Those Greedy Blood Sucking Bugs are Claiming Their Territory —- Wednesday, June 24, 2020

It’s been so dry our little (slue) pond

It is now dry.  That is a good thing and a bad thing

Good because the mosquitoes can live and breed there.

A bad thing because now the wildlife must travel

to the ditches to get a drink of water

But the other news from out on the farm —are the biting bugs.  They are many and they are thick.

Deerflies, biting flies, you name it.

Here is a horsefly for you….yes, they ARE that big, about the size of my thumb…

And the bites HURT!! 

I should have waited until it landed, but I actually didn’t want too.  🙂

Just say’n! 🙂

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

Silvering the Land—-Sunday, June 24, 2018

The almost full moon was lovely last night.  Casting silver light everywhere

After we went for a wee ride

Sat the last tube in the furrow, we went in for the short summer rest, which seems to occur this time of year.

Later, much later, feeling restless Boomer, Mindy and I went for a short walk.  I don’t like to travel too far when I have the cat trailing behind, or bouncing ahead, or running and hiding in the corn stalks.

It was a good thing I was still close to home just by the hay stackyard, when instinct, that voice of God, which we often ignore

Said, ”shhhhhhh.  Stop, go back, hurry, grab the cat, and get over next to the barn.”

Which I listened to and followed exactly to the letter.

The light from the moon shining brightly on a lone coyote rushing through the shadows which haunt the darkness.

We headed back carefully…through the old corrals, cat in arms, Boomer at my feet, until safe in the farmyard, where we all went into the house for a short summer nap.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

Racing Against Time—Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I am sorry about not being able to post yesterday…the internet was down.  Sure was frustrating!

Anyway, it’s back up today, for which I rejoice greatly!

Time-!We are racing madly here.  Everything came together all at once—the pinto beans needed watered, the corn needed fertilized and cultivated, and needs water —the hay needs hauled in from the last field, and the water sat on it.  (Not to mention weeding in my yard –two more huge beds to go—helping a tad down at the other house…clipping hedges and other yard work–ironing and straightening up my house, mundane things but necessary.)

Time-2The days are just not long enough 🙂  🙂

Although, we get up at 4:15 and then finish around 10 at night, there always seems to be something more needing done.

Time-4Don’t read bad into this              ——————          I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!

We hauled hay until too dark…Boomer and I picked up the loose bales and broken bales and Terry hauled in the loads.

time-3.jpgIt was miserable hot yesterday…my car said it was 111*f (43.89c) when I ran to buy groceries for the month.  That’s HOT!

Around 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. it looked like a hail or rain storm broke over Peach Valley.  It was just too hot not to develop some sort of activity in the heavens.

Today we are still in the same race…although, we are gaining on the pinto beans (the beans are up!  YAY!) with the water, the small corn field is wet, and cross all fingers, Terry will get the big corn field fertilized and cultivated today-then we start water on it tonight).

Two more days of hauling hay and that will be over.  Then, if it rains, all is well.

Although, we are busy; it’s a good busy!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Capturing the Spirit– Wednesday, June 24, 2014

IMG_3529I was asked yesterday if all the photos were from my yard—yes they are.  I love pink flowers for late spring, then my colors move into a riot of reds and hot pink with splashes of yellow.  Yellow and oranges with touches of blue carry me through until frost. ( My Spring colors are blue with pale pink.)

Pink-for-showThe only thing I don’t grow in my yard are cactus…we have plenty on the Cactus hill.  The pink cactus are just about finished blooming, then the yellow will appear.

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The yellow is the last to bloom.  After blooming the cactus will set fruit.  If I were really industrious I would pick the fruit and make cactus jelly.  But that isn’t going to happen.

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I make sure my photos are current to the day…meaning, I take my photos the day before, then post  them the next day.

Also, Salli mentioned that I gave her and ear worm yesterday with my post about the Good Old Summertime …I was glad to share that particular ear worm!  I had it running throughout my head for two days!!!  🙂 🙂

When out and about around 5:30 this morning taking some more photos, I developed another ear worm.  Paul Simon’s –Kodachrome  (While others of my age dancing their way through the Beach Boys, I was immersed in Simon and Garfunkel.)

My paternal Grandmother even liked them with me.  Her favorite was a Bridge Over Trouble Waters.  She would often times be humming this song as she went about her daily work cleaning the house or tending her rose garden.

Kodachrome is running rampant through my thoughts…I guess because I am really enjoying this day of digital cameras…no more taking a photo and waiting for the film to be processed.

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Cameras have always been a part of my life, I was given my first one at 10…from that point on I was hooked.  Capturing the spirit of the day!

Off I must go from this pleasant activity of visiting with you, my friends, from around the world, to the mundane things of every day living.  Today I must wash windows and screens (again).  Washing windows has become extremely taxing on my shoulder and elbow, but my eyes feast upon the outdoors.  Looking through sparkling glass is delightful!

Your Farm Friend,

Linda