Watching Very Hard—-Monday, June 19, 2017

For two days and two nights we got to have our youngest granddaughter.

She is amazing help.

Always willing to do something; whatever we are doing.  Always asking:  “is there anything I can do to help you—or can I help you Grandpa”?

She goes with us braving the mosquitoes and deer fly, plus those nasty biting little horse flies.

Taking her little red shovel— helping move the water down the rows– making that big warm farmer’s heart in her grandpa swell with pride.

Jumping carefully over the just sprouting pinto beans, we hear her laughing delightedly.

Then just before the dark closes  in completely she and grandpa would go for a fast, breath-catching four-wheeler ride, me following along behind….way behind so Boomer and I didn’t eat dust.  Clear to the Rocky Point, then home again.

Today we are back to just ‘ourselves’ and our normal routines.

For a little while, we were young once more filling our days with work and play that only a 9 year can bring.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Family/Infinite Possibility—Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Every family needs one another….always…always.

A family together

Grows…sometimes in an imperceptible way

Other times so loud and joyful it’s like a sunbeam in the predawn gray

The sounds of children are full of excitement, laughter, sometimes tears

Full of hope

Confidence

The infinite possibility of my family are held loosely in the secret chambers of my heart!

From my world to your heart,

Linda

 

One of the Chambers of My Heart—-Wednesday, February 15, 2017

catch

We went to another of Blade’s basketball games.  Only one more to go and his Freshman year of basketball is over; a very successful year.

mine

We are so lucky they live closer now.  Terry and I really, really like the school district that our son-in-law works for.  Their whole approach to education is just outstanding!

made-itThe girls are thriving!  Our son-in-law is thriving, our daughter is thriving, and our grandson is thriving.  A mother/grandmother and dad/grandpa can not ask for more. 🙂

drivingHe is now old enough to drive.

Gosh, they are so close; yet so far away …. a whole heart away.

Our love for these darling grandchildren bends me under the weight of my heart.

I’m sure each one of you understand this feeling—this feeling of love toward each of your children and grandchildren.

What a joy!

From my world to your heart,

Linda

 

 

It Goes on for Eternity, Then It Begins Again—–Monday, August 15, 2016

We decided to go visit our daughter, son-in-law and the grandchildren last Thursday.

It was so much fun seeing where they now live and to get and visit the schools and see the town.

Park

There is a dirt bike park across a short way…just perfect for quick rides here and there.

When we got ready to go, Linkin asked, if she could come home with us.

best-friends-forever

Lucky us we also got to have her best friend come stay also.  They have been best friends from the first grade of school

Very-Best-FriendsWhen I saw this…………..I just had to take a photo!

Friends

It was just perfect.

Best Friends for ever more…they tell me.

And I believe them!

Love,

Linda

 

 

Sometimes You Just Gotta—Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sometimes you wake up and go…”I’m tired of the same-o-same-o.  We need to do SOMETHING different!”

Friday was a day like that for Terry and I.

JI’ve been painting in our house for the last several weeks…bathroom, bedrooms, front and back porch; plus all the other things we have been getting done in preparation for the corn harvest. Loading up hay for hay customers, winterizing both yards and pumps and well, the list just goes on an on.

Terry looked at me and asked, “Well, what do you want to do?  Got any ideas?”

Yes I did!  I have been missing Bladen.  It was many weeks ago we saw him.  He didn’t come for Halloween, because of basketball games that weekend. (And, of course OTHER more interesting things 8th grade boys like to do.)

So we called Misty and asked if we could come up for Blade’s game with Baggs Wyoming.  It would be a fast trip as there were hay customers coming the first thing Saturday morning, but we wanted to see everyone for a couple of hours and watch Blade play.

She told us to come on up, but don’t tell the kids…just drive in an surprise them!

So we did!

Blade-2

Three hours up, a few hours there, then three hours back.  It was a nice break!  Even nicer to get to watch Blade play.

Blade-1Breaks…they are very good in the scheme of things…seeing family and grandkids…priceless!

Your friend,

Linda

 

The Jewel in the Heart of the Visit–Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DriveToday Linky goes back home.

ED

After two days of fun with her best friend, Ellie

Drive-LinkinAll the things she got to do at the farm

HEYWe are packing up, to drive her to meet her Mom at Rifle, Colorado.

