Saturday, September 5, 2015

Notes From the Canyon



The above mess is just one of the reasons I haven't been by to see you or posted something of my own. Renovations here are progressing: new windows were installed on the first, Glenn put up new siding on the south side, repaired the eaves, and scraped the west side of the house. Next week, he will put up siding on the east side. The north and west sides are in good condition and can just be painted.


We moved the bookcase back to where it was years ago and this is what's left of the mess after I dusted (and dusted and dusted) and purged the books. More will be added after I go through my other bookcases. I'm leaving the bottom shelves vacant for now even though Faith shows no interest in books, just in material things, like afghans, pillows, and such. My blogger friend Dreaming drew the pictures of Faith and Samson that I placed on top. They are absolutely fabulous. She sent them to Errol and me when he was in ICU. One 'Get Well,' one 'Thinking of You' card. One of the many thoughtful things I received from you guys.


In the past two weeks, five or six followers have decided to leave my blog. I hope these are people who never came by and decided to just clean out their followers in order to not have too many blogs to follow. I do that myself a few times a year, or used to when I had time for such things. 


The rabbit brush bushes are in bloom, early this year. Apples are early too, I read in the paper. Tehachapi has several large apple orchards, but Glenn has the best ever apple tree. When I asked him to bring me some apples, he told me that the ground squirrels had gotten them all. 


I'm not happy with the colors of these pictures, taken with my phone. Sometimes pictures from my phone are just gorgeous, other times they are really bad. There are settings on the phone camera, but I haven't taken the time, so I guess I can't complain. I also see that Windows 10 will force me to organize my pictures or do something. I don't like the way they have it set up. And I also miss pictures. They are there on the large Windows 10 display, but I can't find them when I want to download them to my blog. 


I'm so glad September is finally here with cooler weather, particularly at night. Tomorrow, September 6, I have lived up here for nine years. I remember it so well, driving up here with one cat, one bird, and two dogs in the car.  Errol following with Bandit, our third dog.  I kept a journal where I noted my impressions of nature and the animals that came by. It's different now, the drought, more people, and as one of my friends here said, more dogs. 


I must still be a city girl though, because I get so surprised when find one of these in my backyard. She was here this morning, and after she realized all my green food was gone, I didn't have to do too much to persuade her to go back home. 


When I see a beautiful sunrise like this, I know I don't have to go anywhere to find my joy. All I want for now is to be done with all this extra work I have had to take care of after Errol died. Most of it is done, DMV, Social Security, notifications, etc. and I will pick up the completed Living Trust next week. A few more big issues to deal with, then I should be done.  I take the Jeep in for major repairs next week. Then a lot of doctors' appointments that I have done my best to ignore for too long. Then, maybe I can just be.....

Samson Says:


What is this mess? Did I bring you up to mess up the house like this? You deserve a spanking and I will tell mommy.



Faith: But Samson, this is a Brute! Supposed to be indestructible! I can't help I have such big teeth and strong jaws, can I now?  Mommy thinks I'm part pit bull, after all. And mommy already knows, she took the silly squeaker thingy out so I wouldn't choke. Little does she know about all the rocks I swallowed when I was but a tiny pup! 






43 comments:

  1. faith loves to give you extra chores. :) glad you are making progress on the house repairs and improvements! the cow was a nice visitor - at least she left again!

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  2. The skies are beautiful and so is the lonesome cow.

    I am glad that you are keeping yourself busy.

    And of course Faith and Samson are darlings as usual.

    Please take care of yourself.

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  3. SO impressed with your "purging!" You'll be all set up when the colder weather arrives. Samson is so handsome in your header!

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  4. You really have been busy -- Going through books is such a chore, I did it when we sold my Mom's house this spring. I wanted to keep more of them, but in the end, donated them, which was probably best. But you'll be set for the months ahead, and I know that's a good feeling!! Also, don't worry about followers, they do come and go, but I do have to grin though, that you and I have the same number, 423!! :-)

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    1. That's so funny, Kim, the same number. I'm not worried because now I know the difference between followers and blogger friends. After this past year, my blogger friends are as close to my heart as the friends I can touch and hug.

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    2. I lost a few followers a month or so ago. I was momentarily startled but then, like you, knew that my blogging friends were still as close as ever and, in the end, that is what matters most to me. I've started going through all the boxes of books and purging as well. We don't have big bookcases here like we did at Aspen Meadows so I'm only keeping the few books that really important to me.

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    3. Hi Annette,

      I'm trying to just keep the books that are important to me too, but there are so many I love. I'm more happy to have my Kindle now because I don't need to fret over which books to keep and which to donate. And I don't need to go dust my Kindle books. A big plus! The constant sand storms up here makes for such a dusty house and books get the worst of it.

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  5. What a lot of work!!! But, it looks fabulous.
    All these photos look beautiful to me. (My puppy goes through "indestructible toys" rapidly, too)
    and - I really like the puppy picture on your header.

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  6. The drawn cards are so wonderful and thoughtful.

    Some times purging and cleaning is like a balm on your skin, soothing.

