As the Summer Day Ripened —-Thursday, July 16, 2020

After early morning irrigation

Before the day started to grow into heat

Terry started the process of

Of swathing the second field of alfalfa

We leave the windows open all the time so now our house smells like ‘fresh mown hay’


Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


Trying to Capture — Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Trying to photograph birds in flight has me deleting many, many photos

It’s rather a surprise when I actually get a good one

Most of the time the snaps show blurs

Or just wings or tail feathers

Where it is hard to figure out just WHAT

It is I’m trying to get in a photo.

Ah well, at least I can delete and try, try again!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


Last Evening Late—-Monday, July 16, 2018

We finished up the work we must get done…just that stuff that could not wait.

After the company came, supper was over and all were in bed…late into the night.

Terry and I went outside and sat in the glider…just sitting.  Not really doing anything.

Just sitting– listening to the leaves rustling overhead, the back and forth of the glider peaceful in the very warm night.

The moon a crescent, a sliver of light  close by a shining brilliant star

We sat there gliding back and forth, back and forth like we were riding on the wings of angels.

“It was rapture enough just to sit there beside him in silence, alone in the summer night in the white splendor of moonshine.”—L.M. Montgomery, The Blue Castle 

From my heart to your world,




High Summer—-Sunday, July 16, 2017

It is high summer the sky is a clear blue, the heat is elevated, afternoon thunder storms roll in cooling us down;  the humidity causing us pant in desperation

Yet the summer has been good…all the hay is sold; first and second cuttings.

Blade helped…nice for him and for us!

The corn is starting to tassel out!

The pinto beans are growing right along…

The last cultivation of all crops is over for the rest of the year! 🙂

High Summer…the best part of the year.

Come winter I will be assailed by memories

Of these innocent heat filled days.

Come winter…

….I won’t think of that bleak time ahead. Instead I will enjoy this spot in time.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,




The Open Heart of my Life—Thursday, July 16, 2015

More-Pink First light—-one would think that the air is silent but it isn’t, not at all.

The are birds calling, water rushing in the canal–

Hay-field10:00 a.m. There is a rich green smell of the alfalfa field as the day heat up.

The birds and the insects are full voice, by this time, and the air dances with life.

Hay-Stack-MountainClouds scuttled over the top of us, causing the sun to highlight Hay Stack Mountain way at the end of Roubioux Canyon.  When Terry and I were young the old-timers would tell that Hay Stack Mountain was scared to the Ute Indians.  And (if) you were to climb to the top there you would see many Indian artifacts.  Neither Terry nor I have ever been on Hay Stack Mountian.  The road is closed to motorized vehicles, one must either walk or ride a horse.

$ Coming home (from a magnificent meal with our daughter and son-in-law who live in Grand Junction, Colorado) we drove in a rainstorm complete with a rainbow.#

Colorado rainstorms can be abrupt and vigorous—the wind blows in black clouds– then they break dropping water in a rush.

WOWQuickly the storm moved toward the north and the east…leaving us with a sky full of vivid color.

Your friend


July 16, 2013

I have about 4 pair of Hummingbirds

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


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…



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!