What We have Been Doing—-Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Terry is feeling much better.  Still not able to walk on slanted ditch banks, or to carry heavy loads, but improving daily.

With the healing of the foot, he is now restless…a good sign, as they say.

So Terry decided it was time to clean off the top of the settling pond and haul the dirt into low spots on the farm.

This isn’t our settling pond, but our neighbor always lets us clean the top off, then he comes in and digs out all the dirt so the water can ‘settle’ before it goes onto the fields.

Since the air was hot and dry, no sign of wind or rain anywhere.  Off we went a mile away…to haul loads and loads of dirt onto the hollow spots on our farm.

We worked all afternoon until around five.  Only stopping a short spell to change the water in the little corn field.

Finally, it was time to head home.  Terry with the load. Me on the tractor.  We will begin again in the morning.  After I get the water changed and some of my housework done.

I’m so glad he is feeling better. Soon, maybe by next week, he will be back to normal.  That’s my wish anyway!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

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The Long Days of Spring—-Wednesday, April 19, 2017

After winter we are back in the world of ‘real’ leaving behind that time of dreaming…of planning—a sort of make-believe time, whereby we think of all the things we want to do ‘come spring’.

Saturday Terry got the two new culverts put in and under the driveway.  These culverts carry the water from the neighboring fields under our road back into the canal, on it’s way to the other farms below us.

The Red-Winged Blackbirds have decided to live in our thicket of trees and ‘hunt’ along the grass of our lawn…filling our days with restless and constant movement and joyful songs.

Although, the morning air still has the collected cool from the night before I open all my windows giving myself the gift of their songs.

The days are changing rapidly now…more warmth is arriving on the land.  And the wind…the wind has come (also)…starting as early as mid-morning; stopping after the sunsets.

It will be this way until all the snow is melted on the Uncompahgre Plateau.  By the first of June the wind will have died and the Plateau will be alive with spring flowers and….PEOPLE!

Finally, after last light, we are home. That welcoming refuge of strength and serenity, the soft glow of a few lights, as we settle down for an hour of exquisite delightful relaxation—Terry with a favorite TV show and I with some hand sewing.

Even with all the ‘stuff’ to do….I am so grateful and thankful for the coming of Spring!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda