Friday, August 8, 2014

Notes From The Canyon

We take our trash to the dump in Old Betsy, our 1989 Ford Ranger truck, that just keeps going and going. However, during my husband's illness she developed a slow leak and got a flat tire. So trash piled up, both of us too tired to deal with it. 

A mama black bear with two cubs is roaming around our hills. When food is hard to come by, toppling trash cans, eating leftovers, and making a general huge mess is always an option. It has never happened to us before, but Saturday morning that's what I found. A huge mess! I wasn't even mad, as I feel so bad for the wild critters in this horrible drought. 

We cleaned it up,  hubby put air in Betsy's front tire, we loaded her up and drove over to the dump. There we learned that the biannual hazardous material collection would begin at nine a.m. When we got home, I quickly collected all the sharps related to my insulin pump and glucose meter, forgot all about the batteries I have collected for a long time, and drove back to the dump, gave them the old and got a new container. So the bears weren't all bad news. We got a lot accomplished that would have lingered.

Mama bear's timing was good for us as it began to rain Saturday night. A slow steady rain continued all day Sunday. Just what we needed here, a break in the weather, cooler for about five days. Fortunately, we didn't experience any flash floods like those in the mountains to the south of us.

About half of our garden is doing well, the other half, not so good. Looks like we will have plenty of peas and beans, some corn, beets, radishes, onions, greens and mixed salad leaves. 

Everything in our container garden is doing great, we are picking tomatoes and various kinds of peppers.  

We have more mint than we know what to do with. Bees like it, so that's good. 

I stopped by our friends' place to get some fresh eggs. While there, I saw their baby turkeys and baby goats, and got a kiss on my cheek from this gorgeous llama. Isn't she a beauty? Her eyes are incredible, long lashes, and dark markings for a smoky eye effect.  

Someone around here is getting bigger and bigger. And Samson is fine too, except he needs a good brushing. I used to brush him almost every day, now it's been a very long time. He loves his sister and gets plenty of exercise playing with her. She wraps herself in his tail when its time to go to sleep.

We have two rather difficult weeks ahead of us with every other day appointments both at UCLA and in Pasadena. I don't think I will be able to post anything during this time. The long distances are doing me in, messing with my diabetes care, and making me more tired than ever before. 

Samson Says: Thanks for asking about me, all you nice people. I'm fine, but as you can see, I need to take a rest after all the exercise my little sister puts me through. I should send her off to that TV show, The Biggest Loser, I know all those people's weight would come off in no time.

As for me, I see the vet next month sometime, but mommy said she can feel ribs and my collar needs to be tightened by a hole. Personally, I never understood why my weight was an issue. 

Love you my Gracie girl, I hope you are taking good care of yourself and your family.

From all of us here in the canyon:

Have a great day everyone!


  1. well, glad the bears forced your hand at a dump visit. :) and congrats on the rain!!! stay safe, both of you - all of you.

  2. thanks for the update on daily living. i knew you were busy since you were not posting. Faith is gorgeous and so is Samson, and I am glad they love each other.. poor sweet bears and they did you a big favor by forcing you to action... prayers for the days at the doctors...let us know when you can, we will be waiting when you get back on line...

  3. Your garden looks amazing. I am hoping your husband is getting the top notch care that he needs. And remember to take care of you too. I'll be praying for you my friend!

  4. I would be very afraid if there were bears around my home. lol I imagine they are somewhere but not as close as yours.

    Glad you got to the dump and got things taken care of.

    Love your dog antics. Glad they love each other and get along.

    Well your garden looks pretty good - I hope you are able to can some for the winter.

    I will pray for the next two weeks.


  5. The drive from your place to UCLA and Pasadena is not only long, it's a miserable drive -- over the grapevine and then through Santa Clarita. Ugh. Can you stay someplace close to the hospital during the week and avoid all the driving? It would do me in, too.

  6. It was good that the family of bears got into your garbage rather than your garden (which looks great).

    Take care of yourself, Inger, and I pray that all the appointments will go well.

  7. Hi Inger - I've been thinking of you both (+ 2 four legs) and have just spotted Roland's post .. so life is incredibly unfair at times when you least need it - people should watch their words ... two ears, one mouth ...

    However I hope you have some creature comfort times and get some down-time in between rushing through to the hospitals ...

    With many thoughts ... and those veggies do look good ... take care - Hilary

  8. I know it was a hassle cleaning up after the bears, but better than them ravaging your beautiful garden. Glad you got some rain, less worry about fires. I know the trip for medical are getting you down, I feel for you both! Sounds like Samson is getting lots of exercise! The little girl is really growing up!

    Take care of yourselves!

  9. So happy you got some rain, Inger! My nephew and his family live south of you in Redlands and had one of those flash floods in his neighbourhood! All is well now.
    You both have had a very busy time of it and more ahead. Those doctor appts can be a chore but are a necessity as you know.
    Good to hear things are heading in a good direction for you all. And just look at Faith!! What a cutie!! You too Samson!!

  10. Bears are lovely to watch ... at a distance. Up close and in your garbage ... not so much, right?

    So Samson is losing weight? Faith is running him ragged, poor fellow!

    That llama is indeed beautiful. Have better times soon. :-)

  11. Good luck with all the doings next week. Just try to handle it one day at a time, it will go easier.

    I drive a 1988 Ford F250, and we have to go to the dump here too. I go about every third month.

    Sure do like your pictures, as always.

