As Winter Wears On — Thursday, January 21, 2021

The sunrise starts a small bit earlier

And earlier.

The day lengthening and brightening

Saying, Wake-Up it’s a Beautiful Day!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Along Side Fear is Worry — Wednesday, January 20, 2021

I don’t know why I’m having a hard time sleeping at night

Fears and worries crowd my head, causing my eyes to flip open

And to STAY open. I will the shrieks and whistles in my brain to STOP—but you know the results.

Thank Heaven’s the nights are shortening and the days are stretching longer

I don’t know why this anxiety arrives within the night

Sometimes staying with me for a long-time after I get up and start the day.


Your friend on a western Colorado farm,




Dropping Low the Sun Glow Lights the World —- Tuesday, January 19, 2021

This time of year, {even though we are past the winter solstice} the sun seems to drop down behind the Uncompahgre Plateau quickly

Causing the night to rise up– onto the earth

And the frigid winter air to cool to a numbing upon the skin

Still, I like to walk a spell in the growing shadows, crowding upon the land

Feeling the air change…not just in temperature

But in the frosty particles of sky landing on my skin.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


Photos of Birds, Some Good Photos and Some Not so Good —- Monday, January 18, 2021

The big birds landing in the field

The golden sun shining beautifully on feathers

The air full of delight

Starling landing






On a wire

For some reason, I haven’t been able to get very good photos of the birds this winter.  Still, I thought to share with you the good and the now so good photos.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



A Mindy Adventure Story— Chapter Nine, Life Goes On, Friday, January 15, 2021

Chapter Nine

I hopped up on the windows sill to ponder this whole sad mess.

It was about the time I was feeling most discouraged when I saw

Boomer following Mom to the house.


I kept meowing and meowing.  I ran to the back door and meowed some more.

“Mindy Sue-Lou, what is up?  Why are you so agitated?”  Mom asked me after she came in from outside.

“COME TO THE BACK DOOR!  BOOMER IS OUTSIDE RIGHT NOW!  He followed you to the house.  COME, MOM!”

Mom put on her coat and opened the back door for her and me to go outside.

“It’s dark, Mindy.  Are you sure you really want to go outside?”

YES! YES!  Hurry, MOM!  Boomer is outside!

Mom and I made a mad dash out the door.

We looked all around.


I would walk a little and wait for Mom. If she didn’t come, I meowed at her.

We looked at lots of places.



Mom and I went back into the house.

I headed back to my window.

Boomer WAS out there I know it!

BOOMER! I yelled mentally to the Rainbow Bridge. If you were out there please show me. Make it real!

I need to see you again!

I need help! BOOMER!!!

Meanwhile, right outside the kitchen window






The Sum of Life — Thursday, January 14, 2021

“Anticipate each day as if it is your Birthday and you are turning 6 again.”–Mike Dolan

Today I am 72 years of age.

Seventy-two!  What a gift!

Seventy-two years— hovering around me; my memories full of all those marvelous people who have filled my life  — throughout my long years of living.

The cartwheeling joy of each and every day

Full of purring sounds of birds and everything which lives—compact, Specific on our farm.

72 years of constant, warm, space, my life,

In a pattern of scattering notes; creating, in the end, a melody called my life.

What a joy.

Happy Day of my birth.

Thank you, Mom and Dad!

From my world to your heart,


The Clear, Even Tone, of Shadows — Wednesday, January 13, 2021

I love the sun, and the moon, and Light

For without those things we can not have that other thing I love


Those unremarkable {But VERY remarkable} steady signs of Light!

Telling us anything is possible. For if there are shadows there is light.

And time is ours to create, imagine, explore, experience!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


The Golden Sunlight Casing Light into all Cracks and Crevices — Monday, January 11, 2021

Love works magic. It is the final purpose of the world story, The Amen of the universe. — Novalis

The sun’s light rays shining gold upon the house, the barns, the fields

and cows.

Tenderly lighting the world

With a subtle magic

A type of healing

Which connects to the earth

Sewing it’s beauty into our souls.

From my world to your heart,


THE END HAS COME — Thursday, January 7, 2021

Load by load

Three times a day 

Only taking off two weeks

For Christmas Holiday

Then back we started

Until yesterday

When all we had left were the giant chunks


The last load!

Set for winter (and maybe next year, only time will tell)

The sky was stunning.  A perfect ending to a very big and hard job.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


The God(s) Send Amazing Gifts to Me and You —- Wednesday, January 6, 2021

This morning, the wild marvelous Canada Geese, came to the cornfield next to our house

The air thrummed with the swoosh, swoosh, swoosh of their vigorous flight.

The calls of one to another like a roaring current of waves

Then the Snow Geese came…

Filling in the blank spots among the Canada Geese

The Geese have one cornfield next to our house, and the Sandhill Cranes have another cornfield behind our house—Good Manner’s you see.

What a huge marvelous blessing!  The heartbeat of the large winter birds, rustling around in the corn stalks, whispering promises to each other, talking loudly in the wind.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,