We’re back home in Texas after a cool couple of weeks in the southern Rockies of New Mexico. We love it there, with wonderful views of the clouds spilling over the mountains and cattle grazing in the valley below. It’s a long drive–almost 12 hours–but we have audio books to listen to and there’s always something new to see.
On this trip, we noticed the continued expansion of wind farms along the route. Texas is famous for its wind (notorious, even), and it’s good to see its energy being put to use as an alternative fuel. Four coal-powered plants have been closed in the state in the past year. And no, wind turbines do not cause cancer, whatever Mr. Trump says. Turbines have their costs, as do all fuel sources. But that’s not one of them.
We enjoyed a wonderful couple of visits on our trip. Bill’s niece Abby and her family hosted us for a weekend, and the little girls kept us busy and entertained. We live a quiet life and were hugely impressed by the way this energetic, kid-focused family manages to enjoy one another while they get everything done. Both Abby and Tyler are highly skilled pilots–Abby commands the Air Force’s parachute training program and Wings of Blue, the USAF parachute team.
It was a great getaway, but Texas is home, and we were glad to be back, in spite of the continued string of 100-degree days. The Girls (tended by a neighbor while we were gone) were happy to get out of their coop and back to their free-range foraging routine. Bill was pleased to see that this year’s pecan crop is looking better than usual, although the squirrels are ramping up their attacks.
And I was glad to get back into my writing routine. It was a working vacation for me–I did some more work on the website, moving recipes from the old site to the new. You’ll find them on the “Resources” tab. I’m still in the process of adding the recipes from the books to the book pages themselves, like this one. So if you’re looking for a particular recipe and you remember the book in which it appeared, go there, scroll down to the bottom, and click. I’ll do a couple of these every day until they’re done. But mostly, I’m back at the writing desk, working on a novella trilogy that features the gang at the Pecan Springs Enterprise. You’ll have it early next year, if all goes well. Next up after that project: the first China Bayles prequel. That should be fun!
And still, while the mountains are beautiful, there’s nothing quite like the wide view of sky and meadow and trees from our living room window. I enjoy it every evening as the long, bright day darkens into lovely night. I’m happy to be home.
Reading note. “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”― Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon