Sunday, December 25, 2011

Walk with me to the mailbox

This is my walk to the mailbox....
Meanwhile I didn't get a picture of the mailbox at the end of the road LOL...maybe next time :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What did your dream life look like when you envisioned it?

I’m sitting here in light of an oil lamp that was a gift from a dear sister on the eve of the winter solstice. It’s just starting to get dark out and I’ve been daydreaming looking out the dining room window for the last hour or so. I see snow, lots of snow, pine trees, moss covered rocks in the distance, llamas sheltering under a tree a few hundred yards from the house. Inside the house it’s warm, kind of dry (except where the roof is leaking over the windows as the ice and snow melt LOL) the dog and cats,,,all five of them are in various states of bliss warming in front of the pellet stove. 

When I envisioned this whole thing it looked remarkably similar to the reality. The house would be a rustic ramshackle sort of thing… which it is. I would do laundry by hand….. which I do. I would weave and create ….. I do some of that… but in my dreams I had a lot more time for that …. In reality not so much! The water situation and the bathroom actually are fairly close to the dream mostly because I’m fairly realistic. But in my dreams the floors were level and I had more closet space…. Maybe when I find the time I’ll find a closet or perhaps if I find a closet it may contain some time….the floor is a whole different matter.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Water for Virgos

After days and days of working on the shack…painting…. hanging curtains….shifting heavy boxes…furniture not to mention lugging the 58lb or so jugs of water hot showers just weren’t cutting it for the sore aching muscles. I wanted to soak in the tub…a bath! I’m a Virgo. We like to bathe…to soak…it’s where we plot the take over of the universe.  But no running water and no hot water heater = no volume of water for a bath. So………….. after some discussion with my partner in crime he came up with this…
First, just where the heck is that rubber ducky? Okay here we go…… first fill the tub with snow then fill the four largest pots like the water bath canner and pressure canner pot with water (a precious commodity around here). Bring the water to a boil. Add to the tub of snow (this tub is fiberglass by the way) which had melted down to about an inch or so of water. Add several more shovels full of snow I like the water at about 102 or 103 …more snow. Perfect! Almost. Add one chunk of Himalayan pink salt, 13 drops of lavender oil and 7 drops of lemon oil, light the sunflower candles and place the quartz crystal that was charged at the Summer Solstice near by……. Disappear from the world into the hot water for a good hour. Re-emerge with my “bring it on” attitude fully recharged.  I may need to do this at every full moon. I guess I need to get a few rain barrels for the snow free days.
(I can’t believe how long the water stays hot in a fiberglass tub!)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Who knew???

Who knew?
The desk has a view!
A really awesome view :)

Putting things in order

It's been really cold out so the order of the day(s) has getting this place in order. Our tiny mobile home was neglected for many many years. Most notably the water damage the went untended to.... mind you the roof was replaced and is in perfect condition but they ignored the damage to the ceiling and the walls ...and the floor.... My best guess is that it has been this way since the early 1980's. So the end result is that the old girl is a bit warped, crumbly, water stained and crooked. I am making headway though! The bedroom is 90% in order. The bathroom is done with the exception of the light fixtures.... I'm not "allowed" to touch the electrical! The living room is about 80% done.. there are still mirror tiles on the wall that must GO!!! I have been focusing on the office/storage room and the second and totally unnecessary "bathroom" I think it should be storage. It's really hard to fit a 1400 square foot house with a garage and 250 square foot storage room into 800 square feet. I need that bathroom for storage. But first a thing or two about that bathroom. It's purple. I don't like purple walls. Also just a bit of advice if you do paint a room purple. Use painters tape. The purple was bad enough but purple slopped over on to everything is just gross. Here is the bathroom in question:

And here it is now in cottage white!

And yes that light fixture is still dangling there :) Remember... I'm not allowed to touch the electrical. Onward there is a room that needs organizing.
If you don't hear from me I'll be underneath all this stuff!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Still here!

