Archive for the ‘Portales’ Category


Senior Pictures

It doesn’t surprise you to hear me say I love tradition.  As much as I love change and movement… I also love classics.  Taking a close look at myself, I think I’m just comfortable walking a few steps behind the times. I stay with old music.  I love the old hymns best… the poetic wording, […]

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Front Porch Parade

A steady cast of characters streams past my front porch.  I enjoy my own personal viewing area as I take in this show.  While I sit on my old glider, or work at the ever present weeds, the neighborhood passes by. Many of them have dogs in tow.  Our college professor, the airman recently home […]

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Strawberry Banana Cake

What a happy springtime cake.  Oh you can bet… memories attached! When I was in the 7th grade, I made some Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies for the cookie bake-off, earning myself a spot in the cake bake-off.  The cake bake-off didn’t go so well. I had practiced this cake and had it down to perfection.  […]

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Another Portrait

You just can’t predict the wonderful little coincidences that come along in life.  They’re always a great joy when they come!  Like learning a new word, then hearing it in conversation the next day.  Or traveling to an interesting park on vacation, and seeing it in a movie a few weeks later.  I love things […]

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On the Map

I’m a map reader.  Love maps, always have.  Surprise, surprise… I don’t like GPS gadgets.  Oh, they’re great for some things, but give me a good old-fashioned paper map any day.  When we’re traveling down the road, meandering about the country, we stick with our ritual.  G drives, and I have a huge atlas in […]

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News Tribune

One of the new things I’m enjoying this year is writing a column for the Portales News Tribune.  Thanks to the Tribune for allowing me to post it on my website as well.  Sharing the first two articles and some of my clippings.  (That’s me with my Nana at a Garden Club meeting.) Does the […]

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Of Portales, New Mexico

I am Sandy Calton Fields of Portales, New Mexico.  Never have I felt so keenly aware of that fact than on a day in January, eleven years ago. I walked into the chapel at Wheeler’s wearing black velvet, in a long line with my family… a path you become all too familiar with if you […]

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Windmills

I consider this great gain for Portales.  I consider it sad loss for me.  I’m losing the view I love so very much.  When we purchased this land, it was one of the things I always mentioned… that I was going to have this view of those windmills.  I love telling people how to get […]

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Silver Platter

I have this silver platter.  It was a wedding gift, and it’s treasured more and more as time passes by.  I think of this wonderful group of people, and how they greatly enriched my life… and I try to imagine them going to the local jeweler and selecting this gift, then having it engraved. “To […]

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Quilt Blocks

I have these old quilt blocks.  They were handed down to me when I found them tucked into the back of a closet.  I know they belonged to my Great Granny Borden, because her name is actually stitched into some of them. This weekend I had the treat of attending the High Plains Quilt Festival […]

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Homecoming Traditions

It’s October, and that means Football Homecoming at ENMU.  So many fun memories tied up in this day.  Things to write about for years!  The first float I ever rode on.   The first time I marched down the street twirling a baton.  Today I’m thinking of traditions… old and new. Some of my family will […]

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Roosevelt County War Memorial

You know how you know people when you live in a small town?  You don’t really know them, but you know of them, or you’re sure you’ve at least met them, or you can be convinced you probably went to school with their parents. Well, this man I know was working on one of our […]

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