Settling In

Cat and I made it to our new home here in Alamogordo. So many issues along the way but we’re so happy to be settling in. We knew what we’d be bringing so much more than we would keep, and wow but that was so very true. This afternoon we found the silverware! Dishes soon I hope. Did find the pots and pans but no preparation utensils. Yet. Sleeping in our own bed is refreshing and so comfortable.

Pepper is getting used to having a huge yard – but we’ll have landscaping done and no more grass except for a patch just for her. Found a garden storage building that will work – will design a workshop for the lapidary equipment eventually – no hurry. Part of it will be storage of course. Still don’t have the ’41 Ford here yet – Travis is having scheduling issues – perhaps very early this week. Tomorrow afternoon the phone REPAIR people will return – it worked a whole 12 hours or so…….. The internet is blazing fast and love it! Our rabbit ears in the house only gives us a couple of independents, but usable minimally. Also Monday afternoon the cable crew comes to make our home connected for basic broadcast and some cable like National Geographic and such. It’s what we watch most of the time anyway.

Need go return to the base pharmacy after Kirtland AFB transfers our prescriptions. LOVING having a big range of food/restaurant choices here!!!!!! And, 3 large grocers – not just stuck with wallyworld.

Our handyman is so good! While the new cabinets are 3 months out, we’re anxious already……….. The views from our home of the mountains are magnificent. Exploring the region in the old truck is a huge fun thing to come. The guest room is simple storage right now – yet another thing to look forward to. Having the office set up is great – but about 1000# of Cat’s books to deal with. At the moment there is no place for them. Will be dumping or giving away more than 100 LP’s mostly from the 60’s.

Huge changes in our lifestyle – adjustments every day……… But, we’re handling it bit by bit…. Thanks to those who have followed and supported us in this fun though unplanned move..



Packing It In

Cat and I have just about completed packing everything for our move to Alamogordo. Today marked a milestone for myself – ALL the shops, new garage, old Bike House, and bowl room are totally empty and cleaned, even the shelving. The crew of Tyler did an amazing job of it all. Robert came with his son and took lots of stuff, including the shelving I had used for so long.

The morning started with a huge jolt – the ‘mover’ I’ve been talking to revealed that his services were ONLY he and another packing our items – we have to supply all the supplies, boxes, and even RENT THE VAN for them to load!!!!!!!!!!!!! Up to this point he was going to come in a 31′ van with a crew… I was totally blown away and stunned at this revelation! The work leader of the Tyler crew overheard my angst and offered that he and helpers routinely move people and could do that for us too! Tyler arranged for the van and all. So, we’ll still pack the guest bed, computer work stations & computers, and outside stuff tomorrow, driving down with Pepper Sunday. We have two able helpers to unload and set that up there. We return to Magdalena Sunday afternoon and Tyler’s crew come Monday morning to pack, load, and likely take the load down Tuesday morning. Cat and I will leave Pepper at a boarder Sunday and after the crew does their thing Monday, go on back to Alamogordo…… They will show up at our new home with the truck and disperse everything as we direct.

What a saving action by Tyler and the guys! Two local professional movers to take care of us and our stuff! We’re blessed.

Today I met with our friend across the road who will deliver the ’41 Ford pickup to our home in Alamogordo the 17th. HUGE problem solved!

We’re on the way and at a more relaxed & reliable pace. Both Cat and I are so desperately tired and worn out, but it’s a good feeling. We can hardly wait to be “Home”…………

This morning it was 24 degrees when I went out with Pepper. So, we finally turned on the furnace. Still feels good as it’s just 57 now at 4:00 pm…..

Thanks to all the good people who have sorta moved along with us giving their blessings and support. We have so many good friends who share with us that way. Now, a lite dinner and a quiet evening.


Movin’ On Down

Cat and I continue to make progress on our impending move to Alamogordo. Packing away, pitching, and setting aside for donation. I just know that we’ll dispose of a LOT once we’re settled. Closing last Monday was such fun.