Well well here I am Saturday night and still no Internet! Hopefully the third time’s the charm! Supposedly on Monday, they need some different type of something or other to lock on to the satellite from where we are. Gods you would think we are on the dark side of the Moon! I can just hear them now….. We couldn’t find you on Google maps or mapquest! That excuse is wearing thin! Right now we are driving 50 miles one way every 4 or 5 days or so for “free” wifi. We have to in order to pay bills and do banking, he has unemployment crap to deal with and I have a business to run.
On a brighter note the living room and bedroom are somewhat put together! YAY!!! The bathroom and kitchen not so much LOL It’s always a bit of a challenge doing repairs/minor remodeling while you are living in it. But the books are in the bookcase, the TV is on the wall and you can get to the old wicker sofa and chairs to sit on them ☺ Oops…. Yep… time warp! The wicker furniture is over 25 years old and it’s what we are using in our new place! The only thing we were able to (barely) fit from the old place was the bedroom furniture. It actually felt good to let go. I keep saying we have too much stuff. We left all of the heavy wood and leather at the house for the boys to use… it will work better for them. I am still pairing down as we go and it is starting to click. I’m looking at our stuff with new eyes and using it all in different ways.

Monday, November 28, 2011

For those that may have missed what is going on with me.....

It was brought to my attention that some of the family and friends and many of the Etsy folks were somewhat in the dark as to what is going on here in New Mexico with us... so... The husband no longer has a job and I have no desire to work for the soulless minions of orthodoxy.....
we have turned the house over to our son and moved into this!
On a large piece of property in Ramah (actually 20 mile outside of Ramah)

With no running water.... that means no bathroom folks! Here is all of our water.

Here is what we do for heat and hot water!

These are our neighbors...

And here is how we get there! We sold both of the SUV's we had to get all of this! Call us crazy.

So now you are all caught up :)

In the Sticks!

You know you live in the sticks when the "cable guy" or in our case the satellite guy can't find you! Needless to say we still have no internet maybe this Wednesday.... I live in hope!
On the bright side this is what "Black Friday" looked like in my neck of the woods:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Still in the process of moving!

We are still in the process of moving!!!!! It feels like it's taking forever! We are leaving this afternoon with yet another load of stuff and water but at least this time we will stay for a week or so before coming back down. This stuff gets old when you are old...LOL

Monday, November 14, 2011

A wee journal of the past weekend

Oh WOW what a fun first day! Just getting the first trailer load here was a huge thing… Mostly just basics and the fuel for the pellet stove. Then dive in and clean and clear. It may take a few trips to get things just right but we had our first dinner here nothing huge just simple spaghetti and some good wine ☺ We are just sitting here in the dark looking out the windows at the amazing view warmed by the pellet stove… that by the way needed a wee bit of maintenance before we could get it to work. Good thing for the handy husband! Did I mention that this place is like a 60’s early 70’s time capsule? Tons of cool dishes (like I need more of those!!) and cookware also tons of stuff that is just destined for the trash LOL…. It is really weird not having running water, traditional heating oh and yeah a toilet and shower… I just really need to change the way I think!!! It is actually probably for the best. I have been thinking for some time that I take way too much for granted. It really is a shift in thinking when you have to plan everything well in advance such as if you want hot water you have to heat it .. in a pan …..with water from a transport container poured into whatever it is you want to use. A dishpan, a bowl, a wash-tub, for a bath …whatever! Have you ever counted how many times during the day you turn on the tap without a second thought or even a first one for that matter. Based on the amount of times I reach for the tap I must be a notorious water waster. I guess it will just take time to break the habit and sort it all out ☺
The second day was pretty busy. Getting the furniture out of the house bringing in the supplies for the fix up and getting to all of the little time sucking things that can’t be ignored. Things like holes in the floor, loose siding on the house and a storage carport/tent flapping in the wind that need to be staked and tied down. There was also a “basement” odor to the place that we quickly figured out was wafting thru the floor vents from the defunct central heating system. This single-wide modular has been here since the 80’s and was actually built in 1971 so the heating system had been used for maybe 10 years at the most. My question is: Is all of the duct-work just dangling underneath there and has it been like that for the last 30 or so years? The funny thing was first thing in the morning I was sitting looking out the window at the sunrise hoping to seen some sort of critter when I heard the strange humming sort of singing so I grabbed my camera and ran out the door and what do I see??? Three adult llama’s and a cria of all things! They were just on the other side of the barbed wire fence on National Timber land just grazing and singing to each other. They made an alarmed little hum when they saw me. So much for “wild” critters…LOL

