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  1. Vickie H.
    November 30, 2017 @ 11:01 am

    OMG! That leg bath is “other-worldly”!!!!! What a trip you had! Thanks for sharing!


  2. JeanFB
    November 30, 2017 @ 11:08 am

    What an awesome trip – happy happy happy! And that little log cabin, tho!!!!!!
    I’ve got a degree in pharmacology and I do know that drugs for adults can have very different effects in kids, and…. I think we are sometimes too quick to give any drug, or a specific kind of drug, to kids. It takes some actual *thought* – which is unfortunately sometimes lacking. Thanks for the recommendation.


  3. Kelly
    November 30, 2017 @ 11:11 am

    I visited the southwest for the first time this year and was shocked at how connected I felt to the landscape. I’m a northeastern girl and love green everywhere. The southwest called to me though. As did this book. I just bought it – thanks for the suggestion.


  4. devon
    November 30, 2017 @ 11:16 am

    Cracking up………a (miraculous?) staircase AND a disco saddle………now my life is complete knowing they are out there! I have been out west on an RV trip headed to Yellowstone and you are right, the scenery is amazing, especially when you live on the east coast and are more at home with greenery (me)……..just another example of how incredibly beautiful this country is. And so happy to hear you’re gaining an in-law you like, you will be bonding with her for years to come. If you’re like me, with no sisters, she will fill that void and you’ll never know the difference. Your trip sounds an unforgettable time you’ll always remember, glad you are back!


  5. Judy Blachek
    November 30, 2017 @ 11:17 am

    No pictures of your hair? How can we go on?


    • Leslie Harb
      November 30, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

      I second this request. We must see a picture of the hair.


      • Charlotte Bruce
        December 1, 2017 @ 2:17 am

        I agree! Where’s the hair??


  6. Penny
    November 30, 2017 @ 11:41 am

    Wonderful tiny log house,
    Wonderful transfer ware leg bath !?!
    Wonderful post!!


  7. Barbara
    November 30, 2017 @ 11:43 am

    My Mother, sister and I laugh so much whenever I visit them in the UK. My children would look at me as if they had never seen this person before – which they hadn’t, of course, I was always Mum to them. But back home the laughs and crazy hilarity never stopped; no one laughs with me like they do.


  8. Sherry
    November 30, 2017 @ 1:14 pm

    I live in Tyler, Texas which is not far from the Louisiana border. My son dated a nice young lady back in high school. It was their senior year and they wanted to do something special for spring break. They decided to take a 1 day duration car trip, which they decided would be New Mexico. That young lady, my son’s girlfriend- I was so impressed! She calculated the miles, road stops, meals and lodging in order to figure out a budget. She even included souvenirs in the budget! They both worked but I offered to pay for the trip as a gift.

    I knew my gift of money was used responsibly. They had a fantastic time, New Mexico is such an unusually beautiful and most quirky state to see. After they graduated and went off to college, they broke up due to distance. I noticed she had a new boyfriend, and she took him on another trip to New Mexico. My son has since graduated college, and is currently living and working in Europe. I cannot help but think that little high school spring break day long drive trip helped ease the transition for him. I thought about it immediately when I saw your post.

    Come to think of it, my late parents spent their honeymoon in White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns N.M.


  9. April
    November 30, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

    Tell Paul there’s no need for sherpas because CAR-CAMPING is perfectly respectable. Depending on the size of your vehicle, you could even take along a fancy thing or 2. Or a rocking chair.

    The people who taught me this skill had 5 children. They insisted we take some comfy folding chairs (this was before the lightweight collapsables of today’s generations). We started out in a 4-door Chevy Malibu, circa 1970, that they helped us load to the roof! Eventually we graduated to a Grand Caravan. With roof rack. That’s camping in style!!

