Friday, July 17, 2009


I went out the garden to pick tomatoes and Ewwwww!!

It was the invasion of the Tomato Horn Worms . . Ewwwww

So I got a bucket of hot, soapy water and sent them all swimming . . . Ewwww

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Last New Mexico post . . animals

Here is a "Cantalope" on the open range
I can't remember which one of our kids first referred to "Antelope" as "Cantalopes" . . . the name has stuck and now (at least in our family) they are officially all Cantalopes now.
There were Elk everywhere . . . these were on a side of a mountain just outside of Angel Fire. Have you ever heard the sound an elk makes? . . . check this out (not my YouTube post, but what a cool sound) to hear it in the wild is AMAZING!

Wild Turkeys . . when I pointed at a flock on my side of the road and my husband glanced over to look . . two flew in front of the truck from his side . . if he didn't slam on the brakes, I would be posting about that turkey in our windshield that we ate for dinner!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Yummm . . food over a fire

Why does food cooked over a campfire and outdoors taste so much better?

We had our usual "Breakfast Burritos" (sausage, potatoes, eggs) wrapped in those fabulous fresh flour tortillas we got in Taos and a big pot of coffee. (Yummm)

Dinner was leftover tamales and fresh caught trout baked over the fire . . . doesn't get much better than that!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Oooo the pretty flowers

So many pretty flowers . . . I spent more time taking pictures than fishing (obviously, I am better at that).

Check out the bee on the cactus flower! That was a lucky shot!!

Here are a few more of the pretty New Mexico flowers.

The white ones are really cool, each flower opens up for one day only then dies. The petals look like hearts.

I love fishing . . . at least I think I do

I get my pole out, patiently get it ready, attach a lure . . . cast it out, catch a bush, yank hard, catch myself. Lose the lure in a beaver pond (throw a fit) . . . . walk 2 miles through the sticker weeds (catch poison ivy . . thank GOD I didn't squat in it) got goosed in the ass with a monster thistle bush, fell in the creek (twice) and after 2 days . . . catch one of these . . . finally.

The picture is much more impressive . . I think it was all of 5 inches long LOL. This was one of ONLY TWO that I caught the entire trip (good thing I don't have to depend on fishing to feed myself)
I fished my BUTT off . . . my husband approaches a stream and the fish throw themselves at him . . . what is up with that?? (see the fish whisperer below)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ahhh . . just to get away

We decided to take a weekend off and disappear from the world (no computers, no cell phones . . .) We drove to Taos, New Mexico and stocked up on provisions to go camping and fishing.

First stop was licenses in town and asked a local where to buy the best tamales. Everyone said the same thing . . the guy in the red pickup of the Super Saver parking lot LOL (I didn't get a pic . . dang).

While we were waiting for him to show up, we went inside the grocery store and were delighted to find a tortilla machine cranking out fresh flour tortillas! (bought a dozen of those too). We bought a dozen tamales, half pork, half chicken & cheese and porked out eating tamales and fresh hot tortillas all the way up the mountain YUMMMMM

Before leaving town, we stopped and bought a ristra from the Chile Factory for our friends Lori & Ray who are back home watering our plants and checking on the livestock (thanks guys!) (she promised to cook something wonderful with them . . I am holding her to it!)

Taos is a gorgeous little town, flowers everywhere! I especially love the Hollyhocks, I've forgotton how much I like them and have decided to plant a patch when we get home.

There is art EVERYWHERE you look, gardens, rooftops . . even doors for sale at an importers store becomes art!

Tomorrow . . FISHING pics!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Good Morning all!

This picture was taken on one of our wanderings this spring. This is on Highway 16, just before the Dentonville store. If we had stopped a few miles back I could have gotten an even better pic . . sometimes I think too late. It was a delightful morning with huge pockets of dense fog in the valley areas. I love mornings like that!