Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving & Black Friday


We had planned to stay home on Thanksgiving, neither of us up for a long drive to visit relatives, so hubby bought a duck. Then our new friends in the canyon, Patti and Mike, invited us to come over. And we did. They have a lovely home and lots of animals. We enjoyed plenty of wonderful food and met a houseful of their kids and grandkids. I hope some day to take pictures of their animals and post here.  That would be so much fun: horses, a donkey (a gorgeous donkey with quite a story), Bull Mastiffs, an old boxer, an adorable beagle, a cat, kittens, chickens, but, alas, no more turkeys......


On Friday, Rachael came up to see us. We drove up Tehachapi Mountain to visit the nuns. By now we know the sister who runs the gift shop and we were looking forward to seeing her. She wasn't there that morning, instead, we met a very talkative, but nice, woman from San Diego, who asked where I was from. 



While Rachael was shopping, the woman and I began to talk of languages, Swedish compared to German, and I had a chance to speak some German, something I haven't done for about 50 - 60 years. Surprisingly, I remember lots of words, but since I never mastered the grammar, that was about as far as it went. It was obvious the woman enjoyed speaking a foreign language, showing off a bit, so that was good. 


The monastery's gift shop is a lovely place. The nuns keep goats, cows, bees, and grow many different kinds of flowers and herbs that they then use for the things they make and sell in the shop: Jams, marmalade, honey, salves, soaps, and so on. This in addition to many books, cards and other religious items. I bought a small soap and the healing salve made of lavender oil that's so good for my hands in the cold of winter. 


On our way back, we stopped to see the goats, catching this one goat as it tried to reach some morsel in a tree. 


The goat was large, but not quite tall enough. Almost!


Fall is the most beautiful time of the year up on the mountain, with sun shining through dark shadows on fall foliage. Spectacular.


Coming down from 5,000 plus feet to the valley at 4,000 feet, the difference is amazing.



Rachael and I went out for lunch and talked. She has been the lead singer in a band for a long time and now she has learned to play the drums as well. She told me she's getting the hang of it and loves it. I can just imagine. She has also written and published a book, which I haven't read yet, but when I do, I will let you know. 

After a lovely morning we drove back home where Rachael cut my hair and gave us our Christmas presents plus some gifts of food. I feel very fortunate to know her, she's a generous person with such a good heart. 

Now, wasn't that a wonderful way to spend Black Friday?















32 comments:

  1. now THAT'S a good way to shop on black friday - a really nice drive, goats, nuns' gift shop, and a good friend. :)

    and i'm glad you have new friends to visit and all their animals, too!

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  2. Sounds like a lovely holiday. I am at the beach. Yesterday was stormy but I did get out and did some toy shopping. Today is raw and cold. Heading into town for a movie.

    So nice to ramble around with no particular thing to do.

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  3. I'd say the only way, Inger, to spend Black Friday!
    What a good day you had with Rachel and a good time with your neighbours.
    You photos are wonderful. Gives me a sense of your area. I like that tree-covered road you took.
    Have a wonderful evening.

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  4. Yes it was...ours was fun too! Wait until you read about it!...:)JP

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  5. She sure is a lovely young woman and I know you enjoyed spending the day with her. I would love to go shopping for special items. The lavender sounds wonderful! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Diane

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  6. I think that is so wonderful to visit friends. And I would rather be with friends then shopping on black Friday - good for you.

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  7. Beautiful, every photo, the delightful Nuns' shop, goodies to bring home, and the stunning outlook from the road. Jean.

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  8. It sounds like you had a MARVELOUS day!!

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  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving - and - the best black Friday ever!

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  10. Thanks for sharing this bit of your life with us today. And the pictures were breathtaking! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  11. Hi Inger - that's good to know some friends in the Canyon are looking out for you .. and you were able to visit them - makes the day a little special being with their large family and masses of those critters you so love - the donkey and the dogs - looking forward to hearing more.

    So pleased Rachael came up and you were able to visit the nuns - the difference in the scenery is extraordinary isn't it .. love seeing the goats .. and am glad you've got some salve for your hands as winter creeps along.

    Fun to speak some German and converse with someone who's travelled a bit in your home area ...

    So pleased to read this ... cheers Hilary

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  12. Oh Inger what a perfect way to spend your time. New friends and an old friend all enjoying each others company and the memories that come with it. That is what life is all about isn't it. Loving what we have and who we meet and enjoying the good things of life instead of concentrating on the bad. LOVE LOVE your pics. HUGS HUGS B

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  13. Inger, I drove up to see my horses and took a drive through our local mountains, too! The colors were still spectacular!
    Cheryl Ann

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  14. Sounds truly delightful Inger. i am glad you got to get out and have a wonderful time. Love the gold tones in those trees and of course all the animal shots .

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  15. what a great way to spend black Frdiay, so glad Rachael got to visit. i know you wanted to up that mountian. love all the goat pics and those beautiful trees..hope you get pics of the neighbors animals.. and fantastic way to spend thanksgiving.

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  16. Nice photos, I love those road views, exquisite autumn !!

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  17. Rachel sounds like a great friend. I would love to see that area you talk about where the nuns sell their wares. It reminds me of St. Andrews Abbey in Valyermo. Which reminds me I would like to visit there again.
    Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving!

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  19. Both days sounded perfect. Thanksgiving dinner you didn't have to cook, great friends, and lots of animals to enjoy.
    Your Black Friday is how it should be spent. Not the maniacal shopping frenzies but a pleasant day with a good friend and watching some cute goats never hurts.

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  20. I think that was THE BEST way to spend Black Friday :)

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  21. This is my type of Black Friday! I detest the hustle and bustle and bargain hunting shoppers.
    I'm so glad you have acquired friends close by. Thanksgiving sounds like it was great fun.

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  22. Much better than that other kind of black Friday (yuck).

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  23. Found you through another blog, liked what I saw, am now following. It would be great too if you could add a "Follow by Email" feature.

    Loved those goats, so cute.

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  24. That was a great way to spend the day. One thing I have noticed about you, and that's your talent for finding interesting things to do. I need to start getting out more, there are places around here the wife and I could visit for day trips. Just need some motivation.

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  25. That sounds like one of the Best Black Fridays ever. I'm glad you got to enjoy a BIG Thanksgiving with such lovely people and animals. Happiest of Holiday Seasons!

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  26. Hello Inger! I'm so glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving, and had a most perfect Black Friday! Your post somehow reminds me, did you put a Swedish Advent Star in your window?

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  27. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment on my blog and thank you for the kind words. : )
    Sounds like your Black Friday was a great day.

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  28. What lovely shots of the scenery and foliage. Sounds as if you had a wonderful time!

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  29. What a lovely way to spend the day! Rachel is a lovely woman! The goats are cute too! Wonderful images!

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  30. Good morning, Inger!
    Sounds you all had a delightful Thanksgiving with friends!
    Very nice that Rachael visit you!
    Love the photos of the goats and the color of the trees on the mountain. Just gorgeous the fall foliage!
    Many hugs and a good week.

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  31. You live in such a beautiful place Inger and so nice your neighbours invited you to share their thanksgiving. Looking forward to hearing about the donkey. Best way to shop much better than over here where sad to say Black Friday has reached and sent everyone crazy.

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  32. That was the BEST Black Friday ever.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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