The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Farm Life Series 8, Wind, Rain, Drought, Sun, Weather, September 17, 2021

“TLC Cai-Cai, what are you doing?”  Mom asked me in a puzzled voice.

Hunting, I mentally thought to her.  She didn’t hear me or understand…humans just don’t get animal speak, sometimes.

So, I just went on doing what I am doing.  Although, I did keep one ear and one eye on Mom so I would know what she was wanting. 😊


“You are nine months old, now, my Kitty-Kitty.  Mom said, walking behind me with her camera.  “Just to warn you; Fall is coming.  Soon you will see leaves and leaves all over the lawn, the grass will stop being green and the air will cool way down.

But this is all good.  It’s just part of the changing of the seasons.”

I jumped up into the air, quickly running off…I missed.  But I will get it the next time.  It can be anything…

bird (of course, not if Mom is around, lizard, or grasshopper.

Mom tries to stop me on bird and lizard, but she lets me get the grasshoppers.)

“Soon we will start having more and more Fall rains (we hope, Mom muttered to herself), and the air will get very crisp and down-right cold in the mornings.”  Mom kept pace with me while I hunted.

That’s okay…I like getting my photo taken.  Mom says I am very photogenetic.  Preen, Preen 😊

POW!

DID IT!!

I got a grasshopper!

SEE Mom!  A GRASSHOPPER!


“Nice, TLC Cai-Cai! I think your mind is on other things today.  We will continue teaching you about Farm Life another time.

Mom gave me a nice pet and rub on my head, turned around, and went back into the house.

I played with the grasshopper until he wouldn’t move anymore. Then it was time to go HUNTING again!

TLC Cai-Cai

 

 

Crops and Where We Are Now — Thursday, September 16, 2021

The corn is drying now…past all its growing time getting ready for harvest

Each field (we have three) shows the maturity of the corn –the shucks drying down,

The tops turning gold, then gradually turning brown.

The kernels are dented

and hard enough you can’t poke a hole in them.

The last set of water has been accomplished and then turned off of all the cornfields.

Although, we are still irrigating the three alfalfa fields.

But, for the corn, the growing season has finished.  Now we wait for it to dry down to the correct dryness, at which time we start corn harvest.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

 

My Favorite Part of Homecoming — Tuesday, September 14, 2021

I was sitting in the car, parked behind the scoreboard when a small group of Middle School boys passed me by:

One of the young men separated himself from the others and stood in front of our car; crossing his arms in front of his chest he said to me: “A Corvette! I LOVE CORVETTES!” 

Then they were off.

A few minutes later the group returned and I thought: Why not make their day and mine.  So I got out of the car, asked one of the young men if he was the one who made the comment that he LOVES corvettes.  He replied no. And I explained to him I was going to ask that young person if he would like to have a sit in the car.

“WOW!  I’ll go get him!” He was off.  Running a high speed to the grandstands, in seconds (YES SECONDS) he was back with his Corvette-loving friend.

I asked my question again, receiving an emphatic nod of the head and a dash to the rider’s side of the car.

“No, Wait!” I said. “Get in on the driver’s side.”

The young man stopped for just a second and wildly ran around the back of the car to get in the door I had open.

His smile said it all.

Then more friends showed up

The atmosphere of excitement was HUGE!

Their joy filled my, heart!

More friends showed up; the Jeepster owners gave permission for a young man and his friend to sit in their classic car.

The young man explained while he asked for permission, that his grandpa had found a Jeepster not long ago and was starting to restore it.  If he could just sit in this one he would know what it was going to be like to ride with his grandpa. Gary and Connie graciously understood.

Now the small crowd of “Car Guys” had GROWN.

And another young man (in the Driver’s Seat) asked if he could sit behind the wheel, just once in his life.

Putting on his glasses he (along with everyone else) flashed a HUGE smile at me!

Then a parent came over and got a photo.

Delightful smiles from everyone all around!

Car Guys!

These young men just made my day, my week, my month!

From my world to your heart,

Linda

The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Farm Life Series 7, Money or the Lack-There-Of, Friday, September 10, 2021

“Now, just so you know, the reason Dad (and I) farm is: to make money.

Well, that doesn’t always seem to be the case. The idea is to make money. You can’t farm if you don’t have money. So, the whole idea of farming is to make money.

Just like people who go to work for someone else…to make money.”

Mom put me up on her shoulder and petted me, while we walked toward the house.

“So, you see, TLC Cai-Cai, (Mom calls me by my full name all the time,

Dad calls me things like CLT, LTC, TLC—he makes stuff up all the time, sometimes he calls me a GIRL!!!!  It’s okay I still come to him no matter what he calls me. 😊 )

It is very important that a farm makes money, for without money there is no canned cat food or dry cereal to munch on…it takes money to buy your groceries.”

