The New Alfalfa Field— Monday, September 19, 2022

This is the new alfalfa field.  The baby plants are looking GOOD!  This field will NOT be harvested this year.  The protein in brand-new plants is very high and can damage and even kill animals.  Once a killing freeze comes along then all alfalfa is safe for animals to eat.

Next year.  One field is plowed under and a new one is seeded to produce the following year.

One field lasts about three, maybe five years depending on the type of seed and weather and water and weeds.

We Do Not use Round-Up ready alfalfa so our crop is managed the old-fashioned way.

Rotation is the key to good farming and strong crops.  Terry rotates all his crops, it’s healthy for the soil and for the crop itself.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai and Boo Berry —SCATTER— Chapter Eight, Friday, September 16, 2022

“Gosh, Boo Berry Betty.  Mom and Dad have been B.U.S.Y!”

“I see that.  They are going here and there and everywhere on the farm, in the yard, just everywhere.”

“Yes, and you have to FAST if you want to get inside and eat something.”

“Or just get inside, it’s HOT out here.”

“Aren’t you glad we are NOT people?  Their work seems so HARD, Boo Berry Betty, we just get to do fun things all the time.”

“Yeh, but—we can’t go in when we want to.”

Why do you worry, you only come outside when you are with Mom?”

“Well, outside is so BIG!  I just like inside better.” Boo Berry Betty replied.

“What are Mom and Dad doing now, TLC Cai-Cai?”

“Gosh, Boo Berry Betty, they SCATTERED!”

TLC Cai-Cai and Boo Berry Betty


I Can Feel a Hint of Fall in the Air — Thursday, September 15, 2022

I can feel a hint of Fall in the air, (Just a hint—but I’ll take it)

Just a hint,

But that sparks a wee surge of hope

I truly love summer, But the HEAT this year has been horrible

Savage, actually.

Now I am hoping for long days of bright Autumn before winter brings dark days without sun, full of wind, and cold.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Blue Mesa Reservoir —- Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Blue Mesa Reservoir is the primary Reservoir from which OUR irrigation water flows THROUGH.

Our irrigation water comes from Taylor Park Reservoir, owned and operated by the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users.   The Water from Taylor Park flows into the Gunnison River through Blue Mesa Reservoir then out to all of us.

We took a short trip (it’s about an hour or so to the reservoir) to see how low it is.

It’s low.

You can see by the water line.

Gosh, I sure hope we have lots and lots and lots of snow this winter.

For our water in the Gunnison and the Uncompaghre flow into the Colorado River and all of you know how bad THAT is.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Our Astounding, Miraculous, Inspiring Moon, Tuesday, September 13, 2022

That beautiful moon!

So incredible

sending to earth scintillating sheets

of silver brilliance!

How lucky we are, you and I.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


A Day in the Life of an Ordinary Farmer —- Monday, September 12, 2022

We spent all day Thursday hauling dirt from the settling pond a mile from our farm.

Load the trailer, dump the trailer repeat.

We will use this dirt to fill in low spots on the fields, to fix a road that washed out, and to pack areas which  the wind has whipped bare (like over culverts)

Last load—8-5 we are tired and ready to stop.

Done for another year.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,




I SAW A SUNDOG!!! —- Sunday, September 11, 2022

I saw a sundog (through our dirty car’s windows 🙂 )

Our temperatures are starting to come down.  YAY!

It sure is time for a break in the heat and for lovely Autumn temperatures to arrive!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai and Boo Berry —SCATTER— Chapter Six, Friday, September 9, 2022

There is something just marvelous



Just so you know.

Although, Mom says I like them for the wrong reasons.

Not really, Mom.

I like them because they are….

DO NOT EVEN THINK OF IT!!! Mom yelled at me.


Hummmm I like them because they have lift off

They can fly



They did, lift-off,

and they did



TLC Cai-Cai

FIRE!!!! Thursday, September 8, 2022

Driving home one evening Terry and I saw black smoke rising swiftly and darkly on the horizon

It was still strong and black on the Uncompahgre Plateau when we went out to change the water.

But, the fire map I consulted didn’t mention anything, so I guess this is subscribed burn.

Sure looks scary to me.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,