Five O'Clock Somewhere

Welcome to Five O'Clock Somewhere, where it doesn't matter what time zone you're in; it's five o'clock somewhere. We'll look at rural life, especially as it happens in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, cats, sailing (particularly Etchells racing yachts), and bits of grammar and Victorian poetry.

Sunday, March 19, 2006


Springtime in New Mexico – you never know what you’re going to get

Yesterday we had about eight people show up for the marina work party. We got the motor put onto the work barge and moved around a couple of old sections of dock. As we worked, the wind and clouds came up, so by the time I had to go to my board meeting, my hands were pretty well frozen.

After the board meeting, Pat, Gerald and I went in to Chama to have a late lunch/early dinner, put gas in the car, and get groceries. We had intermittent snow flurries, and when we got back to Five O’Clock Somewhere we watched a sailing video and then we put a fire in the fireplace and had a quiet evening. Pat had an interesting thought about working on sail trim – would it be possible to get a source of smoke, such as movies use for special effects, that could be placed on a small boat in front of a sailboat, so that the smoke would show the airflow over the sails?

This morning, we had a couple of inches of snow on the ground and sticking to the trees, quite lovely, although it had pretty much melted off in a couple of hours. But it has clouded up again, and it is again snowing steadily. Once Pat gets back from his meeting, we’ll be heading back to Albuquerque quickly so as not to get snowed in here – not that that would be so terrible, so long as we don’t run out of beer.

Meanwhile, reports from the other end of the state are that the Butte is getting high winds again, 30 mph and up, so we wouldn’t have been able to sail even if we’d been down there.

At least the preliminary predictions for next weekend look good, both for the weather and for one other important thing: Black Magic will probably be ready to take to the water. The following week is Spring Break for Gerald, so he and I will probably stay at the lake until Tuesday having fun on the new boat. Wednesday, he and Pat will be back up here for another work party on the marina with a diver.


Blogger Carol Anne said...

Just arrived back home in Albuquerque, and it's snowing here too. Talk about wacky weather.

Sun Mar 19, 08:01:00 PM MST  
Blogger Pat said...

The Christmas tree and trimmings did get put away; not bad considering we'd hardly been to the cabin since early January.

Tue Mar 21, 11:49:00 AM MST  

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