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Life In 'Cruces – November 2023 Recap


What a terrible month and a terrible holiday. I am just going to put it out there – a terrible holiday and a terrible month. But I am going to put a positive spin on this pretty disaster – I am grateful to be alive and posting this blog. I have already kicked off my 2024 goal planning and I am ready to say goodbye to 2023. I just completed my plans – I used Notion to record all of my 2024 goals, plans, thoughts, etc. Notion is a great planning tool.

Click here to check out and download Notion.

To recap November, I did nothing but work - 5 jobs and no break. But I am grateful for my 5 jobs. I would also like to thank God for this last week of November. This month has a bitch on wheels and I am ready to see this bitch roll out.

On positive notes…

- I saved money and I didn't spend as much as last month.

- I got to attend a few events.

- I skipped the Black Friday mess and I worked on completing my 2024 Goal List and my 2024 Digital Vision Board.

- I have decided not to work any more holidays.

- I am excited about the new year. I am sooo ready to see this awful year end. I never want to speak about this year again.

To sum up all of this – November was a HOT MESS!! I am welcoming December with loving arms. Even this recap has been rough.

In other news, I can’t wait to reinvent everything in my life from my career to Life In ‘Cruces – 2024 is all about rebuilding and changing. A NEW ATTITUDE is coming and I really need a change.


Life In 'Cruces – Pre-Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy early Thanksgiving...I am celebrating the holiday this weekend because I have to work on Job III on Thanksgiving and the entire weekend after. I am not even going to talk about it – I decided to take on this job knowing that I would have to work this holiday. But you best believe...this will be the last Thanksgiving I am working.

Anyhoo...I cooked my turkey yesterday, Saturday, and I am making all of the sides today. Click here to check out my Instagram for pictures of my Voodoo/Hoodoo turkey. The turkey is 23 pounds and sooo good!! 

I am going to have Thanksgiving dinner every night this week. Job III gave everyone a free turkey, pumpkin pie, and a bag of potatoes. The job also gave away a $30 coupon for groceries. Soooo...not too bad but I want the day and weekend off.

So...I work five hours on Thanksgiving Day then home to my bed and all of my food. In diet news, I am still dieting this week but I am going to enjoy a big holiday meal every night when I get home.

The holidays are here and I can’t really see them because I want 2023 to end RIGHT NOW! I can’t wait to see 2024 even though I have no expectations for the new year. I am not going to put the new year up on a pedestal because I did that with 2023 and that backfired. I must say one thing about 2023, it taught me too much and directed me down roads I never dreamed of traveling on.

As far as planning for 2024, I am going to do my normal New Year planning but I am going to keep it to myself and work on ME alone. I was going to do a planning blog but I am not. Click here to check out Plan to Organize's tips on planning 2024.

Well...I have sides to make and a lot to do. This is going to be a busy week and I am ready to CRUSH all of my weekly goals.


Life In 'Cruces – October 2023 Recap

I know I am late but last weekend just took over my spirit and I was having too much fun to do a recap of October. Life has been SOO busy and I want to post about EVERYTHING! Work is crazy busy with all five jobs and me still trying to diet and live right. The diet is rough...I want to eat EVERYTHING but I am slowly controlling my eating. I am just loving 50 right now and I can’t stop living badly!! LOL!! is the recap…

- I paid off my IRS debt and I am so happy.

- I also paid off two other bills and I am working my way to being debt-free.

- I managed to get to the gym at least once a week and sometimes twice a week. This is such a challenge but I am going to do better.

- I worked a lot of hours and saved a lot of money. I love saving money but it is hard especially when I want to spend money...LOL!!

- I attended a few events including seeing a few classic movies and attending the Zombie Walk in downtown Las Cruces. The walk was so much fun.

- I did not drop any pounds but I also did not gain any pounds. I have to get serious about my weight goals.

- I got my new phone and new number. I am so happy. This was the final step in letting go of past friendships/relationships. Now no one can contact me.

- I reduced my spending and I love this!

- I enjoyed a few R & R Days but not many. I did relax some and I have finally let go of the need to control everything. I am loving this freedom.

- The Big 5-0 is nice – I am relaxing more, stressing less, and just overall enjoying life.


Life In 'Cruces – 52nd Renaissance Arts Faire

I just got back from my first-ever Renaissance Arts Faire and the event was AMAZING!! The food was EXCELLENT, the cocktails were WONDERFUL, and the entertainment was beyond belief. I had a really good time and now I am finally relaxing.


Life In 'Cruces - On The Road - Dia de Los Muertos

Happy Spooky Season!!

Halloween has kicked off and here in New Mexico - Dia de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is going strong.

I went to a Friday afternoon Day of the Dead event in Mesilla and it was very interesting. The event showcased many memorials of people who had died. Family members set up the memorials for the event. Most of the Dia de Los Muertos memorials had pictures of family members they were remembering. The memorials also had flowers, religious artifacts, and items the family members enjoyed like candy and other foods.

BUT...I didn’t take any pictures of the Dia de Los Muertos memorials. I did this out of respect and the memorials were very spooky. I was afraid I would capture a spirit in a photo or I would bring back an attachment ghost. I just walked and viewed the memorials without the desire to capture every moment of the event.

Dia de Los Muertos is a major part of Mexican and New Mexican culture. It is all about food, memories of the dead, drinks, and celebrating the dead. Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated every year from October 31st through November 2nd but most places kick off the celebration early.

I have a lot of respect for the dead as well as cultural events like Dia de Los Muertos. For more information on this tradition, click here for the complete history behind Dia de Los Muertos.

Well...tonight, I am going to a Zombie crawl event at 6 p.m. and then I am seeing Hocus Pocus on the big screen at the Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces. I am excited!!


Life In 'Cruces - Las Cruces Air & Space Expo

I did it!! I went to my first-ever air show, Las Cruces Air & Space Expo, on Saturday, Oct 21st. It was amazing. The show was at the Las Cruces International Airport and I got to see a lot of airplanes, and a few cars at the mini car show, and I got to eat some BBQ from Jim Bob’s BBQ. I had their BBQ before and it was tasty. If you get a chance, check out Jim Bob’s - 8990 Zia Blvd at the airport.

Well...above is the photo gallery from the event. Click on the left side of the photo below to advance the gallery.


Life In 'Cruces - Nick’s Harvest Sauce

Plastic container with lid
½ tsp cumin seeds
2 Tbsp garlic powder
½ sour cream
½ cup onion – chopped
3 cups olive oil
½ cup Hatch green chile – chopped
1 Tbsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
3 cups medium tomatoes - finely chopped

This sauce is perfect over ANY dish!!

In a plastic container, combine cumin seeds, garlic powder, sour cream, chopped onion, and olive oil. Stir the mixture until well blended and then blend in green chile, black pepper, and sea salt. Stir the sauce for 3 minutes and then add the finely chopped tomatoes. Stir the mixture until well blended. Chill the sauce for 2 hours before using.


Don't Forget...

Check out my weekly "It's All About Dollar Stores" blog. Click here to access the blog. 

Also, check out my "Cooking In The 575" cooking blog. Click here to access the blog. 


Life In 'Cruces – CRUSHING IT & Fall Plans

I DID it!! I CRUSHED two major goals last week – I paid off my IRS debt and I paid off a credit card. Oh My!! I am walking on sunshine right now.

I had the best week – so many wins and I even attended a few events. I also took a lot of photos and even crushed a few gym visits. Also, my bedroom closet is finally the way I want it – clean and completely organized.

October came in and I jumped on the month's wrecking ball like a champ. Now...a new week and lots to do. I am ready though. are my fall plans:

- I am going to Albuquerque on Saturday, Oct 14th for a day and a half trip and I can’t wait. I am taking the bus – so I have to leave early and then I get back to Las Cruces late next Sunday night.

- I have an El Paso trip next month – sky diving and then dinner afterward.

- I am going to the Las Cruces Air & Space Expo on Saturday, October 21, 2023. The event is from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the Las Cruces International Airport, 8990 Zia Blvd. Click here to check out the event's website. 

- I have a few Rio Grande Theatre events I am going to including HOCUS POCUS on Saturday, October 28th, 2023 at 8 p.m. I am also going to see Roman Holiday on Saturday, November 4th at 7 p.m. You already know I can't miss an Audrey Hepburn film. I love seeing classic movies on the big screen. Click here to check out Rio Grande Theatre’s event site.

- And to top off my fall plans...I can’t wait to attend the Dona Ana Arts Council's Renaissance ArtsFaire on Sunday, November 5th from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at Young Park here in Las Cruces. I am spending the bulk of the day there because I have never been to a Renaissance Faire. The fair is also running on Saturday, November 4th from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. I can't wait to try the food, watch the jousting, see the costumes, do some shopping, and just take in the cool fall air. Click here to check out the Renaissance ArtsFaire website. 

I am loving fall and I am loving all of my goals. Happy fall to ME!!

Don't Forget...

Check out my weekly "It's All About Dollar Stores" blog. Click here to access the blog. 

Also, check out my "Cooking In The 575" cooking blog. Click here to access the blog. 


Life In 'Cruces – September 2023 Recap

Hello, fall...I am glad you are here. It has been a minute since I have seen you. I am ready for cool evenings, candles lit, the sun going in early, and longer nights. I am ready for fall. Bring your cool butt in and sit down for a spell.

Well...September is coming to a close in a few hours and I can’t really remember the month. September always feels like a transition month – fall to me really starts on October 1st.

OK – here is the recap…

- September was an overall great month with no drama. I am still loving my Big 5-0 and I am still staying positive about life and my future.

- My goals are still a work in progress though. I didn’t really meet any of my goals this month and I am OK with that.

- October 1st starts a reset of all goals and a countdown to the end of the year. I am now really ready to CRUSH all of my goals including meeting my diet benchmarks for October, paying off bills, saving money, cutting expenses in half, drinking more water, visiting the gym more, and just doing things to make 2024 my best year ever.

- My detox soup is made for my diet reset – the reset starts Sunday, October 1st and I am READY.

- I managed to refresh my bedroom and living room this month and I LOVE it!!

- I did manage to reduce some of my spending. I am happy about that.

- I got two new car tires for Little Nicky this month. I got to keep the big car running until January 2024.

- I did attend Friday night’s Jazz festival and it was great. I am going to the full concert on Sunday, October 1st.

- I managed to attend a few events this month and I had a great time.

- I have really enjoyed YouTube videos this month.

- I was able to launch my Dollar Stores portion of this blog and I LOVE it. Click here to check out the latest Dollar Stores blog.

Overall – September was a relaxing month and I am looking forward to October and cooler weather.


Life In 'Cruces – Goodbye Summer 2023

Fall is coming - Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 2:50 a.m. EDT here in America. Let me repeat...fall is COMING!! I am even looking forward to this new season, new time, and next to the last chapter of 2023.

I don’t even know where to start in wrapping up this summer. I am writing this from my living room. I went to an event this afternoon downtown and I even had a picnic downtown. It was a nice event/dinner. I normally don’t write a post on Fridays but I just had to end summer with a look back at this long, hot, crazy, low-down, dirty summer.

I shouldn’t even dog the summer out but it was not what I is the breakdown…

- I don’t even know when the summer started. I worked so many hours this summer that I lost track of days and nights.

- I didn’t go on any of the trips I had planned for 2023.

- I turned 50 during the middle of a heat wave. Las Cruces, as well as other towns and cities within the southwest, was going through a 110+ heat wave.

- I did get to visit Tombstone, Arizona, and see a few tiny towns here in southern New Mexico.

- I dumped a lot of toxic people from my life. I am at peace now and finally happy after 11 dark years of life filled with negative, toxic, and shitty folks.

- I regretted the job I took back in February and I still regret it. I am going to try and stay on that job through December.

- I closed the Book of My 40s and I am planning on burning that book on New Year’s Eve.

- I crushed some of my goals but not all of them. I am resetting my goals on October 1st.

- Tina Turner died.

- I am finally at peace with yesteryear and I only live in the present. I am excited for my future. 

Well...that is IT on summer 2023. I am going to stay awake and welcome in the new season. I can’t wait!!


Life In 'Cruces – Being The Best Version of Myself

September is moving along and I am loving my Big 5-0. I am at peace with so much at this age. I am even shocked at myself – no negative thoughts, no negative comments to others, and no listening to negative people. I have been calm even when navigating life’s issues and problems. I am loving this new decade!!

I am truly coming into my second life. I am working hard toward becoming the best version of myself. I am still on my Whole 30 journey but I have had some foods that are not on my lifestyle plan. And I am OK with that. To counteract bumps in the road...I am going to the gym more. I am in the gym at least four times a week and I am going to increase my time there. I am loving the gym. Click here to check out the specials happening at my gym, Planet Fitness.

As September is moving into fall, I am attending more and more events. I love attending events and the weather is just right to get out in. After this long, hot summer, I am even going to welcome fall with open arms when it comes. I will never complain about cold weather again. I hope it snows from December through April. LOL!!

