I Know I’ve Told You Before— Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Still, I want to tell and show you again

45 minutes before the sun sets

All the blemishes on the earth

And in the air

Change to Pink!

It’s so stunning and

And beautiful

I have to be outside in it!

No matter how cold it is. (or how cold it is going to get—Sundog)

I want to be outside in a rose-colored world!

From my world to your heart,


Essential– the Vitality of Light (and the JOY) — Monday, November 23, 2020

I love the light

Of that, I am sure you already know

And I love the shadows the light give us

I love how the sunlight breaks forth from the clouds

Bathing all sorts of objects in gold

I love how the setting sun creates a harmony of brilliant colors

Or bathes the sky in mellow pastels

Shadows can only exist in light

Even jumbles of obstacles can not stop light brilliantly shining through

I love how the light shines gleaming through the cold icy air gives us Sundogs —[we are steadily declining into very cold weather].

Light and shadows —

Coloring our world with joy

From my sphere of the globe to your heart,


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!—-Thursday, November 23, 2017

“There are four unbroken rules when it comes to Thanksgiving: there must be turkey and dressing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.”–John Hadamuskin


From my world to yours,


Blessings—-Wednesday, November 23, 2016


My blessing (anyway)

The earth and the sky

My destiny, of which I am still learning of daily

The sounds all around; creaking, flapping, sighing

rainThe hard brilliant lights of silver stars, and the shining of the moon in black velvet shadows

Plus all the people—family and friends who fill my life!

I am most blessed.


With heartfelt thanks,


Checking it Twice—Sunday, November 23, 2014

more1.jpgSome of you have asked if the corn is tested at the elevator…for it looks like unscrupulous souls could just truck in wet corn and drive away laughing, if the workers at the elevator didn’t check.

You are so right!

The new combines all have computers in them—monitoring everything from the time the seed is put into the planter to when the corn is harvested.  The operator knows what the moisture is when he puts it in the truck.  BUT it doesn’t matter what the farmer says the moisture is…it matters what the workers at the elevator say the moisture is.  They are the last word…it is their product once it goes out of the truck into the silos.  Depending on the size of the truck probes are inserted into the load and samples of the each and every load is taken before the corn is approved for purchase.

YES! there are always those that try to slip in a wet load….but they always get caught and the word is out on them.  Who wants that type of reputation?

Our combines are not computerized (at all); we use a moisture meter at the house. Sometimes Terry drives samples on down to the elevator, but mostly it’s done here.


The best time of the day to take the test is in the afternoon, before the sun starts to set and the air starts to chill down.  We –Terry, Boomer, and I drive to all the different fields and get two or three cobs to test from each one in different locations of the field.

TestingThe cob is shelled and then dumped into the tester, if we get a consistent count (14%) we are good to go.  (Dry corn will take on the moisture of wet corn raising the moisture content  within the truck bed–so we aim for the 14%).

MoistureStill too high…now what?

We went shopping! (and lunch out)

ShoppingSurprisingly just what he has been looking for was right there waiting for us to write a check.

Not bad for a Saturday trip to Grand Junction, Colorado!

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,

Linda 🙂