The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Farm Life Series Chapter 5, The First Season, WINTER!!! SNOW, or How Wet Can You Get, Friday, January 28, 2022

Mom says snow is one of those weather things that is—well, a person had mixed feelings about.  (Cats don’t have mixed feelings about snow…just so you know.)

Snow is beautiful to look at.

Snow is necessary to have water…. water to drink,

water to irrigate with, and for the land —it nourishes the roots of all the plants…weeds, and good plants.

Sometimes we get blizzards.  I’ve really never seen a blizzard, but I have been in the WIND full of SNOW!!! Mom says THAT is a blizzard!

When a cat (or a person) is in a blizzard there is so much snow and wind you can’t see ANYTHING!!

Nothing!  It’s scary.


That’s when I meow to come inside and stay inside.

I let Mom and Dad go outside and do all those ‘outside’ things they like to do.

After the snow ends…then we start one of a couple of different types of Winter—SO COLD YOUR PAWS STICK TO THE GROUND or Mud Season.

I don’t know which is worse. Mom calls horrible cold an inversion.  She says it is pretty.  And it does kill all the nasty bugs, but oh, my is it ever cold!

Then there is everyone’s dreaded season—melt.  Snowmelt.  When that happens, you get MUD!

On your paws, where you have to take your teeth and pull it out, on your lovely fur, where Mom gets a wet rag and washes you all over–

and MUD ON MY TAIL!  Horrors!

Then there is mud on shoes, boots, in the house from the back porch to the stool where the shoes and boots are removed.

Mud season is pretty messy.

That is for sure!

TLC Cai-Cai

Earth, Sky, Snow, Sleet— Thursday, January 28, 2021

As the snow fell heavily on the farm

The Sandhill Cranes bunched together –trying to warm their soddened feathers.

I felt a tad sorry for them.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



For One Night a Wee Bit of Wonder—Tuesday, January 28, 2020


For one night, and one night only—

just before our really nice wet snowstorm arrived

Our grandson came.

He is growing so fast now.  A man really, 18 this month.

Joy comes in so many different ways.  All we need to do is look— with gladness.

From my world to your heart.



Magic (or Miracles, if you prefer) Belong to the Realm of Spirits—-Monday, January 28, 2019

I believe, that the gods (or God) talk to us

in our dreams

We also receive inspiration in the form of many things

Knowledge handed to us in the form of all those marvelous things in nature

The voice of understanding speaking loud into our mind of understanding

Many times the voice is bright with laughter

The weather brings its own blessings, wet, dry, soaked, covered in snow

Or even (a lessening of mud–the ground starting to dry)

All we need do is listen to our dreams and watch for the signs to unfold.

I have come to place in life where I feel we all shape the future together

Carefully and consistently

So those who understand and can explain the unexplainable will help us see the miracles (or magic, if you prefer) unfolding.

From my heart to your world,



The Urge to Farm — Sunday, January 28, 2018

It’s been terribly dry.  So dry there is huge talk among farmers of what the growing season might bring.

The talk is also all about what to grow.  Corn prices are extremely low–due to many factors, but mostly because there is just too much corn stored —not only here– but in the whole world.

The cost of raising corn is outrageously high …the two don’t really go well together.

Still the urge to farm is there. Alive and well in the hearts of those who love the land and love to see the crops growing.

February is typically a very wet month.  Typically.  So, with that in mind, and the fact the earth is very dry Terry (and others) have gone out to ‘stir’ up the corn stalks.  Breaking them down in the hopes we have lots of moisture very soon.  The moisture will soften the chopped up bits and pieces help them dissolve; enriching the soil as they diminish.

This light disking (not a vigorous deep aggressive disking) will also stir up the fodder left over from the cows allowing those wonderful Canada Geese and Sandhill Cranes to find more nourishment when they land on the fields.

(This is grand MEsa to the north of us.  Although, we don’t get IRRITATION or drinking water from Grand MEsa, Cedaredge and even Grand Junction, does)

So we prepare and get ready for moisture, if not right here, hopefully in those huge,

(This is a prior photo of the Paonia Mountains to the East of us…up there–somewhere– is the Taylor Park Dam)

magnificent mountains which surround us

(This is a photo from last year of the San Juan MountAin Range…to the west of us)

and for which the irrigation water

(This is an old photo of mine of the Blue Mesa Reservoir where our IRRIGATION water comes out of)

(This is the dam that is the beginning (the head water) of the water which helps fill the Blue Mesa RESERVOIR — thus the water, which comes to us for irrigation AND DRINKING WATER then on down the Colorado River clear to California)

comes from.

(Right behind us to the west and to the southwest of us is the Uncompahgre Plateau–this is a spring photo)

As you can see we are surrounded by mountains all rich is natural resources–which pass on down to town dwellers, people who live in subdivisions, gardeners, farmers, and ranchers.   The life blood of everyone and everything —-water.

All the product of melted snow.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Sand Hill Cranes—Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cranes-1I feel so lucky…well, I feel they WE are so lucky!

Cranes-6We have masses of Sandhill Cranes living on the farm.

A huge gift from nature!

Your friend on a farm full of Sandhill Cranes in the high mountain desert of the Rocky Mountains,