Saturday, January 21, 2017

We Are Still OK

I've just been feeling a bit down for the past couple of months. 

Part of the grieving process, I imagine, because it isn't like me. Not for that long. Then the new year arrived and I decided it was time for me to find my way back to joy, so I set to work on myself and now I'm feeling much better.

Samson says: Good mommy, and don't forget you always have us. Me and that little thing, look at her out in the wilderness:

Yes, Samson, she's so small and running so fast all over the place. But she's both cautious and fierce, so I let her run, knowing she's having the best life.

My second eye surgery went well, but I have a slight inflammation in that eye, the left eye. It doesn't affect my vision, but I have to continue with the eye drops until the end of this month, then be checked by the local doctor here. Hopefully, I will be fine. 

For the second year in a row, we had a white Christmas here in our mountains. Since then it has rained and snowed a lot in California, and I believe that by now we are out of the long drought. 

I'm so in love with this little girl. 

It snowed yesterday and last night so we went out early and played in it. Snow melts almost immediately here at 4000 feet, creating a huge mess on my road to the main road. Fortunately that road is not long, about an 8th of a mile, I think. But when it's part lake, part muddy mess, it's no fun. 

We play in the snow while we can, 

then we come in and snuggle on the couch. 

Mary made this barn quilt for me for Christmas and I treasure it. I put it on the wood wall to the side of my fireplace and it cheers up a dark corner there. The colors are blue and yellow, not as dark as in the picture. 

Finally, thank you my friends for your emails, cards, and comments. I feel bad that you were wondering how I was doing and I may not have replied. I want to wish you all a very happy new year and I will stay in touch. 


  1. Hi Inger - you were on my list ... so now I have my answer. It's a good post too - so pleased for you and I hope that eye will settle down and be nearly as right as new - but at our tender ages to have them is good news! Wonderful to see that amount of snow - and to hear CA is out of its drought ... dare I say 'for now' ...

    Wonderful the dogs are providing you so much company and cuddles ... they make it easier being at home ... that quilt is beautiful - your Swedish colours - lovely to be reminded of Sweden-home in that way ...

    Well done to the three of you ... big hugs - just so glad we haven't got that snow ... but it's a wee bit chilly! even here by the Channel ... cheers and have a peaceful 2017 - Hilary

  2. Good to hear from you Inger! The grieving process can be a long one. I still have days that I feel like I just can't bear to go on for one more minute. This coming June will be 3 years since Richard died. We loved them for so many years that their time away from us seems so slim! Hang in there! Take it one day at a time. And know that it is okay to feel down. Your pictures are beautiful. We haven't had any snows like that here in Kansas yet! Loved the pictures of the dogs!! I am glad that you have them!

  3. Inger,
    So glad to see you're back blogging. You wrote that you'd return after the first of this year.I love your pix of the snow and the dogs. I live in Frazier Park at 4500+ ft. & have snow too. Keeps melting (yay, more water).
    I lost my husband 15 months ago & the grief continues (after 45 yrs. together), I'm sure this is normal. I find dinner time is the hardest--I hate eating alone. Enjoy your furry kids & our snow, Sandy

    1. Hi Sandy, I live in the mountains around Tehachapi at 4100 + ft., so we are the same county. I tried to find a blog for you without success. Sorry for your loss, I hope you are doing OK. It will be two years come April since my husband passed. Sometimes days go by just fine, then it hits me. Hope you will return to read this and let me know how I can get in touch with you and your blog if you have one. I saw your profile, but no blog name.

  4. it is good to see you hear and sorry you have been under the weather in your feelings. the snow is beautiful and you know I love both of your beautiful snow bunnies.. My second eye, the right one is giving me problems, blurred vison. I am getting it tapped with a laser to see if that clears it up on Feb 5th. hope your infection is better soon. I am thinking that white snow is blinding with your new sight

  5. Hello Inger!
    Nice to see that you are feeling stronger and 'taking the bull by the horns' so to speak.
    You have more snow than we do here in Nova Scotia!!
    happy to hear that your drought is over....that was a bad one.
    Aren't dogs THE BEST!!

  6. So good to hear from you! I see you have a lot of snow, I didn't remember you had that much. Samson and Faith are looking so good, I'm happy for you that you have their company. I hope your eye inflammation is over as expected. Now that we are heading for the sunnier days, I hope you feel better.

  7. I have been a bit worried about you. I thought that you had given up blogging and I was sad to think I wouldn't get your updates! I'm glad that you are doing better.

  8. I've missed you too but don't worry about visiting until you feel like it. Your home and land look so pretty with the blanket of snow. I'm wishing you a good year ahead sweet lady. Hugs, Diane

  9. So glad to hear that your life is returning to normal, or at least close to it!! Give that handsome Samson a cuddle from me.

  10. Dear Inger, I've been wondering about you also. I'm so glad you posted today and that you are coming out of the down time. I can relate so much to that feeling of loss as My oldest daughter died in mid October and it was so unexpected. She died after a brief illness in Glasgow Scotland at age 50. She was so full of life and love. She had a passion for traveling the world every chance she got. It's so hard to come to terms that she's gone from this world 4 days after we were happily emailing each other.

    I have returned to blogging and posted 4 blog post since December, 2016.
    My way to deal with my loss has been to return to hooking rugs with my online rug hooking friends.

    Spring is not all that far away. Take courage, the drought seems to be over and that's a great thing. I bet Trump will take credit for that, lol.
    Hugs, Julia

  11. Oh My Gosh! The snow is so lovely. We are not far from you and it feels like snow, but we've not gotten any. Otto would LOVE to play in the snow. I'm glad you're feeling better. It's a long road.

  12. I was just thinking of your blog the other day and that I hadn't gotten it in awhile. I'm glad that you posted. I too am a widow of 3+ years and it can be very difficult. I still get lonely and occasionally depressed. Your life surely changes. You have such wonderful dogs and pets are the best company! That unconditional love.
    Your photos are lovely even though my old bones could not handle that now. I'm glad you are feeling better. I think blogging helps you and the readers who care for you.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I tried to find a blog for you, but couldn't. I think I remember that you just visit. Hope so.

  13. It's been too long and am glad you are back and that things are looking up. So glad you are feeling better and that the eye surgery went well.
    I'll be Samson is loving the snow. He is built for it. What a coat.

  14. Thanks for your comment and prayers Inger. I hope your eye inflamation goes away and that you'll be able to see much better now.
    Your snow pictures are awesome and those fur babies seems to enjoy frolicking it it.
    Sending love and prayers. Hugs, Julia

  15. Inger, it is so good to hear from you! Your pictures are wonderful and make sure you are taking good care of yourself.

  16. (((hugs to my Swedish, abet one eye, Goddess!)))

  17. So happy to read your post, Inger. Sometimes it's good to take a break and just focus on ourselves. The snow is beautiful! I love snow, and we haven't had any here in NE Oklahoma this winter. The girls and I are so hoping for some so that we can go outside and play. Also, we're not sure if our little dog, Charlie, has ever seen snow. We can't wait to see him react to it for the first time. Take care and enjoy those beautiful dogs! ~ Jeff

  18. I surely am glad to see you back. I have really missed your posts, and I worried that maybe something had happened to you and the dogs. You take the most beautiful pictures! I look at your blog and I spend a lot of time just enjoying the pictures. These are so tranquil, something there isn't a lot of to be found these days.

    You have good dogs, and a beautiful place to live. And I know you have a lot of friends, because I've seen them on the blog. You're doing well, Lady.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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