The End of an Era —- Monday, April 8. 2019

There are new feet walking on our farmland

Terry has rented out a large part of our farm ground!  (Although, Terry kept some to ‘play’ with…which means farm, you do understand. 🙂 )

A big heart-wrenching change, but Terry says it is time to cut back–to cut down the workload.

From my heart to yours,

Linda

 

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After the Work is Dancing — Sunday, April 7, 2019

Terry and I are very content with how this spot is starting to look.  After we grind down the stump, then I will plant grass.  In time, we will put up a fence, maybe a white picket fence.

Keeping this one is good

And getting this one with the new sturdy railroad ties this area will be much easier to take care of.

Now!  The spot that has me confounded.  If I didn’t have grass growing in it, then I would like it.  But I do have grass and

THAT is the problem.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Each and Every Day —- Thursday, April 4, 2019

In the coolness of an early Spring day

The work begins in earnest

But that is fine with us

At our ages, it takes courage to get up and go

But we do, enjoying the shadows of the liquid golden sun

The immensity of the sky and earth, a gusty wind, clouds flurried in the air

Each hour action packed

Then once more back to evening, whereby we silently give Thanks for another wondrous day.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

 

Gossamer as Cobwebs — Wednesday, April 3, 2019

That lovely beautiful sky

The air so full of colors

Always changing with a hush of sound

Melting into one thing then another

The beauty murmuring to each of our hearts

Yet so often we forget to see the dance

Right there before us, if we just open our eyes!

From my world to your heart,

Linda

 

My Dog Cousins—Tuesday, April 2, 2019

My dog cousins get to go on really cool long walks and runs when my oldest sister and Jason go for horseback rides.  They tell me they even get to sing at the top of their voices, because the wind, the sunlight, and trees love to hear hounds singing in the woods!

The ride in the tack room of the trailer is ever so comforting and restful.

I’ve gotten to go a couple of times and boy is it so much FUN!

Boomer Beaglie on a TUESDAY!  Can you believe THAT!

 

 

 

Exquisite —- Monday, April 1, 2019

Capturing the flight of birds on camera

The feeling is one of excitement and anticipation

The birds probably are in a panic mode

But I do try to be careful

Slipping up to the feeders oh so gently

Carefully.  Making sure Boomer and Mindy are nowhere around.

Then snapping, snapping, snapping away.  Hurrying back into the house and to my computer,

Wondering if there are any good photos to share.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

I Pushed Through the Panic —- Thursday, March 28, 2019

I pushed through the panic and started the heavy lifting of the old railroad ties.  Terry came over with the four-wheeler and helped.  He on one end and I on the other.

We loaded the ties onto the four-wheeler and drove them over to the coral gardens, which I have decided to spruce up a wee bit also

Terry worked with me for a couple of hours; afterward leaving to go do some work at the Upper End.

I like the new look to the flowerbeds at the corral garden spot.  The old boards were starting to rot so repurposing the boards with the railroad ties will help keep everything going strong there.

Here you can compare…the new beds with the railroad ties and the two older beds.

I hope to get the two older beds freshened today.

We lifted and removed the ties.

Then later as I hauled soil to the repurposed beds and replanted my plants I looked carefully at what was happening!.

Seeing my garden beds with new eyes, so to speak.

And I LOVED it!

I will get everything out this bed and plant it all to grass.

The grass will be so much nicer to deal with!

Since I can’t figure out what to do with the bed where I keep all the bird feeders, I decided to take Janice Blawat’s, Emily Summer’s and  Sara’s advice.

I am going to plant a ground cover or herbs in the bed and hope they smother everything out!

There!

I am moving forward!

Thank you each and everyone for the excellent advice and concern.  I will have to seriously look into a sprinkler system at some point.  Then my work will be shrunk to a more manageable size.  (I hope)

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Something Greater than Myself —-Wednesday, March 27, 2019

As I was growing up I used to have dreams of what I would do as an adult, I’m sure all children do.

My dreams were actually very simple

I wanted to live on a farm and be a farm wife and work every day with my husband

I have actually been very blessed and got to achieve my goal.

Yesterday, we started hauling dirt.  You see the ditches sand-up and must be cleaned before the water comes in.

So that is what we did….10 dump loads of dirt.  Done by two o’clock in the afternoon

Then it was time to get back to work on down-sizing my yard.  I had good help.  Mindy Cat LOVES to ride in the wheelbarrow

And….although, he thought it was really rather hot, Boomer followed me back and forth, to and fro until he laid down in the shade and slept.

By dark, we were all tired, but a good feeling of accomplishment was had by all!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

Creeping Age—Tuesday, March 25, 2019

I have decided that I really, really, really have to cut back my yard!

I  am not sure how I want to do it, but the exhaustion of getting the yard ready for spring is making my bones ache

I know that I want to keep this wee area it’s not hard to take care of, the weeding and watering all happens quickly, and the blooms within is lovely

But this bed is huge and causes my muscles to shimmered and tremble at the end of each weeding session….not to mention the hours worth of watering every other day

And this one…it exhausts me just to look at it—grass is starting to take over and it’s close to impossible to get rid of it

I just finished two hours raking along here…sigh.

So I’m taking this year to somehow shrink my workload and watering load in my yard/gardens.

I haven’t figured out how yet…but that is my goal this gardening year.  Somehow, some way to shrink at least THREE gardens, which will cut down on the watering, weeding, and planting.

Sadly it will take away my blooms, but it has to be if I’m going to keep helping Terry on the farm and have a yard.

So now you know my spring, summer, and fall goal.  We will just have to wait and see what I come up with and still keep the integrity of my yard intact.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

 

 

Undulating Waves of Light —- Monday, March 25, 2019

It’ has rained every day since Friday

The morning sun struggled to break through the thick clouds; color skimming over the tops of the Paonia mountains and under the massive drizzling thick, heavy clouds

Then last night, the sun broke through, making everything bright and dazzling

And I saw in the northeast

A rainbow, filling my beating heart with quiet happiness

Today the sun is shining it all it’s splendor, with a taste of warmth in the air!

From my heart to your world,

Linda