In other news, I had a great time in Mesilla yesterday at the Mexican Independence Festival. Click here to visit Mesilla’s website. Click here to learn more about Mexico’s Independence Day. am listening to the oldies, working on some blog stuff, and just enjoying the day. I may even watch a movie later. I think after my lunch/dinner, I am going on a walk and get some fresh air. Just enjoy the sun and weather. I am loving being 50!! Click here for tips on loving life after 50. These tips also apply to anyone living life and wanting to enjoy it just a little bit more.


Life In 'Cruces – My New Life

Happy September 1st!

It has been a long summer and this is the “unofficial last weekend of summer”...not really but Labor Day is the last party of summer. I did not like this summer AT ALL. It was one massive heat wave, and I worked so much till it was no fun at all. Well...I am not going to spend too much time reflecting on the summer.

September 1st kicked off my new life – being more positive, eating right, exercising, reading more, working on career moves, and just living in the next book of my life. Click here for tips on how to rebuild your life. 

So...I am working toward a lot of goals that I will reveal in future posts. One of my main goals is to get to my ideal weight of 130 pounds. I have 4 ½ months to get there and I am going to CRUSH this goal. Click here to learn about the diet plan I am on. 

In other news, I am off Sunday and I plan on exercising for a few hours and then relaxing until Monday morning. I do have to work on Job II for a few hours on Monday then I am off. After work, I am going to grill some veggies and drink a lot of lemon water.

Also, on Monday afternoon, I am going to work on a special component of this website that I can’t wait to launch. Check back on Monday evening to see the big surprise!!

Well...Happy September 1st and keep shining!!


Life In 'Cruces – August 2023 Recap

August has been a WONDERFUL month – My Big 5-0 is the BOMB!!

I am still celebrating my birthday here on Saturday, August 26th. I only have a few more days left in this month and I am celebrating every remaining second of this month.

I don’t even know where to start on my Big 50th month recap. This has been the best birthday in 5 years. I am loving this New Life Book and new life. I am sipping a great cocktail and eating a steak dinner while writing this recap.

Here we go…

- I kicked off my Big 50th birthday on Saturday, August 5th. I, of course, had a steak meal on that day.

- Sunday and Monday before my birthday were spent having meals out, lots of cocktails, staying at a hotel off of I-25, and eating a huge buffet at Cattle Baron Steak and Seafood Restaurant. Click here to check out the restaurant’s website.

- Tuesday, My Big 50th Birthday, I spent it eating at Ruby Tuesday’s then checked into a fancy hotel. I had dinner at a fancy restaurant and then breakfast there the next day.

- I was off from Sunday, Aug 6th – Sunday, Aug 13th. That week off was the BOMB!!

- The 2023 Elements are still around though – I declined two job offers that were just not right for me. If the elements show you the future and you don’t like the future...change it.

- I received so many cards and gift cards from friends and bosses. I love it!!

- I paid off 2 bills – I am so HAPPY!

- I closed my 40s, finally, and have moved on with my life.

- I am happy for the first time in 12 ½ years. I am moving in the positive and I ain’t going back to any dark places.

- I left A LOT of people in my 40s and I can’t bring them into my 50s. Life is too short to deal with toxic people, toxic jobs, toxic places, and toxic worlds.

- I am still celebrating My BIG 50th Birthday!!


Life In 'Cruces – Happy 50th to ME!!

Happy Birthday to ME!! I am officially 50. I feel great and I am moving in the positive. I had a great birthday this week and I am still off until Monday. YEAH for ME!

Well...let me recap:

Last Saturday, I kicked off my birthday with a great meal. Then on Sunday...I relaxed all day and just sit around the house.

Early Monday morning, I got up at 1:44 a.m. and baked my 4 cakes. YES...4 cakes. It was nice and cool in my palace and I got all of my baking done. Then later that morning, I went to IHOP for breakfast.

Monday afternoon...lunch at Cattle Baron Steak and Seafood Restaurant. I love that place...I had the salad bar and it was sooo good. 

Monday at 11:55 p.m...I started getting ready for my BIRTHDAY at Midnight. I danced into my Big 50th Year at Midnight – a glass of bubbly in my hand. It was great!!

Tuesday – My Big Day...breakfast in bed then lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s and then drinks at Hacienda de Mesilla. 

I checked into HOTEL ENCANTO DE LAS CRUCES for the evening. I love that hotel. I had dinner at the restaurant in the hotel and then had breakfast the next day in the hotel. It was the BOMB. 

Wednesday – I went on a road trip to Alamogordo and Ruidoso. I did some lite shopping in both towns and I took a few pictures.

Thursday – I went on a road trip to Tombstone, Arizona. Next week’s Life In ‘Cruces will be all about that road trip.

My birthday week consisted of lots of eating, lots of hotel hopping but I didn't drink much. I got some much-needed rest. I did get my x-rays done and I started taking my iron pills.

Today, I am relaxing and cleaning!

Happy Birthday to ME!!

Life In 'Cruces – My Birthday Is Almost Here

It is officially Birthday Week and I am OFF until Sunday, August 13th. Even then I am only working a few hours. I really need this break. Summer 2023 has been a summer from Hell. Really...this heatwave is straight out of Hell. Even Satan is saying it is too hot.

Sooo…my Birthday Week off today as soon as I walked out of Job III. I did get a cute little cake and a Texas Roadhouse giftcard from that job. That was really nice. I also got a Starbucks giftcard from Job II. The other jobs didn’t care and that is OK. I didn’t expect anything from anyone or any company.

Well...tonight has been low-key because I am exhausted from working a full day. I came home and made an early dinner and just crashed out on the sofa. I was going to a car show but it was too hot to get back out. It was 105 degrees this afternoon and I just couldn’t deal with all of that.

In Sunday news, I was going skydiving but I rescheduled that till November 5th. Sooo...instead of…I am cooking a big meal on Sunday and just relaxing. Just escaping the world this week.

So...what are my birthday plans:

Monday - breakfast at IHOP then just lounging around until dinner time. I do want to see the sunset and I want to be outside some even though the heatwave is back.

Big Day Tuesday – I am having breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as staying at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. Click here for more information on the hotel. I am getting up early on Tuesday to see the sunrise then I am heading to breakfast. I check into my room at 3 p.m. then dinner at 6. Afterward, opening gifts, drinking bubbly, and just relaxing.

Wednesday – Saturday – just playing it by ear and relaxing.

In other news...this week was rough – lots of working and a doctor’s appointment. I have some life changes coming up and I am excited! I am happy to see 50 even though I don’t know how I am going to feel yet. I am so ready to say goodbye to my 40s.

I am ready for this new life book!!


Life In 'Cruces – July Recap – So Hot!

Hot days and hot nights...108 degrees...110 degrees...dry and hot...that was July 2023. July was ONE BIG heat wave. I have to say this has been a rough July. So hot and so many long nights. Only one word sums up July 2023 – Scorching.

July’s heat wave not only touched Las Cruses but also the entire southwest as well as other parts of the world. Click here for the latest update on the heat wave. is my recap:

- I didn’t attend any social events due to the heat. I went to work and then back home.

- My apartment has a swamp cooler and it doesn’t cool like it should. I ran a fan to help circulate the cool air. It is still hot in my palace.

- I did manage to get to the gym weekly...I love the gym because it has really good air conditioning.

- My No Spend Challenge was a success and I didn’t spend as much as did in June.

- I increased my water intake and cut back on soft drinks and booze.

- On the work front, I balanced work and life perfectly.

- I saved money instead of spending it.

- I didn’t pay off any bills but I did reduce balances on 2 credit cards and my IRS debt.

- I worked on a lot of ‘undercover” moves – worked on my future.

Well...July is almost over and my birthday month is about to pop off!! I am excited and ready to open my next BOOK – My BIG 50 book.


Life In 'Cruces – YouTube Channels and Podcasts

New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, is also the land of many YouTube channels, podcasts, websites, radio stations, and even community television stations. If you want to know what is happening in New Mexico, well...I have a little list of YouTube channels and podcasts you need to check out.

Let's go...

> Your first stop must be VisitNewMexico – this YouTube channel is all things New Mexico. The channel is home to the New Mexico True campaign and the videos are high quality, very informative, very pretty, and very informative. Click here to access the channel. Click here to view VisitNewMexico’s intro video.

> For sports fans, you must visit New Mexico United's YouTube channel. New Mexico United is the state's soccer team. Click here to access the channel. Click here to access the YouTube channels New Mexico United follows. 

> For other sports and event info, access the University of New Mexico YouTube channel. This channel is all about the major university in New Mexico. UNM YouTube channel is also very informative and well done. Click here to access the channel.

> For all things NEWS in New Mexico, Let's Talk New Mexico is the podcast to listen to. From what laws are up for debate in Santa Fe to what up-and-coming New Mexican musicians to follow, Let's Talk New Mexico is the podcast you need to listen to DAILY. Click here to access the podcast.

> If you need even more New Mexican news, check out Tipping Point New Mexico. This podcast is full of debates and discussions on public policy issues within the state. Click here to access the podcast. 

> New Mexico Outside is ALL about nature, mountain biking, rock collecting, and just about anything to do outside. Click here to access the YouTube channel. Click here to access related YouTube channels. 

> Now off to space...New Mexico is home to a lot of things related to space exploration and the New Mexico Museum of Space History is the place to visit to learn all about the state's role in space exploration. The New Mexico Museum of Space History YouTube channel is an exciting place to visit without leaving your house. Click here to view over 300 space-related videos.

> History need to access the Stephen Spitz - New Mexico People Places and Ideas podcast. This podcast is a monthly talk show featuring historical facts, in-depth interviews, and discussions on state politics, as well as other topics. Click here to access the podcast. 

> You want to know about life in New Mexico? Well...check out New Mexico in Focus - a YouTube channel that is also a detailed online magazine. New Mexico in Focus is backed by the New Mexico PBS channel. New Mexico in Focus covers everything from events to culture within the state. Click here to access the online magazine/YouTube channel.

> And to honor the heat wave that is hanging over New Mexico, you have to check out the Resilient New Mexico Podcast. This podcast is all about discussions related to climate change. The podcast is a great way to learn about how climate changes are playing a major role in the heating of the state. Click here to access the podcast. 


Life In 'Cruces – Big Decisions, My Life, My World

Happy Sunday and Happy 21 days to my BIG 50! I am ready but also in a state of shock. I can’t even think about turning 50. I guess I always thought I would be 22 forever and that time would stop in MY WORLD. But NOOOO...time moved on and did not pause. Click here for a turning 50 checklist. 

Now...I am roughly two weeks and a few days from my BIG 50th. Along with this milestone birthday...I slowly made some changes including the following:

- Updating my five-year plan to include a firm moving date to the state of Arizona.

- Setting firm dates for paying off bills this year.

- Setting a firm date on buying my dream car – a vintage convertible.

- Setting firm dates on quitting at least 2 of my 5 jobs.

Now...I need to talk about something that was a BIG DECISION for me. I finally completed my “friend” purge of people I no longer wanted in my life. Some friendships had to end – I don’t have time for toxic people. I also don’t have time for people who are not into forward-thinking. Click here for more about forward thinking. 

I started dropping “friends” last year but I kept a few toxic folks around until this summer. I finally did was a tough task but I can’t live in the past. I just can’t. I am not only going into a new chapter in my life BUT also a new book. I am scared but excited at the same time. Sometimes you have to move on and do YOU. Never let anyone or anything hold you back.

Sooo...I am leaving a lot behind including “friends”, multiple jobs, things that don’t work for me, and lifestyles I no longer want to be part of. I am ready...I am ready for this new adventure. A new adventure, life, move, jobs, and positive vibes ON MY OWN. I can’t wait to close out my 40s. Oh, what a much drama.

Well...the heat wave is still around here in Las Cruces and I am staying cool inside instead of outside.


Life In 'Cruces – Heat Wave 2023

Las Cruces, and other parts of the southwest, is experiencing a HEAT WAVE!! OMG...dry, hot, sunny, and can’t really do any outdoor activities. I was going to do a Jazz Nights post BUT I can’t because I haven’t been attending any outdoor or indoor events. This heat wave started around June 30th and is still pounding Las Cruces.

Yesterday’s temperature was 104 degrees F., and today’s temperature is hitting 108. I am inside but my palace, like other places, has a swamp cooler that doesn’t really cool the space. Swamp coolers are also known as evaporative coolers. The coolers use a combination of water, pads, and blowing air to cool down spaces. Swamp coolers don’t really function properly over 90 degrees F. Soooo...the air coming out of a swamp cooler is just warm air instead of cold air. It is HOT.

I also have a tower fan that is sort of cooling the room I am in while I am at home BUT it is still HOT. The only time it is cool here in Las Cruces is during the overnight hours and first thing in the morning.

