2014 in review

2014 has been a great year for blogging.  I know most of my posts have been of the furry kind, but they make for some good photos.  Of course, hubby and his delectable grilling is fun too.  Here’s to 2015 and lots more blogging!

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Merry Christmas!

From our brood to yours – hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

Abby
Abby says Meow-y Christmas
Tabitha
Tabitha says is that Santa Claus?
Molly says where are the cookies and milk?
Molly says where are the cookies and milk?
Remi, Colt and Winny say who put this hat, bow and antlers on us???
Remi, Colt and Winny say who put this hat, bow and antlers on us???

It’s Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas!

I am done decorating!  Yesterday I made and put up the decorations for the outside.  I can’t decorate much on my front porch like I use to as the puppies would have stuff chewed up.  I really scaled down this year too.  Typically I put up 3-4 trees and decorate every roon in the house (with the exception of our room and the spare bedrooms).  And yes, I used to decorate the spare bathroom and half bath!  But this year I decided it was time to cut back.  And because I didn’t over do, I have a theme going on – country western!

Back door
Back door
On cabinet in Breakfast Room
On cabinet in Breakfast Room
Table in Breakfast Room.  Every year I buy a Hallmark ornament with the year on it.
Table in Breakfast Room. Every year I buy a Hallmark ornament with the year on it.
Dining Room
Dining Room
On top of fridge in kitchen - cookie cutters for ornaments!
On top of fridge in kitchen – cookie cutters for ornaments!
Kitchen window
Kitchen window
Living room coffee table
Living room coffee table
Living room side table.  My sister crocheted this tree for me a few years back.
Living room side table. My sister crocheted this tree for me a few years back.
Mantle
Mantle
Even Santa has a western hat on!
Even Santa has a western hat on!
Tree on mantle
Tree on mantle
Front door
Front door

Front door 2

Tree in living room
Tree in living room
The "front" door we use from the garage
The “front” door we use from the garage

Door hanger garage 2

 

On each side of the garage
On each side of the garage
Front entrance
Front entrance

Front gate 2

New Mexico – Taos Coming Home

Our last day in Taos, New Mexico was a cold one.  We woke up to 3 degrees!  At least it wasn’t windy.  We had breakfast that morning with two other couples, one which had their grown daughter with them.  It was nice to visit with them.  Our breakfast that morning was the oatmeal with burned sugar and yogurt and Belgium waffles and bacon.  After that, we packed up and headed out.  We went through the Carson National Forest which proved to be breath taking.  The snow on the trees was beautiful.  We could not go very fast due to the road conditions, but we got to take in the views.  We stopped at a lookout and the snow was already pretty deep.   Someone else had pulled up before us and tromped through the snow so I followed in those footsteps.  Along the road, there was a stream and it was amazing to see it flowing, and then you wouldn’t see it, and in areas you could see the ice formed on top.  Down the road a ways, we came upon a small ski lodge, we stopped along the road and watched for a little while taking a few pictures.  This drive was stunning!

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Drive through Carson National Forest

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One of the lookout points covered in snow
One of the lookout points covered in snow

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Ski lodge

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Stream following the road
Stream following the road

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Well, that is the end of our trip.   I would love to go back one of these days in the Fall to see the leaves changing.  We were told that is spectacular.

 

 

New Mexico – Taos

After leaving Santa Fe, we drove up to Taos, which was about an hour and a half drive.  It was quite a bit cooler too, which I didn’t mind!  We stayed at this cute Bed and Breakfast called the Dreamcatcher Inn.  I believe there were only 9 rooms/suites, which made it cozy.  We arrived in Taos around 1:30 and we could not check in until 4:00 as there was no one on the premises until then.  So we went to get something to eat at the Adobe Bar, which is located in The Taos Inn, and according to the information we got from the Inn where we stayed, the margaritas were good there.  We also decided to order a snack of nachos (small), which turned out to be enough to feed 4 people!  The margaritas were good though.  After that, we went to the square in Taos where there are several shops and looked around just a bit before checking in.  We were spoiled by the size of our “suite” in Santa Fe, but our room at this Inn was very nice.  The floors were heated too which made it nice to walk on.  We had a Kiva fireplace in the room as well.  Now breakfast was absolutely fantastic at this place.  It was served from 7:45-8:45 (come and go) and you would sit with other guests at this big dining table and it was nice to visit.  We were the only guests the first night we got there so we got to choose between the sweet or savory breakfast.  We chose the savory so we had oatmeal with raisins with sugar burned on it and yogurt on top and Eggs Benedict, along with pastry.  This was all cooked while you waited so it was hot!  It was fabulous!  Plus, I think the best thing was the coffee cups were kept warm via a warming tray!  You also had juice and milk to drink as well.

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Looking towards the courtyard from our room at the Dreamcatcher Inn
Courtyard at Dreamcatcher
Courtyard at Dreamcatcher

On Sunday, we went to The Rio Grande Gorge and it was both scary (if you are afraid of heights) and cool.  It was quite windy and cool too with snow falling.

Lookout to the Gorge
Lookout to the Gorge
Long way down!
Long way down!
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Bridge across the Gorge

 

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After that, we went to this small community called Arroyo Seca, about 10 miles outside of Taos.  We were told about a few shops there.  We only stopped at one as I had seen it advertised in a magazine in Santa Fe and wanted to look around.  Of course I found a couple of things.  Afterwards we stopped to get coffee and it was snowing a lot more.  Walking up to the place, there were 3 burros and a dog sitting outside and the dog was so still, I didn’t think it was real!  She minded very well and was sweet!

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We also went back to the square in Taos and went in to many of the shops.  I managed to buy more stuff in one of them!  There was this sign in one of the shops that caught Greg’s eye – he liked it!

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That’s it for now.  Will blog the last of our trip another time!

 

 

New Mexico Vacation – Act II

Too much to tell in one post about our trip to Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico.  I LOVED the weather!  I am a cold weather person, as long as there is no wind or rain (or ridiculously cold!).  While in Santa Fe, near the square, we were walking around and I noticed this sculpture which was very unusual.  It is part of one of the art museums.  I thought it was very interesting what the artist did with basic every day items.  Walking along a little further I noticed the painted columns – very cool!

Display at Museum of Modern Art

Artist's Perception
Artist’s Perception

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We also visited the Capitol in Santa Fe.  From the outside, it was nice, but inside was stunning!  The walls were beautiful marble!!

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Outside of Albuquerque, we took the Sandia Mountains tram.  I don’t think I have ever been on a tram before going up a mountain and it was both exciting and a little scary (especially if you are afraid of heights, which I am of sorts).  But the view at the top was spectacular.  We were at 10,378 feet at the top.

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A view from the top
A view from the top

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That’s all for now.  Next stop – Taos!