We are still here as of Sunday as there were still several little fiddly things to deal with. Just changing the locks on the doors was an ordeal everything was rusty and the house has shifted a bit (about a ¼”) over the years. I spent the day scraping all of the “crud” out of the tracks for the windows. The lady that lived here before didn’t understand that the little holes in the window frame were for drainage so she had stuffed things in the tracks to block them. The problem with her thinking was that it created a larger problem….. water overflowing the track and damaging the window sills and the walls below the windows. There was even moss growing in one of the tracks…we have really beautiful mosses and lichens that grow here. And there were the window “treatments” holy cow! Gross! All pink and flowery… maybe it’s just me I’m not a pink flowery person. Actually I was more fond of the “Harvest Gold” of the early seventies than I was of the eighties and ninety’s flowery Victorian looking stuff. Well here it is 1 am Monday we just got home and we are already thinking of what we need to do for the next trip up later this week! Maybe I’ll just soak in the tub while I still can ☺

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Time to tear into the new "house"

Tomorrow will be spent gathering supplies to haul up to the new place to start cleaning, clearing and repairing it so we can get ourselves moved in! I've made my list of things I need to pickup at Home Depot and of the things I need to bring from home. I just need to make a quick stop at the herb shop for a nice sage bundle :) It feels pretty good in there to me but the husband was a wee bit mortified at the condition of the place. Granted there are a few nasty bits in there, I think that's to be expected of a place that old and left on it's own for the last five or six years. Regardless we will be there Friday and Saturday with me ripping into the interior and the husband into the exterior. We are lucky to have our extremely talented and handy son coming up with us for some of the things that are a bit beyond us such as repairing the ceiling and ripping out a wall or two... LOL or possibly building something or other we just never know! We need a bit of a mudroom at the back door since there is not so much as a sliver of an overhang off of the house over either door. It will make for some very exciting cold and wet entrances and exits from the house. I'm really looking forward to "camping" out up there with no cable or internet for a couple of days with the guys and the Border Collie gang... I need the gang for the warmth LOL... More when I get back and maybe some pictures!!!! Yay!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Road Trip

We spent the day arranging for the electric service such as it is. LOL.... Going the to the Ramah Post Office to figure out our actual address and trying to gain access to the Candy Kitchen community well... no luck with that there is a waiting list since they have too many people using it already :( But as luck would have it and I am a fairly lucky person we met a nice Navajo woman that told us about their well that we can use. She says their water is better... the well is much deeper and the flow is stronger so your tank fills faster and ......cheaper!!!! At just .02 cents a gallon.... Yay!!!! She claims the reason the community well is full at the moment is probably because I need to have a relationship with the Navajo people. Clever girl!
Some of the views of the day:

Monday, November 7, 2011


We're back it's all ours!!!! Yay!!

3:00 pm Today!

Yay!!!!! It will all ours at 3:00 pm today....... That was the longest three weeks of my life LOL

Saturday, November 5, 2011

50 things

While waiting for the property to close I got bored.... so here are 50 things about me :)

I can’t think if my house is messy
I have to make my bed every morning…. No matter what!
I have never watched the Wizard of Oz
I hate going to weddings I find them mind numbingly boring
I don’t mind going to funerals I find them to be culturally enlightening
I love baby birds when they first hatch and look like dinosaurs
I never wanted a pony when I was little but I always wanted a dinosaur
Tract housing makes me think of above ground coffins
I always wanted to live in a tree house
I can’t sleep if there is light on outside of the house however moonlight is not a problem.
I dislike the color pink
I love pink grapefruit juice
I always want to know how things work and will spend hours figuring it out
I hate golf carts and parking cones
I have several Mickey Mouse watches
My favorite font is indie flower….no surprise there!
I hate shopping
I always have a plan B…C and D
Favorite show of all time was the X-files
I do not believe in extra terrestrial life or UFO’s
I believe in ghosts
I can be a paranoid conspiracy theorist
I am a liberal Democrat
I think the government is out for itself and out to get all of us!
I did not drink soda till I was 17 years old
I get the hiccups every time I drink soda
I love vegan Indian food
I can spend the day in complete silence
I am a Weaver. I never took a class I just looked at it and knew how to do it….weird!
I can’t knit
I have an Etsy shop
I always stick to my Samhain resolutions
I am a witch
I want to live to be 106
I found school to be boring
I find that most people bore me and they smell bad
Reality TV = the devil … yep even American Idol …..boring
Mental illness makes me nervous
I make my own laundry soap but I am constantly fussing with the recipe
I think way too much
I learned to meditate so I could stop thinking
Visualizing the inside of a brown paper bag is very relaxing
I collect wildflower seeds
I love antique things but only if I can actually use them
I love spaces filled with natural light
I dislike dark rooms during the day
I hate wall to wall carpet……Too dirty
I like to finish what I start
I believe less is more
I still have too much stuff

