Life In 'Cruces




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from moving to Las Cruces to hiking in Silver City,
I am going to take you on many adventures throughout
New Mexico and the Southwest!


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Life In 'Cruces - November 2022 Recap

Thanksgiving 2022 has been the bomb!! I am still celebrating today. I just got back from Albuquerque visiting my mom. Her birthday is Wednesday – soooo...I had to go up and celebrate her big day early. She got a lot of gifts!! I am now back in the City of Crosses and still celebrating.


Well...here is the month recap...


I kicked off November with a much-needed mini vacation to Lordsburg and El Paso. The trip was a few days long and very relaxing. I love trips that involve a lot of relaxing, eating, drinking, and just enjoying life. Lordsburg is a cute little town to visit.


On the work front, one of my jobs basically ended and I am OK with that. I am still working on it but it is not many projects left to complete.


Well...all of my holiday prep is done except for trying to figure out what to cook for Christmas. I am excited about the weekend holidays – Christmas and New Year's Eve. Click here for holiday prep ideas.


Once again...Thanksgiving 2022 has been so much fun and relaxing. I really planned out my work schedule this year so I could take off all four days.


I am looking forward to December. So many events are coming up this week including the downtown Christmas tree lighting this coming Saturday. I am working during the day and then heading downtown. I can't wait.


Like other years, I am looking forward to the New Year – I am really looking forward to next year because I turn 50!! OH MY GOD!!


So...I am starting to prep for 2023 and the many events on my schedule. Well...let me get started on my 2023 Vision Board. Click here for vision board ideas.



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Life In 'Cruces - Thanksgiving 2022

Well...Turkey Day is coming and I can't wait to celebrate my own version of Thanksgiving I am calling “Happy Much Needed Break Before Christmas”. As I get older, I don't really celebrate the holidays. They are not the same anymore since my family is not really a family anymore. I spend my holidays alone and the days are filled with things I want to do. I am good with this and I love the time off to just relax and enjoy ME.



Well...I have a busy but short week ahead of me. I am working all day Sunday but I am attending a shopping event at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum - HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market. Click here for more information on the event.



So...what are my Thanksgiving plans? I am having a seafood feast on turkey day and I am going to relax all day Thursday and Friday. I am cooking nothing but seafood items – fish, lobster, crab cakes, mussels, and other dishes. It is all about relaxing and loving life. Loving MY life. Then I am going to Albuquerque on Saturday after Thanksgiving to celebrate my mother's birthday. I can't wait for a quick road trip. I am hoping the weather is nice.



Then I come back to 'Cruces and kick off December with lots of work and lots of enjoying each day until Christmas Day. I am not sure what I am going to cook for Christmas but I know it will be something nontraditional. I will keep you posted.



Happy Turkey Day Everyone!!



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Life In 'Cruces - Kickin Off Holiday 2022

The holiday season is HERE and I am so into it. I am loving November and all the plans I have for my Thanksgiving Seafood Feast! Click here to learn about preparing a seafood feast. I am skipping the turkey, once again, this year and making myself a fancy seafood buffet with lobster, crab, mussels, oysters, and other seafood dishes.


I am taking off Thanksgiving Day but unsure about Black Friday. One of my jobs lost a major contract and another job picked up that contract...so...I am unsure how all of that is going to work out. I am not worried about all that mess though. It will all work out in the end. I am glad I got all of my affairs in order before this big change. I CRUSHED a lot of bills because I knew contract season was going on and you never know what is going to happen.


Well..well..let me catch you up on my recent trip to Lordsburg, New Mexico. I love that little town. And it is a LITTLE town. I got there on a Thursday, November 3rd, and left last Monday. Lordsburg is the birthplace of the New Mexico state song, O Fair New Mexico. This fun fact is hardly mentioned in New Mexico guidebooks and I only found out about this by Googling Lordsburg. I'm sure it is within the walls of the Lordsburg Museum but I only got to see the outside of the museum.


What is the highlight of Lordsburg you ask? If you visit the little town, you have to visit the ghost town of Shakespeare, New Mexico – about 10 minutes from downtown via South Main Street. This ghost town is a great example of the Old Wild West. So much history and if you read below...you will see my post on this little town. Also...check out the pictures to the right.


I had a great time in Lordsburg. I relaxed, did a lot of walking, a little bit of eating, and took a lot of pictures. The trip is just what I needed. Before my little adventure, I spent the night in El Paso, Texas at a hostel that was spooky but very nice. So...I checked off a lot of things on my bucket list.