Mini Recap...My 4th of July was spent working and it was REALLY hot. I only saw a few fireworks and I stayed inside until it was time to go to work – an overnight shift. I didn’t do anything when I got off but slept a few hours and then I was off to another job on that Wednesday. am inside and trying to survive the heat. I am going to clean, meal prep, watch my shows, and just relax. Click here to learn more about the heat wave. 


Life In 'Cruces – June Recap & Mid-Year Review

Happy July 2023...the summer is rolling along and it is really HOT. Las Cruces has been under a heat wave since last weekend. It is finally a little cooler this weekend. Last weekend was really hot. I went and got a window unit but it didn’t cool my I took it back and just suffered. June was not too long but busy and lots of bombshells falling…

- I worked a lot on all jobs and I picked up a 5th job. I work overnight at least once a week and that is going OK!

- I paid off one bill and I am quickly paying off another bill.

- I saved some in June but not enough. I still spent a lot but mostly on birthday stuff. My Big 50 is coming in 37 days. OMG!!

- So many changes on my jobs and I am good with the changes. I am going to work all of these jobs until December then I am overhauling my work life.

- I started refreshing my hallway and I just now completed it. So pretty and clean.

- I stuck with my plant-based diet somewhat...I had some meat throughout the month and I am good with that.

- I am done buying birthday gifts...I have over 50!

- My room is booked for my birthday as well as dinner! I can’t wait.

- I have a lot of appointments booked – mostly heath-related appointments.

- I am good with my birthday coming...I am ready for the next chapter in my life.

OK...July marks mid-year and I am speechless about where my life is at this point. I have basically let life run me instead of me running my life. I gave up on the plans I had made. I let life and the universe run the last 6 months. Now...I am back in charge and I am going to run the last 6 months of my life.

I haven’t accomplished much since January but I did pay off some bills, had one good trip to Tucson, refreshed my hallway and kitchen, and I had some really good steaks. That is really it. January through June 2023 has been a complete shit show. Total failure on so many levels but now I am back in charge. I am going to get through these next 6 months and come on out of 2023.

Alright...I am ready!!


Las Cruces Showcase -
Butter Smith Kitchen & Pies

Business Name: are venturing out to the east side of Las Cruces and checking out Butter Smith Kitchen & Pies. This little spot used to be Village Inn but now it is an eatery that serves not only coffee and soft drinks but also cocktails including MIMOSAS and DIRTY WHITE CLAW as well as beer and wine. OMG!

Digital Business Card:

Butter Smith Kitchen & Pies, 445 S. Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88011. Phone – 575-521-1512. Butter Smith is open Sunday through Thursday from 6 a.m. till 11 p.m., and Friday & Saturday from 6 a.m. - 12 a.m. Click here to check out the eatery’s website.

Nature of Business:

It is all about food – everything from breakfast to dinner. Butter Smith Kitchen & Pies also has Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. I have to check out the Happy Hour – I may check it out this coming Thursday. I recently had breakfast there and I love the food. I had the Machaca - chopped beef, salsa, two eggs, spicy cheese sauce, hash browns, refried beans, pico, and a flour tortilla.

Delivery Information:

Butter Smith is ideal for dining in as well as ordering takeout. The restaurant’s delivery option is coming soon, according to the website. Butter Smith Kitchen & Pies is not available on DoorDash though.

One Thing Unique About The Business:

Your favorite Village Inn pies are still available at Butter Smith Kitchen & Pies including apple, cherry, cheesecake, and the infamous French Silk pie. Other flavors are also available. 

So...drop in and have some good food, cocktails, and a slice of pie, and don’t forget to order something to go!!


Life In 'Cruces – Summer Cocktails

Summer is here in three days and I am so happy. I love the hot days of summer and cool drinks flowing in my cute cocktail glasses. I am sipping on some cold white wine right now as I write this.

So...what are my suggestions for cold summer cocktails?

Well...I love easy and I love quick. Why mix a cocktail when you don’t have to? You have to try the ready-to-drink canned cocktails. The cocktails come in a variety of flavors including Margarita, Rum, wine, fruity alcohol mixtures, and even Sangria.

Ready-to-drink cocktails are available at your local supermarket, superstore, drug store, and even your local convenience stores. You can also purchase these ready-to-drink cocktails in plastic bottles. These cocktails are perfect for picnics, dinner parties, cookouts, and any other summer event. I have a mini-fridge in my bedroom stocked with these drinks. I love them.

Ready-to-drink cocktails contain about 10 percent alcohol and usually come in 12-ounce bottles or cans. You won’t get wasted on these cocktails – and that is good. The cocktails vary in price but usually run around $10 for a 4 or 6-pack.

Now...if compact cocktails are not your can still enjoy full-size ready-to-drink cocktails that require no mixing. Full-size cocktails also come in a variety of flavors including, frozen strawberry and regular Margarita, Rum punch, Whiskey sour, white Sangria as well as other flavors.

I have even found carbonated ready-to-drink cocktails. I love the fizz. If you are in New Mexico, you can even find specialty cocktails like the Albuquerque Isotopes’ Mariachis Margarita and the Teller Watermelon Walkoff. Click here for more information on these cocktails. 

Of can always elect to mix your own cocktails. Just make sure you buy local spirits and support small businesses. Local superstores and grocery stores carry a full line of local spirits and other locally-owned beers. Mixing your own cocktails is also a great option if you want to make mocktails using juice, tonic, or club soda instead of alcohol.

Well...summer 2023 starts on Wednesday!! 

Are you ready?


As Above So Below

Old Town Tequila

Summer Cocktail Recipes


Life In 'Cruces – My Fun Is Back is Day 11th of June 2023 and I have to say I have had some fun this month. I went to the Taste of Las Cruces last Thursday and it was WONDERFUL. So many great restaurants and so many great eats. I pigged out and didn’t feel bad. This was the event’s 15th year and all the proceeds benefited Casa de Peregrinos food pantry. Click here to learn more about the food pantry. 

Click here for additional pictures of
Taste of Las Cruces!

Then last night, I got to see Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant at the Rio Grande Theatre. I love me some Rio Grande Theatre and the yearly Classic Film Series. Charade is 60 years old and still a great movie. The Paris scenes are to die for and Ms. Hepburn was the BOMB. I didn't realize how old Cary Grant looked in this movie though...he was already 59 when the movie came out in 1963. Click here to check out upcoming films at the Rio Grande Theatre. 

So...what else has been going on…

I am in the process of refreshing my kitchen. I am almost done. I stained the cabinets last Friday, added simple “beach-themed” decorations, cleaned off my countertops and the top of my fridge, and I even decluttered a lot of stuff from the cabinets. I can’t wait to post pictures for you all to see.

On the work front, I enjoyed some short work days and one day off. It was an excellent week. Now...I am back to working hard. This week is going to be busy but I am good. I start another job this coming Tuesday – so...Job Five. I am ready!! plans today are many but not really. I got to clean, I got to finish my kitchen, I got to meal prep, and I got to attend the Music in the Park Series at Young Park. The music starts at 7 p.m. Click here for more information on the Music in the Park Series. 

Check back for pictures of my kitchen refresh and a few pictures of Young Park.

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Las Cruces Showcase –
        Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery

Business Name:

Today, we are venturing out of the Picacho Street Antique District and cruising into the town of Mesilla to check out Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery. The gallery is all about art and showcasing local and regional artists including Frank Rimbach from El Paso, Rhonda R. Winters, Frank Peacock, as well as other artists.

Digital Business Card:

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 2470 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, NM and its phone number is (575) 522-2933. You can also contact Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery via email -

Nature of Business:

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is a co-op gallery that is home to a variety of artists using various mediums including oil, mixed media, acrylic, ceramics, pastel, and other mediums. As you walk through the gallery, you will find jewelry, postcards, and even decorative baskets. The gallery is cozy and jammed with a lot of art. Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery accepts cash, credit, and debit cards.


Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery - Business Website

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery - Facebook

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery - Life In ‘Cruces Profile

One Thing Unique About The Business:

Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery is located next door to other businesses that share a courtyard – Dakota Dukes Wild Coyotee and The Candyman Can. Check out the other businesses after you visit the gallery.


Life In 'Cruces – Reset, Recap, Re-Everything

May 2023 is in the books and I am OVERJOYED. I am finally back to my old life of having off days, half-work days, ME days, and positive-outlook days. On Job II, the new boss finally arrived and I gave her ALL the work I was doing. I am back to 28 hours on that job and I am LOVING it.

Sooo...June and July are all about resetting and getting my old life back. I sort of didn’t care about the other jobs during this mess on Job II. I got to get the other jobs in better shape. I have a major goal set for December 30th – I am reducing my jobs to only 2. I can’t continue doing 4 jobs and I am NOT going to do 4 jobs after December 30th.

To recap May…

- It was all work and no play. I didn’t get to Albuquerque for Mother’s Day and I didn’t attend many events. I did get to a few fun things but nothing really to write home about.

- I did manage to post a few Cooking In The 575 posts.

- I did manage to feature a few businesses in the Las Cruces Showcase.

- I redid my office and living room – I changed the curtains and changed out some of the pictures.

- I enjoyed some great steaks and seafood this month.

- I didn’t make it to the gym as much as I wanted but I did make it some. Click here for some gym tips.

- I did make my savings goals. Click here for some saving tips.

- I did pay off 2 bills – YEAH me! Click here for some debit-reducing tips.

So what is on the plate for June you ask?

I am kicking off two months of Whole 30 living and getting myself ready for my Big 50. I love the plant-based lifestyle even though I love eating meat. I feel so much better on a plant-based diet. My Whole 30 plan starts on June 1st and ends on August 6th. 

Summer 2023 is here and I am ready for everything it is going to toss at me. Let’s Do This!! 

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Life In 'Cruces – Happy Memorial Day

Tomorrow is the big day – the unofficial kickoff to Summer 2023. I don’t really celebrate this holiday. I have to work tomorrow and I am not happy. I worked today and now I am off. That’s All!!

Check out the latest Cooking In The 575 recipe, Bataan Memorial Beef Dinner, by clicking here. 

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Life In 'Cruces – Ready for Summer 2023

I am more than ready for Summer 2023. I think I have finally gotten all four jobs under control and I can finally have ME time again. Thank God all the crazy work projects are done – Mother’s Day displays, Graduation displays, regular displays, and even Father’s Day displays. I am back to regular hours on all of my jobs and no more overtime.

Well...What Are Your Summer 2023 Plans?

I don’t really have any. I am taking each day step by step. I am not even going to list things I want to do...I am going to pick something to do at the start of each day. I have my Big 50th Book chocked full of things to do. So...I am going to pull something out of the book and JUST DO IT!

I am too afraid to list any of the activities in the Big 50th Book.

The Reason Why You Are Not Listing Things To Do?

Well...since 2023 went off the tracks back in March, I stopped planning out the year. I have been just living day to day and taking life as it comes. I know this is SOOO not me but with this is already fucked up. I am just trying to stay positive and live. I have already canceled all my 50th Birthday stuff. I have also moved all my goal completion dates to 2024.

That Sounds Like FEAR...What Is Really Going On? is FEAR and I have never been fear-based. A lot of people live in fear and this year has forced me to try living in a fear state. Fear sucks but this year has proved to be one big bag of hot shit sitting outside in 150 degree F heat. Trust me though...once 2023 is over, I am going back to my life of planning, taking risks, being in charge, and not letting anything stop me.

One Thing You Are Looking Forward To?

Surviving! I have nothing to hope for but to stay alive!

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Life In 'Cruces – Happy Mother's Day

Mother’s Day “Thank You” Steak

Large baking dish
1 large Porterhouse steak
2 cups St. Clair or similar New Mexican red wine
Small bowl
1 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp lemon pepper
½ cup horseradish sauce
2 Tbsp cilantro paste
Large platter

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a large baking dish, lay the steak in the middle of the dish and then top the meat with St. Clair red wine. Next, place the dish in the oven and cook the steak for 20 minutes. Do not exceed this baking time. While the steak is baking, in a small bowl, combine black pepper, lemon pepper, horseradish sauce, and cilantro paste. Stir the mixture until well blended. Once the steak’s cooking time is complete, remove the dish from your oven and transfer the steak to a large platter. Next, spread the paste mixture over the top of the steak.

Let the porterhouse steak rest for 15 minutes before serving.



St. Clair Wines

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Life In 'Cruces – April 2023 Recap

Hello May and Goodbye April

May is finally here and I am so happy to see this month. April was long, busy, warm, crazy, and full of challenges but I CRUSHED everything tossed in my face. I worked a lot of overtime but Biden’s IRS took all of that money.

So...I want to recap April and give you a little glimpse of my May…

- The only highlight of April was Easter and the great brunch I went to. The food was great, the wine was excellent, and the weather was wonderful.

- I worked 70+ hour weeks. I still don’t have a boss on Job III. I have been filling in as the boss. The new boss is supposed to come later this month.

- I launched Las Cruces Showcase – a business profile component of this blog. 

- I launched Cooking In the 575 – a recipe hub of dishes containing New Mexican products. All recipes are my own - new, fresh, and exciting.

