Friday, December 11, 2015

It's Been A While!

When I last blogged, I think I was on my way with my friend Mary, a new friend here in the canyon, to photograph a very interesting tree.

This is the tree, located at a dead end of a road as it intersects with another pretty busy road so all pictures had to be taken from inside Mary's car.

While I didn't get any good pictures of the entire tree, here are some of it's branches. To look at while I tell you about my computer issues, Jeep expenses, and the rest of what's going on in my life.

The Jeep ended up costing me $1,401 (don't you love that one dollar at the end?). However, two good things: I believe the local mechanics did an excellent job and I am so grateful to have had the money to pay for it. Moving on, I gave in to temptation and decided to treat myself during the online sales, and I saved a total of $65. What did I buy? A Kindle Fire TV stick. Love it, love watching movies and all kinds of TV shows for free! Should I want to pay, I get Netflix and all the other streaming channels too. I haven't tried any of those yet. 

The other thing I bought was a new monitor for my computer. Looking at my old one from 2004, I wondered when it too would decide to break down, so I did it. It has taken me some time to get it working properly, but I think I've got it now. I got the least expensive one and was quite dismayed to see, when I read the instructions, that it is not compatible with Windows 10, but goes all the way back to XP!! I think it will be fine with Windows 10, but it seems to be a very old model, cheap though, so I guess you get what you pay for!! But so far, so good, I just have to figure out some more stuff.

As far as my modem goes, there was nothing wrong with it. When Glenn hammered in some new wood on the eaves below the satellite, the roof shifted enough to make the satellite not work properly. So the guy fixed it and didn't charge me for it. 

Downtown Tehachapi

Mary and I had a nice time in Tehachapi, checking out some antique stores and a store where local artisans display and sell their goods. It's a co-op and it's very impressive to see work by so many talented artists, including Karen from our crochet group. Every possible thing you could think of, made by local people, was on display. I had never stopped by there before, but now I will go again and take my out of town friends too. 

This past Monday, I drove the Jeep, without incident, to Palmdale, some 50 miles away to have lunch with Kenny and Monique, my nephew and niece-in-law, and drop off Christmas presents for their girls. They are coming up to see me on the Sunday after Christmas. I love them so much, so it will be fun.

Many say that the first holidays after you lose a spouse will be very difficult. I can see that, of course, but Christmas has always been my one most favorite holiday. (Thanks mom and dad for making it so.) So I will go to Christmases past, very far in the past, all the way back to the magical Christmases of my  childhood. Beginning with Advent. I have received the Victorian Advent Calendar by Jacquie Lawson from my friend Dee. I also kept the two I received last year, and, if that's not enough, I bought one from the nuns' shop, when Rachael and I last visited there. See it above; each day has a picture and a Bible quote. It's all lovely.

And, in the Swedish tradition, I will light a candle on each Sunday in Advent. I bought four red candles and dusted off my old advent candle holder. I won't have a tree, not with my high energy Faith around. Maybe a small one, up high. We'll see.

I also feel that giving is very important now. I even crocheted some small gifts to give to friends. While wrapping gifts today, it rained, it snowed, and the wind howled ~ sounds like the beginning of a ghost story, doesn't it? Now that it's dark outside, it feels a bit weird. Gusts up to 75 mph they said on the news for yesterday, but I think it is happening right now. So glad there are no tall trees around here.

Seeing falling snow for the first time, Faith was a bit concerned. What's that white stuff falling from the sky? But, as you can see, she soon enjoyed it. 

I guess that's all for now. Have a nice weekend everyone. 


  1. Hi Inger! So nice to hear that you are being nice to yourself with gifts. Good that you got the jeep repaired before the snow flies any more and it gets really cold. That is a very neat tree, do you know what kind it is? It looks to have had a rough life. Happy to hear you are getting out and about with your friend. Faith seems to be fine with the snow, I hope Samson is liking it also. Really is good to hear from you! Take care of yourself and enjoy your movies! Hugs!

    1. It's nice to be back, even though the resolution on my screen went back to the giant size this morning. somehow managed to fix it. I believe this is one of the many different kinds of oak trees found in this area.

  2. Happy holidays to you, my VERY dear friend!!

  3. The jeep all fixed, internet OK, snow falling, Faith enjoying it, and a beautiful advent calendar. And a treat just for you, that is so good to hear. Down here we are having a very quiet Christmas, no tree, family will arrive after Boxing Day, I haven't even made a cake yet!!! Take care, hugs from NZ.

