Taking a break from reviewing

It’s been a year since I left the Pacific Northwest, and I’ve been busy. Rather than review, I thought I’d give you a peek into my new world. Come on in.

We bought a tiny pistachio farm. We have 103 pistachio trees, one almond, a peach tree, and a couple pomegranate and lime trees. We’re in the Tularosa Basin in New Mexico, which is a HUGE change from the PNW, but we’ve lived in New Mexico before.

Obviously bookshelves were the first priority.

Oh, and yes, it does rain here. Sometimes like a firehose has been opened.

It snows here too, by the way. So yes, we feed the birds.

And yes, we got puppies. Look at them. Aren’t they adorable? The one on the left is Tank, who is beating up on his sister, Mazikeen. Don’t worry, she can hold her own.

But now, you see…

Now, at about a year old, they’re much more sophisticated.

LOL, no, they’re not. They’re complete doofuses, and firmly believe that they’re still lap dogs, even though they weight well over 50 pounds each. But they’re cuddle bugs and we love them.

You may not know it, but the Tularosa area in New Mexico is great for roses.

The pistachios grew beautifully, and we had a great harvest.

See those red pods? Those are pistachios still in their protective hull, which is easy to remove when they’re ready for harvesting. It was amazing to watch.

And yes, they’re tasty!

So that’s what I’ve been up to. I’m still reading and will obviously keep on reviewing, but I’ve missed chatting with all y’all, and wanted to take a moment to catch up. Have a great holiday season!

Fran

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