The Adventures of Boomer on Friday— Where we are Now

Where we are now…the pinto bean harvest is over.  Although, Dad says he isn’t selling the pinto beans right now…he wants to wait for a spell.

There is still irrigation water to set and change. The corn is still in need of water and the alfalfa fields also.

Look at this!  It’s a Foam Ball—pretty cool.  This Foam Ball was made from the foam on the ditch water going around and round and round.  As soon as Mom and Dad removed the dam it was gone.

Mom watches out for me lots now.  She says she does NOT want me wandering off searching for news and stuff…

next month I will be 13 years old and she says my age will get in the way of me staying safe out there in the wilds of the farm.

I rode every day and every second of the whole pinto bean harvest with Mom.  Even in the broiling sun!  Then I rode in the back of the pick up to town and back to go to TRACTOR SUPPLY (that’s MY store) and went with Mom to get parts when the combine broke down.

I was really busy!

But I do stay close to Mom.

Especially out on the ditch bank.

I can still hear well and I can see better than some dogs at my age, but sometimes I wonder if she might be right.

For Instance—last night—way in the dark, when I went out to relieve myself…. I SAW SPACE SHIP LIGHTS!!!

That was scary!

I know about real SCARY things on the farm like, coyotes and stuff like that, but SPACE ALIENS I don’t know anything about and I don’t want to LEARN!!!

So that’s where we are now.  Harvest of the pinto beans is over—the corn harvest is yet to come.  The days are growing shorter and shorter.

And the nights colder.

The hummingbirds are fewer and fewer.  Mom only sees them in the early morning or late in the evening at the feeder.  This morning there were actually 4 drinking.  Yesterday there was only 2.

The Barn Swallows have left; all the summer birds are gone now.  Makes Mom sad…but I tell her there is no reason to be sad.  SHE HAS ME!

WAIT!  What was that?!?  I think I had better so see!


Boomer Brown




Day Three—We Continue—-September 11, 2018

One more day…we should finish today!  It’s been long, hot and tiring.  I have had too much sun (I’m outside the combine) and the dust is thick.

It’s a huge process, but one we enjoy.  We must we’ve been doing it for 50 years. 🙂
Terry is setting up the auger so the beans can go into the truck in this photo.

We trashed up yesterday and had to stop and clean out the inner workings of the combine…took some time, but we got it done.  See the pile of trash.

It was cloudy and windy all afternoon, but the rain didn’t fall on us.  Which was a good thing at this point and time.

Also, I had gone to get a tool when GUESS WHAT I FOUND!?!?!  YES!

A pink heart-shaped rock!

How cool that is!

Off to the field now.  Have a great day everyone.  Bar breaking down we should finish today!!!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Letting in Insects and Sunshine—Monday, September 10, 2018

Good Morning!

After taking off Sunday—we always try to keep Sunday free of un-necessary work

We began again on the pinto bean field.  Because of the nature of dried pinto beans, we can’t start work until around 2:00 in the afternoon–and then will work until the light holds no longer.  (although there are lights on the combine, by that time of day we are tired.)

Mornings are not lazy nor are they particularly drifting

They are full of all sorts of tasks and projects which must be done by lunch. Then there are those things which also must be accomplished in a most ordinary fashion in a daily basis

By two o’clock in the blazing magical light of the afternoon sun, we set back out for the pinto bean field

Once more until it is time to stop-grab a quick supper, continue on…then gather ourselves into the last push of changing the water before dark

Working together in a companionly way

Until we stop for the night.

Harvest…a lovely satisfaction.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,




Finally We Have Begun—-Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Here we are…on the third day of the pinto bean harvest.

First the pinto beans are pulled and gathered into a row.

Then Terry will go back in and run a blade under the row, lifting up any plants still attached to the soil.

After which we wait a spell…it all depends on the weather…sun, heat, wind, or rain

After which he will go back in and combine the now dry plants.  Once he combines them (shelling the bean pods and putting them into the hopper; loaded onto a large grain truck)

The loads of pinto beans will be hauled to The Beanery where the beans will be sorted, cleaned, bagged and sold.  Afterward we get our paycheck for the year!

Here is where we are in our farming process—-all the alfalfa is sold, the pinto beans are in the beginning of the process to completion…we are still irrigating the corn.

(Plus we are still irrigating the alfalfa fields…it would not do to have the alfalfa fields go into the winter dehydrated.  IF that were to happen there would not be any alfalfa to turn into hay next year. 🙂

So that is the big excitement here….the first steps of the pinto bean harvest!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,




The Finish of the Week, One of Marvels—Sunday, October 8, 2017

Like the wind rushing musically throughout the drying corn

The weather held, turning into bright October days, full of sunlight

Harvested, delivered and sold!  First paycheck of the year! (Besides the hay, that is)
Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



On a Few Bright, Crisp September Days—Thursday, September 21, 2017

The days are warm and lovely with a small wind from off the Uncompahgre Plateau

I just make sure not to be on the side the trash drifts! 🙂

We blazed though one field  the first afternoon,

Finished the second field yesterday


Then as the light brighten the sky, throwing shadows deep and blue across the earth we took the last load to the Beanery.

