Sunday, September 03, 2006

Labor Day. . . and I sold my house

Welcome to my blog! I've promised so many folks that I'd keep them posted on my new adventure and this seemed the best way to do it. I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico from the Boston area in late July to change my life.....I won't say "starting over" because that implies that everything that came before somehow needs to be replaced and that's certainly not the case. I've titled my blog "Choosing Santa Fe" because it is about moving forward with choice--choosing a life, rather than just accepting one.

Just before the weekend, I finally closed on the house I was selling in Massachusetts. It's been truly nervewracking (not to mention expensive) to carry two houses for the past few months--especially since I finished working in Massachusetts at the end of June, and only just started working in Santa Fe.

But I love being here! The weather--one of the huge factors in my coming here--has been wonderful--though slightly damper than usual. July and August are monsoon season here--somehow, I thought that only happened in India.....But we've had more rain in August than usual--in fact, it's rained every day but two since I've been here. But very different from East Coast rain. The day dawns beautiful and clear--it stays beautiful all day....Late in the afternoon you can see thunderclouds moving in over the mountains that ring the city, and huge and fabulous lightning that's so far away you can't hear the thunder. Sometimes it rains then--sometimes later at night (just like Camelot!!). But it comes through fast and hard and usually goes away pretty quickly. Twice there has been hail--both times while I was driving on the highway--and that is an experience I could do without! Yesterday it was cloudy until early afternoon, that's the first time that's happened.

I do NOT have air conditioning in my house--many folks who don't know Santa Fe weather are shocked by this! It does get hot during the day--high eighties, typically, but it gets cool every night (fifties at night--all summer). And "it's a dry heat". I always used to make fun of people who said that, but it's true. The house gets cool at night with the windows open, then you close the blinds and most of the windows in the morning and the house stays cool all day. Hottest it got inside all summer was 78 degrees--and it was very comfortable.

Pictures will start following as soon as I get a new camera. I will post at least once a week--more often when I can. I welcome your comments!


Roslin Moore said...


You courageous woman. Wishing you much sunshine and happiness.

OlympiaMary said...

I like the photo! Especially glad the house is sold and you are enjoying work. At least you don't have to worry about hurricanes.

== Mary

Bobbie said...

Awww, that picture is cute.

We don't have a/c in my dorm room... probably a little more of a problem here. I love that you have a blog! I will be keping up.

Peggy said...

I love the picture too! Look forward to adding your blog to my list of "things to do online tht don't involve work." Glad the house sale is finally over with.
- Peggy

Rick Beyer said...

Boy, you already have more comments after one day than I have had in all my blogging!

TG said...

Looking forward the the coming chapters of "Sante Fe"...sounds like a Soap Opera! Great Picture!!

SantaFeKate said...

Thanks for all the feedback, everyone! Glad you all like the picture--I spent one evening with clearly not enough to do taking pictures of myself with my MacCam--looking for the right photo for my chat dialogues. This one was the clear winner. When you're posing for yourself you can take chances you might not take with someone else behind the lens!!

Bobbie--sorry to hear you're without A/C--it's clearly not fun in a damp southern clime....

Beth G said...


Hooray!!! all moved in. I just spent the weekend in like the tropics...I should have come to Sante Fe... Looking at the possiblity of mid October. cool,

Joan said...

I love that you are starting a blog! I look forward to your 'Santa Fe' adventures.
Congrats on completing the sale of your MA house! I know the feeling of owning 2 houses - not recommended! Your trip out sounded fantastic - And double congrats on finding a job so soon - sounds like a perfect job for a 'semi-retired' college prof!
Just want to ditto your comments on the weather in SF - it's exactly what Wally and I love about Marin Co, CA - hot days, cool nights, and no humidity!
We look forward to visiting you sometime in the spring -
Enjoy your new home -

Barbara said...

Hi Cathy,
Love the blog. You are getting me into the right century! Loved the picture. Loved seeing you in RI. So glad the MA house is sold. Frank and I want to come west this spring.


SDmary said...

I am so glad I happened upon this blog! My partner Barb (orignally from Massachusetts) and I will be moving to Santa Fe from San Diego in late summer 2010. We have bought a home there--it is rented out at present. We have to be satisfied with annual visits for now-- but we are pleased also to get mini- New Mexico "fixes" with your blog! thanks!

SantaFeKate said...

Mary--welcome to Santa Fe! When you come for good next summer, look for info on the Santa Fe Newcomers' Club--a great way to meet people and learn more about the city.....

Dixter said...

Hello. I love your blog. My husband and I are beginning to look for a home in Santa Fe.
Can you recommend a way for us to find out about neighborhoods, etc.? How did you pick your home? It sounds ideal.
Sharon, currently marooned in San Francisco

SantaFeKate said...

Hi Sharon--thanks for your post. Real estate agents, obviously, are a good way to learn about neighborhoods. I have a couple of friends who are agents--let me know if you need a recommendation. I picked my home largely based on what I could afford--so I am further away from "downtown" than I would like--but I wanted the space.

If you're interested in further conversation, reply with your email address.