Saturday, July 14, 2012

Latest News From the Canyon

So I decided to take a little break from blogging to get a few other things done. And what happens? I miss everyone terribly! I wonder about you guys, I hope you are having a great summer week, and, Feral Woman: I hope things are getting better. Slowly. I'm sure you don't have time to read blogs, but I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and that the above picture of my petunias is for you. Together with many hugs.

I finally got Google Friend Connect to accept a new picture of me. It has rejected those from Rachael's camera and I didn't think I had any from mine. This one is from last summer, so it will have to do. In the other one I was 66, so a big difference in how I look. And now I can have the same picture when I sign up to follow a blog as when I leave comments. I've had two different ones for over a year and sometimes people have asked me to follow their blogs when I already do. Now everyone new to my blog can get to know me in my straw hat that I like so much. I got it at The Grove, the celebrity hang-out shopping mall, close to our Los Angeles house -- I had no idea then how necessary my hat would turn out to be, up here in the desert heat. Now, I can't leave the house without it.

I'm not done working on my computer clean up, but I have blown out all the dust in the computer, printer, and all my stuff in here and fixed a few other things as well. But I haven't checked out the new photo programs nor learned anything else in Picasa. Fortunately for me, nature is cooperating here, presenting me with beautiful photo ops, like the one below. It's a reflection of a sunset and the mountains were red. Really, really red! It was gorgeous.

Around the house, I've purged my bookcases of over 100 books and I have gone through drawers and gotten rid of a lot more stuff. I've kept journals most of my life. Sometimes in my younger days, I decided to just get rid of them. Right now I have a drawer full, from 1982 on. I decided that I will get rid of them too, but first I'll go through them and write down some of the important stuff in Word -- no I don't have Word any more -- I guess it's Microsoft Works in this computer. It has been a very interesting project so far. I am now in the year 1990, with so many years to go. No memoir though. But maybe some stories will come from it. I know I wrote something poignant when Gypsy died. Gypsy was our Doberman. My hubby rescued her, but she sort of became my dog. Then she died and I wrote about her to help my pain. She was a wonderful dog. But I digress.

I have planted some petunias in baskets and hung around our fence. They are easy and hardy in the heat and pretty too. They will be the only garden for me this summer since  the rabbits ate up my roses. It is now, and it will be, a very hot and dry summer, so I'm sort of glad my husband didn't feel up to a vegetable garden. He's taking good care of his potted plants and they are bearing veggies. So far he's harvested bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and rosemary. 

As promised by the weather woman on our local news, what she called a monsoon came our way. The weather turned from hot and dry to hotter and muggier. The kind of weather I escaped when I left Princeton, N. J. for California so long ago. I have zero tolerance for it and hoped for rain. A monsoon equals rain to me, but no rain came Thursday. I was glad when these black clouds showed up yesterday, hoping to get a good shower. NO, all we got was maybe 10 drops of rain and a beautiful lightning display to the north of us. Thunderstorms over Jawbone Canyon, they said on the local TV news. I love that name. But not here. Just a teaser.

Then I won this book!! From Michelle, whose blog  
It's a Small Town Life I've enjoyed for a long time now. I'm looking forward to reading it, but first I must finish Wesley.

My friend, Jane, gave me this book for my birthday and I just started to read it. It's about a woman's life with a barn owl she rescued when he was only a few days old.  
Well, that's it for now. Have a nice rest of the weekend!


  1. i hate when clouds come so close and are full of promise but don't fulfill! ugh!

    glad you got the new photo to load! i like your straw hat! too cute!

    the photo of the fence is just beautiful. :)

  2. That monsoon delivered thunder, lightening and brief rain here. I'm glad you have your computer up and running and are back into the blogging swing of things.

  3. Good to see that you are still alive and kicking out there. Love the picture in your straw hat. I have also tuned in to Feral Woman...what a sad time for her family and animals. Just heard from her and things are starting to improve. So many people are interested in helping.

  4. What an interesting post Inger! Full to the brim with your life.
    You look really great in that hat and 'fit' your landscape perfectly!
    I'm with you on not liking the HEAT! We are in the middle of a heat wave is early to have this here in Nova Scotia. We weren't built for this weather!! lol

  5. It's so good to see you, Inger! LOVE the picture of you! I used to write a lot of journals too, but threw the diaries and journals away a long time ago. It's fun to look back though..
    Love the pictures and updates. I just bought that kindle book (Hand in Paw) but I haven't read it yet. Congratulations on your win!
    Sorry you didn't get any rain. Boy, it looks hot there!! I don't do well in the heat these days.. that's why I plan our vacations either early spring or late summer when it's a bit cooler.
    Gracie say's Hi to Samson. We have missed you!!

