Monday, July 12, 2010

July 2010

Our most recent summer visitor was Helen Galen, a former compatriot of Susie's at the Senate and a lifelong traveler. She came to visit us when we were living in Haarlem, and now she has graced us with her presence here in New Mexico. In addition to some of the sights and sounds of ABQ, we also spent time at the cabin in Horseshoe Springs, in Taos, and in Santa Fe. Click on the link for a few random pictures:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer in NM

May and June in New Mexico have been full of adventures, including a visit from Will and Maya over Memorial Day and a visit from Dale and Lin Billingsley at the end of June. We have seen butterflies, electric trains, a Georgia O'Keefe exhibit, obsidian knapping, atlatl throwing, hot springs, hawks, bears, coyotes, forest fires, ancestral ruins. . . . Let's just say that it has been an eventful month. Here are a few pictures showing just a few of the things that we have been up to.

Monday, March 8, 2010


Here are a few pictures of Teddy. He joined our family on Saturday, March 4. He is a Portuguese Water Dog / Clumber Spaniel mix who is somewhere between 18 months and 2 years old. He is short and stocky and deep-chested and weighs about 37 pounds. He has very soft fur that does not shed. His big soft paws are webbed for when he wants to go swimming. As we found out today, they also keep him from sinking into soft sand in the desert.

Teddy was evidently kept as a breeding dog in Albuquerque and then cruelly abandoned on the roadside. We are adopting him from a local animal rescue group.

Teddy is the smartest and mellowest dog the world has ever known (except for maybe Bobo and Gus). He is indescribably affectionate, intelligent, happy, and outgoing. His tail never stops wagging. The only thing he loves more than a nice long walk is to sit with his people, snuggle up to them, and be petted. He is great with other dogs and little children. We have never heard him growl or bark. He is funny and clumsy, a charming klutz. His favorite chore around the house is to pick up stray garments and move them to other rooms where he apparently thinks they must really belong.

At 5:23 AM this morning , I awoke to the sound of our rear sliding glass door being opened. Teddy had decided that rather than wake us up, he would open the door himself for a pre-dawn potty run in the back garden. That's how smart, resourceful, and considerate he is. Click here for a few more pictures of Teddy, Wonder Dog of the Jemez:

Sunday, February 7, 2010


We are slowly digging our way out of the snow. The storm began on Friday morning and lasted until early Saturday evening. We got about two feet of snow on D Street, but drifts can be much deeper. It is also a very wet, heavy snow, so it's hard to clear away. Almost everything is closed today except for Roland's (our corner market) and the bars (it's Super Bowl Sunday). The Washington Post hasn't even tried to deliver the papers, which is a mini-crisis in itself. The Metro is not running any above-ground routes, meaning that the Brookland-CUA station is closed for the present.

I have a ton of paperback mysteries, sufficient coffee, and a generous supply of toilet paper. Here is a link to a few pictures: