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!
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!