Tuesday, December 15, 2015

My World ~ Surrounded By Mountains

When I wake up feeling lousy, like I did today, this goes through my mind: Am I getting sick? You're already sick, I tell myself, you have Type 1 diabetes, check your sugars! 
But I mean -- am I coming down with something, like a cold? 

Or is it just old age? I asked my doctor that once, is it just old age and how would one know? Being old already, I now forget what he answered. I'm really curious about this business of how you are supposed to feel, think, and be as you head deeper into your old age.

It was 20F this morning and I felt it would be too icy and muddy to take Samson out on the leash. I can so easily fall when he decides to pull hard. So I let Faith out to run off some energy. Took the camera since it was absolutely gorgeous outside, after several overcast days. 

For the past several years, the front of my house, which faces south, has been very raggedy looking and I have been ashamed to put up a picture of it on the blog. Now that Glenn has put up siding and the new windows are in place, it looks like a real home. He will paint the house in the spring. Sage will be the color. The color of the siding looks good too, but I want it to pop a bit more. 

This is where we walk most mornings, down a hill 

and up another. All those furrows are where the mud flowed down the hills during that big rainstorm.

Who's that behind the rabbit brush?

It's my Faith, busily checking everything out, looking for a rabbit to chase. 

I have to enlarge this picture, I think it will be a good one of her. See how little she is though. She was supposed to be a Lab mix. Which she is, she does have webbed feet, I mean paws, but her legs forgot to grow. I must check her DNA ~ I think there's a terrier in there, which kind I don't know. Pitbull or Jack Russell would be my guess, or maybe both. And some kind of heeler herding dog. I have neer been "heeled" before, but she sure knows how it's done. 

This is the east side of the house with the dog run. Last year, Errol gave the semi-classic Mustang to one of his brothers and I gave Glenn the old blue van in the background. I'm keeping the truck and the Jeep. I wish I didn't have to keep the Jeep, but with all the money I put into it, I have no choice.  Maybe it will keep me young though, rolling windows up and down manually, bouncing around the freeways in the wind,  and so on.

So now you have had a tour of my world here in the canyon. And I feel a lot better, having done something a bit creative this morning. 


  1. you are surrounded by absolute BEAUTY... awe inspiring mountains and valleys to. and whatever Faith is she is gorgeous. i love my dogs all mixed up and that is the only kind I have ever had. Mixed Breed is perfect to me.. glad you felt better after your beauty view with Faith

  2. greetings! Inger! I have come to see what you posted! Ah, getting old. A mysterious endeavor. One day you are 30 and then suddenly you are looking at 65 sneaking up on you and you wonder how the hell that happened! Feeling bad? Yes indeed. Crunching noises getting out of bed.Stabbing pains in various places, numbness, tingling, hot flashes! I hate being old but it is better than the alternative! ha ha Alas,the last few miles of the voyage should be enjoyed as well! Beautiful pictures of your homestead.Nothing like a crisp clear day! Have a wonderful day.

  3. Please take good care of yourself. You are wise not to go out on the ice. I don't have ice here, but Penelope walks so close to me that she's almost tripped me or knocked me over a number of times. Franklin walks so carefully with me.


  4. I once got wonderful advice on how to handle old age but, being 81, I forgot what it was a long time ago!!

  5. I hope that you are not getting a cold. Being a diabetic is not that easy. I am type two but still feel lethargic for no reason. Please take care of yourself.
    Thanks for the tour of your home. Your day is productive.

  6. The snow in the mountain is so beautiful. Faith looks like a big dog enough. Maybe not as big as you thought she would get but big enough.

    Your place is looking very nice and I'm looking forward to the new paint job in the spring. My home needs a coat of paint or new siding. It's getting all chipped and I have some windows that needs replacing. We're getting old too and all this seems just too much to tackle.

    Stay safe and warm inside and be careful on the ice.

  7. You live in a beautiful place!!

  8. thank you for the tour. It's so different than my home!

  9. i love your sweet faith. and your snow pup in your header, too. :) i hope you keep going for many, many mornings to come. :)

  10. Such a different area than where I live. Glad you have Faith to keep you motivated. Be careful out in the weather!

  11. It's a beautiful world. I see why you love living there. Magical.

    Do be careful walking on that ice.

  12. Dear Inger, I do so know how you feel.
    All the get-up-and-go having gone long ago; there’s so little left that sometimes it feels like I am on the way out long before I need to be.
    You have lots of space around you to spread out into with the dogs, but that isn’t all that’s wanted or needed sometimes, is it.
    Besides, it can also be dangerous in inclement weather, just like my own surroundings with endless mud and slippery grass, steep slopes and bumpy lanes.

    Your pictures are fab although it looks a little lonely. Have you any near neighbours?

  13. That looks like an idyllic place to live. I bet at night the sky is spectacular.

  14. A little patch of heaven, you do look isolated and alone, how far or close are your nearest neighbours? Love that sprinkle of snow.

  15. I just love your place. The snow - not so much. You have some beautiful views. About perfect!
    Faith is one good looking dog, growing up gracefully!

  16. Hi Inger - it's nice to see the 360 degree views .. as you say mountains in all directions. Gosh that's cold - we're at 15+ deg C (59F) .. ludicrously warm. I love the cold snowy, frosty look of the ground .. and being able to see where you walk, and then seeing the cuts in the ground that have appeared after your ghastly floods - you might need the rain, but torrents do damage.

    It's so good the house is getting sorted and Glenn is helping you ... I'm sure the Jeep will bring you much fun in the warmer weather ...

    Learning to grow old - I watched my father's elder brother and he accepted help gracefully, as too the uncle I 'looked after' ... but they kept their independence to a point, but ultimately at the end too. It's accepting and realising we need help when we do ... setting up things for others to be able to step in easily etc ... making sure there's enough dog-food, in case you were house-bound for a while ... being prepared and being aware ... and being grateful. Now I've got my new hip I battle when people offer me their seat ... do I really look that old?! I say no often - but really should say yes ... but I want to stand as I sit way too much anyway - then the whole thing gets out of kilter ... especially in a tube or on a bus - crowds!

    Cheers and am glad the creative spirit got going ... with thoughts and many of them ... Hilary

  17. Truly beautiful and I am very envious of those blue skies right now! It's been warm for December here in Michigan but it has been cloudy every day!

  18. Thanks for the tour. It is a beautiful place.

  19. Peek-a-boo Faith.. I see you hiding :-) Thank you for letting me visit your place at the canyon, Inger. Your home is so sweet and I love the nature trails! You must experience such peace there! For a while I can visit you and join in on your peacefulness, away from our noisy life on a busy street. I hope you feel better and your days continue in peace. Have a beautiful Christmas ... love to you, Faith and Samson. (Especially Samson, says Gracie).

  20. Dear Inger, you live in a beautiful place!! Thanks for the amazing tour around your world in the canyon!
    What a gorgeous views you have! Just wonderful blue sky too!
    Faith looks lovely and she is growing up so fast and gracefully!
    Love seeing adorable Samson on the beautiful header!
    Many hugs and Love!


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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