My time in T or C has seemed unusually full and bustle-y. This time, more than any other, I have begun to feel like a local in good ways and better ways.
Because I have been doing more pet-sitting, I've extended my stay here and gotten to know new people. In-between those stays, though, I'm always a bit unsettled and unsure about where I'll stay overnight. If I need a backup plan - and I rarely do - Spud remains foremost an RV, and she does a darn fine job of it, too.
I enjoyed dinner and word games with some old and new friends last night. One of the new ones asked if I had a long-term plan, or if I just sleep around. Martye, consider that line stolen.
|You did see a puddy tat: Sylvester|
I started with one good friend in Truth or Consequences, and now I have armloads. It seems easy to meet good people here; at least that's my experience.
One of those good friends offered me her space while she was away. So, naturally, in the spirit of friendship and reciprocity, I was happy to break her front-door lock. Somehow, she let me stay another night.
|"The water YOU gave me was too fresh."|
Martye, a new friend, has also offered me space while I'm waiting for the next dog-sitting job to start on Thursday. So, they flipped a coin for me. Girls, girls! No need to fight - there's plenty of sorn to go around!
This unusual (anywhere else) offering and accepting of hospitality seems common here. This is a town like no other I've experienced, and it attracts its own.
On the first weekend of March, I'll attend my first-ever silent retreat in beautiful Monticello, NM. I have often thought that there should be a place to stay in that tiny "ghost" town, never knowing that there is! Also, I have long wanted to attend a silent retreat, and have often pictured myself silenting. My wishes are someone's commands.
That should leave a week to retreat to my own silent retreat on the mountain, and I plan for the weather to be good then. I'll be glad to see my Datil friends, old and new.