Friday, October 11, 2013

A Quick Update

to document the first real, puddle-making, rainfall here in the canyon for at least two years. 

I'm still on my blogger break, but when the rain came with such force on Wednesday, I had to come back and note it here. With the exception of one rainy night sometime in mid-summer, it has not rained here since May. On Wednesday, we even got a dusting of snow higher up in the mountains.

What a difference a good rain makes: the air is fresh, the junipers look green again, and the earth smells so good. 

Our first frost arrived September 27 and killed about half of our garden. Because we planted late, we knew some of the veggies, like corn and tomatoes, would not mature, but almost everything else came through for us and we got a great harvest, far more than we ever expected. We have several gallons of cooked and frozen veggies: spinach, cabbage, collard and mustard greens. Hubby cooked it all and also made some zucchini casseroles, juiced a lot and froze, and baked zucchini bread. We still have carrots, beets, and onions to pick. And, what did I do? Well, I dried a lot of herbs. Yes, I know I got the easy part to do here, but I also picked and cleaned a lot of veggies. Which was hard work, but so much fun.

I'm working and bonding with Samson now that he's the only dog. Samoyeds are supposed to be hard-headed and difficult to train, from what I've read, but he is very good and such an easy dog to be with.  

I have developed a slight computer aversion lately, forgetting to get back to friends in emails, and not opening my desktop (which is all I have) for days on end. Maybe it got too intense when I tried to keep my blog going every day. I also don't feel like writing anything. 

That's on the one hand ~ on the other, I find myself getting a bit into my old Swedish moroseness and I've come to understand that it is very important for me to keep in touch, first of all; but also to be out there taking pictures, writing stories, and posting to my blog. Blogging is so great, both for the friends one makes, keeping in touch with other people's lives, and for being more creative and observant in one's own life.

Hope you are all well my dear blogger friends. Take good care.

Later ~~


  1. So wonderful that your garden was a success! I didn't do one this year and now I am a tad sorry. Great that you had a good 'washing down'!
    For a while there, I didn't feel like getting on the computer either, now I have so little time... I've signed up for the National Novel Writer's Month challenge in November, to get back into writing. I haven't been writing for a few months, you know.
    Take care now, and enjoy the fresh air and your beautiful desert!

  2. So good to see you!! Isn't rain amazing? We had a heavy rain over the past two days...probably the same storm front you have.

    Glad your veg and herbs were so successful.



    and enjoy your vacation, but we are waiting with anticipation for your return!

    And Samson needs you right now - I know after Eleroy's death, Dexter stuck by our side all the time...and became the good dog he is today...except for the nail clipping thing...

    and I dry herbs too! I found some wild catnip down in the creekbeds, and I grow chives, rosemary and lemon basil...we could do a herb exchange some day ;0)!!!

    so LOVE YOU INGER!!!


  4. Awww -- so nice to hear from you my friend. To tell the truth, I have a few days a week I don't feel like participating in the blogging routine, but I plod on -- like you, I think it's good for me.

    Hug Samson for me -- happy to hear you and he are spending more time together. :)

  5. Good to see you back--even if it's just temporary!!

  6. Good to hear from you again! Glad you had a bountiful harvest of your garden this year!

  7. i am just happy to hear from you - happy to see samson. happy to see your smiling face. and congratulations on the RAIN!!!

  8. If nothing else, blogging makes us think. So consider blogging a necessary 'thinking' exercise.

    For writing: Do some research in something you're interested in. That might trigger some ideas. It works for me. Learning is addictive. Try some of that new reading again in something different from the norm.
    Nice to see you here today!

  9. Beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  10. Wonderful to see you Inger! Do blog a bit now and then!

  11. Oh my dear Inger I do miss you but I understand this aversion thing I have it to household chores and gardening this year and just keep blogging. (Wanna trade:)Your garden could feed me well yummy even with all the work I know it was worth it. I will be here when you get back take your time. We your friends will never get an aversion to you. Feral is in a very loving mood lately don't you just love that girl?:)That is why I stay here I guess friends like that that we meet. I love you too not just her:) :) HUGS B

  12. sounds like you have been to busy to blog, with all you were doing with the garden and sweet Samson.. he looks great. so do you.. oops did i compliment the dog before you? LOL yes I did.
    glad you got the rain, i know you needed it. blog when you want and don't when you don't want. that is the beauty of it all....

