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August 3, 2014

it’s pretty here.

we’ve had so much rain this year,

more than i can ever remember

in my 41 years of colorado residency.


as a result, looking at the landscape it’s very hard to believe that it could be august already.

although the wheat fields have been cut, the surrounding countryside is remarkably green and lush.


it’s made things much easier to maintain,

and the sprinkler system is once again switched to “off”.


we’ll have an apple crop this year


along with plums that weren’t ripe enough to photograph.


flowers are pretty happy about the weather,

although the vegetables would prefer more direct sun.


weeds always seem to thrive, no matter the weather,

and occasionally they perform this feat quite artistically.

we’ve been getting out to the open space for long, leisurely walks lately,

and one morning the sky was playing hide and seek with three hot air balloons.


one minute they would be visible,

and by the time i got my camera ready they would evaporate into the clouds.

i wonder if it was scary to be aloft and have the ground keep disappearing…

the water birds are loving life,

especially those out in the protected, dog-free wetland preserve.



the geese were arriving in droves this morning,

honking all the way.


there must have been hundreds,

feasting on the gleanings from the harvested wheat fields

and then meeting their friends for a drink and a swim.

it’s a good life.

stormy evenings lead to some pretty spectacular sunsets:



can’t complain about that evening entertainment.

as is often the case, i am of two minds when it comes to the rain…

it’s wonderful for the earth and all that grows in it,

and in my pre-horse days i loved the mood of a good rainy day indoors.

to sit with a good book and a cup of tea while rain pitter-pattered on the roof

and trickled down the windows was a simple pleasure.

these days it’s a double-edged sword.

it is no fun to go out to feed a herd of horses and donkeys

and begin by opening a gate and stepping into standing brown water.

beneath that water is a surface that can best be described as

“slicker than snot on a doorknob”.

(forgive me, but i taught kindergarten and first grade, remember??)

when i finally feel comfortable enough with my footing to look up

i come face-to-face with lumpy, brown unrecognizable creatures

who by appearances could not keep their balance any better

than i can keep mine.

just imagine…


yeah, it’s also heartbreaking.

i’ll spare you the contrast photo.

however, we do see the sun most (many?) days,

and the critters are all doing fine.

here is proof:






hey, rain brings flies, so sometimes they get to dress in costume.


with other horse breeds this would be considered spook training,

which is laughable, actually, with the gypsies.


i often share mother/son photos with rose and caoinlean,

but cormac was pretty jazzed about his mother/son photos

the day he and mom got braids to beat the 95 degree heat,


followed by a few quiet moments of turn-out time before the others

were allowed to join them.


caoinlean is coming right along with his training.


i love my little cow pony.

i think we need a cow.

remember the three chicks we picked up this spring for the grandkids?

yeah, 99.9 % sexed chicks for laying hens…

meet .01:


cheepers transgendered on us,

and is perfecting his adolescent version of crowing.

this is him with his best girl, lilac, in a rare capture.

most of the time she’s running the other way.

in other news,

sara and i went to lunch this week in berthoud,

the town that time forgot, as in the town that got bypassed

by highway rerouting about a decade ago.

what a cute and thriving town!


you’ve got to love this mural that features actual residents of the area.


the town has magnificently maintained old architecture

and it feels like stepping back in time.

at home we’ve mostly but not completely recovered from our little flood fiasco.

i’ve been doing a little stitching


a little paper dyeing


stringing beads, painting in the barn studio,

and taking a lot of photos.

i’ve got some soft leather projects up my sleeve

and am doing a lot of studying, meditating,

and reflecting on how to approach a new

project altogether.

life is never dull around here.


i hope life is bringing you handfuls of sweet surprises!

thanks for being here!


10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 3, 2014 12:15 pm

    i, too, love your little cow pony!
    and everything else about your august….!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      August 3, 2014 8:21 pm

      sweet friend, so glad to see you here! Si Gaoithe sends her love– did you recognize her out by the mailbox? she has grown up!

  2. sageandspirit permalink
    August 3, 2014 2:42 pm

    Like you, we have had crazy amounts of rain out here. It’s been the first *real* monsoon season in YEARS! It just feels so good to see the clouds build, feel the air change, smell the rain coming.
    You’ve captured the summer perfectly. Love all the photos, especially the horses and the town.
    Hope your August is a good one! xx

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      August 3, 2014 8:27 pm

      capturing some august moments to be lazy and read, float in lazy circles in the pool, and daydream– so important amidst the hustle and bustle of what must be done! hope you are grabbing those moments, too!

  3. August 3, 2014 11:23 pm

    Such a good bring-us-up-to-date post, Janet. Love your flowerboxes, the apples, horse braids, sunsets, rooster, stitching… The countryside has the look of just past mid-summer. We’re still fairly green here, too, but the days have been hotter and dry with dry storms lately, sparking some wildfires in the area. The sky is smoky today.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      August 4, 2014 2:50 am

      nice to see you here, Diana! usually by this time of year we have open fire bans, but this year I have not heard of any. I feel so bad about the wildfires in the PNW. I can imagine the smoky haze you are getting. all too soon the season will change and the air will have that familiar nip. I hope you are enjoying the days of summer in your Montana paradise!!

  4. August 5, 2014 3:16 pm

    Are you scritching that adorable donkeys neck? He looks like he’s in love! 😉
    What a wet summer, huh? Again, we got blasted with a thunder storm last night!
    Hardly have to water. Sprinklers OFF. Yes!
    The picture of the weeds, sunflowers and tall wheat grasses is very beautiful, as is the line of geese flying by. I love how Colorado’s skies are always filled with long necks!
    Those apples look really perfect. For pies, that is. 🙂

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      August 5, 2014 6:03 pm

      oh, yes– must scritch donkey necks! if you don’t they come up and bump you from behind!
      yes, the monsoon season has its advantages and disadvantages– water bill is down significantly from last year at this time and the lawn is lush all the way around, but the mud and mosquito factors are forces to be reckoned with! usually after such a wet summer the fall colors are exceptionally beautiful.
      so looking forward to homemade applesauce and apple pie– yumm!!

  5. Brandi permalink
    August 6, 2014 4:21 pm

    Hey beauty. I was just thinking about your basement flooding situation, I hope all will mend well.
    And painting in your studio! And leather! That paper, though, is what grabs my heart. It’s beautiful. You have such an eye for color.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      August 6, 2014 4:31 pm

      hey sweets! you’ve been on my mind. the basement is not too bad, but a repainting of walls and floor is in order. thank you for the encouragement with the arts– when there is so much to be done elsewhere i do struggle with choosing to spend time and money there. i know that’s what i need for soul and spirit, though. you’ve just encouraged me to push the button on an entirely new project– you’ll find out about it here!

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