Monday, July 26, 2004

A bit Behind here ....  exciting weekend, kicked in the butt by my tooth pulling adventure.  Oh, well.  So between trying to find nourishment to pass through my somewhat locked jaw, continually wanting to nap (to heal, of course)  and learning to grant write, buy tax lien certificates (what a concept) and do good deeds with real estate ... oh, wow!  And spend a whale of a lot of money (how did that happen?)  But it's all for the good cause.  It takes money to make money.  Didn't someone say that once?  I usually go for the brass ring, and I really did it this time.  Anyway ....

So just before this adventure began I met my friend Suzie Clark from Michican for lunch at the Wild Boar Steakhouse (becoming my neighborhood favorite place) and we enjoyed the Joline salad.  Yes, they have designated a salad that I dreamed up and it is now on their menu.  Gee Whiz.

So here's Suzi ... 

and here's how to find the Wild Boar ...

Oh, you want to know what's in the salad? 

 Well, it's very Atkins.  No carbs. 

Lots of salad greens, the darker the better, with whatever you like in it, cukes, onions, tomatoes, avocado, you know, your favorites, then sprinkled with blue cheese crumbles, or gorgonzola, or parmesan, you get the drift, topped with a freshly cooked and sliced piece of meat, steak, chicken, fish, whatever you like, crusted with a 3-pepper crust (oh, yum) and then with your favorite dressing.  I like balsamic vinegar and a good olive oil.  If the meat is warm, (and it should be) and there's lots of pepper flavor, what happens in the bottom of the very large bowl is a juice from the meat and other liquids all marinating together, and that is the very best part of the salad.  Now if one were to have a slice of good bread (verboten on Atkins) ... but if one were to indulge ... what a treat to swipe that bread through that juice .... ahh h-h-h.  Otherwise a spoon will do.

So later on the week we rounded up a pile of community folk and neighbors and trotted on down to the Valencia County Courthouse in Los Lunas, our county seat .....  drum roll ... 


... to urge our Commissioners (5 of them) to revisit their approval of a fraudulent map that would allow the building of heavy industry, which permitted a big power plant to be built too close to residential.  A majority of the Commissioners agreed that our county's zoning history has been spotty and at times non-existent (sleepy Mexican village, remember) but the giant is waking up.  This was a big win for the citizens ... and so we celebrated.  I caught some pictures after the meeting with Joani, Paul K. and Betts just as a gorgeous sunset was happening.


A few minutes later Commissioner Paul Trujillo, a really good guy and on our team and the Commissioner representing our mesa land) let me have a photo-op with him  (He's the guy in the middle)


So then the dentist business, yuck, and then the grant writing weekend.  No pictures from that one, but there were 5 of us from the Harmonious Earth Community and by melding our ideas and energies together I know that we can write some awesome grants to get our community center going.  Our application for a non-profit 501(c)(3) has been filed and we are just waiting approval.  We need a 2-mile road to the property, 13 buildings, landscaping, parking, equipment, a well, septic system, solar system, lots of trees and landscaping, all for 110 acres of gorgeous mesa land in Central New Mexico.  It is happening.  The energy is in the air.

And the local temperature has dropped, dropped, dropped.  It is really heavenly for the last 4-5 days.  It can't get any better than this, yes!





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