Phoenix Hybrid Heralds Spring

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Apr 102015

Phoenix-HybridWhile we've been enjoying delightful weather for some time now, I wasn't quite convinced that Spring was here to stay until we got this gorgeous tomato plant.

You have to understand that my frame of reference is Chicago and it won't be appropriate to plant tomatoes outdoors for at least another 3-4 weeks.

Previously, in Chicago, I was able to raise outstandig crops of cherry tomatoes (yellow and red). But this is high desert so I was a little hesitant to try them this year in Albuquerque, Instead we opted for Phoenix Hybrid. Can't wait to see how these do here. Of course, we're experimenting by planting this in a pot. Apartments with rock landscape just aren't as conducive to planting as we'd like. But this allows us to move the pot from the East where it gets lots of morning sun to out kitchen window which faces West. This should give the plant plenty of sunlight.

Stay tuned an we'll keep you posted. Those who are close friends can expect to enjoy some of the bounty come July and August.


NM Blood Moon Eclipse

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Apr 042015

lunar-eclipseDid you see it? We enjoyed this blood moon total eclipse — right from our kitchen window! It was absolutely awesome!!

There's going to be another one September 28th. My daughter I and agreed that we will go out into the desert to enjoy that one.

We just never had the joy of enjoying natural events of this kind when we were living in Illinois. The concrete jungle with it's bright lights – even at night – and it's smoggy skies blocked such events from us.

Several years ago we drove clear out to the furthermost northwestern suburbs hoping to view – I believe it was – a rare siting of the Northern Lights and met nothing but the greatest disappointment.

At that point we resolved to enjoy every extravaganza of nature that living in the Southwest would allow.

Mark your calendar and join us. Don't let the opportunity to enjoy pass you by.

Albuquerque GOC Bikers Plan Fundraiser

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Mar 122015

If you're looking for a way to have fun with a purpose, you can in Albuquerque. The Guardians of the Children has scheduled the following bike run; and, you can get involved whether you're a biker or not. They're looking for Vendors and Sponsors as well as bikers to participate in this fun-draiser:

2nd Annual Child Abuse Prevention Ride
Saturday, April 18

Join our annual ride for the kids.  Lots of biker fun, excitement and entertainment…all in the East Mountains. Includes an armful of raffles for FREE prizes. All bikes welcome. After-ride fun. Games, contests, fun and music. Awards for best looking gear, meanest looking choppers and more.

All proceeds support GOC Rio Grande work with abused kids.

Bikers: $20/bike
Vendors: $40/Table +$25 Raffle Gift
Sponsors: $25 Raffle Gift or more

For more information email or call 505-792-2808

Day Trip to Bandelier

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Feb 152015



It's been a while since I've been to the Bandelier National Monument. I was  surprised to see just how much the flash flood in 2013 and Las Conchas fire of 2011 affected this beautiful site. But there's still a timeless beauty that captivates us. You can't scale those mountains without realizing just how small and insignificant you are. It's a delightful day trip and a trek into history that leaves me in awe.

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