- I managed to get to a few Plaza de Las Cruces events including the Farmer’s Market, a few art events, a few walkthroughs, and some photo taking.

- I kicked off my office and living room refresh including new curtains, beach-themed pictures, etc. I am slowly refreshing those spaces.

- I started paying off my 2023 tax bill.

- I started buying gifts and supplies for my Big 50th Birthday. Since I am working so much...I am rewarding myself with gifts to open on my big day.

- I set up a vintage computer tower in my bedroom – I love it.

- I didn’t do so well on the gym front. I just didn’t have time to work out.

- I am still on my diet though.

- I ended April by staying in bed for the bulk of last Sunday. April was hard but I got through it!!

Now...May kicked off with a great time on Cinco de Mayo. I went to Las Cruces’ first-ever tamale festival. It was Friday evening and I had lots of good food and drinks.

This month I am planning on attending as many social events as I can. I am going to make time for the gym and other non-work stuff.

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Life In 'Cruces - Empowering Myself and Living

Whoo-hoo!  April is moving along and I am low-key working on MYSELF. I am my own cheerleader and my own empowering supervisor...LOL! I have been turning down a lot of opportunities that really don’t benefit me. I have had to explain to so many people this month why I don’t want to take on any “life-changing” opportunities. My focus in life, right now, is to make it to 50 and reduce the number of jobs I am currently working.

On the flipside, I am still beyond disappointed in 2023. I have basically canceled this entire year. I don’t even let people mention their plans for 2023. I warn them that evil elements will keep them from enjoying their plans. I know that sounds mean but I know a bad year when I see one.

So...I am just “living” this year and reading the vibes in the air. The vibes, right now, are telling me to be cautions on every front. It is all about day-to-day accomplishments and being ready for anything that may pop up.

I do have some CRUSH IT moments I am proud of:

I paid off two bills

I am still dropping pounds

I got a few palace projects completed

I got a few “Big 50” items

I am still saving money

And my NEW cooking series is now live...Cooking In the 575. Click here to check out the recipes. This series features recipes, restaurant reviews, photos, cooking videos, and everything related to food in the 575!


Life In 'Cruces - Happy Easter

Happy Easter 2023!!

Go out and enjoy the day. Enjoy the spring air and this wonderful season.

Cooking In the 575 is here – a new Life In ‘Cruces cooking series. Click here to check out the first recipe. This series features recipes, restaurant reviews, photos, cooking videos, and everything related to food in the 575!

Well...I’m off to enjoy Easter!!

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Life In 'Cruces - April and Everything After

Happy April 2023 and Happy Surviving the Month from Hell!!

The new month is here...I stepped on the scale and I am officially below 200 pounds. I am 196 pounds. It has been 5 years since I was below 200 pounds. I am overjoyed but still got a lot of work to do. My goal weight is 130 pounds. I have 66 pounds to drop.

As of today, I am restarting the Whole 30 lifestyle. I got up and hit the gym and I am also going walking at Noon. I am going to an art opening at the Mesilla Valley Mall. I can't wait!! 

Well...this is a first...I am not even going to do a recap of last month. I do not want to rehash all that mess and drama. It is no point in recapping such a negative month. I am all about the positive. plans. My April calendar is full of social events including an Easter Brunch, road trips, art shows, and events at Plaza de Las Cruces and Plaza de Mesilla. I am also focusing more on the gym and eating more leafy veggies. I got to take in more fiber.

On the food front, I spent Saturday afternoon meal prepping and getting all of my Whole 30 work done. These next 30 days are all about dropping pounds and eating more unprocessed foods. sugars, bread, fast food, and other BAD things.

On the creative front, I am going to take more photos, build more online galleries, and build my YouTube channel...a hard task along with everything else.

On the challenge front, I have already started the 50 Miles in April Challenge for the American Heart Association. I have completed 3 miles so far. Click here for more information on the challenge. 

On the weather front, I am loving the warm days and even warmer nights. I am so glad winter is over. I am even sitting outside more. I can't wait for summer.

What I'm I CRUSHING...I am crushing a lot - bills, taxes, work projects, and home projects. I have even refreshed my living room and kitchen. I added some new rugs, rearranged my furniture, and of course, did a lot of decluttering.

Well...I am off to CRUSH some more goals and just love life...for the moment.

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Life In 'Cruces - Weekend Wine Getaways

Spring 2023 is here and I am over the moon with this new season. Winter was crazy and I am ready to enjoy all things spring.

And with spring here, you already know I am going to be out more and doing more. Spring weekends are long and the perfect way to spend them is at a winery. Las Cruces and Dona Ana county has A LOT of wineries. Damn, New Mexico has a lot of wineries and I plan on spending every weekend visiting at least one. is a rundown of the wineries I am going to visit starting next month…

Let’s start with Fort Selden Winery, 1233 Fort Selden Rd., (575) 647-9585. This winery features a beautiful vineyard, wonderful views, wine tastings, $5 full glass of wines, and a quick escape from reality. Fort Selden Winery is only open on the weekends from Noon to 5 p.m. Click here to check out the winery’s website.

The next weekend lets visit Heart of the Desert Winery. This little escape is to the east of Las Cruces in Alamogordo. Heart of the Desert Winery features wine from Eagle Ranch Winery. These wines are very smooth and I can’t wait to sip on the Merlot and the Pistachio Rosé. Heart of the Desert Winery is located at 7288 Hwy 54/70. Phone - (575) 647-2115. Weekend hours - Saturday: 8:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m., and Sundays: 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Click here to check out the winery’s website.

After those two getaways, I am heading to La Viña Winery just south of Las Cruces on Highway 28. La Viña Winery is New Mexico’s oldest winery and I can’t wait to check out the Blues and Jazz festival taking place April 29th and 30th. La Viña Winery is located at 4201 S. Highway 28, 25 miles south of Las Cruces. Phone - (575) 882-7632. Weekend hours – Saturday and Sunday: Noon till 5:30 p.m. Click here to check out the winery’s website.

Once I am full of wine, blues, and jazz...I am heading back to Las Cruces to visit NM Vintage Wines, Beers + Cigars. I am even going to try a cigar. This winery is very vintage – it is in an old adobe building. NM Vintage Wines, Beers + Cigars is located at 2461 Calle de Principal. Phone - (575) 523-9463. Weekend hours - Saturday – Noon till to 11 p.m. and Sunday – Noon till 6 p.m. Click here to check out the winery’s website.

After smoking a cigar, I am heading over to the Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery to enjoy some live music, Tempranillo, and some Sweet White table wine. Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery is located at 430 La Vina Road in Anthony, NM. Phone - (915) 241-4349. Click here to check out Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery’s website.

I’m kicking off my wine weekend getaway on Sunday, April 9th for Easter at D.H. Lescombes Winery and Bistro - 1720 Avenida de Mesilla - formally known as St. Clair’s. This winery is my favorite. I have already booked my reservation for Easter brunch. I can’t wait!! Click here to check out the winery’s website. 

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Life In 'Cruces - Stable, Being Positive, and Events

Yes, I am alive and finally stable after three weeks of crazy things happening. This last week was the first stable week I had – no drama, no hospital visits, no pain, no canceled trips, and no nothing. I am thankful and glad I got through all of the chaos of late February and early March.

I am also glad I stayed positive through all of my drama. I took the drama as is and pushed through it. It was no point in worrying about the drama. I have always lived a life without worry. Why worry? Worrying doesn’t help. It doesn’t solve the problem you are going through and it causes even more drama.

On another note, I have avoided people and things that fuel drama. During these last few weeks, I didn't want to talk to anyone. I deal with my problems and move on. Folks on my many jobs love to keep up drama. I shut them down. I work to make money and I don’t consider coworkers as “friends”. They are just that – coworkers. 

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.” — Benjamin Franklin

The above quote is so random and sort of fitting to this post. When choosing friends, select ones who you don’t work with and ones who have a positive outlook on life. Life is too short to deal with fake friends, dramatic friends, two-faced friends, and friends that are not really friends. 

So...what is on my agenda for today? I am getting back into social activities like farmer’s markets, photo shoots, Las Cruces events, and other fun things. I am going to the downtown Sunday market today. I am also taking some new photos for this blog and just overall enjoying this day.

The Sunday Fair Farmers Market of Las Cruces is usually each Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The market features veggies, fruits, crafts, and more. For more information on the market, click here. Click here to check out the Fair Farmers Market of Las Cruces Facebook page.

It is time to get back to ME being ME.

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Life In 'Cruces - Homeless In San Antonio

I don’t even know where to start on this JOURNEY. Picture it...a train ride across the country for a friend’s birthday – a lot of plans, a lot of drinking, a lot of cooking/eating. All good things BUT the train never leaves Texas and you end up going back to New Mexico...mad as hell and done with least for this year.

OK...this weekend I was supposed to be in Conway, Arkansas celebrating a friend’s birthday. I was so excited to leave Las Cruces, and travel on a train across Texas and then into Arkansas. I have never seen Arkansas by train. I haven’t seen my friend in decades.

I didn't make it...I got to San Antonio via a train that was two hours late. The connecting train I was supposed to take was already canceled/whatever Amtrak came up with to explain the issue. This all popped off on Friday morning. The only option was a train or bus on Saturday going to Dallas and then to Little Rock. I would arrive sometime on Sunday. I had skydiving already booked for Sunday afternoon. There was no way to make that reservation if I wasn’t even sure if this Saturday train would make it to Little Rock.

So...I was stuck in San Antonio. At this point, I was done and ready to return to Las Cruces. I had no other options and flying last minute was too expensive. I walked to the Greyhound bus station and the two buses returning to Las Cruces were almost $200 each for a one-way ticket. My only cheap option was a bus returning on Saturday at 6 a.m. I booked that ticket and then it hit me...I was now homeless in San least for the day.

So...I visited a few motels/hotels in the area and I found all of them were overbooked or too expensive to book at the last minute. I stayed up all day and all night in San Antonio. I hung out at the park next to the bus station, Travis Park. Everyone I encountered was really nice though. The homeless folks had their backpacks, wheelchairs, and make-shift houses. I didn’t see any shopping carts though. Usually, homeless folks keep all their belongings in a shopping cart BUT no one used shopping carts in that park.

I blended in quite well with the homeless. I hadn’t shaved in a day, my clothes were baggy and falling off of me, I was pulling a suitcase behind me, and I had on a jacket I kept removing when I got too hot. The homeless lifestyle is rough though. But at least the park had a restroom for everyone to use.

While I was homeless, I called and canceled the skydiving reservation and anything else I had planned. I also canceled any other travel plans I had for 2023. I am spending my birthday here in Las Cruces. I am done with traveling this year.

In other news, San Antonio is really pretty and I did check out the River Walk but I didn’t take the riverboat ride because I had my suitcase with me. I got to see The Alamo but I didn’t go inside. I do want to take a road trip to San Antonio and check out all the other sites there. I guess after this disaster...I will start taking road trips again even though I hate driving.

I have never had a trip that didn't happen. This was the first trip where everything blew up. I hate delays and cancellations. I guess the universe is sending me a keep my old ass in Las Cruces.

This year started off SOOOO well and now I am not sure what to expect. I am beyond disappointed.

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Life In 'Cruces - Unexpected Surgery

Last week was a rollercoaster ride that I am still on...I don’t even know where to start. Well...let me start with how great last Sunday was and how happy I was with my new vacuum cleaner. This was the last time I was happy...

Sunday daytime went into Sunday evening and I noticed I had a little bit of lower back pain. I took a BC aspirin and didn’t really think much about the pain. As the night progressed, the pain started to increase. The pain was right above my tailbone and it felt like someone was stabbing me.

Monday morning came and I took another aspirin. I had to go to work, as always, and I knew I could not deal with the job and pain for 8 hours. The pain pill wore off around 1 p.m. and I knew I was in trouble. I got off at 3 and the pain was at 10 out of 10. I went and sit in the car for a few minutes and had something to eat. I didn’t have any pain pills and I wanted to work the next job but I couldn’t. I got some Epsom salt but didn’t get any stronger pain meds. I don’t like taking a lot of meds but when I need them...I take them.

Monday evening, I took an Epsom salt bath to see if the substance would ease my back pain. It helped some but the pain was still there. After my bath, I ate a little and went to bed.

As Tuesday arrived, I woke up and could not walk. I CRAWLED out of bed! I was in so much pain. I thought I was going to die. I got dressed and drove myself to the ER. I had no other choice. I got to the ER at 6 a.m.

Now...let me speed this story up – the ER did a CAT scan and I had an abscess right above my tailbone. It took the hospital all day to come to that conclusion. I laid in that ER until 8 p.m. until the time of my surgery. I was shocked, still in pain, hungry, could not go to the bathroom, and very afraid of the abscess bursting.