  13. Well hello Inger Doodle! (Sophie made me say that!!)
    So good to hear from you again and see/learn you are doing well and had a great harvest too!
    Maybe it is the season that is making you morose.....the transition can be difficult for some.
    Good to see you again and thanks for dropping by today.

  14. Howdy Inger!! SOOOO good to hear from you. I'm on the computer all day long at work so when I'm home, its the last thing I want to do. So, I just read blogs and write my posts. Then I sign off. :)

  15. Good to hear from you

    it will be interesting if the rain and mud spots that results attract butterflies

    they like to sip minerals from mud

  16. Congrats on the garden, and good to hear from you again. Oh, I can almost smell the air in your photos!

  17. Okay... so Mom's happy because... according to her, she got to see Inger's sweet face. And as for ME... I am ELATED! I have the most handsome BF in the whole world... SAMSON > Lookin' good baby!

  18. Dear Inger, that's such a lovely and endearing photograph of you at the end of your posting. Do you have a timer that enables you to take your own picture? I'm a complete novice at photography so I'm not sure if you took this of yourself or if your husband took it of you.

    I'm glad you are listening to your body and taking a much needed break. So much has happened in your life this past year--much illness and the loss of two companion dogs--Angel and Soldier--and you must be grieving deep down in the marrow of your bones, not only their loss but the loss of the vision you had of yourself as a healthy person. So much of growing older is learning the new parameters of our life. Peace.

  19. I feel and see the rain and the change there - it looked really dry before.
    Glad you had a nice garden.
    And take your time away from the computer.


  20. Hi Inger ,
    So good to see you and Sampson !!
    i know sometimes blogging gets a little overwhelming , unless I relax with it.
    Did you notice my last post I wasn't relaxing with it lol
    Glad you got some rain .
    Good to hear from you .
    Have a lovely weekend,

  21. Va kul o ses igen.Jättefin bild på dig.
    Här börjar älgjakten på måndag så då ska man ut några dagar. Härligt höstväder har vi idag, blå himmel, sol och de fantastiska färgerna på träden. Kram Majsan//

  22. Great to read an update, Inger! Even though I don't have time to blog much, I always keep up with yours.

    Samson looks great! I'm glad you both are doing well.

    Take care! -Jeff

  23. I am glad that all is well with you.
    Sounds nice that the air is fresh and the junipers look green again. Love your photo surrounded for so much green!
    Samson looks adorable as always.
    Have a lovely Sunday.

  24. It was nice to see you dipping your toe into the Blogger world again if only briefly. A daily blog can be a grind. Just hit the keys when you feel like it. Blogging should never be work.
    So glad you were able to salvage some of your garden.

  25. Great to see you again. I've been away too, and am just now touching base with folks.

    Glad to see you got rain. It can do so much to freshen and brighten the world.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

  26. Hi Inger .. lovely to see you again - especially the last photo! I agree with both your feelings - lovely to be away, but I don't want to go too far!

    Anyway good to see the Canyon and to know you had some good rains .. and that you've been busy garnering your harvest.

    Samson is special now .. and he'll enjoy having you both to himself ..

    Cheers and good to hear from you - Hilary

  27. Good to hear from you Inger! I'm glad you got some rain at last, it does annoy me when it rains everyday in England but I couldn't imagine going so long without it, and that freshly rained on Earth smell is wonderful isn't it! I hope you are enjoying your break from blogging, Lots of Love from Hayley-Eszti :)

  28. Keep your creativity flowing in any way that feels right. Last week I participated in a Norse Gods Blogfest and wrote a bit of flash fiction on Freya. It was fun and so different from my usual writing. Blessing to you and the rains. They are cleansing.

  29. Hi Inger! It's been such a nice way to end my day in being able to catch up on your blog. I hope you'll always remember that wherever your creativity takes you, whether to post or to read posts, or down the road for an adventure, just know that you have a friend and a fan in northern Virginia! :-)

  30. It was nice to read your update. I so totally understand (Oh, and I thank you for a comment or two you did leave now and then!) that aversion to computers!
    We just saw our son's best friend who now lives in Sweden. It was great to hear how much he loves the country.
    Enjoy your time.

  31. I could almost smell the rain. I am always so taken by where you live. Beautiful. Take your rest, but come back once in a while.

  32. Nice to know you are all doing ok! You looke pretty amazing and relaxed on that last photo. You know I don't blog often, but blogging does make me more observant and that is a good thing. It is also good for the soul, with so many blogging friends out there. You may just need to find a balance that works for you best.

    Enjoy the fall!


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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