Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I am now getting impatient for spring weather, as is everyone else I talk to. I would even be happy with 40 and 50 degree temperatures. The good thing is that we have had some moisture lately, and I am hopeful that once the temperatures rise we will have morel mushrooms!

On the other hand, I see that Dallas is getting its share of cold weather and snow this month.

It's time for me to sow some seeds for spring blooms (larkspur, bluebonnet and other wildflowers, etc.) and also start some vegetable seedlings in the house. We are still shooting to have the New Mexico room completed by the end of March.

Friday, February 5, 2010


I didn't see it, but the news reports were that the groundhog saw his shadow, so we'll have six more weeks of winter. I think we would have that much more winter whether the groundhow saw it or not. None of the critters saw their shadow here, as it has been cloudy and overcast and snowy for several days. The sun is just now coming out at the end of this week and the temperatures are above freezing. But there is another front coming through on Sunday/Monday. It doesn't look like it will produce much precip, but the temperatures will be below freezing. The cold temperatures (40+) aren't so bad when it is sunny and when it isn't windy. I have a touch of cabin fever and am eager to invite friends over for small dinner parties.

The freezing temperatures have prevented Andy from doing any tile work for over a week, but he's made some progress -- gotten the shower and the main floor done. We've picked up some sample colors for the bathroom and the bedroom and painted swatches on the wall. The New Mexico room is a bright room and I want to use a little bit of turquoise color in addition to the earthtones we've chosen.

We have guests coming next weekend (Feb 12), and have already gotten several reservations for August! We also have some guests staying during the week for the next few weeks. Everyone who has stayed with us have been very kind, friendly and interesting. This venture of ours is a great way to meet new people and make new friends and acquaintances. Our winter visitors are getting to see the property with snow and aren't doing any hiking, but are enjoying the fireplace and quiet solitude.

We have our current rates posted in a brochure and on our website, but we are still offering discounted rates through April. We have the local TROUT DERBY coming up the first weekend in March, a TRAIL RIDE, and an all-town Garage Sale that draws people from outside of our immediate town.

I still can't wait until Spring arrives. This coming weekend I plan on sowing seeds for spring blooms.