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Going home

Well, it is a done deal.  The Missouri place sold to the first looker, at our price.  We have purchased an rv to begin the next phase of our lives in New Mexico.  The Missouri (misery) weather is literally killing me.  So, then, we return to where our hearts are and that life is possible without the misery.  The whole lifestyle here is just wrong.   We did what we were told, but do not fit the mold.

Adios, misery.…


Added by dirtrider on May 12, 2017 at 6:37am — 3 Comments


When you begin a great work you can't expect to finish it all at once; therefore do you and your brothers press on, and let nothing discourage you till you have entirely finished what you have begun.

Now, brother, as for me, I assure you I will press on, and the contrary winds may blow strong in my face, yet I will go forward until I have finished, and I would have you do the same ...

Though you may hear birds singing on this side and that…


Added by dirtrider on April 5, 2017 at 6:37am — 1 Comment

In the shadow of mighty men

As you all know, we have decided to live as close to pioneer days as we can in the ghost town of Cuchillo, NM.  There are 30 or so folks still working the ground, some pecan trees, and some beef.  The valley of Cuchillo is deep enough to keep the curious from finding it by chance.  Only going to Winston or Chloride, old mining towns can one come across this place.  Warm Springs, aka Ojo Caliente, is only 20 miles by crow.  Now, living in the shadow of the…


Added by dirtrider on February 15, 2017 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

Made it to Cuchillo, NM

We got the herd into NM with no major setbacks.  Settled in behind the Cafe, which is now closed.  Spent many afternoons here with Tony and Melissa, sitting in the shade, between visits by customers.  Those folks grew fewer and fewer, until the Cafe could no longer cover the expenses.  Now it is empty of all things, but memories and idle equipment.

We are in a 110+ year old house of mud brick and adobe.  It too, in the night, resounds with the voices of days gone by.  We have our…


Added by dirtrider on February 1, 2017 at 3:41pm — 1 Comment


 You might be a cowboy if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, ' One nation, under God.'

You might be a cowboy if: You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a cowboy if: You concern yourself with your country and family over yourself

You might be a cowboy if: You believe that you can take care of your own affairs without any help from the government

You might be a cowboy if: The best government…


Added by dirtrider on January 27, 2017 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Apache wisdom

Think freely.

Practice patience.

Smile often. Savor special moments.

Make new friends. Rediscover old ones.

Tell those that you love that you do.

Feel deeply. Forget trouble. Forgive an enemy.

Hope. Grow. Be crazy. Count your blessings.

Observe miracles. Let them happen.

Discard worry. Give. Give in. Trust enough to take.

Pick some flowers. Share them. Keep a promise.

Look for rainbows. Gaze at stars. See beauty everywhere.



Added by dirtrider on January 24, 2017 at 8:37am — No Comments

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