Sadly and such

My last post was written during a sickleave from work. Since then, Norway’s Constitution Day (May 17) has come and gone, without me participating in any way this year, and I had one day at work, a quiet day, since many co-workers had taken the day off to extend their weekend.

Today I braved the cold wind and enjoyed a cruise with Bergen’s pride, the barque “Statsraad Lehmkuhl”, chartered by my trade union. It was an enjoyable 5 hours in the middle of a Saturday, in spite of rain and strong wind. The ship itself glided smoothly through the choppy waters, and below deck, we stayed warm and entertained since there was wine and beer and a jazz band.

My brain is actually preoccupied with my health and an odd word usage of late: Sadly. I find things make me sad. I’m not sure why, but the word “sadly” pops up easily in my speaking and writing. Could be a phase. Or it could be something else. I’m not in the habit of getting sick barely a half year after the last time I had a similar illness so something’s up, and since my mom has hypothyroidism, which affects the immune defense system, I’m definitely thinking something may be happening with me, too. So I’ve spent a lot of time surfing the ‘net looking for information, which is why I’m now eating coconut oil. At some point, I’ll make a doctor’s appointment, too.

By Keera Ann Fox

I am a bi-lingual American who has lived most of my life in Norway.
Jeg er en tospråklig amerikaner som har bodd mesteparten av mitt liv i Norge.

5 replies on “Sadly and such”

Awesome ship. Did you get to go out under sail or did they just use the engine because of the weather?I went to the website and I am most intrigued to learn more about \”The Friendship Ass\”.;o)> Hope you chipper up soon.


I\’ve been preoccupied with health too. Maybe we\’re at \”that age.\” I have many of those low-thyroid symptoms, but tested in the normal range. I don\’t mind eating coconut though! Hope you feel better, Keera.


Mark, for the short excursions, they always motor. For weekend trips, they take on a full crew and fewer passengers and then they use the sails. But yes, she\’s a beauty.Sometimes a Norwegian can know English well, and still not well enough. I once stopped a former boss from ordering business cards in English stating he was an Ass Manager.Paula, I was a bit shocked to be reading some stuff about hypothyroidism that has made me realize the changes in my body may not all be peri. So I have to investigate further. And yes, it\’s our age. Darn it.


Hi Keera. I found your blog through Emily\’s \”On Top of the World\” and am enjoying your writing and musings very much. I\’m a 44-year-old American woman living in southern Norway (one year on May 17!), and am childfree by choice. I am very happy to \”meet\” you.I am sorry you have been feeling sad lately. This happens to me too often for my own comfort but I don\’t know if it\’s age, loneliness, or homesickness. Probably a combination of the three.I hope you feel more like yourself soon and do not find that you have a serious health issue. Take care!


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