Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Day Out With Friends

and how I needed it after staying home with this stubborn cold for over two weeks. 

Rachael came up and I wanted her to meet my neighbor, Joyce. They are closer in age than I'm to either of them, they are also two of the kindest people I know. Both care for animals, large and small, and do so with a lot of patience and love. 

Rachael and Joyce in the nuns' garden.

We drove up the mountain to visit with sister Mary Magdalene in the nuns' giftshop. Rachael brought some of her homemade, delicious peanut brittle as a gift for the sisters.

And all three of us bought some of their home made soaps, preserves, and other things that make such great stocking stuffer gifts for friends. 

I had to take a picture of the nuns' goats before we left. 

Then we were off to town to have lunch and, after that, it was time for some thrift store therapy. 

Joyce knew of a store that Rachael and I had not yet discovered, so we visited it, then the one that benefits our local hospital, and finally, St. Vincent du Paul, which will close at the end of the month. I picked up this pitcher and some other things I don't need. I love the colors in the pitcher and also that I now love to be surrounded by colors. I didn't always like strong colors the way I do now. 

I took this picture just to document that my tree  only began to lose it's leaves in December. Very late, it seems to me. And also that it did so well this year. All that rain we had helped everything grow. This tree is actually dead, the things that grow are the suckers, I think they are called, which normally you would get rid of, but they are now making a tree of their own. Nature is pretty wonderful, don't you think?

The fires are still going on, of course. The city of Ojai appears to have been saved, with the surrounding foothills getting the brunt of the fire with homes lost. It seems unbelievable that the largest fire is headed toward Santa Barbara. That's quite a distance from where it started.

I appreciate your kind comments and thoughts. I've been getting emails from friends and family in Sweden, worried about where I am in relation to the fires. Not close, don't even smell any smoke, so we are good here. 

My only problem is my cold, which has taken a lot of strength from me. I'm better, but not yet well. But the last time I had one was in 2011, so I shouldn't complain. Will begin walking the dogs soon and that should help to build my energy up again. 


  1. we have friends who are trying to kick that cold virus that is going around, seems it makes you sick for 2 weeks and lingers on for another 2 weeks... so glad Rachel came and could meet Joyce and the 3 of you could have a day out together. i know the nuns loved their gifts as much as i love seeing their goats. hope you feel better soon

  2. I sure hope you continue to feel better. It's a hard one to get over! Love the little trip up the mountain you took with your friend. I'm glad the fires are not in your area...we are keeping everyone in our prayers. Such a terrible thing! Your little tree has really grown! Holiday hugs!

  3. It is good to read that you are somewhat better and you got to go out and do something fun. Glad that you are nowhere near the fires.

  4. Out and about again, good news. And the fires, so glad you are far enough away and are safe. Down here, we are in fire season early, and when I smell even a tiny whiff of smoke, get worried. We are so fortunate with a wonderful volunteer fire brigade. Hope you get to the mail box today!!!

  5. Nothing worse than a nasty cold. Hope it is soon just a memory.
    You have two really special friends. Isn't it nice when the people we like, like eachother?

  6. Dear Inger, it's good to know that you are not close to the fires. I've thought of you and Debra Fetterly--another blogger--often since these fires started. I think of friends, but then I don't go to the computer to e-mail my concern or sit down and write a letter. As the saying goes, "the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak!!!!" I'm getting little done as the year draws to a close.

    I'm so glad that you have such good friends and that you go with them on outings that enliven your soul and your spirits. And I'm also glad that the cold is abating. A cold or flu as we age can really knock us for a loop! Take care of yourself. I know you always take care of the dogs but be good to you too. Peace.

  7. Always nice to spend time with friends.
    Glad you are on the mend and hope your back to normal soon.
    What a cute pitcher that is, I really like it.

  8. That is such good newsI Inger. I'm so relieved that you are at a safe distance rom the wild fires and The town of Ojai was saved. What a joyful Christmas gift.

    I'm sorry that you got the same stubborn cold as I have but it will not define us. I got myself exhausted and the bad cold took hold. I never learn.

    Sending some joyful sounds in your valley. Stay save and get your strength back.
    Hugs & love , Julia

  9. I haven't had a cold for years. Hope saying that doesn't jinx me!!

  10. Hi Inger - I'm glad you had a chance to get out and about .. that will cheer you up, as well help with garnering some extra strength ... I love your pitcher - beautiful. I'm glad Ojave was saved - but the fires are pretty terrifying. Take care and I know you've another post up - I'll be back - cheers Hilary

  11. Hi dear Inger! I am very glad you are better! It is a good news for sure!

    It is so nice to have such a lovely friends.
    Love all pictures!


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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