I get to go outside!
I made all my trips to the vet!
Even that last one —where I am now an adult “neutered’ cat!
I must announce—-BOOMER IS TRULY BETTER!!! YAY! He slept well, he is breathing much, much better. His nose is the same equal size on both sides and he LOVES HIS FOOD!
Then for the very first time in a very long time, he wanted to GO irrigate!
The wind was terribly strong, but he still wanted me to put him up on the four-wheeler—so, of course, I couldn’t turn him down. 🙂
Then on my FaceBook page, another wonderous gift appeared
“I know you love rainbows.” Cheri Schwartz-Harder wrote. “I had to send you this one from my backyard yesterday.
We had an epic 1 1/2 inches of rain in just a few hours and a thunderstorm that was awesome. Then right before sunset, looking East, this appeared. ❤️”
There is was a flaming magical rainbow over their ranch— filling the whole sky!
Music in the form of a billion little drops of light!
Thank you, ever so much, each and every one of you for caring and being there.
My heart is full.
The sound of the tractor adds to the un-silence of the land.
Terry planted the pinto beans five days ago, and today he is Mormon Creasing the field. By that he is taking taking the top off the row and smoothing out the top of the row so the little plants can work their way through a smaller amount of soil.
He also planted a new alfalfa field, which will make us two fields of alfalfa. Although, the new field won’t be ready until next year. There will be a possible cutting in September, but sometimes he doesn’t cut it; allowing the cows to graze it off instead.
This makes the whole farm in production. Finally. Everything is some form of growth or another.
The irrigation water sparkles and splashing it’s way down each furrow cool and free.
Tomorrow or Wednesday (depending on the weather) it will be time to cut the alfalfa
next to our house. Then the air will be scented with green alfalfa drying into lovely hay.
I will leave all the windows open in the house so the perfume fills our rooms and scents our sleep.
Your friend on a western Colorado farm,
3 Reasons Why a Family Tree is Important for Your Children
Tracing your family’s roots back even a few generations can be a challenging experience. However, it is worth the effort because it can have a big impact on your children’s lives. Here are three reasons to create a family tree for your kids.
For a lot of kids, history is a boring subject. It’s a story about things that happened a long time ago, and kids are all about now and the future. When you study your own family history, it helps put things in perspective on a larger scale.
Perhaps you have a great-great-great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War or a great-great-uncle who was a soldier in World War I. Suddenly, these aren’t just stories about people who are dead now. They are stories about your family. The soldiers who marched through heat and cold aren’t strangers; they’re family. Learning about history is a lot more fun if you’re involved in some way and a family tree can tie that in.
When kids learn about their own family tree, it helps them understand more about who they are. They can see that their red hair and freckles go way back to great-great-grandmother Bonnie. Or perhaps the only other person who was short in the family besides them was great-great-great-grandmother Alice.
Learning about their family history can help them develop a better sense of who they are and why they look and act the way they do. It also enhances their feeling of stability and security as they see they are part of something bigger.
As kids grow up, family members pass away. They may forget what great-aunt Anna looks like or how grandfather Bill laughed. While you can tell stories about family members who passed away when the kids were young or even before they were born, these stories will have more meaning if they can be placed in correct association.
For example, say your grandfather was one of eight children. Your child may only know or remember two or three of them. Others are just names that lose their meaning and place in the family without a family tree to help them remember. When your dad talks about Uncle Phil, your kids will understand who he means and pay more attention to the stories. Instead of just words, they will be able to imagine their granddad as a boy, sitting on Uncle Phil’s lap listening to his jokes.
You don’t have to create an extravagant or complicated family tree for it to be of value to the kids. A simple diagram will work wonders to help them make the right connections. However, the more information you can add, including photos, will help them remember who this person was and why they are part of the family.
Suzie Kolber created http://obituarieshelp.org/free_printable_blank_family_tree.html to be the complete online resource for “do it yourself” genealogy projects. The site offers the largest offering of do it yourself genealogy projects.
The site is a not for profit website dedicated to offering free resources for those that are trying to trace their family history.
(http://obituarieshelp.org/free_printable_blank_family_tree.html) The page has been endorsed by several institutions like Brigham Young University, Auburn University and various state and federal agencies and I think this would be helpful to anyone that is starting the task of researching their own family.
I’m proud to say the website receives over 400K visitors per month and helps a lot of children and adults with the first steps of creating a family tree.
Everyday we are making more and more headway.
Oh, well. It is what it is. This is a photo of Boomer and I walking up the ditch bank, moving the dams and helping Terry set the tubes for the alfalfa field. You can see the baby corn coming up in this (our largest) field.
The tool of our trade so to speak. 🙂
Terry has also started working on the new motor for the corn combine…he’s waiting for a couple of parts to come by UPS and then we (mostly him) will take the old motor (it got hot and created a mess) out and this one will go in.
Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,