    You too can do this! In fact, if you want to camp in the Pacific NW, we have a basement full of camping gear, all organized in big bins so it’s ready to load, and you’re welcome to take as much or as little as you want. Avoid most parts of the Olympic Peninsula because the moss will entomb you before you can blink, but other than that we’ve got some great natural beauty that’s dry most of July and August.


  10. Luisa
    November 30, 2017 @ 2:02 pm

    I went to Santa Fe in July and had the same reactions to the miraculous staircase. Beautiful? Yes. Miraculous? Nah.

    Next time you go to NM, I highly recommend Tent Rocks and Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs!


      December 1, 2017 @ 9:01 pm

      Did anyone explain to you the story of the staircase? or that it was built without any nail/screws/etc????


  11. Darling Lily
    November 30, 2017 @ 2:07 pm

    You would be astonished at how much gender and ethnicity also impact medicine and medications. Certain Asian groups lack an enzyme in their liver that prevents some antibiotics from working as well for them. Africans (black Africans) often experience hypertension differently than other ethnic groups, and many BP meds are not as effective on them. Women’s blood vessels expand and contract with their emotions, and men’s do not; this also impacts treatments and meds.

    Endlessly fascinating and hopefully political correctness will not prevent further studies along these lines.

    And yes, New Mexico is glorious!


  12. Flip Breskin
    November 30, 2017 @ 2:08 pm

    Disco Saddle!!!!!! OMG…


  13. Nancy Ann
    November 30, 2017 @ 2:24 pm

    I agree New Mexico is fabulous! I think the staircase is thought to be miraculous because there is nothing supporting it! At least, that’s what I’ve heard and so it appears …..


  14. Carol H.
    November 30, 2017 @ 5:54 pm

    You were all the way up in Taos and didn’t visit the Pueblo? It’s absolutely beautiful and is a part of the World Heritage Society. It’s been occupied for over 1,000 years and is one of the most photographed buildings in the country. It’s also where my maternal grandmother grew up.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 30, 2017 @ 6:14 pm

      Ah! We wanted to! We drove over there, but they were having funeral services, so were not open (understandably!) and we were leaving that afternoon… it’s on our list for next time!! xoxo VEB


  15. Marianne in Mo.
    November 30, 2017 @ 10:03 pm

    Beautiful part of the country! Haven’t been there since the ’80’s, when we drove through on our way to visit family in Tucson, but I remember White Sands, as I was in awe of seeing the immense amount of bright white sand in the middle of all the browns and reds. We had our young girls with us, and they had a blast sledding down the sand! But my favorite part of that trip was seeing the Red Rock Canyon in Sedona, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon. THAT really made me think of the size of our country, and hence its small part of this big world we live in. I still can’t imagine that dinosaurs once roamed that land. And that humans lived in caves. Amazing. So glad you got to see the wild west!


  16. Teresa Kasner
    November 30, 2017 @ 11:30 pm

    You need a nice travel trailer if you want to go camping in style. We have one with 2 slide outs that we take to a beachside RV park in Oregon twice a year. But we did do some dirt sleeping in our younger years. Paying our dues I guess. I love that little cabin! ((hugs)), Teresa 🙂


  17. Truus Birza
    December 1, 2017 @ 12:22 am

    As always, I love your comments. Having never been there can you tell us what’s with the church with the holy dirt? Any relation with the camping dirt? Since I love camping that’s the holy dirt! 🙂


  18. Mindy
    December 1, 2017 @ 8:01 pm

    I visited NM for the first time this summer. It is beautiful and the food so delicious!


  19. Katy
    December 4, 2017 @ 11:00 am

    Just saw an 8 foot long Victorian bookcase on Craigslist in Carlisle, PA. I would send link but I am incapable of actually figuring my phone out, or just too lazy. Would make a good pantry!


  20. Katy
    December 4, 2017 @ 11:05 am

    I have to add, it is only 6 feet tall, imagine if you stacked it on top of a bank of lower cabinets with a slab of stone. Also, there is no way you should ever pay that price in Central, PA !!! They probably paid practically nothing at auction!


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