Monday, January 5, 2015

Notes From the Canyon


Christmas was lovely here, a reminder that it is always more rewarding to give than to get. My husband was having that feeling of 'maybe this will be my last Christmas,' but after he went to pick up his brother, his focus shifted. As I mentioned earlier, his brother's girlfriend recently died and you could just look at the man and see his sadness and depression, even though he claimed to be fine. That changed everything and hubby and I both focused on making it the best Christmas ever for his brother. Lots of reminiscing went on between the two of them, lots of laughter, some nice gifts, and the most wonderful food, prepared by my hubby. He was very tired, I could tell, but insisted on doing what he wanted to do anyway. So a wonderful Christmas, to be remembered for a long time to come.


Samson Says: We got presents too! I opened mine right away, 'cause I remember from last year. But Faith had a no idea why some good snack had to be so difficult to open. But eventually, she got it. She also fell head over heels  in love with our uncle Leo. I know that cheered him up a lot, I mean everyone knows us dogs can tell a good person when we meet one. Thank you auntie Judy for the bones you sent. For being a cat person, you sure know how to treat us dogs good.


The header photo was taken by my husband back in 2006. He was working on this house, living here with Princess, a lost dog that found him and moved in. One day, after a snowfall, he and Princess climbed up in the hills and he took some of the best pictures both of her and the landscape around here. Every now and then I post one of them.



As far as the weather goes, a storm passed through our county but managed to miss us once again. It snowed in the the mountains to the west of us, but nothing here. It has been very cold though, three mornings of 10 F (minus 12 C) and lovely days on the chilly side. It's warming up now, but there are storms out in the Pacific that I hope will bring something - rain or snow - at this point I don't care, I just want more wet stuff falling on our canyon. 



For my birthday last summer, my friend Judy sent this book S, conceived by J. J. Abrams and written by Doug Dorst, a strange book to say the least. It's a very elegant and unusual gift and I love that I have it, but I must confess to having some difficulties making my way through it. Even so, it is intriguing and, by now, I have to know how it ends. I can't describe it, so if you are intrigued by the photo, like J. J. Abrams and want to see what he has come up with here (it is very impressive), please:  Click here to read about it on amazon.com.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!



from all of us here in the canyon.







33 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Inger! I am glad Christmas was nice for you and your family and you were able to make it full with reminiscing and joy in the hope of making it better for his brother, which I'm sure helped your husband too. The dogs look like they are having lots of fun. May this year be full of good health, happiness and lots of laughter.
    Hayley-Eszti

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  2. Happy New Year, Inger! I'm glad that You and yours were able to share a lovely Christmas with your husband's brother.
    I do love your header. Sorry you didn't get a white Christmas this year.

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  3. i can see by the photos the pups had a wonderful Christmas and with your words i can tell all the humans did to. so glad everyone of you had fun and i hope the joy goes with you into the new year.. hope you get some rain/snow soon...

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  4. Hi Inger - how lovely to see your post, hear your news ... and oh how glad am I that our weather changes - I know from my time in South Africa - how pleased I was to get back here .. to promptly have a hot English summer! Pain - but now .. please bring the sunshine, though we're at 10 degC 50 degF ...

    So pleased you all had a happy time considering all things .. and especially that you had the dogs all making you feel much loved and needed all the time ... bet contentment set in occasionally .. dogs at feet, and gently satisfied bods ... lovely memories ...

    Big hugs across the pond .. which is bringing more wet to us ... Hilary

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  5. i am so glad this was a very special christmas for the 3 of you. well, 5 of you. :)

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  6. It's good that the holidays went well. That header picture looks like the surface of Mars! I got cold just seeing it. Now the holidays are over and we all have two to two and a half months of winter to get through. I'm not sure if I like that fact or not. If it's not too severe, I enjoy snow. But really low temps are not good. I guess we will all just have to fort up and ride it out.

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  7. I was just about to email you and here came your new post. Great. Samson looks so happy with his gift. I am glad that Leo had the furry duo to lift his spirits .,.. and his brother and you! That header picture does look cold. Brrr. S is quite the book, right? I pray this new year lifts the spirits of all you love!

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  8. Making Christmas so special is from your hearts, and I'm sure Leo knew this, as did your man, ditto Samson and Faith, Big hugs to you as you start another year. And let there be some moisture come your way. Jean.

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  9. The header photo is beautiful - i enjoyed reading about your Christmas and I'm glad your husband kind of turned his feelings around and experienced a great Christmas. Sweet dogs you have i always like seeing photos of them. we did get snow and it is still on the ground but slowly melting. Farther up the mountain in Running Springs and Big Bear I'm sure they still have a lot. We will probably take off in the jeep in the next few days and go see it -now that the people who were up here for two weeks enjoying the mountains and skiing have gone back to work - the traffic coming up the mountain was awful and many accidents. Have a great new year!

