The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. – Socrates

When I lived in Texas, I lived in this tiny vintage trailer. I thought it was so wonderful that people would offer me huge sums of money for it.

This is how it looked when I first bought it in Blanco, Texas.spirit trailer-beforeThen it evolved as an artist friend of mine painted Native American designs on it

liz:chloe. trailer-back-fence copyI lived in it for about 3 years. I was perfectly happy in the small space and even edited our documentary, Manitou Api while I lived there but I very unhappy trying to survive inside, in the Texas heat. And the electric bill in winter was outrageous….just for one small heater.trailer-interior copy 2trailer-interior copy

Some friends brought it to New Mexico for me and at times, I thought I might sell it but my intuition seemed to say that people might come and need a place to stay.

In the meantime, the front got painted orange with a blue decktrailer:blue deckNow the Brown Piglet and I are painting it and making it livable for winter. I’m painting clouds on the ceiling and it’s been sheet rocked and painted blues and greens instead of white.jody painting turquise trailerI understand a lot more about using solar energy and wood to heat than I did living in Texas..actually I didn’t understand any of that in Texas.

A small inexpensive solar kit will provide light and the tiny HOBBIT STOVE, which is made in England, will provide heat..all of that is all you need really…PAINTING THE HOBBIT hobbit stove toolshobbit painted

We painted the HOBBIT with Copper and Sky Blue Stove Bright paint

Maybe in about 10 more days, it should be finished and I’ll post part 2. In the meantime, there are lots of great websites about vintage trailers and living in small spaces.


The birds they sang

At the break of day

Start again I heard them say

Don’t dwell on what is passed away

or what is yet to be….

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

-Leonard Cohen-ANTHEM

dog at computerI was sitting at my computer this morning trying to figure some stuff out on WordPress and getting really irritated. The more I couldn’t figure things out, the more irritated I got and the more I kept trying to fix the problem. And then I started thinking about people I don’t like–there are quite a few these days-and I got in a really bad mood.

Fortunately I had to go in to town to get a few things. As soon as I drove out, I noticed how beautiful everything is…it’s the end of Fall here, Winter beginning but still some trees with bright yellow leaves….aspens close 10:12

I noticed that my bad mood disappeared and I felt free again and I was free again til I got home and zoomed back to the computer to fix things again…my bad mood returned..

It was a cold night though and I made a fire in the wood stove…little woodstove-nightI sat in front of the fire and I thought about this song I had just listened to: ANTHEM by Leonard Cohen..I had never heard it though I imagine most people have. I realized that I was obsessed with trying to write, to do everything perfectly….things weren’t working out…it’s a very, very difficult time for me, a difficult time in the world…nothing makes sense, only the smallest things…  but:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

~Leonard Cohen



dakota visits piglets


We have two wolf dogs: Dakota and Shiloh.

shiloh 9 months old


dakota loves snow


Dakota was adopted from an animal shelter in Boerne, Texas.  At the urging of my vet I went to see her; she was scheduled to die the following day because she was part wolf. I couldn’t bear to see a wolf behind bars and I adopted her. She was very thin, starved from being dumped out in the streets.dakota-chair copyShiloh came from a breeder in northern California. He was nine weeks old when he arrived here.SHILOH 10 WEEKSI was told by the breeder to keep him with me all the time for at least two weeks. Otherwise he would never be tame enough to catch. Contrary to what many people believe, wolves are very shy and fearful of humans [with good reason].

They are very family oriented, living in packs with an alpha male and alpha female leading the pack. These two mate for life. All the wolves help in caring for the puppies who are born. They are very kind and have a mischievous sense of humor and often to me anyway,  they seem far more evolved than many humans.

We took Shiloh for lots of walks shiloh:jody:snowand until he was 8 months, I brought him  inside at night…

Jody Armijo and Shiloh

Jody Armijo and Shiloh

where we listened together to the Spiritual Teacher, Eckhart TOLLE which calmed us both.

Wolves are considered to be sacred animals by many Native American tribes and to the Anishnabe People of Canada, the wolf represents the teaching of humility.

It is the wolf that brings the teachings of humbleness. The first thing that the young child sees as he meets the Wolf is that the Wolf will stop and bow its head, which is a reflection of the Wolf showing its humbleness to the presence of the human being.

The teaching of humility is very important in our life. Much of the division we see in today’s world is because people have not understood the spirit of humility: to understand the spirit of humility is to understand that no one is above another human being. No one is greater than another human being in this life; no one is lesser than another human being.

To be humble is to see us equally in the eyes of the Great Spirit through the unconditional love of the Great Spirit. His love is expressed to all of us in the same way that the sun will shine on us. The sun does not choose to shine on any one person alone or any one race of people, it shines on all.

-Anishnabe Elder Dave Courchene from The Seven Sacred Teachings




SHILOH 5 months

jan 16 comanche

COMANCHE who lived to be 16 years old

For some great information on wolves : LIVING WITH WOLVES