Poppi Iceland

Poppi Iceland
66N, the land of the ice and fire
November 11
keeper of history
hubby and six snow cats
viking princess, happy wanderer who still debates the value of growing up.


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APRIL 20, 2014 10:29PM

Work is Love and Love is Work

     "You realise there are laws against child labour," said Nora as she rummaged through my closet. "Your dad can be such a slave driver."

     "Nora, it's not that bad. Besides, I am learning valuable skills for when I have my own place.  You should stay and help.… Read full post »

APRIL 19, 2014 3:46AM

The Traveling Tree House




    There is an old joke in Iceland that goes like this:

      What do you do when you get lost in the forests of Iceland?

           You stand up.


        Summer 1978 

   We do… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2013 5:21PM

The Day the Yeti Moved In

      I hate wall to wall carpets.  I think it goes back to living in the US in the 70's when we had a shag carpet in the living room. It was horrible.  Somehow my choice of a hazlenut broadloom with a green vine pattern running through it changed… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2013 3:06AM


I forgot to draw the curtains last night.

Winter dark with the green glow of the northern lights.

Just enough to trick my brain into thinking it was day time.

Day time, night time, they all blur together in this little house. Drifts of time.

37 clocks tick and tock,… Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2013 5:03AM

She Lives in Her Shadow

   The phone woke me one night last April. It startled me out of my sleep.

   "Soley, it's me. I'm at the hospital and I needed to talk to you."

   "Dee, you sound horrible, what happened?"

   "Don't know, I can't breathe. I wanted to call you before anyth… Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2013 11:43PM

My Absence Excuse

Dear Ed I Tor,

Please forgive my absences and not turning in my homework. I have a good excuse.

You see it all started with the broken arm. It was supposed to come off two weeks after my last post. I got overambitious and landed on it and rebroke it where… Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2012 11:10PM

Pandora's Seductive Charms

  I was resting on the couch when a tentative knock came on the door.

  Marta peered through the screen, crying. That sobbing hiccuping cry that sixteen year old girls have done for eons.

  "Soley, you have to help me he's gone crazy angry! He's going to send me… Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2012 8:22PM

Last Tweet

    "Are we having fun yet?" Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2012 8:22PM

Last Tweet

    "Are we having fun yet?" Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2012 3:13PM

OPEN CALL- An Immigrant's Tale

       Did your grandparents come to the US years ago?  Were you brought here as a small child, by parents with big dreams?  Where did they come from? What were they expecting when they arrived? Was it weeks ago or a hundred years ago? Was your or their name ch… Read full post »

     "People go to America and think they will be handed riches, houses, land. I don't know how they get these crazy ideas, Soley. If you want, you work. If you work petta reddast!"  said great uncle Jon.

     "It will all work itself out"  I rep… Read full post »

   Yow! I take two months off from OS and comeback to chaos central. No four hour feed, people planning for an OS funeral, emergency back plans and evacuation routes are mapped out. I've even seen a few robots!  I clicked a link on the new Ed I Tor letter and had… Read full post »

        If the unexamined life is not worth living, why the hell are we all here? Indulge me in a little lunchtime philosophy.

        CocoPuffs have been outlawed in Iceland. It seems the US made version causes obesity.  Obam… Read full post »

JANUARY 18, 2012 10:52AM

The Saga of Bjorney and Soley Pt 2

      So, glad to be home!  I finished the last sentence and closed my journal.  Bebe kept trying to read it all the way back from New York. She's so nosy. I put my journal in my train case.  That one I still cannot figure out.  Why I need a train… Read full post »

       "Will you be my girlfriend and marry me, Soley?"  Bjorney asked with a grin.

       "No, go away!" I replied.

       "But, I am the right guy for you, open your eyes and you will see that!"

 &nb… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2012 2:52PM

The Unwanted Reunion


        "Here she comes, the uber mother with six ducklings in tow", I think to myself. "Why did I agree to this? Coffee with the queen of Schaedenfraude"

        I hate… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2012 4:10PM

The View Around Here

         It's hard to describe, this view. To many, it seems boring, the same everyday. Lava fields, ocean, fishing boats, dark skies.  Each has it's own magic that changes everyday. You just have to look for it.


fishing boats

    &nbs… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2012 7:33AM

The Wish Window


    The fire works have ended.   The old year lays his head down on the soft pillow of time.  He covers himself in the blankets of history and sighs his last breathe....tempis fugit....

      Baby New Y… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2011 8:28AM

Giving Thanks in Iceland

    We don't have Thanksgiving here due to the lack of Pilgrims in the 1600's. Somehow the thought of Miles Standish and friends mingling with our ancestors makes me giggle.  I can envision a debate over who had the sillier hats. Our times living in the states did make u… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2011 10:23AM

From the Mouths of Babes

     I have always believed that kids do not have an internal editor, like adults do. They have something to say and out it comes. Often with brutal honesty. Sometimes funny, insightful and full of wisdom beyond their years.

     "My friend has two mothers, it'… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 9:27AM

From the Basement, With Love

      I needed an empty box.  That's what led me down the stairs to the creepy basement of the care home. I had been down there hundreds of times for supplies or to the laundry room to search for a resident's lost sweater.

    I never had need of a bo… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 12, 2011 11:57AM

From Being Shot At To Giving Shots

       My friends used to tell me I had an easy job...just show up at the event, write a story, go home. Fashion shows, school meetings, grand openings It worked out that way at first, then I got bored. I hooked onto freelancing and stringing for asso… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2011 2:30PM

November Again

      The skies rush into darkness, faster, faster till the last bit of daylight is sucked away in the greedy black hole of November skies. I greet the darkness with a smile. 

      Another November, far away, light by a bonfire a little girl in… Read full post »

    "Dear Annika,

      Hello, I am still here in the states.  I miss everyone.  I am in school. I am supposed to be writing the sentences on the board.  I finished it, so I thought I would write to you.  It is cold here. I am still upset I… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2011 5:09PM

The Wandering Backpack

         I put the little pink backpack in the donate pile.  It was an impulse buy that I tried to rationalize because I needed a new one. It was cute.

        Ally laughed when she saw it.

     &… Read full post »