Weekly Update for March 19, 2023

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Welcome to my weekly update for March 19, 2023!

We had another quiet week here, just watching the rain pour down.

I’m going to share pictures from a portion of our February drive from Las Cruces, New Mexico here to Escondido, California. We know that Las Cruces can be downright cold in the winter but we were shocked to wake up and find snow on the ground!


  • Snowy Mountains in the Desert
  • Snowy Mountains in the Desert
  • Texas Canyon
  • Imperial Sand Dunes behind a manmade canal

All images © Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader 2023

  1. Snowy mountains and desert, somewhere along Interstate 10, near the New Mexico-Arizona border
  2. More snowy mountains and desert in the same area
  3. Texas Canyon, which is in Arizona
  4. Imperial Sand Dunes National Recreation Area in southeastern California, as seen from Interstate 8. The juxtaposition of the sand dunes and the manmade canal intrigued me.


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Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

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Up Next:

My husband is on call at the hospital where he works all weekend so we will be lying low again. I should be able to make some good progress on these books. I haven’t even started the first two as I’m writing this on a blissfully warm, sunny Friday afternoon. We’ll be stuck inside again early in the week as more rain is in the forecast though.

What did your week look like?


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  1. Lying low for the weekend sounds wonderful. I hope you got some good reading and relaxing in.

  2. Great photos! I know all about snow and am getting really tired of it. Enjoy your reading this week. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. Lovely photos! I’ve been to that area of New Mexico (dated a guy from Las Cruces back in the early days of internet dating) but it was late spring so it looked quite different. It’s a neat area, though.

    Happy reading! I hope you enjoy European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman. I thought it was a nice sequel for that series.

    1. We’ve passed through Las Cruces several times but always in January or February. We only had time to explore once, and that wasn’t much. We went over to White Sands and then into Mesilla for some Mexican food. I’d love to spend more time there.

      You’re the one who reminded me about the Athena Club series. It had gotten buried in my TBR.

  4. Beautiful pictures. I use to live in California when I was 18, so that has many moons ago for me. I loved how it could be so darn hot but no humidity. New Mexico is also a beautiful place to visit. Have a great Monday 😊

    1. I know people laugh when Southerners complain about humidity but it really makes a difference! We wish we could spend more time in New Mexico. We seem to always just be passing through, though we have made it to White Sands.

  5. We have been to New Mexico several times in the summer to hunt for rocks; I always think of New Mexico as hot. Your pictures are lovely.

    I hope you got a chance to do some solid reading. You’ve got some great books lined up.

  6. Love seeing these beautiful pictures, especially since *I* will be traveling that route soon myself!!!! So excited! I’ve been that route before, but I was a kid, doped up on Dramamine, so this will be my first time appreciating the landscape as an adult.

      1. Our main driver and trip planner, Stefie, keeps changing the route up but right now we’re taking the Little Rock to Dallas to Phoenix to Joshua Tree route…so yes, I think so. Lol

  7. I love the photos from New Mexico and California. I’ve been to New Mexico and lived in California, both are beautiful!

    I worked most of the week but on Friday my daughter and I went and saw Jesus Revolution and we both loved it!

  8. Driving from Las Cruces to near San Diego sounds great. We’ve been in both areas fairly recently — a couple weeks ago in San Diego we had a lot of rain and windy days, and I gather that’s continuing. Nice photos!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  9. I’m sorry your time in “sunny” southern CA includes so much rain. I’m ready for some sun and warmth as well. We needed the rain, but it’s time for some sun again.

  10. Beautiful pics! Especially the first one. Hope you have a great weekend! It’s 23 here and we got a blizzard, so I imagine it’s nicer there 🙂

    I did watch The Rings of Power, BTW. I loved it! I thought visually it captured the feel of Middle- earth, and while it may have taken some liberites with the source, I thought on balance it was great!

    1. No thank you to the blizzard!

      We liked Rings of Power as well. I’m not familiar with that source material at all (Is it The Silmarillion?) but we appreciated it for what it was. Though some of the scenes were so dark, we were looking at each other like, “What on earth is happening?” That seems to be a terrible trend in shows lately.

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