Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friends, Nuns, Goats, Sheep, Two Handbags & My Teeth!

I have been sitting here thinking about how much I love my girlfriends and how blessed I am to have them in my life. Rachael came up yesterday and of course we went to the Norbertine Sisters to visit Sister Mary Magdalene in the gift shop and buy a few soaps and other things. As we drove up, Rachael said, "hurry up and take a picture of the goats."

They were coming down the hillside with the goat herder and dogs and were way too quick for me. As you can see there's some construction going on here. A new chapel will be built as the present one is no longer large enough. The order began here in 1997 with five nuns and now there are forty. We are friends now with some of the sisters and we love it up there on the mountain.

Heading out for lunch afterward, we decided to try a back road, Cherry Lane, which used to be home to, yes, many cherry orchards. It's a lovely road that soon turns into a dirt road.

I was surprised to see a herd, or maybe it's not called a herd unless there's a whole lot of them. I forget, so now I have to check. OK, a flock of sheep, these were drinking water, took one look at me and decided to turn and walk away. Oh, well, not my day for goat or sheep pictures.

Here they all are. It's the first time I have seen sheep up here in August. They usually come in the spring, but, as you can see, the grass is very tall and the homes are very close, so there's a need for the services provided by the sheep and their shepherds. The shepherds are Basques that have come here for well over 100 years with their special breed Basque sheepdogs. Mary and I were fortunate to see these magnificent dogs at work here last spring. I think you can see the smoky haze from all the fires in this picture.

When I was a budget analyst in the Human Resources department at UCLA, Rosemary was the person in charge of all the administrative budgets. For many, many years I would turn in my reports to her and through all this, we became friends. Later she put in a good word for me and helped me secure a great job in UCLA's Capital Programs. So, we have been friends for many, many years. 

We had not been in touch much in recent years, but after Errol passed away, she sent me gifts. Lovely bags, I have posted some here before, the one for my crochet and others too, I think. When a notice appeared in my mailbox the other day, I was puzzled. I had not ordered anything. Well, this is what arrived. That wonderful canvas Life is Good bag and the one below from Vera Bradley. I have coveted Vera Bradley's bags for a long time now, but I have been good, you know: Do I want it or do I need it? So I never bought one. Well, with a friend like Rosemary, I really don't need one, but how great that I now have one. Thank you my friend, although this is altogether way too much!

And finally, here's to Dr. Jones, the incredibly marvellous dentist you do not expect to find in a small town like this. After much measuring of my upper teeth and my bridge, my new front tooth was designed on a computer right in front of me, then put in an oven of sorts and baked until it was hard. As the dentist fitted it in my mouth, I asked if he could file down one front tooth that was longer than the other, which he did and I ended up thrilled. At my age, I had no idea I cared about whether I was long in one tooth or not, but it has made such a difference. 

And of course all of these wonderful events have cheered me up no end. 

Samson and Faith Say:

Have a great weekend, everyone!

P.S. If you prefer a shorter blog post, tell mommy to let us be the bloggers we were born to be. Short and sweet postings about the life of us dogs. 


  1. those sweethearts at the end made me smile. so glad you had good time with friends! and sweet gifts, too. :)

  2. Great news for the teeth! I love Vera Bradley bags. But they are so expensive. I have a tote that is almost the same pattern as yours. I got it free from a little gift shop near me for buying a certain amount over a certain amount!

  3. You have such lovely views! I am green!
    I like the 'Life is Good' tote! Very nice.
    Happy to hear you are now happy with your teeth. Such a little thing - having one longer than the other, but I know what a difference it can make in how you feel about it. Happy smiles now!
    Love the kids playing, we don't see enough of them, haha!

  4. I love the post, I love the canine friends playing with each other at the end, I love the goats, I love the sheep and I want to see all of these. congrats on the beautiful bags..

  5. Hi Inger - wonderful stories ... and I'm so happy for you that life is settling down and you're able to enjoy many aspects of life ... great photos - I always love the canyon. Mind you I was out with my brother (a little inland) yesterday and the lands are very dry round here - still the harvest is in ... cheers Hilary

  6. So glad things are going well for you now--it's about time!!

  7. I'm glad things are going well. Good friends are priceless. She thought you needed that bag.

  8. Good friends are priceless. Love that "life is good" bag the most. I was stunned at all the mail boxes in the header. Here I thought you were basically out there with few neighbors.

  9. Hello Inger. Always good to hear about your trips to visit the nuns and the goats.
    How nice to have your friends spoil you.....I think they like you!!
    Have a great week.

  10. That's wonderful that you found such a good dentist. And that you have such a good friend as well.

  11. Oh, good friends make all the difference. Happy that you have such a great time when you get out. That and now your teeth work well:) life is good. Sorry but I do not mind the long posts Faith and Samson HUGS B

  12. It is so important to have good friends to enjoy the good times with and to have your back during the more difficult ones. The older we get, the more we appreciate these friendships. How wonderful to have an old friend back in your life.

  13. Bags of all kinds are my weakness. I can't imagine anything nicer than getting TWO of them in the mail.

  14. Yes, what would we do without our girlfriends!! : )
    I love totes of all kinds and I must admit they are a weakness for me.
    Love the 'Life is Good' tote. I should have one of those. : )

  15. What lovely gifts of various types, friendship is a gift and there is also the gift of your spirits seeming lighter in this post. That bag is wonderful!

  16. Sorry Samson, I love your mama's posts... long or short. Always beautiful pictures, gorgeous scenery, and a way with words that makes me want more, more, more. But. On the other hand, Gracie loves yours and Faith's posts. So a good combination will keep up coming back. For more, more, more :-) We love you all!

    1. "us" keep US coming back... not up. haha!

    2. Thank you guys, love you too. A photoshoot with Faith is coming up soon. It's pretty funny!

  17. Bag looks beautiful. It would be nice to spend time with our friends. That is a precious time:)

  18. New teeth, bags, beautiful gifts to arrive in the post, an outing or two, and two lovely doggies by your side. Your words tell me you have had some super days lately, before winter arrives.

  19. Hello Inger!
    I am so glad that all is going well with you! Really, to have good friends is priceless.
    Love the pictures of the goats and the road Cherry Lane are very beautiful and bucolic.
    Beautiful the bags too.
    Last but not least, is so good to have a marvellous dentist!
    Lots of hugs to you and to Samson and Faith too! :)

  20. Sounds like things are moving along out there. Whenever I think of nuns, I think of the old Cheech and Chong routine about "Sister Mary Elephant." Still makes me laugh. As always, I sure enjoy your pictures. So much space, and so tranquil.

  21. It's wonderful to read about your friends and to see how important they have been in this season of your life. I often reflect upon how important it is to invest in friendships across the lifespan. In seasons of loss or hardship they can be the underpinnings that keep us going. What a lovely post to read, Inger.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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