A Trip To The Farm

My daughter-in-law and I have been on a cleaning spree at the farm. She is now sneezing and wheezing. I’m not sure we have enough tissue. The wind is roaring outside, and inside there is the faintest whiff of skunk. Ah yes, the memories of farm life in eastern Colorado are back in spades. Speaking of which, I learned a new card game yesterday.
I brought the book (novel two) that has red-ink syndrome out here to the farm, as well as the new one, and an afghan I’m knitting. I should have plenty to keep me occupied inside if the wind is going to continue outside.Three inches of rain in the night has slowed the outdoor activity down. Fortunately, there seems no end to the joyful indoor possibilities of sorting and cleaning.
The Arickaree River runs through our place. Now, you have to use your imagination most of the time to envision the word ‘run.’ It’s course lies on the land, but for the most part, it runs below ground and only runs above after big rain storms. It ran this morning and that makes me feel really good. It has been a great year for the grass. What a difference rain makes. Of course, one’s perspective changes if you have feed crops on the ground, or you got hail with the rain. I always used to pray for ‘beneficial’ moisture. I hope the powers that be have a sense of humor.
Being on the land again has a special feeling. Maybe that is the result of not living here all the time. I am not jaded from the hardships and day to day. I see the colors, the contrasts, and the inherent beauty you can find anywhere, if you aren’t too tired to look. I am enthused by my children’s energy, their plans, their conversation, and their presence. Life is good.IMG_1202IMG_1198

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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