While Looking in the Vast Sweep of the Evening Sky—-Thursday, December 14, 2017

I had gathered the last of the firewood for the night and decided to take a wee walk out to the edge of the corrals and back.

The air was rich in bursts of sharp little ice crystals; cooling everything down.  The sky  lighting up the world, in that finale burst, before the dark of the night rose up to cloak each and everyone of us.

It felt good to walk a small space, Boomer and Mindy along for the adventure.  Although, it wasn’t going to be much of and adventure…still it was a chance to clear my mind… a chance to reach beyond myself and the immediate needs of whatever that moment was.

There I stood, at the back of the farm yard — in the now empty hay stack yard letting the glow of the days ending fill me, the silence of the sleeping earth rest my body; the steady movement of the cows as they fed upon the leavings of last years crops.

Peace. Tranquility. Calm. Ease.

Then the light faded and  it was time to go back in…start a little light supper (we are old now and eat very little at night)…and give thanks for this amazing time of life I get to live in.

From my heart to your world,

Linda

Moving to Delta, Colorado—Sunday, September 4, 2016

Yesterday we helped our daughter and son-in-law, in Grand Junction, Colorado load up some of their stuff to move to Delta–home for Kimberly and back to Delta County, for Cliff.

Moving-to-DeltaTerry made this trailer years ago to haul bulls, cows, and pigs.  It has also hauled furniture to Denver, back from Denver, to Grand Junction, and now back from Grand Junction.

(I must brag a little bit here—my man is sure talented! If he needs it, or wants it, he figures out a way to make it.  💕 💕 💕–how lucky I am!)

Sunlit-cloud-2We were fortunate to move them in-between storms.  We’ve been having lots and lots of thunder and rain storms.  It sure has been nice for the yard.  A welcome gift for the plants and for me!

The tomatoes and peppers are coming on strong now. It’s canning time!  My pears are ripening in big, thick, warm blankets then it will be time to ‘put them up’.

We are still working on the firewood, although the pile is MUCH smaller.  Maybe this week we will finish it.  I sure hope so.  I’m a tad wore out.  We are taking off today and maybe Monday,  maybe not Monday, we will see.

On-the-ditch-bank(Early morning sun)

I hope your Labor Day weekend is a good one!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Firewood—Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Gradually the firewood pile is shrinking.  Terry, myself and our son worked all day Saturday, ending just before dark—in that time called gloaming.

Thankfully, I was able to get all our corn froze for the winter, before we headed out to do the wood…I would have been too tired to do it at the end of the day.

Firewood

Terry and Evan cut (Evan gets half and we take half) and I loaded everything in the back of the pick-up trucks

Cutting-Fire-Wood-3We are working every night, after Evan gets off from his job for the city.

Cutting-Fire-Wood-2So far, all day Saturday, take off Sunday (to do hay) , Monday, and Tuesday evening.  And tonight.  We hope to be done by Friday evening.

Cutting-Fire-Wood-1Of course, only time and good luck will tell.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

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

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,

Linda

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fall is in the air!  Every day I see more yellow leaves turning up in the trees!

Yellow-Leaves

We had to run up to our lake on Grand Mesa

To-the-lake

while our company was here….stunningly we saw fresh snow on the ground.

Snow-on-the-mesa

The little chipmunks were very active – I think they now their time for storing is just about over.

Chipmunk

Terry and I decided that we just can’t get away from  the place to haul the much more needed firewood so we ordered more in, now we have a mess to sort through, but at least we are NOT having to go “GET IT”.  It will work this time for us … we will see what next year brings.

Leaves-turning

Misty had a terrible reaction to a new drug so she is with me today.  Please keep your prayers, magic thoughts and crossed fingers in place for a little while longer — we are desperately in need of them.

Your friend,

Linda

July 16, 2013

I have about 4 pair of Hummingbirds

1at my feeders now, plus two pair of the Bullock Orioles/

BO

My photos are STILL not very good, 2but I’m working on them.

BO-2Part of the problem is how shy the Bullock’s are —

3the hummers are getting better about having me around.

Female-BOI can work in the flowers right under the feeders with them flying all around…

Femalesthe second I get my camera…………………sigh.

Then I saw a RUFUS humming bird…he and his mate were have a great time mixed in with all the other hummers…

In-flight

 

I was extremely excited to see and actually get a photo of the little bird.

Have a good one everyone…we are off to haul firewood today.  Seems strange to think of firewood in July, but we must if we are going to stay warm this summer.  We will haul seven Dodge truck loads minimum before we have enough…last year the winter went on way too long and really needed 9 truck loads.  So one day a week for the next seven (possibly nine) weeks we will be hauling wood!

Have a good one everyone!

Linda

Monday, March 25, 2013

The cold front is still here, but gradually moving on.  By this coming weekend we should have somewhat warmer weather.

Yesterday morning we were 2 above Zero, this morning we were 5 above Zero…just a little bit warmer, but I’ll take it.

The day will warm up better than yesterday, we should see warmth around 47* this afternoon.  Gradually, gradually, we are heading back toward spring.

Just as Terry and I were going to head off to upper end our son-in-law showed up with half-a-load of firewood for us.  What a cool gift!

The hope is this will last until May…which by that time (WE THINK) it will be warm enough spring is really here!

I can remember my Mother saying that anytime we have an early Easter (an Easter in March) the weather is always bad.  That you can’t have winter end until Easter comes.  Even if she isn’t right, so far this year is seems to be so.

Sunset

Have a good Monday everyone!

Linda