I retired as of 14 May 2014. I adore painting miniatures. I have been very lucky in some areas of my life. I have worked two jobs since I was 30. I earned one salary to support myself, and my second salary was placed in cash envelopes and dispensed to the poor. Lets just say I was adding to a "future" Retirement fund beyond this life. I still do some professional clergy services for free. I love going to my beloved Norway as often as possible, and as much as my relatives will put up with me. I am now Bi-Lingual in Norwegian. One strange thing about me is that I don't look at Television. It has been over twenty five years since I owned a tube. If I am around one it is like a brain magnet, sucking the content out of my head. I don't miss it at all. My news is acquired from five Norwegian newspapers, or other foreign language newspapers that I read on a 52" computer monitor. I read a lot, and now I paint a lot ! I also mix my own colors, I don't use colors out of the dropper. I find it much more satisfying to make my own color mixes. It appears that my normal speed is one miniature a week, though I have been doing more elaborate basing these days. That means that I have slowed down quite a bit. I treasure some of the friendships I have made in the Forum. I recently went through a bout of surgery's and medical attention. It has been wonderful picking up my brushes and miniatures once again. Missed doing them, and my friends here on the Forums. I have been offered AND ACCEPTED an apartment in Portland, Oregon allowing me to be near my wonderful Children. It is in walking distance of places I like to visit.
I moved to Portland, Oregon on Saturday, 18 August 2018. I gave up my car, and I don't miss it at all.
I also NOW have a painting desk with a window in front of it. I can paint with as much natural light as I wish. It is magnificent.
I live in a beautiful area, surrounded by Victorian ginger bread houses. A walk around here just brings me to tears sometimes. It is
amazingly beautiful. I also have been given the most wonderful gift that one may receive. I have fallen in love, and those feeling are
reciprocal. I now wear a promise/engagement ring on my hand. After all these years, its a bit overwhelming to discover how lucky I have become.