Against the Dancing Shadows of Dim and Scary Thoughts —- Sunday, March 22, 2020

I went shopping today

My heavens…what a whirlwind of amazing hoarding is going on

It’s stunning, to say the least

And the worker bees say if you shop after lunch it is even worse

The empty shelves, I mean.  And the number of people who are there.

And the stress and panic and attitudes are over-the-top.

With hysteria and nasty words bursting out at employees and fellow shoppers

In all the years of living

I have never experienced anything like this

ALTHOUGH! There are lots of chips, beer, and pop, folks! 🙂

There are signs out…but I think they are too late.

I think this will pass, in time.

We just need to remain calm.

Don’t you.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,




The Way to Live Your Life—-Thursday, March 22, 2018

 “Instructions for living a life.

Pay attention.

Be astonished.

Tell about it.”

― Mary Oliver

The grass is starting to green…that is a huge joy to me.  Yes, it means work, weeds, watering and other types of ‘stuff’, but it also means sunshine, rain, and (for me) just plain happiness!

Mindy Min-Min Lou is delighted I finally brought out the summer furniture.  Her most favorite spot in all the world to relax—they even beat a warm car hood in the winter.

Then, for Mindy, there is the rolling in the dry dirt, dust  bath.  Right up there with laying on your back, tummy up soaking in the sun—she is such an odd little cat

Walks with Mom always mean…Mindy walks on the gated pipe…”Why not?” she asks.  “I never fall off.”

As for Boomer Beaglie Brown…just being with Mom is all he wants.

Wonder, just look through the eyes of a child or an animal…we can see the world in fresh new ways.

From my heart to your world,


Something Larger Than Yourself—Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The work goes on…first light –until way past last light– arriving back in the yard in a flurry of falling stars in the velvet night.

Yesterday Terry worked in the alfalfa field and I finished up raking the whole yard, all the flower beds, around all the outbuildings, and

(This is an old photo, but it gives you an idea of what I did yesterday)

worked on getting the canal bank ready for the water to come.  A huge job.

The fertilizer truck arrived around 7 this morning.  So now Terry is

rolling the fertilizer on the corn fields.

Water is supposed to be in the canal any day now.  We took a short drive around 5 yesterday afternoon, checking the canals above us to see where the water was…our lives revolve around water.

It’s a busy time of year, but a good time.  It gives me a sense of reaching out to something ever so much larger than myself.  Our farm, a small, vibrant island of life.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm








Weather and Moon Lore—Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Moon-and-fox(This is an old photo, but I love the fox and the corn and the full moon, so decided to use it for today’s post.)

Today is March’s Full Moon beginning phase…I love the full moon!  Anyway, this is called the Worm Moon in the Northern Hemisphere.  The earth is beginning to warm, the ground to thaw and the earthworm casts to appear.  Once this happens the Robins return to brighten our days. (Although I’ve seen robins for a bit now.)

In the far north this moon is called the Crow Moon–the cawing signals the end of winter and in the eastern part of the north is the Sap Moon marking the time of tapping maple trees.

StunningThere is also old farm lore that says if the 21st of the start of the four-seasons…(yesterday was the 21st of Spring) will tell what the next three months will bring; hot, dry, windy or cold.  We had beautiful weather yesterday…the morning was clear and bright and warm, by the afternoon the wind came up…a warm wind.  Then the clouds started flinging themselves over us.

The wind blew off and on all night (although it was a warm wind) and is still gusting heavily; although it’s still warm it is cooling down.


Terry is rolling the plowed fields (still) it takes many acres of rolling before he can start leveling.

Maybe you know some more interesting rural (country) lore.  If you do, would you please share.  I rather enjoy collecting them.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


First Blooms of the Season–Sunday, March 22, 2015

The apricots are blooming!

Apricot-tree-6All our trees (we only have four) are ancient apricot trees.

Apricot-tree-5The one on the farm road has pink blossoms—it is the only one on the farm to have pink blooms.

Apricot-tree-1The one at our house has white blooms

Apricot-tree-3The other two in the yard of the other house are a cross between pink and white

Apricot-tree-4But the pretties of them all (to me) is the one on the farm road.

Spring has now officially arrived…the Apricots are blooming!

Happy Spring all my friends!  Or Happy Autumn if you are now experiencing the cool down — opposite of our warm up!

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,