Two fields done!  YIPPEE!!

Now we wait…one more field to go.  But that won’t be until around the first of October.  Fingers Crossed for sunny, drying weather!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


We Begin Again—Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Finally, after too much rain for harvest time.  We were able to begin again yesterday!


If the weather holds (crossed fingers and toes) we should be done late Wednesday night. with the last load to the Beanery Thursday morning.

last-bean-field-2Bearing NO breakdowns or too long of lines at the Beanery.

going-back-for-another-load(Trucks are empty heading back for more.)

bean-harvestWish us luck!


Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Step Two/Pinto Bean Harvest—-Sunday, September 11, 2016

pinto-bean-bladeStep Two is to blade the beans—which means the next day, after the pinto beans are pulled Terry goes back in with a special blade

blading-the-beansDesigned to go under the rows of beans, lifting them up and cutting off any weeds or beans the bean puller missed.


All of this MUST be done in the very cool of the morning—it would NOT do to have the pinto beans pods shatter and spill all the pinto beans onto the ground; lost in the dirt.

Once the stems and weeds and pods get to the right level of dryness we harvest!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Getting Close–Thursday, September 25, 2015

Wake-UpWe are getting close (now),  to being done, with the pinto bean harvest.  Tomorrow should see the end!

3Prices are low. They are low on the corn and the hay also.  But storing something doesn’t always produce a higher price later on.

I always find this so odd…the farmer get a small amount, but the retail in the grocery store is extremely high…too many middle people along the way, I guess.


We are still irrigating the alfalfa field.  It’s a big field and takes a long time to get across, but we should finish with the irrigation by Saturday.

Drying-Corn-1After that we wait.

Corn harvest will start the last of October, or in November sometime, it all depends on the moisture content of the corn.

Winding down to gear up again…it called harvest!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


All Through—Monday, September 15, 2014

Thankfully the pinto beans are at the Beanery (this is the name of the elevator that cleans and stores the pinto beans in our area—the Olathe Producers is another elevator which does the same thing).

At the elevator the pinto beans will be cleaned and sorted and culled…any broken (splits), discolored beans, and green pintos will be sifted into the proper pile to be sold.

Green pinto beans will be thrown away along with any chaff or weeds or weed seeds.  The discolored beans has a very small market for animal feed….cows love pinto beans.  The splits will go to a factory to be made into smashed canned pinto beans ready for your taco.

White The other pinto beans…the really nice ones will be sold at market value for whole pinto beans to be used however the buyer wishes.  The whole pinto bean market is what a farmer strives for…that is where the most money is to be made—right now the market is extremely volatile/unstable.  Terry will talk with the owner of the Beanery sometime today to see if they can sell the beans for us and for what price.

Zinnia-4Then Terry will decide if we hold them for a spell or sell.  Mostly he likes to sell because a truly fresh pinto bean is liked by most people.  If you have ever eaten a truly fresh pinto bean you will be stunned at the difference in the cook time, the flavor and the size of the bean.

There isn’t pay check until the beans are sold!

Oh, for the record….I’ve been asked several times if we take subsidies for farming.

NO!  NEVER!   Neither did my parents or grandparents and neither has Terry’s Dad or grandfather.  If we can’t pay our own way we don’t do it.  That is why we both worked in town…and why we have old equipment…if you can’t afford it you don’t need it…has always been the mantra on our farm.

ENOUGH of that ….since Terry got Linkin a new compound bow, we thought it would fun to take Tally shopping.  She wanted a “REAL COWGIRL HAT”.  Not a fake one made of plastic.

CowgirlOff we went to the Davis Clothing Company where she picked out a black hat…no pink one for her, Thank you Very much!  It was really nice to shop at the Davis Clothing Company, Rena, Mr. Davis’ daughter, let Tally try on several different colors—then she steamed the hat so it was the perfect COWGIRL shape, and took her to the special three-way-mirrors so Tally could see which one was just right for her.  The experience was very nice.


Later, at home, Tallin wanted to practice with Terry’s longbow and her ONE arrow, of course wearing the COWGIRL hat!  What a hoot!

Well, the two big harvests are out of the way (the hay and the pinto beans), and the irrigation is about done— now we wait until the end of October or later for the harvest of the field corn.  A little break in the farming before the next big round of hard work.

OneAll is good and right with the world!

Your friend on a farm