    You have made amazing progress.

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  7. The rabbit brush bushes are beautiful. I'm also glad September will bring cooler weather. It's been in the 90s and humid here for more than a week, but cooler weather is on the way. It's always so good to read what's going on in the canyon. I'm glad that you are doing well. ~Jeff

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  8. Doing some purging of my own - feels good. I need another tall bookcase and/or purge the shelves too. I hope they aren't eating the polyfill Jill tried or accidentally swallowed some. It did come back up, at least I hope all of it did. Lovely picture of Samson on your header. Love the rabbit bush in bloom! Take care now, don't over-do!
    Hugs!

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  9. Some new followers come, some older ones go, and I have some that I haven't seen for ages. Books, I have had a sort out, and lots have gone to the op-shop. Your new header is totally stunning, as are the skies with those darker clouds. I'm sure you have lots more to do, but gradually you are getting through the extra work-load.And house fixing-up, so good to have that under way. Down here, hail this morning, snow in the far south, at home we are all well. Hugs to you and of course Faith and Samson. XXX

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  10. Hi Inger - so good to read what's happening ... lots going on and Glenn is certainly being a boon to you re help etc .. sad about the apples - those pesky squirrels! Still local ones will be good - with your new stove ...

    Books I have a boot full for the hospice and I need to clear some more that are sitting around here ... and finishing tidying up.

    It'll be fascinating to read some more about the transition of life over your 9 years in the Canyon ... it's a pleasure to see all the photos and see what is going ... that 'cow' is quite large isn't it - one would be enough for me too ..

    So pleased all the work is getting done and slowly things are being sorting out ... and then you can enjoy a warmer, better insulated house over the winter with the dogs - take care and with lots of thoughts ... followers come and go - but we seem to make new ones and they are friends aren't they ... big hugs - Hilary

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    1. Hilary, that's a Devon cow and the nighbors have a herd of them by now. They are doing very well here, eating dirt and tiny things for the most part in addition to the hay they get. The neighbors tried a couple of Guernsey cows too. The had calfs and did terrible. I have never seen such skin and bones. They went away, sold or what I don't know.

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  11. sending hugs Inger sounds like we have both been busy but still enjoy those simple things. Bloggers friends I have to say are the best. xo Hugs B

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  12. Hi Inger, I'm so glad that you're keeping yourself busy but I'm even happier that you are taking care of yourself by going to the doctor.

    Renovation sure can make lots of dust too and having two dogs too.

    I don't worry about followers who leave, the one I worry about is a regular one that I thought was a good friend, rarely leave comments anymore.
    People go through some ups and down so I don't want to take this seriously.

    I hope that you have a great week Inger and that you can finally have a cooler temperature.
    Hugs to all of you.
    JB

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    1. Julia, I feel the same way about my followers. I know the ones that are my friends by now and if one of them is missing, I go and check to see what's up. I never had so many disappear in such a short time, so maybe they all were doing a clean up, jus like I'm doing here at home.

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  13. Our dog Max took the stuffing out of every single toy we ever bought, he liked them better without the stuffing, he did that for 16 years. made me laugh when I saw Samson looking at the mess his sister made... your views are just stunning. so glad your house is getting all fixed up and nearing completion and also all your paper work to... i don't know how many followers i have so don't know if one leaves. there are many who are giving up blogging and i thnk it is because FB and Instagram and Twitter and Pinterest.. blogging is not IN any more, just some of us hanging on because we love it.... i think to you hit the nail on the head they are cleaning up and making less to follow. i did that several times, but did not remove my follow status, just took them out of feedly and did not go there any more.

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  14. When you are finished fixing up the house, you ill be so relieved and satisfied. Having a new look usually makes one feel so good.

    I believe a book that has been enjoyed, should be shared with others. I always pass mine on to friends so I am not left with a pile that I have to make a decision about later. I have found that downloading is the way to go.

    Your pictures, especially the one with the cow, are great. I had a cow visit me last week. He left his calling card.

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  15. I just started following your blog and I can't remember how I ran across it. I love blogs although I don't have one myself. I am a widow too of two plus years and it has been a difficult journey. You're pictures are lovely as are your dogs. I've always loved the West and the wide open spaces. I'm in the East in the mountains, which are pretty too. And books...just now starting to read again as I couldn't focus for awhile. I have cows across in the pasture and see wild turkeys and an occasional deer and even a bear once.

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    1. I'm only now getting back to reading blogs. I should have replied here first. I love this comment and I am glad you mentioned that you have had difficulty focusing too. That's the most frustrating thing for me at this time. I have so much to do, but it is so hard to focus. Thank you for this lovely comment. I hope you will get back here to read my reply. I am just so slow in getting back to people these days.

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  16. Poor Samson with feisty, energy-filled Faith. I love Samson in the header. I have just begun to take pictures with my camera in the Kindle Fire HD. Midnight is puzzled but glad to act as model.

    I always wonder if I've offended someone with a post when I lose followers. We can't please everyone I suppose.

