An Afternoon Like Honey—-Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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It was late afternoon yesterday — I was mowing the lawn and Terry was blading the long lane from the house to the county road, when suddenly

surprise-visit-from-blade-aBladen came riding in on the bike!

What a huge delightful surprise.  Being the wonderful grandson he is; he finished mowing my lawn for me.

typical-boy-pulling-hairThen the others showed up…Blade kindly helped Linkin along (sigh! ) Hurrying them into the house.  Grandpa and I were ecstatic, to say the least.

Then their parents came over—they had all stopped at Aunt Shannon’s first.

the-joy-of-grandchildrenAll too soon it was time to leave–Misty wanted to buy groceries in Grand Junction, Colorado, before they headed back to Battlement Mesa, Colorado.

raysWhat a superb way to spend Labor Day.  The fall sun was thick and warm…like honey all glowing with golden light.

the-world-turned-orange

Family and friends– the thing that makes our lives rich and full and joyful.

Love,

Linda

 

 

Stretch Marks, Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014

It’s that time of year….

Third-Cutting-of-Hay(Third cutting of alfalfa)

When all of spring and summer come together

Pink-over-hayThird cutting of hay is cut and drying…Terry is raking and turning the rows even as I type away.

SoonSoon, very soon…maybe tomorrow or the next day…it all depends on the weather, he will pull the pinto beans.

Stretches-4The corn has passed the blister stage, moving into the dough. After that it will be ready to ‘dry down’.

Stretch-2We are on the last little bits of irrigation.  No more changing water on the pinto beans, only one more good soaking of the alfalfa, after the last bale has been hauled and stacked (possibly two if the fall is terribly dry—alfalfa can’t go into the winter dry or the crop will die.)

All that is left is watering the corn, by the end of September (in 30 days, maybe a few more, but not many-maybe even less) the irrigation water will be turned off to our farm.

We will be done.

After that we wait…until the last of October or the first of November when the harvest of the field corn begins.  Those that have ensilage or chopp’n corn, or silage (it’s all one in the same) will start filling the silos this week.

The stretch for harvest has begun!

Sun-eveningThen winter’s silence will descend.

But not for awhile.

Not for awhile.

Not just yet.

The gift of the spring and summer’s work will be collected.  The work is has begun!

We will stretch ourselves thin, eat on the run, get up before dawn and settle back down way after dusk.  It will look easy to those driving by—people who have moved to the country to get away from the crowds.

I suppose it is, after all these years…it’s because we practice all the time. The continuing education credits come when this year’s paycheck comes in.  (We are paid once a year for pinto beans and corn.  The hay brings in small checks as the bales are sold.)

Stretch-1Harvest!  It is what we work for— the accumulation of the year.

Your friend on a farm in Western Colorado,

Linda

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Although today is technically a holiday here, Terry and I will be doing what the day calls for—Laboring.  🙂

Flight

My little hummers are becoming less and less at the feeders, although I see many of the little juveniles feeding on the flowers throughout my yard.

Start-the-day

The honey bees are having a great time at the honey bar…I do feel a little concerned they are not out gathering pollen but hanging out at these feeders.  I hope it doesn’t cause a problem at the hive later on this winter.  😦 😦

Yumm

If I don’t feed them they want to swarm the Hummingbird feeders so I guess it is six of one thing or 1/2 a dozen of another.  Sure is perplexing.

Flutter

I caught this little moth having a great time in the petunias…yes, I am one of those that adores petunias.  I love their colors and the heavy rich scent that fills the air.

One

The rains are being really nice and staying away.  But they are still here and moving all around us.  I loved seeing the sunset on the rain chuts last night.

Two

Well, off to do the many things for the day.  Terry will be cutting the old hay field, then he has to remove all the bean pulling equipment, and move the bean combine up to the shop to get it ready for the harvest (hopefully by Friday).

As for myself I have the lawn, the hedge, the many, many weeds to take care of and canning, plus all the other chores that keep a house and yard going.

Into-the-night

Best wishes for a perfect Labor Day,

Linda

Desert Big Horn Sheep

We have a variety of wildlife that either lives on the farm or in the canyons just below our area

This Desert Big Horn Sheep were re-homed in our area a few years ago

They are known for being shy creatures

But easy food has made them comfortable and maybe even a little bit careless.

Fuzzy is terribly shy when it comes to the camera, but because he is always ‘right there’, he ramdomly gets his photo taken.

We’ve made it to Labor Day!  If the weather stays nice this time next week the pinto beans should be in the hopper, so to speak.

Happy Labor Day one and all!

Linda