Sunlight Glowing; ’tis Summer, My Favorite Time of Year, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I spend every waking moment (that I can) outside. Working in the yard, helping Terry in the fields, reading a book on the lawn furniture

It’s terribly hot here this year, 90* (32.2 c) by 9:30 in the morning. Terry wilts after the thermometer hits 90*.

I seem to perk up.

We balance each other that way.

Still, the heat IS more like August; then July.

The plants are reacting to this unusual heat, by speeding up their growth.  Already the corn is starting to tassel out, and the pinto beans are shooting runners.

Early.

Almost two weeks early.  Seems very strange to us.

The weeds are loving it!  Growing rampant and wild and (even in some cases) lovely. Still, they are weeds, and therefore, undesirable.

Of course, they always and forever more pick the worst spot to grow—is there a good spot?

The little birds chatter and sing until around noon when the heat is too much for their songs.   From noon until seven in the evening they sit with wings spread out, tail feathers wide, beaks open, and eyes half closed.  Trying to stay cool.

But my flowers in the yard!! Oh! My!  They are bursting forth in such beauty.  Their scent silken as it caresses the air.

The touch of the sun warm on their breathtaking allure.

Then the evening sun fills the sky with gold, orange, and apricot.

Ahhh….summertime…and the living is good.

From my heart to your world,

Linda

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Waiting for the Moon, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BM-8Like all of you, Terry and I waited for the Super/Blood moon to rise over the eastern mountains.  (Although,  Terry had to jump up randomly from the Broncos game), Boomer and I sat outside and ….watched!

BM-#The site was a fascinating wonder to behold

Blood-Moon-1What an amazingly beautiful gift from the heavens

BM-2Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

A Deep Hush, Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Night-coming-inThe farm at twilight sends out  a deep hush

hollyWhich says:  “Step lightly…listen carefully…

Swallow

The Swallows catching supper lend a peacefulness to the cooling air.

Moon-in-TreeThe plants stir gently in the gentle evening breeze

Peek-a-booGlittering moonlight shatters the gloom sending waves of silver–much kinder than the sun, slower…a different rhythm– bringing on that space of time called night.

Your friend,

Linda

 

 

 

Spend the Afternoon—-From Sara, Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sara, Punkin’s Patch, did a post a couple of years ago about a springtime float down their river.

I loved the last photo so much I asked her if I could have a copy.  She so generously sent me one.

From-Sara Isn’t it wonderful!

“Spend the Afternoon.  You can’t take it with you”–Annie Dillard

Sara started her post with the above quote from Annie Dillard. Annie is so right…we do need to remember to just stop awhile and enjoy…there is much out there for us to see, things that soothe and fill our souls with peace and replenishment!

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I hope each and everyone of you take an afternoon and just ENJOY…we all need to visit those things which stops time, work, and the busyness of doing!

Your friend,

Linda

 

A Rainbow Gift from Cedaredge, Colorado, Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kagedog, My longtime blog reading friend sent me this lovely rainbow.

Here is what her email said:  “Here’s a rainbow for you, Linda, just to brighten your day. I took this one a couple of years back from our deck. We don’t often see rainbows over Cedaredge. More often in the other direction over the Black Canyon. Just thought you might enjoy it.

Have a nice day!
Sue”
rainbow-over-Cedaredge--
What a beautiful site!

Now you can also enjoy it! A gift of hope!

Your friend,
Linda

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The moon is coming up later and later now, still the dogs and I go for a walk. We go around one to one thirty in the early, early morning.  I dress up like a huge abominable snowman—many, many, many layers…its COLD out there that time of night!  🙂

Night-Walk-2This was taken about 14 days ago.

One a side bar note–I would HATE to run into a Yeti…well, I wouldn’t see a Yeti here but there have been sightings of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch in Colorado.

There is some who think Bigfoot has been seen as close as the Lake City Area (which is not far from Montrose or Gunnison) so far nothing on the Uncompahgre Plateau or around the canyons next to our mesa….but one never knows!  🙂  da,da,da,da ♪♫♫♪

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Still off we go.  We don’t go for long and we don’t go far.

Sunset

In the evening we either walk to the old tree site, (a tree the ditch company just had to destroy in the fire a couple of years ago), or we walk to the end of the grain bin field…both are about 15 minutes one way then 15 minutes back.  If Fuzzy could move a little faster we would get back faster.

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(This was shamelessly taken from the internet-The credits are on the map the web site is here with other photos of Bigfoot in Colorado)

Since I don’t have worry about big furry unknown creatures, and the bears are sleeping away the winter, the dogs and I only have to worry about the coyotes, foxes, and big cats (the skunks are sleeping right now also)—which is why I don’t like to go far.  In the middle of the night  we just walk down the lane to our house.   Boomer has a bad habit of running off after smells, if I contain him to boring smells we both do much better.

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!  We will have our big celebration tonight with all the family here.  Tomorrow is family day…buffet of snack foods and lots of family games.

Your friend,

Linda

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 — Change

When my brother and I were small our Dad owned and operated a Sinclair bulk plant and gas station in Delta, Colorado.  (we also lived on a huge fruit orchard–lots of work on both ends for everyone in Eckert.  But that is another story for a different time.)

As far as my memory can go I think I was about 10 and my brother about 7, when this photo was taken

When-Delta-FloodedTerry said he thinks he was around 15, so this may/might/could possibly be about 1959 when Delta had one of their huge spring floods.  (No longer does this happen because of extensive work along the Gunnison River.)

SinclairThe arrow is right on top of my Dad’s business.  The water had crossed the railroad and had risen to the top of the little rise where his business was located.

The town proper of Delta is higher than the river so it was spared, but North Delta wasn’t-the flooding water reached way back and touched upon lots of farms.

If I could show you this area today you would be amazed…the land across the river from my Dad’s business now houses City Market Grocery, Ace Hardware, Tractor Supply, McDonald’s and many other businesses, plus the Rec Center.

The other side of the road, where the most extensive flooding occurred has even more businesses.

Please go to this site to see an even older photo of a time when Delta flooded.

Sometimes change isn’t a good thing, change just for the ‘heck of it’ is never a good idea, but change to improve, to make better, to stop destruction—well, that is always a good thing.

Today we do not have floods, which is good.  I so remember the real fear and concern my parents felt in this really large flood of around 1959.

When our children were little we had another flood, just as big and just as damaging.  It was at this point the City Managers and the Army Core of Engineers said “ENOUGH”.

Thank heavens!
Your grateful friend,

Linda

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I thought it would be fun to post a few photos for our very quick train trip.  I so enjoyed the train trip….Terry not so much (way, way, way too slow for him). I could do it again, just to see the scenery.  It is scenery you never see driving in a car, especially on the interstates. We met people who were traveling from the east coast to the west coast…four days and three nights of travel.  Some purchased sleeping cars and some slept in the seats of the regular cars.

The food was good, but extremely expensive.  $12 for a hamburger with chips, $3 for a drink, although water, ice tea, and coffee was part of the meal.  We only ate one meal on the train, but if you purchased a sleeper all of your meals were included—breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I’m always amazed at the engineering feats of those back in the late 1800 and early 1900. We rode on rails laid at the turn of the 1900’s the skills of those men to accomplish such a feat is stunning.

The trip from Grand Junction to Denver has several tunnels in it…I really can’t remember now – somewhere around 40-50, which is sort of cool.  And all of this created way, way back when, when the tracks were first laid.

Glenwood-Springs

 

This is Glenwood Springs, Colorado…the river, the interstate and the pool are all in front of that beautiful building

GrandbyGoing to Denver we went to Granby then on to Frazier and Winter Park.  At Frazier and Winter Park we had an hour and a half stop waiting for repairs further on down the tracks.  Winter Park and Frazier have really grown up over the last 5 or so years…lots on new buildings, mega mansions, and condos.  I was surprised.  We also had to stop again for thirty minutes which made the train get in 1 1/2 hours late.  Coming home we had no stops and arrived on time in Grand Junction.

Denver-fog

Leaving Denver we could see the inversion that had settled down over the area.  It was extremely cold in the city.  We were there only one night, but since we were right on the 16th Street Mall the cold didn’t stop us from having a special time just for us.

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There was snow in Glenwood Canyon on the way back, but it only reached the top of the canyon

View

To be truthful I enjoyed just looking at the highway and NOT driving on the highway! 🙂 🙂

Red

The corn harvest is starting to wind down today or tomorrow we will be finished.  HOO RAY!!  The weather has been beautiful the whole time.  After the combines messed up and all of you put for your collective thoughts Terry was able to fix the thermostat and move steadily forward.

The motor is now using oil so he will have to change it out or over-haul it.  That will be the next project…that and checking fences.  Thanksgiving is the beginning of pheasant season…we have NOT had any pheasants for several years now (the DOW planted fox in our area so the ground birds became yummy fox food).  But hope prevails as he saw two roosters and a hen while he was combining, we hope they are making a come back.

Even though we post the place there are those who don’t care they arrive leaving open gates and tearing down fences in the hopes of MAYBE finding something to kill.  With all that in mind we will head out and check and repair and post signs…sometime very soon.

Your farming friend,

Linda

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 A Need for Magic Thoughts

Terry started the corn harvest

TheThe day was cold and cloudy, but not windy.  He waited until noon to see if the promised rain/sheet/snow was going to come.  Since it didn’t he began.

BegunAbout the time he got half the truck loaded the diesel motor started getting HOT! Stopping quickly (we both hope the motor is okay)…and some long flustered and frustrating minutes he dug out the gasoline combine.

That machine hasn’t  ran for years.  About two hours later (including lunch) he got it going and was able to finish one load.  We parked the truck and covered it for the night just as the wind picked up.  (Terry is at the elevator right now waiting to dump the load–he says it will be a long wait — he thinks he will be back around lunch or 1:00 p.m.  A four to five hour wait.)

Late in the evening as the wind blew and the rain pelted he was able to get the thermostat off hoping that is the problem, if not sometime this after noon he will work on the water pump…let us hope it is the thermostat and not the water pump or worse yet…Not the whole motor!  Please send Magic thoughts for a easy and non-costly fix!  What a start to the harvest.

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Over night the wind blew, the rain turned to sleet/snow and we woke-up to ice everywhere.

The snow isn’t staying, which is good, although the wind is still bitter and nasty.  The weather person says this will blow out of here today with the next 6 days really nice!

That would be great…if things could hang together maybe we would be done in 6-10 days.

Anyway, life goes on.  Sometimes the days within are a little brain stretching but we always make it.

I must go now and go pick up a sick granddaughter and take her to the Doctor’s Office, an ear infection.  Another request for healing for this little girl so she can go to school her ‘most favorite thing in the whole wide world to do–even better than playing with My Little Ponies’.

MoreYour rather frazzled friend,

Linda

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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

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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.  🙂

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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!

Cold

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.

Night

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

Linda