Each and Every Day –Thursday, April 13, 2017

We went through a long spell of chilled nights last week, resulting in the thinning out of the pears and possibly the prunes and plums.  Which is alright, as fruit must be thinned to produce large sized fruit.

But the last two evenings and days seem to have moved into a much nicer contrast of warmer temperatures.

We are gradually getting the corn ground wet—Terry wet plants.  What that means is he waters everything up first….wet clear through—called subbed over.  Then the ground sets for a few days drying out. After it reaches a certain point in dryness he will go in with the planter and plant the corn.

While that field dries out we move the water to another field.  The water flows non-stop until harvest now.  This field, that field, always moving and changing.  (Just so you know the water is never wasted, it flows back into the canal to be taken out by the farm just below us…repeated for several more times until it reaches the Gunnison River.  Just has it has been repeated to get to our farm.)

Where the water merges with the Gunnison RIver.  The Gunnison river then flows on down to Grand Junction, Colorado, where it meets the great Colorado River then flows on to California.

The early mornings and the last of the day—evening—are still cool enough we wear jackets…the daytime warming up to summer time temps.

All the time, day after day…the work steadily progresses.

But throughout each moment there is amazing beauty…from early morning sun,

to the calmly arriving night; reinforcing Terry’s and my joy of living on the land.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

After the Storm March Arrived—-Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Yesterday March arrived.  The sky cleared and filled with hollow clouds following quickly behind skudding black snow and rain clouds.

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The morning sun (yesterday and today) shot the sky with colors worthy of a carnival…the air chilled but intoxicating.

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We warmed up to great 45* (7.22222 celsius). The air still enough a candle’s flame would have burned high and steady.

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We counted 35 visible calves, plus two cows in the process of having their calf.  How many calves were hidden—we will not know until the Mom brings them out of hiding.

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Last night the sickle moon glimmered in the star studded sky.  The air holding the scent of past snow and ice, and the promise of green and growing things.

Spring (for me) has arrived!

From my world to your heart,

Linda

The Air Dances and Shimmers with Cold —- Tuesday, December 6, 2016

morning-with-snow-cloudsThis morning’s sunrise seemed to dance and shimmer along the eastern horizon—coloring the snow clouds, with a pirouette, of brilliant color.

on-a-walk-006So different from the brilliance of the setting sun last evening.  At that point in time the air smelt of dried corn stalks and the sharp tang of summer brushes (sagebrush, chico, and rabbit), as they each, separately cooled down their sap; making their roots warm, ever so warm to hold them through the winter.

on-a-walk-003Once more we were blessed with that amazing magical light; lighting up even the most mundane of things—common weeds.

on-a-walk-002As we walked along, Terry, Boomer, Min-Min cat and I — the air swept through last years plants—we walked on one of the farm roads watching the wind moving in the beginnings of the snow clouds

storms-004 As the darkness rose up to to meet that stunning descent of yesterday’s sun.  We walked back home, pushed along by a bitter wind. What little warmth on the land being quickly sucked up by the coming of the night.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

Gay November Sunshine—Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Yesterday, it was just Boomer, myself and the two cats:  Sammy and Min-Min.  Terry was away doing important things not connected to the farm.

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It was a beautiful bright fall day, the air was crisp and warm and the sky the most amazing blue.

as-the-sun-setsThen as the sun set the sky turned into the color of a joyfully blowing leaf..causing me to rush to different parts of the yard to capture the golden light

golden-lightThen the sun sank below the Uncompahgre (Un-come-pah-gray, accent on the pah) Plateau and the first stars of the evening popped out. The air was decidedly cool.

Today we woke-up to clouds, with a promise of rain in the air.  The weather people are saying to plan on rain and light dusting of snow, in our area…more snow in the higher areas tomorrow.

We are hearing the Upper Country and the Mountains are very dry…moisture will be a good thing.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

A Wee Little Game—-Sunday, October 30, 2016

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Our sunrise Saturday morning was stunning!  I just had to share it with you.

min-min-lu-and-iAnd for something a little fun….can you find the cat!  That’s me in the shadow on the corn!

If you can please leave a comment!

Hugs and Love

Linda

When Time Is Still—-Sunday, August 28, 2016

Early-Morning-1There is a time, within each day, when time seems to stand still

SunriseThat point when everything waits— for just that moment, that pure moment of breathlessness

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When the sun breaks forth into a new day

Mountains-1The joy reverberating clear into our blood.

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Then the minutes and hours of the day takes over —with lists of ‘things to do’ and ‘stuff to get done’ and the people ‘who need’

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But, If we just stop and look we can have that moment of balance we all crave…

Almost-a-RainbowA pause—

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Gradually time slows

Sun-breakAnd all those things that thronged our seconds, minutes and hours become still… For just a moment.

Evening-TideBalanced!

Then the night rises up to claim it’s fair share of time.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

After the Storms—-Monday, August 8, 2016

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After the storms

Night-SkyThe air has that feel of refreshment, joy, excitement; a party, of sorts, before the heat comes roaring back.

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The birds call to one another…high and sweet

The day's beginningThe morning air; wild and clean makes one’s soul leap with urgency

My-yardThe plants are rested— they whisper to one another and to us, if we will just listen.

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They sing of the earth; sharing it’s boundless joy.

Painted-Sky-4From my world to your heart,

Linda

 

 

The Summer Solstice —-Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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“It was June, and the world smelled of roses.  THe sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”—Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tracy and TIb

Cultivating-CornIt has been hot here.  Very hot!  The thermometer read 106* yesterday around four o’clock in the afternoon.  And supposed to be even warmer today.

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I love the heat!  Yes!  Really I do.  Although…. walking outside is like pushing aside those heavy curtains on stages…the ones usually made of red velvet with gold trim.

Pink-HollyhocksThe air is perfumed with the incense of rose.

Good-Morning-SunshineThis morning sunrise is a visible promise of more sun-heated shadows under trees and along buildings.

Set-of-LastAs the sun set, last night, the birds and insects started falling silent—until it was

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just us, Terry, Boomer and I–the running water, the cooling earth

Strawberry-Moon

And the Strawberry Moon.

From my world to your heart,

Linda

The Deepest of Silence—-Sunday, May 29, 2016

ASomethings are not measured in words

Fire-1Nor in rituals

Here-Comes-the-Sun-1Sometimes joy is bearable through a tender anguish

Sleepy-timeEven a indescribable yearning is rich in music from the earth

Rain-in-the-canyon(Rain in the Roubidoux Canyon, just below our farm)

From time to time you realize what you are seeing is really reality

Sunrise-1 (sunrise on the Uncompahgre Plateau)

Through the  day to day of living

Rainbow on the Plains of Colorado(Rainbow sent to me by Elaine who lives in the BLACK FOREST or Colorado.  This is a tweet from COWx Photog (@COWxPhotog) tweeted at 7:50 PM on Sat, May 28, 2016:
@JimCantore @AriWeather @weatherchannel @WX_RT @weather5280 @DrGregForbes @theWXwoman @DaveAgCBS Colorado! #cowxhttps://t.co/P9mqjBDnGj
(https://twitter.com/COWxPhotog/status/736736552559075329    A rainbow on the plains of Colorado!)

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Occasionally you understand that the deepest peace always shows itself in silence!

It’s just up to you to discern.

From my heart to your world,

Linda

The World Pauses—Thursday, May 19, 2106

Good-Morning!Gradually, day-by-day our world is changing.

Morning Moving ever closer to summer, although still chilled with rain showers and drizzle.

The wind sings loudly causing the wind chime to clash and bang, or the wind moves as only a breath lifting the leaves on the trees in soft little flutters of green.

Fire-2The day swings into to full force rushing toward it’s own end; the birds actively twittering and wakeful from first light until gloaming.

ZoomEach day is filled with activity—so much to do and to get done before the shadows of the night fill the air.  The shadows are cold this time of year, but in summer warm and soft.

Fire-5There is that special time…that moment just before light, or in the gloaming, just before dark;  the silence speaks to me.  And if I’m very still and just listen the world pauses and takes a breath.

With Love, from my world to your heart

Linda

 

 

 

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