Now...I am back home in the City of Crosses and working on home projects. I can't wait until Thanksgiving – cooking, baking, relaxing, and just enjoying the season.


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Life In 'Cruces - My First Ghost Town

What a weekend!! I am checking off Bucket List items and having fun. Today, I visited my first ghost town – Shakespeare, NM here in Lordsburg. I walked to the town via Main Street in Lordsburg, NM. Look to your right for photos.


Lordsburg is a cute, little town in the southwest corner of New Mexico. I got here Wednesday afternoon and I have enjoyed the slow pace of Lordsburg.


Well back to Shakespeare – the town is a relic of yesteryear. You have to check it. But here is the 411 – it is now a private ranch that offers tours seven days a week. Shakespeare is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The town is about 15 minutes from downtown Lordsburg and the address is 92 Ghost Town Rd, Lordsburg, NM 88045.


To schedule a tour, call 575-542-9034. Tours are available daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tours cost $10 for adults and $5 for children.


Click here to check out Shakespeare’s website.


Alright...well my plan for the next three years is to visit all of the ghost towns in New Mexico. Click here for a list of ghost towns in the state of New Mexico.



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Life In 'Cruces - October 2022 Recap

October is almost over...Oh My!! The month seemed long to me but productive. I overcame a lot of fears this month and I am proud of myself. I overcame my fear of dark mornings, my fear of cool weather, my fear of working harder to crush more goals, and my fear of letting things go.


Well...here is the recap of October...

  • My Christmas shopping is done and I am ready to start enjoying the holidays. You know Christmas comes Tuesday, November 1st at 12 a.m. Ms. Carey comes to life and she is ready to sing until January 1st. Click here to hear her Christmas hit

  • I cried and debated so much about this...I sold my Baby Volvo. My baby is gone and I am OK with my decision. It was time to let the baby go.


- I decluttered a lot this month including tossing out bags of stuff I never use. I reduced a lot of paper files and I did some apartment deep cleaning.


  • I purchased all of my mom's birthday gifts. Her birthday is at the end of November and I am all DONE shopping for her big day.



- I attended a great ribbon cutting at Unidad Park. Check out the pictures on the right-hand side. Click here to check out the park's website.

- I worked a lot this month and found out one of my jobs is changing next month. I am ready to see how all of that works out.


- I am prepping for my Life In 'Cruces on the road trip coming up in a few days. I will post about the trip soon.


- I paid off three bills and I am overjoyed in CRUSHING that financial goal. Next month, I have one bill to pay off. I can't wait.


- While I was shopping, of course, I had to purchase a few gifts for ME. I got a few items I always wanted. So EXTRA!!


- I am adjusting to just having one car - Little Nicky. It is a big adjustment.


- I am enjoying my living room Christmas village. The train is all set up and it is very cute. I will post pictures soon.


- I am Planning, Crushing, Living, and Loving Life. I am looking forward to November and the holiday season. Now...let me run and play some Ms. Carey.



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Life In 'Cruces - Fall Haunts

Fall is here and I am loving that the temperature here in Las Cruces is not too cool. I am loving when the sun decides to come out. And I am loving when the temperature gets up to the upper 70s even though the day started in the 50s.


Well...enough about the weather. It is fall and Halloween is right around the corner. One thing I am doing next Saturday...is going to see Halloween Ends. This is the final chapter of the Halloween movie universe. I doubt this is the end. I love me some Halloween though. Jamie Lee Curtis is the shit in all of the movies. I can't wait to see this one.


I usually don't take part in Halloween events but there are some haunts out there that sound sort of fun. A few of the Downtown Las Cruces bars are having costume parties on October 29, 30, and 31. I won't be attending but the events sound like fun. With Halloween being on a Monday, I have to work and will end up watching horror movies at home and resting for a busy next day.


If you are in Las Cruces or visiting the City of Crosses, click here for a list of events taking place over the Halloween weekend.


Time to recap...this is a major recap. I sold my Baby Volvo last Thursday and it has been hard. I am coping all right now...but I was so out of it Friday. I loved that car but it needed so many repairs and I vowed not to do any more repairs on my Baby Volvo. I picked up that baby in 2015 and instantly fell in love with that black beauty. It had various repairs over the years and it still needed various repairs. So...I am loving Little Nicky and I am adjusting to having just one car.


Today...I am deep cleaning my palace and cleaning/organizing Little Nicky. I am working in 3-hour blocks to get everything done. I am ready to CRUSH the day.


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