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Well. It has been a while since I posted.  Nothing new there I suppose.

So, living in Tijeras New Mexico just outside of Albuquerque.  What’s it like to live in the “East Mountains” as the locals call it? Up in the Sandia Mountains?

Well, to start with. The water on Rincon loop is infamous for being so bad. Barely cleanable to drinking levels. In fact, we don’t. We use it for dishes, showers, etc. However, for coffee, drinking, etc, we use bottled water. 25 cents a gallon down at the grocery store.  To give a brief description of what the water goes through between the well and the house.

Pumps up and into a sediment filter, through an iron filter, gets chemicals added via a “chemical feeder”, into a 3,000 gallon holding tank where an ozone filter bubbles through it to remove the sulfur smell, back into a water softener with a salt brine tank, into the house where it splits into the heating system, showers, etc and also into a reverse osmosis filter system to make it drinkable.


Water filtration system

Water filtration system

So, this Rube Goldberg system is fairly unstable. I’ve completely run out of water twice when something went wrong. I’ve dealt with an overpower sulfur smell when the ozone filtration system broke, had black water a few times when the water softener back flushed pellets, and have had the well head freeze. I’ve also had a pipe break in the well house, soak the thrown in insulation to the point the Mickey Mouse wiring shorted out and had smoke coming out of the well house.  Turns out they ran 220v through a 110v line.


But on the flip side. Living in the mountains brings me things like this.



The day after Christmas we had about 4 inches of snow. It was beautiful.



The nights are starting to get colder here in New Mexico. Chatting with the locals down at the feed store, yep we have a feed store, the hardware store, and the post office, they all agree that we should have had snow by now. It’s going to be an unusual year is the consensus.

I fired up the pellet stove for a few hours last night. Let it burn while I was reading a book then I watched a silly show on Netflix. What is hard to see in this picture of our family room is that the sliding door goes out into a sun room that gets 20+ degrees warmer by the end of the day than the rest of the house. It’s a big green house basically. It was built with 3×55 gallon drums of water, bricks, and other heat sinks so that they absorb the warmth during the day and slowly release it back at night. I’m curious how much difference it will make as the winter temps arrive.


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Living in Tijeras is going to be okay I think. It’ll be interesting to see how well we can get up and down the mountain pass when the snow starts flying.


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