the celebrities, the Bands and the era’s of music from Carl Perkins to Beyonce was super cool.