The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Wednesday —Step Three, Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Step Three—On the Land

Once the headgate is opened, Dad and Mom have forked out all the ditches in use, then it’s time to start the water into the fields.

Water is never, ever wasted.  It goes into one field and runs to the bottom of that field in a small ditch, which takes the water to another field.

This goes on until the last field of the farm,

then that water goes back into the canal to go to other farms along the way.

This happens over and over and over again until the water winds up in the Colorado River.

Water is never wasted ever!

We move to step four—keep watching this place for more interesting information about the backbone of our Farm! (and wonderful photos of ME!)

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The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Wednesday —The First Step, Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The First Step of the First Step is clean the canal.

Then clean all the ditches.

After that Dad goes out and makes the big ditches

Then he goes back out and makes the waste ditches (smaller ditches)

Then before he plants, he marks out the fields

And then he and Mom BEGIN!

That means they start the water on the farm.

Step One!

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The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Wednesday —The Back Bone and Life Blood of the Farm, Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The backbone of the farm is not Dad—although, he does put lots of backbone into making the farm what it is.  Nor is it, Mom.  Mom doesn’t make the farm go; she helps Dad make the farm go.  Mom says there is a difference.

The backbone isn’t the land, the land IS the farm.

Nor is it the seeds, fertilizer, or crops.  Those are extensions OF farming.

The backbone isn’t animals with backbones…we all have backbones, so living breathing things don’t count as the farm’s backbone.

The Back Bone and the Life Blood of the Farm is WATER!

It takes Water to make the farm and it takes water to make the farm grow so for this last series of FARMING—We are going to learn all about water on the farm!

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The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Wednesday —Farm Life Series, Chapter8, Those Things that SLITHER and Hop, Wednesday, April 6, 2022

First, there are


(this is a snakeskin)

We have two kinds, that Mom and I know of

(This is a bull snake.  Photo is by Linda Pierson in Alberta, Canada)

Bull Snakes and Water Snakes.

Bull Snakes are non-poisonous…they can get BIG…Long…and they are fast.  Mom and Dad see them, once in a while in the alfalfa fields, but Mom said they haven’t seen one for a long time now.  She doesn’t know why.

Then we have

WATER SNAKES!  They live here, there, everywhere.  We have them in the farmyard, on the ditch banks…in the fields.

Mom has two that live in the hen house with the hens.  I see them once in a while when I’m in the hen house.

They don’t bother anything, but the mice.  One snake can eat one mouse a week.

They seem to eat everything whole, so if you are in the hen house and see a snake with a bulge in its tummy then you know said snake was helping me keep the mouse population down.

That said—they do scare me a bit and I have seen Mom jump a little jump when one of the snakes comes slithering out from under the nest boxes.

Mom and Dad try to take care of the water snakes, if they are laying on the bridge taking in the sun and the warm cement…then one of them shoos the snake off the bridge so the vehicle can drive on over.

If there is a snake on one of the farm roads – yep, Dad or Mom takes a shovel and lifts the snake off into the weeds so the tractor or four-wheeler can pass by.

Snakes.  Fuzzy hated snakes, he would shake and snap them to death.  Me…I just go the other way.

Other Things that are a creepy factor to them are:

Lizards—we have little greenish-gray lizards with strips along

It’s back and sides…I think they are called—six-lined race runner.  I call them “FUN TO CATCH!”  which is exactly what I try to do when I see one!

Frogs and Toads:

We don’t have lots of frogs

Once in a while, one or two will float down in the irrigation water,

but that’s all.

What we do have lots of are toads.

Mom LOVES toads.

She has little toad houses for them.


She tells me to leave the toads alone

She tells me to leave the toads alone they eat lots of bugs.

Mom doesn’t have to worry about that…they don’t even look good enough to chase.

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The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Wednesday —Farm Life Series, Chapter 5, RUN FROM THESE, Wednesday, March 30, 2022

FIRST and FOR MOST is that black and white striped cat-like creature that stinks to HIGH HEAVEN!


Skunks are —well, stinky.  They also are good bug catchers, and…if Mom isn’t careful…eaters of CHICKENS!!!

Skunks love to spray things, and for sure— dogs.  But since I’m not a dog, when I see a SKUNK, with his/her tail all fluffed up…I RUN!  I’m not stupid like a dog.

I have no desire to ‘take on a skunk’  — I don’t want to meow at it, run headlong at it with my mouth open and loud sounds coming out of my mouth, nor do I want that NASTY GREEN STINK to hit me in the face!
Let’s just say…I’m smarter than a dog!

Just say’n.

Then there are


Randomly we have one or two come into the yard and snack on the fruit in the Apricot trees, but mostly porcupines stay out on the farm.

Porcupines are another DOG Magnet!  Not cat magnet…DOG MAGNET!

Dogs LOVE porcupines!  There is always at least one dog who never learns what a porcupine can do TO a dog. That said dog get clobbered with QUILLS up the nose, in the mouth, down the throat, all over the face.

(This is Hank Puff–the grandkids’ dog)

Then there are dogs who never get clobbered or, if they do, it’s only once, and then it’s maybe just ten or so quills.

Sometimes Cows, horses, and other curious creatures get clobbered with the tail of the porcupine, but cats Never do.

Yes, I know cats are known to be very, v.e.r.y. curious, but when it comes to DANGER…cats know to SCRAM out of there! A porcupine and his tail of quills spell DANGER!

You see…Cats are SMART!  Very Smart!

Then there are those extremely clever creatures called


Raccoons are over-the-top smart!  I mean eye-q’s of beyond the clouds smart.

Raccoons love eating all sorts of stuff, corn on the cob, corn spilled on the ground, corn scattered to feed the birds, speaking of birds—

raccoons love eating chickens.  They reach their very clever little hands through the chicken wire on the pen grab a hen by the neck, pull the neck through the wire, and bite off the head.

If a person were to let their hens run wild all over the yard, lay their eggs wherever then the raccoons would find the eggs and eat them all up.

That is why mom’s hens don’t get to run in the yard until AFTER they lay their eggs!

Raccoons love to eat anything in the mom’s garden…. all the melon’s the corn, tomatoes, you name it.  If they don’t eat it then they rip it up and tear it out.

They like all sorts of chicken, dog, cow, horse, and mule feed, so Mom and my sister, Shannon, keep those things in big black plastic barrels shut up in buildings.

Speaking of barrels, raccoons LOVE GARBAGE.

Those very clever and smart creatures can take the lid off a 50-gallon barrel and tip it over scattering all the garbage from here to there.

Raccoons have hands just like humans and they use them just like humans.

Just so you know— MOM DOES NOT LIKE RACOONS no matter HOW cute they are!

Badgers.  Now if you want to take on something that looks like a flat skunk, without the big bushy tail, try taking on a Badger.

Those creatures are mean!

Over-the-top mean.  Dad has been chased by a badger, Mom said Boomer and Hank were chased by a badger…every fox on the place gives the badgers a wide berth.

Thankfully Badgers don’t come into the farmyard so I’ve never met one.  Nor am I likely to go way up to the Upper End or the Back Forty just to see one.

I am a good learner…just tell me to stay away and I will!

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The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Wednesday —Farm Life Series, Chapter 1, Wildlife on the Farm, Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Well, let’s see you’ve learned about what a farm is

and how a farm works;

you’ve learned about the weather on our farm, and now—

You get to learn about the animals who share the farm with US!

We have big animals—

some wild and some who are domesticated (sorta kinda),

we have birds—lots and lots and lots of birds (slurp),

(it is HOT already)

we have small animals (like mice—YUM)

and animals who leave some sort of mark,

we have things that slither,

and bugs of all sorts,

and, that most awful animal of all the animals;

the animals who spell D.A.N.G.E.R. the second thier paw sets down on the ground.

So, for a few days,

you and I will check out “the wildlife who share the farm with us!”

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The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Wednesday—Farm Life Series, Chapter 16, The Fourth Season, Fall, or Autumn, Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Something that happens in the Fall, is a true mystery to me.

The birds leave!

All the Summer Song Birds!

There is not one left.

Although, we do have some birds who stay here, but they aren’t the same sweet tasting sounding birds of Summer.  Boy, don’t let Mom know I wrote that…I crossed it out so she can’t see.  Do NOT tell her!  Eating birds is something that ALWAYS gets me in trouble.

If Mom sees my catch one, she runs very fast and scares me so I drop the bird.  Then Mom grabs the bird and takes it someplace where I can’t find it.

Mom and I have a thing about Me eating birds!!!

Anyway, the birds leave.

And lots of bugs seem to leave, although those nasty wasps seem to stay year-round.

And Spiders.

We never get rid of spiders.  I got a spider bite so bad Mom had to take me to the vet.

Anyway, the next installment will be the WORK of AUTUMN!

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The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Wednesday—-Farm Life Series Chapter 14, The Third Season, SUMMER Drought, Wednesday, March 2, 2020

Okay. I’ve put it off long enough. Summer can mean—Drought.

Drought is some pretty awful stuff.  Everything wilts, and I do mean everything…except the coyotes. They never wilt.


Drought is a humongous dry spell.  Once it starts it never seems to leave.

Although, Mom says it can be broken.

Ya…I wonder.

What’s bad about drought it kills all the good stuff, which leaves space for all those pesky weeds to spring up and grow.

Weeds are the coyotes of the plant world.


Kochia weed can grow taller than DAD and Dad is 6’2” tall.

That is some weed!

Then when it dries down in the winter it becomes a tumbling, giant, scare the heck out of you.

Well, that’s all for Summer.  Next on the list is Fall. Or Autumn or finally COOLER WEATHER!

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The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Friday—-Farm Life Series Chapter 11, The Third Season, SUMMER and Water, Wednesday, February 23, 2020

Summer is all about one thing:


Water for the crops

(which I will tell you about in another series)

and Mom keeping her flowers and stuff wet.

And Dad keeping the farm crops growing.


The Life Blood for the Farm!

This water stuff doesn’t come to end until late August or early September.

It all depends on how fast the corn matures

and when the last cutting of alfalfa occurs.

For Mom, the watering of her yard comes to a hault

when the farmer next door stops watering his fields.

Water…there is more to it than meets the eye.

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The Adventures of TLC Cai-Cai on Wednesday—-Farm Life Series Chapter 8, The Second Season, Spring, Means Rain, Wednesday, February 9, 2020

Well, as you found out I am talking to you about our weather.  For now, in this post, we have now moved to Spring (although, it IS NOT Spring right now. Just for this wee report on the weather here on the farm)

Spring weather is busy weather.  Always.  That is why I told you about all the ‘work’ on the farm…work is a type of weather, you see. All that tooing and froing brings a sorta wind to everything.

Spring brings all the songbirds back so that (yum, slurp, lick) the whole world sounds like BIRDS!

Also, it’s time to say goodbye to those BIG birds. They rise up one day and point south in a huge arrow, call GOOD-BYE to Mom. Mom waves goodbye to them; throws a kiss, tells them safe journey, and come back again.  The farm is always waiting for them.

And they are —- gone!

But for REAL Spring weather we turn to RAIN!

Good ole make your fur so wet it takes three hours of constant licking to ever get dry again.

Mom pets me and tells me…rain is good, TLC Cai-Cai, it cleans the earth, washes everything new, and helps all the plants grow and turn green.

Mom doesn’t understand how TIRED my tongue gets.
Just say’n.

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