  12. Sounds like things--& your attitude--are improving (except for the UCLA trips!!

  13. Oh Inger I wish I lived closer I would drive you well I think I would I have never driven anywhere near a city that big.
    Glad you go some work done, poor bears in your drought. Your garden does look good though.
    I think Samson is doing well and please please take care of yourself and make sure you do not ignore your eating and sleeping patterns. I worry you know. Hope the appointments work out the way they should. HUGS B

  14. Oh I forgot yeah RAIN bears must have done a raindance:) Hug B

  15. So glad the unfortunate bear scavenging had a purpose. I always miss the date for the toxic stuff at our landfill. Maybe I need a bear visit.
    I know what you are going through has to be a huge energy drain. Do take care of your self. Often when we are caregivers, we tend to forget our own needs.
    Every time I watch "Welcome to Sweden" I think of you and how you much enjoy hearing your native language.
    Take care.

  16. Hi Inger! It's good to catch up on your news, and I'm glad you didn't have a personal encounter with the bears! But I couldn't help but think of you today when I was at a specialists office with my foster boy, and someone was there with their Samoyed -- What a nice, nice boy he was, and what a great big brother Samson is! Hope your week goes well, and you find that continued strength to do what is needed--Take care!!

  17. Hi Inger,glad to see all is ok with you! I am looking forward to our rainy season as it is very dry here too. Sorry about you having to do all that driving and I hope your hubby is feeling ok now. Say hallo to Samson please! xoxo

  18. How draining illness is. Thinking of you, your husband and the pups.

  19. Dear Inger, you are amazing. You tell us all you are doing and of your daily life and I know that right now days must be being so difficult. I hope in the midst of taking care of your husband and of Samson and Faith you are also paying attention to your own body. Diabetes is a task master. I hope you sleep well tonight in preparation for this coming week of trips. Peace, Dee.

  20. Hej! Vad fint grönsaksland ni har. SKönt med eget. Mördarsniglarna åt upp all sallad. men nu har jag bekämpat med medel så trädgården är fri från dem.
    Hon är ju så söt Faith. Kul att hon kan trivas med Samson.
    SKönt om er båda två nu!!
    Jättekramar Majsan//

  21. Hi Inger,
    Love reading your Notes from the Canyon! Sounds amazing to see a mama black bear with two cubs around your hills.
    It's great that you are picking tomatoes and various kinds of peppers!
    Hope you and your husband have a good week ahead.
    Kisses to you and to Samson and Faith too! :)

  22. Lots of activity in your canyon. Especially the Bears!

    Hope you all are staying well, despite the challenges..

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

  23. Never a dull moment in the Canyon! The llama is gorgeous!

  24. Sounds like you have your hands full lady! Send some of those veggies my way. I need some fresh salsa.

  25. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Inger. Sounds like life is getting to be a very uphill climb. Jen and I can relate to that! But we don't have drought, thank goodness. We've had more rain here in mid-Virginia than we've had since we moved here in October of 2007. But, there's serious flooding in many places here up the east coast. From one extreme to the other, it seems.

    I so enjoyed these wonderful photographs. You're an awesome photographer. Take care of yourself and your dear husband. All this IS so difficult at our age.

  26. Awe ... thanks for the update. Praying every day for your hubby :-) Gracie sends lots of love to her Samson!

  27. Your dogs are lovely. Hope all goes well for you guys in the coming weeks.

  28. Dear Inger…I'm so sorry about the long distances you need to travel for appointments all this time. Those are horribly long drives, and I'm sure you're very concerned about your sweet dogs when you are away from home. I'm glad to hear that Gracie and Samson are doing well. They can watch over your home for you while you are away. :-) Your photos are just gorgeous. What beautiful landscape! i hope the bears find their food somewhere else and don't leave such a mess after their picnic! ox

  29. This post is filled with ups and downs. Glad you are pushing on and appreciating the small things. I wish you the best and hope your week went smoothly. Beautiful garden, despite the drought.

  30. So happy you got a bit of rain and cooler weather! Gentle blessings. . .

  31. Hello dear Inger!
    Just stopping by to wishing you and your husband a nice week ahead.
    Love so much your header's picture. Faith is adorable!
    Many (((hugs)))

  32. Your garden, even half of it, looks very nice. It is good that you received some rain. Health issues are not fun and they certainly are time consuming. We just come back from my husband’s bladder cancer sessions and with the after care, it takes the whole day – and we have to do that for 3 weeks.
    I have never been very close to a llama to look at their eyes. There are several in a garden down the road, but they rarely come close to the fence. Stay well.

  33. Good morning dear Inger!
    I hope all is well with you and your husband.
    Wishing you both a nice Sunday!
    Many hugs!

  34. Hi Inger ,
    Hope all is well with you I too was missing in blog land for for a bit too ~ but now back in the swing and catching up with everyone . Your new pup is adorable and of course Samson is as handsome as ever.
    Hugs my friend,

  35. "Ontem foi embora.Amanhã ainda não veio. Temos somente hoje, comecemos!!!Qualquer ato
    de amor, por menor que seja, é um trabalho pela paz" (Madre Teresa de Calcutá)
    Um grande abraço, Marie.

  36. I hope you and your husband made it through the daily appointments without too much strain and you are both able to relax and rejuvenate now. I hope too that the news from the doctors was as good as possible.

    Always such a pleasure to look at your photos. The baby goats and the llama are so precious. I'm sorry the bear family made such a mess but like you I think I would just feel sorry for them. So glad you finally had some rain. Take care and best wishes to you and your husband, Inger. Hugs to handsome Samson and the darling Faith.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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