August 29, 2015
Today was our last full day in TAOS, and tomorrow, time to head home.
As promised the last few photos of the house tour. This is the little office where Bill set up camp.
The sunken bedroom/office area. The office above is just through that door you are looking at.
The Peach bath and unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the Buddha bath except for that picture at the front of this post which is a funny little door built into the wall and when you slide the doors open, there is Buddha. (See previous post from August 15th).
I will have a busy day tomorrow and may not post until late in the evening or even the next day. Farewell TAOS! See ya’ next summer!
August 28, 2015
Had to say “goodbye” to some of my new friends at SHREE YOGA this morning. Was bittersweet but hopefully I will see them again next summer when we come again.
August 27, 2015
Our morning here was very cloudy and cool. Clouds were covering the top of TAOS mountain. Portent of fall. During our walk with Roo this am we came across some funny weeds. I saw them before but they didn’t really stand out until this cool morning. I think when it’s sunny they blend in to the ground.
Almost looks like fog. We took a little drive to the Arroyo Seco area to look more at the local and how far it was to TAOS. We are thinking of renting there next summer. After that we ran an errand or two and Bill drove me to the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church to take a few photos for paintings. If you do a little research you will see people are as enamored with the front side as they are the backside. I of course love the backside. Funny I will show you an AFTER and BEFORE (in that order) photo of the backside as people are parked all over the front and back.
Amazing how we can “crop” actual photos with our digital gadgets…
Tonight is our last dinner at BELLA’s until next summer. The best New Mexican food! Then it’s home to Tex-Mex and Mex-Mex, which we both love.
August 26, 2015
Another shot from yesterday’s trip to Angel Fire. Love the open meadow up the side of part of Angel Fire mountain. Today we took it super easy. Our time here is now flying past us. I am getting a lot done on my current “ADOBE WALLS” painting series and am wrapping my head around a painting of a cow skull. More on that later… Casa #2 has been a good little place for us. The only major drawback is intermittent WI-FI service but we have learned to deal with that. I am still constantly taken by the color of the sky, the views, the weather…
August 25, 2015
We took a short road trip to Angel Fire today. Beautiful drive up and back and beautiful area. This photo is actually taken from Angel Fire ski area on the mountain across the valley. It was a gorgeous day to get out. Sheila Roo acted more like a mountain dog than a city dog today. She was ready to hike and unfortunately I wasn’t. Have a slight ankle issue going on, so hiking was out for me.
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.
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.)