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Roses and L.L. Bean

I was supposed to be packing for the move all day...... but instead I spent the day collecting seeds from all kinds wildflowers and digging up roses bushes!!!!! The seeds are now in labeled ziplock bags and the roses are happily nestled in 5 gallon nursery pots. I love my roses.... They need to move with me :) I made the mistake before (more times than I can count)  of leaving the roses I planted behind only to later learn that they were neglected or ripped out! NO MORE!!!!!! The roses I love and have (had) in my garden are old garden varieties ... they are quite hardy and have handled being moved around in the past. I've actually become quite adept at moving roses and this is a good time of year to do it. We are just starting to freeze here and they have just gone to sleep for the winter. Wow... will they be surprised when they wake up!!! They will likely be much happier this year since they will winter over in the nursery pots in a makeshift greenhouse. Regardless they will either live or die with me at my hand rather than abandoned to the uninformed or uncaring. Tomorrow it's back to packing.... Sylvan informed me that we could close this week on the property. Now for a wee rant. WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH L.L. Bean! Why are the men's jeans lined with flannel and the women's aren't? They must think we don't get cold. Why are all of the mens coats, sweaters and shirts in beautiful earth-tones and autumn colors and the women's are pink and purple. Don't get me wrong purple is a perfectly valid color but pink is just not for me. And last but not least why are the men's shoes made so much better that the women's???? Why?? Why???

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The picture in my brain vs the reality :)

I've been packing. And packing..... and packing getting ready for the move. The last time we moved we had a moving company come in and do it. It was expensive and really decadent but when all was said and done well worth it (if you can afford it...this time we can't) The only thing that was broken was a light bulb! This time it's on me. I'm doing the packing... the husband is doing repairs and maintenance on things we need and making sure stuff is in working order. Packing for me can become mind-numbing at times so I day dream. Yesterday I was dreaming of sheep! Oddly the picture in my mind is always an english countryside with the type of sheep you would see in fairytale books..... white fluffy things and lambs with pink noses. Romneys!
They look so sweet!

 The reality of sheep for me probably won't happen till next spring. Another reality is that I live in the high desert of New Mexico so Romney's are not the best choice that I could make. The breed that (the reality half of me) is leaning toward is the Navajo Churro they're not particularly pretty fairytale looking but they really are the best choice for the area where I live.

You may be thinking that they look more calves than lambs! Navajo Churros are a very hardy breed prized for their wool with an interesting history. They are on the smaller side with a wide range of natural colors. 
I grew up in south-eastern Ohio where it was very green listening to English fairytales told to me by my Welsh grandparents so I have a preconceived idea of how things are supposed to look.
It has taken a bit of time for me to become accustomed to the landscape of New Mexico. It has been shocking at times how bare the land is and how the sky is so blue it can make your eyes water! You can have a clear sky and within 20 minutes there is a torrential downpour that is dried up within 15 min. It can be warm enough in the morning to garden in short sleeves then by late afternoon you could have 4" of snow. This is definitely a land of extremes! All in all I think the Navajo Churro lambs are pretty cute :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

No More Light Pollution :)

