While the Smoke Wrapped Us in a Shroud — Wednesday, August 18, 2021

I have been a tad depressed, or anxious, or something lately

I have finally decided it is because of the smoke enveloping everything

Although, the wind does thin the smoke randomly giving us a taste of Blue

The smoke is still there engulfing us randomly

It was while we were up at the Upper End, I looked down at a most unusual Rock

It was a heart!

The Earth, our farm, the Universe telling me–Don’t dispair, All is not lost, joy has not vanished.

I brought it home to live with my other ‘found’ hearts. 🙂

Sometimes we need little reminders, don’t we?

From my world to your heart,





IT’S BACCCCCCCCCCCCK — Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Saturday we had clouds come in—–and a smattering of delightful rain.

Smoke in the sky—-still.

Then last evening,

as we rode out to change the irrigation water,  we rode in gigantic surging drifts

and volleying gusts

of a staggering force of the dirty wind.

At least it didn’t last long.  This morning it is gone.

Although, the sky is still pretty smokey.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Inspiration Leads to Eureka —- Monday, August 24, 2020

Haze from the smoke settles thickly everywhere now

With hardly a breath of wind

The sun is beautiful trying to break through the blanket of low hanging smoke

Becoming tired of thinking about, trying to breathe,

I decided to take some photos of birds

All fluttering about looking for food

Checking my camera later I realized,

I actually DID get an excellent shot of a Hummingbird in full flight!

I was DELIGHTED! To say the least!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,



Those Oddities of Everyday Living—Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The air was heavy a day or so back, bringing with it smoke.

Boomer and jumped on my four-wheeler and headed over to the equipment area to see what was happening….our new neighbors burning brush piles.

Fire always makes me nervous.


While in my garden, watering, and weeding I came across

A wee *nasty* house fly sunning its self

Which started me on a wee little journey to photograph a bug or two.

(Isn’t the colors of the wings amazing?)

In the nighttime unseen bugs look like streaks, showing up on a quickly snapped photo

Flying bugs are hard to snap

Unless one is lucky to stun a moth in the flash

Soon I got side-tracked by that wondrous slice of moon.

From my world to your heart,




Moon Shadows Floating By —- Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The sun sets with brilliant colors only seen through smoke and ash

Another fire broke out behind us...on the Uncompahgre Plateau….closer to the Nucla, Colorado side.

The fat lovely moon rises pink in the evening sky

Then as the night darkens and the air starts to crisp the moon breaks clear of the low lying smoke and ash

It breaks forth in a clear and marvelous wonder, casting moon shadows on the land… and filling the earth with its marvelous glow.

Terry and I sat outside on the swing, as the leaves made shadows as we slowly rocked to and fro.  (Boomer besides us and Mindy on Terry’s lap)

From my world to your heart,




Reflecting Through the Haze in the Sky—-Wednesday, September 20, 2017

When the smoke was terrible here, (although not as terrible as other places) I took some photos of the sun and the moon.

The strange color

A testament to the disaster happening in prairies and forests in the west

The orange moon and the red-hot molten sun roaring like soft thunder in the sky!

From my world to your heart,


The Light —a Thing of Beauty—Wednesday, March 9, 2016


The sun rising.  The birds chattering and sending medleys of sound through out the day.

I’m very much looking forward to Daylight Savings Time.  Terry and I have already switched.  We are up early, early and then tired early.

SmokeOur neighbors are still burning.  You can see it drifting up over our mesa from the valley floor just below us.  I’m ready for burn season to end.  😦  I do try to keep  a positive look on things, just so my soul and mind stay balanced, but burn season is always such a worry.


The tender spring buds on the trees are brilliant in the bright blue.  The branches of the trees are still mostly bare against the skies…but the promise of new life is there.

PinkLast evening as the sun set, Terry and I watched the sun sinking behind the Uncompahgre Plateau (Un-come-pah-gray—accent on the pah) The fading day robed in pink and purple glory.

The long shafts of the sinking sun burst through the air, lighting up the new little white calves in brilliant flashes of white.

Our nights are still frigid…but a freshness moves through the icy air promising growth, green things, newness…Life.

We stayed watching the night creep up, the cool air wrapping itself around us, then when the light reached it’s peak of stunning beauty (just before all color fades) we turned and walked back to the house and the waiting super in the crock pot…full of contentment.



The Adventures of Fuzzy and Boomer on Friday — When Smoke gets in Your Eyes


Lots of smoke here!

Its been here for 5 days and 5 nights already and it doesn’t look like its planning on leaving anytime soon.

I mean LOTS of smoke!

Mom had a blog friend tell her this smoke is from all the horrible, terrible, scary, nasty wildfires in Idaho.

If the smoke is bad HERE—in the western part of Colorado…it must be horrible there.

Fuzzy and I really feel bad for all the animals and people and plants that are being damaged by those fires.  We know what fire is like and we know how SCARY it is!!!!

Yesterday we all went to town.  We followed Blade as he rode his bike to town, first time to town on his new bike, by himself.  He did really well!

Since Blade is spending this week’s mornings with us (and his parents said he could) he really, really, wanted to ride the 8 miles to and from town.  We all got to go because, well, it’s a long ways and he is still a young boy, and there are lots of huge trucks and really fast cars on that highway.

He said it was a long ways.

The going down was fun, the coming back w.o.r.k.!!!

(Dad put the bike in the back of the truck with us and hauled him UP the hill, then took the bike out and started him on the way again.)

Mom said—“Yep, that’s how it works, one way fun the other way work.”

That evening Fuzz and I went with Mom to fork ends back on the cut alfalfa and help Dad change water.

Pretty cool!

They only left me twice.  The second time I really was hiding so they would think I wasn’t close by and I zipped up by Mom and Fuzzy and then passed them and got to the irrigation place FIRST!!!

HAHAHAHAH!  I fooled them!!!

This is the last irrigation of the pinto beans…see how ripe they are getting.  Next week or the following week Dad will start the harvesting process—-there a MANY steps to the harvesting of pinto beans!


We saw a frog …Mom said this was a first.  We see lots of toads, but this is a cool little frog (he had a buddy, but I lost track of him) was the first for our fields.

Smoke makes for some pretty amazing sunsets, but Fuzzy and I agreed…no smoke or fire would be best.



I was going to tell you about Mom’s bees, but Mom said I’ve been on here long enough so I have to go now.


Wind, Smoke, Alfalfa and Planting Beans

The ground is at the right moisture for planting the last of this years crop…the pinto beans

It will take Terry about two days get the pinto bean fields planted.

Of course everything always comes together at the same time

The alfalfa has just the right amount of bloom to be cut. 

First things first.  First the pinto beans, then on Monday or Tuesday the alfalfa will be cut.  It take alfalfa about a week in hot drying weather to turn into hay.  Then there is the baling the stacking and the hay customers. 

We really like our hay customers, everyone that comes out is fun to see again.  Terry also sells his hay to the Delta Elevator.

The smoke you see blowing in is from the fires in Utah and Arizona.  It’s always sad that summer has to bring with it forest fires.

Anyway, I’m glad its summer!


Fish Laws and First Wardens in Delta County

Another Rite of Spring!

We were over at the equipment hillside when we saw smoke coming from the area where our house is


Since one of our neighbors caught part of our place on fire three years ago, the smoke made us hoof it over the old corn field rather fast.

Then we found out it was the ditch company getting the canal ready for water.


What a relief!