The Last of the Last, Tuesday, October 12, 2021

We had 750 bales of hay still to go to its new life as feed

Last week and Monday

It was loaded out and hauled away

Finished.

Whew!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

Blood Red — Not Good — Ever, Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Skies like these are a distant memory, anymore

This is what our skies look like

Most of the time…smoke sinking into each and everything

Sometimes a tad worse than other times

 

Once in a while, a slight breeze lightens the smoke

But, more often than not, the sun is stained dazzlingly red, red, red

As it sinks below the edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau.

We so need rain.

As does every place else in the dry, combusting west.

Sigh,

From my world to your heart,

Linda

Quiet Days — the Kind that Leaves No Mark, Tuesday, August 3, 2021

It’s been raining here,

Little showers of delight

Our air, ground, and souls cooling way down

Making a person think it might be Autumn

It makes me feel like Fall

Time racing forward

That summer will be over (too) fast.

Moments racing ahead…

The rain is nice, it’s actually making puddles

Still…over there — just beyond

Is Fall…

Autumn

The cool down, just before

Ah, well…until then

Our days go Quietly forward…

Your friend on a western Colorado farm

Linda

 

Thankfully! Thank You Ever so Much, for your Prayers, Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Terry is starting to feel so much better now.  It’s been a huge long-haul, but we are making it.

Six Doctors, four trips to the emergency room, a three-day stay in the hospital, then an operation for gallbladder, plus thyroid medication, plus finally being able to eat again…(he lost 20 pounds) the corner to health is being turned.

What a huge marvelous blessing!

I am so grateful for all your prayers, good wishes, hand-holding across the internet, and hugs both near and far.

You are all such wonderful caring people!

From my heart to your heart,

Linda

 

A Tiny News Report — Water, Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Our area—not just where we live and farm

But our whole area, everything below the Grand Mesa, areas fed from the Gunnison River and the Uncompahgre River

Are being rationed for irrigation water.

Some places have already been told they will have NO water and domestic water is also being monitored

You see there has not been enough snow in the mountains for the last two years (longer in some areas)

The snow this year will melt into the ground and fill the underground lakes and streams and possibly the lakes and reservoirs

Hopefully the lakes and reservoirs.

The water managers have begun rationing…

It’s early…very early…usually rationing doesn’t start until the heat of summer.

Water—-it’s on everyone’s lips. A nagging concern in the back of everyone’s mind. And constant management on all farms with all farmers.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

We Started Getting Ready to Start the Water onto the Farm — Tuesday, April 6, 2021

“Agriculture is the greatest and fundamentally the most important of our industries. Cities are but branches of the tree of National Life, the roots of which go deep into the land. We all flourish or decline with the farmer.”–Bernard Baruch

Terry made the ditches Saturday for the whole farm.

Then we worked on the new section of ditch, which will hold gated pipe.

It took some doing,

But we ‘got’er done’, as my Daddy would have said.

Lots of leveling, lifting, and pushing together.

Whew!  Long day, but it felt good to have everything in place.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

The Unexpected, Tuesday, October 6, 2020

While, out-and-about, looking for things to photograph

I had one of these,

Startle and fly into the air.

I scared the pheasant, but I must admit, it also scared me!

Gradually, breathing again, the land, the pheasant and I returned to normal.

🙂 🙂
Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

On a Golden Day Called Sunday, Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Canadian Geese are back…winging their way over our farm

The days are full of delightful sunshine, gliding the land in gold.

So for a wee treat, we took our daughter, Kimberly, and son-in-law, Cliff, up to Cedaredge, Colorado, to Roxy and Bob Morris’, Red Mountain Ranch Store and Tasting Room where we had frozen apple cider slushies.

Then on the way back, we visited Heart’s Basin, where, LOW and BEHOLD(!), we saw a pelican fishing for its dinner!

What a lovely treat of a day!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

A Chill Seeps Onto the Farm Each and Every Night Now, Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The morning air is cool almost cold now.

Although, we have been warming up into the 100’s (again) in the afternoons.

I’ve been out-and-about taking photos of the wildlife (if I can find them)

Leaving the little Beeglie at home resting.

The smoke is back —thick (see above) and miserable

So without further ado

I will give you my wee collection

Of the critters

Who, like us, are harvesting and

 

Prepping

For winter

And yes

I do take out treats to feed some of them

But, of course

I don’t feed all of them

The little hummers are leaving us now.

I’m down from 12 feeders to two.

Well, there you have it.

A small collection of fun creatures who share the farm with us.

Yep!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

When the Corn is in the Silk, —The Deer Come Back to the Farm, Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Now that the corn is in the silk, the deer migrate back to the farm.

So I sat up a couple of game cameras to see if, and when, they had arrived

Deer are notorious for eating the silk off the little corn ears.

Corn has lots of predators—

Bugs, humans, skunks, raccoons, and DEER!

Yep…Here they are.  🙂  We love seeing them.  Terry worries about the corn loss, but we don’t do anything about it.  Some for them, some for us, is our thought.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda