I'm working 3 days a week now in the Portal Clinic and still go to the Circuit Writers Group on Wednesdays. My book was rejected from Simon and Schuster, but I've submitted it to an educational publisher in hopes that they will see the value in my natural history of Harris' Hawks.
We go to Tucson once a month to see the grandkids. Greg just turned 3 and Wesley is 5. They are sweet little boys and growing too quickly, but we have fun when they visit us or we visit them. We aren't playing with the Banjo Blasters too often since I'm working 3 days a week now, but we have a couple of good gigs in April that we'll be going to Tucson for. When we do play with the Blasters we have lots of fun, but it's a long way to go for an hour of fun. :)
We've had some good snowfall in the mountains and rain in the valleys, so it may be a good spring for wildflowers. The creek has been running since new years and the last two weeks were rather cold, so the snow is remaining on the mountains.
We bought a 2017 Jeep Wrangler in December and have designated Mondays as Jeep Day. We've been exploring many of the dirt roads in the Peloncillos and Chiricahua Mountains. Seeing wildlife and old mining and historic sites. Southeast Arizona and the boot heel of New Mexico are rich in history and we're enjoying learning about the early settlers, Indian wars and mining booms and busts. Seems that nothing has really changed much when you look at history. Mining is not sustainable and the damage to the natural environment seems rather costly for the amount of ore that is produced. Don't worry, I'm not going to get on my soapbox. I'm working through phone calls and letters to make my voice heard, but will not talk politics otherwise.
I hope that this year is good for everyone and that our beautiful blue skies and clear water can survive the overhauls of the organizations that protect them.