Monday, September 20, 2010

On A More Cheerful Note: Come for a walk with me....

Thank you for your sensitive, helpful, and caring comments yesterday. I can't find the words to let you know how amazed I am that so many people I only know from blogging (with a couple of exceptions) would take the time to comment and make me feel so much better. Thank you so much.

On a more cheerful note:

This morning I had to go to the mailbox. The mail has been piling up in there since my husband left. Maybe you would like to come along?

The rabbitbrush is getting in full bloom, cheering up our sand-colored fields with bright yellow flowers. 

Pretty clouds gathering around the mountains to the north-west.

Ravens taking to the sky as they saw me come. 

A field full of mustard tumble weeds. They should start to fly around soon, spreading their seeds in the wind.  

The creek bed. I have only seen water in it a couple of times after some really big rain storms.

A tiny lizard on the lowest and closest rock. I doubt that you can see it. Not much more than a speck.

Mountains in the morning mist. 

I'm shooting into the sun here and I couldn't decide which picture I liked best, so I'm posting both views of the mountains that border the canyon to the east.

Arriving at the mailboxes, where I find, much to my delight, two magazines with the rest of the mail.

The road home.

On the way home.

Close-up of a rabbitbrush in full bloom.

My husband is coming up tomorrow to take me to the doctor, so I'm skipping my Tuesday and Wednesday's features and will be back as soon as I can. I just wanted to leave on a happier note than yesterday's.

Take care and have a great week!


  1. Wow what beautiful scenery....I could live there no problem lol....Love the mountains in the morning mist...I do miss my bavarian mountains. :(

  2. It's so pretty there, I don't know how you can stand it! Those are some great pictures! What a lovely walk, to your mailbox, it has to be a joy.

    I hope the doc has encouraging news tomorrow!

  3. I saw the lizard! I clicked on the picture, and then clicked again. That made the picture really big and I could see him, just where the shadow met the barbed wire.

    Thank you for the lovely walk. I have to go google rabbitbush now, because I never heard of it.

  4. That is quite a walk to the mailbox! We live at the end of a small country road and sometimes in the summer the mail lady is the only person we see. I love the picture of the mountain morning vista.

  5. Great pics Inger. Hope you get a good report at the doctor's office.

  6. Tina: These aren't exactly the Bavarian mountains, but they are still lovely.

    Sharon: It is a joy to walk to the mailbox if you do it early in the morning.

    Louise: We have the gray rabbitbrush here. I googled it too and there are several kinds apparently.

    Farmchick: Don't you love living by a country road?

    Joe: Thanks, I hope so too.

  7. How far is it to your mailbox? It looks like quite a hike! The mountains are beautiful.
    Best of luck at the doctor, Inger.

  8. Now that IS a walk to the mailbox! Inger, beautiful shots. Such a landscape you have at your disposal.
    Remember, slow but sure.

  9. Hello Inger!! I missed your post yesterday and read the comments and I won't add anything because everyone said things that have even made me feel better!
    Your walk to your mailbox is amazing and I hope you've had a good Monday, and you are finding peace and strength! I'm sending positive healing vibes in your direction too! :-))

  10. Jabacue: I don't think it's as far as it looks in this picture. 1/4 mile round trip, perhaps.

    Kim: Don't we have some wonderful blogger friends? Starting the day with a walk helps me feel better all day long. Hope you feel better too.

  11. Well in the part of Bavaria where I grew up we had the bavarian forest and from the distance they looked just like yours, and the mountains weren't that high compared to the Alps. So I still miss my little moutains lol.

  12. Tina: What is it called: Schwartzwald ... Black Forest? Is that where you grew up? How lovely.

  13. What beautiful pictures! And what an awesome walk. How blessed you are, with such picturesque surroundings...

  14. No it is actually just called the Bavarian Forest, it's to the eastern part of Bavaria. It is a wooded low-mountain region in Bavaria. It extends along the Czech border and is continued on the Czech side by the Bohemian Forest. Geographically the Bavarian Forest and Bohemian Forest are sections of the same mountain range. A part of the Bavarian Forest belongs to the Bavarian Forest National Park Park. The Bavarian Forest is a remnant of the Hercynian Forest that stretched across southern Germania in Roman times. It is the largest protected forest area in central Europe.
    The Schwarzwald is a wooded mountain range in southwestern Germany. It is bordered by the Rhine valley to the west and south.

    Now I really miss my mountains lol....

  15. See Inger,

    Look at those beautiful pictures you took on your trip to the mailbox....previously such a "taken for granted" activity it probably lacked sufficient interest to support a whole blog post! Today, it is a miracle of modern technology coupled with the ancient miracle of Earth's beauty, all brought into focus by the miracle that is your talent to see, discern and capture that beauty.... good luck at the doctor's!

  16. Chambray Blue: How I love that name, by the way! Yes it's beautiful here and I am glad I can see the beauty in the desert.

    Tina: Thanks for this explanation. I'll check it out on my map. I have been in the Black Forest, but not where you grew up. I was only 12 at the time. I miss the big forests and lakes of Sweden. It is hard sometimes to leave things behind, but as the poem said we have to find strength in what

    Judy: Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom in your comments on Sunday's post. Thank you for caring.--Inger

  17. Oh how I'd love to run in your neighbourhood....wide open fortunate...I think I know, you know that...right!?

  18. So glad you are feeling better, at least mentally if not physically. The photos are lovely especially the morning mist photos... Take care, hope the doctor gives you good news... follow all of his instructions to the letter so you recover quickly... LoL

  19. Sophie: Both Samson and I would love to see you here. You would get some real big hugs and cookies too. We don't have any water here, but plenty of room to run.

    Retired Girl: I'm working on feeling better mentally.

  20. Toda una belleza de colorido buenas tomas. Saludo

  21. I'm glad to see you are still able to go for a walk despite the most recent accident. Nature is very therapeutic, so I'm glad you got outside. As always, beautiful pics!

  22. Hi Inger! Scuppernong are like a wild grape, the skins are tough and they have a couple seeds inside, they are native to the Southeast. Lots grow wild, but many are in domestic vineyards. In a good year with rain, they are about the size of a quarter. They are exceptionally sweet and make good wine and jelly. If I could get them picked, I see there is probably more than 10 gallon of good ones left, it's coming to the end of the season. Our neighbors have more vines than we do and last count they had 26 gallons! They freeze theirs and when they are all done, She packs them all up in dry ice and drives them to her son's house and they make wine.
    Well, anyway, around here, we call them scups!

  23. wow, that is a really pretty walk. how many acres do you have? love the mountains all around you - like giant dragons laying down surrounding and protecting.

  24. how gorgeous. I love to take a "walk" through an area so totally different from what home looks like...

  25. I loved joining you on this walk today ! Sorry I haven't been around much lately, but I have enjoyed catching up on your blog today ... re. yesterday's post - we have all been there, even the younger amongst us so don't worry, keep your chin up and you will see, things will look rosier and brighter soon ! I am so glad that your hubby will be back with you soon. Sending you big ((hugs)) all the way from Africa ;)


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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