Sunday, January 31, 2010

End of a snowy icy month

January has been quite a weather month here, with a number of wintery days that brought us a lot of snow accumulation, a dramatic view of our mountains, and ice forming on our canales and trees.

John and I are snow-loving people. We cannot resist grabbing our cameras and heading outside after a snowstorm. John got these pictures yesterday around our house and yard:

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Whole Hog Cafe

By Santa Fe standards, the Whole Hog Cafe on Cerrillos Road is the best place in the city for barbecue.

We eat there quite often, because we have so many tea party and Center Right Coalition meetings there...and maybe the best part about the meetings is getting a plate of good barbecue.

Bo the owner and Manuel my favorite waiter there are really good to their customers, and the pulled pork is awesome and tender. They have a variety of sauces to put on your barbecue, even a couple that taste pretty similar to Kansas and Texas.

Two thumbs up for barbecue, Santa Fe style!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cactus in the Snow

Snowy morning here at our house. We must have had at least 6 inches and it is still snowing as I type this.

I went out and walked around our property in the falling snow a little while ago. It's fun to see cactus covered in snow - such is the weather in our high desert area.

And some yucca plants behind our house.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains today

We had snow for nearly the entire past week, and the cloud cover on top of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains never lifted until yesterday. Then we could see how much snow the highest elevations in our area got during those snow days.

We took these pictures today from a high point in the northern part of Santa Fe.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Looking out my windows

Just taken this morning:

Looking northeast:

Looking north:

Looking west:

Looking north:


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wintry week

Our winter weather continues as this week goes on.

We've had some snow every day, with more in the forecast.

Here are a few pictures I have taken at our house:

And this picture was taken yesterday morning at Avenida Vista Grande and Hwy 285 in Eldorado:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Our snowy day

We woke up this morning to a lot of snow on the ground, and more falling all morning.

It was very pretty - our first big snowfall of the new year.

The dogs loved burrowing in it and leaping around the yard.

John measured 8 inches at midmorning, and then it snowed more after that.

And tomorrow we are supposed to get more!

This afternoon when the clouds lifted over the Sangre foothills:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I have this houseplant...

I don't know what it is.

I have had it for over a year, and it has tripled in size.

Now it has flower buds all over it.

I am watching it to see what the flowers are going to look like.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Our juniper tree with live ornaments

John looked out towards the front of our house yesterday, and one of the juniper trees was covered with bluebirds and robins. Real ones.

We pondered why a whole flock of them chose that one tree. Still don't know how they all knew to go to that particular tree, but John decided they knew to perch on the south side of the tree for warmth from the sun on a very cold morning.

They were only there for a short time, but long enough for John to get a few pictures, and for us to enjoy the really pretty view of our tree with "living ornaments."

Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

It's a dog's life

What better way to spend a weekend but napping ... and napping ... and napping....


STARMAN - loving that radiant heat:

Knitting for Zuni

Most of my knitting in the past months has been for my new grandson, Alessandro.

But I did manage to sqeeeze in a little time to knit a few winter hats and scarves to send off to my friend Bonnie at the Zuni Pueblo to give to anyone out there who needs some extra warm winter things.

I am going to get them into the mail Monday morning.

My goal for next winter is to get twice as many done.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Santa Fe on New Year's Night

On New Year's Night we went into town and enjoyed looking at the holiday lights.

It was bitter cold outside, but down on the Plaza many people were out walking around and there was a festive feeling in the air:

Scenes around the Plaza:

The Inn at Loretto:

St. Francis Cathedral Basilica:

The New Mexico State Capitol Building:

The Inn of the Turquoise Bear: