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Friday, January 21, 2011

"I go to nature to be soothed & healed,
 and have my senses put in order."
~John Burroughs

And boy did I need to put my senses in order! Today was my first opportunity to get out in nature in far too long! I've been busy as usual, with work and finally with unpacking. It has been a stressful transition, my moving to Santa Fe. Finding affordable housing was the hardest part. I thought I had found a place and had my car packed after moving out of my little temporary casita... only to find the place filthy when I got there. The whole interaction I had with the owner of the place had been odd from the start (she doesn't live in town, and I was largely dealing with her friend here, it took a week to hear back on my credit & ref check, and there were some odd things written into the lease.) To find the place a mess the day I was supposed to move in (with my car loaded with all my belongings) was the final straw! I certainly did not want to be in a lease situation with a flaky landlord. At this point, I was beyond stressed... work had been extremely  busy, and to not have my own place to come home to was pushing me toward the edge! "Things are not supposed to be this difficult," I said to myself... so I gave it a timeframe. 1 week. If I didn't find a decent place in one week, I was packing up & heading back to San Diego for a re-group, and then likely back to the travel job. Well, thank goodness, I found a place 2 days later. Whew! So, after almost a month here, I finally have a cozy little place. It's very cute... and at roughly 450 square feet, very tiny!
It's also a bit more than I had anticipated, which means I may have to pick up a few more shifts at work, but I suppose a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do. The really good news is my ceramics classes start next week, and for that I am excited! That is really one of the main reasons for moving here, you know. Well, that and the close proximity to the most beautiful (see above) escapes in nature which soothe my soul, feed my spirit, and put a little joy in my heart!
(Ok... maybe the red chile has a bit do do with it, too!)
Hope you are all doing well!


Barb said...

Oh! Whew! Finally! Good decision to forego the flaky landlord - that's all you need! Glad you found a cozy place and will soon begin to work with clay once again. The photos are stunning - all the lines, angles, and shadows of the aspen grove. (I bet it's colorful there in the fall!) I see there is snow on the ground, though I realize the photos may have been taken in the mts. Is there any snow in Santa Fe? It is snowing continually here - Grands arrive tonight for the weekend.

Anonymous said...

I am glad you found a suitable place to live. Moving can be hard enough with problems like that.

The photos are excellent. Great texture and light. They would look nice framed in a group.

Trevor Woodford said...

A great sequence of images here. Glad you finally sorted a place to live and I wish you well with it.

marianne said...

love love love the second photo- good call on the housing, glad it worked (usually does when you trust). look forward to seeing the class results!

DirtKicker Pottery said...

Wow.. those photos are amazing! I really miss hiking. Maybe I'll be up to it by spring. I'm glad that you finally found a cozy place. I can't wait to see some of you new pots from your class.
:) Cindy

Wind said...

Offf, I hope that everything will be like before!
I waiting for your artwork, your cosy days!
The first and second image are perfect!
I wish you a great weekend!

jo said...

So glad you're settled at last.
Your stamina and optimism are amazing.
And already pottery classes organized. I look forward to reading and seeing more.
Make sure you get enough sleep and vitamin C.

Annie said...

Stunning photos, as usual. I am so happy you are staying, I would have been very sad if you left. xoxo

Pat said...

That first photo literally took my breath away. I love me some trees! I'm glad you are finally settled. Once your home life is settled, then everything else seems to fall in place.

Randy said...

So happy that you were able to find a place. Were you up on the Aspen trail? These photos are so beautiful. We were up on the Atalaya trail today. First time and it is amazing! My class starts on Monday but it's not as fun as your will be. I am looking forward to seeing what you will produce this semester. BTW have you been to the Pantry yet, the red chili there is to die for.

becky said...

Yes, Aspen Vista. I haven't been up Atalaya this year, but what a great hike, too. I haven't been to the pantry yet, but I've heard it is great- I'll put it on my list. I've heard their green chile is also excellent!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Wow. I love your walk in Nature and so glad things all coming together. You sound excited and filled.

Rick said...

Congrats on 2 counts Becky - first for finding a place (good for you to lose the flaky landlord !), and second for these gorgeous shots ! And that quote is so fitting - more people should try to follow it !

Look forward to more of your creations when your classes start.

John Brisson said...

I really love the new photos. Happy you were able to get settled!!

Doris Sturm said...

I didn't think housing was that expensive in Santa Fe, but then I've not been there for a while...does the howling winds bother you? I never could get quite used to it.

I love your photos! Wonderful as always! I'm so glad it worked out for you after that scare. What a close call, eh?

Good luck with everything and I hope you will be very happy in your new home :-)

All the best,
Doris (and Gizzy)

Wanda..... said...

I know you will create a warm atmosphere in your home, pottery helps with that and you have some lovely pieces, Becky.

lizziviggi said...

Gorgeous! I love all the stripes in that first shot. It's easy to see why you chose to live there!

As for the sun in Bellingham-- sure, we don't see it much, but it makes us appreciate it SO much more when we do! ;-)

Dee said...

Love, love, Love the photo's, especially the first one. I am glad you are settled into a place you enjoy and that soon you will be doing your ceramics...I admire your free spirit. Dee

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Hi Becky,

Thanks for following my blog! :)
I've been enjoying reading through your blog...you're quite the adventurer and your photos are beautiful! Glad you were able to find a home. Good Luck in ceramics, that should be really fun!

Kate said...

The vertical lines in all the photos are both attractive and striking images! Hoorah for finding a cozy little place! Can't wait to hear about your class and to see your artwork again.

Carolynn said...

Wow, good for you for sticking with it. 450 sq. ft. is definitely cozy! I'll bet you'll have it dressed up and feeling like home in no time. It might help if you pretend you're living in a genie bottle. *smile*

Those photos are exquisite!! Almost surreal. I wasn't sure if they were paintings or the real thing.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Just popped over from your OWOH comment on my blog~~had to follow! What fantastic photography! WOW!!!
Thanks for stopping by; glad to find you!


Stephen Baird said...

great sunsets. love the vertical birch shot. you have a great composition eye.
nikonsniper steve

Y. Ikeda said...

I like all the photos in this post. I am sure you can get lots of energies from the new place that you like!
Have a beautiful weekend and thank you for commenting on my blog!