Saturday, April 6, 2019

Notes From The Canyon




These are "lazy" pictures, taken from inside my house. The wind has been so cold and strong this past week, that I only went outside when I absolutely had to.



I feel much better after several weeks off the Repatha medicine. And getting good results from tests and doctors' visits. I drove down the mountain yesterday to see my diabetes nurse/educator. It was overcast - I was disappointed - the only poppies I saw along the highway were closed, just tiny sticks with orange tops barely visible in the high grass. 


Since my cholesterol is good (for a healthy person) and there's no history of heart disease in my family and since my own heart is good, Jennifer, my nurse, suggested I eat a lot more greens than I do to up my good cholesterol and thus lower my bad. I eat spinach at least once a day, but I just don't eat a lot. Jennifer wants me to eat a lot of leaves. She suggested I buy a blender that can crush ice and make smoothies. Seeing some hope, I drove home, went on Amazon and found a Ninja blender on sale that I think will serve my needs. Since I'll save $30.00 a month not buying the Repatha (which costs $14,000 a year for those with no insurance!!!) I have already paid for the Ninja. And now I'll have to turn into a rabbit! I'll let you know how that works out.


Talk about rabbits -- I was outside with the dogs this morning when Faith raised a young Jack rabbit. The rabbit took off with Faith in close pursuit (she's a very, very fast dog). When Faith caught up with the rabbit, right behind it, the rabbit made a huge jump, straight up, turned right in the air, landed far away from Faith and, running in a completely different direction, it was soon safely out of sight.

Faith says: Hmmm, I got tricked! My ball never does that. 



Joyce's cows are so welcome this year. I will have massive weeds to deal with before the June 1st deadline for their fire abatement removal. And no tractor-mower guy to help. Glenn said he'll help whack weeds, Joyce said we could put up panels then put a bull inside. I still worry - which, of course, is a waste of time.


Joyce's cattle are registered American Devon milking cows out of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, with the exception of this guy, a Guernsey bull. He was born here the same day Errol was diagnosed with cancer. I will never forget that day. There were two Guernsey cows that gave birth to two bulls. The Guernseys didn't do well in this rough climate, so they were sold, and only this guy remains. He's five years old now and so sweet. My favorite of the herd. 

The entire herd is more than welcome to come over to visit and eat as much as they can manage. 







19 comments:

  1. You have great long views around you Inger ... lovely. It's been very cold here too and I'm not good at going outside if you have to wrap up! Good luck with the greens - that medicine sounds crazy expensive. Have a lovely weekend. Fil

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  2. I think most of us could do with eating more greens. Good luck with increasing yours.
    It has been sunny and warm here today in 50's. :)

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    1. I was supposed to walk more too, something you will inspire me to do.

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    2. Glad to hear that. :) My advice is not to worry how far or fast you walk but that it is consistent. Good luck!

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  3. What a funny story about Faith and the rabbit! I do hope your yard gets all cleared nicely. Good news about your health,hooray! But those green smoothies, ewww! Maybe you can take spinach pills!

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  4. Just in time for Easter, said the bunny, But I'll make a quick getaway!!! So glad all the tests turned out OK, but greens?? We have lettuce, spinach and silverbeet here in amazing amounts, and are giving some to our neighbour. Sorry you are too far away to share. Walking, that might be OK when not TOO cold or TOO hot,just right in the middle will be OK.

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  5. first let me say I never heard of a sweet Bull... did not know they could be sweet. he is beautiful. and I love your lazy photos from your window because I can SEE where you live. it is so beautiful. I wish I could see it with my own eyes. yay the bunny got away. I would love to have seen that to.... hope you get your place cleared so you can stop fretting says the sister fretter..... glad your health is doing better. I hate green leaves. will do some research on this...

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  6. I got caught up in the green smoothie movement and they were amazingly delicious! I added berries to mine.
    don't know if you can eat fruit that much. but you could google it. so much info for us out there.
    then the heart people took me off them because of the vitamin K that I was getting too much of.
    wow. talk about ending a sentence with a preposition. LOL. I'm SO glad you're off of Repatha. UGH.
    even from your house these pictures are amazing! as you are. as the bunny and the cow are. and Faith and Sammy are. and your neighbors are! help me! I'm on a gushing roll! LOL.
    sending you joy on this Spring day dearest bean. and a snoopy hug! XO

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  7. Eating lots of greens is recommended by many dieticians. How about eating rabbits who eat nothing but greens, would that do?
    I am glad the rabbit tricked your dog. Would Faith have killed it?

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    1. So far she hasn't killed even a mouse, as far as I know.

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  8. I like your bull lawn mower especially if he a very gentle bull. He can take care of that grass in no time. I always wanted to buy a "walk behind string trimmer". My blogger friend who lives in Bakersfield, California bought one and she absolutely loves to use it. You can look online to see what they look like. The one I saw were around $430. but I'm not sure if that was Canadian currency or US. I did not checked.
    I'm so glad that you are feeling better since going off your medicine. I hope that you continue to feel better and better and the California Poppies will show you a great display.
    Take care, Hugs, Julia

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  9. What a wonderful way to take down the weeds - they can come visit me any time!!! Lovely photos from in your house. You live in a wonderful place. -- Smoothies are the best. I have a fruit one every day for lunch but I don't know whether fruit helps good cholesterol like leaves do. But, I do have sky high good cholesterol... so maybe it does!

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  10. I know that it's cold but I envy you the green. We are just getting hints of spring and I am so missing the green!

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  11. Lettuce is my favorite green leaf; perhaps because there's a variety to choose from. In salads and sandwiches I use the delicate leaves of the round type lettuce plant; in veggie slightly cooked dishes, I put the deep green, thicker leaves.

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  12. Hi Inger - we've had some Scandinavian cold winds too! That wind can be cold at this time of year ... and keep the flowers half closed. Trouble is when the sun comes out it gets really warm. Good luck with the smoothies ... they sound a great idea for getting that extra greenery inside you!

    The cows bring the landscape to life ... and I hope will go towards keeping the weeds down ... to make you smile I hope: the BBC 'vunder kids' had a brief take of a tumbleweed rolling past No 10's front door ... I'm not saying anything else re what's going on here!!! But thought of you when I saw the tumbleweed.

    So pleased you're feeling well ... and the dogs are fine too - cheers Hilary

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    1. I'm thinking of you and hoping all will work out for the best.

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  13. You got some good photos! But I know you'll be glad when it's warmer...maybe it will be this week! My son makes blender drinks with lots of healthy stuff. He uses a lot of Kale and it doesn't have a strong flavor, surprisingly enough. Enjoy your week!

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  14. your header is so lovely!

    We were in Sequoia recently, drove through cattle country. Wow.

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