Life In 'Cruces

Welcome to My Journey -
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 - My New Bathroom

I am beyond happy - my bathroom is completely refreshed! Check out the pictures to your right!!

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Life In 'Cruces - May Refresh

Well...what a fun weekend in Albuquerque. I went up to the big city to help my mother decorate her apartment. I also went up to celebrate Mother's Day with her. We had a great time eating, drinking, riding around, and decorating. She has a lot of pretty items that fit in well in her apartment. I love her kitchen!

Now...I am back in Las Cruces and I am kicking off my “May Refresh” starting tomorrow. The refresh includes redecorating my bathroom, bedroom, part of my office, and part of kitchen. I have all the things I need for the refresh and I am ready to start the decorating process.

In other news, I know this work week is going to be busy and there are a few social events I want to go to also. I am going to fit it all in and CRUSH all these goals.

I am going to chill was a smooth drive back from ABQ but I was so sleepy after a big Mother's Day Brunch at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. If you get to ABQ, you must check out this eatery. The salad bar is to die for and the tableside meat service is excellent. The service is beyond excellent. Click here for Fogo de Chão's website.

Time to relax!!

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Life In 'Cruces - Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Mother's Day!!

Enjoy Your Day!!


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Life In 'Cruces - April 2022 Recap

Happy May 1st!

Whoa!! April is over and it was an excellent month of so many events, good eats, a great holiday, sunny days, and fun nights. April was looonnnggg and I really enjoyed it.

On the work front, I worked a lot but also relaxed a lot. I got a new work tablet for Job I and this tablet is making my job a lot easier since I no longer have to use my phone. I do have to purchase a new phone because my little Moto is just not cutting it on Job II and with all the pictures/videos I am taking for Life In 'Cruces.

On the exercise front, I am so proud of myself – I am in the gym at least three times a week. I did not give up in April! I love going to the gym after work. YAY ME!!

On the food front, oh boy. I have loved me some steaks, salads, dishes out, and strong cocktails. With all of that said...I am going back to my “no meat diet” TODAY. I am also stepping back from cocktails. I just made two pitchers of iced tea and I am going to once again love water.

On the apartment remodel, I have all the things I need for the remodel. I have already started framing pictures for the bathroom and covering pillows for the bedroom.

On the life front, I am saving money once again and I am loving that. It feels funny to save more than I spend. My taxes are paid including federal taxes as well as CA land taxes. This month – I want to pay off at least one bill.

This month is all about checking things off of my many checklists and remodeling my bathroom/bedroom. Sooo...I will be at home most of this month except for next weekend – I will be in Albuquerque for Mother's Day. is time to crush some projects before the new work week.

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Life In 'Cruces - Sunrises and Sunsets

Happy Sunday to ME!! I am loving the sunrises here in Las Cruces. I got up a little early this morning just to see the sunrise over the Organ Mountains. I am also loving each and every sunset in this little southern town. Today…I am taking a much-needed R&R Day. It is all about relaxing, working on pictures for my bedroom/bathroom, and resting.

In other news, Happy Earth Day. I had a change in plans for Earth Day this week. I kicked off my spring cleaning and decluttering. I had to work yesterday and I decided to just come home and start cleaning. My platform bed arrived on Friday and I am so ready to put it together. But before I can enjoy my new purchase, I have to clean out my bedroom, clean the carpet, and completely redecorate. As you know…my theme is all about the 1970s. I still need to buy a few more items including a Lava Lamp and some shag rugs.

So…you know I love planning any project before undertaking one. You ask how I’m managing this remodel? I am using a free app called Evernote to chart all the items I need for my spaces as well as how I am going to CRUSH the project. Evernote is available on all platforms. I have it installed on my Macbook and I love it. Evernote also has some paid features that are handy for advanced users but I don’t need all of that. Click here for more information on Evernote.

On the decluttering front, I am still going through bags of decorations and junk I haven’t used or seen in years, If I haven’t used or displayed something in the last two years – I am tossing it. With each toss, I feel lighter and lighter.

