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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The Song of the Red-Wing Black Birds, Monday, April, 20, 2015

This Spring the Red-Winged Blackbirds came!

I don’t know why they have left the Upper End with it’s lush pond and a swampy area, but they have.  When they came (and they are still here) the Western Meadow Larks and all the other birds left for the Upper End, although yesterday I saw Robins on the Western side of the house and yard.

I’m not complaining I love their cheerful little songs and watching them flit and fly from branches to my feeding stations.

They are most joyful birds, don’t you agree?

Your friend,


Stretch Marks, Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014

It’s that time of year….

Third-Cutting-of-Hay(Third cutting of alfalfa)

When all of spring and summer come together

Pink-over-hayThird cutting of hay is cut and drying…Terry is raking and turning the rows even as I type away.

SoonSoon, very soon…maybe tomorrow or the next day…it all depends on the weather, he will pull the pinto beans.

Stretches-4The corn has passed the blister stage, moving into the dough. After that it will be ready to ‘dry down’.

Stretch-2We are on the last little bits of irrigation.  No more changing water on the pinto beans, only one more good soaking of the alfalfa, after the last bale has been hauled and stacked (possibly two if the fall is terribly dry—alfalfa can’t go into the winter dry or the crop will die.)

All that is left is watering the corn, by the end of September (in 30 days, maybe a few more, but not many-maybe even less) the irrigation water will be turned off to our farm.

We will be done.

After that we wait…until the last of October or the first of November when the harvest of the field corn begins.  Those that have ensilage or chopp’n corn, or silage (it’s all one in the same) will start filling the silos this week.

The stretch for harvest has begun!

Sun-eveningThen winter’s silence will descend.

But not for awhile.

Not for awhile.

Not just yet.

The gift of the spring and summer’s work will be collected.  The work is has begun!

We will stretch ourselves thin, eat on the run, get up before dawn and settle back down way after dusk.  It will look easy to those driving by—people who have moved to the country to get away from the crowds.

I suppose it is, after all these years…it’s because we practice all the time. The continuing education credits come when this year’s paycheck comes in.  (We are paid once a year for pinto beans and corn.  The hay brings in small checks as the bales are sold.)

Stretch-1Harvest!  It is what we work for— the accumulation of the year.

Your friend on a farm in Western Colorado,






In the Good Old Summer Time — Monday, June 23, 2014

My Mother and my Mother’s family were always a musical group.  Momma didn’t really play the piano, she more or less played at the piano, her Aunt Lois Did Play and very well.  (She was a music teacher for an Idaho school system all her working life), my grandfather played the guitar, his brother played the fiddle, Momma’s Uncle Henry played the Cornet, and my brother played (and still plays the guitar).

IMG_3525My point to all of this is we grew up with music in our every day lives—and we grew up with a radio playing songs. (And we all sang with them…even off key!)

IMG_3534This morning is beautiful here!  A perfect song of a day.  (Suddenly) thinking about the day I remembered an old song In the Good Old Summer Time…  Momma would sometimes sing this to my brother and I as we made our beds in the morning, or if we were walking down to our Grandparents in the evening.

IMG_3538 Sometimes, while playing outside, we could hear Momma burst into song, singing her way through the day.


For some reason this song is running though my thoughts today:


There’s a time in each year

That we always hold dear,

Good old summer time;

With the birds and the trees-es

,And sweet scented breezes,

Good old summer time,

When you day’s work is over

Then you are in clover,

And life is one beautiful rhyme

,No trouble annoying,

Each one is enjoying,

The good old summer time.


Of course there are more verses, but this says enough.

Today is a day they write songs about!


Your friend,


Monday, December 30, 2013

We have begun the second part of the repair on the furnace—the first step is to get TO the furnace

Terry can get to the furnace by crawling on his belly, and has done that for years.  But, now, since we are both old and the crawling seems awful he is digging a trench, by hand, under the house.  This way he won’t have to be on his belly but can have space to too and fro, from there to here

FurnaceThis really is a ‘big deal’ requiring lots of work…first he goes in (with my old scoop shovel)

Shovel-3Fills up the shovel,(with another shovel that has a broken handle) hands the shovel back out to me, I load it into the wheel barrow

Furnace-1After the wheel barrel is full (another favorite tool of mine–the wheel barrel!  I have two of them and I use them for everything) I haul it to different spots along the canal, or the road, or next to a ditch to fill in holes.

We work until we can’t work any longer, then it takes two to three days to recover.  YES, I know that a young person could get this whole thing done in a day…but we aren’t young…Terry will be 70 in May and I will be 65 in three weeks.  So we trudge along.  Gradually it will get there.

Terry has replaced all the pipe to the furnace already, so that job is out of the way.  Once we get the trench dug then it will be time to go to Grand Junction to see if we can find a new valve for the furnace.  If we can’t then we have to dig even bigger trench and drag the old furnace out; replacing it with another furnace, which we will have to drag in an put in place.

It will take time, we will do it in stages, there isn’t a rush because we have the wood stove and lots of wood.

We worked the day after Christmas; this afternoon we will start again.  We wait until it’s warmer outside—I don’t know why, we get so hot we have to shed our layers of coats before we are done.

SO off I go to help him now!  Everyday we gain a little bit more!

Your friend,