Thanks for the good advice, the backup statements and some things to ponder. The kids will have lots of opportunity to try new things in the coming months. So root, root, root for the home team.
Sweet Man and I took off yesterday for a day trip to Northern NM in search for a house in the country, well maybe. It's sorta like yes, but no, but yes, but maybe.
We already own 33 acres between Santa Fe and the real Las Vegas. If you have ever seen Georgia O'Keefe's painting "The Pedernal" well we can see the monolith from our property. We inherited this land in San Miguel county when Joe's Dad died. The property has lovely boulders the size of the house I live in now and has a 30 to 50 degree incline on 99% of the land. My mother-in-law used to say the only thing that could be grown on the land was rocks.....and she was right. Way more expensive to grade and use it because of the top of the property which is total rock, flat and crumbling. Funny about the freeze thaw thing in the spring. Lots more rock at the bottom of the land. So needless to say, we're not building on that. Hoping a cell company will use the top for a tower....keep your fingers crossed.
The part of No. NM we went to is between Santa Fe and Taos. Actually just a bit north of Taos, closer to the ski basin. We didn't find anything there but we did a little closer to Espanola. The little village is called Embudo. The Rio Grande runs through and it is picturesque and heavily wooded.
Trees were amazing, trip was fun, prospects were okay. We'll try again another day. Lots of time to shop for a new homestead.