A Month in the Life… Morning Has Spoken


I never use an alarm clock.

My wake-up call comes early and naturally . . . from the first light of the sunrise, the aroma of fine coffee, the sounds of coyotes howling, or the “needs” of a dog or cat. The coffee maker is auto-set for 5:20am, and still sometimes, I have to start it manually because I haven’t slept “late” enough.

One of the many things I adore about my perch here atop the Sangre de Cristo mountains is that we are treated to double sunsets and sunrises. As if singles were not enough!!

In the top photo, we are looking East through a coyote fence, and if we turn our attention to the West . . . we get a whole other rendition.

This is because, with your face stuck up into the sky like this, there is nothing to block your view of how the sunrise reflects on any other clouds that happen to be up so early.

And then for a cup of that wonderful coffee (locally sourced from Rio Grande Roasters), and enhanced with my favorite morning thing . . .

OK, so it’s probably not good for me. It probably has chemicals and things, but I can’t see to read the label before I’ve had my coffee, so I’ll never know.

Besides, it makes me happy and I do know being happy is good for you.

I carry my mug of “Delightful” coffee into the office and sip at it while I check orders, email, blog comments, etc. . . .  until I see this . . .

This is a face that wants something, is it not? And who could say no to this face?

We walk our three Huskies every morning. They take turns because we walk them separately – partly for their benefit and partly for ours.

They all love their “special” time with Mom or Dad, of course, but there is also the fact that when you walk Siberians in a pack, they become a sled team.

They can’t help it – their instincts just kick in. So, because being a “sled” is not much fun, we walk them separately

This wonderful face belongs to Teddy. He is the Omega dog in our pack, and is used to waiting patiently for his turn. This is Teddy waiting patiently for his turn.

I can’t take it and must trade computer mouse for dog leash.

Now, I would love it if I could only show you the very best photographs that get taken around here (I usually do), but some things don’t lend themselves to a “best” photo. Like this one, which is blurry because it is a low light shot of some fast action – Teddy doing his happy dance at the front door because I have picked up his leash . . .

The big white bucket is full of birdseed. My wild birds are all out there waiting for something too, but Teddy is at least more important than they are in our pack.

And, we’re off . . . I wonder if Teddy has noticed that huge shadow wolf that is stalking him?

It’s not all that warm at this time of year, but the mornings are crisp and beautiful, and I am still wearing sandals. Nobody can believe it, but I am still wearing sandals. It’s usually 34º or so at this time of day. I am still wearing sandals. However, I feel shoes looming in the near future. Sigh.

This next photo contains all the colors of the wonderful Southwest palette.

In fact, download it and use an eyedropper tool to choose colors if you want to do a painting with a Southwestern feel.

New Mexico has a few national labs and Air Force bases, so contrails are a common component of our sky art . . .

There are some folks who think contrails are not good for us, but I think they’re cool. Well, actually, they ARE cool. It’s the water vapor from aircraft engines freezing into ice crystals that forms them.

Oh oh, I think Teddy has noticed the big bad shadow wolf . . .

But he knows shadow Mom will protect him if it comes to that.

By the time we get home, my nose and my toes are froze . . . and are protesting that this walking thing can’t be THAT good for me!

And, there is a reward waiting – a breakfast topped with roast chicken for Teddy – and another hot cup of “Delight” for me (not topped with roast chicken).

Thank you for sharing my morning.

See you tomorrow.


16 thoughts on “A Month in the Life… Morning Has Spoken

  1. llynnda

    Thank you for the morning walk and even though I am miles away in Quebec, I have the exact same pail at my front door but it contans dog leash and leather chewies.

    Until tomorrow,


  2. Sandra

    You’re off to a good start. Loved the glimpse into your morning routine, along with the sunrise and Teddy pics.

  3. Diana in Texas

    Thanks for sharing. I miss the wonderful times I had in New Mexico and feel like I’ve had a mini-visit to your beautiful state.

  4. Lani K.

    Your day sounds grrrrrrrreat and the light show is nice too. Thanks for the looksee into Teddy’s morn. Hugs

  5. Jane Ellen

    Thank you. That was a great beginning of the day blog. Loved it. Say hello to Teddy from Billy the Dog who also loves his early morning walk in the park.

  6. linda g

    Loved the shot of Teddy “wanting”! I laughed right out loud! You’d have to be blind to not understand that look! Give that precious boy a big hug from me….

  7. Jeanne

    What a great start to your blog—and your day! I love the double sunrises and sunsets there. The colors in New Mexico are truly wonderful. Thanks so much for inviting us along for a month in your life. I’m going to enjoy each day!

  8. Marilyn

    Is Las Cruces the town with the saloon formerly frequented by Billy the Kid? close to a very old church? If so we visited a really great but tiny fabric store there and met a really interesting young woman her late teens in 2004. It was one of the nicest little towns on our trip. Also we went to Ruidoso and got there so late we missed the museum with the wonderful horse statues outside. But we had to get back for the fur friend who had been in the camper since 6 am. Unfortunately we had a tire blowout just outside of the “A” town at the bottom of the mountain and she waited until 7 at night before we were able to get back anyway. The changes in light on the horizon during the dawn, day and evening are amazing.

  9. jessica

    Could be, Marilyn, but I am not well versed in Las Cruces – have only been down there a couple of times. There are several places with Billy the Kid associations but they are very small towns.

    The “A” town at the bottom of the hill is Alamagordo.

    Ruidoso is very cool – I blogged about a trip there in 2007 when my friend and I got caught in one of the infamous July hailstorms.

    Anybody remember that video of us stuck in the car? Still makes me laugh.

  10. Sharon

    Oh I wish I was still wearing sandals.. I have a Teddy too,but of the small variety, a Bichon who thinks he is a tiger. Your Teddy is gorgeous and oh what a beautiful face and eyes. I’m afraid I would spoil him rotten. Enjoy your day.

  11. Hermineh Miller

    I am so glad everything is ok. Thank you so much for repairing the “damage.”
    Wishing you a splendid New Year, Hermineh

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