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  10. Happy New Year, Ingrid! I'm so glad to hear about your happy Christmas. May this year bring many more joyful times with you and your husband, and of course all the animals indoors and out that you share your home with.

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  11. Happy New Year, Ingrid! The photos are beautiful. I especially love the header photo. That book looks very interesting. I hope this year is good to you and your husband. I am glad his brother came for 'cheering up'.

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  12. Happy New Year! That's lovely that your husband was able to help his brother through the holidays. I think it helps all of us to help others. Wishing rain for you and your canyon

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  13. So glad that your husbands brother was able to receive some cheer but also was able to give it. When we think of others, we forget about ourselves. Seems to have worked for both of them. Nothing like family at a holiday to make everything good.
    Hope you get your needed moisture and if it is cold anyway, it may as well dump some pretty snow.

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  14. Quite often someone else needs the focus and that always turns out great!!! Have a safe, healthy HAPPY NEW YEAR, Inger!...:)JP

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  15. The doggies look very happy with their presents.. I am glad things turned out happy for you and your family..Happy New Year!

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  16. I too was admiring that header, Inger!
    Now that was the way Christmas is meant to be.....with family close by, some laughter, good food and a couple of dogs to appreciate it all!!
    The brothers must feel wonderful that they had this time together.
    Happy New Year to you and your husband, Samson and Faith.

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  17. Glad to hear about your lovely Christmas.
    May the new year bring you health, happiness and contentment.

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  18. So glad to hear that Christmas went well in your household. Best wishes for a happy new year ahead.

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  19. Hi Inger, Happy New Year .

    I'm so glad that you all had a wonderful Christmas with lots of laughter, great food and great company.

    What an unusual book. I was so intrigued that I had to google the book review. I can see why you had a difficult time explaining it. It looks like someone else are conversing back and forth in the book and all the extra papers found in the book looks like it came from a very old library.

    Have fun with it.
    Hugs & blessings.
    JB

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  20. Happy New Year, Inger! I'm so glad it was a good Christmas -- we all need to make the most of every moment. And I'm quite intrigued by your book...

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  21. My father-in-law celebrated his last Christmas every year for about twenty years. I don't know if the "last" thing made him enjoy the season more, or feel more pressure. Happy New Year.

    Love,
    Janie

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  22. Happy New Year, Inger, and I hope it will be. I am so impressed that your husband was able to pull himself out of the malaise he was feeling in order to give his grieving brother a little boost in spirit and a really good Christmas. It's an amazing thing how we can elevate our own mood when we care for someone else's needs. Blessings on you all! And when I saw your header photo I was just sure that this was last storm. It sure did get cold, didn't it? It was 30 degrees in Pasadena on January 1st at the time the Rose Parade started. That's practically unheard of! You continue to take care of yourself and your hubby, too. I really hope the year will bring some renewal and a boost in his health. ox

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  23. That's that book in a box that came out awhile back, right? I remember reading about it and being tempted but it was pricey and a bit strange... all those pieces you have to put together like a puzzle. So, at the end, did you like it? We didn't get any of that snow here either --and there isn't any in the forecase. We need more; much as I am enjoying the warmer weather. Happy New Year to you and your husband and the dogs.

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  24. So glad to hear that you all had a positive Christmas!

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  25. Hi Samson and Faith, so glad you got some yummy presents and that your folks had a good day. Happy new year to you all and I hope some of that wet stuff falls on your beautiful canyon x

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  26. Hello Inger, I love that header photo :)
    And I love hearing that Christmas was very good to all of you!
    And friends who give books as a present are wonderful friends :))
    I wish you all and your brother in law a Happy New Year!
    And I hope he finds his track again.

    【ツ】Knipsa

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  27. Beautiful photos of the canyon. Looks like your dogs enjoyed Christmas too. Best wishes for 2015!

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  28. I am so happy for you all. Christmas was special beyond mere words. Dogs are right up there with kids When it comes to Christmas joys. Many blessing to you in the new year.

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  29. Happy NEW YEAR - it is going to be a good one. The best way to forget our troubles - is to focus on someone else.

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  30. Hej Inger och tack för hälsningen ! Önskar dig och de dina ett Gott Nytt 2015 !!
    Alltid trivsamt att läsa dina blogginlägg :-) och se hur du har det i ditt "nya" hemland.
    Här regnar det just nu och är mörkt 9 på morgonen. Vi har haft några dagar med frost men ingen snö hittills.
    Klimatförändringarna märks väldigt tydligt. Nu är det strax dags för en morgonfika med tidningen :-))
    Önskar er allt gott !

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  31. I'm so glad that you all had such a lovely Christmas. What wonderful memories to have in the years to come. And there's nothing cuter that doggies opening presents. So sweet!

    Happy New Year to all of you there in the Canyon. :)

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