Monday, March 09, 2009
A GRAY SUNRISE & A FIERY SUNSET
A gentle rain stayed with us all night before petering out around 8 this morning. Heavy overcast clouds remained & the surrounding mountains were shrouded in cloaks of heavy graying mists making for a very moody morning. Lots of mud but new spring plant life is happy. We have noticed a gentle greening of the yellow grass over the past week & some small trees are showing a lime green tinge of early leaves. Didn't take long for our shoes to become clogged with mud on our morning walk out on the road this morning. Forecast for to-day was for clearing skies & sunshine so headed down to the corral to let the horses & donkeys out into the fields. Was glad we made the decision to bring them in last night where they had shelter from the rain. Had hoped to maybe go to Fort Bowie to-day but figured with all the rain it might be better to wait a few days until the ground & backroads had dried up a bit. With the cloud cover & cool breeze we figured it was a good morning for a DVD. Martin Scorsese's, "The Last Waltz" has been defined as the finest of all rock movies. It is the farewell performance of, The Band. Great movie with appearances on stage by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Muddy Waters, The Staples, Ringo Star, Ron Wood, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, & Ronnie Hawkins. Enjoyed this DVD & once again I say, where is that range of talent to-day!! Old Sol finally made his grand entrance competing for space with large fluffy white clouds for the rest of the day. Wind picked up so had to keep an eye on the flags. Spent some time tipped back in a lawn chair with the binoculars watching waves of Sand Hill Cranes thousands of feet in the air returning to their Whitewater Draw pond about a mile & a half west of us. Some of the formations were so high I could only see them with binoculars. You would think they were formations of aircraft with their outstretched, stable wings unmoving in the air currents. Waves of Cranes gliding on westerly winds. Other than previously mentioned, it was a quiet day......again!! I don't mind some relaxing days now & then but this is about 4 in a row & that is about enough!! Time to get out & do something, go somewhere, see something. I'm afraid if we don't do this now while we're here we may not get another chance. The economy seems to be slipping ever faster into chaos & ruin & with each passing day it is becoming more clear to me that our chances of ever making it back to our beloved southwest again are fast fading. Thoughts of having to remain in Canada again for unending miserable winters is extremely depressing but guess we should be thankful that we did get to spend as much time here in the past 5 years that we did. We managed to live out part of our dream & there are a lot of unfortunate people out there who never will have the chances we had..................................... So, stop your complaining AL!!