Monday, February 28, 2011

The Young Ones Come Out to Play

Welcome Leontien, a new follower of my blog. Leontien lives in Indiana and her blog is called I am looking forward to getting to you, Leontien.

Yesterday, spring was in the air and, yes, thank you all my friends who commented, I did have a really nice day. Not only did I bake my oatmeal bread, I also cooked a real dinner for myself (when I'm alone, this does not happen often) and made some goodies for the dogs. Hubby is in L.A. again, working on prior commitments, I don't know if I mentioned that before. I got my walks in, but not my shoulder exercises. And I watched a good movie before going to bed and once in bed I continued reading this wonderful book about China, called Oracle Bones, until I fell asleep. Jane lent me this book, she hasn't read yet. Some wonderful friends I have. Thanks Jane, you will enjoy it once I send it back.

Outside it was spring-like weather yesterday. The neighbor's cows found some green grass/weeds to munch on and our yard was literally full of young ground squirrels running around, chasing each other and providing a lot of entertainment for the dogs and me.

I looked out my kitchen window and saw this little guy, a young gopher, busily nibbling on some weeds, then quickly popping back in its hole. Up and down he went. What strange underground lives they live and how nervous they seem every time they have to come up for a meal. There must be more of them, a whole litter of them down there, growing up underground. I never thought much about what goes on under the ground here. Between gophers, ground squirrels, and some snakes, perhaps, there must be large communities living under our yard. I enjoyed watching him though, he was good company while I washed my dishes. 

Angel and I walked to the mailbox to pick up Saturday's mail. On the way there, I took this picture of the snow in the mountains and the field where you can see some green coming up under last year's weeds.

Then this morning, we found out that winter isn't over yet. It was 14 F in the canyon and Samson was the only one happy to go outside. 

I don't know if you can see the frost, but it was there covering everything

and glittering in the early morning sun. I wonder if the gophers got cold. 


  1. Brrr. We've got a brisk wind today and when the sun is covered by clouds, it feels cool. But nothing like 14 degrees!

  2. Hi Inger,

    Thank you so much for coming over to my blog!And even posting it here on yours!!! I have found out that most blogging ladies and gentlemen are very sweet! I just hope I can live up to your (and the others) expectation!

    And every time I see your pictures I think, "O my gosh" I wouldn't mind switching houses for a day or two... Beautiful views you have!

    Thank you!

  3. Beautiful photos, Inger. And what a wonderful shot of that gopher! Spring is in the air :) It won't be long... Have a great day.

  4. thanks for visiting my blog. oh how i love all of your wild visitors! a couple of them might make me a bit nervous but i'll bet they make good neighbors. have a great week!

  5. You always capture the most amazing moments. Great job!

  6. Hi Inger!
    Everyone's thoughts are on Spring. The anticipation of warmer weather ahead, has us all in a tizzy! The frost was quite a surprise for you, I'm sure, but it must be gone now - great that you had a photo op! I love the pictures of the mountains. I wish we had them closer.
    Have a great day now!

  7. More beautiful picture of the lovely place where you live. I bet those cows are glad for even the smallest taste of something green. I hope the frost was a one day event and you will remain steady on the course to Spring.

  8. You hooked me at oatmeal bread. I also have a wonderful recipe for oatmeal and honey bread. Haven't made it for years, but now I want to!

  9. My, it is busy at Inger's canyon. We won't see any ground squirrels for some time. The farmers don't like them much -- they ruin so many pastures and fields. But they are so cute!

    Seems old man winter doesn't want to release his hold just yet -- maybe in another month? :)

  10. Oatmeal bread sounds delicious!
    I love the photos, especially the one with the mountains, blue sky and fence post.

  11. Oh! It looks as though you live in an absolutely LOVELY place!!!! I LOVE your blue sky and scenery. Wish I could run over those hills/mountains!!!!

  12. So, I guess the spring thing isn't a rumor - even in NY there are signs of change coming. Hooray!
    The ground critters are fun to watch, but I don't like that they mess with my shrubs, flowers and veges.
    I love it when the frost looks like diamonds in the sun. It is so striking.
    I haven't noticed green, yet. I'll have to go check a patch of loco weed, that's usually the first green thing around!

  13. What a beautiful place you live in, Inger. These pictures are lovely. Now I'm even more looking forward to Spring and to see the groundhogs in the park again.

  14. Inger,
    I don't know if the gohphers got cold, but I certainly did looking at the frost. In NC it has been in the high 70's and low 80's but today we are back down to 58; brrrr....
    I like those 80's :)
    Good for you for cooking yourself a nice dinner; my stand-by's when I am alone is cereal and soup!
    Have a blessed day!

  15. What a great shot of the gopher! I think is must be a pretty fun way to live- digging tunnels all day :)

  16. 14F! Now that is chilly. I am such a weenie when it comes to cold. I will take 100F over cold any day!

  17. happy spring is breaking for you! the gopher picture is adorable. yes, they are twitchy little things, aren't they? i have to keep saying what a beautiful place you have up there!

  18. I dont think we have gophers here... if they are like moles we don't need them either rofl rofl.. actually I let the moles be for years here.. told the DH poor little things are just trying to live... well that was before the year they were wiping out my veggy garden big time. Then told the DH don't tell me I don't want to know and I don't need to see them. But the mole population is out of control lol

    I don't care how many tunnels they dig and I could even get over the flower bulbs LOL but the vegetables I draw the line at the vegetables lol


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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