The Sky Sent a Gift—-Thursday, September 14, 2017

Our daughter and son-in-law, Cliff and Kimi, had a beautiful double rainbow light up their sky as the westering sun broke through a very loud and flashy gathering of clouds!

They so graciously sent to me giving me permission to share it with you!

From my world to your heart!

Linda

 

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The Light Flooded Around Me—Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Yesterday evening, Terry, Evan and I finished our load of firewood for the day and headed home.  We actually got done in an hour.  We are doing one load a night.  The pile is shrinking—thankfully.  And growing larger at each of our houses.  Maybe by Saturday we will be done.  We sure hope so, all of us are getting tired of the cutting and hauling of firewood.  🙂

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(Wild turkeys)

Storms rolled in again in the late afternoon, cooling the skies and bringing rain.  Still the pintos are doing okay.  By tomorrow the rain is supposed to gone for several days.  We will begin again in earnest after the storms get out of here.  (I would like to share with you a little secret….although it doesn’t look so: Harvest is grueling work–and dusty—and worrisome. Most of all worrisome)

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(more wild turkeys)

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Terry and I had to finish up some stuff back out on the mud ditch last night, after the firewood.

The sky was stunning.

Darkness rolled up from the canyons, trying to fill the air with shadows.  But the light of the setting sun had other ideas.

The deepening shadows turned red and glowed in an amazing splendor behind and through the racing clouds over head.

Terry headed back in, with his load, but I stayed out there.  Letting the light flood around me.  The  silence fell in waves; the minutes with Boomer, myself, the light, and the coming night passed by uncounted for.  It was a stunning

From my world to your heart,

Linda

 

The Last Cut of the Year—Wednesday, September 14, 2015

Making-balesThey weather held.  What a good thing to have happen.

LoadAlthough the mornings were a tad chilly, and it took awhile for the dew to dry to just the right point.

Boomer's-WorkThe hay crew and Terry got ever last bale in the field stacked and covered.

Monday it started to sprinkle around 9 in the morning, with a weatherperson’s promise of more to come.

Monday morning the irrigation water was started for the last time on the hay field.  Helping it go into the winter in a good way.

Joy on the farm and in farm yard!

Your friend,

Linda

Guest Post— Monday, September 14, 2015

Awhile back I got this really nice email from a gentleman, Jack Smith.  He wrote he accidently stumbled upon my blog while looking for more information on chickens and chicken coops.  Once there he said he spent much time checking back over my posts and decided he wanted to contact me.

Well, to make this into a short story, Jack Smith,  is my guest today, providing us with a infographic about Chicken coops.  Jack graciously explained a little of his interest in chickens and why he designed the infographic.  He is also connected with the site…gardenholic.com, if any of you are interested.

InfographicHello! My name’s Jack  Smith and I’m very glad to have been given the opportunity to write here by Linda.

I designed the infographic you just saw above and I want to talk a little bit about why I created it and  about keeping poultry. When I first started looking into how to build a chicken coop I was shocked at  the amount of information there was. All the different types and the poultry lingo were all a bit  much for me as a beginner and I felt intimidated.

Was I ready for such a huge task?

In reality, building your own coop is a relatively simple DIY project. Chickens aren’t as picky as you  and me! My fear is that the vast amount of information on the subject will put off newcomers to our  hobby and prevent them from taking the first step into keeping poultry. That’s why I decided to collect just 8 key features that you should have in your coop and put them into an easy to read and  understand infographic. I hope that this will soften the entry for newcomers and show them that  even just a simple coop is better than no coop!

If you are interested in keeping chickens then I would highly encourage you to get started. Not only  do they produce some of the most delicious eggs I’ve ever eaten, backyard chickens are also a great pet for children [and adults] . I believe that children can learn a significant amount from animals and chickens don’t require nearly as much attention as dogs (trust me).

I truly hope you enjoyed my infographic and maybe I’ll be back here to speak to you all again  sometime!

Another small gift from the readers of this blog to you!

Your friend,

Linda

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And So It Begins….Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pinto-Harvest-1-2014The weather is nice, although it is starting to be cold at night. We woke up to 40* this morning.  Autumn days do warm up nicely.

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About 10:30 Friday morning Terry started the process of combining the pinto beans.

Pinto-Harvest-3-2014The pinto beans are being picked up and run through the combine.  It always amazes me that a bunch of plants can go through a huge machine and come out whole.

Pinto-Harvest-4-2014It is a simple as that, but it does require concentration….if the driver goes too fast the pinto beans will be cracked and therefore unsellable, if you go too slow the plants will wad up and bind somewhere in the first part of the combine.  Once again you will lose all your sellable pinto beans.

Pinto-Harvest-2014If your field isn’t dry you will get wads in the combine and will have to stop.

Wads always have to be dug out by hand.  😦

Yesterday was a good productive day…the field was dry, the combine driver (having 50 some odd years of driving a combine 🙂 ) knew what he was doing so could make steady headway.

Since the dew was extremely heavy on Saturday he wasn’t able to start until 1:00 in the afternoon.

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Harvest…what we work for all year!

Friday night we had company drive in….Misty and the two little girls!  They are only here for the weekend because Linkin has a birthday party with her BFF.

Zinnia-1Grandpa and I feel really lucky.  They will head home today sometime after lunch.  But first the little girls get ride in the bean truck to deliver the pintos to the Beanery!

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm

Linda