New Mexico Sunsets

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Sunset 02-01-2018. Los Lunas, New Mexico

 

Sunset 01-31-2018.

 

Sunset 01-30-2018

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Wine Review: 2016 Pinot Noir, Fisheye

Fisheye Pinot Noir

 

Of all the budget-priced wines in the $5 – $6 range, Fisheye from south eastern Australia is by far my favorite (and I’m cheap, so I’ve tried most of them). Every Fisheye wine that I have sampled is smooth and tasty and this 2016 Pinot Noir is no different.

It truly makes me happy to spend only $5 on a bottle of wine and not regret it in the morning.

This Pinot Noir is just a touch spicy with a hint of cinnamon over a smooth base of medium red fruit and a bit of oak. Check out the beautiful ruby red hue!

Fisheye Pinot Noir

Other pertinent facts: 13.5% alcohol, pairs well with pepper-jack cheese and Club crackers, no headache. Did I mention $5?

 

 

Time For A New Ride

2017 Chevrolet Cruze LT

The last few months have been incredibly abundant but, into every life a season of newness must occur from time to time, and that season is now.

New location, new house filled with new stuff and, last but not least, a bouncing baby new car.

It’s a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze and, while I’ve never had a car this big, this red, or this American before, I have to admit that I am completely smitten with it. Lots of giddy-up and great gas mileage to boot!

Suffice to say, life is good in 2018. 🙂

I got home a little later than I meant to but here is tonight’s sunset.

New Mexico: Time Lapse Videos

 

This first video is from tonight’s sunset.

The others are a mix of sunrises and sunsets.  All are shot in the last couple weeks from my yard in Los Lunas with an iPhone 6 SE.

Last night’s sunset. January 8, 2018

Sunset. January 2, 2018

Sunset. December 31, 2017

Sunrise. January 6, 2018

Sunset. January 3, 2018

Sunrise. January  1,2018.

 

New Mexico, In All It’s Splendor

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Sunrise, first morning in New Mexico. 12/07/2017

New Mexico. Xavier and I have been here for a little over a month now and all I do is stare at the sky. I have loads of photos, time lapse videos, and wine reviews to get posted but for now I’ll settle for the photos.

All images created with the iPhone 6 SE and Snapseed. Most are shot from my yard.

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Sunrise on the way to Santa Fe. 12/08/2017
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Meadow Lake road overlooking Los Lunas
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Sunrise over the Manzano Mountains
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Sunrise to the south.
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Meadow Lake Road. Driving home towards the Manzano Mountains.
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Sunset to the south and a crescent moon.
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Sunset to the west (from my back door)
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Sunset to the south (from my driveway)
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Sunset, I-25 through Isleta Pueblo
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Sunset from my back door
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Sunrise over the Manzano Mountains as seen from my driveway.
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Sunrise to the north, as seen from my back yard.
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Sunrise to the northeast
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Sunrise to the northeast
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Sunrise over the Manzano Mountains

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Supermoon over the Manzano Mountains. January 1, 2018
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Supermoon sunrise to the southwest. January 2, 2018
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Sandia Mountains as seen from Meadow Lake Road. January 2, 2018.

Future New Mexicans

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My Dad and Xavier standing on the site of our future home.

Our time here in Maryland grows short. Big transactions are taking place and in a few months our new house (from Clayton Homes) will be delivered to this land near the Manzano Mountains in New Mexico.

It is what keeps me going day after day.

I grew up on this land and it’s time to go home and be near my family.

I can’t wait to visit all the local wineries and be able to buy wine at Costco and Trader Joe’s (can’t do that in Maryland). Did you know there is a winery in Albuquerque that has both red and green chili wine?

Most importantly, Xavier and I want an actual home that is not an apartment. We want to have our own space, our own yard, a workshop; our very own hippie homestead with wind turbines, solar panels, and rain collection barrels. (And Wi-Fi… don’t forget the Wi-Fi)

But we want a certain type of lifestyle too.  We want to fly light.

That means living with low overhead. Buying a home that is easily affordable instead of barely affordable. We’re minimalist in that regard. We want to spend our money on adventures and experiences instead of on unnecessarily inflated bills.

At first we had planned to buy a tiny house but that proved to be impractical for a whole host of technical reasons, like zoning laws say for instance. As it turned out, it made a whole lot more sense to buy a manufactured home. It’s still small but not so tiny that it has a weed sprayer shower or an electric hotplate for a stove plus I won’t have to be hoisting my dog up a ladder every night when we go to bed.

I really didn’t want to hoist my dog up a ladder.

Anyway, New Mexico awaits, the wheels in the sky are turning and all we have to do is stay the course.

September

October

November

So long Maryland and hello New Mexico!

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