The Adventures of Boo Berry Betty and TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Fading Year, December 30, 2022

The year is going fast, faster, fastest now.

Each day is getting closer to the end

Then we will begin again.

What a year it has been!

“I got a new home,” Boo Berry Betty Brown

“I got a new sister,” TLC Cai-Cai

And Mom and Dad got to have TWO fur kids!


Boo Berry Betty and TLC Cai-Cai

Monday We Got [Some] Snow — Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Monday it snowed.

Not a lot of snow

Still, enough we walked around in the wet crunchy stuff doing our everyday things

Snow is nice for watering the ground when it melts, coloring the earth in clean,

making shadows disappear.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


In the Icy Freeze of Winter — Monday, December 30, 2019

A great big very cold wind came up the other day

Bringing to us later that night

A frozen world of extremely  cold temperatures

Although, not much snow.

And the nasty biting wind

there is a  promise of a wee melt soon

Typical of winter in our part of the world.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


The Simple Things Make Up Joy—-Sunday, December 30,2018

Friday night our Grandson came to visit.  He needed some help only Grandpa could provide, so for the first time in a very long time we had our fast growing up grandson ‘spending the night’.

Here he is measuring himself against Grandpa at Christmas.

One more inch to go and they are the same height!

Gosh, time flies when you become grandparents!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Winter Fun, Even if it is Snowing Again—Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Snowing-again-1It’s snowing again.  We won’t be doing corn until the year 2016.  What a mighty unusual year this has been.  We are NOT the only farmers in our area having this problem, everyone is having the same problem.  There are a few loads of high moisture corn going to the elevator, but only if the elevator calls and asks if you can bring some down.

We have two of the grandchildren for the week.  Our oldest granddaughter is staying with her BFF for a couple of days, she will be with us this afternoon.  Winter-RideOur youngest granddaughter has been enjoying Aunt Shannon and Romeo.  Although, rides don’t happen often they do occur frequently.

RideWe had a BFF of our youngest granddaughter come spend the afternoon with us — we went down to feed Romeo carrots, pet all six dogs, and the two cats…pick up and love on at least 4 of the eight chickens — Aunt Shannon asked if they would like to go for a ride on Romeo.

So from down at Romeo’s house, clear around a couple of the corn fields, and down the lane to our house they got to ride. Two very excited little girls.  Shannon left them off at our house and trotted back home.  The highlight of the whole afternoon, I can assure you.

This afternoon our daughter in Craig and our grandson should arrive.  For the New Year we will have all our grandchildren—a neat way to start out the year.

Snowing-again-1All this snow would be a really nice thing, if the corn was just out.  But, it is what it is, and there is nothing we can do about it.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


Back to Normal—Tuesday, December 30, 3014

We are back to normal…our children are all back at their homes- our  house is empty and lonely.

Boomer did really well with all his dog company– Puff Cake (this photo is from this summer as he was taking a nap have a hard run while irrigating) came and stayed with Boomer.WaitingShannon brought up two of her six dogs to hang out for a spell—Rocky and Black Beauty (sorry no photos), which added to Boomer’s joy.

I’m very behind with my comments and blog visiting, but I hope to get caught-up today!

Thank you all for stopping by and visiting.  The photo and video of the cougar that GNan sent was just stunning!

We have Mountain Lions here…


many a time we have walked down the ditch bank and saw paw prints in the mud.  Thankfully we have NOT met the ‘in-the’flesh’ cat.


Those big cats also hang out at Confluence Park in Delta..(the food source is rather plentiful there)   The city has placed signs along the walking paths to be aware of the Cougars in the area and how to defend yourself if you happen to meet one.


Anyway, today is getting us back to normal…Terry is hauling the next to the last load to the Elevator and I’m putting up the Christmas stuff.  Then when Terry gets back with the truck we will load out the very last load of corn from our Butler Bin into the truck.  He will either haul it today (you have to be there before 2 in the afternoon) or he will head down the first thing tomorrow morning.

We are so grateful for the call to take every last kernel of corn we have…who cares if it has to be there by 2 on the 31st.  The gift of having this year’s crop delivered and sold in this year is HUGE!

I hope this post finds all you doing well and ready for 2015…it’s almost here!

Your Friend,



Monday, December 30, 2013

We have begun the second part of the repair on the furnace—the first step is to get TO the furnace

Terry can get to the furnace by crawling on his belly, and has done that for years.  But, now, since we are both old and the crawling seems awful he is digging a trench, by hand, under the house.  This way he won’t have to be on his belly but can have space to too and fro, from there to here

FurnaceThis really is a ‘big deal’ requiring lots of work…first he goes in (with my old scoop shovel)

Shovel-3Fills up the shovel,(with another shovel that has a broken handle) hands the shovel back out to me, I load it into the wheel barrow

Furnace-1After the wheel barrel is full (another favorite tool of mine–the wheel barrel!  I have two of them and I use them for everything) I haul it to different spots along the canal, or the road, or next to a ditch to fill in holes.

We work until we can’t work any longer, then it takes two to three days to recover.  YES, I know that a young person could get this whole thing done in a day…but we aren’t young…Terry will be 70 in May and I will be 65 in three weeks.  So we trudge along.  Gradually it will get there.

Terry has replaced all the pipe to the furnace already, so that job is out of the way.  Once we get the trench dug then it will be time to go to Grand Junction to see if we can find a new valve for the furnace.  If we can’t then we have to dig even bigger trench and drag the old furnace out; replacing it with another furnace, which we will have to drag in an put in place.

It will take time, we will do it in stages, there isn’t a rush because we have the wood stove and lots of wood.

We worked the day after Christmas; this afternoon we will start again.  We wait until it’s warmer outside—I don’t know why, we get so hot we have to shed our layers of coats before we are done.

SO off I go to help him now!  Everyday we gain a little bit more!

Your friend,