Sunday, November 16, 2014

Winter came in overnight...

It was a beautiful day yesterday on many different scores.  First in the morning, I saw the white-headed bird that Dale had seen the other day.  

It was a leucistic house finch, and boy was I surprised to see it feeding yesterday morning.

Around noon time I headed over to Mountainair to meet Grace, a blogger I read that lives down near Socorro.  She was helping a friend move stuff out of a storage unit.   

I stopped in the town of Mountainair to check out a new, to me, bakery which had been open for seven months already.  I asked the woman waiting on me where she was from since she spoke with an accent.  I was surprised to find out that she was from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  I started speaking Portuguese with her, and we're going to get together so I can exercise my native language.
Later in the gorgeous afternoon I helped Dale install our weather station.   Little did we know that our beautiful sunset would result in such a different morning.


 This morning it is snowing, snowing, snowing.  It continues to snow, even though the sun is trying to make an attempt at shining.  We can sure use the moisture!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

This and that...

We took off for a little overnight getaway.  Stayed at Riverbend Hot Springs in Truth or Consequences.  It was a great place with really nice soaking pools.  If you're traveling through T or C, it's definitely a place to consider staying.

Monday was a gorgeous day and we stopped at Bosque del Apache Refuge on our way south.  It was calm, and just the perfect temperature for checking out the birds.
The area where the hot springs are located is quirky with lots of small homes and many creative people.  We had a good time driving around checking out places and getting ideas for a wall we want to build at our house.  
This gate was particularly interesting with its use of tamarisk (salt cedar) branches.  

We also checked out a number of shops and I found the perfect glass that would accept my manual milk frother.  It was a real bargain at 50 cents.  I've gone through a number of replacements, and it's not easy to find one that accepts the frother.