Gifts–All the Way from Canada—January 20, 2016

The day after my birthday our U.S. Postal carrier drove into our farm yard; greeted with a barking beagle, and myself.  (I was outside gathering firewood for the wood stove when she drove in).

Amongst the bills and advertisers was a package too large for our rural mail box.

After giving me the mail, Boomer a dog cookie, she backed up her jeep and took off.  I finished loading up the wheel-barrow, stacked the mail and my ‘package’—oh, how neat.  I wonder just what it is?  Boomer and I headed into the house.

Once inside I saw the package had come all the way from Canada and my very talented ranching friend, Linda.

From-Linda-2There they were…my precious dogs…immortalized in water color, suitable for framing!

From-Linda-1Perfect!

If any of you would love to see the type of work she does (not counting all the farm and ranch work on their huge spread way up there in Canada) head on over here.  Linda is amazingly talented.

How very lucky I am!

With much love your friend,

Linda

Wishing Each of You Merry Christmas—Thursday, December 24, 2015

Terry, myself, Boomer and Monkey, Sam the kitty would like to wish all of you

a Very Merry Christmas.

And for all of my friends who celebrate in other ways and at other times,

I hope your day is  a good day filled with precious moments!

boomer-christmas-4(Mom made me put this stupid thing on…I’m just going to lay here…I refuse to get up.)

“Hey, Boomer!  Do you want a cookie?”

boomer-christmas-3COOKIE!

  Oh darn!  I stood up and she flashed the camera!

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From our house to yours! 

Merry Christmas! 

Terry and Linda

A Space to Fill Forever—Monday, July 20, 2015

On Sunday the work slows down to just the things which must be done

PintosWe changed the water in the pinto bean field (that is our house and barns in the distance)

CheckingAnd changed the water in the smallest corn field.  (Grand Mesa is in the background)Flowing

That is all.

GreenI walked through my yard, watering the pots and deadheading some of the flowers.

It was like walking through a cloud of perfume, in some places.  The low hum of the bees filled the air along with the chirps of the birds.

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The peace was strong enough to fill forever.

I am blessed beyond measure.

Your friend,

Linda

A Guest Post–the Rain has Stopped! —YAY!–Monday, April 27, 2015

YAY!  I see little tiny streaks of blue sky and a lightening of the clouds!  The rain has stopped!  The wind has stopped, the snow is still coming down on Grand Mesa, which means it can still freeze here.

The Swallows are back!  🙂  That’s a good sign…warmer weather can’t be far off now. (I hope!)

Anyway, I was reading a very interesting blog post about street shopping from Uncle Spike.

I have always thought I would love to shop in all the open-air markets around the world. The fruit and vegetables have to be outstanding.

Anyway—here is his post:

East African Shopping by Uncle Spike

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On the whole, shopping malls leave me cold. In general I have little desire to trudge my way around endless corridors of glass, dazzling white marble effect floors and endless rows of glass-fronted shops all selling the same stuff as the mall we probably visited the day before. Fair enough, for the purchase of a certain item, these places serve a purpose, but for me, shopping is a sport best served outdoors. 

Here in Türkiye, outdoor markets are part and parcel of everyday life, be it out here in the rural areas, or also in some residential parts of our large cities. So when I travel, the roadside markets and entrepreneurial purveyors of foodstuffs are always of a certain fascination to me. East Africa, of course, is a case in question.

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The selling of foodstuffs always seem that bit more enterprising, and banana selling seems king of them all; from two tonnes in the back on a minivan…

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…to a whole roadside…

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…or hanging outside the local butchers, which also sold honey too 🙂

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But harping back to the blandness of modern shopping malls, how refreshing would it be to see the top names in gentlemens outfitters merchandising their pure cotton two-piece’s like this?

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There’s one thing for sure when travelling in a place like Kenya, one is never faced with the dilemma of “shop closed”, or having to think what day it is… every hour of every day, there is food sold along the roadsides. 

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Of course, the sad truth is that for many parts of the continent, this is not always the case. The harsh reality is that terrible wars, and devastating crop failures have brought about unbelievable suffering. The even sadder fact is that some parts of the world still don’t get it, and readily moan about the unavailability of a certain model of Nike trainers, or the price of a 6-pack of Oreo’s, or a 32-oz steak, whilst members of our own species are left to starve.

Uncle Spike

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Your friend,

Linda

My Little Project—Sunday, March 29, 2015

JobFinally my little project is done!  After we took out the two unused chimney’s in the other house I had piles and piles of bricks. (All made by the Brick Factory in Delta eons ago. :))

Not only did I have piles and piles of bricks, I had piles and piles of bricks complete with cement still stuck to them.  AND they were piled in front of the propane tank, which meant I really had to do something with them quickly.

BricksSo gradually every day, I would chip off cement– load the bricks into the  wheelbarrow, and push them to their new spot in my yard.

It was a long slog, but I made it.

More-PWI now have brick walkways between my flower beds which reside along side of the entrance of our farm…all laided out on weed barrier and sand.  My hope is this will keep the weeds down and my need to have to chop weeds between the beds GONE FOREVER!

Pathway-1It looks pretty rough right now, but over time I think everything will soften up.  The plants will green up and fill in and cover over some of the bricks, making the lines not so harsh. Then the bricks themselves will settle.  The wind will bring in dirt and fill in the cracks.

That’s my hope anyway!

The Craig, Colorado, kids are here.  They came in yesterday.  It was pure joy to look across the fields and see a light on in that house.

Two of the grandchildren spent the night with us, Blade and Tally…the oldest and the youngest.  Which reminds me Bladen has a blog now…it’s a cooking blog.  This grandson of ours loves to cook—pretty interesting for a 13 year old boy, I think.  He is also very active in sports: football, basketball, and track, plus top of his class in academics. Gosh did this sound like bragging…I guess a tad.  Please forgive me.

