Welcome to the Boonies, little out of the way places and beads along the way.

I am going to use this space to talk about the fine art of finding and then relocating beads. Sounds a bit ridiculous when you think of all the things going on in this world - I'm sure - but they need to find new homes somewhere, rather than bouncing around the USA with me and Steve.

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How to make a great portable beading dish

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We are going camping this summer and I AM TAKING MY BEADS WITH ME!!!! So I needed a portable surface for seed beads – my favorite, where they wouldn’t roll around as I was beading and it had to be  small – we bought a 15′ Fun Finder (another whole story) so not a lot of space to use. Here’s my idea. Have a peyote bead class in a week or so and going to supply one to each student – let them test drive them. Here’s some photos to show how I made them. Save some plastic lids (margarine, sour cream, etc) the size you want;  get a few scraps of a nappy fabric (something light weight with a little texture like corduroy or a velour blanket or light weight upholstery fabric; then…

Trace around the lid with a marker on the back side of your napped fabric.

Trace around the lid with a marker on the back side of your napped fabric.

Cut out with pink shears (preferred) or regular scissors

Cut out with pink shears (preferred) or regular scissors

Coat the inside of the lid with rubber cement - be sure to coat up the sides, too.

Coat the inside of the lid with rubber cement – be sure to coat up the sides, too.

Coat the wrong side (un napped) of the fabric, let both pieces dry.

Coat the wrong side (un-napped) of the fabric, let both pieces dry.

Press into lid, glued sides together.

Press into lid, glued sides together.

Rub from center out to edges of the lid

Rub from center out to edges of the lid

Press into edges well.

Press into edges well.

Trim any excess.

Trim any excess.

Let dry well and  Happy beading

Let dry well and Happy beading

What's great, you can fold it to use as a funnel;putting beads back into containers

What’s great, you can fold it to use as a funnel;putting beads back into containers

I found a very odd plastic square at the thrift store  for my traveling/camping tray.  Lighter fabric is better - hard to see the dark beads on this one.

I found a very odd plastic square at the thrift store for my traveling/camping tray. Lighter fabric is better – hard to see the dark beads on this one.

TorC is like life and . . . as Forest said … “a box of chocolates.”

…you never know what you are gonna see. I swear – I find something to smile or grin at every time we go out in this town – even the ride to WalMart is fun! Today we needed to get diesel – the price fell again so Steve was ready to pump and buy some – and afterwards we took a few turns off the main road. Am trying to take my camera – as I have a mental list of “next time we drive by here I’m gonna get a picture of THAT.
THE purple/maybe lavender and very very yellow house - down by the "rivah".

The purple and yellow house is one of those on the mental list – but before we passed it today – I saw a whole new treasure   Across from the RiverBend Hotsprings there are usually RVs parked – but today several sites were empty and WOW – there was this wall

THE wall.

THE wall.

Had to stop and get some close-ups of TorC’s “cave art”.

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Alive and well – still in New Mexico

Been awhile since I tried to write. – got thru last summer – that’s my biggest block – Steve spent a lot of time in the VA hospital in Alburquerque. And we managed to get thru a workamping job at the Turquoise Trail Campground  – outside of ABQ in the Sandia mountains – through the good graces of a very understanding campground owner.  Was the first time we took a workamping job and – could not really come through – due to health.  So we are re-thinking our retirement career. 

It’s rough because we would still like to work – just can’t work like we used to – and the more sitting we do – the worse the problem gets.

So we are spending the summer here in Tor C, helping out in a park on weekends , trying to save money by not using up diesel trekking to a summer job.  In the meantime – have just really found myself enjoying the sights of this little town  and of course – beading!  Here’s a few photos – it’s an odd and definitely colorful little old town.

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TorC, New Mexico, colors

TorC, New Mexico, colors

Enjoying our stay in Truth or Consequences –

The Ride to Chloride

Looking east toward the Rio Grande from Hwy 52 , coming back from Chloride

February 20-2012 – great day for a ramble with a sandwich from Subway for lunch and hunt for ghost towns.  Headed for Chloride, north and west of us – about 100 miles round trip from Truth or Consequences.

 

—- OOOPS, did I say , we made it to NewMexico?  Got here first of the month after a whirlwind, one night layover in Albuqerque.  Scoped out where the VA hospital is and how to get there if and when we need to. Now we are spending a month or so  150 miles south in TorC (short for Truth or Consequences), on the Rio Grande, next to the elephant Butte Reservoir.  I know the town changed its name from Hot Springs with the help of TV show host Ralph Edwards – have not heard yet why they chose that name – but I think it did what they were hoping and got them a bit more noticed on the map.   Now back to…

First sky in New Mexico

 

Yesterday’s RIDE TO CHLORIDE

It was about 100 miles round trip, winding up into the mountains, north and west of us – that we see from town on the horizon – toward the Gila Wilderness Area. Went through several dusty little towns that saw boom times around the turn of the centry when silver mining put most of them on the map. Some of them had been on the map a lot longer from days of Mexico ownership when it was mostly ranching and farming and before that mostly roaming by the original hunter/gatherers – the Apache Indians.

But the end of the road in Chloride was a real treasure – 11 full-time residents, expanding to 13 that very day – 2 new people moving in! Here’s a few photos from the day …

Beautiful old adobe wall and gate in Monticello - originally built to fight the Apaches.