Tumbleweed stampede

tumbleweedPart of wandering along in the late afternoon with Mother Nature, one must be continually aware and open to a deeper appreciation of my current and diverse surroundings.

The open range of the high chaparral dotted as far as the eye can see with Pinon Pine and Cedar trees is exceptional terrain for tumbling tumble weeds.

One a recent walk alone under the early night sky I encountered such a breezy pathway as I stepped into a whirlwind and was nearly carried away by a stampede of the dry and brittle bushes. What fun indeed!

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” ~ Nicholas Sparks

Combine that wondrous experience with a clear, black night sky blanketed with stars so remarkably close you can almost reach out and touch them. It just doesn’t get any better, yet it’s still quite cold and all you can think about after a few minutes is being inside huddled around the fire.

Back in town, our family run dining room continues to thrive and get busier as spring approaches and special events and celebrations fill the calendar at the Shaffer Hotel.

Yet another outstanding Friday catfish dinner complete, accompanied by Wheel of Fortune on the Big Screen and an acoustic duo strumming away on stage. We actually ran out of the main entree, just wait till we introduce the chaparral burgers made with local beef and ground bacon – yummy.

Settling into an entirely new and completely different surroundings has offered a lifestyle not easily described fully to my friends and family back in CA, yet I am enjoying this experience of rural America so much that I have no desire to return home to be near the beach or fight the crowds and traffic jams.

With my new focus for acquiring some tree filled pasture land with mountain spring water access, a durable 4X4 pickup, a Stihl chain saw, a functional trailer for towing just about everything, a rifle / shot gun combo, a new pair of cowboy boots for weekend functions and last but not least, a felt cowboy hat that is far more functional and good looking than my tattered ball cap that says “Simplify”

Having the opportunity to meet and converse regularly with the neighboring ranchers has become my favorite pastime as we continue with our progress with The Ghost Lounge next door to the hotel. The opening of a new venue to serve up grass fed Black Angus rib-eye steak dinners, cold beer and New Mexico wines in this remote region of the state.

Offering a unique, comfortable location to relax, meet with friends, watch classic Western movies and further plan upcoming events that will involve the entire community will hopefully become the place to be here in Mountainair.

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” ~ Anais Nin

Well my friends, it’s 6:30 on Sunday morning and I need to get downstairs to prep for the breakfast crowd and be ready for the guests who will be checking out our of the hotel, then we’re off to the Fiery Foods exposition and a knife and gun show in Albuquerque.

The clean up and repair of our restaurant continues with the installation of new floors in the dishwashing area tomorrow and with making room for the new the fire grill, pizza and convention ovens where we’ll be learning to bake pies of every variety and grilling steaks and chops to perfection.

Hope your weekend in as filled with as much fun as mine 😉


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