Afterward, the surgery was a success, thank God, and the pain was gone. All of this was so unexpected and I thought I would go to the ER for some strong pain pills. I had no idea I was going to have surgery. I had no idea I would spend another day in the hospital. I had no idea any of this would happen. week later and I am taking care of a wound and hoping another abscess doesn’t pop up.

Last week was a terrible week and I am slowly trying to get back on with my life. I am still in shock!

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Life In 'Cruces - February 2023 Recap

My word for the year is JOURNEY and I have been on a wild JOURNEY this month. It has been a fun and discovering month. For the last three weeks, I have been on and off of liquid cleanses and I am determined to end this month well below 200 pounds. I am so hyped...I am loving my new body, I am loving this new life, and I am loving this JOURNEY! is the recap...


My e-book is officially out - Auburndale Place. Click here to purchase my memoir. The paperback version is arriving this August. Just in time for my 50th birthday. Click here to like the Auburndale Place Facebook page. 

Well...I am sipping on a smoothie and loving my coffee this Sunday morning. I am loving my JOURNEY to 50!

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Life In 'Cruces - Las Cruces Showcase of Events

Las Cruces is jumping with events...a lot is going on this week and next month. I can't possibly list everything but I want to showcase a few events...

Let's start at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street - Friday, February 24 - The Trial of Billy The Kid. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the play at 7 p.m. Admission is $25 with a Weekend Pass for $25. Once you arrive at the theatre, get your snacks and beer, wine, or spirits. The play is directed by Ross Marks and showcases the trial of Billy the Kid accused of murdering Lincoln County Sheriff William Brady. The play is set here in Mesilla at the Dona Ana County Courthouse.

Click here to purchase the Friday Pass. 

Click here to purchase the Weekend Pass. to Plaza de Las Cruces...

March is full of fun things to do on the Plaza -

On Friday, March 3, kick off the month at the First Friday Fine Arts Flea Market from 5 to 9 p.m. The flea market includes lots of art, lots of music, and lots of craft vendors. After the market, stop by any of the eateries downtown for some food and drinks.


Every weekend in March, check out the Saturday Farmer's Market from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Then check out the Sunday Fair Farmer's Market from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Both markets include produce, art, craft, and other vendors as well as live music.


Saturday, March 11th – check out the No Worries Bakery event from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event happens along with the Saturday market.


On Friday, March 17th, check out Radapalooza from 6 p.m. until Midnight. This nighttime event is a St. Patrick's Day celebration featuring Irish beer and food, green beer, local artists, and DJs as well as vendors.

After you enjoy downtown Las Cruces...venture out East and check out the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road...

But before you go, click here to check out the museum's online art gallery. 


On Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., check out the Museum ROCKS! Gem & Mineral Show. If you can't make it on Saturday, check it out on Sunday, February 26 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The show includes an array of wholesale and resale dealers of gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils, jewelry, and jewelry-making supplies.


Don't miss this year's Cowboy Days. The event kicks off on Friday, March 3rd with a school day event from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This event includes educational presentations on cowboy life. On Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., learn all about cowboy life including history lessons, performances by Lienzo, ranch tours, and more. Admission is $10 per car.


On Thursday, March 9 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m., check out Culture Series: Cotton in the U.S. This event is an educational one with the history of cotton growing and the impact of this crop. The event is FREE and at the museum's theater.


Click here to check out New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's Facebook. 

Click here to check out New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's website.

Click here for more Las Cruces events. 

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Life In 'Cruces - Body & Mind

It is all about the BODY & MIND. Anything is possible if you are in it to win it. My focus lately is on my BODY and my MIND. I am still on my lifestyle change and I am loving it. My body changes are coming along nicely. As my body is changing, my mind is also changing. I am staying positive and working toward my goals. A positive mind equals a positive body.

So...I finally did something really big - my e-book is officially out - Auburndale Place. Click here to purchase my memoir. The paperback version is arriving this August. Just in time for my 50th birthday. Click here to like the Auburndale Place Facebook page. 

Today...I have been CRUSHING it. I made myself get up and go to the gym. I had a busy week and I wanted to stay in bed all day but I didn't. I went to the gym, cleaned my palace, ate right, and even got gas for the car. I am so proud of myself this year. I love change and it has been a battery of changes. All good changes and my mind is on the right track to crush goals and missions.

So...I finally did something scary last week - I started a 7-day liquid cleanse. I have been consuming nothing but liquids including chicken and vegetable broth, hot teas, water, apple cider vinegar mixture, coffee, and lots of water. My cleanse ends on Thursday. It is tough to do but I am doing it. I may extend it to the weekend. Click here to learn more about starting a 7-day cleanse. 


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Life In 'Cruces - Jan 2023 Recap

January is DONE and I am loving February. I had a great month. January was so long, so busy, so new, and so EXTRA. I want to start the recap with the number of pounds I dropped – 18 pounds and I am on target to get below 200 pounds in the next week. YEAH ME!!

On the diet front, I feel great and I completed most of the steps in the Whole 30 plan. I did have some cheese but I stayed away from most things I cannot have in the plan. I got in my exercise and I had my apple cider vinegar mixture at least every other day. I am continuing the Whole 30 plan for the next 11 months. is the recap...

- I let one job go and increased my hours on another job. I applied for an evening job and I start next weekend. So...job count is still at 5.

- I managed to walk more in January and I reduced the number of calories I take in every day.

- I now work at least two days in El Paso, Texas, and on those days, I don't eat much food.

- I had a great trip to Tucson earlier in the month and I have decided to move there in four years. So...Life In 'Cruces will change to Life In Tucson.

- I got all the supplies to build my closet shelving unit - all the stuff was FREE.

- I reorganized my closet and created outfits for this year. I only need 30 pairs of pants to complete my 2023 outfits.

- I am learning my way around El Paso. It is a big city.

- I didn't attend many events here in Las Cruces during the month of January. I was too busy working and working on dropping the pounds.

- I got the projector I wanted for only $10. I can't wait to set it up in my living room.

- It feels good to have realigned my jobs. I still manage to get off each day by 4 p.m.

- I did great on my No Spend Diet. I only spent around $800 for the month of January.

- The weather has been great here, and I have loved the sunny skies and less rain.

- I ended January by going to bed early.

Well...I am loving February and I am loving these pounds falling off!!

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Life In 'Cruces - Winter 2023 Highs

January is almost over and my January goals are almost complete. I think the month moved along nicely. The weather wasn't too bad and I focused on all of my goals. I even made some major job changes and had a great time in Tucson, Arizona.

So...Winter 2023 Highs is a perfect title for this post. I stayed on the Whole 30 plan, for the most part, and dropped around 17 pounds. I am loving my flat stomach and overall good health. I am on track to drop even more pounds. My goal is to be under 200 pounds by Feb 1st. The weekend is here and I am doing a type of fasting that consists of eating one meal at breakfast and then liquid-only fasting for the remainder of the day. I completed my first liquid-only fasting on Wednesday and I felt great. My daily calorie intake is around 1500 calories. I am shocked I am not dizzy or feeling bad.

My ultimate goal is to complete a 7-day water-only fasting diet. This diet is rough but I can drop up to 20 pounds doing water-only fasting.

My next Winter Highs session starts February 1st. My focus is to walk more outside and at the gym. I am also kicking up my gym game on Feb 2nd by doing weights and spending at least an hour at the gym. I am ready for this challenge and to see how many pounds I can drop by February 28th.

On the bill front, I am on schedule to pay off at least one bill next month. I hope I can pay off two, but one is on my Winter Highs goal list. I am paying bills down and loving it. My no-spend challenge is going great and I am kicking it into high gear next month. I also have to sock away more money instead of spending. The goal is Save, Save, Save, and More Save.

My mind goal is Positive Thinking and CRUSHING IT. I am looking forward to February and staying on point with my Winter Highs.

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Life In 'Cruces - Creative Mindset

You are are the bomb! 

The new year is here and 2023 is all about creativity. Being creative is the best stress relief. Being creative is also the best hobby. In order to really be creative, you have to develop a “creative mindset”. Ohh...this is not hard. All you have to do is open your mind to accept new ideas and new ways to express yourself.

But this new way of thinking can't just be done once. You have to consistently keep your mind open and be willing to take risks and try new creative channels.

So let's get want to adopt this way of thinking as part of your overall self-care routine. It is all about living stress-free. One question to ask yourself is what do you like to do that is calming? Do you like to paint? Draw? Color? If you want, pick all three things and do them regularly. There are no limits to creativity.

A creative mindset is all about trying new things and new ideas. Taking creative risks is fun. Take up sewing if you have always desired that hobby but feared the risk. Start by checking out some videos on YouTube and then practice sewing by hand. You don't have to run out and buy a sewing machine. All you need is some fabric, a needle, and some thread. If you don't like sewing after the first few times, move on to something else. It is all about trying something new and opening your mind.

The key to this new mindset is jumping out of your creative comfort zone. Other creative outlets include journaling – on paper, on the computer, or by video; painting – watercolor or another medium; paper crafting; photography; making videos; and scrapbooking. These are just a few creative ventures you can try.

Most creative ventures don't cost anything. Try photographing using your existing camera or smartphone. Run outside and photograph or film nature or your surroundings. If this creative hobby is relaxing or enjoyable...there you go.


50 Self-Care Ideas for a Bad Day

Skillshare – for learning about just about anything. 

edX – a free learning website. 

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Life In 'Cruces On Tour – Tucson, AZ

City – Tucson in beautiful Arizona.

Population - 542,629 in the 2020 census. The population of the metro area is 1,043,433.

Quick History – Tucson has a rich history dating back to 1775 when it was a military fort under the Spanish empire. The Spanish name, Tucson, comes from "O'odham Cuk Ṣon" - "at the base of the black hill". The "black hill" is now known as Sentinel Peak Park

Tucson is like a little Mexican town. Lots of great Mexican eateries, lots of Mexican structures, and lots of Mexican influence. Tucson is often referred to as the "Old Pueblo" and "Optics Valley". Space exploration via telescopes is very popular here.

Founded - Tucson is one of the original “wild west” towns. It is the oldest incorporated city in the state. Its incorporation date is 1877.

Things I Did – I did a lot of walking, a lot of photo taking, a little bit of shopping, and I visited the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. Click here to check out the museum’s website. Admission to the museum is $12 but you will see a LOT of art. Tucson Museum of Art also has a cute cafe that sells good eats and good drinks. Don’t forget to check out the gift shop on the way out of the museum.

Sunrise/Sunset – The sunrise/sunset is gorgeous! To really see the sunrise, get up early and drive up to Tumamoc Hill - the hill with the big “A” on it – to see the best view. Click here to learn more about Tumamoc Hill. The sunset is best viewed anywhere in Tucson.

Links - 

Bing Profile - Tucson

Visit Arizona - Tucson

City of Tucson

Must SeesWhen you go, and you got to go, you must check out Tucson’s downtown first with stops at the Hotel Congress, the Art Deco-era Fox Theatre, the Rialto Theatre that opened in 1920, and St. Augustine Cathedral.

Wrap up your tour with a visit to the old Pima County Courthouse, where you can sit in the courtyard and enjoy live music and have lunch from The El Charro Café, Tucson's oldest restaurant - 311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701. 

Now...get out there and visit Tucson.

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Life In 'Cruces - 2023 – Nothing But Up!

Happy New Year!

The new year is here and popping. I am on my first trip of the year...Tucson, Arizona. This is my first time visiting Tucson and my first time taking the train through southern Arizona.

Tucson is a really nice western city. It seems small but is actually a city instead of a town. Check back next week for a profile of Tucson. I am loving this getaway. So relaxing, so much walking, less eating, and more enjoying the moment. Click here to check out Tucson’s tourist website. 

I arrived in this great city on Thursday via Amtrak. But before, I spent a few hours in El Paso – thank God no rain and not a lot of clouds. The train ride was fabulous. I just kicked back and watched the scenery. If you have never taken the train, you need to. I think the train is the best mode of transportation. You just sit back and let someone else do the driving. Click here to check out Amtrak’s website. 

As the train was rolling through New Mexico and eastern Arizona, the sun was starting to set. OMG...the sunset here in Arizona is the BOMB. Click here to check out the sunset from my Amtrak seat. 

But like all good things...I have to leave Tucson on Monday and return to my Life In ‘Cruces. 

Well...2023 kicked off with me working a few hours on New Year’s Day and then working extra hard so I could take off Thursday and Friday of this week. I also started the Whole 30 lifestyle change this week and I have stuck to the plan – no alcohol, no sugars, no bread, etc. I am loving all of the energy this lifestyle gives me. I managed to get to the gym once this week and I’m good with that because I am walking a lot here in Tucson. I have walked over 10 miles since arriving. So...I am burning any calories I am consuming. Click here for more information about Whole 30. 

Today...I am working on computer projects for a bit then I am heading out to lunch and more exploring. I can’t wait to post my profile on Tucson next week for you guys to learn some of the history of this city and area. You already know I am taking tons of pictures and videos. Click here to check out my Instagram pictures. 

