Last week in TAOS.

 
  August 24, 2015

This is our last week in TAOS and we have even bumped up our return by one day, splitting the drive so that we are traveling during the daylight hours. Staying overnight about halfway and then up early to head home. We want to get to our home by 1-2 p.m. to give ourselves time to unpack, settled and decide about our evening meal. It has been an incredible time away but we both feel our home office calling to get caught up and start fresh into our business for the fall. I think even Sheila is getting restless for home. 

Yesterday evening a storm came through just before dinner time. It rained the biggest fattest raindrops I think I have ever seen and then became torrential! Just at the time I was getting ready to do some prep on dinner the power went out in the area. It was obvious to Bill and I that we might be here waiting all night for power to come back on so we improvised our dinner plans. Yesterday’s grilled chicken went into a packet on the outdoor gas grill to warm, can of beans in a pot on the outdoor gas grill (hey, we eat pretty simple), and a tray of cheese nachos on the outdoor gas grill. As much as I love this place I am not a cold cold weather person and imagine that power outages in the winter happen more often than not.

Another torrential rain late this afternoon for about an hour and then it cleared off for a crystal clean cooler evening. No loss of power (we think the power outage from the evening before was from a transformer getting hit in the area). Lightning strikes are pretty amazing here up in elevation! 
Normal slow paced day today. Yoga, grocery, paint, read, write. Fish on the grill tonight. Simple dinner. That’s the way we like it. 

Casa #2 Tour continued…

  
August 23, 2015

Today’s tour is of the covered porch area of Casa #2. I wanted to lead with the meditation bench area. There is a underground irrigation system for the plants and trees. 

 
My current office and base camp. 

  My little outdoor studio.

  
Two outdoor HEAVY wooded chaise lounge chairs.  

 
The gurgling water fountain.

  

  The beautiful TAOS turquoise gate that leads out to the parking area. 

 
It’s a really long spacious covered porch! Plenty of room for three! (Sorry about the wet footprints! Bill had just cleaned and hosed down the porch.)

A little tour of Casa #2

  

 August 22, 2015

Today I will start giving you a tour of our second residence here in TAOS. It has a lot of interesting accents that I will show you. One thing to keep in mind while viewing is that this casa has a “BIRD” theme so you will see birds in a lot of the pictures. Above is a mural painted on the wall in the den. Note: birds.

  
Through arched doorways is the den area with a JOTUL gas fireplace in the corner. There is a flate screen TV for viewing and yes, the couch makes out into a bed.  

 
The ceiling is painted a bright purple with large turquoise painted beams in both the den and kitchen.

  
The kitchen as you see is in bright colors. Fiesta dinnerware in all colors! Again note birds on shelves and painted on the front of the countertop to the right. 

 
A funny little kitchen towel holder complete with birds.

  
A fabuous print… with birds.

  
Small table in the corner of the kitchen for breakfasting.

  
Brightly painted dining table with birds. (Funny, the other two chairs have cats!) Tomorrow’s tour will show the remainder of the house. It’s just right for two and a dog!

Started painting on my four new canvases that I sketched yesterday. Today a little sun and paint, paint, paint. 

 

Sunset Park

  
August 21, 2015

10 days left of our glorious summer vacation. I will be glad to get home but will be sad to leave here. Walked to yoga this morning. Bill and Sheila Roo picked me up after and we went for her walk at Sunset Park. Grocery and then home for a leisurely day of painting and reading and sketching. Four new canvas boards sketched out! Tonight’s dinner fare: grilled sourdough bread, salad, brown rice and grilled tuna! Coming soon! A tour of our current casa.

Sunset Park

  
August 20, 2015

We walked a little different route at Sunset Park this morning with Sheila and ran into these beautiful goats. This particular guy and Sheila Roo were very curious about each other. 

A little cooler and more pleasant today. A light breeze. Bill is actually hanging out on the porch reading with us today. I got a little sun, read, painted, and generally did what ever I wanted to. Our days here are winding down and it’s back to work when we get home. I have so much to get caught up on in the office att home. I don’t expect it will take me too long though. 

Tonight we will walk to Bella’s for another fabulous dinner. I know it seems crazy to go to the same place several times but the food is so good! It gets 5 stars from most everyone on TRIPADVISOR.COM and it’s rated #1 restaurant “by the people” on TRIPADVISOR as well! 

Bill and I used to have a favorite restaurant in San Antonio called LA CALESA, it’s been closed for many years now and we still talk about it and miss it. It was, “Like Water For Chocolate” food, meaning that you could tell it was from the heart and soul of the chef and full of love and great ingredients. BELLA’S in TAOS is like that for us! We don’t even have a place that we think of in that way at home and there are a zillion mexican restaurants. 

TAOS FIND.

  August 19, 2015
When in Rome…or New Mexico, it is almost a MUST BUY. These adorable clay incense burners are alway fun. They have many choices of incense but personaly if your going to do the whole New Mexico Incense thing you should pick pinon. The smell of pinon is the smell of New Mexico in the fall, winter and spring. It is the common source of fire wood here from the pinon pine tree. 

 I love this comment on the box end above.

From time to time I will be posting my “TAOS FINDS” or “TAOS INSPIRED FINDS”. These are items that I either saw here in TAOS or were “inspired” by my stay in TAOS. These items may be items of apparel or items for the home, so look for them coming up in future posts. I will post a few during my stay but will post most of them after I have returned from our stay.

Today was the last day for Jerusha, my favorite yoga teacher at Shree Yoga. She has been a real inspiration to me. It was a great class and once again (my second time!), I was able to do a hand stand from DOLPHIN pose. This means I am getting really strong in my upper body. My upper body is what I think of as my weaker point so being able to support my weight on just my arms is a huge thing for me. 

I have been so inspired on soooo many levels during my stay here. Artistically with my painting, posts on my blog now and a few future surprises, creative ideas to do when I return, and yoga. 

We get the car back today after all! So our afternoon will be spent walking to the art store on our way to the “pick up point” for the dealership to pick us up and take us to the car. Once that is done a quick stop and the grocery. Then a leisurely afternoon and evening here on the porch. The temps are much cooler today and quite welcome.

Hoofin’ It Day Two

  

  

August 18, 2015

This morning we slept a little late, Roo had breakfast while we had coffee. Out for a run. I ran 40 minutes and Bill ran forever. Since we are without auto we decided to combine a walk to the Plaza with Roo’s walk. We walked to the art supply store (not open until noon) then walked across the Plaza. While we were in the area I reminded Bill that there were a few things that I wanted to pick up at a shop on the other side of the street from the plaza (items to be featured on a few posts when we return home) and he mentioned going ahead and getting them while we were right there. After making our purchases we headed back to the casa.  The purchases filled 3/4 of what amounted to as a small kitchen garbage bag. What I didn’t realize is how heavy it was and my husband carried it the whole way back! When we got home I picked up the bag to move it and realized how heavy it was. What a trooper! Once home,  Roo was found a spot for a siesta…and so did I. Tonight a short walk for the three of us to have dinner on the patio at Bella’s. Chicken enchiladas with the best MOLE sauce ever for me!