Bright Days—Sunday, June 3, 2018

We’ve planted another alfalfa field.  That will make two fields in our place.  Alfalfa lasts anywhere from three to five years, so the initial cost of buying gold (:) ) pays for itself over time.

We’ve been very hot and very dry here.  I am thinking some of you might have learned about the huge fire at Durango, Colorado. 

Durango, Colorado is about 2 1/2 hours from us.  Over the

San Juan Mountain Range.  Just to the south of us.

Fire is so scary.  And we are so dry.  Although, there is the talk of 50% chance of rain coming in today, which should help.

Today, Terry and I are ‘taking it easy’.  It’s been a hard week, with lots of push and pull and pressure to get the hay sold and loaded and on its way to its new home to feed animals.

Don’t take me wrong.  The selling of the hay (within 24 hours) was amazing and wonderful, and a huge blessing.

Plus I have a waiting list of 10 people who want some of the second cutting of hay and to be put on the list for third.  Many of those people have called back saying it’s some of the best hay they have ever had.  (That’s always nice to hear.  Makes the hard work worthwhile.  So it’s not just the money, but the satisfaction of a product done right!)

And it was our first paycheck for the year!  🙂  Which is always a very good thing.  Spring is such an expensive time, with so much money going out, that the money coming in from the hay sales is very welcome.

We will have two more cuttings of alfalfa this year.  Normally Terry doesn’t cut the new field allowing it to grow and go into the winter to feed the cows which winter here on the farm.  But hay is very short here so he may cut the new field.  Only time will tell.

So, today, we have a wee slow down.  Just the maintenance of the irrigation water, the few things I want to do in the house, and rest.  Being in your 70’s having a wee day of maintaining the status quo is a rather nice thing.

I hope you have a perfect Sunday!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

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21 thoughts on “Bright Days—Sunday, June 3, 2018

  1. There was a smaller fire in Orange County as well. The problem with fires here is that, although they do not destroy many crops, a fire that is only a few hundred acres can destroy many homes.

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      • When I designed my little home in the Santa Cruz Mountains, I had to accept the threat of fire, and the potential for losing my home to fire in such a remote and combustible area. I think it would have been more difficult to accept such a threat if it were a fancier home in a better neighborhood. That is part of what made the fire in Santa Rosa so saddening; to see that it happened in town, where people do not expect their homes to be threatened by wildfire.

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  2. Linda, as soon as I heard about the fires two days ago, I had to look up on the map to see where it was as compared to where you are. My prayers are with you all in such dry conditions. Surely hoping for good rains to help you all out and to end the fires.

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  3. It is always such a pleasure to read your blogs. They are cheery, uplifting, encouraging, reinforcing and inspiring. I always feel so much better. You have a real talent for putting things in perspective. You inspire me to look for the beauty around me. Thank you so much!!! I look forward to it every day.

    Give Boomer a hug about the chicken.

    Sincerely,

    Katie

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