Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Back From My Break

On November 8, the first snow of the season arrived in the canyon. It wasn't much and it melted as soon as the sun came out, but it was snow and it made me smile.

It was good I took a break because I've been busy with a sick dog. After presenting horrible and messy symptoms, Samson was diagnosed with roundworm. Both dogs got medicine and he seems to be well now. I felt like I lived in e-coli hell here, but it's now over with. 

My blogger friend, Diane from Welcome to Lavender Dreams, sent this journal to me. A lovely gift at a time when I felt a bit down. I find it interesting how these things work. No way Diane could have known how I was feeling, but there it was, a gift that made me so very happy. This is just not a regular journal. No, it's a journal full of surprises! I will show you and post more about it later. Thanks again, Diane.

In my pre-diabetes days, I used to like to bake. This was back in the days of banana/nut breads, something I used to bake all the time. But I had a few different cakes or cake breads, not sure what to call them, on my repertoire. Cakes that seemed a bit healthier than the fancier versions with whipped cream and sweet toppings. But alas, as I baked the oatmeal cake above, I was amazed at the amount of sugar it required. Two kinds no less, white and brown. A cup of each. 

I was shocked and glad that my type 1 diabetes at least has made a healthy eater out of me. 

This cake may be a one-time thing for me, but I enjoyed creating it. Eating it too, of course. 

Winter brings beautiful clouds to the mountains. I love them and will share more as I catch them with my camera. 


  1. I am so glad Samson and you got through that nasty spell. I know how much you love your him and that had to be so upsetting for you.

    How lovely to get a gift that lifted your spirits when you needed it so. I believe that 90% of people are good and kind. The other 10% go into politics.

  2. Baking and cooking can be very creative activities, even though we have to be careful about certain ingredients (sugar, salt,oil, eggs, butter).
    Your oath cake looks delicious!

  3. I am so happy to hear the meds have worked and your ecoli is gone for now... poor you and poor Samson... i have never baked a cake from a recipie, only from a box mix and only a few of those. I always bought mine from deli/bakery. now i don't but back then i did...that is a lot of sugar

  4. forgot to say, love the photos and the first one with all the snow is my favorite

  5. Your oatcake looks delicious. I too have to watch my sugar intake. It's a good thing that cakes freezes well. It's nice to see a post from you, Inger. I'm glad everyone and everything is now doing well.

    We had a few snowflakes the other day but it turned to rain. No snow in our area yet although there was a small snow fall up town.

    Stay safe and well.
    Hugs, Julia

  6. Love your snow image with the shadows, hope everyone stays well, and those roundworms are all gone.

  7. Glad u are back - I missed your posts and glad all is well with both dogs. We also got snow and it's finally all melted. It wasn't all that much - about 3 to 4" but we live on the side of the road that gets no sun during this time of year so it takes longer to melt. The roof finally melted all the way so the house should feel warmer now. it only took about 10 days..ugh... Looking forward to seeing more of the journal - what a nice surprise for you.

  8. Aww, poor Samson and poor you. So glad you found the cause and the cure. Good that he is better now and it doesn't sound like Faith was bothered by them.
    That journal is such a nice gift and glad it came at a good time.
    Take care and stay safe.

  9. While the oatmeal cake looks tantalizing, Inger, I agree that's a lot of sugar especially in such a small cake. Although not diabetic, I don't take in as much sugar as I did. Roundworm is nasty, although the only experience with it was with Katniss as a kitten. Those stupid worms lay thousands of eggs which is disgusting when you think about it!! Glad you're back and the dogs are healthy again!!...:)jp

  10. Welcome back! I am glad to see you, and to know all is well. Roundworm! You really had your work cut out for you. Your snowy picture with the long shadows is beautiful!

  11. I like seeing your snow. I wonder if we will get any this season. Had a worm situation with my Jack Russell dog a few months ago. What a mess! I am glad it is resolved for you.

  12. Good to see you back. The snow does look pretty for a while.....:) Poor Samson. I hope he is feeling better now. Looking forward to hearing more about that interesting journal.

  13. Poor Samson. We had a dog with round worms once! Yucky.
    How nice of Diane to send you the journal.
    Wow that is a lot of sugar!
    Nice to see you back.

  14. The snow looks very pretty and I love your banner. I'm glad the dogs are doing better and hope you feel good too. I can't wait to see what you do with your little journal. They are fun to make and you can get creative and do whatever you want in one. I'm very glad it came at a good time for you. You've been such a good blog friend to me over the years! I value our friendship! Sweet hugs, Diane

  15. Oh poor Samson. And you too of course. How old is he now? That cake looks delicious. ANd I can't wait to hear more about the journal.

  16. Nasty illnesses like that one are no fun whatsoever for anyone, neither dog nor human. I am glad that it's behind you. And SNOW. I can tell from the lightness of your words that you love winter. I'm glad that it's arriving for you.

  17. good to have you back! but hate to hear about the awful worm. poor darlings.
    that would be miserable for ANYONE. and . . .
    your cake looks delicious. but I'm like you. can't handle the sugar anymore.
    and I'm allergic to any and all artificial sweeteners... so. I just admire from afar.
    and I used to LOVE to bake!
    the snow was beautiful! xo

  18. Hi Inger - so good to see you again ... poor Samson - well probably poor you with all the cleaning up to do.

    The cake does look delicious and I'm glad you enjoyed this once off ... and I'm glad you enjoyed your snow and the cooler conditions. We're having relatively 'warm' times ... an odd cold blast - which I sincerely hope doesn't descend in full severity later in the year, or early next year.

    So good to see you - take care and stay safe - Hilary


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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