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Hello – I’m Gary, the creator of this website ruralsouthwestliving.com……lessons from the New Mexico frontier’.  Relocating from suburban-to-rural is one thing but when its rural New Mexico, well – that’s a whole different animal!  70 miles from Albuquerque brings reality to the term self-sufficiency.  But that’s the name of the game in these parts.

Let me first say, I don’t live “off the grid”.  There’s electricity, cell phone service, satellite internet and TV services.  There’s also well water that must be treated and septic systems that require lots of learning and maintenance.  And did I mention xeriscaping (landscaping with little/no water), tractors, barn-building, woodworking projects, gardening, ancient-artifact hunting and the never-ending home improvement and repair?  In this blog I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned from personal experience on all of these topics (and then some) along with stories that are possibly funnier now than when they first occurred.

As this site matures, I’m hopeful it will become a great tool for those considering relocating to a rural area, are already living in a rural area or just want to learn some how-to’s or read some entertaining stories that you just won’t find anywhere else.  The scenery, mountain views and solitude are amazing but if you want to thrive for the long-term in a rural setting you have to learn (sometimes creative) ways to make things work and be self-sufficient.  Once you do, life becomes easier and certainly more enjoyable.  When “city folk” come to visit….they look at us as if we have an eye in the middle of our foreheads and I just know they’re wondering whether we’ve lost our minds (and maybe we have), but sitting on a lounge chair with feet up and a favorite beverage in-hand, amongst complete and utter silence is truly amazing.  I never knew the flap of a bird’s wing had such an amazing sound!

Thanks for visiting my site and I hope you return often to read my regular updates.  I’m new at this “blogging thing” so please be patient while I build the site.  I’m hopeful it will be worth your wait once what’s in my head gradually finds its way onto these pages.  Hope you enjoy the ride with me.  If you have any comments, questions or otherwise just want to say “hello”, feel free to add a comment to one of my posts or go to my Contact page and send me an email.

Still learning on the frontier………

Gary