My Garden is Gone —-Sunday, October 17, 2021

The elusive feel of Summer is over…until next year

Our woodstove providing all the heat for our old bones

The lovely warmth (even HOT) of that special time (Summer)

Now only a memory as we move into that space just before —-W.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Life at Ten Months Old—Chapter Two, It Rained, Then Tried to Snow, I Hate Being Inside, Friday with TLC Cai-Cai, October 15, 2021

Tuesday and Thursday were a huge pain in my fluffy tail.

It rained.

Then it sleeted.

Then the wind blew a gale.

Then it rained again.

There is Nothing!


To do inside.

So, I went outside anyway.

What a stupid idea THAT was!

Mom said I have to get used to the fact that sometimes I just won’t want to be outside.

Like Tuesday, and Thursday….


I went outside all day Wednesday; Mom had to drag me back inside. (With the promise of Kitty Candy…just say’n.)


TLC Cai-Cai


I ALWAYS Love a Rainbow —- Thursday, October 14, 2021

Hi Linda

I hope you’re getting some well-earned rest after the hay marathon.  If we were neighbours, I’d be coming in for a couple bales myself, to feed my forthcoming little flock when the weather’s a bit too dry for good forage.

I’m sending you two photos. The first is a rainbow directly in the East, an unusually fiery one. We currently have loads of black clouds hanging over us; it’s 27°C/80°F at nearly 7pm, and the humidity’s at about 75%. No rain, but plenty of water in the air!  Directly in the west is one of our ‘Queensland Special’ sunsets, all garish colour and lots of it. Part of the reason the rainbow looks so red!
Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU ever so much!
Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Before the Black Clouds and the Freezing Temperatures, Wednesday, October 13, 2021

And just before Terry went into for his hernia operation

We winterized the corvette. 🙂

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


The Last of the Last, Tuesday, October 12, 2021

We had 750 bales of hay still to go to its new life as feed

Last week and Monday

It was loaded out and hauled away



Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


Soon, Very Soon, Sunday, October 10, 2021

The weather people are telling us

We are in the very last days of Summer.

Any time now…any time

A visit from Jack Frost will arrive.

Bringing with it lots and lots of snow for the mountains

And hard killing frosts, causing our temperatures to drop from the high 60’s into the low 50’s

These are the last days of Summer glimmering in the clouds, the sky, and on the land.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


Life at Ten Months Old—Chapter One, Autumn, Fall, Or Whatever You call It, Friday with TLC Cai-Cai, October 8, 2021

Mom says I’m ten months old now.  Ten Months.

I’ve been with Mom and Dad since I was 6 or 7 weeks old.  That’s a long time. And it’s been a good time.  I’m very glad I have Mom and Dad.

I’m also very glad my human sister found me wandering around in a parking lot in a very big city called Grand Junction. I was really, really, I mean REALLY hungry, scared, and missing my real Mom.

I really don’t know what happened—why I was thrown away at such a tiny, tiny age, but I was.

I used to have Mindy Kit-Cat Brown, but she left. Mom was really sad and upset for a very long time.

Neither Mom and I understand why Mindy had to leave, I wanted to be her friend and everything.  Mom said Mindy decided to go, that she got jealous (whatever that is) and wanted a different life.

I’m sorry.  This is a really nice life.  I would share it with her.

Anyway, back to being 10 Months Old.

WHAT a great time I’ve been having—there are birds to chase, mice to capture and toss in the air, and grasshopper–-GREAT BIG GRASSHOPPERS!  They hop AND fly.

But for some reason…most of the birds are gone, the mice aren’t I still find lots and lots of mice, and a random stiff grasshopper.

Mom says it’s because it’s turning cold outside.

Which brings me too now!

The sun has started taking a LONG time to wake up!  A LONG TIME.

Mom won’t let me go outside until the sun is UP!  She says I have to wait until all the wild cats,

the foxes, and the

coyotes have gone to bed. Then I can go outside and play.

I go outside! The minute she will let me! I RUN out the door and I don’t come back until I get hungry.  And that happens in about an hour or two.

Sometimes Mom and Dad go to town.  If Mom is riding to town with Dad, then I get to GO!  Mom puts my green harness on with the long leash I like to bite and chew on.  Loads me up on her lap and we are OFF!

It’s not my favorite thing to do, but I do rather enjoy it.  I like looking at all the green things out the window, the people at the stores, but I hide when there are loud trucks and such around. I hide by putting my head in Mom’s elbow. Then when the sound is gone, I sit back up and look at everything.

Back home I help Dad and I help Mom, but mostly I look for things to play with.

Play is my work you see.

TLC Cai-Cai


It Rained During the Early Morning Hours —- Thursday, October 7, 2021

The early morning rain brought a slightly clearing sky

The hint, just a wee hint, but still a hint

Of a turn coming

It probably won’t be long now until a killing frost arrives.

Until then, we will enjoy perfect early Autumn days

Where even the nasty weeds look attractive. 🙂

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,