These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Monday, February 26, 2007


Well, well, well. What a day.

It all began calmly enough. I got myself and the dogs ready to go paint shopping, and we went out the door toward the truck. I walked around putting things in the various doors, then got in the driver’s seat and shut the door. Just before I turned the key, I looked to my left, and standing about 15 feet away was this handsome fellow . . . . .

A nice little two point buck. He didn't seem to be at all concerned about me. He was just grazing and watching us. I thought about taking a picture and realized that I'd left the camera in the house. Rats!

I decided to go get the camera. I knew it would scare him off, but I didn't want to be without it, because every time I am, I regret it. So I carefully opened the door and walked as softly as possible around the back of the truck and into the house. My friend didn't move! When I returned, I saw that he was gone, regrettably , but was still glad to have the camera. As I stepped back into the truck, I saw that he had moved only a few feet away, and I wondered if I could get a picture. Obligingly, he calmly walked back to the spot where he was earlier, just a few feet away.

I think he was as curious about me as I was about him! He watched me cautiously, but without fear.

He craned his neck a few times as if wondering what I was doing, and occasionally reached down and took a bite or two of grass.

And he just kept watching me watching him!

Once in a while, he would stretch his neck out and peer at me.

But in the end, he simply went back to grazing. I wasn't all that interesting. Even when I started the engine and backed away, he stayed put and continued to munch. I wondered later if I might have been able to get even closer, but that can come in time. Don't want to scare him off forever by being too aggressive.

I headed down the hill to Lowe's in Alamogordo. It was a gorgeous day, in the 60s and 70s, and the drive was very nice. I got the paint and paint supplies, looked a little at refrigerators, washers and dryers, lighting fixtures, and bought a Rubbermaid step stool ... so I can get into the bed of my truck!!! Yeah, I found out I ain't as young as I used to be! I tried to swing my leg over the side yesterday, and ... well, let's just say it wasn't pretty! Then I tried to jump up on the tailgate, landing on my butt like I used to do. Didn't make it. Dang!! There is a C/W song by Toby Keith that came into my head ... "I ain't as good as I once was But I'm as good once as I ever was." Weeeelllll, maybe not even once! But I'm durn cute! LOL!

I headed down the street to buy a pair of jeans. Found what I wanted right away, and as I was leaving the store, Allan called to let me know we have a glitch in the house finalization. Well, of course we do!!! Grrrrr. It is a long story but it boils down to the fact that New Mexico has been going through "deactivation" of titles to mobile homes. They used to be considered "motor vehicles," and once they are put on foundations, they can be considered "real property," and the Motor vehicle title is deactivated. They are then referred to as "manufactured homes."

Well, my home was deactivated. Good deal. Saves me a lot of trouble. However ... and there is always one of those, isn't there? ... it seems the seller has lost the deactivated title. Now replacement should be a cinch. Yeah, it should be. But Allan learned today that there are holdups in getting a replacement title so it can be stamped "deactivated" and free the property to be sold. There is more to it than that, but I tried to make it as short as possible. It comes down to everyone running around trying to get this accomplished, the seller, both realtors, the mortgage company, the title company, the Department of Motor Vehicles. And the bottom line is that we probably can't close on Wednesday as planned. ARGGGGHHHH!! And we don't know how long it will take to get the necessary paperwork done. ARGGGGHHHH!!

It actually shouldn't take long, and I expect we will close in a few days. It just puts a dent in so many plans. The realtors are trying to work out an arrangement so that I can pay "rent" for a few days, if necessary, and be able to go ahead and move my furniture. And paint. And have the carpet shampooed. OK, OK, I'll live. But what a damned nuisance. And I surely would have appreciated someone letting me know that this was afoot. The title company was trying to resolve it, and their intentions were good, but HELLLLLOOOO! I'm the anxious buyer here! Ah, well, tomorrow is a new day, and I should know more then. Allan has asked for an estimate of time to accomplish this so we can plan. I will be a homeowner again in March, not February. It could be worse!

After hearing all this news, talking with Allan and the mortgage company a couple times, I finished my errands then treated myself to a LotaBurger and the "kids" to a hamburger patty, followed by a walk in the park before starting home.

One day at a time, one day at a time!


  1. I think deer are really pretty to look at but they have become a real nuisance here. There has been so much building and encroaching of land that used to be open for the deer. I am scared to death to drive at night for fear a deer will jump out in front of me. I hope you get all that paperwork ironed out. What a pain in the butt!! I am sending you a big ole hug and good thoughts so it will be finalized, and you can get on with your life.

  2. The shots of the deer are so very pretty. Wonderful shots!

    As for the house, this too shall pass and soon you'll be pulling your new truck up to your new home. Right?

  3. GD - That is an unfortunate side to "progress," isn't it? I think a law should be passed that no "new" land may be built on; new construction must take place where abandoned buildings stand!

    On, the paperwork stuff will be resolved. It is just frustrating that these 11th hour crises happen. sighhh. Thanks for the hug. I needed that!

    Ragged - Thanks1 He was a good model! And, yes, right! It will work out. I'm just impatient at this point!

    Seven - Shall we say, dare we say ... BUCK NAKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. That is probably the calmest deer I have ever heard of. He's so pretty too.
    I feel your "house pain", you know I do!
    On a happy note I forgot to mention on my blog that we got all of the earnest money back that we put down on the big pre-civil war era white elephant, er mansion we almost bought. ;)

  5. Patti - I'm so glad you got your money back on the elephant. In retrospect ... things usually worked out for the best, don't they? I know my house woes will be resolved, and probably very soon; it's just hard to deal with when these things come up. And the deer ... I agree. I was amazed that he stayed where he did for as long as he did.the first soft click of the camera made him flinch, but he stood his ground and didn't even wince!

  6. Beautiful shots of the deer, Lynilu ! You have a gift with a camera -- I saw that on your other blog as well with the beautiful nature scenes...

    Enjoy your new jeans !

    Hope that all ends up being okay with the new home, and the snafus are over by the weekend.

  7. Loving Annie - I know it will work out. All things, all events have a purpose, and I try to be patient and let it come at the right time.

    Thank you for the nice words about the photos. I love taking nature pictures, and it seems my eye is more talented than I am knowledgeable of what I'm doing. It's a process, and I'm learning the hows of photography. Anything so much fun is easy to learn about. :-)

  8. What a great picture of the deer.

    So sorry to hear about the problems with the house. Glad to hear they are trying to work out a rental thing for you for those couple of days. I know you are so anxious to get in the house and getting started painting that you aren't even able to sit still.

    Love your positive attitude.

  9. Caroline - The deer was just amazing! And the house ... yeah, it'll be worked out. If I had to change the schedule for moving, I would be enormously upset. Looks like I won't. And, girl, if I didn't have the positive attitude, I wouldn't make it!! :-)

  10. The pics of the buck are great. He just knew you were OK.
    I'll say a Grrr for you to help move everything along.

  11. God how I miss LotaBurger! None past the New Mexico line going north, I'm afraid.

    Keep your chin up, Lyn. I know you always do.

    What amazing snaps of that deer. My deer are never that cooperative when they see a camera in my hands.

  12. s3 - I think he did know it. He seemed very calm. Rev that Grrr! No, I'm OK. It is frustrating, but I've maintained a pretty good attitude. Everyone is working hard to make it happen. What more can I ask?

    Catherine - Someone who hasn't eaten one doesn't really understand LotaBurger. There is one in Las Vegas, NM; that's not TOO far for you!! LOL! Yeah, I'm surviving this, just like all the other stuff. It can't keep me down! And on the deer ... I was really lucky to have a visit from that particular buck. He was just very cool!

  13. Oh deer, I can't see the deer pics. Thank you Blogger, thank you so much.

  14. Sandra - I'm sorry. When it works it is wonderful and when it doesn't, Blogger just sucks!!


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