The Weather Turned Sideways—-Sunday, December 2, 2018

The wind blew in a mass of clouds, thick white heavy clouds Friday day

The clouds sat down ponderous and full — allowing not one shadow to appear

Then later that night, the air developed into little dashes of snow

After which the drops turned to rain

When we woke the next morning we only had ice like snow.

But that is okay…it’s better than nothing!

Today there is moisture in the air again, although it feels too cold to snow at the moment.

All it needs to do is warm up just smidge and we will have snow!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

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Underway–Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mesa-and-the-sunThank you so much!  All your magic thoughts and your crossed fingers (and toes) and prayers have worked!

Gold-4We are underway!  The corn measured 14.6% with the first load and 13% with the second load!  YAY!

The line wasn’t too bad; thirteen trucks when he showed up the first time and only 6 the second time.  When he called this morning there were 8; it’s good to be close to the front of the line when you first drive in.  Very good!

Gold 5It only takes two hours to load the truck, but four hours to unload. 🙂

This time of year this type of corn is all used for animal feed, although it is the same corn that can be used to make cornbread or breading for corndogs.  Our elevator is strictly for animal feed—dairy cows, chickens, sheep, beef cattle and hogs.  Although, there are different mixes that go into feeding each type of animal.

The sweet corn…the kind that you buy in can (tins) is harvested from July until the first of September.  This corn—sweet corn is also the corn that is eaten fresh right off the cob.

For us, our corn harvest is our main crop of the year…we have the most land tied up in the production of this crop.  Corn prices are dismal this year, so next year Terry is thinking of raising more pinto beans and less corn.  If he does that the Pinto Beans will become our major crop.  (if he continues to farm…every year he says he is done, every spring the itch to get out on the land drives him back.  Every year I wonder if it is going to be the last year…the reality is I really don’t think he can give up the farming—but we will see.)

Red 4For this year, and for now, the corn harvest has truly begun!

Thank you so much for your support!

Your friend,

Linda

Monday, December 2, 2013

I have a little hawk…he/she is an extremely friendly….

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He/she sits very close to me looking for mice hanging under the firewood

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I’ve never had a hawk be so…hum…NOT shy.  But this one is.

He/she even let me go into the house, get the camera, come back and take his/her photo.  Of course the wild birds have fled…I would too if I were potential dinner. 🙂

As for the mice…he/she can have all that can be eaten.

Hauling wood is an even most pleasant chore!

Your farm friend,

Linda