Monday, March 7, 2016

Notes From The Canyon



Heavy, wet snow fell this morning and melted more or less right away. 


I have a lot of gravel on my property and the other day I dug up some and put it in the wheelbarrow and dragged it up the hill. Nothing is flat land around here, or so it seems. I dumped it outside my door, next to the gravel Glenn put there a while ago. It looks like it will hold and help me get into the Jeep without stepping in the mud. Believe me, you don't ever want to step in deep mud! 


The other day, when I was waiting for Mary and her cousin, I socialized with my neighbors. 


Mary's cousin came to visit and we took another trip to enjoy the wildflowers.  It's just gorgeous down the mountain now with yellow, orange, blue and white flowers covering the fields and hillsides. We stopped a few times, but for the rest of the trip I sat in the backseat and the pictures through the window didn't come out all that clear. 


Fields and fields of flowers.


More flowers, mostly fiddlenecks and poppies from what I read in our local paper.


With some white and blue flowers mixed in. 


Other than that, I have done what old folks do: seen doctors, been tested for breathing issues, messed up my computer by allowing myself to get hacked. This resulted in a lesson learned and meeting a very nice computer guy who came and made sure everything got fixed. It feels good to have met him, so now I have someone to call on if I have any questions or problems in the future.


Fortunately, I didn't lose any money, but I had to close my Credit Union account, which I've had since the credit union at UCLA was located in a trailer, computers were new and very slow, creating long lines of customers waiting to be served. Ah, nostaligia for times past, long lines and all......


Fortunately, they will assign a new account to me remotely so I don't have to come in, a trip of over 100 miles one-way. 


We drove by a beautiful part of this area. Large homes, beautiful fences and gates, and statues even. 


The dogs are OK. Samson is now a serious guard dog and considers himself the man of the house, sleeping on the couch, barking at everything, not listening to the woman of the house. 


Faith is growing up, calming down, and becoming a wonderful dog. She is the happiest dog I have ever known. It is a joy to share my life with both of them. 










31 comments:

  1. For sure, NO stepping in deep mud! Samson and Faith look like they are getting along better. I hate that you were hacked. Every single one of my Kindle Books have been pirated! No more money coming from them anymore. Why pay even 99 cents when you can get my book for free? That is why I have not put out a Kindle edition of my latest. I am glad you saved your finances!! You have great friends to take you out to see such beauty. Have a great new week, Roland

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  2. Lovely views on your ride, all those flowers, wow! Everything looks so pretty.
    My son's credit union account also go hacked, small world.
    Samson and Faith are looking good, I hope you are as well!

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  3. Samson looks so take charge in his chair. I'm glad you have the two of them to make you smile. Faith and Penelope are very much alike. Franklin is in charge of our neighborhood.

    Love,
    Janie

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  4. Have to grin at your boy Samson, and his taking his role very seriously! :-)

    Love the color in your photos, I cannot wait for it to be our turn!! And I'm glad you got your computer and bank issues sorted out!

    Take care Inger!

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  5. The fields of flowers looks so beautiful from afar but it must be an awesome site closeup. I'm so sorry your computer got hacked in and I hope that you got some good protection now. It's good to have a computer savvy person to help.

    You should feel safe with the dogs around to protect you.
    I was thinking of getting a Kindle but now I have second thoughts. I won two ebooks this week from a writers's blog. Somehow, I still prefer paper books.

    Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  6. Oh Inger your header is amazing I love it. Your photos are all so pretty. I am glad you are getting out so much. Samson and Faith sure are cute and it is nice to have a guard dag. Nice neighbours. Take care HUGS HUGS B

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    1. those flowers are beautiful. I hope you here are some when I visit the desert in April.

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  7. I love your amazing pictures of your canyon! You are just getting along so well. I am so proud!! Those dogs are two of the best!! Have a nice week Inger!!

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  8. I love seeing all of that lush green in your header photo. Sorry to hear you were hacked. Glad it was sorted out and you can move on with things. Nothing like having dogs around for companionship :)

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  9. Gracie wants to know, is Samson posing just for her?? That is terrible how we get hacked and have to go through all of the aggravation of changing our accounts and such... Gary seems to get hacked more than I. Sorry to hear it happened to you. I love your photos! Beautiful. Peaceful. Quiet. Give Faith and Samson hugs for us.

