Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday's Treasures & Things

Welcome Allison and Tracy, two new followers of my blog. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and I am so happy you are leaving comments. For me, comments are just so much fun. It may be because I'm here alone so much (while dogs communicate, they don't exactly talk) or maybe this medium is perfect for me, who does not like to go out and socialize much any more. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this?

As Christmas draws nearer, I have decided to put up some of my holiday treasures here in the coming weeks. This plate and the Christmas tree ornament were gifts from my friends Judy and Bill. We worked together at UCLA and used to exchange Christmas gifts.

I treasure these gifts so much that I don't put them away after the holidays are over. Instead, they spend the year on display with my other treasures in my dining room cabinet.

Isn't it a lovely plate? And it makes me think of my good friends when I use it at Christmas time.

Here is Judy when we went hiking at the beginning of November. Looking at this, I realize how much the weather has changed and how cold it has gotten since then.

I'll skip the book review tomorrow because I have to go to the dentist. I have an infection, probably an abcessed tooth. Then on Thursday, I go to Bakersfield to see two doctors. I like to try to catch as many appointments as I can so I don't have to go there too often. So if you don't see me or hear from me for a few days, that's why.


  1. Hey Canyon Girl!
    Thanks for the shout-out! I'm glad to be here and you ask a very important question about comments. I had the same wonder-ment!
    First off, I am NOT a crowd person and prefer to socialize in an intimate small group. I am a great listener and really care about people and their thoughts, feelings and experiences. When I read someone's blog, I feel like I am unfolding a chapter in their book of life, so it allows me to read, and think it through and give a thoughtful answer.
    I also have a learning disability and it's not easy for me to give spontaneous answers so this is the perfect environment for me to combine my love of reading, writing and people.
    Good Luck at all your appts; UGH!

  2. I can so relate to how the friends I've met thru blogging is just perfect for folks like me with hermit crab tendancies. I get to share bits of days and lives with all of you without leaving home. Hope your tooth gets taken care of and your doctor visits go well!

    That is really a beautiful plate. I wouldn't hide it away either!

  3. Thank you for the warm welcome! Like you, I've become attached to my blogging friends too! I was telling texwisgirl how I work out of my home as a translator, and how as a result I am often alone... I do miss contact, though I have a lot of friends where I live. I like that I can peek in here and there on the worlds of people I genuinely like to blog with... and I've become attached to you all in such a short time!

    I remember long long ago when we would drive through Bakersfield on our way somewhere... what a blast from the past that name is! I'll be thinking about you tomorrow at the dentist. Good luck! xoxo

  4. Inger, I've come to terms with my hermit-like ways. I used to feel guilty for not being more outgoing -- but as I get older I realize this is just who I am. No sense in obsessing about it.

    The plate and ornament are very pretty. I'm with texwisgirl -- I'd show them off every day as well (only, I'm a klutz and that would be dangerous!)

    Feel better and we'll talk to you soon. :)

  5. I must say, I think blogging is a great way to communicate. I love seeing what others are doing, and I like to blather on, uh, SHARE about my "adventures", and so it works out well.

    Good luck with the Drs. Not fun, but hope that it turns out well, tooth pain can be agonizing...

    I love the plate, quite frankly, the ornament is nothing to sneeze at, either!


  6. Love that plate Inger! It is beautiful.
    I have been to the dentist as well with guess what? An abcessed tooth!! But it is part of a 'bridge'./ Not liking the whole dentist routine, I will get it attended to this Monday. I am such a baby.
    Good luck with your appointments and 'see' you when you get back.

  7. Those are beautiful remembrances. It's so lovely to have things that remind you of friends every time you look at them. I love the comments I get, for the same reasons. I think that we homebodies, especially, treasure these connections with others.

    Good luck at the dentist and at the doctors!

  8. All of us bloggers are so fortunate to have made new friends! I hope you're not in pain with your tooth. And your plate...I have one very similar and when I take it out, it makes me cry because it's so beautiful!...:)JP

  9. Tracy: Reading a chapter in their book of life. I love that. And I too prefer interacting with just one person and love my solitude here.

    texwisgirl: I can already see by everyone's responses that many of us love to be alone, but still like to interact with others. And I think blogging is a great medium for that.

    Allison: Bakersfield is definitely a drive through as quick as you can kind of town. All my specialists are there, so I have to go every now and then.

    Nancy: I found a notice of a packet in my mailbox. Will go to the PO tomorrow to pick it up and mail my Christmas cards to Sweden. I'm so excited. My treasures are behind glass/wood doors in my cabinet, except for at the holidays. Since I now have two numb hands, I know I better be careful!

    Cat: The ornament is gorgeous in real life. I certainly love reading about your adventures!

    Jabacue: I worry more about the money than the pain as far as the dentist goes. I have insurance, but it doesn't cover all of it. But the dentist and his wife are two of my few friends in this town, so I know I will be treated well. If I need a root canal, well, that's another story.....

    Louise: You are so right, being home alone, so to speak, it is good to stay connected to others in some way, I think.

    Thank you all for your well wishes regarding dentist and doctors.

  10. It's funny Inger, because I was just thinking today as I'm walking through the mall (I work inside the mall) that I really don't like being around people that much anymore, but I sure do like to blog. So what does that say about a person? Not sure, but I think blogging is more intimate... I like that. Hope you're tooth gets better.

  11. I really enjoy my bloggin friends. It gives me a chance to learn about so many different people and peek into their daily lives. I would keep the plate out everyday. Very lovely. Be careful in your travels and I hope the tooth gets better.

  12. Hey Inger...Reading comments from my blogging friends is a great pleasure for me. I look forward to it every day and have met some very interesting people! And good people! Ditto what Farmchick said (I read her too).

    You have some pretty cold looking weather out there. Glad you have a nice fire going...your dogs look as comfy as mine.

  13. Inger, what a lovely plate and ornament. I keep things out like that too-that mean a lot to me, regardless of the season. As for the blogging, there is something very special about this that people don’t understand until they do it. It’s not like e-mail or facebook or twitter (I do those thing too), it’s a network of wonderful people that truly care about your life and they come from all over the world. I’ve never seen anything like the blog world and the kindness shared here. We are all very blessed to have found that :)

  14. Lori: I look forward to reading comments too and to find out what's going on with my friends in the blogging community that has sort of developed around me. So many different lives, different experiences, and so many good people. I love it.

    Amy: You are so right in that those who don't blog really don't or can't understand what a joy it is. I've met many interesting people through blogging, but I agree the kindness shared is what is most important to me. You put that so well.

  15. Blogging has become a huge part of my life...love getting to know each of you!
    Love your plate...and that hike looks lovely.
    Weather does change thing though:)

    Good luck with you appointments. Not always fun.Think of when they're over!!!!!!

  16. It's fun to see what it's like in other parts of the world, but it's special to follow along with other people and share what's happening in their lives.
    Best of luck with the doctors.

  17. Love your Christmas treasures! Hope you get good news from all your dr. apts. So sorry about your infected tooth. I hate going to the dentist. I'm tucked away on this mountain and consider blogging a unique way for me to meet people and find out what is going on in the world. Otherwise, I would be a hermit.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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