In many ways I haven’t actually “moved” to Pueblo. Perhaps because out of all the places I have lived Elbert county was the first place that ever felt like home to us. Slowly, slowly I am moving to Pueblo. We have been here nine months now. I changed my bank last week. I do my shopping here now. I go to Elizabeth to work my shop just once a week. I work from home and am rewarded with many new customers that seek me out here. I still greatly love my old town and I pine for the country but I am gradually moving here. The garden is helping me do so.
I am not sure that I could go back to gardening at 6500 feet. Yesterday two more overflowing baskets of produce came into the kitchen. It is late October and the gardens in Elbert county have been sleeping for awhile now. In my gardens there is more…more vegetables to be harvested, another month’s worth at least. I am astounded and thrilled at the farming conditions in this valley. The soil that has not even been amended has produced the most flavorful and prolific crops I have ever grown. I am smitten. The weather here is heavenly.
I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished on this little homestead in just nine months time. It will be beautiful seeing what it all looks like as months turn to years and years turn to decades.
This is also the first time in two decades that we have a mailbox in front of our house. If you would like to exchange letters you can write me at Mrs. Katie Sanders, 1901 Brown Ave, Pueblo, 81004.
Vacations are expensive. They take a lot of planning, a week off of work, savings, and can be exhausting. We have found that the best vacations are often weekends. We call them mini-vacations. We got our friends hooked on them too. We find specials on hotel rooms and stay one night, maybe two somewhere new. A dip in the pool, a soak in the hot tub, free breakfast, a comfy bed sans cats, and a hot shower is often just the ticket to reset for the week. We like to try new restaurants, see the sights, visit museums, or walk around the city. It doesn’t cost much and it really is fun.
If you have been reading my blog long you know Pat and Rodney via my stories. We have traveled with them to Utah, to New Mexico, and across the front range, from Wyoming to Fort Collins, to Colorado Springs.
Last weekend we took Pat and Rodney down to Pueblo to show them around. We met up with my friend, Alvin, who just moved down there. We went to dinner at my new favorite restaurant, Nachos. A family owned place that serves up the best Mexican food I have had in a long while. We walked the Riverwalk and oohed and ahhed at the lights. We planned, dreamed. Pat and I walked arm and arm singing and yelling, “Merry Christmas” to the boats that went by all alight with Santa in tow.
The next day we took them to see our new house. We drove around town and walked the Main street with its quaint blocks of all locally owned shops.
This week we are driving down there just for the day to accompany Rodney and Pat while they house hunt. Wouldn’t that be something? Our best friends moving down the way? This is getting too fun….