Beautiful sights

We’ve been here four weeks today. We’ve seen some beautiful sights. Sunrises, sunsets, marshmallow clouds…

...but today the sky looks like this.

…and today the sky looks like this.

Last week we went to Santa Fe for two nights. We took Lucky to his new vet, bought groceries  and had the car serviced. In between these tasks we went on some lovely walks. The weather was perfectly springlike. The days were warm and breezy and the evenings were a little balmy.

So Santa Fe!

So Santa Fe!

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On the way to Canyon Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taos is looking good too right now.

These trees are flowering in Santa Fe and Taos. I'm not sure what they are. Maybe Prairiefire crabapple or Texas redbud?

These trees are flowering in Santa Fe and Taos. I’m not sure what they are. Maybe Prairiefire crabapple or Texas redbud?

The best restaurant-style broccoli (fake) beef I ever made!

The best restaurant-style broccoli (fake) beef I ever made!

Here in the Tin Can we continue to be happy and cozy. I’ve gotten better at cooking with the propane camp stove and microwave oven. Dinner is always an event! I’ve had some fun with Westsoy seitan.

(By the way, propane camp stoves aren’t really supposed to be used in enclosed spaces- so don’t try this at home! Then again, why would anyone want to? The camp stove can’t simmer. It just goes hot and hotter!

Not exactly beautiful, but the sweet potatoes were yum!

Not exactly beautiful, but the sweet potatoes were yum! The barbecue is pulled pork style steitan. The other stuff is mostly zucchini and Jason made his signature salad!

This Thai-style soup, masaman curry and Asian slaw dinner was Jason's favorite.

This Thai-style soup, masaman curry and Asian slaw dinner was Jason’s favorite.

We spend a lot of time on ordinary life – cooking, eating, doing laundry, grocery shopping, watching Korean dramas and walking Lucky. The vet in Santa Fe thought Lucky looks great and he does seem to be very happy here.

But why, when he has a nice lawn chair and velvet blanket, does he want to lie right in the dirt?!

But why, when he has a nice lawn chair and velvet blanket, does he want to lie right in the dirt?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our water usage has gone up a bit. We’re using 7-8 gallons a day now. For some reason filling these bottles is a lot of fun! We use a machine is Taos. Apparently the water in some of these machines isn’t the purest, but we’ve had no problems with it.

Whenever the bottles overfill like this Jason and I laugh like crazy. Why? I haven't a clue!

Whenever the bottles overfill like this Jason and I laugh like crazy. Why? I haven’t a clue!

.25 cents each! The white things on the truck are drop pipes for the water pump.

.25 cents each! The white things on the truck are drop pipes for the water pump.

We still have one trench to backfill. It’s the waterline to the house site. Otherwise all the electrical and water pipes are buried and the trenches are covered. We’re getting power from the breaker panel (aka pedestal) so we’re no longer relying on the spider. And the big excitement (and the most beautiful sight of all) is this…

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This is where the septic tank will go!

image Our neighbor came over and dug this big hole with his backhoe. (First he worked all day, then he fed another neighbor’s cows, then he stopped by around 5:30 and dug the hole. Jason and I thought this was impressive, but he didn’t seem to think this was an unusual work day!)

The septic tank will probably be delivered Wednesday because there’s supposed to be a big storm, with snow and rain, coming. It should be over by Wednesday.

Before we moved to Mora I was complaining to a friend about having to use an outhouse, but, I added, “It will only be for two weeks.” She laughed and said, “It’ll be more like two months.” It looks like her estimate was accurate! I didn’t exactly understand what was involved in building a septic system and getting water and power not only to the Tin Can, but to the garage/guest room site and to the house site. By the time the septic system is done the plumbing will go to all three locations too!

This appeared one day. So progress! (I guess.)

This appeared one day. So progress! (I guess.)

One of my favorite jobs here was mowing the lawn. Jason just fixed his little tractor, but before he did that we rented a big tractor from Floyd. I spent two days riding around on it. It was a lot of fun! Not as noisy as a Ditch Witch, but very dirty. It makes dust fly around. It’s super bumpy too. I got knocked out of the seat (but not off the tractor) a couple of times and there were places on slopes I was too afraid to mow. Still, I wanted to buy one after the first few minutes. They’re very expensive though – maybe 14,000 – and it rents for 200 a day so it doesn’t make sense to own one. I just want my own!

Big Fun & the Tractor Ninja!

For now we’re waiting to see what the weather will do. Right now I can see out of windows on opposite sides of the Tin Can. To my left the sky is blue; to my right it’s black. Rain is falling softly on the metal roof. Did I mention that I love it here?

P.S. Estimates for a professional company to install a septic system are $8,000-10,000. Even with the very reasonable monthly rental fee, with weekly cleaning, for the outhouse ($170) we’ll spend less than $3,000 putting in the septic system ourselves. Whenever I get tired of the outhouse I think of that!

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