Flowers For My Grandmothers

I am fortunate that I still have both of my Grandmothers.  I live across the US from them, but am always thinking of them.  One modeled cooking and canning, painting and puzzles, and patience.  The other modeled strong work ethics, planning, determination, and success juggling home and career.  Elisa Pulliam (2016) stated that “the truth is we all have something of value that’s worth imparting on someone else, regardless of age” (p. 61).  Both of them have always loved flowers and had both flower and vegetable gardens.  Over the past few weeks I’ve travelled throughout the state of New Mexico for work.  I’ve been collecting flower pictures for them…



Pulliam, E. (2016).  Impact together.  Biblical mentoring simplified.  Elisa Pulliam and Authentic Life LLC.



Working in Western New Mexico

Today I started in Albuquerque and traveled to Grants, NM and then to Farmington.  I took a slightly different route this time after leaving Grants.  Instead of going through Thoreau to Crownpoint, this time I went through San Mateo to Crownpoint.  This route led to astounding views and fun-to-drive twists and turns.  Unfortunately I need a better camera to really capture all the layers and depths of the mesas and rock formations.  Perhaps next time!  Most of this land is part of the Navajo Nation.  I saw fat cattle and horses, sheep, and traditional and modern hogans.  This route took me near Chaco Canyon and through part of the Bisti Badlands.  I’ll go back one day when I’m not on work time.  Here are some of the pictures I was able to take this time:

Remember the Edsel?

I’m in Tucumcari, NM tonight on business.  Tucumcari was once a very thriving town and stop along Route 66.  Many of the original hotels have been renovated and are still in business.  I saw these vehicles outside Tucumcari…..






Edsel Front View


Old Tow Truck


Yellow Taxi


“The truth is we all have something of value that’s worth imparting on someonedandelion else, regardless of age”.

~Elisa Pulliam

Pulliam, E. (2016).  Impact together.  Biblical mentoring simplified.  San Francisco, CA:  Elisa Pulliam and Associates.

City of Rocks, New Mexico

After a trip to NMSU and Las Cruces, NM, my husband and I took the scenic route back to Albuquerque.  We went through Deming, Bayard, and the Black Range in the Gila National Forest.  It took us forever to get home, but we had a wonderful time.


Would You Stay In That Tent?!

I had never even heard of the City of Rocks State Park outside of Deming, NM.  New Mexico is a geologist’s dream.  I am constantly amazed by the mountains and volcanoes here.  Taken from a pamphlet produced by the City of Rocks Visitors’ Center:

The rocks forming the City of Rocks were produced by a very large volcanic eruption that occurred 34.9 million years ago.  The violent eruption of volcanic pumice, ash, and hot gas in an eruption 1000 times greater than the May 18, 1980 Mount Saint Helens eruption would have taken months to years to complete.  The magma that produced the eruption was probably located between 3.7 and 9.3 miles below the earth’s surface.  From vents in the earth’s surface, large amounts of volcanic material would erupt very quickly.  This material would move as a large, hot, turbulent cloud, traveling as far as 125 miles from the vent and deposit volcanic material in its path.

Amazing!  My husband and I had fun seeing shapes in the formations.  See if you agree, or comment if you see something different!

On Friendship

On Friendship

I don’t have many friends.  At least not in the traditional sense of the word.  I like to be at home with my husband, I travel for work, and I’m busy with school.  Many say it’s important to get out and interact with people.  But what if that’s not what I want to do?  I don’t like bright, flashing lights.  I don’t like crowds.  I don’t like lots of noise.  I can reach outside my limits, but I’m not going to push myself and be miserable.  I have two friends I actually meet face-to-face, and even they often forgive me for backing out.

I have lots of friends.  Here it comes….online!  I’m happy with this.  A recent book I read, Trust Agents (see my book reviews) is listed under business/marketing, but it is a read for good human connections, also.  Brogan & Smith ( 2010) discuss the level of transparency people are able to have online.  When posting on my school discussion board, Facebook, or even on here, it is much easier to get my thoughts out than it would be face-to-face.  Although there are exceptions, among internet friends people are more willing to open up.  I look forward to getting online in the evenings to see who reached out to me during the day.  I am able to share pictures and videos and parenting sayings/tips with coworkers that I wouldn’t share from work.  I am able to connect with friends I’ve lost touch with.  I am able to complain to a classmate and ask for clarification/encouragement about an assignment (one of these days, we’re going to meet).  I have someone in South Africa praying for me in our Christian mentoring group.  I am following a student from Australia and watching him meet his goals.  I send pictures and messages to my kids, now that they’ve grown up and left the house.  I can be open and honest with these people.

How interesting that the people I don’t see face-to-face everyday are the ones that are supportive and nonjudgmental.  I wonder what we can all learn from that!

Thank you, friends!


Brogan & Smith. (2010).  Trust Agents. Using the web to build influence, improve reputation, and earn trust.  Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley & Sons.