And Then the Snow and Wind Came—Wednesday, March 1, 2017

morningWe woke to wind.  Howling wind and then the snow started

snow-005And it was cold and miserable.

Sigh!

napLots of naps were taken

sam-in-the-sunLazing around on the sofa

mindy-in-the-windwoUntil some of us became extremely bored and had to do SOMETHING!
hummmmmSo Boomer, Mom and Mindy had to go for a walk.  It was just too hard hanging inside all day long.

sunshineBy the afternoon the sun came out and the snow flew away to regions just north of us.

Today is warmer, calmer and drier.

Which is a very good thing.  We still have lots of wood to cut, haul and stack!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

While Cutting Wood—-Tuesday, February 28, 2017

We are still cutting and loading and hauling wood…several more loads to got.

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But yesterday in the middle of a wind storm (rain and snow coming in) the SandHill Cranes started gathering over us.  They were so loud we could hear them OVER the noise of the chain saw!

Please excuse the wind….I just HAD to take this short video for you.

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They were gathering right over us into one HUGE group of birds!  What an amazing site! And true gift from nature!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Calf Update—-Monday, February 27, 2017

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We took our daily run through the cows (a tad chilly, it is out there)

cuteWe saw 25 visible calves

grayWhich means there are quarter of the calves born

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And probably more

newBecause Mom’s hide out their little ones.  And if the cow is having her baby she often time will hide herself.

white-on-white-on-whiteSo for right now…there are 25 visible calves on the ground!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Soon Only a Vivid Memory—-Sunday, February 26, 2017

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The Sand Hill Cranes are on the move.  Flocks of them arrive on our farm (in the evening) then lift wings and fly away come morning.

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They are a joy to me.

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Although, I miss the Canada Geese these amazing birds have filled the gap of the Geese’s once home. I understand that the Canada Geese have moved further north and are thick around the Montrose, Colorado area.  I wouldn’t know for I haven’t been to Montrose in a very long time.

cranes-007I do know that Confluence Lake, at Confluence Park, and the Gunnison River running through Delta, Colorado is

Geese-2(An old photo of winter past!)

home to a very many Canada Geese.

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(A past photo, used for all our enjoyment)

Which is all good.

cranes-008 The cranes come, often times on a cold high desert wind thrumming across our mesa from the Uncompahgre Plateau, and settle down with much chatter and conversation.

into-the-nightDuring Boomer’s and my nightly walk I slow our walk, so we are careful, careful to not disturb the Cranes of the cows.  Boomer walks right by my side…very cautious of Mother cows on the look for predators.

night  If one is very silent, and even still, a person can hear the rustle, rustle of feathers, a shake or two of a big bird getting comfortable.

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Then softly, silently home again.  I load the firebox; give Boomie a pat and belly rub.

Pet each sleeping cat, then crawl back into a nice warm bed.

All is right with the world.

From my heart to your world.

 

A Gift — February 23, 2017

loggingOne of our son-in-laws (the logger) brought in a load of logs he wondered if we would like to have for our woodpile.

woodSo Terry and he worked out a pretty cool financial deal for both of us—money for him and wood for next year’s winter’s use for us.

sun-waking-upSo waking up early…it’s earlier now, because I wake-up by the lightness of the sky, we ate breakfast, bundled up (there is a nasty chill wind blowing here) and headed out to cut and load wood.

That’s why I’m late getting to my blog…we cut and loaded and unloaded two loads of wood before we got back to our regularly schedule life. 🙂

We had many, many loads to go.  Terry wants to get it all cut and hauled by before he starts farm work in 10 days.  Lots more loads to go.

BUT!!!
woodCome August we should NOT have to be cutting and hauling firewood!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Two More Weeks—Wednesday, February 22, 2017

pinto-bean-fieldTwo more weeks the cows will be here.

the-upper-end(They love the grass at the Upper End)

up-on-the-sage-brush-hillAnd hanging out on Sage Brush Hill (where the pack of wild dogs were living, but are gone now.)
upper-endThen it will be time to start the tractor work.  Until that time I hope you don’t get tired of my photos of darling little calves and Momma’s.

Our place is the nursery for the first year momma’s, the second time momma’s, and sometimes a third year Momma.  After that I’m not sure which field they go too.  We can see some of his cows from our farm, but how he sorts them I don’t know.

storm-001The weather people say a cold front is heading into our area tonight with possibility of snow again.  I guess we will see.

cloudsYesterday was just beautiful!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Cow and Calf Run—-Tuesday, February 20, 2017

babies-001We are seeing more and more of those darling little calves

babies-002There are 100 cows

babuSo by the time farming starts

first-black-calf(First black baby)
getting-upThere should be 100 calves.

in-the-brushThat’s provided there are no problems along the way

just-bornSo far there are no twins, or situations, where the calf becomes a bottle baby

sweetIt seems like everyone is a good mother…which is a very good thing.  That means they are attentive to their calf; make sure the calf is fed and close by.

babysitter-cowAnd, if it must be, there is always one or two cows who adore the calves.  We call these cows the babysitter cows—you see, if you just must run to the water hole, or go hang out with the girls at the Upper End, you can always leave your calf with …. the babysitter.  She adores all calves and takes very good care of yours and hers.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

It’s That Time of Year—Monday, February 20, 2017

geese-003It seems like the migration of the Sandhill Cranes and the Canada Geese has begun.  The fields are always in rotation; the skies full of huge flying wedges of big birds.  The bird book (for our region) says the Sand Hill Cranes and the Canada Geese start migration the last week of February and goes through the first week or so of April.

Eckert, Colorado’s Crane Days will start in March. March 10th, plus or minus a couple of days.

sunshineSpring…it’s coming to us anytime now.

Your friend on western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

The Last Game of the Year—-Sunday, February 19, 2017

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It was a very exciting game.  The Cardinals were behind until the third quarter.  Then gradually, ever so slowly, they increased the score until they….WON!

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It’s always a rush of warm joy to see the Parachute family!   I hug and kiss those darling grandchildren (and they kiss me back even though they are ‘big’ now)

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Then it’s time for Terry and I to drive back home.  I always feel a small hole in my heart with the departure.

home-againBut then we are are home.  A calmness enters my soul and welcomes me back to the haven called our farm.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

As Winter Dims and Spring Brightens—Thursday, February 16, 2017

checking-cowsWe ride out to check the cows at least once a day. (I need a new work coat.)

little-onesThe cows watch us, but never running in fear.  Boomer is their main concern, but he never leaves the four-wheeler.

hidden-as-mom-says Moma’s hide their little ones out, saying to them —-‘stay, don’t move, don’t draw attention to yourself in any manner’.

calfThe older calves no longer care what we are doing or how close we ride.  Their concentration is usually set on something else they find wondrous and marvelous….never seen before.

hidden-001This little on has one eye on us and her ears cocked so she can run if necessary.

sweetieThe wind was quiet, the sun warm and bright, as we traveled slowly, ever so slowly counting heads, counting babies.

well-groomedThis is my favorite, so far.  She is very particular about her fur, keeps it herself well groomed and very clean.  See the curls on the side of her belly from all her licking?  🙂

newWe (Terry, Boomer and I) stop along the hillside listening to the cows moving through the grass, talking softly to each other and/or their calves, the chirping of the Red Winged Black birds adding into the softness of a very lovely spring day.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda