In 2016 when I spent my first summer in New Mexico, I planned on eventually exploring other corners of the West. Well, I was warned this is the Land of Entrapment, which is the local’s spin on the official state motto: Land of Enchantment.

Consider me now officially among the trapped and loving every moment of it. The cats and I arrived at our new Sandia Park home on Wednesday. The views are even more magnificent than I recalled. And since I only saw the house in early March, now that spring has burst the landscaping is much better than I’d hoped for.

A case in point is the blooming lilac and gooseberry bushes, which I haven’t experienced since I moved to Texas 30 years ago.

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