  6. Vad fin bild på dig, du ser väldigt svensk ut fast du har cowboyhatt.
    Hoppas du inte får sådant väder som vi haft. Det är fint idag men det är så mycket vatten i skogen. Kantarellerna börjar komma men många av våra svampställen är under vatten.
    Kram från oss!!

  7. Hopefully you will get some rain soon. We are pretty dry right now here in Michigan, too! Nice pic of you. Love the hat!

  8. I absolutely love your pictures of the desert. Just beautiful. And I love your 'hat' picture. You are a beautiful desert woman!

  9. Thought I'd pop in and say hi!

    Love the photos Inger.

    Oh, all those journals-your treasures! It saddens me, for I have so many like you in plastic containers for storage. I'm amazed you can get rid of them. How are you going to get rid of them?

    Thanks for sharing. Nice to visit you out here in the desert for a change. Have a nice sunday!

  10. So glad you missed blogging and are back.
    Love your new picture and so envy your complexion. That hat is a smart move, the sun ruined my skin.
    Hope you finally get some rain. We have and it is like living in another world. One with doable temperatures and green everywhere.

  11. Hellos there Inger, dis is Puddles! So good to meets you. I has seen you overs at Bobbi'e befores.
    I see you tooked a break from bloggin''s good to has you back. I always miss my furiends when I is away too so I nevers stay gone long...hehehe. I start havin' withdrawals.
    Anyways, I really likes dat hat you has, good to block da sun out of your eyeballs. And I likes all dat land you has. It so big and open.
    Oh and I blog with Peggy Frezon, her is a fabulous lady!

  12. Very nice photo, Inger. I like straw hats. As always, love your desert photos. I prefer to admire the desert from afar though, I can't handle the heat.

  13. It's so hard to see rain clouds and hoping to get some rain but then it goes the other way.We get that here in Texas alot.Most time by the time it gets to us it fizzled out.Glad to get to see a picture of you!

  14. Inger, we have been experiencing the same monsoon weather! Menacing clouds with little rain for us. It has been going north of us and dumping buckets! your photos are have quite a talent!
    Huge green hugs,

  15. Oh, Inger -- it's so dry here and we haven't even had a teaser. Getting rather scary for the farmers. I expect food prices to go way up this year as it's almost too late now.

    Love you in your hat -- so nice to see you up close!

  16. I do hope you enjoy the book Inger! When I pause from blogging (to get things done!) I always end up missing everyone too!

  17. I'm so happy that you won my book, and also thank you for visiting my blog. I'm glad you're going to participate in Bloggers Unite for Adopting Pets too. There are so many great animal causes and also so many people like you who care.
    p.s. I also have Wesley the Owl on my stack of books to read, but haven't had a chance to get to it yet. It looks great.

  18. Thanks for dropping by to visit. Nothing poses for me. You should see the attempts I delete!

    You live in a beautiful area. We too are suffering from drought. May you get rain soon.

  19. Oh Inger you have a very interesting life and I love your straw hat. Your photos are awesome it must be nice to see that view all the time:) B

  20. Hi Inger .. I too am catching up - a change at my end of the world .. but to cheer me (I'd already booked) on yours and many bloggers insistence I met up with a girlfriend in London and saw That Show - -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe .. post coming August ..

    It's horribly wet here - just Cornish weather at the moment cold wet drizzle ..

    Glad you're sorting things out and the fires sounded awful .. with many thoughts for everyone .. cheers Hilary

  21. Thank you all for your comment. Oh, Hilary, I wish you could send some of that rain over here. I have heard about it on TV. And Puddles and Peggy, I am sooo happy that you two visited my blog and became followers.
    Thank you!

  22. Dear Inger, So many things to comment on about this posting:
    1) the petunias are lovely.
    2) the red mountains are awe-inspiring.
    3) the journals will, I think, become a treasure trove for you.
    4) that photograph of you speaks volumes. Your face shines with the generosity of your spirit.
    5) I so look forward to your posting something about the two books you have ready to read.



Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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