Monday, January 24, 2011

The Jemez at sunrise

John took this picture yesterday morning from our backyard.

The view is looking west towards the Jemez Mountains under a sky of low clouds.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"We The People".......are watching them

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 was the opening day of the current session of the New Mexico State Legislature.

John and I were there with tea party patriots from Santa Fe and around the state to let the legislators know that we are going to be watching them in the upcoming session....and that we want some basic things ... cutting spending, getting the state out of our $500 million deficit, fighting corruption, enacting laws to curtail voter fraud in the state, making New Mexico business friendly again.

It was a cold day, made more chilling by the always-present wind on the west side of the Roundhouse. But the crowd was enthusiastic and hopeful, and it was another successful tea party.

Young descendent of Patrick Henry reading his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech:

Marita Noon of CARE (Citizen's Alliance for Responsible Energy):

Todd Hathorne, activist for reducing voter fraud:

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson:

Radio guys Bob and Bob from Ruidoso:

Tea Party tables inside the Roundhouse:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Abiquiu in December

We rode up to Abiquiu several days before Christmas. Usually when we are there, the sky is a brilliant blue and reflects on the water of the lake.

Not so several weeks ago. There was a winter sky, with a promise of cold and some snow in northern New Mexico:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Christmas on the Plaza

Our daughter Karin got a good picture of John and I with our grand-children Victoria and Alessandro when we visited the Plaza during the week before Christmas:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Inaugural Ball

John and I didn't take any pictures at the Inaugural Ball on New Year's night, but our friend Orlando did, and he has given me permission to post them here:


Governor Martinez and her husband the First Gentleman Chuck Franco:

John and I, the Morrisons, the Lewis's, and Orlando at the ball:

Our friends Miles and Laurie:

Our friends Joann and Christine:

Monday, January 3, 2011

Martinez inauguration and reception - Orlando's photos

Our friend Orlando Baca had a better vantage point at the inauguration than we did, and he has given me permission to post some of his pictures of the event.

The first 5 pictures were taken at the inauguration ceremony on the Plaza in Santa Fe, the last 4 were taken at the public reception at the NM Museum of Fine Arts on the Plaza.


The helicopter flyover beginning the inauguration:

One of the Pueblo Indian dancers:

21 Gun Salute:

Governor Susana Martinez, carrying the Blankets of Authority, a gift from the Pueblo Indian governors, and First Gentleman Chuck Franco. Behind them is their son Carlo:

Governor Susana Martinez and her husband the First Gentleman Chuck Franco:

Our new Secretary of State Dianna Duran with a young visitor to the public reception:

Our friend Orlando with the new Lt. Governor John Sanchez and his wife Debra:

Our friends Miles & Laurie with Governor Martinez and First Gentleman Chuck Franco:

Orlando with the Governor and the First Dude:

Governor Susana Martinez is inaugurated

Saturday, January 1 was a bitter cold day in Northern New Mexico. Temperature in single digits. Wind chill -21ยบ.

On the Plaza in Santa Fe New Mexico, our new governor Susana Martinez was inaugurated in a beautiful ceremony that included a Blackhawk helicopter flyover, a 21 gun cannon salute, Pueblo Indian dancers performing a prayer dance, Rep. Steve Pearce as the Master of Ceremonies, and the swearing in of the new governor, the new Lt. Governor John Sanchez, and our new Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

We were chilled to the bone standing there in the crowd in the brutal weather, layered in the warmest clothing we all had. But the spirit in the crowd was was warm, and jubilant and hopeful.

This was the first time a New Mexico governor has ever been sworn in outdoors on the Plaza since New Mexico has been a state. We estimated there were approximately 1500 people who gathered in the cold to see Susana take the oath of office. We thrilled to the stirring and optimistic words of our new governor, who is the first woman governor in New Mexico, and the first Hispanic woman governor in the United States. This day was historic for so many reasons. It was just very cool to be there and be a part of it.

We were pretty far from the bandstand, so all of John's pictures were taken from a distance, but I want to share them on my blog.


Susana taking the oath of office. Her husband First Gentleman Chuck Franco at her side. Also in picture: John Sanchez and Rep. Steve Pearce.

Governor Martinez giving her inaugural address. Also in the picture: Sec. of State Dianna Duran and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez.

Lt. Governor John Sanchez taking the oath of office. His wife Debra is at his side.

Dianna Duran taking the oath of office as Secretary of State, her husband at her side:

One of the Pueblo Indian dancers:

The press contingent at left:

Saturday, January 1, 2011