Friday, January 27, 2012

A Cold and Windy Canyon Morning

On a cold and wintry morning, I got up early as I always do. Tried to write a blog post after breakfast, but didn't feel inspired so instead I read a few blogs and left comments. 

Outside, the sun tried to break through the clouds with little success and the wind was howling. Early. The wind here usually comes up around ten in the morning, but yesterday it started around seven. Not a good sign. 

After hubby woke up and had his morning tea, I put on this: My favorite wool scarf, my new earmuffs that I found at K-Mart on my one shopping trip last year. I know how much my ears hurt in the wind and when I spotted them I knew I had to have them. And they really help in the cold wind with my little hat and big, old, Swedish mittens. 

I got Soldier ready with his raggedly leash and followed hubby and the other dogs out for our walk. Soldier came cantering through the dog yard when he saw me come, so excited to go for his walk. And how he walks. His recovery is remarkable. He is now able to stretch out his hind legs, where before he could only sort of hop along. You can see the good stretch in the picture here. Soldier, Angel and I walked for over an hour. 

My husband always takes Samson for another half an hour or so, since he is the young one and needs to get exercised. I really felt that more than an hour for Soldier and me was fantastic and I've sort of gotten used to Angel's old age  feats. She is just remarkable and I'm so happy she's having such a good old age.

After I got back, it was time for some morning chores. First I had to run around after some recycle stuff that was not secure in the trash cans as the lids had blown off. Some cans and bottles managed to blow all the way to the bottom of the yard, down by our field. After that, I cleaned the dog yard and filled the water bowl.

Most of the laundry that had been on the line all night was dry. Remarkable, since it was still early and very cold. That's what a good wind does up here. We don't have an electric dryer and I really don't feel a need for one. It's amazing how much I am enjoying this sort of primitive life here in the canyon.

I brought the dry laundry in the house and folded it. Then my husband made a fire to warm up the place. We have two really good heaters now, but a fire is nice and it has been so warm this winter that we haven't used the fireplace much.

We heated up some of last summer's vegetable soup for lunch. It's so good this soup my husband made last summer with veggies from our garden and some more from the store added. Hot and spicy and just right on a cold winter's day.

And in the afternoon I worked on cleaning out my files and purging. I actually finished the job and reduced stuff in the two-drawer filing cabinet by about a third. I so wish I could have done better. I feel like I'm drowning in papers and stuff and wish I could just burn it all. But at least part one of my purging project is done. Now I move on to the next step. More about that some other time.


  1. Vad trevligt att läsa om din morgon. Va kul och se bilden med lovika vantarna. Sådana fick man sticka i skolan. Så bra att Angel har repat sig så fint. Idag blev det inte ut i skogen. Det är sista helgen för rådjursjakt med vovvarna men det är för mycket snö, 15 cm. Det är lite jobbigt för taxarna att springa i. Imorgon blir det nog ut med jaktkamrats stövare på harjakt. Vi har ca -3 grader så det är rätt behagligt.

  2. Reading Soldier and cantering in the same sentence was great news. What an amazing recovery.

  3. Inger it's so nice to see and hear that Soldier and you are enjoying your great walks!...:)JP

  4. i love that you're all doing well! about dang time! :)

  5. Soldier! I'm so impressed! Loved seeing the clothes on the line...blowing in the wind. They had to smell so good.

    Nothing like a cozy fire.

  6. Oooh, veggies from the garden. I can almost smell them and taste them! So delicious on a windy day. We've had cold wind here, yesterday very strong wind, in Virginia. COLD wind. I don't mind the wind in the middle of summer, but not in winter. So-called winter. Today it's going to be in the 60s. Crazy weather this time of year, as many bloggers have commented on recently.

    Clothes blowing in the wind on the clothesline - this takes me back to my childhood. I wish I lived in a place like you where I could do this!

    How you must enjoy those walks with your dogs. LOVE your photographs! And like you, I cleaned out MY files yesterday. Threw away a lot of papers I knew I would never read again. Felt great!

    Have a GREAT weekend!!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

  7. Sounds like you had a full day. Walks, chores, and a cozy evening with soup. My kind of day.

  8. The laundry on the line sure tells a tale about the wind! I used to dry everything outside. It smells so good! I keep saying I'm going to put up a line and go back to that practice, but I never seem to get around to it.

  9. Hi, just catching up on your blog. So happy your dog is recoving so nicely. Wonderful news. Love the photo of the clothes blowing in the breeze on the line... Sounds like a good morning to me!

  10. Dear Inger--I wish I could join you & your hubby & your brave Soldier & your walks & have a bowl of his yummy soup. Cleaning out your files--not so much.

    That first picture is stunning!!!

  11. That soup looks sooo good. I love garden veggies ;)

    P. S. My kids keep saying how darling Samson is :0)

  12. We're using dryers here that's for sure and paying a lot too for the propane that runs mine. Electric is high too. This is our coldest winter since we arrived in 01. Burning lots of firewood too.
    I was thinking those Swedish mittens would not do the job in this cold, even my made for the extreme cold ones are freezing my thumbs off.

  13. Sounds like a lovely Fall day to me!:)

  14. I think it would be nice to live in a private spot away from everyone, but not by myself.

    Janie Junebug

  15. Your day sounded like a cozy postcard winter day. We're not having much of a winter here - my tulips want to pop.

  16. Everything is rather brown and gray this time of year, and then you bring in the pictures of the blue sky, and the dog, and the fire and the soup, and you make everything warm and glowy. I love your Kmart earmuffs! And those gloves.

  17. Hi Inger .. sounds like a lovely walk with the dogs - long may that pleasure last .. and what a superb recovery.

    Good for you doing the laundry, sorting papers out ..

    The Canyon does look glorious .. I love sparse landscapes .. have a good week .. Hilary

  18. Dear Inger,
    Decluttering gives such a sense of satisfaction! I'm in the midst of doing that also.

    Thank you for sharing your day with us. A day that started with a long walk with Angel and Soldier. I'm so happy to learn that he is healing well. How he must rejoice within himself at a long walk with the human he loves so especially.


  19. Beautiful cloud pictures! Catching up on your posts now...


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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