The dining room table is cherry and topped with fresh flowers in a crystal bowl.
The walls are lofty and massive and topped by turrets, while on each side is a projecting bastion.
A conspicuous feature of the New Mexican landscape is the mesa, a flat-topped hill created by differential erosion and projecting above the surrounding country like a table.
The middle belt is gently undulating; viewed from rare eminences the landscape over the boundless forests resembles a dark green sea, through which the great rivers flow straight between steep, flat-topped banks, with long quiet reaches broken by occasional rapids.
"I wish the school year was just starting instead of ending this week," she said as she shoveled down oatmeal, topped with honey.