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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 1/11/2016

To new life and climate. Thought I'd update a bit on the journey of this next and last project.


Sandra and I drove the cargo trailer loaded with tools and some furniture we picked up in Nashville to Angel Fire mid December. We arrived in 30 mph winds that was blowing snow into drifts and had to unload little by little as we cleaned the house we are renting. The house has a small high efficiency propane heater, with a small wood stove for back up, no- actually for more than that, to make the temp at least bearable. There are two walls of windows that face east and south, and during the day, they let a ton of sunshine in and pretty much take care of the heating needs. Unfortunately, they are 30 years old, clear glass with no coatings, so they also let a lot of heat out at night, unless you close the insulating blinds. But overall work out OK.

Left a couple days later to head to Houston and the Barrel Race house for Christmas. We had hoped to get back to AF before New Year's, but I needed to put in a new HVAC system for my daughter (that was something we left off on the initial project) and the first week we were there, we needed the existing AC for the entire time. It's not like I can get the whole thing ripped out and installed in one day by myself. But on New Year's weekend I started and got it finished.

Back in Angel Fire, finishing up making the house a home, pulling a few things out of storage (nostalgia setting in as we see things that have had packed for three years) and finally getting in some skiing! With El NiƱo, the snow pack is wonderful - deep and powdery.

The town is tiny, as we already new, and we are learning to adjust from city life. Most of the essentials are available locally, but any major purchases are two hours away in Santa Fe, or online (actually, not a bad way to go. We ordered mattress and box springs from Overstock, and they'll deliver all the way up here for free).

Climate is another thing to get used to. This morning it was -33 F when we woke up! That's about as cold as it ever gets, and rarely so, as well. I had been wondering what it would feel like - very frosty! But already the temp is up on its way to 25 in the afternoon. With the low humidity, it's easy to wear a light insulated jacket during the day and not be cold.

We are waiting on high speed Internet as Sandra is still working and needs it for file transfers. Supposed to be connected by around the end of the month, but we'll see. The current internet is about as slow as dial up (remember that?). As for me, the break from building is enjoyable and having retired two weeks ago, I'm filling in the days with setting up the house, and skiing. I'll start reviewing house plans shortly as we need to decide whether we will use the originals, whittle them down, or see if a builder has a set that would fit the lot. We are planning on having the shell put up by others. We'll finish the inside. So we can approach builders on the design side if we decide to go that route.

That's it for now. 

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View from the top of lift, 10,677 ft Beautiful day!


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Haven! Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture and your journal!
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Thank you Liliana for your kind words.

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