Monday, January 14, 2013

Updates From Samson & Me & More From The Canyon

Above, Soldier and I are getting ready to head out in 6 degree weather this morning. As you can see I'm prepared and I've already walked Samson, which is why my nose is so red! Of course I know that 6 degrees is not that bad if you live in Alberta or Minnesota, but I haven't been in weather this cold since I moved to California some 40 years ago. 

Everything that normally would be washed in our washing machine, which is in our shed, is dirty because the pipes are frozen. I washed my thermals by hand yesterday and hung them on the line. This morning they were frozen stiff and icicles could be seen at their hems. I'm hoping for a bit warmer weather so I don't have to go to the laundromat. I really, really don't want to do that.

This is the week that was: 

Wednesday, I picked out the shade for the teeth on my new partial. It will come back for my approval in a week or so, then be sent back to the lab to be finalized. 

Thursday, in a snow storm, we took Samson to the vet. His illness is in remission and his eyes are doing great. As usual,  he tried to lick the vet's face as his eyes were being examined, but the vet is wise to him now and managed to duck. Samson has to stay on the eye-drops once a day and we have to monitor all skin areas, such as nose, where he has lost pigmentation, gums, paw pads, and rear end. If nothing untoward happens, we don't have to bring him back for a couple of months. Easter, said the nice vet. How great it that?

Friday, my husband drove me to Bakersfield in a wind storm. Not a lot of fun in a Jeep Wrangler. We had a great time, giggling all the way for some reason. The urologist said the CT scan showed nothing wrong with my bladder or kidneys. I will have some further tests, to see if my problems can be mitigated. After that, we drove over to the lab where I had a mammogram and also almost passed out from a bad insulin reaction. So embarrassing, but something I just can't help. I always carry glucose tablets in my jeans pocket for this very reason. After swallowing a few of those and some juice the staff got for me, I recovered and all was well. 

On the way home, I watched the reflection of the setting sun in the clouds that covered most of the eastern mountain ranges, turning them every color of pink, burgundy, gray, orange, and blue. It was one of those beautiful sunsets where, on the one hand, you wish you had your camera, but on the other, where it's so much better to just watch, enjoy, and absorb the beauty into your soul.  

Samson Says:

After a nice walk a dog get tired, falls asleep, and wakes up to this?

If I wasn't a dog, I think this would be called indecent exposure! As it is, I'm just mildly annoyed at having my sleep disturbed by pinging noises and flashing camera bulbs!

Since I found out that I'm so closely related to the wolf, I decided I had to find me a den. And I did, right here in the house. I can make myself fit all the way in if I want to. 

But you know what mommy forgot to tell you? I now weigh 77 pounds! That's 11 pounds over my ideal weight, so now I have to join the rest of this country on a diet. The vet said 10% less food, I heard him. And then he said to supplement with GREEN BEANS!!! Lots of luck with that, mommy.

I don't know why I'm upside down here, but, listen, I have a quiz for you:

What does this frying pan have in common with my snow around here?

They're both NON-STICK, heh, heh, heh!

Have a nice day everyone!

Latter part posted by Samson, the Samoyed Pup Dog

Top and much, much, much longer part, posted by my mommy.


  1. samson, i'm so glad you're doing GREAT. my pups need to diet, too. *sigh* i've been spoiling them too much...

    inger, glad you are okay! yup, that's WAY too cold for your area (or texas, for that matter). i hope your pipes don't burst! eek!

  2. Inger, I can hardly believe it was 6 degrees out there! Glad to read that your CT scan gave you an all-clear but I wasn't happy about your insulin reaction!! Obviously you're taking take of Sampson (because he's just a tad plump for his age!!!) BUT I really would like it if you took care of yourself!!! Is there anyway for you to insulate those pipes in the shed?...:)JP

  3. Samson, You're not the only one with a weight problem. Scout is rather portly. He looks like a chubby little black bear.


  4. Good Lord Inger, if you are going to traipse around in 6 degree weather get yourself a proper coat!

    You need one of those car length blanket coats that are filled with down. Heaven!

    Samson looked more than warm enough. So glad to hear he's feeling better!

  5. Samson posts a really good blog--& I'm so glad he doesn't talk baby talk!! Stay warm!!

  6. You've been busy, Inger!

    Samson hasn't or he wouldn't weigh so much. :D

    JnJ didn't get treats for a while and he lost a pound, for him it looks better. Jill added it howsomever by stealing Jack's food. We can't seem to even those two out!

  7. No, no, Samson is not spoiled with food! He was on steroids for two or three months and sooo hungry, I had to feed him twice a day, and it was difficult to get it right. Plus he was so sick he couldn't walk for a while.

    He gets NO treats because of his problems with his pancreas. Only a dog biscuit after he has his eye drops. No people food, ever. Samson is a pretty sick dog for being so young. But now that he's off the medicine we will work on slimming him down.

    His breed is prone to diabetes, so I'm taking this very, very seriously.

  8. Samson! Mom just had me groomed and made the comment that under all that fur I'm still getting stout so she is talking about the D word for me too. Ugh! This is not good news. I think you should enter that photo into Play-Dog magazine ... you sexy thang you! Gracie.

  9. Cold here too but not that cold, nights in the mid 20's high today was 46, I would like spring to hurry and get here but that means summer would be back soon too. Stay warm, stay dry.

  10. Be Well!
    Thank you for the wonderful post.
    love & love,

  11. Brrr too cold for comfort... What a sweet furbaby

  12. Well, Inger, it sounds like things are going pretty darn good with you and Samson. Yay!
    It's very cold here too, and like you, I'm wearing many many layers (over my pj's, lol) to do the chores. Brrr!

  13. It's cold here too, Inger, we had a snowfall (light) this morning, just enough to skew traffic. (-2 degrees Celsius)

    You look cute all bundled up.

  14. What a relief! All's well! I'm beyond happy for you, Inger. I smiled when I read about you two lovebirds giggling. Ahh, nice.

    It's also very nice Samson is healthy. What a good feeling all the way around.

    But, girl, what are you doing outside in weather like that? I mean, a quick doggie stuff and back inside. Brrrr!

  15. Hi Inger .. that's some cold - gosh don't we enjoy looking forward to Spring! So pleased Samson is improving ... and that you're being kept in good order too ...

    The laundromat sounds a pain ... hope the pipes don't burst on thawing out ... thankfully our snow seems to have decided not to come calling for now ..

    Cheers Hilary

  16. Had to laugh at your bundling. You could rob a bank and not be recognized.
    Congrats on yours and Samson's good results.
    He really has no shame when he sleeps does he:))He can join the rest of us on the treadmills.

  17. Samson, glad you are doing well and baby and Jake love green beans.. they also like carrots, cooked of course. and a piece of cooked brocoli when we have it... had to laugh at the comment you could rob a bank.. that is true. would never know you. hope the freezing temps pass you by soon...and the pipes thaw... also Samson you share the lime light of indecent exposure with baby and jake.
    i just noticed in the header pic, i see a house middle left and the roof of one, is one of these your home

  18. Hi There! Thank you for your message. I completely understand about my other blogs . . and I am grateful for your honesty. Since you do like some of my "adventure posts" - I'll keep you in mind when i share . . . it will make it more fun . . knowing i have a friend to share with.

    I hope you are feeling super splendid today - you & your pupster.

    I meant to share with you, Much of my family came from Bakersfield. I could imagine traveling along with you.

    Hope it warms up at your home soon.
    Thank you again, love & love, -g-

  19. Oh Inger you scared me with that whole insulin thing, take care OK I could not stand another worry right now.
    I am so sorry you are cold it is warm here today in Canada maybe the world has flipped and know one told us:)
    Samson what can I say you sure have a great life:) Hugs B

  20. Busy you are Inger and that weather is something else! Not even that cold here in Nebraska. You poor girl!

    Happy that Samson is doing well -- so happy! :)

  21. Glad to hear you are okay!!!!!! Stay warm and I hope you don't have to go to the laundromat. I don't like them either.

  22. You have had an amazing week. Challenges with weather, travel, health issues, animals. I'll bet you're ready for a little R&R. Hang in there. Hope you get your pipes running again and your thermal underwear thawed!

  23. I love the photo at the top! But 6 degrees? Oh my goodness. We've been in the low 30's and I've thought it unbearable! LOL! I'm obviously not very hardy. I hope your health continues to improve. I am so glad that your medical reports are coming back clear. That's great news. So continue to take care of yourself. Maybe stay indoors until it gets warmer? LOL!

  24. Glad att du är OK Inger, men det verkar som ni har skandinaviskt väder just nu....låter kallt för att vara Californien. Idag på morgonen hade vi minus 7 och lite snö på backen så nu får jag mata mina små fågelvänner:-) Ha det bra Inger!

  25. You live such an exciting life out there on the high plains!! One thing struck me was when you mentioned you wished you had your camera and realized that it is just as good to watch and admire what you are seeing. Me too.
    Have a great week Inger and a big hug to Samson!


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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