To Have All This is Wondrous Daily Feast—-Sunday, July 12, 2020

Although, the days are extremely hot (100-106*f–up to 41.11c)

The nights cool down, way down to 59*f or less (15c)

The sun hot and baking during the day

The cool nights

(plus watering)

keeps everything growing gently

The constant hot afternoon wind rustles the corn stalks, causing the developing ears to be pollinated

Everything enjoying

The move from the rays of the sun

to the cooling

Shadows

Of the shade.

Shade—

bringing a soft and welcome

break — bringing a

Softness to the air.

Hot summer days

Growing crops

Shade giving comfort to beasts and man alike

Rich, flourishing Summer

Making full and happy hearts

Good morning, My Friends!

From my world to your Hearts,

Linda

 

 

Happiness Has Heard Your Name—-Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you. Hafez

The earth, the sky, water, animals, and plants all of the natural world—makes me happy.

Living on this farm, hugging on the farmer every night, or randomly throughout the day,

 Those are all such joy producing moments

Every second of every day

The stories of each and everything surrounding me tells a story

Sometimes the story is one of sadness…like the two little baby raccoons smashed on the county road this morning

But the largest majority of the day (and night) is full of wonder

And, above all, magic.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

There is Always One–Monday, November 10, 2014

12I think there must be a Law of Nature, or maybe of the Universe, or maybe a sort of contrary energy field that runs in a zig-zag instead of straight—-whatever it is there is ALWAYS ONE!

RoseYou know ‘that one’ — the kid that can never stay still in the classroom, or the employee who always, always marches to a different drummer, or a dog who just doesn’t ‘get’ whatever you have taught a million other dogs to understand.

If you’ve ever had a flock of sheep to move you know that often times the WHOLE flock will follow a goat…I have no idea why, but they will….just put a goat in the mix and the whole flock will head to wherever the goat wants to go (and you lead the goat)…except one.  (Maybe two if you have a large flock and those two are a PAIN to get to the place you want them to be–enter the sheep dog..yup, works every time.)  Most shepherds just use the sheep dog now a days.

That ONE exists everywhere—people, animals and PLANTS!!!!! GRRRRR

Always-OneSee that HUGE wonderfully full of leaves tree down at the other house?  Yep!  That’s the one.  And it’s smack dab right in the middle of the whole back yard.  You can’t tell it from the photo but it is.  The clothes line stretches from it to another tree (devoid of all it’s leaves) at the edge of the yard.

I have every leaf raked and the lawn clean,; trying to get the ankle deep leaves up before the weather changes and I have a huge mess.  Accept— I must wait for that tree! The One!  The one that marches to a totally different rhythm.

“WHY!”  I shouted at it yesterday.  “WHY can’t you push off your leaves at the same time as all the others in the yard.

All I heard was a huge belly laugh followed by several snorts and a snorkle…”Because I don’t want too”  the lovely tree replied,  “I do it when I’m good and ready and not a minute before.”

I suppose so, I muttered to myself, I suppose so.

Your friend,

Linda

 

June 30, 2013

Still in the blast furnace stage of heat — 105* yesterday.

8-in-the-morning 

By 8 in the morning we were roasting, but I didn’t turn on the swamp cooler until 9:00 a.m.  I was trying to keep as much natural air in the house as possible.  After that we just couldn’t do it.

Smoke-from-Silver-Jack

There are lots of fires around us, one is up by the Silver Jack Reservoir near Cimaron.  I would say, maybe 30 miles from Montrose.  If memory serves me right it was lighting started.

Smoke

 

You are looking at all the smoke around us.

I wish the forestry service (or whoever makes the decisions) would cut down all the dead and dying trees. They really need to get rid off all the fuel for those fires.

 

When we went to Yellowstone last fall the forests there were clean…nothing dead or in a dying stage.  I saw new trees growing in lighting started fire burns, which was really nice to see.  

It isn’t just humans that loose their homes or perish in these nasty fires animals do also and then many times they lose their lives.

When I was a child the lumber jacks would find a disease tree — go get the forest service ranger, show him the tree…it was marked…then the loggers could come back in and remove the tree, put it in a separate pile, tests were run on the tree to see why it was sick and what to do about it, then the tree was headed to the mill. 

That doesn’t seem to be the case now.  It looks like the trees are allowed to die so the bug or disease finishes off the tree — jumps to another tree and proceeded to decimate all of the lovely old trees setting up perfect fuel for a fire.

Dead-trees

In talking to a ranger a while back and relating what I just said, he told me that the idea (I may get this a little off) is to let the forest take care of itself —so to speak.  If one species dies then the fire will clean the land so new can grow.  That maybe so, but watching these lovely old trees (here in Colorado it takes a long, long, long time for a tree to grow) die is really sad to me. (If any ranger or forest manager is reading this maybe you could leave us a comment so we can understand—understanding often helps.)

Anyway, the following is an older photo of where the Silver Jack Reservoir resides…beautiful country up there and extremely rugged.

Up-where-the-Silver-Jack-li

 

We had a slight rainfall last night.  Really nothing to speak of  lots of wind and a few splatters then it blew on leaving us behind.

Great-rainbowBut it left us a touch of a rainbow!  My first of the summer!

Well the day is waiting and I must get out there and get my watering done before the horrendous heat saps me and everything else.

