That Story, the Old, Old Story, Monday, January 24, 2022

Here is a wee walk-about

Showing to you, that old, old story,

Of the silence, which is really not silent

of the beauty of our each and every day.

That sense of timelessness

Of marvelous and easy grace

Casting a tiny spell of contentment

A sense of wonder


Of daily life on our farm.


From my world to your heart,


Water—The Voice of the Land, Monday, November 8, 2021

It’s that time of year (again) when all the canals are turned off

Allowing the reservoirs and lakes to start filling again

It’s a lovely but (for me) a tad sad

For that means winter is looming

Still, I gather at the fences and allow the joyful tinkling of the life-giving water

Lifting  the energy of my mind,

my spirit and soul.

A marvelous sensation, akin to the beating of God(s) heart!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


If I’m Not Here Tuesday, Monday, October 4, 2021

Today, Monday, Terry goes in for a hernia operation.

It will be good to get this hernia fixed

It’s an in-and-out operation, so I should be back tomorrow.

But, just in case I’m not

You will know why.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


I Don’t Care if it is August —Autumn has Arrived, Monday, August 30, 2021

The sky, the air, the light

Has all changed.

Terry says it feels like the middle of September now

I agree with him.

Autumn/Fall is early this year.

Maybe it (Autumn) will linger on longer than normal,

Allowing those of us who are very fond of this time of year,

(See the spider in her web…waiting, waiting…shudder)

To enjoy its perfection.

From my world to your heart,




In the Bright Shafts of Sun Shine, Monday, September 14, 2020

Boomer and I headed to the Upper End, yesterday,

Just enjoying the smiling sunshine

Enjoying the  clouds forming over the Uncompaghre Plateau

When I ran into those pesky wasps on the way back (again)

I just had to see

If I could

Get a decent 


Or two.

Although, this is blurry (as they all are) the attack in the sky was very dramatic.

That was pretty cool to see!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


Third Cutting of Hay—Monday, August 6, 2018

The Third cutting of hay is occurring right now, even as I write!

It’s early this year.¬† By about three weeks.

But when it’s ready to cut, it’s ready!

The third cutting of rich, thick alfafa…drying in the sun.¬† Soon to be made into hay!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm


All the Way from (Near) Rapallo, Liguria, Italy, Monday, June 20, 2016

From Italy

No rainbow yet but something else that might interest you. My daughter spotted what I believe is a little Kevin Helmholtz cloud…


(See that little wavy cloud?  What a neat find)

Wave CloudHere you can see it better!

Charlotte from the blog, THE DAILY CURE sent me this series of cloud photos. (And a tiny little peak into the wonderful world of Italy!)

I always, always, always enjoy getting photos from you. ¬†I promise I will post them and give you credit—that way even more people can see this big, wonderful world we live in!

And I truly believe the earth, sky, and all of nature are¬†a magical things! A treasure we only need to stop and ‘see’.

From my world to your heart,


A Little Bit Every Day—-Tuesday, December 8, 2015

15¬†Going for our daily walk, Boomer, Monkey the cat, and Sam-Sam our old cat, watched the night slowly come in….spreading it’s wings of brilliant color on the Paonia Mountains,

17Brushing Grand Mesa with broad strokes of rose, and orange and a different shade of pink.Sky-6

The mountains and the Black Canyon around Montrose and Gunnison lite up in vast amounts of the same color.

The cold silence of darkness descended—darkness is coming faster and faster every day. ¬† Spreading night into the dips and hallows, filling in the rows of still standing corn, while the stars burn brighter and brighter as the evening gloaming grows stronger.

We walked to small point on the land where¬†I can look over the tops of the corn to the south, west and north…enjoying the stunning vista. ¬†A small rises where the plateaus¬†fall away below us, and we can see beyond our mesa, and beyond the Rubidoux Canyon into the next Canyons and the flat lands and more knobs and knolls, into a blue distance, hazed with the breath of the desert. ¬†(Looking toward Grand Junction, Colorado)

Turning around to the east the land is flat, devoid of corn crops, whereby the sunset was busy splashing masses of color on all the mountains.

Only a few more days [now] until December 21st and the winter Solstice!   At 9:49 p.m. here in our part of the world.

Sky-3I can’t tell you HOW READY I am!!!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,




Scenes of Fall, Monday, September 28, 2015

DustWe have finished with the pinto beans. Cleaned up the truck and the combines putting them to bed for…well, forever.

Today we start hauling dirt from the settling ponds..

Fall-2Sometimes we haul the dirt in the spring, but this year Terry wants to do it in the fall.

ScatterHe is very serious about renting out the place next year, so he wants to have the farm in ‘perfect’ order for the renter.

WorkWe use this dirt to build up areas that have either washed away or blown away.  This soil is also spread out over the farm ground to fill in holes that have developed.

FallOff now!  My wish for you is that your day is the best it can be!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


Guest Post— Monday, September 14, 2015

Awhile back I got this really nice email from a gentleman, Jack Smith.  He wrote he accidently stumbled upon my blog while looking for more information on chickens and chicken coops.  Once there he said he spent much time checking back over my posts and decided he wanted to contact me.

Well, to make this into a short story, Jack Smith,¬†¬†is my guest today, providing us with a infographic about Chicken coops. ¬†Jack graciously explained a little of his interest in chickens and why he designed the infographic. ¬†He is also connected with the site…, if any of you are interested.

InfographicHello! My name’s Jack  Smith and I’m very glad to have been given the opportunity to write here by Linda.

I designed the infographic you just saw above and I want to talk a little bit about why I created it and  about keeping poultry. When I first started looking into how to build a chicken coop I was shocked at  the amount of information there was. All the different types and the poultry lingo were all a bit  much for me as a beginner and I felt intimidated.

Was I ready for such a huge task?

In reality, building your own coop is a relatively simple DIY project. Chickens aren’t as picky as you  and me! My fear is that the vast amount of information on the subject will put off newcomers to our  hobby and prevent them from taking the first step into keeping poultry. That’s why I decided to collect just 8 key features that you should have in your coop and put them into an easy to read and  understand infographic. I hope that this will soften the entry for newcomers and show them that  even just a simple coop is better than no coop!

If you are interested in keeping chickens then I would highly encourage you to get started. Not only  do they produce some of the most delicious eggs I’ve ever eaten, backyard chickens are also a great pet for children [and adults] . I believe that children can learn a significant amount from animals and chickens don’t require nearly as much attention as dogs (trust me).

I truly hope you enjoyed my infographic and maybe I’ll be back here to speak to you all again  sometime!

Another small gift from the readers of this blog to you!

Your friend,


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