As you know...I love decorating and changing things up in my place. So what are my remodel plans? I am remodeling the bathroom over the May 13th-15th weekend. And Yes…it is a Friday the 13th in May - OMG!! I am going to work longer during the first part of the week so I can possibly take off that Friday and do the bathroom floor that night. Then on Saturday, I will redo the cabinet and walls. Then on Sunday, put it all together I will post some before and after pictures of this remodel.

For the bedroom remodel, I am kicking it off over the May 27th-May 30th weekend - Memorial Day. I am going to skip any Memorial Day events and just focus on my bedroom since I have so much to do to refresh and recharge the space. So…on Friday, May 27th - clean the carpet in the bedroom and hallway; Saturday - put the bed up and do the walls; Sunday - create the new reading nook and put down throw rugs, and on Monday - wrap it all up. Now…you know I am going to cook something over the weekend to enjoy on Monday while I am laying in my new bed!

Well…let me get up and work on some pictures for my spaces and really enjoy my Sunday before CRUSHING this week!! Don’t forget to check out Picnic Talks this week. Click here for the latest eatery!!

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Life In 'Cruces - Spring Plans and Loving Earth

Happy Easter and Happy Week of Earth Day Events!!

Today is Easter and the sun is out and it's very pretty here in Las Cruces. I am loving today - in bed enjoying my TLC shows and then I am having brunch at D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro. I know I am going to eat grandly and have a wine flight. When in Las Cruces, you have to check out D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro at 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Click here to check out the restaurant’s website.

Well…Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd and this year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth.” And like other cities, Las Cruces is celebrating this event all week and weekend. I am going to start celebrating Earth Day Week starting tomorrow. I am going on a little walk around the city and snapping some pictures of nature, animals, the sky, and hopefully the moon. I love getting out and just enjoying the cool breezes and warm sun.

On Saturday, the Las Cruces Museum System kicks off its all-day celebrations at the Branigan Cultural Center and Railroad Museum. For more information, click here.

I am going to drop in and attend a few events on Saturday but I want to spend as much time outside really enjoying the Earth instead of being inside. I know I am going to enjoy the sunset on Friday and stare at the Moon for a few minutes.

In other news, I am going to read lots of books this week, write some poetry, listen to some podcasts, and just relax this week. Last week was soo busy and now it is time to relax and really enjoy not only Earth but downtime.

Happy Easter Everyone!!

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Life In 'Cruces - Space, Earth, Wind, April

April Is All About Spring, Celebrating Our Planet, Rebirthing, and Loving Life

I am beyond happy to see April and all of its many events. This week has been all about Las Cruces Space Week. events and enjoying the warm weather. I kicked off space week by attending a pop-up art show on Thursday at Mesilla Valley Mall. The show was all about photographs and paintings of space elements including stars, planets, galaxies, and other space elements. All of the artwork was amazing! Ironically, I am going to incorporate some space elements in my bedroom remodel next month. I have always been fascinated with space, the planets, and stars. I am really in love with Mars and Venus. I wish I could visit Mars for a day but I know that is not possible.

Tonight, I am attending a showing of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Rio Grande Theater. This is my first time seeing this movie in a real theater. I can't wait. Click here to check out upcoming movies at the Rio Grande Theater.

Las Cruces Space Week wraps up tomorrow at the mall with another art show, vendors, kids' events, and a few panels. It was supposed to wrap up with a tour of Spaceport America but that event was canceled. Click here to find out more information about Spaceport America.

Well..back to a few weeks, I kick off my bathroom/bedroom remodel. I can't wait to redecorate my bathroom - the theme is "Cactus, Sand, and the Southwest". My bedroom's theme is "The 1970s Meet Space and Beyond". I can't wait to toss out old decorations and install new ones. I have been collecting new items since January and I only got a few more things to purchase before the May 8th kickoff.

Now...I am mad with the wind - the wind is the reason the Spaceport America tour was canceled. The center was going to have a few special guests fly in for the event, but the high wind caused the center to cancel the entire event. Spaceport America stated they are going to try and reschedule the event for this fall. I need to get a kite to fly since I can't tour the space center.

On the rebirthing kick...I am still sticking with my exercise/fitness plan and I am still hitting the gym every other day. I am proud of myself -- I didn't give up on Planet Fitness. I was working out earlier today and I am hitting the gym tomorrow after I get done with work. This upcoming week is going to be busy but I am still going to hit the gym after work. I am CRUSHING the gym!!