Preserve the Dark Night Skies of New Mexico.. Hello Moon!
Skies dark enough to clearly see the stars are disappearing worldwide-more than half of the people alive on the planet today will never see the Milky Way. The culprits are pollution and the artificial lights of mankind.
Dark skies are especially important in Native American cultures. Many Indian traditions are based on stories involving the stars, which can only be effectively passed on to the next generation if the stars are visible in the sky.
Even for those of us who are not Native Americans, a bright night sky is a special thing. The look of wonder that fills the face of a child when she or he first clearly sees the stars, is a treasure worth preserving for future generations.
One New Mexico night sky is a great resource-the clear, unpolluted air and low population density means that across much of the State, the stars, moon, and planets fill the night with rare brilliance. In Ramah, our altitude of over 7,200 feet makes the show especially stunning.
It is a requirement of New Mexico law that our night skies be protected as much as possible from light pollution. The New Mexico Night Sky Protection Act regulates outdoor lighting fixtures to preserve and enhance the State's dark sky.
As more people move into Timberlake/Ramah and build homes, our brilliant night sky could be greatly dimmed by indiscriminate outdoor lighting. Please use outdoor lighting only where absolutely necessary, install properly shielded fixtures, and keep wattage as low as possible.
Help us preserve our night sky, so we can continue to look with awe into the vast brightness of stars above this unique and wonderful place.
Here is a Zuni story, based on the Milky Way:
The Stink Bug and The Milky Way
Have you noticed the big black beetles that trundle slowly from place to place in the summer? If you disturb them they put their heads down to the ground and their rumps up in the air, and if you get too close they will spray you with stink. Well, here's the reason they put their heads down like that.
Long ago, those beetles were given the job of putting the stars in the sky. Each was given a big bag filled with stars and up they went into the sky, where they spread out and began placing the stars here and there, as they were supposed to do.
One beetle, however, was very clumsy and tripped-and all his stars spilled in a long line across the sky, making what we call the Milky Way. Ever since then, whenever people get near, stink bugs put their heads down and hide their faces in shame.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


We have a signed purchase agreement....... Life is good! Now we are waiting for the Real Estate Lawyer to  write everything up with perfectly dotted i's and crossed t's :) (The Lawyer's name is "Sylvan" for some reason I like that!)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Millie Fleur d'uccle :)

As a part of our new kind of off the grid experience I will be expanding my flock of chickens. I currently have three Millie hens.....Poema, Piper and Pepper. Let me introduce you to my two boys Phineas and Padraic and hen #4 Paisley.

These are Millie Fleur d'uccle chickens that lay the most perfect off white eggs as well as being super friendly and beautiful. I want to participate in the local growers market in El Morro by selling off my excess eggs from the regular flock, bantam eggs and chicks plus honey. I also found out that I can offer my woven items as well. Jeepers! I thought I was busy enough already!!!!!

Here is a pic of the Queen ....Poema :)
She is quite regal.....

Sunday, October 23, 2011


We are in that weird exhilarating, nerve wracking, exciting part of house/property purchasing spot called escrow... It is a bit different than what we are accustomed to this time. For us it has always been a house with a mortgage loan and all of the hoops to jump thru required from all and sundry!  This time it's a box of  cash, a Real Estate Lawyer, a survey, and a chunk of land with a "free" 1979 mobile/modular  home. The inspections are up to us and basically it's an "as is" type of thing. Take it or leave it! So far so good though.  There isn't much to quibble over and once it is done it will be ours..... FREE AND CLEAR.... except for yearly taxes :p... it's always something. There is no water, no sewer or septic system, no gas, no phone line but there is a power line at the edge of the property. There will be electric... most of the time..... but it is minimal so refrigerator, freezer, computer and minimal lights. NO BATHROOM.. actually no toilet... so it will be an outhouse for us. That will cut down on guests! Although I know a few of my very favorite humans on the planet would brave it with out batting an eye :) No running water..... probably for a very long time. At this moment in history it is about 20k to sink a well. With the economy going the way it is in a few years you could probably trade food for drilling. I don't know too many people with 20k  just laying around. Those guys with the drilling rigs will get hungry eventually. Meanwhile the community well is 2 miles up the dirt road. We have been sorting out the logistics of hauling water. We have picked up the BPA free water totes for the potable water and go this week for the 275 gallon transport tank. For cooking we will use LP gas (propane) We picked up an old propane stove at a salvage yard and spent the day cleaning it up and figuring out the parts we need to replace. Most definitely the pressure regulator, lines and hoses. I don't want any nasty gas leaks. I am still working on the phone/internet question. There are about three options depending on what you want to pay and how reliable it will be. I gotta have something.... I can run my business with no power but if I want to sell anything internet is a must! Well back to packing and sorting..... more later.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The big move starts November 8th :)

I am enjoying the last days of running water and laundry facilities............. no more washing machine and dryer!!!

This cool clothes drying rack is from Homestead Drying Racks and will be quite handy come winter with all of the snow that comes with living at 7800 ft. Time to start gathering stuff for the marathon yard sale, craigslist, ebay sort out - sell off - pare down!!!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011