Thursday * December 18th 2014

October Sunday…

Autumn Shimmer

It was a typical Sunday in Las Cruces…

The weather this time of year is just spectacular – warm days and cool nights.  My poor xeriscape yard suffered greatly during the September monsoon rains – weeds and plants had grown up everywhere.  Since I haven’t taught Cali to pull weeks, I went out and tackled the project on my own.  I have a HUGE pile of pulled weeds that once they dry a bit I’ll burn.

So, as Cali watched in the shade I pulled weeds and rinsed off the lawn chairs.  The yard looks “mucho” better!  I rewarded myself by making a delicious salad and two glasses of Chardonnay.   Hey – I worked HARD!  ;-)

I get a little depressed this time of year…

If I had my way, it would be “eternal summer.”  The sun would shine and the days would be long and warm.  Seasons change, and although not pronounced you still can tell it’s autumn in the Southwest.

There are certain things about autumn that I love…

Don’t laugh, but I’m a happy girl when they bring back pumpkin spice creamer in the grocery store.  I love to burn my Yankee Candles, and when the weather is cool enough enjoy a fire in my Kiva style fireplace.  It’s the little things…

The Balloon Festival is going on in Albuquerque…

Believe it or not, I live 224 miles from Albuquerque but I’ve never been.  I’m sure it’s nice, but I’m tied up at the moment working on my Argentine Tango by going to El Paso twice a week for lessons.  The Albuquerque Tango Festival starts October 31st, and I’m really looking forward to going.  I decided to book a room close to the hotel venue so I could take my best girl.  At her age (twelve) I don’t like to board her, and when I awake I find her pressed up against me.  I got a great deal, free hot breakfast, and Cali only costs $10.00 more a night.  Boarding her would cost more than that…

The advent of the holiday season does make me sad…

I suppose in my childish dreams, I want to experience the “perfect” holiday season.  However, in my experience holidays are something to get though and I’m totally relieved when they’re over.  The “perfect” family at Thanksgiving with all the trimmings, a happy Christmas with a live tree and sharing it with someone you love, and a “date” for a spectacular New Year’s Eve party.  It’s is what it is, but my soul still yearns for the “Martha Stewart” brand of holidays.

Regardless, I know I’m more fortunate than many others…

And for that, I’m grateful.

 

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  1. Sandie UNITED STATES says:

    I am so glad you’re able to take your best girl with you. She will be so much happier and you won’t have to worry about her. You can just go and dance until your feet fall off. Well, not literally. I am looking forward to getting back to Apache Junction on Tuesday. Even though we have winter in AZ and it does get cold, it’s not covered with snow and it usually doesn’t get that cold. Living in an RV park in the winter, we have lots of friends to spend the holidays with and that really does make them a lot more fun. Really can be a rough time.

  2. Joe says:

    All sounds good,but still gotta count our blessing’s.

  3. Gaelyn says:

    I’m all for perpetual summer with a touch a spring and fall thrown in.
    Gaelyn´s last blog post ..Foto Friday Fun 27

  4. The changes are coming here to, will be nice for us to head into the southwest to avoid the extreme cold here.
    Search for an rv park to spent Thanksgiving, Christmas and New years.
    George & Suzie´s last blog post ..Happy Sunday!

  5. Pam Wright says:

    Beautiful header lead photo:) Definitely sums up the beauty of autumn.
    Pam Wright´s last blog post ..Biking and Boating Around York

  6. Dave says:

    Love that picture Cheryl, water reflections are so neat. Nice having you back blogging again, when do we get to see pictures of you doing the Tango? You just gotta find someone to take some pictures for us followers! lol –Dave
    Dave´s last blog post ..It’s Fall….Must be Time to Go to Maui

  7. butterbean carpenter UNITED STATES says:

    Howdy DD,
    This is the next to worst season of the year, as far as I’m concerned; the worst is Julio-Septiembre(muy tiempo) !!! My natal day is 11-01 and after the 3rd Thursday in Noviembre, I usually just ‘get-away’ from the all-encomposing manical exertion of the wallet, until after Nuevo Ano’s…. BUT THIS YEAR WALLYWORLD has opened THE SEASON IN OCTOBER, believe it or not !!!! Now, I get to ‘disappear’ for an additional 60 days, whether I want to or not !!!!! GRRRRUMPP

    Get those ‘dancin’-heels agoin’ and have a HAPPY DAY, DANCIN’ !!!!

  8. Sheila says:

    Hi Cheryl, I love autumn, because I can purchase Pumpkin Spice Coffee. I just tried Archer’s brand (good) and went yesterday to purchase Dunkin Donuts version, which is excellent, but they were sold out! Bummer!!

    Working in the yard is always a fun project and very calming. I would come home from work, stressed out, and go out and work in the yard for awhile and the world would seem brighter!

    Have fun with your Tango lessons and remember, “There aren’t any perfect holidays.” We all just need to accept what they are and make a point to enjoy ourselves no matter what we are doing; plan a special outing for yourself and Cali.
    Sheila´s last blog post ..~My Yard Tour, a few more~

  9. Hi Cheryl:
    I’m really enjoying this post. Let me know if and when Cali does learn how to pull weeds; I need some pointers for this crew. They do a lot of sleeping and watching as I accomplish the chores in Floribunda. I’d love some help, but am not sure it should be another person! Get the tango in shape and I’ll look forward to reading all about the Albuquerque Tango Festival.
    I’m sticking around Camping World to make sure my furnace is behaving; then I’m going to start heading south as I think going to Colorado Springs is not going to be a reality this year. Oh well, plans are made to be changed – when necessary. Happy Fall.
    mary-pat sherman´s last blog post ..Furnaces and Fire Fighters and Trampolines

  10. Ed UNITED STATES says:

    I lived in Reno, NV for a number of years where they also have a balloon festival. Not as many as Albuquerque but still a lot of balloons. The first year I paid some attention because one landed across the street from where I was living. Never paid much attention after that.

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