Friday, November 28, 2014

the map of my life

The map of my life would look something like this:
favorite place #1, where I was first introduced to the mesa so many years ago
favorite place #2, where I camp under the pinon tree and greet the sunrise
favorite place #3, where I continue to learn and explore
the dog canyons
the nautilus
the pendant mound.
I have names for all the places on the mesa. And someday, I'll draw a map. Like a cartographer from another time, I'll create an illustrated map of my life, complete with the names I've bestowed on the places I love. I will hang the map on my wall. I will carry it in my heart.

Where does the map in your soul lead?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

knitting the mitts

I bought a book last March called "I Taught Myself How to Knit". I bought two skeins of yarn. I followed the instructions in the book, made some crazy looking things, and ripped out project after project. I even threw the yarn across the room.
But I stuck with it.
And I knit a pair of mitts!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

owl medicine

A handful of feathers, scattered under an old pinon tree.
An owl pellet, found nearby, filled with small treasures.
A nest, hidden in an alcove in the rock.
A day, blessed by the gods of the canyons.

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.

Friday, November 14, 2014

tall grass sunset

Evening comes softly in the high desert.
I lay in the grass, watch the sun go down. I walk the old gravel road, drawn toward the promise of the night.
The sun meets the horizon.
We become one.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

every day is a gift and every leaf a shining jewel

It might not look like autumn in the high desert, but oh, the subtle beauty of the season! The mornings start out cold and I wander the mesa bundled in layers. Canyon wrens sing and rabbits wander in the sage.  By mid-day, the sun is shining, the air is warm, and my soul drinks in the light, the sound, the smell of this place I love.
But it's the late afternoon, when the hike is done, the light is golden, and we sit on the edge of the mesa, that I hear the canyons speak. And there are some secrets I dare not tell....
This place, this magical grounds me. I am grateful to call it mine, to say I belong, to know a love like this.

Linking up with the awesome Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.

Friday, November 7, 2014

happy anniversary, pinto!


It's hard to look at those early photos..........she was a rez dog, abandoned in the desert, a skeleton with fur. It still breaks my heart to remember her that way.

My husband and I  found Pinto on a hike in the northern New Mexico desert. She was dehydrated, emaciated, and was wearing a collar she had tried to escape from but instead had one leg caught in it. The collar had been in that position for so long the flesh under her leg had begun to grow around it. 

We knew we could not leave her there. 

I will never forget the feeling of relief/gratitude/love that poured in waves from her little body as I wrapped her in a blanket, lifted her up, and carried her to the truck. We took her home that night.
We didn't know if she would make it through the night but we cleaned her up, fed her small meals, and hoped for the best.

That was nine years ago today. Just look at her now! 
My best girlfriend.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

rained out

Rained out....but I'm not complaining. Instead of wandering the high mesa I take to the lonely back roads in search of hidden homesteads. The rain, the cold, the low, dark sky all add to the adventure, the mystery, the joy of discovery on a grey, wet day.
I come upon a house, hidden in the overgrown brush. I love this weathered old house. I love its character. I love the way Nature caresses the walls, protecting the secrets inside.
This is the history of the high desert, lost on the sagebrush plains that stretch to the Rocky Mountains. May this house stand, surrounded by wild rose, lilac, and maple, for another hundred years.

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.

Linking up with Laura at Shine the Divine for I Heart Macro week 77.