Yesterday we went out for a drive to perceive different toxins that we were driving through. We identified some pretty bad areas and some good areas. We talked about how that needs to be part of our daily routine, and now with the clothesline up and me doing laundry again, we figured we can probably make a couple hours for Wesley to work on the computer each day. I’m not sure it really worked out that way today but that’s the plan.
Today we got up and I got laundry going and breakfast was cooked, eaten, and cleaned up. We went for a walk down the lane because Wesley was cold from sitting and working on the computer. He showed me the cistern from the old Homestead and we saw some oryx tracks. We came back to camp and went for a drive to go perceiving today. The wind was blowing like crazy today and the cyano was awful. Cyano usually makes me tired and my joints ache; today I was getting that in addition to headaches and major grumpiness. As we were driving down the road the truck seatbelt kept locking me to the seat. I can’t begin to tell you how annoying I find that, and I’ll spare you what I yelled at the truck. Apparently a slightly bumpy road is a good reason for this truck to lock the seatbelt so you cannot move.
Today we drove from the Ranch to Picacho. We got lots of towns to perceive in: Carrizozo, Capitan, Lincoln, Hondo, Tinnie, and Picacho. The closer we got to Picacho, the more grass we started to see. It was weird to see a bright green grass in NM. There was one place where which side of the truck you were on in relation to the green grass on one side of the road in the normal New Mexico grass on the other side of the road totally determined how you felt. The side of the green grass was no Bueno.
We stopped at the Family Dollar in Capitan on the way home and got the lunch of champions: fire hot Limon Doritos and York peppermint patties. Apparently the rancher, his wife, and two of the grandkids were there at the same time we were, but we didn’t notice. They followed us the whole way back to the ranch and kindly didn’t say anything about Wesley’s crazy driving while his mouth was on fire from the Doritos. It was fun to meet more of the family. They are the kindest, most generous people, and we are so blessed to be able to be here. Next week Jim is going to help us build our outhouse by digging the hole with his backhoe. My peanut butter jar is going to be put out of a job pretty soon thank goodness! They also offered to let us use their Airbnb house in town for showers and invited us for Thanksgiving. All the while we were praying for ranch to live on, we never knew how much God would provide so abundantly above and beyond our imagination.