Stories with no pictures ~ Pictures with no stories

Sometimes things happen that don’t fit into the theme of a particular post and sometimes I get frustrated with my formatting and don’t add all the photos I had intended to include. So this is just a catch up entry where I can note a few occurrences, make corrections and add some photos.

Occurrences:

  1. One day, when Jason and I were on our way back from Las Vegas, a huge rattlesnake crossed the highway right in front of us. It was 4 1/2 – 5 feet long and taking its time.
  2. On our next trip to Las Vegas we saw two trucks pulled over by the side of the road. Two men were outside chatting near the trucks. As they spoke one man casually reached into a grocery bag, pulled out a huge rattlesnake and tossed it into a field. It was very much alive.
  3. Apparently the hotel where we stay in Santa Fe is haunted. When we had the car serviced the guy who drove Jason from the dealership back to the hotel mentioned that his niece works at the Drury. She showed him a video she took with her phone of small objects, a spoon and a salt shaker, moving around by themselves. Jason asked the guy if his niece was scared, but he said, “No. For us that kind of stuff is sort of expected.” He’s Zuni. The hotel used to be a hospital.

Corrections:

  1. Nine mile hill does not gradually rise for nine miles. It rises for six miles. The hill starts at the nine mile marker outside of Las Vegas.
  2. There are not “guys” at Floyd’s. There is only Floyd. I was confused because another customer was in the shop on the day Jason was there and weighed in on the probability of Jason being able to haul the trailer with the Ditch Witch up nine mile hill.
  3. Night doesn’t always fall hard here. Lately it takes forever to get dark. I’ve fallen asleep twice while it was still light. Also we don’t marvel at the stars every night. Sometimes it’s cloudy ~ but the clouds are interesting and beautiful!
  4. I now think it’s funny that I cheerfully wrote, “I think the bathroom will be the first project!” That makes it sound like we were putting in some new tile or a sink or something. I had no idea what is actually involved in getting water out of the ground and to the point where it comes out of a faucet with the twist of a handle. I also had no idea what was involved in getting the water you don’t want anymore to go away.

Photos, etc.:

Here’s an example of my last point. Three times Jason and I have gone out to “shoot elevations.” I’m not sure what we were doing exactly, I just held a tape measure in different locations – near the septic tank, on top of the septic tank and in two places far from the septic tank. One time Jason bent the tape measure, one time he attached it to a huge, long piece of wood that kept trying to blow over and the last time the tape measure was normal. The first time Jason set the thing that looks like a camera (he says it’s a transit) on the electrical box and complained that he didn’t bring his tripod. The second time he set the transit on his truck and complained that he didn’t bring his tripod. The third time he had built a tripod and he didn’t complain. After we do this he makes notes like this:

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This is just a small part of getting a flush toilet. Sometimes I wonder if we shouldn’t just keep the outhouse!

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The orange is some kind of Desert Paintbrush. We have the most of these!

Flowers ~ I don’t remember there being so many flowers on the land. Maybe I wasn’t here at the right time or maybe I just wasn’t looking!

 

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The bluebirds haven’t hatched yet, but we did discover that there are hummingbirds out here. I had just decided there weren’t any living on the land when one showed up! Now we’ve seen a few!

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This bluebird decided to sit on the tripod Jason built!

This bluebird decided to sit on the tripod Jason built!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food ~ I went about $10.00 over budget for food this month. Next month will be more challenging because I’m subtracting that $10.00 and I’m pretty much out of wine! We did have some good meals this month. Guess which plate is from the night Jason cooked dinner!

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(Did you guess Jason made the quesadillas? That’s right! Haha)

 

Clouds ~ I love the clouds!

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It really looked like a giant ghost!

 

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And then there’s Lucky ~

He actually had to go to some bother to get the pillows exactly like this!

He actually had to go to some bother to get the pillows exactly like this!

 

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