Early Saturday afternoon, my friend Richard came down from Albuquerque. I've been trying to get him down here since I moved in, but he has been busy. He is an agent for an artist, so he brought some of the paintings with him. We stopped in at an art gallery that I respect. Richard and the owner hit it off, and she liked the works, so she is going to market them in this are for him. What a stroke of luck!
While we were there, she also asked me about my photography, and asked me to have some ready to put up, as well! Wow! Now if I can just get settled enough to feel free to have some ready and framed, I have two galleries waiting. Guess I'd better make haste, huh?!?
After we played tourists for a while, we headed back to the house, making a stop at the grocery for a couple things, then to my favorite restaurant to get a pizza to bring home. Once home we cracked open a bottle of wine, popped the pizza in the oven, and I whipped up one of my special pasta dishes. What a good meal!! Nice end to a nice day. Richard was worn out, and he went to bed about 9:00. Night owl me stayed up a couple hours reading.
This morning I got up to find him already looking out the front at the view. It was overcast and misty, really pretty, kind of soft appearing, and he was just loving it. I made coffee, and we stood on the porch a while, waiting for the dogs to do their business, and then retreated to the warmth. it wasn't really cold out, but the moisture in the air make it seem so. About 9:00 it began raining, and has rained and drizzled all day long. We took another trip into Ruidoso for more sightseeing for him, and stopped at my favorite little bistro-type cafe for a cup of coffee and slice of pie. They were making stuffed baked potatoes, and I got one and brought it home for dinner. I've cooked once this week ... that's enough!!
Richard left to go home as soon as we returned to the house. He said he enjoyed the weekend, and was pleased to find a gallery to handle the art work. He will be back down in a few weeks to bring paintings and some bronze statuary of his own to the gallery, and hopefully, he will be able to stay a bit longer and see more attractions. This is such a fun place, but it takes a little time to see it all.
Oh, this rain is welcome. It has been dreary all day, but not depressingly so. I'm glad we are having some moisture for the forest. It helps keep down the danger of forest fires, and it will make several jobs that I'm facing a little easier, too. I need to dig a hole for my 911-identification sign, and this soil is rock hard when it is dry. Maybe I can get it dug tomorrow, even if I don't get the post set until later. Even without that task, the rain is so nice. It's funny that in Missouri, I would be griping about it. Part of that is because it lasts for long periods there and gets just plain old gloomy; part of it would be because I would be in Missouri!!
Have I said that I love it here? Oh, OK.
BTW, Richard looked at me last night over dinner, smiled, and said, "It is good to see you so happy. It has been a long road for you." Yeah, it has been. And I am happy.
Life is beautiful.