Tuesday, November 3, 2015

At first I was afraid, I was petrified: Survival and joy in an off-grid cabin (Datil, NM)

Sometime recently, I newly knew that life could be cozy and comfortable, and not just survival. That's when I started loading Spud up with cozy and comfortable things I had found along the way. It also changed the way I looked at what I already had. 

You know how, when you move into a new place, you don't feel at-home until you do "that thing"? We all have that thing, and sometimes we just stumble upon it by accidentally doing it, and then feeling comfortable. I learned a while ago that books are that thing for me.

Before: that naked hearth made me cold just looking at it.
After: that thing



Of course, even before there's that thing, there's THAT thing. The first thing I realized experientially was that I needed a bed. Now, my bed has a curtain-friend. Good for afternoon naps without sun in my eyes, and fully-lit nights when the moon is an invader.


Uncovered windows at night undo me. Nevermind that anyone standing on my deck and looking in would need to have brought provisions, a bedroll, night-vision glasses, a strong stomach, and a GPS. Now they can just stay home, thanks to curtains.

I was going to wait until I had cleaned up, but we only have so many years.







It got cold here a few nights ago. Thank goodness that's over!

My head.








Flickers are beautiful, inquisitive, and relentless. I call this one "Opportunity," because he just keeps knocking.


There was a Hallowe'en festival in town, and Betty and I attended. 

Amigita being as scary as she ever gets. She's a service dog.

Somehow I walked out the door and up a mountain. I know, it confused me, too. Just when I thought I knew who I was.







Spud Ranch


Horse Mountain? When the locals argue, I simply refuse to learn until they come to consensus. 



When a half is really a quarter, and vice versa.






I got out my old Magellan GPS, and discovered that the cabin is right at 7800'; I had previously gotten the notion it was 7500', but no. This sparked some friendly competition between myself and everyone else in the neighborhood, now that we all know I'm above them. Mostly they've been good sports, even with my attitude of altitude.






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32 comments:

tstda62 said...

Love ya, Roxie, and as Terri says, you are only a tad above us. lol

SwankieWheels said...

Love it. First time I heard you write about your home. Before it was just the cabin. Welcome home.

Good Luck Duck said...

An inch, a mile - above is above. :D Love you, too, Tostada. :o)

A very perceptive insight, Swankie. Thanks!

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Might be in T or C in a week or so. Maybe it will be time for a visit?

I love your little cabin. You've got the best of both worlds!

Grace said...

Glad to hear you're getting cozy in there. It's a sweet place.

Susan said...

Gorgeous!! Do you have a large tank for water that is hauled in or how do you deal with that issue?

Christina said...

beautiful Ranch, and very cozy! I hope you've got a a heat source, wood stove?

Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Christina! Propane. And lily-livered flight to the south. I haven't given up my mobile ways, or my craving for warmth.

Susan, I bring in jugs. My boondocking experience with conservation serves me well here, too.

Thanks, Grace!

How long will you stay, Cyndi? I'll be back down in about two weeks.

Suzanne said...

"Now they can just stay home, thanks to curtains." (snicker, snicker!) I hope "that thing" contains some reading material on "THAT THING!" Love seeing photos of Spud Ranch!

Good Luck Duck said...

THAT THING occupies the greatest share of shelf space, Suzanne.

laoleary said...

Oh man, I'm so glad I got to see this. Lovely, so very, very lovely. Thank you.

Good Luck Duck said...

Thank YOU, Lori.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Books have made be comfortable my entire life:)

Good Luck Duck said...

They're home!

Anonymous said...

Ah, those beautiful NM blue skies. We have the same "at-home" needs, I see -- must have books. Isn't that what they made the nightstands in RVs for? Not to set books on, but to fill from top to bottom with...books. Horse Peak is directly south & a smidgen of a tad west of our property; our lot borders BLM wilderness. Didnt make it there this fall, but am already looking forward to next fall. LOVE Catron County.

Renee

George Yates said...

Could be getting some very cold weather up there.
Enjoy.

Sherry said...

Love that view of Spud Ranch. With you all the way on books make the home. I headed out from TJ's town where he was king and everything he said gospel. He wrote to John Adams "I cannot live without my books....". Agreed but the rest of it went "I cannot live without my books, but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object." Not sure I can go with that. I need to be amused. Hope yours are amusing too.

Jodee Gravel said...

Ahhhhh books and curtains. Home indeed. Sure that was you who went up the mountain? Perhaps it was your new "higher up" self :-). Your neighborhood is lovely and Opportunity is quite cute!

Silver Fox said...

Beautiful pics -- especially the ice. :-)

Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Silver! I like your perspectives, too.

Hahaha Jodee! "Higher up self." I'll find a way to use that again.

Sherry, that TJ guy didn't know what he was talking about. He just meant he'd find his entertainment somewhere else. No one lives without amusement.

George, George, George. We won't talk about that.

Renee, I didn't know there was BLM wilderness land around here. No motorized vehicles, right? Very cool.

Texas Yellow Rose said...

Oh Roxie, looks like you and Spud have found a home at the Ranch. Cozy, homey, comfy, functional. I love seeing what you've done and are doing. Sounds delightful and peaceful.

Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Betty! Things are working.

Anonymous said...

Roxanne -- There's a large chunk of BLM land, part of which we discovered was a designated wilderness study area (forgot that part) when we bought our property. Our property backs up to this land. There is an access easement along the west side of our property where you can take an ATV, but you can't take any motorized vehicle onto the BLM land itself. We also think that restriction is very cool...

Renee

JO said...

Looking good, yes books lot of books and now curtains too. Love the picture of Spud Ranch, well I love all the pictures.

Barbara Lane said...

Oh I love nesting, fluffing until it's just so. Then I love hunkering in for the duration - being until I feel the need to leave my nest and go be social again. Spud Ranch looks the perfect place. Love seeing the pictures. What a wonderful life you've created! Too I love hearing about your adventures, but mostly I read because I love you, your outlook, your humor, your writing. Bravo and thank you on all fronts!

Good Luck Duck said...

Barbara, you just made me tear up. It's okay - I'll find a way to forgive you until I'm out of Kleenex. MWAA! Thank you! for that.

Thanks, Jo!

That sounds really nice, Renee.One of these days we'll be "here" (you know, within a 30 mile radius) at the same time and we can trade tours.

Peter + Beatrix said...

I think that your cabin has a great location. What a view all around. Lucky YOU!

Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks! It's pretty perfect for me.

Shirlene said...

Wow, Roxie, been following for quite a while now, hardly write, just ready your witty remarks...I would like to say that it looks nearly perfect...love Spud Ranch! I think you have it all (except for running water), but who needs that in such a perfect place. Keep up the good work on all fronts!

Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Shirlene! It's true - running water is a mere trifle.

Evie said...

Spud Ranch. Love it.

Pam said...

love this post, your place looks so cozy with your colorful curtains.

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