Silence is Golden and Lonely—Monday, January 12, 2014

Ever since Christmas our house has been full of people! Oh, sure we’ve had a few days off here and there, but on the whole Terry and I have had the energy and brightness of our children and their families and extended families sharing our house, food and lives.

Family Photos 002aThanks to our new daughter-in-law, Jolyne we have some family photos for the first time in a very, very, very long-time.  (Over Christmas Jolyne’s sister and darling little baby visited Evan and Jolyne for two weeks, and then Jolyne’s Mom came for a week over New Year’s. Everyone drove out a couple of times to see us and we went in to town to visit with them.)


Our daughter Kimberly and her husband, Cliff live in Grand Junction–they came up several times to be with all of us. Kimberly’s birthday was the 7th and Bladen’s the 9th so we got to celebrate Kimberly’s twice…once with she and Cliff-then again when everyone was here for Blade’s birthday.

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Shannon and Jason just live down the road (two miles) and came by often. Another cool thing was Jason’s Dad came to visit the kids and we got to celebrate his birthday also.

On Saturday we had a group birthday…Kimberly the 7th, Paul, Jason’s Dad the 8th and Blade on the 9th!  What a cool happening!

Family Photos 017And the family from Craig came down…complete with Hank Puff — coming for two weeks at Christmas and this weekend for Blade’s 13th birthday…we had lots and lots of food, lots and lots of presents, best friends over to play and many walks around the farm.  After everyone left yesterday Terry and I collapsed and took a nap for two hours. (I know, what can I say, we are old 🙂 )

That night and today we realized it was way too quiet here.

Your friend,




2014 in Review—Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It’s always fun to see what the WordPress site says in their annual report each year.  Some of you will find this stupid, but I always find it very interesting.  So for those of you (like me) who like this sort of thing—here is my annual report for the 2014 Year.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 90,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Your Farm Friend from Western Colorado,


Mountain Lion Video from a Blog Friend– Sunday, December, 28, 2014

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Cool mountain lion sighting from this morning near Roxborough Park, in Colorado, sent in by Gnan P.

GNan sent me this photo that she shot out her bedroom window.  She said I could share it will all of you.

Wildlife up close and personal!

It was posted on the Denver News …go here to see the whole video!

Your western Colorado Friend


Merry Christmas –Thursday, December 25, 2014

treeWe are wishing each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas this year of our Lord 2014!

I have enjoyed getting to know you through this very humble blog.  The gift of your support and cheers through our struggle to get the corn in was always a hearting experience when I read your comments each day.

Your HUGE kindness when Boomer and I lost that most wonderful Dog–Fuzzy Dude—words can not say how much I appreciated your sympathy.

Thank you to those of you who also have blogs, and allow those of us who visit, a tiny peek into your lives.  From here in Colorado, to England, Canada, the orient, Turkey, South America, Africa…the whole wide world—I am most grateful to know you!

Merry Christmas from the Brown Farm in Western Colorado!

Terry and Linda

Joy in the Small Things–Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December, 24, 2014

GiftThe elevator called and asked if Terry wanted to bring in all the rest of his corn…they were a tad short and could use it—the catch was it has to be there before December 31st.

“You bet’ya! And Thank YOU!”  Terry replied and headed out the door.

We loaded up the truck in a bright (YAY FOR SUNSHINE) brittle cold, with a freezing wind straight off the snowbanks.

But who is complaining?  This year’s crop all sold THIS year!

Thank you for your concern for Rick and his sister’s.  It will be a hard Christmas this year for them.  Yet, also a blessing—no longer is Rick in any pain.  The funeral will be Monday.

Everything always works out for the best, my Momma used to say.  And you know what? I do believe she is right!

Merry Christmas my friends!



Update—Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sarah’s human came and got her yesterday morning.  She was very happy to see him, but didn’t want to leave here.  Rather broke my heart.  I’m sure she is having a terrible time of being flung here and there and everywhere.  At least now she is with her human, which takes a load off my mind.


We went down to Saint Mary’s Hospital yesterday to see Rick in ICU.   The prognosis is sad.  When we left yesterday the two sisters were going to have to make the hard decision–the one that is only done in human kindness.  Once that process is over everyone waits.  I’m sure we will hear something sometime this morning where things are.  Personally I think life in a wheel chair (he has (now) had a massive stoke on the left side to go with everything else) where you can’t get out and sit on a tractor would be horrible.  If he pulls through we will still be there–friendships don’t change because the physical body changes.


Anyway, we move forward toward Christmas all the kids are coming home—YIPPEE! At least for Christmas day I will have all four of our children and their mates [here] and our three grandchildren and maybe –just maybe—our step-granddaughter!

I hope this post finds each one of you in a good place in life and the joy of the Christmas Season filling your lives with goodness!

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,



Sarah–Monday, December 22, 2014

Friday, we got a call for help from one of Terry’s friends.  Rick is a middle-aged bachelor who lives a mile and half from us and was sick —- with what he thought was the flu.

To make a long story short we got him to the hospital where they operated and started treatment, he was doing much better when he developed pneumonia and then had a massive stroke. It’s been a rather long weekend of worry and concern here.

