A GARDEN TALE..a story of triumph.

One spring day, a beautiful young woman, donned a fresh pinafore and skipped happily to the garden to sow wonderful seeds.  In a parallel universe, a slightly sweaty, middle-aged woman trudged out to her garden to also sow seeds.


“Devil weeds!”

But alas!!!!  The same ugly mass of weeds that had haunted her last fall, was still laying in wait, mocking and sullen.




What to do with the seeds?  Would our heroines’ hopes and dreams be dashed into the earth?  No!  Our gal may have lacked youth, ambition or even pride, but she had something  mightier on her side……..


” Yee Yee”


A lighter!!!!!!!  And she knew how to use it.




Soon the shame of unwanted weeds was but just a memory and the seeds were sown.


“Everyone stop looking at my hair!”


The moral of the story is :  Girls in pinafores don’t get to play with fire.


I’m not calling out for help…I’m just telling you what day the  picture  below was taken.  May 1st.  IMG_20170501_112201480

Southeastern Colorado and Southwest Kansas was hit with a record blizzard the last weekend of April.

The area received 18 to 20 inches of snow with wind gusts above 50 mph.

Conditions like this are extremely hard on crops and livestock.  It’s heartwarming to see people pull together to help each other out.

In the first picture above, I’m standing on a 4 to 5 foot drift. (with my collapsed chicken pen in the background…darn it.)  The second picture shows the strange combination of white snow and fully leafed out trees.  The heavy, wet snow damaged limbs and the 26.9 degree temps froze leaves.IMG_20170430_203200109_HDR

As with any storm though, physical or otherwise, if you wait long enough and pray long enough, it passes–and the sun shines again.


My husband and I grew up in an area that was deeply affected by the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.  The generation or two following, passed down a thrifty, do it yourself attitude.  If we are able to rebuild something around here, we do it.  IMG_20170127_172953240_HDR

I use this little tractor and a disk to “work the trees.”  That just means killing weeds in between the rows of newly planted trees to conserve water and keep them looking good.  However, this is getting to be a bigger job all the time, due to someones’  OCD tree planting habit.  No need to name names.


On a corner of one of the fields that we farm,  was a cultivator that a former tenant had abandoned.    It’s the greenish thingy in the grass.

Late last fall, my husband loaded it up and brought it home.

The guys took it down in size and added blades from another implement.


Here is a test run.  So much faster!  In our throw away world I admire someone who has a vision and is able to recycle and re use.  Thank you boys!  (I refuse to completely quit using the little tractor and disk though.  It just will have a smaller job, taking care of those – Hard to Reach areas. )