It Won’t Be Long Now — Monday, March 1, 2021

It won’t be long now

When the Sandhill Cranes will start to gather together in even larger flocks

Gathering to start their journeys back to the breeding grounds

The migrations will begin around March 10th

With around the week of March 20th where we will see that largest flocks

Winging overhead.

Then the large number of flocks will start to thin

So, by the first week in April,

They have left us.

To grace those who live close to their breeding grounds.

Until then

I will enjoy (and I hope you do also) their glorious selves streaming through the clouds,

And hanging about on the farm.

From my world to your heart,



And There—Over There—Shimmering in the Haze, Sunday, February 28, 2021

Softly, softly

Shimmered above the Uncompahphare Plateau

Softly, slowly, dropping into the Plateau’s embrace

Dazzling the lovely morning light

The shimmering radiance rippling throughout the sky.

A wondrous dance of jubilation gracing the earth and my eyes.

From my world to your heart,



The Adventures of Mindy on Friday— Adjusting, Sorta, Kinda, Friday, February 26, 2021

I’m adjusting.



I really don’t like that kitten.  He wants to pounce on me ALL THE TIME.

Which, does NOT go over, Thank you very much.

“SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!”  With teeth bared and my claws out.

(Although, I know not to really hurt that thing.  I always look at Mom or Dad to show them I am just being the boss.)

Anyway.  I still live my life as if TLC Cai-Cai doesn’t exist.

I do lots of hunting.

I bring mice to Mom so she can have one with me…

although I eat them, she just pets me and tells me what an excellent job I do.


I sleep in the house on MY chair, have great kitty snacks, a drink of milk, now and again. And toast by the fire.

All this is good.


When Dad is outside (which is lots of time)

I make sure I am WITH him!

Dad says I am the perfect helper.

I think so too!

Mindy Min-Min Cat

Back When We had Snow — Thursday, February 25, 2021

The cold snow was just beautiful, I thought

The shadows brightening

The earth with the weak sunlight

Tangling in the tree branches.

Speaking of tangles tree branches…LOOK a Great Horned Owl.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



In the Dazzling Light of a Late Winter Day —Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Terry is creating a new portion to one of our fields

Extending the field so it becomes a rectangle—taking away point rows

Point rows are hard to work with.  A point row is a short row that starts at a slant going from long to shorter.

Having all the rows the same length makes for all tractor/combine and human work ever so much better.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



No Matter What, It is still February —Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Even though the sky is a brilliant blue

This time of year doesn’t take long for thick clouds to blow in from the west

And a person can smell snow or frozen mix in the air.

We, also,  have Sandhill Cranes, instead of cows, gleaning the fields. 🙂

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Since Time is Limited and Precious — Monday, February 22, 2021

Since time is limited and precious, once the prep starts on the farm ground

Terry and I started work on cleaning up some poles

And other piles of things we never seem to have time to do come March

Then Terry drug all the piles and piles of manure from the ‘cow beds’ into the corn field

It felt good to get these little things done

Creating a huge success!

We are melting here. Which is nice.  Warmer days are predicted to arrive, which also means mud, but warm and wind bring dry.

March is coming!



We Are Now Ready —- Sunday, February 21, 2021

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.—Mary Oliver 

Because it snowed; without wind

It’s time to finish the ‘soon to be new pasture’

We’ve been pushing and shoving and hauling all the old and dead trees into a giant pile for years and years.

At least 12, possibly 13 years.

We started at daybreak and got into bed at 2:30 a.m.

But we are done.

Ready to work up the ground and then plant.

Conditions were perfect with all the snow and the frozen ground.


Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai, on Friday—-I Am Home, Friday, February 19, 2021

I am HOME!


I didn’t know this was home for a little while, because, after all…. I had a home with MOMMY first.

But something terrible happened.

I didn’t even get to have all the proper time with Mommy when someone picked me up and threw me out-the-door.

I used to live with Mommy, we had food, and I had Mommy, and we played, and I learned to use the potty box…everything was nice.

Then suddenly someone with big boots (I hate big boots; I scream and yell and try to kill big boots when I see them) booted me out the door.

I wandered around for a long time.

Then a special thing happened.

My new OLDEST sister found me wandering in the parking lot where she parks to go to work…I meowed LOUD so she would see me.

She saw me!


I spent the rest of the very long day with my new BIG sister at her beauty salon getting held and petted by all sorts of nice people.

Then on the way to my NEW MOM AND DAD, I screamed and yelled and cried because my tummy was terribly empty and I wanted some food.

As soon as my new Mom saw me, she opened up a can of YUMMY soft cat food.


(It took me a little while because I had to eat a small amount then go play, come back eat some more until I got full.)

Once I got my tummy full, and I had a big play with my new felt bunny, I fell asleep and slept a long, long time.

When I woke up I knew I was SAFE!

Mom and Dad call me TLC, (Terry and Linda’s Cat) TLC CAI-CAI (sounds like Kay-Kay).

I am a boy!  A big tough strong BOY!

I like to do STUFF—I run through the house, I hide and try to get Mindy to play with me,

I hang out on Dad’s lap; watch his IPad with him,

and take a nap on his lap in the evening.

I make sure I am with Mom everywhere she goes.  And if she doesn’t get me breakfast first thing in the morning, I TELL HER!

We have a very special understanding of things, Mom and me.

I have a small problem of needing to suck on something just before I go to sleep, Mom and my oldest new Sister think I was weaned too soon.  They think I was around 6-7 weeks old when I was tossed out to fend for myself.


Mindy doesn’t really like me.  But I’m working on it.  I run at her and try to play, I sit and watch her sleep, and I try to get as close to her as I can when she is eating.  I think she will start to like me if I do those things.

At least I hope so.  Mom says I need to tone things down a little bit.  I don’t know about that.  I only tone down if Mindy tells me!

I live inside…I don’t even want to go outside. But Mom says not for a long time can I go outside.  It’s too wet and too cold and too nasty.  And Mindy might take me off somewhere and dump me.

I’m not interested in that ‘dump me’ situation again.


I have box



A whole slew of mice

Girrrafe (I growl when I play with him)

And my most favorite of all things


I’m so glad to have Dad, and Mom, and Mindy!

TLC Cai-Cai

Grey Day, Grey Clouds, Grey Everything —- Thursday, February 18, 20221

All-day Tuesday the grey sky hung dark and threatening.

(Taken December 2015, but very much current anyway)   

Splatters of snow and sleet–then melt — then repeat.

But, if you are Min-Min—you know how to stay warm and dry.

HUGE SMILE here when I found her in the project car!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,