9. The smell. The high desert smells so good. When we moved from Houston, the first thing I noticed was the smell when it rained - juniper and cedar, with a touch of pinon. Really, there needs to be a scented candle called "mesa after rain." The best smell of all, however, is the roasting chilis in the Wal-mart parking lot. (You can buy green chilis by the box in New Mexico, and they will roast them for you over a giant propane burner - it smells SO good.) I'll miss watching sweet Navajo grandmothers at Walmart, with their skirts and tennis shoes, long braid down their back, and turquoise jewelry.
8. My Garden. I miss my garden. I have a thing for oddly colored fruits and veggies. My philosophy is, why grow something I can buy in the grocery store?! So, our raspberries were yellow, Potatoes were purple, and tomatoes were yellow, along with the usual varieties, of course. I miss watching my garden grow. It never failed to surprise me - I would stick the seeds in the ground, turn on the sprinklers, and two weeks later, there is life!
7. The drive to Twin Falls. I can't believe I actually put this in. In the 3 years that we lived in NM we drove to Idaho at least quarterly. That's a dozen 12-hour each way trips. Some times it was the longest 12 hours of my life (think crying toddler and icy roads.) Once we discovered books on CD, things went a little faster. (We listened to the entire Harry Potter series, and all of the Eragon books, plus many others.) I knew the road like the back of my hand. Southern Utah is full of interesting shapes. The kids named the rocks we saw on the way: Birthday Cake Rock, Snowman Rock, Turtle Rock, Foot Rock. The journey was measured in bathroom breaks: Monticello, Moab, Price, Salt Lake (the Robinsons!), Tremonton, Snowville, almost there - you can wait . . . fine we'll stop in Burley. Finally, Twin Falls.
6. Watching the sun rise. I love the view from my front porch - especially when the neighbor's RV was gone for the summer! One advantage of a desert is an un-obstructed view of the sunrise and sunset.
5. Running Pinon Mesa. I never thought I would say this, but I really miss running long Saturdays at Pinon Mesa. It was a trail run through a high desert. BYO water!
4. My Piano. I miss the way the sound would fill up the whole house. I have a lovely piano here, but it's just not the same as my old one.
3. Caliente. (That's the name of the community choir.) I loved singing with these fabulous singers. It was a ball. I miss them, and I miss the music. Music is my drug of choice. I'm suffering from withdrawal. I'm feeling particularly left out now that they are planning a musical tour of Greece. Without me.
2. My friends. I miss my book group. I miss the ladies I ran with. I miss running and talking at the same time. I miss birthday lunches at Si Senor.
Things I miss, that I didn't know I would miss:
Reece's Peanut Butter Cups
Inexpensive piano lessons
wider traffic lanes
A few things I don't miss:
My fingers cracking and bleeding because it is so dry. (Super glue was my only successful solution.)
Crime. Believe it or not, I think I'm actually safer running in a big city than I was in NM.
School clothes. We wear uniforms here. I LOVE it. We can wear the same clothes twice and no one cares. No one has to decide what to wear in the morning.
Whew, I feel better now that I have that off my chest.