In a Sudden Stillness —- Monday, July 30, 2018

My delightful blog friend who lives in Burgandy, France in the Summertime, and Milan, Italy the rest of the time sent me this lovely

Rainbow! 🙂

“Hi, Linda,

We were waiting for rain but the storm clouds passed us by with a couple harmless rumbles and then this.

x Charlotte”

Aww, the beauty of a French rainbow!

Thank you, Charlotte!

Saturday afternoon the wind arrived…it blows daily, for some reason this year.  Has blown every day since March.

But coming with this wind was a RAINSTORM!!  Enough to actually leave us puddles

Everything dried up quickly, but for a short while…moisture.

The rain chutes as the sun was setting were stunning.

Saturday evening was very nice!

From my heart to your world,

Linda

 

 

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Two Mini-Storms—-Monday, July 9, 2018

For two days straight now, the afternoon heat has given way to huge wind storms, with misting of rain.

But before the cooling of the skies, the heat creeps steadily throughout the day, building sweat on bodies and causing animals and birds to pant.

The sun beats down on the plants, the buildings, and the trees.

The lacy shadows spreading slowing on the ground allowing a repass for anything or anyone stopping in the shade.

The myriad of wildfires in the surrounding areas fill the skies with smoke, the smell of briskly burning timber coming in faintly on the wind.

Huge winds push the storms along, moving them to us from Utah, across the Uncompahgre Plateau, knocking branches down and stirring colossal twisters in the loose soil

Then the wee tiny gift of moisture arrives…causing one and all to tremble with delight and relief.

Not enough to really dampen anything, but enough to refresh the air, the mind, the body and the soul.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

The Glow in Gray—-Sunday, June 17, 2018

Terry and I were out changing the water in the little cornfield when I looked up and saw

A beautiful sight….a SUNDOG!  Cooler weather would be on its way.

Then last evening, we started having scattered sprinkles.  Gradually as the night wore on and early morning came, a thin, much cooler spike of air rippled in through the open windows….and it began to rain.

Not a lot of rain, but still air freshening, washing the plants off until they glow type of rain.

Hopefully, rain in the mountains is stopping those malevolent, absolute evil, fires raging there.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

Relief and Joy—Monday, June 4, 2018

Sunday day was blissfully restful.  Terry and I did NO real work.  Only the irrigation, fixing a light lunch, then taking a long, long nap in the afternoon

About two o’clock in the afternoon, we started hearing rumbling way over on the Uncompahgre Plateau…then a faint crack or two, the echoing  becoming louder

Then the wind picked up and the temperature dropped as the very noisy storm moved like a demon through the canyons, across the plateau and flung itself weightless and bodiless throughout the whole sky covering our mesa and for miles around.

The trees tops started swaying and the air turned fragrant with the smell of rain heading toward us in a fury.

It was lovely and wet, and ever so nice.  For a very short while.

By evening only a few clouds were left in the sky…the storm had moved on.  Dropping rain someplace else in the world.  Right here on the farm…we only received a quick sprinkle.  But it cleared the air, perked all of us (plants, animals, humans) up.  And left us feeling like we were able to begin anew.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

The Dream Which Holds Us—Thursday, May 31, 2018

A squall blew up for a few seconds/minutes yesterday…dropping light rain on the ground and messing up all the just washed windows….ah, well, they will wash again.

Then the clouds dispersed and a steadily strengthening sun came out…I didn’t see a rainbow.  😦

There were other beautiful things to share—the warm evening air, tenting us with the feeling of silk on our skin

The light and shadows falling on those things in bloom, making welcome colors for our eyes

And that sound of always running water, giving life to crops.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

We Have Not Cut the Alfalfa Yet —- Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Terry didn’t cut the alfalfa yesterday, because of a predicted 30% chance of rain.

Which, by the afternoon turned into 100% guarantee of that delightful special moisture from the heavens

As the sun started to sink and the clouds started to break up

The sun, low and dazzling shot blazing rays of glorious light

Filling the heavens with a double collection of sparkling, arched light,

in the low-lying mist left from the dissipating clouds.

A gift from the heavens…oh, how blessed we were.  Rain, no alfalfa down, and a double rainbow.

Perfect!

From my heart to your world,

Linda

Life Up Your Hearts and Sing!!—-Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The joy of these warm, spring days is such a blessing.  Although,

When we had rain showers even the earth raises up and sings the praises of the changes of the seasons.

As we start water on each and every field the soil sings — even to the point you can smell the earth in jubilation.

 “Listen–are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”

― Mary Oliver

So lift up your hearts and sing to the joy of the new seasons changing, where ever it is that your home abides.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

An UnEase in the Air Today—Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

Photo from the other day when we got some glorious rain!

The sky is full of threatening clouds today…and it feels cold.  Cold enough, if I didn’t think better I would think it might snow.

Although….the weather people say we are going to warm up to 81* today.  How odd.

Another photo from our brief rain—irrigating in rubber boots

There is a slight breeze, but the scents in the air are of damp and, well, snow.  Along with the smell of water on the land, stirred soil, where I have been raking up last years trash on the flower beds, and the roaring canal running passed our farm.

The world is still turning toward spring, the days are growing longer and the nights much shorter.

Of which I rejoice!

This is Terry going out the other night in the rain to check the water, while I stayed inside all warm and dry.  🙂

Still…even if it does snow.  It is still Spring and it will melt and soon the air and the ground and everything alive will burst forth into a wondrous settled time of soft spring days!

I am ready.

I am waiting.

I am excited!

For after Spring comes SUMMER!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Our Part of the World —- Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 10th we had rain!

Moisture falling from a pale gray sky

Beautiful and wet!

We took the day off and went to Grand Junction, where we learned they also were experiencing this wonderful phenomenon…Moisture!

YAY!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

 

A Chill Autumn Day—Tuesday, September 22, 2017

It’s been raining again…all through the night Sunday and most of the day Monday. It’s cold enough we had to start up the wood stove; sure felt nice!

We still have one more field of pinto beans to get out…but it must dry first!

The weather people are saying the sunshine is due to come back today…warmer weather tomorrow, then by Thursday we will experience NICE fall weather.

Maybe by then we will be able to get the ‘rest of the beans’ out!  🙂

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda