The Gathering —- Monday, August 29, 2022

It’s with great sadness I see the swallows are starting to gather

This will go on for several days.  The coming together and gathering.

Then, when the newly hatched are strong enough.  They will lift up as one.

And leave.

I have only seen them lift off and leave once in my life.

It was unique and precious and very exhilarating.

What a fragile gift our birds are to us.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



The Internet was Down All Day Yesterday — Sunday, August 29, 2021

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes….Including you.” –Anne Lamott 

Our internet service was down yesterday until late, late in the day.
Thankfully it is back now.

Although, it isn’t as important as heat, water, and electricity…it is important. 🙂

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


The Cycle of Seasons—-Thursday, August 29, 2019

(From Pinterest)

The nights are growing longer and longer now, the sun not lingering in the sky

There was such a new distinct chill in the air last night I had to shut all the windows in the house.

Still, the earth is full of exquisite luxurious beauty

The cycle of farming starting to show harvest is very near.

The breath of summer has faded.  It’s actually very cool/cold here this morning.

Excellent for yard work, a tad on the sad side for those of us who love summer

Still another sign,

besides the leaves falling, falling…

a large and wonderous spider web.

Fall has arrived, no matter the calendar says it is still August.

I saw a wee fairy dancing in the porch light last night. (really a hummingbird moth)…spreading pixie dust for me and you.

For luck, you know!

For me and you!

From my world to your heart,






Finally We Have Begun—-Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Here we are…on the third day of the pinto bean harvest.

First the pinto beans are pulled and gathered into a row.

Then Terry will go back in and run a blade under the row, lifting up any plants still attached to the soil.

After which we wait a spell…it all depends on the weather…sun, heat, wind, or rain

After which he will go back in and combine the now dry plants.  Once he combines them (shelling the bean pods and putting them into the hopper; loaded onto a large grain truck)

The loads of pinto beans will be hauled to The Beanery where the beans will be sorted, cleaned, bagged and sold.  Afterward we get our paycheck for the year!

Here is where we are in our farming process—-all the alfalfa is sold, the pinto beans are in the beginning of the process to completion…we are still irrigating the corn.

(Plus we are still irrigating the alfalfa fields…it would not do to have the alfalfa fields go into the winter dehydrated.  IF that were to happen there would not be any alfalfa to turn into hay next year. 🙂

So that is the big excitement here….the first steps of the pinto bean harvest!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,




What We Have Been Doing—-Tuesday, August 29, 2017

We have now reached a time when we are up WAY before the sun

“Stuff’ starts happening,

just as soon as the first set of water takes place, as the sun peaks over the horizon spreading sunshine like a veil on the night cooled land.

All loaded out hay goes out early before the sharp, brilliant heat bakes into the land

Then the work begins.

Terry and I work on

hanging steel for the walls

of the new building

Of course you do realize it’s mostly Terry that does most the work…although, he assures me he couldn’t get it done if I didn’t help 🙂

 Then when the heat is a silent, stabbing pain I work on painting the trim on the house

That way I can move around in the shade! 🙂 I still have the upstairs and the west side and half of the east side and I will be DONE!

Then as the coming dusk fills the sky and the earth (it’s coming earlier now)


It’s time for another set of water

The slice of Moon lighting the sky,

on the very last run to change water, around 10:00 p.m.

This is what we’ve been doing on these early fall days. 🙂

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,




The Last of Summer’s Hay—-Thursday, September 1 , 2016

Turning-the-haySunday we ‘did’ hay.

Because we had lots of rain and hail before we could get the hay up; Terry had to ‘turn’ the hay.  Sunday Morning he raked the hay turning it over so the top will be the bottom, and the bottom will be the top and the top will dry.

Baling-with-a-swallowThen about 1:00 in the afternoon the alfalfa had turned to hay. Off Terry went to bale.


And Boomer and went out to roll bales and pick up broken bales (there were only two) and pick up all the loose hay on the corners


Then we started hauling in the bales.


(See the twisted bales?)

I did have a sort of a fright…not bad, but I was very much startled.  A huge bull snake was resting under one of the bales, when I moved the bale he jumped up and slithered off and I jumped up and out of his path!  🙂 🙂

We got half the field up and then finished on Monday; after we finished we worked some more on the firewood.

We are still irrigating, the alfalfa field will be the last field we set water on then we will be done for the year.  BUT FIRST…the field has to be marked out so the water can get down the rows.  Seems like there is always something.


It’s cold enough we must wear jackets in the early morning and late evening when we set water.  Sure seems early for jackets, but it is what it is.

Next will be pinto bean harvest—soon…very soon.

(Terry and I are getting a tad tired right now.)

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


The Beginning—Monday, August 29, 2016

As it says in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:  “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop”


Our firewood has arrived!

Daily we will cut, split, sort and stack this nine cords of wood.   Since we are [now] elderly we will only work for three or four hours a day until we are through.

Winter is lurking—just waiting for us— and we must be prepared.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,