Hugs,

Linda

 

Nodding Thistle or also known as Musk Thistle

We have many, many weed here…some are just a pain, but others are really horrid. The invasive species are the worst….nothing likes to eat them, they sterilize the soil so only ‘they’ can grow, and (usually) they are ugly –Russian Knapp Weed, Canada Thistle are examples.

Randomly there is a weed that is just downright beautiful-but still a weed and still an invasive weed.  I chop them down the second I see them start to form.  Sometimes I miss one or so, before you know it…there they are.

Nodding-Thistle

The Nodding Thistle or also known as the Musk Thistle is one of those horrid weeds which is incredibly beautiful.

Nodding

This one got by my shovel, so I took photos of it for you.

nasty-purple-thistle

A beautiful weed

Now chopped off.

But I can assure you there are more out there! Invasive species have incredible survival skills.

Linda

Get Ready for July

July is Butterfly Count Month!

The North American Butterfly Association needs volunteers to count butterflies in a selected are 15 miles wide in diameter, called count circles.

Milkweed

Our milkweed is blooming now and, of course, other really fun food for butterflies.

If you are interested in being part of the butterfly count go here: http://www.naba.org/

Have a nice Thursday!

Linda

Last Day of April

We had 84* yesterday…unheard of for April…that is more like July temps.  By this evening a storm will be here (complete with 40 m.p.h. gusts of wind) and rain showers.  It must be a fast moving storm as by Thursday we will be calm and settled once more.

The other thing with the storm is the temperatures are supposed to drop into the low 60s* and freeze.

We will see freezes from now until the snow is melted off  the point on Grand Mesa….

Any who…I sure am enjoying all of this…the little Robin’s are waking up right after me and singing the day awake –I hear their cheerful little songs starting around 5:15.  Lifts my heart up!

Planting-Corn

Terry is planting corn, in five days he will harrow the rows down so the little stalks can come through, then he will mark it back out and we will start water on it again.  We have to be careful on when to start the water back up, if the seed is in one certain stage and you put water on it  the seed will die and rot away.

Timing is everything.

Walking-water

We go out early, early and irrigate.  We are in a field that has extremely long rows (think half a mile) which requires us to walk the water through…meaning we have to make sure the trash doesn’t plug up the furrow causing the ground to sub over before the water makes it to the end of the row.

We start the tubes and then start walking the water.

Trash

We are doing this three times a day, early light, 1 p.m. and then at 7:00 in the evening.

Cleaning-the-head-gate

As time consuming and tedious this is I actually enjoy it.  Which is a good thing, because I do most of this while Terry goes to the head gate (I’m rather afraid of the head gate) and cleans trash along the way.

Works out for both of us!

Sunset-1

Have a lovely end of April day…tomorrow we will start MAY!

Linda

April 23, 2013

A very cold winter wind is here!

Storm-Moving-in

The lovely spring day we had yesterday is just a distant memory now.  A tease of warmth and loveliness.

The wind turned cold last night, waking us up to freeze warnings until tomorrow morning sometime.

The fireplace feels good!

Still the work must go on.

Bean-Ground-Readying

We got word that we just might be able to have 55% water, instead of the 50% so Terry made the decision to go ahead and plant pinto beans.  This will put 70% of our farm into production.  ( I was hoping for alfalfa, but pintos don’t take as much water and their growing season is much shorter.)

Watering-hay

We’ve started the water in the established alfalfa field — another field that has an earth ditch and siphon tubes.  This morning when changing the tubes…moving the water on down the field … there was ice along the rows.

Hay-and-boomerAlfalfa at this stage of it’s life can handle some freezing, but newly planted and just starting to pop up alfalfa would be killed.

Bean-Ground

Today Terry has finished leveling the pinto bean field (putting a slight grade on the land so the water will run ‘down’ the rows and on out to the waste ditch), and started marking out the rows.

Marking-out-the-bean-ground

(Terry is marking out the bean ground, even as I type)

As soon as we are through the alfalfa field we will start water on the pinto bean field.

I sure hope this last nasty/cold winter wind/storm is the last of winter’s hurrah!  It’s been so cold the snow hasn’t even started to melt in the mountains…which is a blessing and a curse wrapped up as one.

Well, enough of this whine at least it must be snowing somewhere, its just that cold.  And snow means water and water means less worry about drought and less drought is good for everyone.

Stay warm, my friends!  At some point winter really will leave and spring will arrive!  When it does—We all will be ready!

Linda

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Terry is leveling the fields.  He will plant only two fields this year.  These two fields with the alfalfa field will be our crops.

Leveling

The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users have cut  the amount from 60% to 50% of your allotment.  (Although, we will still have to pay for the 100% allotted to our farm–as does everyone else who farms.  Doesn’t seem right to me, but that is what it is).

If–-IF — there is more water (which we all doubt) by the end of May, he will plant, possibly, some pinto beans.  We just have to wait and see.

We would like to plant more alfalfa, depending on the water,  maybe we will and maybe we won’t.

I guess, Dear Readers, you are in just as much of a quandary as we are.  As my Mother used to say: “Time will tell.”

And so it shall.

Thank you for all of your magic thoughts and your concern…we are moving forward in faith and hope and with a little luck we will make it to harvest!

Sunset

Linda

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring work has begun….

Spring-Work-1

Terry has been disking the corn stalks.

Spring-2

 

I loved these photos of the spring buds and the spring work.

Still cold here, but warming up, it only got down to 20* last night.

Linda