Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thought I'd put a few pictures here and say a little about what we're doing.

Wendell has not been feeling well for several weeks now so we're not doing as much as I'd like.  He finally went to an urgent care place last week, but what they prescribed and suggested have done no good.  In fact, he is doing much worse just now.  He does have some good days but mostly not so good.  I'm feeling blue.  I wanted to go home at the end of January but he persisted in wanting to stay on, so here we stay ...

On the plus side, the weather here has been fantastic.  I have absolutely no complaints.  It's usually in the high 60's to low 70's with very low humidity (teens to low 20's) and sun, sun sun.  What's not to love?  If I'm out in the sun for long I have to have a hat on and short sleeves.  I haven't gotten W. out of his long sleeves except for one day.  I sit out in the sun on the patio in the afternoon and feel sleepy and sluggish, like an old dog.  I've not walked as much as I should and intend to begin again tomorrow.  I've been staying in with W. because I'm so worried about him, but I have to get out and walk for my knee's sake!

This house we're staying at is wonderful.  So nice, modern, clean, comfortable; everything we could have asked for inside.  I have no complaints about the house at all.  The neighborhood is another thing.  The population hereabout (Las Cruces & El Paso) is predominately Mexican-American, strong on the Mexican.  I've tried to strike up conversations two times with neighbors but they look at you and shrug their shoulders and say something in Spanglish and walk away.  Very disconcerting.  So I don't try any more; I just wave.  Multi-generational homes are very common in this neighborhood.  The young men like loud cars and loud music.  And they warm up their vehicles for long periods before they leave (in this climate? why?).  We've never slept later than about 6:30 a.m. during the week.  One home, catty-corner across from us, have 5 vehicles and they all leave in the morning ....... But like I say, we're the outsider here and this is their life.  Not ours.  I'm torn about how to review this place on Airbnb when we leave ... what would you do?  I feel it would have been nice if we'd been sort of forewarned before we came that we shouldn't expect quiet.  But we're doing okay.  We've both mellowed a lot in our old age ...  And they seem to sleep in on Saturdays and Sundays.  

Well, I'm spouted off enough about that.  Here's some pictures of what we've done that's been fun and interesting.

Visited the Sunday market in the Old Mesilla, the old town part of Las Cruces.

There were three walls of crosses in this shop in the Old Mesilla!  (Well, Las Cruces means ' the crosses'.)

I really loved these dream catchers and especially the fact that they had a crocheted center!  Gives me ideas!

The Catholic church on the north side of the plaza in the Old Mesilla.  Lovely!  Look at that sky!

A courtyard at LaPosta Restaurant.  This is one huge, wonderful restaurant!

Part of LaPosta restaurant in the Old Mesilla.

We went to the War Eagles Museum about 30 minutes south of us in Santa Teresa.  Great day!  Cars and planes!

On the way home from the War Eagles Museum, we stopped at the Rio Grande River in the Mesilla Valley.  There was a guy there playing fetch with his dog in the river bed.  Something we don't see along the White River in Indiana.  Very interesting!  Dry dry dry here ...

Well, I'd better sign off.  We took another couple day trips that I'll post pictures of here soon.  Off to bed with my latest book.  I have got a LOT of reading done here.  See -- there's always something good to say.  God is so good!

Have a great Valentine's Day y'all.