Monday, July 11, 2011

What we've been up to.....

I can't believe we are almost halfway through July.....really? Where is the time going? It feels as though we've been going and going these last couple of weeks. But barley is harvested. And the barley straw is baled. And the straw is stacked and tarped. Yay!!!!
 This is one of the enormous stacks of barley straw that we tarped on Saturday night. There is something magical that happens when you are up against the clock, in  our case, a major storm coming our way, and everything and everyone works together. We were able to get two stacks of straw tarped before it got dark, and the storm actually went around us and didn't get us drenched! We were pretty thankful!
 Straw bales in the field, needing to be stacked. There were lots of these. The guys worked so hard!
This is the view of the bins from our house. It's about three to four miles away. You can see pretty far out here!

It is monsoon season here now. We don't consider it officially monsoon until around the 4th of July. This is the time of year when we get some more humidity in the air and some amazing clouds during the day! It is so cool to watch the storms build over the mountains. We got half an inch a couple weeks ago, but before that, it had been a good seven or eight months since we got any rain. Any. We didn't get any winter moisture this past year, which is unusual. We desperately need a good monsoon.
 In other news, if anyone has heard about a raspberry shortage in Arizona, it is due to this little guy. He is known for downing a whole container himself. In five minutes. Flat.

 He's pretty cute, so we cut him some slack around here.

Huckleberry Pie will be turning one in about three weeks now. Sigh. My baby is growing up. He pulls himself up on anything and everything. He is trying to talk. He crawls faster then the speed of light. You think it's safe to open the fridge and boom! There he is, getting smacked in the head with the door. Not that I've ever done that or anything!

And finally, this is the sunrise this past Sunday morning. I was up around five, amazingly, and was quick enough to catch a couple pictures of the sun rising over the mountains. Breathtaking. Thanks for stopping by!


the joyful potter said...

Laura, I LOVE your sky pictures!! They are gorgeous!! And there must be a strong berry gene in the Breneman gene pool somewhere - Isaiah is crazy about raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, ANY berries! We were in grocery stores yesterday and today and he just can't understand why the berries that he sees can't be fed to him like the ones he sees at home (his sisters are great about taking him berry-picking!).

Laura said...

That is so cute about Isaiah! If Landon even sees the raspberry or blueberry containers on the table he is impatient! We do have amazing sunrises and sunsets out here since you can see for miles. It's one of the benefits of living in the desert! :)