“We interrupt this travelogue to bring you…”

“…normal, day-to-day news.”

Today, I was picked up by a friend, Ragnhild, who brought me to her workplace. It’s called the Ryggeheimen, and it is a charming and well-run facility which cares for the elderly in their many stages of need. She planned to introduce me to the folk who come once a week for day activities. As we arrived, a dozen or so men and women were sitting around a large oval dining table enjoying a cup of coffee (in their ‘small cups’–see my earlier post) and what else? Waffles, of course!

Coffee in small cups.

Coffee in small cups.

Waffles!

Waffles!

I had brought some chocolate chip cookies to share, and they began to pass around the container. A place was set for Ragnhild and myself to join them, and what fun we all had visiting! Now, I can speak enough Norsk to be polite, and I can act well enough to seem like I understand what is being said, so, hey, we all got along great! There were two retired electricians and one retired carpenter in the mix who kept the conversation lively.

Ragnhild and I.

Ragnhild and I.

The lovely woman who is in charge of running the handiwork part of the activities (knitting, crocheting, weaving, etc) showed me her knit sweater she had finished–my, oh, my, how beautiful it was! I went over to where a gentleman was in the process of weaving a runner for a table; that is such a tedious craft to accomplish. I would never have the patience.

Inger and the sweater she knitted.

Inger and the sweater she knitted.

The gentleman's weaving project--a table runner.

The gentleman’s weaving project–a table runner.

We left the party to take a little tour of the facility; the chapel/movie room, the dayrooms on the different floors, the Spa Room (no kidding–there is a Spa Room! With various massages and esthetic treatments offered!), and the outdoor patios with a view of the Østvold Fjord. The whole place was spotless and, I could tell, was an active and encouraging place for all of the residents.

The songbirds outside one of the dayrooms.

The songbirds outside one of the dayrooms.

The view of the fjord from the patios.

The view of the fjord from the patios.

A beautiful hutch in one of the dayrooms.

A beautiful hutch in one of the dayrooms.

We returned to the initial dayroom where we had coffee and waffles, and now, they were in the midst of a rousing BINGO game. We walked in quietly, not wanting to disturb their game when, suddenly, I called out “BINGO!” It garnered the response I had hoped for; everyone laughed out loud!

I left after only about 2 hours there, and I hoped that I could return.

Ryggeheimen

Ryggeheimen

I received confirmation of that later tonight when I was talking with Ragnhild after Bible Study. She said that the day care coordinator told her that the people had a great time and thought that I was ‘so nice’. The ladies thought that my cookies might be hard, but they were so pleased and surprised that they were soft. 🙂 She said that I could come back anytime.

So, I plan to come by each Wednesday at 11:00 am for coffee and waffles. I will bring soft cookies. And, who knows, maybe I could learn to call Bingo in Norwegian! 😀

Bingo!

Bingo!

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