Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring is here ... cough, sneeze, drip

n'sI can tell Spring came early this year; at least, the sinus symptoms did. The doctor's records show I was in a week earlier than last year with my Spring sinus infection. Yuck, yuck, yuck!

But, life goes on (or you wouldn't be reading this).

So far, March has been musical. A week ago, on First Friday, we discovered that one of our favorite group of young musicians was going to be playing at Isaac's. Amy Lopez Ross (aka "A Whiskey Girl") and her husband Derrick ("Nowhere Man") were playing with Dylan Charles and the Border Crossers (the "Border Crossers" are Sam and Danielle Panther). They're out of Bisbee and we first saw them at Pickamania! Lively, active, just lots of fun to watch and hear!

And we caught Bayou Seco and the Fiddling Friends (again) playing the courtyard of the Silver City Museum. The museum followed up with a performance of a play (one in a series) by a local author; this segment was about five Apache women who escape from their Mexican captors and walk a thousand miles north to get back home.

In between the two programs, I enjoyed the afternoon sun on the facade of the old theater that serves as the museum annex. Lots of little details to delight inWe went up to the Opera House in PiƱos Altos to hear Tony Furtado and Luke Price. Sorry about the quality of the pictures ... men in black with only two spots don't give much light to work with. They're great musicians - both two-time national award winners - but without the spark and verve of our young friends from Bisbee.

Spring is showing at home, too. The curve-billed thrashers posted themselves as sentries on the cholla behind the house ... actually, I think they were just soaking up the sun! And the deer have been wandering through, including this last year's fawn that was playing peekaboo with me.

Wednesday I went to the optometrist in Las Cruces. We got as far as Deming on the way back and both I-10 and US 180 were closed due to blowing dust. What to do? So, we took a roundabout road through Lake Valley and Hillsboro. This gave us a chance to "see" (through the dust) the new wind farm out there and to stop briefly at the ghost town of Lake Valley ... we'll definitely be going back to Lake Valley!

I end with a sign of the times. Yesterday, at the entrance to the Silver City Walmart, was this cowboy and his horse with the sign, "Need Day Work." Think on it a while. tv

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