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          Happy New Year and December 2022 Recap

Happy New Year!!

Happy 50th Year in a few hours! I am so ready for midnight. I am ready to celebrate welcoming my Big 50th birthday year. I still can't believe I am turning 50 in eight months. August will be here before I know it.

I am going to the chile pepper drop tonight and then coming home to drink bubbly until 1:30 in the morning. I am going to sleep in a little in the morning. I have decided to work some tomorrow to get things done since I am leaving on my first vacation for the year on Thursday...Tucson!! I am kicking the year off right with a trip. 

Well...let me recap December...

December was both relaxing and busy. I am going to miss 2022 but I can't wait to scream when 2023 comes in. – I am cleaning and crushing some projects before tonight's big NYE chile drop.

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Life In 'Cruces - Merry Christmas

The big holiday is HERE!!! I am off and cooking, eating, drinking, and loving LIFE!! 

Please check out my Instagram for photos of all the dishes I am making and enjoying. Click here!!

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Life In 'Cruces - The Last Weekend Before Christmas

The big holiday is almost here and you only have a week to get any last-minute gifts, eats, trips, etc. I am lucky...all my shopping is DONE and I am spending Christmas in my palace. Nothing much planned but eating, drinking, watching movies, and just enjoying the weekend.

On the shopping front, you only have until Tuesday to order online for shipping by Christmas. I found this out last night when I got a last-minute gift for friends in another state. The shipping was free, thank God, and the delivery is supposed to be by next Saturday.

For all the last-minute folks here in Las Cruces, I urge you to shop local at one of many shops in Historic Old Mesilla Plaza. So many shops and so many gift ideas in Mesilla including traditional New Mexican artwork, contemporary crafts, food items, and items from around the southwest, Mexico, and even Central America markets. You can't go wrong with local shops. Most shops in Mesilla accept credit cards but always have some cash on you just in case. Click here for more information about Mesilla and its many shops. 

But...if a mall is what you up to Mesilla Valley Mall - 700 S. Telshor Blvd and visit Santa while you are grabbing last-minute gifts. Click here for more information on Mesilla Valley Mall. 

Well...I am excited about 2023 but I do have to reflect on 2022. This year has been great. I CRUSHED a lot of goals and I stayed on track on so many fronts. So here is a brief recap of 2022...

2022 Highs – paid off a lot of credit card debt, saved money instead of spending, purchased a new laptop, refreshed my bathroom/bedroom, kept my gym goal alive, and visited a lot of places in Las Cruces and surrounding towns.

2022 Lows – sold my Baby Volvo after much debating about keeping it, didn't keep my dieting goals but did not gain any weight, didn't grow my YouTube channel but this goal is rolling over to the 2023 list, job changes but still holding on, and didn't meet land development plans but moving that goal to my 2024 list.

So...2022 was an overall EXCELLENT year compared to other years in this decade. Like I have said before, I am so excited for my Big 50 year. I am about to scream!!

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Life In 'Cruces - 2023 Plans and Goals

I am so ready for 2023 but I am also sad to see 2022 leave. I usually have terrible even-number years but 2022 has been the BOMB. It has been a great year. I CRUSHED so many goals and avoided a lot of drama on all fronts. My birthday was a lot of fun and each holiday was filled with lots of food and great cocktails. am ready for the future. The year 2023 is arriving in 21 days and I am shaking. I have already completed my vision board for my BIG 50 year. The board is hanging in my closet and I study it each morning. As I achieve each thing on my vision board, I mark it off with a Sharpie. I love CRUSHING goals.

I have already completed my goals list for 2023 and I have all of my trips planned and booked for the new year. I CRUSHED that task last week. Speaking of of my major goals for 2023 is to pay off the last of the bills and be debit free at 50. I am not going into 50 with debits and fat. next major goal is a lifestyle change. I am not even calling it a diet. It is a total lifestyle change. I am getting in shape and staying in shape. I am focusing TOTALLY on ME. I slacked off so much during my 40s. I just didn't care. My 40s sucked and I was not the star of my own movie. This next decade, I am the leading star and I am ready to win the Oscar.

In other goals...I have a few mini goals set including daily yoga, going to the gym more, relaxing more, and saving more money. I love mini-goals and these goals are all easy to achieve.

My advice for anyone struggling with goal setting...set goals that are easy to achieve. Avoid the following when setting goals:

large goals that are overwhelming

the same goals from previous years
goals that cost a lot of money/time to achieve
goals that you know you have no ways/means of achieving

Click here for ideas on creating 2023 goals. don't have to set a lot of goals – you don't even have to set goals...if you don't want to.

Of course, 2023 is my BIG year and I have already started my lifestyle change. I am loving my goals list and what I have planned to CRUSH in 2023. To me...2023 has already started and I am ready to check off more and more things from my BIG 50th List of Things to Do!!

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Life In 'Cruces - Christmas 2022

Happy December – the last month of the year is here and I am so excited! I swear 2022 has zoomed by and I am still trying to figure out what to cook for Christmas Day. I have finally decided to prepare several charcuterie boards for Christmas Eve but I am still trying to find something yummy to make for Christmas. Click here for Christmas Dinner ideas. 

I do have some New Year's Eve plans including seeing the chile pepper drop in downtown Las Cruces. Click here for more information on the Las Cruces Chile Drop.  Like Christmas, I am still trying to figure out what to cook for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. I know I will eat something lite on New Year's Day. I am still unsure. I am sick of seafood, meat, veggies, and basically all other foods. Sooo...I am lost on what to eat on all of these holidays.

In other end-of-the-year news, my vision board is ready for completion. The board is covered and ready for my photos. Click here for vision board ideas. 

On my birthday front, I have already booked all of my 50th Birthday hotels including the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico as well as rooms in Santa Rosa and Elephant Butte. I am taking off nine days and visiting three towns. I can't wait to celebrate my Big 5-0!! Click here for more information on the St. James Hotel. 

I have so many exciting plans for 2023. So many plans I had to create two binders to hold all of the bookings. I have a 50th Birthday Binder and a 2023 Trips Binder.

I am really excited about 2023 and I am even excited about this news - “How and why Pantone picked 'Viva Magenta' as its 2023 Color of the Year”. Click here to read the article about the 2023 Color of the Year. 

Well, I am kicking off 2023 in a few weeks by visiting Tucson, Arizona. Click here for more information about Tucson. After my first trip, I have a trip each month of 2023. I am not sitting still in 2023. Click here for tips on taking a trip every month. 

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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. 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 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 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. is the recap of October...

- 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 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 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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      Life In 'Cruces - What Have I Been Up To?

Whew!! I have been busy CRUSHING, WORKING, LIVING, and being BUSY. I am loving 49 – I have a lot of energy and this energy is helping me to get things done.

Well...let me recap – since I haven't done a recap post in a long time...

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Life In 'Cruces - Current Me vs. Future Me

I love writing prompts and this one – Current Me vs. Future Me really hits hard. I live for the future and I am ready for 2023 and beyond. we go...

Current Me:

I am loving 49 and I am loving getting older. I do not even think about my younger years. What is the point? I can't go back in time and I have no regrets because I can't change yesteryear.

I am currently paying off bills and loving my simple life. I have given up a lot to gain sanity. I am working on ME and getting myself ready for my Big 50. I am also unloading things that no longer serve me including unloading people that are not on Team ME. I am looking forward to 2023 and beyond. I am not afraid of 2024 and the years coming up. Why fear when you know the future is coming?

Future Me:

The future is the 50+ ME and I can't wait to walk in his shoes. I can't wait to live wholly and only focus on myself and my happiness. Even though I am doing that right now...the future me is really only going to be about ME. The future is all about traveling, developing my two properties, building my real estate portfolio, and not having to work hard doing all of this. I am also looking forward to promoting my book (January 2023 release date), promoting Life In 'Cruces, building other websites, and loving my hobbies even more.

Lastly, the Future Me is leaving the United States. I am ready for Future Me – is the world ready?

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Life In 'Cruces - September and Summer Recap

Goodbye September and Goodbye my beloved Summer. I love summer so much and I hated seeing it end. I am not welcoming Fall. Fall is not my favorite and October is really not my favorite month. But here we are...October 1st and I just attended the Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo. Click here for more information on the fair. 

Well...for the recap…

- September was busy and lots of fun but not as many events as August. I was really busy working and crushing goals. I managed to pay off a MAJOR bill and I am over the moon about that.

- I finished my Christmas Village as well as my Christmas shopping. I also finished buying gifts for my mother’s 68th birthday coming up in November.

- I completed the first month of my Whole 30 journey. It was a challenge and I am looking forward to Month 2 of the journey.

- I watched Hocus Pocus 2 last night and I give it 8 out of 10 stars. It is good but not as good as part 1. Click here for more information about the film. 

- I started another job and I love it – I am up to five jobs now...LOL!!

- I ended summer on Sept 22nd by enjoying a nice meal and watching my favorite shows. recap Summer 2022 with a few words – Lots of fun events, great food, great pictures, and lots of wonderful cocktails.

Words for Fall – I am skipping the season and going straight into Winter – I have my Christmas decorations up and I am loving the long holiday.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

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Life In 'Cruces - Spending Less In a Small City

Happy mid-, almost the end, September!! This month is rolling on and I am happy to say that I am done with my Christmas shopping – for myself. Yes!! So Extra!

I want to spend a little time chatting about spending money. Life is about enjoying yourself and in order to enjoy yourself – you sometimes have to spend money. Now, I love to spend money but I also love to save money. You never have to pay full price for anything. Let me say that again – you never have to pay full price for anything. are some tips on how to spend less in a small city – HELL – these tips even apply to large cities:

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Life In 'Cruces - The Whole 30 Life

September is moving along and I can't believe summer is almost over. I don't even want to see Thursday come – the First Day of Fall. Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!

Well...I am still on this Whole 30 journey and I am loving it. I have noticed a few changes including dropping some pounds ( I can't step on the scale until December 30th – this program encourages you not to check the scales until it is over). I am doing the Whole 30 program until the end of December.

It is official – I am two weeks clean of alcohol. It feels good to be alcohol-free. I have no desire to drink until the end of December. Now...on the sugar end – I have had some sugar but not that much. As of today, I am back on the “No Sugar Plan”.

I am still on my gym kick and loving being active. I am still drinking water, checking food labels, avoiding junk food, and learning that food is not life. I am slowly eating meat again but still focusing on veggies over meat. I haven't had a piece of pork in years though. Most of the meat I eat is beef.

Well, Friday, December 30th is the day this journey ends. I already know that day is going to be big. I am also making some other life changes on that day. I am excited and looking forward to celebrating hard on that Friday night.

Recap – I'm working hard and paying off bills. I paid off a MAJOR bill last Friday. It was so major...I got up at 3:30 a.m. and paid it off. These bills ain't going to worry me next year.

Now...I am off to have a good time at the DIEZ Y SEIS DE SEPTIEMBRE FIESTA in Mesilla. Click here for more Mesilla event information.

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Life In 'Cruces - Las Cruces Must Sees want to know some cool things to do in Las Cruces? is the post you have been wanting...

Your first stop in Las Cruces needs to be on a Saturday morning so you can check out the Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces. The market is every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Make sure you bring your best walking shoes, a reusable bag, plenty of time, and a love for anything homemade. You are going to find the best New Mexican artisans, food trucks, farmers, and a mixture of everything else. The market ends around 1:30 p.m. Click here to check out the Farmers & Crafts Market's website. The market also happens every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Low key on Wednesdays but still cool to check out.

OK...after that stop...stay downtown for the afternoon and check out the area's many restaurants with patios including Rad Retrocade, Boneyard Cantina, Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, Broken Spoke, JAX Rooftop Lounge, Amador Patio Bar & Grill, and 575 Cruces Crafted Cocktails. Oh boy...that is a lot!! You can pub crawl to all of them in one afternoon/evening or visit a different eatery each day you are in Las Cruces.

Your third stop in the City of Crosses is a short trip east of downtown to the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum at 4100 Dripping Springs Rd (take University toward I-25 and keep going. The museum is on the left). Click here to check out New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum's website. If you are in town in November, you got to check out the HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market at the museum. The show is Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 per vehicle.

Moving along in Las Cruces, your fourth stop after visiting the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is to keep heading east on Dripping Springs Road and visit the Dripping Springs Natural Area. The area/center is the perfect spot to check out the Organ Mountains. The views are wonderful and the area is so peaceful. Click here to visit Dripping Springs Natural Area's website. Plan on spending some time in the Dripping Springs Natural Area and really enjoy the Dripping Springs Trail, the wildlife, moving clouds, the mountain peaks, and everything nature offers. The area is open from 7 a.m. to sunset during the months of March to November and from 8 a.m. until sunset -  November through March.

Once you are done with nature, return to your hotel/motel room, rest up a bit, clean up and head to the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra on the New Mexico State University campus (1075 N Horseshoe St). The next event is on December 10th at 7:30 p.m. - Classics 2. The concert is featuring Christopher James Ray, Guest Conductor. The orchestra is also performing Sunday, December 11th at 3 p.m. featuring Susannah - Carlisle Floyd Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World". To purchase tickets, please call 575-646-3709.

Moving on to your sixth stop – jump on Highway 70 and head east to White Sands National Park. Make sure you go about two hours before sunset so you can see the sun cascade off the sun dunes. White Sands is also an excellent park to visit anytime during the day. It is about 40 miles from Las Cruces. Click here to check out the park's website.

Alright...return to Las Cruces and head west on Highway 70 to Picacho Ave. Make a left on Picacho and then a right on Mesquite. Once on Mesquite, drive slowly until you reach Klein Park on the right side of the street. Then park your car and go on a walking tour of the area. You are now in the Mesquite Historic District. You are going to see plenty of places to check out including restaurants, coffee houses, historic houses, and plenty of other “Must See” places. Make sure you bring your camera. Click here to check the Mesquite Historic District's website. 

Next, no trip to Las Cruces is complete without a little trip to Hatch, New Mexico to pick up some green and red chile. The Village of Hatch is about 40 minutes north of the City of Crosses via I-25. You have to drive up and check out the little town's downtown area and then stop by one of the many chile vendors. 

Alright...once you have your chile fix, it is time for some wine and some good food. Head back down I-25 and then exit Highway 70 to reenter Las Cruces. Then take Highway 70 west through downtown to Avenida de Mesilla. Make a right on Avenida de Mesilla and then take it to D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla. The winery offers excellent dishes, wines, views, and one of the best patios in the area. Click here to check out D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro's website. 

To wrap up your trip to Las Cruces, you have to take one last roadtrip to unwind. Get ready – this ride is long but relaxing. Hop on Highway 70, also known as Main Street, starting at I-25 and then go west on Main Street through Mesilla Park, and then into the Town of Mesquite, and then end up in Vado. Check out the little towns and just enjoy the drive. Make sure you stop in each town to eat and drink!!

This little “Must See” trip list is easily done in a weekend but I recommend you take a full week to really enjoy all of the stops.

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      Life In 'Cruces - September...

Happy September!!

I have to rant for a bit...Summer is not over yet. I hate that Labor Day is the “unofficial” end of summer.

Again...summer is not over yet. We still have a few more weeks until the Fall Solstice hits on Thursday, September 22nd.

As many of you know, I LOVE summer and I am not trying to rush it. I HATE fall. It is dark, cold, spooky, and just a bridge to winter. I am trying to work with Mother Nature to get her to end fall and we just go straight into winter and the holidays. I know...I popped off. But seriously...I HATE fall. I think it is the time change. I also don’t like waking up to dark mornings and all that cool air blowing. Las Cruces is already dark during the early morning hours. I am not ready.

So...I am working to get fall eliminated. LOL!!

Recap of the week: The Hatch Chile Festival was GREAT! I loved watching the parade and the festival was cute. I have to return to Hatch to check out its many little shops. Hatch is a cute small town. Click here to check out pictures from the event.

Well...a new Picnic Talks is coming later today! So...check back soon.

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      Life In 'Cruces - Hatch Chile Festival - Saturday

It is time for the Hatch Chile Festival!! Come on down to Hatch, NM tomorrow, Saturday, September 3rd, and watch the parade, and eat some chile. Then listen to some live music and just fall in love with the little city above Las Cruces. The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. on Canal Road.

Click here for more information on the festival including the schedule, maps to the event, and other goodies.

I will be there!!

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      Life In 'Cruces - August Recap - OMG!!

I love 49!! I got to say it loud...I have so much energy and I am CRUSHING life projects left and right.

I have to say August has been the BOMB. I have celebrated my birthday every day since the 1st and I have enjoyed every second of this month and being 49. I don’t even know where to start with the recap. are the highlights…

1. I got my dream touchscreen laptop. I love it. This computer is sooo fast and it has been easy to set up and access from other computers on my home network.

2. I CRUSHED some major bills and figured out how to end the year with less debt.

3. I had a relaxing birthday in Silver City, New Mexico.

4. I have had some excellent steaks and excellent meals throughout the month.

5. I love my propane grill and the ability to run two grills at once.

6. I have loved all the many events I have attended throughout the month.

7. I had a great time at Las Cruces Comic Con.

8. I have had a great time taking pictures and shooting videos throughout Las Cruces.

9. I have reevaluated so many areas of my life and I have made some major changes – including saying goodbye to even more toxic folks.

10. On Saturday, August 27th, I gave up drinking alcohol. I am taking a four-month break from drinking. I am also starting the Whole 30 Diet Plan on Thursday, Sept 1st. I am ready to get back on my health kick and focus on my MIND, BODY, and SOUL!

This is the Season of ME and I am LOVING it!!

I have to admit it though...I was a little worried about turning 49. But it has been great and my mind is very clear and open to trying even more new things!

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Life In 'Cruces - Comic Con 2022

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      Life In 'Cruces - Sailing at 49

As many of you know...I celebrate my birthday ALL MONTH long. I am loving my daily celebrations including a lot of lunches, a lot of dinners, a lot of visiting places I haven't seen, and a lot of shopping for things I want. I recently took the plunge and got a new Windows 11 laptop. I LOVE IT!! It is a touchscreen model and is super fast.

I have also picked up a few new decorations for my office. I got to buckle down and refresh my office. I love refreshing spaces around my palace. Change it up a bit. I have also started collecting items for my Desert Christmas Village. This village is going to be a year-round display in my living room. I love Christmas decorations and I love desert scenes. This is going to be pretty and FUN.

In other news, I am attending the Las Cruces Comic Con today. I am so excited! This is my first time attending a Comic Con event! You already know I am going to take some pictures and give you guys an extra post today on this event.

Later today...I am attending an event on Plaza de Las Cruces – weather permitting. It has been raining every day here in the City of Crosses. I am hoping the rain holds off from 6 till 7 p.m.

Well – Happy Birthday Month – Day 21 to ME!! Let me run along and we will chat soon!!

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      Life In 'Cruces - 49 and One Year Later

It has been one year – so much has changed and I have CRUSHED so much. And this last week...I danced into 49!

I can’t believe my birthday flew in and now I’m 49 with less than a year to CRUSH before I am the Big 5-0. I am happy I am 49 but also nervous about all the stuff I got to do before my big turn-of-the-century birthday. I am already working on paying off even more bills, saving money, and planning my post-49 life.

I am so looking forward to 50 and enjoying my simple life. I am glad to see 48 transition into 49. The year 48 was all about changes in everything including letting some toxic people go, letting some toxic jobs go, enjoying simple things more, and learning to love life more.

Well...let me recap my trip to Silver City – it was fun and relaxing. Silver City is a cute little town that reminds me of Santa Fe. I had a great birthday dinner at Mick’s 33. Mick’s is a little speakeasy-type restaurant in the downtown area of Silver City. It is one of only a few high-end restaurants in the little town.

My birthday weekend was very low-key with lots of food and drinks. I didn't get to see the mountains but I will make that track next year.

My birthday, so far, has been a lot of firsts:

I am looking forward to more firsts this year. Well...let me get to reorganizing my home office and CRUSHING this day!!

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      Life In 'Cruces - Happy Birthday to ME

My Birthday Month is HERE and I am turning 49 on Monday. OMG! I am taking a little adventure to Silver City this weekend. Check back throughout the weekend for pictures, comments, etc.

On turning 49, I'm excited and ready for this new chapter. I am so glad to close the book on my 40s – this decade has SUCKED and I am ready to see it end.

Well – I am off to enjoy my weekend and my Birthday Month!!

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      Life In 'Cruces - July 2022 Recap

July was ON POINT - hot, lots of events, lots of good food, and lots of cocktails. I still can't believe I have been in Las Cruces for an entire year! OMG! It seems like the year went by really fast. I am still amazed at how I pulled off the move without a hitch. Now...don't get me wrong – I had to work hard to move into my place and I have had to adjust to how people work down here in little Las Cruces. But I still love it and I am looking forward to the next year – especially all the work I got to do to prepare for my Big 50!

On to the highlight of July – the Tequila Festival was the top event of the month. I love me some Tequila and the festival was very unique. I could sip on Tequila ALL day! And I love me some festivals.

On the work front, work was extremely busy in July but good. Last week was super busy and I completed all the many jobs tossed at me. I even started another job and quit it all within the same week – LOL!!

On personal development, I read all the books on my Summer Reading List, I was up in the gym all month, I relaxed a lot, and did get in some walks around town. I also got to visit City Hall and landed a volunteer position with the city. I am excited. I start volunteering after my birthday.

In other news, I watched a lot of horror movies, loved me some buffets, and got to try some good eats. I really had a good time in July and I am going to miss the long days and short nights the month had to offer.

On a bad note, I didn't leave the city though. I had plans to travel but stayed in Las Cruces instead. I am going to make up for this lack of travel soon.

Well...we all know August is my Birthday Month and I am looking forward to kicking off the month in a few hours. I am excited about Silver City next weekend and I am excited about my birthday.

Come on 49!!

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      Life In 'Cruces - July Is Almost Over


The year is halfway over, my birthday is in two weeks, I am still having fun this summer, and I just celebrated one year here in Las Cruces. Oh my!!

Yes...the year is halfway over and I am shocked at how fast 2022 is going. I have CRUSHED a lot this year and I am looking forward to the second half of 2022. In other news, I can't believe how one year in Las Cruces flew by. I still like the little city in the south. I have a busy social calendar, I love the weather, and I am OK with the multiple jobs I have. I do miss Albuquerque though...I guess because I spent over 10 years up there in that little city in the middle of the state.

A quick recap of last week...I worked my ass off on many work projects. I didn't even have time to visit a new eatery. But I did have Chinese food on Friday to celebrate my one-year anniversary. I love me some buffet! I didn't do anything new though. I have to make up for that during my birthday month. Yes...I celebrate my birthday the entire month of August.

Well...this week is also all about WORK. I have a lot to do and I even worked today for a few hours. It is all about the money and moving mountains.

I am off work now and listening to 101.1 Gold. I got to rest up because I have a lot to CRUSH this week before I kick off my birthday month.

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      Life In 'Cruces - Las Cruces One Year Later

OMG...My one-year moving anniversary is coming up this Saturday and I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. I remember this time last year was crazy busy. I was driving between Albuquerque and Las Cruces almost every weekend. Then I remember all of the totes and boxes to unpack – it was so much to do. I am glad all of that is done and I am kicked back in Las Cruces.

My move still feels unreal though. From all the packing to unpacking and then redecorating my apartment. I wake up each day still thinking I have some boxes to move and unpack. But I have to say, I have really enjoyed the last year in this little city. forward to this week...I have a busy one ahead – so many work projects, home projects, CRUSHING projects, and preparing to do something exciting on Saturday to celebrate my one-year anniversary here in Las Cruces. I am thinking of a drive to a town close by and checking out an eatery I haven't been to. I have no city events planned this week. I am saving all of my energy for Saturday.

Let me do a quick recap of the weekend. One word – AMAZING. The Tequila and Tacos Festival was a lot of fun on Saturday. I sampled a lot of Tequila and had some good eats. The music was great and the Lucha wrestling was interesting to watch.

Today, I am chilling at home until 7 tonight and then I am off to Young Park for the Al Hurricane Jr. concert. I can't wait to hear some New Mexican music, watch the sunset, enjoy a cool breeze, and enjoy the park. 

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      Life In 'Cruces - Rio Grande & Tequila


In only a few big day hits and I will be 49! OMG!! I am already planning my birthday, of course. I did some retail therapy yesterday and I picked up some new shirts and pants. I can't go into 49 with old clothes. My plan is to completely redo my wardrobe this new year.

I am both excited and scared about turning 49. I know the 5-0 is next year! I have a bucket of stuff I must do before turning 50 including working on my fitness more, paying off all of my debts, purchasing a new car, and seeing as much of southern New Mexico as I can.

But before turning 49, I want to do a quick impromptu evening of wine, music, good food, and beautiful views at the Rio Grande Vineyard and Winery at 5321 N Highway 28 (also known Avenida de Mesilla) here in Las Cruces. The winery is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 until 8 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 until 10 p.m., and on Sundays from 12 until 8 p.m. I got to go before August 5th to see the sunset and enjoy the views. Of course...lots of wine-sipping!!

Click here to check out Rio Grande Vineyard and Winery's website. 

Rio Grande Vineyard and Winery is also a great place for a date night as well as a single date “day” or “night”. Check out my latest Picnic Talks on how to host your own single date “day” or “night” by clicking here. 

Let me tell you about last was fun and the 4th of July was relaxing and entertaining. I went to the light parade last Sunday and had a great time. Then on Monday, had good eats and watched the fireworks from my balcony. I LOVED it!!