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  10. Sorry about the hacking--so glad you have those dogs!!

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  11. I like that Samson is Alpha dog of the pack now. He knows. Are those California lilac on the mountains? It grows here in the summer and I used to have some at my last house in the back. Sorry about your computer, I tend to run security scans every so often and especially when doing something large like the A to Z. Glad things are going okay for you.

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    1. The orange ones are California poppies, the more yellow are fiddlenecks.

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  12. Mud is terrible, we once walked or tramped to a place called " Bog Inn Hut" and yes, I got bogged, right up my leg, over my boot, I thought the best way was to take my boot off, but Hugh said "NO, leave it on, I'll grab your hand and heave you out!!!" He did. Lovely views from the car, and the felines are doing well.And slopes, what we once thought might be just a gentle rise now seem to get steeper every year.

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  13. enjoyed your latest news - that's a heavy job moving rock - u must be in pretty good shape! I would love to get up there to see the wildflowers some time. I'm thinking maybe of a trip to Joshua tree and twenty-nine palms soon so maybe i can catch some out in the deserts up there.

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  14. The pictures of the flowers on the mountain are magnificent. What a wonderful sight to see. It I s good tthat Samson has taken up the job of guarding you and Faith is there to give you joy.

    I think by now almost everybody with a computer or credit card has been hacked. It is a different and frightening world and we must be always vigilant.

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  15. The flowers in the fields are just beautiful!!
    Everything is hilly around here too.

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  16. What gorgeous views . . . Thank You!
    I like knowing Samson is Keeping you safe . . . doing his best.
    and, I'm so happy to see your posts.

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  17. Hi Inger - how lovely to see a post from you ... news and views. Lovely photos .. and those fields of flowers look amazing ... gorgeous. Snow and some soaking life ... I can imagine a mud path wouldn't be easy. The computer issues are a pain aren't they - but I'm glad you've found someone to help ... and for that matter the CU have been helpful too ... standing in line and chatting can still happen but not at queues for the bank; or driving 100 miles to sort things out - nope, not a happy thought - which you don't have as they're helping you remotely ...

    Wonderful picture of Samson ... and that's great to see he's taken control!!! But lovely Faith is so faithful and loving to you ... as too Samson, but in a different way ... boys v girls ... this is a good post to read ... take care and many hugs ... cheers Hilary

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  18. so happy you have a happy dog and a guard dog. Jake is our happy dog, the happiest we have ever had. Baby was the barker.
    the fields of flowers amaze me and i would like to see them. glad to see you pop up here with a new post. I like that horse statue and I am so glad you are getting out with friends and enjoying life. so sorry to hear about the hacker. we had that happen in 2010 and it was a nightmare getting out of it.

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  19. Så vackert på bergen med alla blommor ,kramen Nette

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  20. You're little dogs are such good company! Enjoy your week! Hugs!

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  21. Those fields of wildflowers are just beautiful. Love it when Nature her self decorates. Enjoyed visiting with Samson and Faith again. They sure are compatible and I am sure, great company. Good on Samson for taking up the protective role.

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  22. Gosh, those fields of gold are so beautiful! Just love your pictures! Glad Faith and Samson are doing well

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  23. Ah, yes. Mud. Ick. I need to do something about the mud in the chicken yard. And no, you DON'T want to step in deep mud. One's shoes can leave without you... Samson looks like he's in terminal play mode!!!

    Great photos!
    Cat

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  24. What beautiful country you live in! I think I'd enjoy walking for miles through those hills and valleys.

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  25. Wow! So much snow, Inger!
    I am glad you have so nice friend! Mary looks a lovely person and sounds you all had a great time and enjoyed the wildflowers. Just stunning the mountain with so colorful flowers covering the fields and hillsides. I would love to be there with you and your friends!
    Beautiful gate and fence too!
    Samson and Faith looks adorable, as always! Love both!
    Many Hugs and much Love to you!

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  26. Hi Inger! I am way behind on visiting blog friends. Busy week. Such is the life of a teacher at grading time... I love all the beautiful wildflowers. I saw on the news that you are having a "Super-bloom" this year. So have you have good friends - both dog and human - to share your life with! Have a good weekend.

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  27. I so love your posts! The desert is indescribable at this time of year. What is the orange vegetation on the hill? Each year I ask it myself.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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