Half way for both of us.  There we will unload our car and load up Misty’s van. Sadly, we must say good-bye for a spell.

Saying good-bye is never easy.

Your friend,

Linda

 

This Little Girl…Sunday, July 12, 2015

This little granddaughter (when the family moved to Craig, Colorado)  had a horrible time adjusting to life in a subdivision (although a very spacious subdivision) and a life without the farm.

But the farmer and neighbor who lives just up the hill asked Linky if she would like to help gentle down his very special pigs.  (Mr. Chapman raises pigs for shows and for breeding purposes only.)

pigsEveryday Linkin would trudge up the hill to play and pet and love on the three pigs.

Linky's-pigsThese are the pigs today.  One of the piglets has a heart attack and died, but two are doing fine.  Soon to be Momma’s.  Linky told me one will farrow around the last week of July and the other the first week in August.

What more can a child ask for!

NEwWhile we were there Linky and Mr. Chapman took us on a tour of the pig barns where we visited the boar, all the soon to be Momma hogs, the weiners and the various stages of pig lives.

Mr. Chapman is a very good and kind pig farmer.  The pens are open, clean and spacious.  The sows give birth in a natural environment, handled all the time so they are very gentle, and fed only the best of natural feeds.  (They also have a pellet stove in each house and cooling fans in the summer.)

Next month it will be Linkin’s turn to spend a week with us.  First we had Tallen, then Blade and last will be Linky.

Your friend on a western Colorado Farm,

Linda

 

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday— A Week in the Life of ME!

We have the little kids here, well, really we have Tally; Blade comes off and on.  Then this week-end Hank Puff and his Mom and Dad return and switch kids with us; we will then have Linkin.

Still I thought you would like seeing how my week has gone:

Beagle-Smiles

  • off to work with Dad

Making-T-done

  • making siphon tubes with Mom and Dad

Shovels

  • helping Mom irrigate…

Smells-!

I really don’t irrigate, Fuzzy did, but not I—I am the gatherer of news!

Vrrooom

  • riding with Mom and Tally on the back of the 4-wheeler to GO irrigate

Sniff

  • checking out who has been walking on the roads on the farm

Off-We-Go

  • heading into town, now and again

Then the hard part—

Waiting!

Waiting for someone to come out and play or waiting to be let in the house to sleep, or waiting to go to work

Waiting

Waiting.

Boomer the Beagle

 

Grandpa I’m Bored—-Thursday, May 28, 2015

“Bored, 2P?’ (the family nick-name for Tally)

Wheeee-2

“Yes”, draping herself all over the arm of Grandpa’s chair, then rolling around until she is up on his lap. “Could we go for a 4-wheeler ride”?

“How can you be bored; you’ve got 5 boxes of domino’s out and are building all sorts of fences, and corrals, and dog houses?”

“I’m tired of building, Grandpa.  I’m also tired of cartoons, and the Ipad, and petting Boomer and the cats and well, just everything”.

“You just got back from a morning of play with your little friend Izzy; you should be tired”.

“But I’m not, Grandpa.  I want to do something with you that is fun.”

Wheee-3

“Fun?  We play chase 2P, catch 2P, fling 2P in the air lots of time.”

Sigh!  “I know.”

“So just what is it that will take away all this sudden on-set of boredom?”

WHEEEEE-1

Turning around on Grandpa’s lap, and taking Grandpa’s face in her hands, looking Grandpa very seriously in the eyes  she answered: “I think the only thing that will work and will work really well is a 4-wheeler ride, Grandpa”.

 

With a huge smile and one of those looks to me, Grandpa, picked up the little 7-year old and replied…”I think you are on to something, Tally.  Let’s all go for a ride, you, me, Grammy and Boomer.”

Flower-hill(an ant hill surrounded by flowers on cactus hill)

“YAY”!  The little granddaughter said with a huge grin on her face and a twinkle in her eye!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

A Small Gift—Sunday—May 24, 2015

We have company today…our kids and grandchildren from Craig…what a joy!

Brick

So for today I share with you my yard…the rain has been wonderful for my yard (and for the weeds)

Side-Garden

It’s been a curse for the farm, but today is a celebration!

Sundial

Therefore, I share my yard with you.

Garden!I hope your weekend is a good one my friends!

Love,
Linda