Farming is a risky type of business.  It’s not like a regular job, where every two weeks or once a month you get a paycheck.  Paycheck time is whenever the crops come in, which can be only once a year, depending on the crop.”

Mom and I sat down on the sofa where I can stretch way out while Mom pets on me.

“For us, You, Me, and Dad, the paychecks come in each time we sell hay.  Hay is a big deal around here.  It brings in money three times a summer.

Then in the fall and early winter, Dad will get out the corn combine and combine the corn, haul it to the Elevator by which, around Christmas time we will get the most money.  This is the money we live on.  It buys everyday living, all the spring requirements: seed, fertilizer, fuel, it holds us together.”

I am purring so loud; I’m starting to get tired.  Just a little bit tired, like maybe just rest my eyes tired.

“And you know what, TLC Cai-Cai?  Farmers can’t control the weather or the price you get paid, ever.  That’s just how it is—the reason farming is such a risky business.”

ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

“Hum, I guess you feel safe and warm and fed, Little One. And THAT is a very good thing.”

Mom got up very slowly leaving me there on the sofa to dream on.

TLC Cai-Cai

Here and There, the Bugs Fill the Air — Thursday, September 9, 2021

The sky is shot-through with bugs, this time of year

Their little bodies are caught in your hair, on your face, and smashed on your glasses

Sometimes they like to sting you

Diving right to you—————-RUN, I think, but instead I snap a photo 🙂

Then taking off like a speeding plane

I mean…after all…I have to see if I can get a photo.

I think you know me well enough by now. 🙂

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

We Made It to Third Cutting — Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The smoke is back, seeping into everything (again)

We have made it to the third cutting of alfalfa…both fields are cut and drying now

It will take longer to dry since the nights tingle with Autumn cool

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Signs on the Farm — Tuesday, September 7, 2021

I like it when I can find ditch foam.  It’s not rare but it is unusual. (TLC Cai-Cai is walking with me)

Then there are the NAUGHTY Girls, who broke out of their pasture

Yep.  Not a good sign.

Thankfully I was home and able to catch them and put them back in the corral.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Autumn —- Monday, September 6, 2021

The hot, hot sunlight is gone, in place is more of a crisp bite in the air in the early morning–a shiver, which often-times ripples over your warm skin.

The day warms to up to show glistening heavy dew on all the plants.

Thankfully, the sun heats the day hot enough it still feels like we have the gift of Summer.

Nighttime is a wee bit darker, even if there is a moon or a slew of a million zillion stars

Daylight starts later,  with evening shadows crawling quicker and quicker

Autumn…a different kind of peace is now on the land.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Going, Going, Almost Gone — Sunday, September 5, 2021

My little flock of Hummingbirds is starting to dwindle

Gradually the feeding at my feeders is becoming less and less

I have gone from 12 feeders

Down to two.

And the reality is, I really only need one.  But I keep up two so they don’t have to fight for a spot.

Soon the Swallows will follow. When that happens the Summer birds are all gone.

Sigh!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Farm Life Series 6, Other Big Equipment, Friday, September 3, 2021

 

“TLC Cai-Cai, what are you doing?”  Mom said as I jumped up to grab her foot.

Just Playing, I said.

Mom reached down a picked me up. “Oh, good, Sweet Little Kitty. I’ve been thinking I had better tell you about some other BIG noisy and dangerous pieces of equipment Dad has on the farm.  Equipment you need to stay far, far away from.”

There is the swather— this is the thing Dad uses to cut down all the standing alfalfa, to let it dry turning into hay.

STAY away…it will swath you right up, then there won’t be a TLC Cai-Cai anymore!”  Mom admonished.

Mom put me on her shoulder and walked over to the outside chairs and sat down.

“Then there is the combine.

The combine will move through the corn and chop down all the corn stalks, separate the corn cobs from the stalks, then shell the corn from the cobs, flinging the stalks, and cobs out onto the ground and the corn kernels into the hoper in the back.

If you were to get in the way of the combine, you would come out just like those tiny pieces of corn cobs and stalks, so you MUST stay out the cornfield during harvest.”

Mom started scratching my head, my ears, hum puuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

“Then the big truck will come through the yard, taking all the corn kernels to town.”

Purrrrrr, hummm, purrrr

“So, TLC Cai-Cai, when anything like this is going on, you have to RUN to the House! And stay IN the HOUSE where Dad and I know you are safe.”

I looked at Mom.  Then I looked around and realized I WANT DOWN.

So I squirmed off Moms’ lap and headed over to the water tub—that fountain is intriguing!

Bye Mom, Gota Go!

TLC Cai-Cai