Create anyway

Climb Up On Some Hill At Sunrise
Image by B Tal via Flickr
I am finding so many great quotes and sayings that I just want to share with you!!! Here's another ...

‎"People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you;
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight;
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten;
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway." - Mother Teresa

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Mr. Ritter said ...

Broken Arrow Trail
Image by Coconino National Forest via Flickr
"We're all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house. Birth 'til death. We travel between the eternities." 

~~ Prentice Ritter; From the 2006 motion picture Broken Trail.
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I found this on Tumblr. I don't know the origin in order to give credit for it's loveliness. It definitely brought a tears to my eyes. How beautiful a love. Enjoy ~M

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Garden
Image by carfull...farewell to summer via Flickr
I'll be away for about a week ... holidays, etc.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Wise words

"Unless you follow your own trail in life, you will be forced to follow the path of someone else
who did.
~~~ Wise words of a friend

Los Greigos

Old pic NM

Count down

Day 221  ...
Count down to freedom!
Freedom from crowded streets
Freedom from bright lights
Freedom from unatural living

[reviewing] Rightful Places by Amy Hale Auker

I finished reading Rightful Places just a few days after I started it. I found it to be utterly interesting in it’s detail  and honesty of ranch life. It was a quick read.
… Quick to read but not soon forgotten. The beauty of Ms. Auker’s descriptions find a place in your soul and are easily branded into your memory.
The slim book with it’s captivating jacket is now sitting on the table beside my bed. I find myself opening it to a random page and being transported to a different place, entranced by the imagery and delighted by the poetry. This book will not spend much time slotted between other books on a shelf rarely visited … it will keep calling you.

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Juni Fisher

Just listening to some good music ... Enjoy! ... and click on her website to hear Gone for Colorado

To hear Gone for Colorado

Heart aflutter


Not long ago I posted about tiny houses. I am indeed enamored of them. This morning my friend “J” sent my heart aflutter by sharing a design for a garden shed which I will stretch to say can be made into a tiny house or added onto a tiny house to make a medium house (see there I go).

This could be the tiny house of my dreams.



My friend “J” has a bead on how to make my brain buzz with ideas. Between yesterday and today, I must have had a zillion (well, maybe just 10 or 15) tabs open on my computer all related to something “J” posted on Facebook. From Farm to Market to Permaculture to Biodynamic French Intensive Gardening, “J” keeps it interesting. Then, of course, there is the whirl of ‘everything is interesting’ that sucks me in every time.

Tell me though, is this not the most enchanting design?

Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth of Hel Yes! have produced this delight …



Dreams could only be perfect while sleeping in this tiny room. Sunrise and sunset, each a glorious moment. Even the pattering of rain would inspire.

Now picture the lovely tiny house I posted about last week …..

Tiny House

connected to  this incredible garden shed turned bedroom …


with plenty of containers to grow good, clean food …

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situated along this  beautiful strip of land beside the Rio Grande …


Can you picture it?

When you think about it, do any of us really need so much? Isn’t just a tiny place okay? I think so, all according to need. But having just what is needed does not mean it doesn’t have to be beautiful or be in a beautiful place. Of course, according to ones own aesthetic. It’s the beauty that is soaked up and which satisfies all the wants. Just like a fine meal satisfies your hunger.

See it with me! It’s a good daydream and well, anything can be possible you know …

A meditation for an auspicious day ...

Picture by Realm of Tranquility on Facebook
Make a wish ... carry it in your heart! Allow yourself to shift into grace.

Grace knows no gender!

 A holiday stocking stuffer for my teen boy! On sale until 11/14 at 11am EST at One Kings Lane. I'd like to invite you to join One Kings Lane, a great place for top-brand & designer furniture, decor, art, gifts & vintage items up to 70% off. And there's a $15 credit waiting for you if you sign up by clicking this link!
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[some] Alluring thoughts

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  • Rose colored mountains on a summer evening
  • A certain young man who flows like a long cool drink of water
  • The changing colors of adobe walls at dusk
  • A rising sun over shinning waters
  • Sea foam and seashells on glistening sand
  • Hot coffee, a warm blanket, a rocking chair, a porch with a view
  • A seagull’s song on a deserted beach
  • Wild horses in the sun
  • The sound spurs make on a slow walk
  • Friends who care and remember, who hold out their arms to catch your heart each time
  • The crow who calls out in the early morning and reminds us what can be done in the quiet of the early day