  4. Hi Inger - good to see the post Inger - sorry about the expenses, but as you say ... at least you can pay for it all. Glad the computer and various bits are sorted. Enjoy the Kindle Fire Stick ...

    I'm glad you're going back to your early days - yes when one is young being able to bring our own childhood memories with us can help in these older day. My thoughts - but sounds like you're settling and will pull through with the memories etc

    Snow and Advent calendar ... then Monique and Kenny coming up to see you - that'll be fun and something to look forward to. The visit to the antique centre area sounds a good place to have found ... and a nice place to take visitors to have some time out.

    Snow too ... we are still 'warm' here (in the south) - but the poor Lake District has been devastated by an excess of rain ... cheers for now - but good to see the post up ... with a hug for Faith, and Samson, and then you too ... better make it three hugs! Have a peaceful run up enjoying some interesting tv ... Hilary

  5. so glad to see you pop up in my reader. yowsa on the jeep repair. sounds like you have been really busy, some fun things and some not so fun.. glad you will have friends after Christmas... i had to smile at the Faith and a tree... she is still a puppy. prayers for strength and comfort for your first Christmas alone. my heart hurts for you.

  6. glad the jeep is repaired! and your computer issues, too. fingers crossed it all continues to work for a good while. sweet faith. loved the photo of samson and angel, too. :)

  7. With a new kitten, I have decided on no Christmas Tree either -- except for the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree I keep up all year to remind me to be kind to all misfits (myself included!) Lovely photos. And I pray this Holiday Season go smoother with the help of childhood memories. Healing Christmas, Roland

  8. That tree has great personality. I wish it could tell it's stories.

    Great photos.

  9. That looks like the trees that grow in the desert around Desert Hot Springs (outside of Palm Springs) I think they are desert trees that spread out along the floor and become huge. That looks like an old one, but most of the branches on the desert trees hover along the ground, forming a shelter beneath. I don't have a Christmas Tree this year either, the first since I was in my twenties and first came to Canada. . .I have decorations around and wreaths, and it still looks festive. Glad to hear you are keeping a positive outlook. I'm still caregiving hubs and it is time consuming. . .but for an excellent cause.

    1. I'll check with my friends around here, they may know what kind of tree this is. I know caregiving is a whole new way of life and takes up all your time, but as you say it is for a good cause.

  10. Hi Inger. Good to see ypou are busy and getting into the 'spirit' of the season.
    That does look like an interesting tree. Great shots of faith looking up into the snow falling!

  11. Looks like you are doing well and enjoying life. That's good!

  12. Life is expensive isn't it?:) Oh you sound like you are doing well and I am so happy for this. Ordinary things. Take care and all the best my dear Inger. Sending hugs from Canada. HUGS B

  13. Hi Inger! Glad to see a post from you, and that you got the two issues I dislike the most, computer and car trouble sorted out -- And continued good, warm holiday cheer coming to you from Virginia!

  14. That tree does have personality and I love your big blue sky for the background. I hope you have some joy during the holidays. I know it's not easy. I keep you in my prayers sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

  15. I love the photos of that very interesting tree. Yes, the first Christmas is a hard one. And the second one is too! Richard loved Christmas so much more than I do! I hate computer problems. I am glad you have your figured out. Yikes, that is a lot of money to fix on jeep repairs. I hope it runs well for many more months!! Have a merry Christmas, Inger!!

  16. I think you're doing fantastic and I'm so glad the jeep is all fixed up nicely and that you're treating yourself well.

    That unusual tree is a great landmark.

    I heard that Window 10 is for Tablets and not for regular computers. My husband has Window 10 on his laptop and it's not working well at all. He has Window 7 on his acer computer and has no problem with that one.

    Nice seeing Faith's reaction to the snowflakes.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas. It will be nice having Kenny and Monique on Boxing Day.
    Stay well and safe.

  17. Inger, it sounds like you are moving forward in a wonderful way. So glad that you are able to treat yourself to a new "ish" monitor and a Kindle TV stick. Always nice to watch movies on chilly winter nights! Stay focused and positive through this season....and always.

  18. Just visiting your blog and hoping you are well. Keep looking to the Lord for Grace, strength and peace. Love your pets. Hugs from VA.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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