The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Wednesday — Step Five, Water is Athletic —Wednesday, May 4

Well, maybe not the water itself, but Mom and Dad sure are.

There is the headgate, you have to keep all the trash out of it,

sometimes Dad has to walk across the headgate on the tiny little board to put other ‘blocking’ boards in,

and sometimes Dad has to put down the side of the tiny walking board a screen to filter out the trash.

Trash is a huge part of keeping the water flowing.

Trash stops the water,

causes it to pool up and then will become a flood.  Trash makes Dad and mom athletic getting down and digging it out of the water.

Then there is putting in and removing the dams.  That is a dam you are seeing.

Dad uses several dams all along the ditches so the water isn’t just rushing by and causing some other sort of crisis somewhere else along the way.

At each dam, the water rises until there is enough water Mom and Dad can start the tubes.

Mom says you have to be fast or the water will rise so high that it will run over the side of the ditch and cause a flood.

The water coming out of the cement ditch into the tubes goes into little furrows that keep the water manageable.

Over time the furrow becomes imprinted with the water and won’t let the water run over into another row.

But in the Springtime, when everything is starting to ‘learn’ it’s way-of-being, Mom and Dad have to walk down the rows and make sure the water stays in its own row and doesn’t get greedy and try to take over its neighbor’s row.

The tools used on the water are shovels, rakes/forks (not all the time, but in the early Spring for sure), dams -metal and the

orange fiber material, siphon tubes, a wide variety of trash cleaners,

four-wheelers to get a person from here to there, and people.

Lots of bending and stooping and jumping over ditches and walking on scary boards…if water isn’t athletic, Mom and Dad sure are! 😊

Lots of work, but Mom says it keeps Dad and her young.

TLC Cai-Cai


As the Stars Wheel Through the Heavens —- Thursday, May 4, 2020

And the moon grows from fat, to thin, then to nothing, and back again to fat

The sun —- our sun–that amazing orb lights up the sky.

The sun’s light thrusts itself upon the earth

Wrapping it’s light/rays/heat all around us

A loving and caring gift providing life.

Always, always speaking to the heart of every living thing upon the earth

Sending showers of sun rays through all the clouds

Taking away feelings of despair and melancholy

Shimmering in the sky

While the seasons turn,

A gift only the sun can give,

After chasing away the moon

The stars

And those fading worrisome dreams

and horrid thoughtsafter long sleepless nights.

Thank Heaven and the God(s) above for the sun and a new day!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


That Musical Sound of Water —- Monday, May 4, 2020

Some of our fields are irrigated by gated pipe

We have two different types of pipe, both are gated.

This means there are little gates cut into the pipe which are opened and closed as needed

The gated pipe sounds like a really nice way to go.  No dipping into the water, no setting up of dams..just open or close the gate.

But, even things that seem like a gift in reducing the workload; has its drawbacks.

In this case TRASH!

Trash is a problem in all the ditches, (we have trash cleaners, but sometimes the wind blows in the trash after the trash cleaner has done its work.

Sooooo….here you are looking at a gate all plugged up with trash..stopping the water.

We come along and clean out the trash.  Sometimes the trash is a stick or corn cob–those things get really, really, stuck.  They are very hard to get out.  Gradually, working and working our fingers into the little gate we can break up the item and force it out through the hole.

It takes time, but it can be done.

In a siphon ditch, a person just lifts the trash out with a shovel. 🙂

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


We are Here Together—-Thursday, May 4, 2017

The mail brought me my new router yesterday.  I was so excited.  I only had to to clip in this and that and I was good to go!

Not only that, but I was able to finish up all my spring cleaning of the house, get one of the sheds cleaned up, AND I found one more railroad tie….I just need one more and my flower beds will be done!

The sunset last night was exhilarating–echoing loudly within the sky…creating a muted rush within me—making me feel light on my feet.

From my world to your heart,


The World Paused—-Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Yesterday was a good day, the air was warm, the sun shone, and the clouds started drifting away.

Orange-Glow-2As the sun sat it seemed as if the world and the sky and even the air stood still–breathless, it seemed.

The birds paused in their evening song as if waiting.

Orange-glowThe sunset started out as a small apricot glow, then gradually burst into a brilliance untold. The shadows seemed to grow darker and deeper in seconds as the sky blazed with perfect point of balance of light before dark.

For just a tiny moment in time I felt like I could feel that wonderful heartbeat of Mother Earth and Father Sky’s answering echo.

From my world to your Heart


A Race—Monday, May 4, 2015

You are all heard the old adage:  ” a race against time” I am sure.  We are in a race against weather.  Thunderstorms and light rain are predicated for this afternoon and tomorrow.  Therefore, the planting of the corn is in a rush stage.  Terry is planting the last field today.  First he rips open the ground, lets it dry for two hours, goes back in and plants.

Sun-8But by the end of the day he will have every little seed of corn in the ground and starting to sprout.  The other two fields are already planted.  If the rain holds off (rain will crust the ground and make it hard —we are mostly clay here—for the little sprouts to poke their heads above the soil)  Terry will then get out there and harrow off the hilled part of the rows, making soft soil for the sprouts to come up through.

Today I must go work in the corrals for a spell then I’m going to WEED MY OWN YARD! I’m so excited!

Thank you everyone for stopping by, it’s always nice to touch base with friends!

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,