    Love your photos. Windows 10 is a mystery to me as well. Cortana keeps wanting to pry into my affairs, and I keep saying "No." :-)

    I have 7 bookcases, filled with my books and I am glad about my kindle or else I would have more physical books! Take care and have fun this week, Roland

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  17. When winter comes, then you can rest... right? :D

    I know what you mean about "purging" books - we have a library too, and recently when i was looking for a book (forestry - we have lots of science reference books!) I noted that I need to do the same - purge those that no longer apply to where we are in life and give someone else the opportunity to benefit having the book nearby...

    Oh Faith...stop. just stop. LOL Poor Samson, he has his hands full !

    Glad to hear that the estate thing is coming along - it only needs to be done once, then you will be done! Heres hoping your "once" is over soon! xoxox

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    1. Samson Says: Dear Auntie Janice, I have paws, not hands! But you're right, Faith is just too much! Say hello to handsome Ranger. Here we have a truck named Ranger, Ford Ranger, but she's called Old Betsy! Go figure these humans.......

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  18. Dear Inger, I promise I will NEVER stop following your blog!! Samson is beautiful in your new header!!

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  19. I did the same thing with all my books too. We just can't keep ALL of them.
    Glad the renovations are going good.
    Hope you can soon just sit back and relax a bit.
    A happy day to you. : )

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  20. I've been resisting Windows 10 but I know the overlords will make it so I have to. Don't like hearing of the problems already. I had to give away so many books, Inger, but downsizing forces it. We kept two bookcases full and that's it. It's good that you're getting the house ready for winter. Working through clutter helps me distract myself and I like order, too. Take care of yourself and the pups, it's nice to see an update here when you can find the time.

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  21. Purging is a good thing. When we moved to our smaller home I only kept my favourite books. I made the leap to a Mac last year and do not miss windows at all!

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  22. The pictures are just fine and I gotta say - you live in a gorgeous place!
    Good luck with all the work! And say hello to the little rascals!

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  23. I know there is so much extra work. I hope you don't feel overwhelmed. Take care of yourself sweet friend. Your photos are beautiful. Hugs, Diane

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  24. Samson, try not to criticize Faith too much. Lead by example instead. Be the best dog you can be. When I lived in Illinois sometimes I would look out the window and see a cow in my front yard. Someone who lived on our street kept cattle. They got out a lot. It's nice to hear from you, Inger.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I forgot to say that the number of followers I have fluctuates all the time. Some people check out a blog, follow it, and then realize it's not their cup of tea. Or maybe some bloggers stop blogging and take their names off other blogs.

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  25. Nice to see/hear you are getting some home improvements. I always hate the process, but love the results. GOOD to hear from you.

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  26. Hello Inger,
    I am glad to hear from you and that you have been busy and the house renovations are progressing and Glenn did many good things!
    Love seeing your bookshelves.
    I love your trees and vegetation too. The yellow flowers in the trees are so beautiful and delicate.
    You live in a gorgeous please and you took beautiful photos too.
    As always, love seeing adorable Samson and Faith and both looks very happy.
    Last but not least, I will never will stop following your blog, because you are my great and lovely friend, even we live miles and miles away!
    Lots of hugs and much Love.

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  27. Happy to see you are moving right along with things! I seem to be stuck! But that is okay! Loved all the pictures. Sending you heaps of love from Kansas!!

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    1. Paula, Everrything will move along in its own time for both of us. And do cry. A lot. I get overwhelmed and I cry and that's OK too. Take care.

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    2. Thank you Inger. It is so true we all move through grief at our own pace. All ways are OK. I will be 65 soon!! I've become wiser because of this. I cry. Long, hard, and often. And then I feel better. Thank you for all your kindness.

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    3. Thank you Inger. It is so true we all move through grief at our own pace. All ways are OK. I will be 65 soon!! I've become wiser because of this. I cry. Long, hard, and often. And then I feel better. Thank you for all your kindness.

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    4. Thank you Inger. It is so true we all move through grief at our own pace. All ways are OK. I will be 65 soon!! I've become wiser because of this. I cry. Long, hard, and often. And then I feel better. Thank you for all your kindness.

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  28. I'm happy to see the progress of the renovation, your pictures looks great, smiled when I saw the lost cow :) Have a great weekend

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  29. Hi Inger - I really enjoyed your post, reading about your renovations (always such a mess but so wonderful afterwards I've been through a few)....the drawings of your dogs - how wonderful of a gift ... Just overall seeing your beautiful photos. I, like you, love the wide open skies and desert and mountain beauty. And, I LOVE the cow that stopped by. I get e xcited whenever I can photograph a cow. Stay well and enjoy life as much as you can right now.

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  30. Oh, my, dear friend. I am touched that you think so highly of the drawings/cards that I sent. It makes me feel good to know that they have a special place in your heart, as your dogs, your home, you, and your dear Errol hold a special place in mine.
    You are so very strong to purge books. I find it very difficult to do. I am always afraid that after I have given some away I will want a specific title... and miss it!
    You certainly have been busy. I am thinking you will enjoy those new windows when colder weather comes.

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