Andy & Sauks window hunting

I’m not going to check and see if I used the same blog title for my first posting in Tijeras last year. Sauks, Andy and I crossed the New Mexico state line on Friday. When I stopped in Santa Rosa for gas, I noticed it was appreciably cooler than the Texas Panhandle.

The cats are starting to relax from their five-day, multi-stop journey. They know this place and if they have a single complaint, it would probably be so far they haven’t scared up any mice or centipedes (fingers crossed). They were so fearful of being thrown back in the car they slept in the guest bedroom the first three nights. But then perhaps they remembered the mousing was better in there.

Hollyhocks in Old Town ABQ

I’m working on getting my mountain legs. Heading to Colorado in less than two weeks, and my family has no mercy on flat-landers up there. After Sunday night’s much-needed rain (New Mexico is in a severe drought and a number of places including the Santa Fe National Forest are closed because the state is a virtual tinder box), it is gradually warming up. So, I’ll drive up a thousand feet or so for this afternoon’s hike.


  1. Mikki Bate on June 7, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Like old Willie Nelson .. On the Road Again … it looks absolutely delightful. Enjoyed your book so much, your story …what an adventuresome exciting young woman you are …!

  2. Mick.B. on June 15, 2018 at 10:25 am

    A term I’ve never heard before, but one which I find rather amusing.

    • Anne Leonard on June 15, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      If I had to guess, the first I heard it was probably when my Colorado cousin called me that as small child. Coming from Nebraska, we were true flatlanders. In fact, Nebraska means flat water in one of the local Indian dialects. I checked and flatlander is, no surprise, an American term dating back to the 1700s.

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