Pink-SKy-!We are warming up.  Today it’s supposed to hit 80* (26 c)  YAY!

Anyway, I hope each of you have a great day!

Your friend,

Linda

 

 

Rolling Along—Monday, March 23, 2015

Terry has started rolling down the plowed earth.  Thankfully the rain and the sun and the wind did not damage to the soil.  By damage I mean it didn’t cause our clay type of soil to turn into bricks, ready to be fired. 🙂
Rolling-1It’s always nice to see the soil smooth out and start to look like a seed bed.  He will still have to level the field, fertilize, and then mark it out.  We always irrigate before we plant–it’s called ‘wet planting’. Some of the farmers around here do ‘dry planting’, which means they plant first then water.

PipeWe have also been moving the gated pipe around, we had three pipe break over the winter so now we have to do some adjusting.

Work-horseYou can see the broken pipe on the left, we will set this good pipe in it’s place. (One down two more to go 🙂

We have to have the pipe set before the fields are done with the tractor work—-everything has to be in place to start the water…time is moving along fast now. By the first week in April we hope to have the water on the land.

Pink-cloundsOur weekend was outstanding!  The whole family from Craig, Colorado was here, then on Sunday we were (all) the two sets of kids and their spouses, the Craig family, Terry and I were at our son-in-law’s 43 birthday party.  Good food and family, really who could ask for more?

Anyway, off to get some stuff done.  I hope your day is a good one.

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,

Linda

 

Good Fences, Spring Farm Work, and Rain—Thursday, March 19, 2015

It rained off and on yesterday and then some into the night. The sun is out, our air is fresh and lovely, my lawn(s) are starting to green up, and I have lots of plants popping up in the flower beds!  Life is good!

Plowing-1Terry plowed until it got too wet.  So far there isn’t enough rain to cause our clay type of soil of harden into bricks.

Years ago we had a brick and tile making company that used our clay soil to make bricks.  Today those bricks are much sought after as a collector item.  That’s our type of soil…also our worry about rain.

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Delta County Historical Society photo Delta Brick and Tile factory showing kilns, drying sheds and stacks of finished brick. This view is taken from a spot on California Mesa and shows Delta in the background.

You can read about it here:  Delta Brick and Tile Factory

Anyway, so far so good.

Theresa from The Run*A*Round Ranch Report always hosts Thursday Good Fences and Gates.  Sometimes I have neat fence, gate or gate opener to add to the fun postings on Thursday.  Today I have one—–

Scratching-PostThis is a scratching post on our place.  Terry put it up for the cows…a nice back scratch is always good!

Head on over to Teresa’s place and see her photos, then visit some of the other participants for a look at their cool fences and gates.

I hope each of you have a really nice day!

Your friend,

Linda

 

Dwellers of the Land—Tuesday, March 17, 2015

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”  — Rachel Carson

Farming-StartsToday Terry is plowing…he has the corn fields disked (twice, working until late in the night)— today he plows.  We both were stumped whether or not to plow…the weather people say there is a 40% chance of rain moving into our area tomorrow.

Forty percent is a pretty good chance that we will get it right here!  Plowed earth is like a sponge…after much pondering (the kind that keeps you up at night) he decided to go ahead and plow.  I guess we will see if that was a good decision or not come Wednesday morning. 🙂

I worked on cleaning the house yesterday and then in my yard.  My winter weary body is starting to get the hang of spring work, but it’s a slow process.

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This afternoon Terry and I will work on the plumbing and wiring down at the other house.  Gradually, gradually everything is starting to take shape down there.

We want to have the electricity finished and the hot water heater moved before the last week in March.  The kids in Craig, Colorado, are coming for 10 days (Spring break) and want to stay in their old home.  We are SO close to being done, we just have to make the time to finish it.  I still have to paint one wall in the kitchen then that room is finished. (The the yard work down there starts, but  I will think about that later.)

I saw a butterfly yesterday!  It was a joy to see.  Also, the honey bees were out and about, not to mention the nasty house flies.  The house flies are still a little clingy and slow moving.

Spring is arriving!  YAY!

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,

Linda

 

 

Farming has Begun—Monday, March 16, 2015

After a wonderful weekend full of family

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We had 4-wheeler rides, trips to town, walks on the farm

Playing-with-GrandpaThere were games with Grandpa (they are playing catch the airplane here) and visits with school friends and lots and lots of food.

Sunday they went home.

DiscingToday farming started.  Terry hooked up the disk and is (even as I write) disking up all the uneaten corn stalks and the giant cow patties.

We have two weeks before the water is turned on.  Everything must be done and ready for the first water.

Here we are in another push, but steady is as steady does, so I know we will make it!

Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been really remiss about not getting my comments answered and around visiting your blogs, but I can now get back into a routine.

Routines are always good!

Your friend,

Linda

 

 

Moving On—Sunday, March 15, 2015

The cows are starting to move out…Mr. Davis took the Mom’s who still have not had their babies on down to another pasture.  Monday the older calves and Moms will go—- by the end of week we will be cow-less.

UPThen today right after lunch the little grand girls and Mom-Mom leave for Craig, Colorado.

I’ve had a really nice weekend, Mom-Mom helped my oldest daughter and myself with our volunteer job… Walking the dogs at the CAWS Rescue Center in Delta, Colorado.

BUT!!!!

Next weekend is our son-in-law in Grand Junction, Colorado’s birthday.  Our whole family (including the Craig family) will be going to a birthday bash at their house on Sunday.  So I get to have everyone home again.

The cows I will have to visit with next February!  🙂

Tomorrow farming (for us) starts full-time!

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,

Linda