  • Worn leather
  • Fluffy tailed bunnies
  • The feel of a hot tub on a snowy night under the stars, in the mountains
  • A new book, a cozy chair, a rainy day
  • The smell of green chile roasting
  • The yip of Coyote in the dark, instinct awakened
  • The smell of cut grass, the feel under your bare feet
  • Facing the wind …
  • A Taos Sunset
  • Sunlight streaming in the doorway on a late summer afternoon
  • Puppy hugs
  • Icy cold lemonade in frosty glasses on a scorching day
  • Baby toes and baby nose
  • Free range animals
  • Herbs drying from ceiling rafters, dust angels floating in the stream of sun filtering through old wavy glass panes
  • Red checked blankets, straw baskets filled with fresh food, laughing children and sweet afternoon naps under the sun
  • The smell of rain in the desert
  • Fresh vegetables blooming in a beautiful container garden
  • The squeak of a wood floor at 2AM
  • Hay rolling off the back of old ranch trucks, cattle lining up like school children
  • Fine bone china, elegant silverware, linen tablecloths, crystal glasses, dim light, soft laughter, demure smiles, shared glances
  • Fresh Lavender scented sheets
  • The view from high on Hermits Peak
  • The scent of pluff mud
  • The smell of cedar trees on a cold sunny morning deep in the forest
  • Purring kitties
  • The smell of piƱon wood burning in the wood stove
  • The sound of children splashing in the pool
  • Apple picking on a cool morning
  • Cottonwood fluff falling from the trees
  • Pimento cheese sandwiches at the beach
  • Spirit ceremonies
  • Heat rising from loam on a hot afternoon
  • Full moon halo shining on the canyon
  • Margarita’s on the porch, friends sharing good times
  • Hot air balloons floating
  • Dusty roads
  • The singular sound of a gas powered saw on the mountain
  • Sandy feet on weatherworn floors, the sound of crashing waves in the salty air
  • The feel of a horses muzzle
  • The smell of burning sage
  • A wooden pier over the marsh
  • Ambrosia salad
  • Sheets drying in the sun
  • A colorful herb garden
  • Houses lit up in the dark night
  • The movement of the boat in calm water
  • Land as far as the eye can see
  • Sheep herding in Navajo land
  • Happy dreams, sweet sleep

Dream slice

I'm picturing myself on the porch wrapped in a blanket, a cup of hot coffee, watching the sun rise on a new day. 
Dream it, believe it, have it ....

Picture from 'A Well Traveled Woman"

Just a note!

Over the next few days, I will be re-designing this blog to what I hope will be a better format with an updated style. Look for the changes and let me know what you think!  ~M

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Vess Quinlan "Rain in May"

It’s so easy to love a Cowboy Poet, especially when he brings to life the meaning of rain in the desert! Have a listen to Vess Quinlan as he recites a new poem at the 27th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko.

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An artist's eye and a poet's pen ... Amy Hale Auker

Listen to an excerpt from Rightful Place by Amy Hale Auker by clicking HERE!

Contact Amy for a copy of Rightful Places … it will make a great gift!

I want a tiny house!

I am just in love with these teeny, tiny homes. I have dreams of an uncluttered, Zen like room with just the bare necessities. Of course, then I start thinking about the bare necessities and well; I get a bit off track. I have, over the years, pared down considerably due to my penchant for cris crossing the country like the wandering gypsy I tend to be.
I wonder if any of my dear friends would tolerate a tiny home in their backyard for me and my boy. Of course, I’d have to pay rent for use of their land and tap into water and sewer. It would have to be a friend with considerable land and a wellspring of tolerance and good nature…hmmm!
I don’t know if that is a realistic thought but it certainly is a fun one.Tiny House
I wonder though, would I start to expand and slowly grow out of my tiny home? I do have a tendency to collect books. I have gotten better about that since I now own a Kindle but I'm not completely cured of book collecting…especially if I can get an authors signature. Can’t do that with a Kindle. I might end up over running the tiny home with plants. That’s very possible.
My boy probably wouldn’t fit after awhile. After all, he is already adult size as a young teen. Plus, he has a ton of stuff. Kids always have a ton of stuff and they are always looking to have more stuff. I think wanting to get rid of your stuff is something people my age want to do. People my age don’t want to have to clean big houses or even pay to have someone else clean a big house. Maybe that’s why I’m attracted to the tiny house. I could spend the bulk of my time reading, playing with plants and concocting various adult beverages.
Speaking of adult beverages, I could still entertain … just outside ... when the weather is fine. I could plant a nice edible container garden and have a nice intimate seating area. So much to consider.
My friend “L” is seriously considering buying three tiny houses for her three boys. She wants to put tiny homes on her land in the upstate of SC. She figures at least she’ll always be able to provide housing for her kids and they’ll always have a place to go back to ... that isn’t her house.
Clever! ...
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