January 19

We are HOME!

Huffing and puffing, we (that’s Bella, Niles, and me, of course) made our way up the mountain on Friday, January 17, for the last time, with a Jeep filled to bursting and a fond farewell to the rental house in Alpine. It’s amazing how much stuff one can accumulate in just 15 months (books, DVDs, kitchen stuff, etc.) and getting all that stuff up to the new house took numerous trips. But we are here now and the house is DELICIOUS! So beautiful. So perfect. I should not be surprised, but somehow I am. Bella and Niles are not. They know instinctively that this is home and they immediately take over the place. That’s what dogs do. Their instant comfort at being here is a comfort to me, as you might expect. We are all so happy to be here at last.

And I know that things would not be as perfect as they are were it not for the persistence and the commitment of Steve Belardo, adobe magician and the man who knows how to make things happen. He focused his crew on finishing up all of the final details in these last weeks of the project and he got everything done. DONE. You know how much that means to me. The last few weeks were a mighty effort and I am now the beneficiary of all of that hard work and sheer muscle power. I cannot say enough good things about Steve and his crew. Steve made my dream come true and his team worked tirelessly to make it happen. Oh yes. I know. I am one lucky HOMEOWNER!!! At last.


Water tanks are buried. Dirt pile is disappeared. Bathroom hardware is installed. Kitchen is finished and all appliances are in good working order. The only thing not yet finished is the light fixtures, but they are on the way, so stay tuned for news about them!

The Sunset

During the last months, I have shared pictures with you of the Big Sky during the daylight hours. I was rarely on site before 10:00am and usually gone by 4:00pm, so I shared pictures with you of cloud dancers and other sky phenomena, but only when the sun was up.

Here you will see the first images of a mountain sunset. I have no words. The pictures tell the story, from the first peach and gold lights to the final fiery setting of the sun. I am astonished that my little Canon camera captured what I was seeing as well as it did. The only thing better than these images is seeing the sunset in person. It is a glorious and spirit-uplifting display! Enjoy!

11 thoughts on “Home!

  1. I love it! I am so glad I am the #1 guest! Can hardly wait to sit, drinking or not, and watch the many sunsets. xo nina

    On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 8:10 PM, Higher Ground

    • Thanks, Susan! I know your life has been full of challenges lately. I wish you and Roy all the best. Thanks for thinking I deserve this Pueblo Revival masterpiece I am living in. You deserve to be a guest, so haul it up here, gal! 😉

  2. So beautiful … the home and the natural surroundings. I think about you often and I agree with others … congratulations and you certainly deserve it !!!

  3. Leah, my husband and I have been following your posts over the last 8-10 months. We were considering relocating to Alpine when we retire when we found your post. The pictorial journey you have shared while getting your house built has been fun to watch, educational and, sometimes, touching. Thank you for sharing this intimate period of your life. We have enjoyed it. Karin

    • Karin, I hope you and your husband come to Alpine. Or Marfa. Or Fort Davis. This is a heavenly triangle of small towns out here in Far West Texas and, if you have an adventurous spirit, I can’t think of a cooler place(s) to retire! Thanks for visiting the blog and for your very kind words. I appreciate it. Best to you! Leah

  4. Congratulations on moving in to your beautiful new home! I almost feel I’ve been there after following the story right along with you. I can’t wait to see it in person. I’m so happy for you.

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