An Enchanted Summer–Sunday, August 17, 2014

CosmosWe have had the most unusual summer…

PathWe have had visitors from near and far,

Pink-and-whiteW have raced through forests and witnessed local towns annual celebrations, watched exotic dancers with barefeet dance and veils plus swirls of skirts on extremely hot pavement at the Farmer’s Market in Grand Junction.

RedWe’ve wept at the loss of grandchildren moving from ‘just next to us’ to a town three hours away.

Smells-yummyWe’ve been guests at our local racetrack as we watched a long-time friend and his family race to the finish line, often times in first place.

SurpriseThis week we are nearing the end of summer. (Summer always ends when school starts 🙂 )

The two youngest grandchildren, the two granddaughters will stay with us just before school starts for them.  It is our last full week of the little tykes then their lives will begin with large brush strokes of ‘being the new kid in the classroom’ and first time (for Bladen) on the Middle School Football Team–“Go Bull Dogs”

WildGrandpa and I will help them collect memories of ‘life on the farm—on a fine summer day’ as much as we can.

ZinniaThen on Friday they return to Craig, Colorado, and we begin again to prepare for harvest.

TurningThe pinto beans leaves are starting to turn yellow.  Possibly one more irrigation then we will be done for another season with the pinto beans.  Terry is working on the bean combine (I help here and there—‘come hold this bolt, or lift up on the auger’ — you know stuff like that.

And he is getting the hay swather ready to go…the pinto beans and the last cutting of hay will happen very close together.  In-between there are hay customers, weeds to pull and now the house across the field, of which I need to mow, water, weed and take a paint brush to here and there.

We are very lucky, Terry and I! Family and friends have filled our days.  Soon our son will be getting married and we will welcome a new member.  The harvest will begin and my canning will finally be done.

In the evening we will continue to sit outside, as the evening slowly changes into dusk, then dark watching the multitude of twinkling stars.  The next day we will begin again.

As each of you will do!

Your friend,










20 thoughts on “An Enchanted Summer–Sunday, August 17, 2014

  1. The pictures of your garden look great; I’ve enjoyed reading all your daily entries. Question: what is the name of the tall spiky purple flower (bush?) you have? We have a few in our back yard and our landlord is not really sure what they’re called. They are pretty, though.


  2. The grand turn of the year, season piling up on season, children growing learning and moving on, the arrival and departure of birds and flowers, you have a real way with descriptions and capturing the feeling and texture of your life. Thank you for this beautiful post.


  3. Great post, Linda… You all truly have had a marvelous summer. And your flowers are gorgeous. You know me—I’m looking at all of those flowers… TERRIFIC…

    Three hours away is NOTHING these days. You’ll get to see the kids/grands more than you think I’m sure…. Bet you’ll even get over there on occasion to see some of the BullDogs football games!!!!!

    Seems as if Summer has passed by quickly this year… It’s hard to believe that we are already getting some Fall Signs around here…

    Have a great week.


  4. It has been utterly delightful, and I don’t want to see summer come to a close – It’s going too fast. Your flowers are just beautiful! No wonder you have all the hummers in the Valley! Enjoy the kids this week – like that will be hard 😀


  5. Such beauty in flowers at the end of summer. Mine looked like yours in late June/early July. Now they are ragged and getting clipped and cleaned for fall. What are those pink lilies with no leaves ? Are they naked ladies ? Its still so hot here in Idaho you could bake a “spud” on the sidewalk for dinner.


  6. End of summer when school starts. How true. Even with my kids in college now, I feel the subtle change in the air. I try to pretend that summer is still officially with us for a few more weeks, but yesterday at the beach there were far less people, a sure sign that shool has already started in many parts of the country. Enjoy this brief time, like a bridge, between late summer and early fall.


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