This week is all about working and resting up for the sixth annual Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Summer Festival, Saturday, July 16th at Plaza de Las Cruces. The festival is from 5 – 11 p.m. I already got my ticket!! I can't wait to enjoy some tacos and sip lots of Tequila. I am hitting the gym, reading the next book in my stacks of books, checking out the radio program, and eating a light lunch/dinner.

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      Life In 'Cruces - Happy July 4th


June 2022 – Oh What A Ride!! The month was busy and so much fun. I kicked off the summer the right way - lots of outdoor events, photo shoots, good eats, and lots of firsts!!

One first that I did was celebrate Juneteenth. Las Cruces rolled out the red carpet for this event including several jazz music events, a lot of in-person history events, several online events, and even outdoor music events at Plaza de Las Cruces. I loved every bit of this holiday and all of the celebrations.

On the ME front – I did a lot of walking in June and I am still on my gym kick. I am all about exercising and trying to keep the weight down. I still need to CRUSH harder in the fitness department.

On the R & R front – I had a few picnics and a few R & R days. I love relaxing and just taking time for myself. I have really enjoyed my palace now that the refresh is done. I even managed to catch up on my favorite shows and got to watch a few classic horror movies like Friday the 13th and Exorcist 3.

On the reading front – I got a stack of books from the Thomas Branigan Library last week and I kicked off my Summer 2022 Reading Challenge. I love reading and learning new things.

So what is on for today? Nothing much until tonight's Electric Light Parade tonight at Apodaca Park. Click here to learn more about tonight's event. 

I am also grilling this afternoon and enjoying the day since I am working tomorrow and then going to the fireworks event at NMSU campus tomorrow night. Click here to learn more about tomorrow night's event. 

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      Life In 'Cruces - Park Walks


I love parks and I love walking around parks. I also love having a picnic in a park. Now...I got all of that out! My favorite park in Las Cruces is Young Park. This park is very popular – rolling hills, a pretty lake, ducks, art sculptures, and a collection of food trucks that park outside the park every weekend.

Young Park is also home to musical performances, festivals, car shows, and other events. I live about ½ mile from the park and I even walk there sometimes. I love this park.

Tonight...Young Park is hosting two music acts – Triple Jack and Truman Provencio – two Blues bands that also play other music genres. I am going if it doesn't rain. Young Park is located at 850 South Walnut Street.

Now...let me at least talk about a few other parks here in Las Cruces. If you are downtown, you must check out Klein Park. This park is in the middle of the Mesquite District south of downtown. Like Young Park, Klein Park has a lot of activities and amenities but it doesn't have a lake. Klein Park is located at 155 North Mesquite Street.

Next up...Apodaca Park. This park is HUGE and west of I-25. Apodaca Park is next to the old airport that is now being repurposed into something. This park is home to outdoor movies, lots of sporting events, and a few car shows. Apodaca Park is located at 801 East Madrid Ave.

To wrap up the major parks in Las have to visit the park next to the Rio Grande River – La Llorona Park. The park is located at 3440 West Picacho Avenue and yes...the river is flowing with water since it is summer and the dam has been released. La Llorona Park is about 30 acres and is the park to end all parks. You can sit by the river, eat by the river, run by the river, and just do anything you want by the river. Also, the views from the park are amazing. fingers are crossed that it doesn't rain tonight because I really want to go to Young Park for the Blues concert.

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      Life In 'Cruces - Brews and Cools

I love some craft beers even though I don't get a buzz off of them! OK...with that out in the open...I am encouraging everyone to run out and grab some IPA and other craft beers and just enjoy them! Here are some of my favorite craft beers: Lemon Lime Seltzer, Grapefruit Hard Seltzer, Light Lager, Mexican Lager, and any IPA.

Here in Las Cruces, there are a few breweries that offer an array of craft beers including Icebox Brewing Company. But the best craft beers are found in any local grocery store and even big box stores. My only problem is...I can drink a six-pack and feel nothing. It is like drinking iced tea. I feel good afterward but I am not loopy loopy. I like to be loopy loopy. With wine, I feel the buzz and I feel loopy loopy...LOL!!

Click here to check out Icebox Brewing Company's website. 

Sooo...I enjoy some craft beers on an “every now and then” basis. I love wine more than beer and I never mix the two. Mixing the two causes issues. to the cool side of this post. In order to really enjoy a craft beer, it must be COLD. And when I say COLD...I mean ICE COLD. Warm beer sucks and here in New Mexico, any beer outside becomes warm in only a few minutes. need a lot of ice or a koozie that can keep your beer COLD. One way I keep my beer cold is by freezing it. I love a COLD FROZEN beer.

Well...I am sipping on Goose Island IPA – 55 IBU (International Bitterness Unit), 5.9% alcohol and it is brewed in Fort Collins, CO as well as in Chicago, and Baldwinsville, NY. Click here to check out Goose Island IPA's website. 

Time to enjoy Sunday and sip a cold one. But you already know I am going to switch to wine later today!!

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      Life In 'Cruces - Juneteenth Summer Plans

It is summer and it is hot here in Las Cruces. I am loving the heat during the day and the cool nights. That is one thing I love about the cools off at night. And when I say cools off, it is cool at night especially if you leave your swamp cooler on is freezing. summer is fully booked with local events, day trips, Zoom-call events, and scheduled Rest & Relaxation Days. This weekend was one of R & R – I stayed at home all day yesterday and I am at home today. I had an art opening yesterday but it was rescheduled. Next Saturday, I am going to Elephant Butte Lake for a day trip. Click here to learn more about Elephant Butte. 

I can't wait to live stream from Elephant Butte Lake and take a lot of pictures. I have only driven through Elephant Butte – this will be my first visit to the park. You already know I am going to picnic by the lake, hang out with some friends, enjoy the breeze, and just love the day. I am hoping that gas doesn't exceed $5 a gallon because I don't really want to spend a fortune to get there. Elephant Butte is about an hour and a half from Las Cruces.

In other plans...I am saving for my birthday trip to Silver City. I am going on my birthday trip no matter what. Even if I have to walk! LOL!

So what is going on with me this week? This week is all about the New Mexico Juneteenth Jazz Arts Festival kicking off on Tuesday night and running through next Sunday.

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, June 14th · a virtual concert will be performed by Jacobo Vega-Albela Group. Access via with webinar ID: 82056965925 starting at 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, June 14th - free film screening of “Bird,” starring Forest Whitaker, at the Rio Grande Theatre starts at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15th - The Branigan Cultural Center presents, “The History of Juneteenth as an American Celebration of Freedom,” presented virtually by NMSU general counsel and Chief Legal Officer, Roy Collins III. Following the presentation, a virtual concert will be performed by Reggie Lewis and Simply This Quartet. Both events via with webinar ID: 82056965925 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 16th - The Branigan Cultural Center presents, “Jazz History is Black History,” presented virtually by Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History Senior Producer, James K. Zimmerman. Following the presentation, a virtual concert will be performed by Joe Dunn Chamber Fusion Ensemble. Both events via with webinar ID: 82056965925 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 17th - Jazz musician, Derrick Lee will facilitate a Jazz Improvisation Workshop at the Doña Ana Arts Council from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. The Doña Ana Arts Council - 250 W. Amador.

Friday, June 17th - The New Mexico Juneteenth Jazz Arts Festival Opening Concert featuring Billy Townes Group at the Rio Grande Theatre. Doors at 6 p.m, concert at 7 p.m. The Rio Grande Theatre - 211 N. Main Street.

Saturday, June 18th - Free Film Screening of Disney Pixar’s “Soul” at the Rio Grande Theatre - 211 N. Main Street. Doors at 11 a.m., film starts at 12 p.m.

Saturday, June 18th - New Mexico Juneteenth Jazz Arts Festival musical performances begin at 1 p.m. on the Plaza de Las Cruces - 100 N. Main Street. Performances: Las Cruces Community Jazz, Side Effect Quartet – 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., and Havana Quintet – 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

In addition, another set of musical performances continues at the NAACP Juneteenth Banquet at the Las Cruces Convention Center along with a keynote address from Dr. Patrick Turner, NMSU Associate Provost. Ticket purchase is required in advance from the Doña Ana NAACP website. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Sunday, June 19th - New Mexico Juneteenth Jazz Arts Festival continues on the Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main Street, with musical performances beginning at 1 p.m. with the Sam Barlow's Jazz Diversion, Encore Jazz – 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., and the Alliance Project - 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, June 19th - The New Mexico Juneteenth Jazz Arts Festival closes with a final concert at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street, featuring the Ricky Malachai Trio and the Derrick Lee Group. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m.

I have a busy week ahead and I LOVE IT!!

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      Life In 'Cruces - Summer In Las Cruces


Happy Summer 2022!!

May is DONE and summer is here and I am loving it. I love June so much. The sky is clear and blue, the sun is hot and pouring down the heat and I just love June and all the activities it throws at me!!

I kicked off the month by attending several events this week in downtown Las Cruces including an art opening at The Museum of Art, a photo shoot on Main Street, an outdoor musical event at The Branigan Cultural Center, and I wrapped up the week at a fine arts fair on Plaza de Las Cruces. I wrapped up yesterday by sipping mimosas at Amador Live. Then I came home and enjoyed a bottle of mimosas while watching some true crime shows. It was a fun week.

Today...I am relaxing and finishing up some last-minute decorating. You already know I am going to listen to 101.1 Gold on the radio and you already know I am going to sip on some cocktails. I love Sundays. I am a little sad that tomorrow is not a holiday though. Back to working five days this week. I am not going to bitch about it though. I am going to work, attend events, love my summer, and love my life.

Now...for something serious...I have to talk about the elephant in the room - high prices on everything, especially GAS. Let's just say that I am having to adjust travel plans due to gas prices. I am still going to enjoy events and outings but they are going to have to be local within Las Cruces.I am watching gas prices with a big pair of glasses. I have my birthday trip to Silver City planned and I am hoping I can pull it all off. I hate having to cut back on things. Gas is $4.59 a gallon here in Las Cruces and that is not cute but not as bad as in other parts of the country.

Well enough bitching about summer plans include attending all the free events here in Las Cruces, once a week visiting different restaurants for Picnic Talks, watching the sunrise, watching the sunset, and finally getting back into car projects. I am also going to finish reading the books I have started, get my novel published in August, and get myself mentally ready for my big 49th birthday. I am still in a state of shock over turning 49. I am both excited and nervous. I am excited to see my 40s come to a close. My 40s have really SUCKED. I can't wait to live the final year of this fucked up decade.

In other palace redos are all done and I can now enjoy my fresh and clean place. I recommend everyone to do some spring cleaning and toss out the old and put in some new. I am off to enjoy my Sunday!

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      Life In 'Cruces - May 2022 Recap

One word for May – Remarkable!

I don't even know where to start in recapping this month. Let me start with this – I CRUSHED a lot of goals including redecorating both my bathroom and bedroom; decluttering a lot of useless items; staying the course with my gym routine; having some great meals out, and taking a fun trip to Albuquerque.

I have to say I accomplished, CRUSHED, celebrated, and filed away a list of goals that seemed a mile long. I am beyond happy!

On the work front, I worked my ass off and paid off one bill, paid extra on another bill, and still had money to wine and dine. The only thing I am upset about is the price of GAS!! I have noticed that Little Nicky has better gas mileage than my Baby Volvo. I am going to drive Little Nicky more this summer and give my Baby Volvo a break. am going to work on some living room decorating and decluttering. I am also going to enjoy Cruisin' In Cruces on 101.1 Gold. Click here to listen to the radio show – it starts at 11 a.m. 

Before I forget...Happy Summer Kickoff! Summer unofficially starts tomorrow and I am so ready. It already feels like summer down here in 'Cruces. It was 96 on Friday and I was in heaven.

Well...I'm off to eat, sip coffee, watch my shows, and love this three-day weekend.

Happy Summer Everybody!!

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      Life In 'Cruces - Mid-May Fun

May is moving along nicely and I can feel summer coming in only a few weeks. As you know, I am in the middle of my palace refresh. My bathroom is DONE and I start redoing my bedroom TODAY. I am excited and ready to enjoy not only a new bed but also new EVERYTHING from pictures to rugs. The only task I am hating is cleaning the carpet. Carpet cleaning is such a pain. I am going to tackle that task Friday and then do the meat of the remodel next Saturday and Sunday.

Today...I am decluttering items from the bedroom, washing down the walls, framing pictures, and getting things ready for the big redo. And yes...I will post before and after pictures.

A quick recap of last week: work took up the bulk of my time last week but I did have a fun Saturday at the Farmer's Market downtown and then lunch at an eatery I will feature in an upcoming Picnic Talks. Saturday was a mini-vacation day because I didn't do much other than work early that morning.

On the online front, I did manage to post a few pics on Instagram but this week I promise I will take more pictures and post more on all sites.

I can't believe Memorial Day is in a week. I don't have any plans other than enjoying my new bedroom and working on blog stuff. I am taking that day off though. I may even declare it an R & R day. Just enjoy the day and sip lots of red wine.

Well...I'm off to work on the bedroom!

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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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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.