At the time of this writing he is in Grand Junction at Saint Mary’s Hospital surrounded by his two sisters.


I have Sarah.  Sarah hates the camera so I haven’t been able to get a very good photo of her.  Sarah is very stressed out, but adjusting to our way of life.

CompanyBoomer has had a great time running and playing with Sarah. The only thing Boomer doesn’t like is if Sarah gets too close to me…then he turns into a Jealous Jelly Bean of a dog.  Meaning he WILL TAKE ON SARAH…which is NOT GOOD!

Sarah is a man’s dog, this has helped.  She has enjoyed going and doing things with Terry and will always, always, go to him and give him the first welcoming kiss or her front paw.

But Sarah isn’t ours.

Rick was keeping Sarah for a friend who was out-of-town.  Ken is back home now and will be coming out around 10:00 a.m. to take Sarah home.

It’s been rather fun for Boomer to have running and sniffing companion and someone to share walks with…it hasn’t been fun for the cats since Sarah LOVE TO CHASE CATS!


My heart goes out to Rick and his family.  I am pleased that Sarah will have her human back, although she adored Rick, even slept on the bed with him.  I’m glad Boomer had a dog friend for awhile.  I have this belief that the perfect dog, which Boomer likes and fits into our family complete with cats will show up.

Oh a brighter note I Thank Each and Everyone of you for your thoughts and well wishes on our Anniversary yesterday.  You gave us a very bright spot in this rather gloomy time!

Your friend,






47 Years Today—Sunday, December 21, 2014


Today Terry and I were married 47 years ago!

Terry was working at Holly Sugar at the time.  He was on the day shift with a long lay-over before he started grave yard; he was also working at Coors Elevator on the opposite shift with only 8 hours in-between to sleep.

I was going to college in Grand Junction and it was the end of the semester.  We decided that now was the best time to get married.

What a thing to do to my parents and Terry’s parents…four days before Christmas!   Geez, I think of that now a think what a rat-race we must have made for them.

After the wedding we headed to Alamosa, Colorado where Coors had another plant/elevator and a job opening.  Terry was seriously thinking of applying for the job.  We thought first we had better see what the country looked like, the housing market, and winter’s over there.

IT WAS COLD!  Terribly cold.  Icicles hung from the roof to the ground, snow was as deep as my knees.

Back home we decided that Delta was home and we would take our chances here.

As time moved on we purchased his grandparents’ farm from the estate, gradually acquired farming equipment and gradually adding four children to our family.

Our chances have turned out good—-Terry worked for Delta Montrose Electric Association for 37 years and farmed.  I retired from the Delta- Montrose Technical College and helped him with the farm.



Here we are last spring when Terry turned 70.  Much the same and then not at all.  I’m sure the grandchildren look at us and think OLD, and maybe our children do also.  Who knows.  I just remember watching my parents age thinking every year how lucky I was to have them.  I lost my Dad at 71 and Momma passed at 70 …they were just months apart in leaving us.

Now I think how lucky Terry and I are to be healthy and actively still farming; still doing all those things we have always done.

47 years!  A true gift in time!

Your friends on a Western Colorado Farm

Terry and Linda


Photo Gifts from Long-Time Blog Readers–Thursday, December 18, 2014

It is raining here. It’s also snowing…the flakes are huge and beautiful and wet.  We are warm for a snow storm so when the flakes make contact with something they burst into a wet drop.

KageDog a long-time blog reader, lover of Sandhill Cranes and all things Australia lives at the base of Grand Mesa in Cedaredge, Colorado.  She sent me a beautiful photo from her deck showing the clouds covering all the basins between Cedaredge and Delta.

Above-the-CloudsAmong all the wonderful Christmas cards Terry and I have received,  we also got this pretty coolBlack Guillemot in Winter in snow

Black Guillemot in winter plumage at Bangor from Margaret Adamson.

Thank you each and everyone of you for all of your Christmas Cards and Good Wishes.  We feel very lucky to have such wonderful blog friends in our lives!

Your friends on a Western Colorado Farm,






Update–Wednesday, December 17, 2014


The lady took the cat!  I am so grateful and thankful for each of your prayers, magic thoughts and crossed arms, legs, toes, hands and fingers!!  YIPPEE!!!

She also will take the female cat, if I can find her and trap her.  Oh the joy of good friends and people who love animals!

As for the other cat…I can’t find her.  I’ve been watching for her for three days now; she seems to have disappeared. It is possible she worked her way to some other house along our country road; searching for a male.

Bird-vOr….this big bird took her for lunch.

HummI tried to blow up the photo to see what type of bird it is

PPIt just turned fuzzy on me.

Does anyone have an idea.  It looks heavy…is it carrying something I wonder.

IF this bird made lunch out of the very sweet little cat…there is nothing I can do about it.

Predators…another reason people really need to NOT DUMP ANIMALS!!!  If it wasn’t a bird it could very easily be a fox or a coyote .  I guess those who dump don’t really care…out of site out of mind.  It’s gets eaten…Oh well, that’s how it goes.

I will keep looking for her, but I’m thinking I really don’t have to any more.

Your friend,