Then, Friday evening our realtor called to report that vandals had entered the home and broken light globes, knocked some holes in walls, broke a glass panel in the fireplace screen, and sprayed their name on 2 walls. Welcome to Alamogordo. It is a marvelous neighborhood and this sort of thing is extremely rare according to friends there. I called the police but they would not respond or make report! An office would call when available…… No call. I drove down Saturday to survey the damage and was pleasantly surprised that it was not bad. There wad no sign of forced entry so entry was either by key or an unlocked door. A cleaning lady had did her thing the day before so I’m convinced that she did not lock one of the doors. The little punks were drawn to the home as the pure idiot listing ERA real estate agent left their huge sign in the yard for a WEEK after the sale! I should not have to pay for the damage because of those human failures. I’ll begin by having all 3 locksets replaced. We had already decided to replace all the ceiling fans. A contractor will repair the wall damage and painting.

Looking around with nothing in the way discovered that all cabinets are in bad condition – we’ll probably have new ones made and installed. Now is the time.

The selling agent, Future Real Estate, has been remarkable in helping us through the process from looking at homes- and they have not abandoned us now after the sale. Fantastic group! Both Justin’s are going above the call.

We have a huge pile of refuse and about 1/4th of a garage full of packed boxes. All the exotic woods go the 3rd. Everything else was sold to one person and it all should be removed by Friday. Cat and I are so excited and the bump in theroad of the vandalism is not going to affect our excitement.

Been starting the ’41 Ford pickup often to let it run awhile to help with break-in. The builder had rather I not drive it till the exhaust leak and temp gauge are repaired. A shop in Alamogordo will do the work – I visited them last week. Will trailer it down. Had thought the builder was going to break it in, guess he didn’t get around to it.

We so look forward to moving to Alamogordo the 15th. We have worked so hard to make it a smooth transition. Our lives will be radically changed. I’m taking NO equipment! A nice lapidary shop will be my form of “work” fun. We will both greatly enjoy frequent drives in the old truck visiting all the attractions in that part of the state. And, a nice guest room awaits.



I do have a degree of resolve now and then. It is on board now. My last post talked about selling the last of what I wanted to. There was commitment from whom I thought was reliable. Turns out not so much. She never called or responded to my several calls/messages. So, I had already made a decision to sell ALL equipment and related items. I called a very reliable person who immediately agreed to take it ALL! I trust Tyler completely and this is the solid solution to a very difficult situation. He is such an honorable person.
Our packing goes well. Cat is a dynamo! I’m so proud of her. We.ll be fine. Still working on getting a mover to finish up and deliver it all to our new home. The mortgage is ready to close the 25th. We’re anxious to start this new life and look forward to our new adventures.


I sometimes surprise myself. Recently I set about to dispose of all the tools, equipment, and supplies that I did not want to take to Alamogordo. Yesterday the very last sold! I’m blown away, to say the least! Pricing everything to be sold rather than collecting the items had a lot to do with that outcome.
I wish for a similar success for Cat this coming Saturday in her total studio liquidation. 4 floor looms are left with hundreds of cones of fine weaving yarns, and dozens of miscellaneous items. We hope for an empty studio.
Still packing things to take to Alamogordo and making great progress, thanks in great part to the efforts of Cat. While I was packing in the shop today I found a nice set of carving tools! Discovery can take anyone by surprise. The mortgage process is moving along. Wish that our local realtor was as efficient. The outside guy doing all that work did a fantastic job having finished today.

The ’41 Ford pickup, after almost 2 years, should be delivered Wednesday.  That is if the new wiper motor arrives tomorrow.
Wishing everyone everything they deserve.


Cat’s Looms Ready To Go!

The remaining floor looms of Cat’s are all ready to go to new homes! See my earlier post about them. All are in superb condition and ready for adoption starting Wednesday August 21…….  This also includes all her weaving tools, equipment, and HUNDREDS of cones of yarns!  Even the glass door cabinets!