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We have a ‘soterano’ / root cellar

May 6, 2012

There is a story behind these pictures I’m gonna post…..

Back in the summer of ’06 in Lama, New Mexico where we (Len, my honey and I) are building a geodesic dome home,  he had had a pit dug the year before.    Hence the word ‘ soterano’,  in Spanish it means root cellar.sotarano being dug

Now this summer of ’06 was hot and sometimes wet and we started to hear frog like sounds coming out of the open soterano.  There was a puddle of still water in this 10 x10 x10 foot hole in the dry high desert landscape of northeastern New Mexico.     And we were hearing frogs?         Hold on now,

but sure enough if we sat really still on the edge of this pit we could see little itty bitty movements in the mud.  So of course we went in.  We slipped and slid and Explored!!!!…..

You need to understand that this pit, this hole in the ground was just dug up for the first time in probably human history.

here, right here  the center post will go

here, right here the center post will go

That this dirt hadn’t been exposed to sun and light and open air since who knows when.      And here were these amazing teeny, tiny little brown baby lookin’ frogs with HUGE round, green as grass eyes;  singing and mating, chasing, catching and eating flys.

WHERE did they come from?  There are no frogs that we’re  aware of  on this high mountain mesa in north eastern New Mexico.

We, Len and I, think that they emerged after being dug up and exposed to the elements that they needed to come alive.  So we believe

Anyway……. on with the story;

So here it is springtime of ’08 and we now have a house floor

L O V E lives here

L O V E lives here

and walls over the sotarano.

Sugar Shack '08

Sugar Shack

I took on the task of carving

Steps to 'the pit'

Steps to

into the hard-packed earth to create steps down into our root cellar so  I was spending a lot of time there and saw a few more interesting things……

These mountain lion prints showed up after a rainy cold snap this summer.  Nice huh?

cougar was here

cougar was here

And then there were these:

ancient mushroom/flower

ancient mushroom/flower

ancient mushrooms in sotarano

ancient mushrooms in sotarano



another close up

another close up

We’ve looked them up and can’t seem to make much since out of them other that that they are mushroom flower looking plants:

Anybody have any idea or are they an ancient flower/mushroom?

Here it is May 6, 2012

We now have a solid lived in for 3 years geodesic dome over this soterano, and I’m missing all that beautiful heat of summer down in there. Just thought I would repost (and it’s raining, yeah, or sprinkling anyway)

peace n abundance,



sitting here wanting to write

December 11, 2009

something, anything……

It’s like all the creativeness has been zapped out of me by all the other things going on right now.  We, Len and I have been so extremely busy this summer and fall and now winter.  I haven’t taken any pictures of anything lately and when I do they just don’t turn out right.  Not quite sure why that is right now other than the fact, there is just WAY too much going in other directions.

So we moved in to our geodesic dome home up here in the north-east corner of New Mexico and it is soooo madingly wonderful that words can’t even describe what it feels like to work so physically hard and have it turn out so incredible.  It’s all about ABUNDANCE and saying our prayers after we’ve been blessed, which is a lot.  And more happens and keeps happening and sometimes it is just overwhelming in the quickness of thought and ABUNDANCE.  Magical, wonderful and delirious all rolled into one big heart smile/grin

happy girlo

happy girlo

Like right now I get up to answer a call and ‘dejavu’, I’ve been here before.  Everything is as it should be.

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