Well...I am off to love life and love the warm weather here on Planet Earth!!

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Life In 'Cruces - Work Changed My Plans

Happy April!!

Well...I was supposed to be posting this blog from LA but work changed all of my plans last week. When I booked my tickets for LA back in December, I didn't have Job IV and Job II was a lot easier. Job II now requires I travel across the entire city instead of just servicing six stores. The rep that used to cover the other stores here in Las Cruces left unexpectedly.

Job IV requires me to work on a Thursday morning unless I can move the projects to another day. was easier to postpone my LA trip until later this year after I get some of these work projects CRUSHED.

I really wanted to relax in LA but instead, I kicked off Las Cruces Restaurant Week on Friday. I had a tasty patty melt at a little restaurant hidden in an office building - Abraham's Bank Tower Restaurant. The restaurant is in the Electronic Caregiver building at 506 S Main St. Once there, hop on the elevator and go up the 4th floor and the eatery is in suite #434. Abraham's Bank Tower Restaurant offers a lot of American food as well as New Mexican dishes. The restaurant opens at 8 a.m. on Monday. I may eat at one or two other restaurants during this 10-day week of specials. For more information on Las Cruces Restaurant Week, click here.

After work on Friday, I went to the Fine Arts Flea Market downtown at Plaza de Las Cruces. The flea market is a monthly event that happens on the first Friday. So much art, so many food vendors, music, and lots of sunshine. I stayed at Plaza de Las Cruces for a bit and then I had to get home for a wine education Zoom call – all about Merlot. The call was so informative.

I kicked off Saturday by visiting the gym and then heading back to Plaza de Las Cruces for not only a health fair but also the weekly Farmer's Market. Oh was a busy time on the plaza. I got my blood sugar checked and it is 81. I am doing great with keeping my health in check. I had an excellent time walking, talking to folks, taking assessments, and just enjoying the warm morning with lots of sun.

Today, I am staying home and working on projects – art projects, sewing projects, computer projects, and reading projects. I know I want to cook something different for dinner.

This new week is already scheduled to the max and I LOVE IT. The Las Cruces Space Festival kicks off later this week on April here to check it out.

I will be at the space festival and will post lots of pics on Instagram.

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Life In 'Cruces - March Recap & One Year Old!!

Happy Birthday to Life In ‘Cruces -
One-Year-Old Today!

And it has been a fun and busy year of packing, working, moving, unpacking, decorating, and loving southern New Mexico. My life's 360-degree turn has been GREAT and I LOVE IT. The only thing that would make my life better is a billion dollars and cheap gasoline BUT I am not going to worry about all that.

Now for the recap…

March has been the BOMB - so many great meals and great cocktails. I kicked off the month attending the Las Cruces International Film Festival and that event was so much fun. I can’t wait to attend it next year.

You know I love restaurants and I went to many “first time for me” restaurants this month. I featured many in my Picnic Talks section of this website. Keep checking back for other restaurants I have popped in to. Click here to check out Picnic Talks.

I took Rest & Relaxation to a new level with weekends off, spa days, shopping days, and just loving ME and my self-care.

I took my photography to the next level and increased my Instagram postings. Click here to check out my Instagram.

I kicked off the First Day of Spring weekend by hanging out in Mesilla, New Mexico all day Saturday and then had a great brunch at Red Lobster on Sunday.

On the work front, I realigned my work so I have weekends off to enjoy life and focus on this website - Life In ‘Cruces.

Today, I am going to Bosque Brewery on Telshor to kick off the reopening of the bar’s patio. The kickoff is happening at 3 p.m. and I can’t wait. Click here to check out the brewery’s website.

March has been long and full of events and lots of fun. I can’t wait to have fun in April!

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Life In 'Cruces - Spring Is Here

Happy Spring 2022!

Spring is here and I am welcoming all the things I have planned for the season! I love spring and its warm winds, sunny days, mild nights, and even its rains. Even though it doesn’t really rain here in New Mexico.

