The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Farm Life Series 7, Money or the Lack-There-Of, Friday, September 10, 2021

“Now, just so you know, the reason Dad (and I) farm is: to make money.

Well, that doesn’t always seem to be the case. The idea is to make money. You can’t farm if you don’t have money. So, the whole idea of farming is to make money.

Just like people who go to work for someone else…to make money.”

Mom put me up on her shoulder and petted me, while we walked toward the house.

“So, you see, TLC Cai-Cai, (Mom calls me by my full name all the time,

Dad calls me things like CLT, LTC, TLC—he makes stuff up all the time, sometimes he calls me a GIRL!!!!  It’s okay I still come to him no matter what he calls me. 😊 )

It is very important that a farm makes money, for without money there is no canned cat food or dry cereal to munch on…it takes money to buy your groceries.”

Farming is a risky type of business.  It’s not like a regular job, where every two weeks or once a month you get a paycheck.  Paycheck time is whenever the crops come in, which can be only once a year, depending on the crop.”

Mom and I sat down on the sofa where I can stretch way out while Mom pets on me.

“For us, You, Me, and Dad, the paychecks come in each time we sell hay.  Hay is a big deal around here.  It brings in money three times a summer.

Then in the fall and early winter, Dad will get out the corn combine and combine the corn, haul it to the Elevator by which, around Christmas time we will get the most money.  This is the money we live on.  It buys everyday living, all the spring requirements: seed, fertilizer, fuel, it holds us together.”

I am purring so loud; I’m starting to get tired.  Just a little bit tired, like maybe just rest my eyes tired.

“And you know what, TLC Cai-Cai?  Farmers can’t control the weather or the price you get paid, ever.  That’s just how it is—the reason farming is such a risky business.”


“Hum, I guess you feel safe and warm and fed, Little One. And THAT is a very good thing.”

Mom got up very slowly leaving me there on the sofa to dream on.

TLC Cai-Cai

Although, Our Weather Has Turned —- Thursday, September 10, 2020

Although, the weather has turned

Giving us rain, frozen mix like snow, and weather so cold I had to start a fire in the woodstove

The smoke is gone!

And the Pine Gulch Fire is 90% contained. 

Now, hopefully, the other horrendous fires are contained!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


Gradually Their Time with Us is Fading—-Wednesday, September 10, 2019

I have rapidly dwindled down to one hummingbird feeder

Although, I keep two up and filled to the brim.  It keeps fighting down, that way.

I’ve tried all season to capture a good photo of a little hummingbird in flight.  This is the best I can do.  It’s WAY hard to actually photo their bright little feathers, the cute little feets, the glinting sun off their wings.

But I tried anyway.

I hope they make it to warmer parts of our country soon.

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There was snow in the high country of Utah last night…the expected cold front moving in here today.

We won’t have snow right here, but the high mountains might.

Still, it will bring to us much cooler weather.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,


Fields of Yellow—Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Pinto bean fields are starting to turn yellow

It’s getting close—Pinto Bean Harvest.

And to go along with Fall—-a big fat Cat-Head Spider.  It seems we only really see them in the Autumn time.

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,




I Wrote Audubon —- Sunday, September 10, 2017

First I wrote to ask if this was the right place to ask what typed of hummingbird was in my yard —“I have never seen this hummingbird at my feeder.  I have been feeding the Hummingbirds for 8 years now, and know the type I have here (I have seen Broadtail, Calliope, Black-Chin, and Rufus…for sure)  But this one is new to me.  I was hoping you could tell me what type this one is.
I took the photo on August 20, 2017  Here on our farm, in Delta, Colorado in our back yard.”



“Hello Linda,

Many thanks for the interest in the hummingbirds in your yard there in Colorado!  I’m sorry for the slight delay responding here–we are swamped at this time of year with taskings for the Citizen Science team, and the Admin mailboxes for all programs are not able to receive the attention we would like.

You should be able to attach a photo to send to us here–a number of people have done that over the summer so far.  Then hopefully we can help you figure out what was visiting your feeders.”

Thanks and good birding,

Geoff LeBaron
Christmas Bird Count Director
Audubon Science

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“Hi Linda,It’s hard to be completely sure, but it looks like what you had there was a female or hatch-year Calliope Hummingbird.  They would be moving southward by late summer, and I know when I used to spend time in Southwestern Colorado near Pagosa Springs this was the time of year that Calliopes would come through.

Thanks for sending the pictures, and I hope you’re having a great birding year in 2017.

Best wishes,


Well, I guess this is what I have!  I only saw her one day.  But one day was a gift!

Here is the What is This bird FB page   

The answers were mixed so I decided to go to Audubon!

Thank you one and all for your help in this little quest to know what type of hummingbird stopped by!

Your friend on a western Colorado Farm,


The Perfect Gift–Thursday, September 10, 2015

A perfect gift arrived for me…all the way from the Black Forest, near Colorado Springs, Colorado.


There in the lovely forest they call home, in the perfect stillness after rain storm, was a gift of hope and love.

Elaine so kindly sent it to me, now I am sharing it with you.

Your friend on a high mountain desert farm in western Colorado,



Rain and a New Bow, September 10, 2014

The header is a photo of the sunrise after our amazing, extremely wet, rain storm.


Thankfully the storm is moving on today and warm dry weather is predicated for at least seven more days.  The above photo is the rain socking us in; some places got as much as 3″ in an hour!  Our canal is clear to the brim; swollen with water.

Rain-2It’s for sure we are wet.

The hay is covered and safe, but the pinto beans are…in the mud!

Rain-3What happens now?  We wait until eveything dries back out.  Then Terry will go in with the rod-weeder and lift the pinto beans up out of the mud and dirt and fluff up the rows again.  Then we wait until they are dry.  After that he should be able to combine.

Gift-2Terry gave Linkin a new compound bow.  She is just getting the feel of it here.  Proper form is to have your hand close to your cheek and your other arm level with the hand next to your cheek.

Gift-1She LOVES it!  We had to go out first thing this morning (even in the mud) to give it another go at using it.

She and her Momma will leave later on today!

The visit was a nice treat,for this Grammy and Grandpa, in the middle of a very wet week.

Your friend,




Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The rains have arrived.  They threaten all day long, then around 8:00 in the evening they began.


We were lucky that it waited until we got home.  Just as I drove into the shed the rain started falling in a serious manner. Terry didn’t believe me when I said it was raining (he beat me in) but as we walked out of the building he became a believer.  🙂


Today Terry has a meeting, which leaves just the dogs and I to change the water…I hope it isn’t raining at that point.  I also dread the drive on a mud slick ditch bank, but I know it can be done.

Storm-3 Yes, I do!


Anyway, The Farmer’s Almanac has printed their predictions for the up and coming winter…I’m already ready for Spring.  I guess I shouldn’t be so selfish, as I know some of my  Dear Blog Friends are also ready for Spring—-they can only have Spring if we have Winter so I’ll slap on a Happy Face and ‘try’ to be okay with Winter.

Now for the Good part of Winter…if the predictions are true we will have snow, which means the reservoirs should recover some, which is a very good thing.


Your Grateful the pinto beans are harvested and sold and the hay is baled and stacked friend,