By John Atkins
It’s magic, I told myself. I know that it’s time to clean out the freezer. There’s no need for a mark on the calendar or alarm set on the clock. I open the front door and inhale. Green chile tumbling in roasters tells me to get busy. Make room. We’re calling you and we know you’re listening with your nose. Fall is here.
Fall may well be my favorite season. It certainly beats the heat of summer and the cold of winter. Not as many bugs as in spring. The sun waits a little longer to rise and decides a little earlier to set. I’m retired, so I don’t have that pesky commute to deal with. Go ahead, be jealous for a minute or two. I’ll wait.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not being a lazy good for nothing who sits on the couch all day and watches NCIS reruns. My wife won’t allow it and I couldn’t stand it. I find my calendar fills up quickly with things that I want to do. Many of them are reflected in this issue of Corrales in FOCUS. First and foremost, Corrales Harvest Festival is an annual celebration that must not be missed. There’s a book sale and a wine fair and a pet parade, and much, much more.
Speaking of pets, Corrales is a village that celebrates critters. Everything from baby rabbits raised in a barn with a pony named Dali to the history of CHAMP, a Corrales-based organization that is all about our equine residents. And a new food bank just for pets whose owners need a little help now and then. Pets, after all, are good for your health – see Dr. Torres’ column to find out more.
My calendar includes trips to Corrales restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We eat out and eat well in our village. And if that’s not enough to keep a retired guy busy, I also am part of CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team, trained by the Rio Rancho Fire Department to be able to help in any number of emergencies in the Village and surrounding area, should the need arise.
I hope you enjoy this edition of Corrales in FOCUS. There always are things to do, and great places to eat or shop in Corrales. With all the hard work that has gone in this issue, I believe it’s time for one more entry in my calendar – my daily nap. Go ahead, be jealous. I’ll wait.
John Atkins, Editor