Friday, November 29, 2013

Random Five Friday

Giving Thanks:

1. After seven weeks away, my husband came home a week ago. A very good thing, indeed.

2. While I was alone here, I got a lot of things done. But of course, work is never done, so I am thankful for my health, for being able work around here and take Samson out on our daily walks and hikes. 

3. California's wild fire season officially ended on Wednesday. Last year we had a bad fire that went on for several weeks in the back of the canyon. Walking the dogs, I breathed in a lot of smoke, not thinking about the danger of this, and my lungs were affected. This year, we didn't have any fires close to us and for this I am very grateful. I can breathe so much better now, which is, if you think about it, one of the best things in life. 

4. Samson Dog is a year into remission of his illness, Uveodermatologic Syndrome (UDS, VKH), which made him temporarily blind last fall. Only the fast action of our vet, treating Samson with steroids and eye drops, reversed the blindness. Now he only needs Neo-Poly-Dex eye drops every other day, no more steroids. I am immensely thankful for Samson's healthy year and for our wonderful vet.

5. I didn't post yesterday, Thanksgiving, so let me say it here today: I am thankful for you my blogger friends, and for my friends who do not blog, all of them long-time friends ~ the longest since 1946. And, of course, I am so very thankful for my husband, Samson, and our families, here and in Sweden.

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.  

~Rabindranath Tagore

Samson Says (to himself): I'd be more thankful if I got a treat every now and then.


  1. It sounds like things are going well in the canyon. I know you are glad that Samson is in remission!

  2. you were right!!!! I love love love this tree, it is totally awesome!!! and a beautiful photo of it.
    glad hubby is home and I am grateful to that Samson can see and is able to walk with you.. God Bless that vet...

  3. health is truly a blessing. for us AND our pets. and thank goodness for no wildfires this year near you!

    love that beautiful tree and fence photo!

  4. I like Samson's aside. . .

    I don't observe Thanksgiving in November anymore since I'm living in Canada. We do Thanksgiving in October.

  5. Five wonderful things to note, Inger. But poor Samson — better eyes, yes, but suffering a serious treat deficiency. Though somehow, I'm not so sure he is as hard done by as he claims.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

  6. Glad to hear hubby is back and Samson is doing well. Beautiful picture!

  7. Awesome looking tree - any dog's fantasy, I should think.

  8. that tree is absolutely breathtaking...So glad hubby is home so you can get on with the holiday festivities! :)

    oh, and im so glad your fire season is done - yes, that stuff accumulates into your lungs, and when its gone, then the allergies to all the new flowers/weeds show up - im right there with you! This fall I ended up getting a terrible sinus thing going - i am glad you are much better - its like the fire just keeps on "giving" ...

    and yes, you capture Samson's personality well - its those eyebrows of his - he looks like he is muttering to himself LOL


  9. Glad to hear Samson is doing alright, and all is well with you and yours! Have a good day!

  10. Your canyon photos draw my eyes into that world.

    All good things to be thankful for and appreciate.

  11. I am thankful for every complete breath I take. Then I am thankful for my family and my friends.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

  12. Yes, I can see you have much to be grateful for - and I, too, am thankful for friends of all flavors!

  13. I'm so grateful that Samson can see, and I'm grateful for you.


  14. Hej där borta!
    Vilken härlig bild på trädet. Har din "gubbe" jobbat borta så länge? Min jobbar borta i veckorna men varannan vecka jobbar han hemifrån vilket är rätt ok. Här har det kommit lite snö ikväll så det blir spårsnö för vovvarna att jaga i imorgon.

  15. Poor Samson and his poorly eyes, thank goodness for good vets!
    I´m thankful for discovering your blog, and for your continuous support and friendship :)

  16. I am thankful (at my age) to still be here!!

  17. What a great shot! Sounds like you had a good week.

  18. Has it been a year already? Where does the time go, and I wish it would slow down just a bit! But I'm glad there were no fires near you this year, and that you've had an enjoyable Thanksgiving!! I am also thankful for my blogging friends, like you!

  19. Oh there is always work to be done Inger!
    And good for Samson to be so much better than he was!!
    That first photo is spectacular!!

  20. Those are some really nice reasons to be thankful. I am really glad your husband is home too. That was a long separation! Debra :-)

  21. It must be great to have your husband back... even if it does mean preparing meals on time rather than grazing all day, at least that's what happens when mine isn't here! So glad that Samson is doing well too, paws crossed. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

  22. I am glad for your blessing!
    What a gorgeous tree!
    Samson looks adorable as always.
    Yes, health is truly a blessing.
    I remember a great quote of Henri Frederic Amiel, a Swiss poet and philosopher (1821-1881). He wrote:
    “In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.”

  23. Hi dear Inger,
    I am so glad you are able to control the diabetes. It's great!
    Thanks for your kind words on my blog anniversary.
    Hope you and yours have a happy Sunday.

  24. Hi Inger - Happy Thanksgiving .. Samson would be so grateful and might even say Happy Thanks .. for those extra treats!

    Wonderful news to have your hubby home and someone to be with as December creeps through ..

    Bloggers are blessings aren't they - but hubby's better, now where does Samson sit .. before after or cuddling up to one and all!

    Cheers and I love that tree - Hilary

  25. Dear Inger, that photograph of the ancient tree reaching its branching to embrace the sky is so evocative. Thank you for sharing it. And thank you, also, for sharing your five thanksgivings. Like you, I am so grateful for the animals in my life. Ellie, Maggie, and Matthew are the soul of this home. Peace.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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