To kick off this new season, I am starting to listen to more podcasts and watch less TV. I love self-care and horror podcasts. Here are a few podcasts I got to check out:

Self Care Club -

100% Guilt-Free Self-Care -

Self Care is Sexy -

Welcome to Night Vale -

The Last Podcast on the Left -

Ghosts In The Burbs -

I love me some podcasts and I love tuning out traditional mediums like television, print publications, etc. It is great to put on some headphones, start a podcast and start walking. Happy Spring to ME!!

Recap of the weekend…the weekend is still pushing on and I have to say that Saturday was a lot of fun. I spent it in Mesilla, NM – the neighbor to Las Cruces. I visited two venues hosting the Get Lucky Music Festival. The festival is part of the Experience Mesilla weekend of events. For more information on Experience Mesilla, click here.

Check out Picnic Talks for one of the restaurants I had a great time at. Look for future Picnic Talks for other Mesilla restaurants I had a great time at.

Now…it is time for some new Positive Affirmations I came up with and following:

  1. Do ME and experience life daily with facials, good coffee, good teas, and lots of water.

  2. Don’t chase things or people who have nothing positive to add to MY life.

  3. Work harder and play harder EVERY day.

  4. Fill MY “Grateful” jar each day.

  5. See the sunset every evening.

  6. Enjoy “twilight time”.

  7. Release, repeat, release.

  8. Spend 10 minutes in a state of happiness.

  9. Enjoy a moment of silence.

  10. Ignore drama, release pain, love ME, and love MY life!

Winter is OVER and spring is here!! Yessss!!

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Life In 'Cruces - Taking a "World" Break

This week has been all about taking a break from the world. With all the war mess, Covid still hanging around, gas being over $4 a gallon, and hearing folks complain about everything…I am loving shutting all of these things out and loving my life.

I had a great time last week and this week I needed to step away from everything and work on “ME” projects including some computer projects, video projects, decluttering projects, and drinking plenty of water.

On the computer front, I got my vintage TI-99/4A computer up and running in my living room. All I need for it is a set of joysticks and of course some more games. The little computer fits in just right next to my stereo. See photos to the right.

On the video front, I made a video consisting of photos of an abandoned house in Mesilla, NM. Click here to view the video.

On the decluttering front, I am filing trash bags like mad of stuff that no longer suits me like incomplete art projects I am never going to complete, old paperwork, expired items, and just plain junk. I am preparing my place for the Big Spring Remodel coming in early May. I can’t wait. I found a great website on spring cleaning, 33 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home, and I am using many of the tips on this page. Click here to check out the site.

So…I am loving this “break from life” and this “break from the news and Covid”. Sometimes you have to shut out the world and turn on the “all about me” mode.

Life is too short to stress about the world, gas and food prices, Covid, and other things popping off in this world.

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Life In 'Cruces - Celebrating Wins is all about celebrating wins and this week has been all about “first time” things here in 'Cruces including some cool photography projects for both this website and Instagram as well as attending a few events.

I don't even know where to start – I have been loving the Las Cruces International Film Festival all week. didn't kick off until Wednesday but it feels like it has been here all week. I haven't attended a film festival in years and this one has been sooo much fun. I got to meet the director of The Lion King and I got to see a lot of indie films, shorts and even attended an animation workshop. I had to skip tonight's award ceremony because I had to come home to get some ME things done.

The Las Cruces International Film Festival wraps up tomorrow, Sunday, and I am a little sad. I wish it could run for two weeks. I love me some indie films and love filmmaking. Check out my Instagram for some of the pictures I took.

I would like to send a thank you out to Cineport 10 - Allen Theatres for hosting the Las Cruces International Film Festival. The theater is a few minutes from my house and I loved that I could run home if I needed to. Click here to check out what is playing at the theater.

Earlier today, I attended the Las Cruces Arts Fair at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The fair kicked off today at 10 a.m. I went to it first and then headed to the film festival. I love a full day of events especially when the weather is nice and warm. The fair runs through Sunday and features an array of local artists as well as artists from both New Mexico and Texas. The pieces are priced right and you will find everything from pottery to color prints. The Las Cruces Art Fair is hosted by the Dona Ana County Arts Council. Check out the fair's website by clicking here.

It has been a fun week with so much going on. I love it. I am finally back doing what I love – attending a lot of art, film, photography, and other creative events. I had to make myself come home because I still had so much to do at home including making this post.

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