Monday, April 3, 2017

Dream A Little--or A Lot

The Head Gardener came home one day some time last year and announced that he had purchased a tractor. "What another one? Seriously? We are retired. We can't be spending money like that," I loudly protested.

Days later he came in the house after working on his tractor, declaring that he had wanted this specific tractor since he as a boy, 1965 Case Tractor. His dad farmed with Case tractors, perhaps even this model. So how was I to protest? In fact, t my cold heart melted as I saw the joy, pride, and satisfaction on his face.

Dreams to come true. Last week we had the grandsons, Jacob is now fourteen, the moody, pensive, funny, sweet, charming teen-aged boy, and Nathan who will be eight next week, cheerful, interested in so many things, knows about a lot of stuff, he says. And he does.

So on Thursday, Grandpa took his tractor to small field now owned by a Denver suburb and farmed by a family friend and sank his plow in rich loam. For him it was a moment because it was a piece of ground once a part of his family farm. Perhaps more importantly, he was able to share his moment with his grandsons, each getting to take turns "plowing." I asked the oldest if he wanted another turn and he asked, "Why would I?" I replied, "Because you will never get to do this again."  I think that point was lost on the youngster, but he smiled and said, "Yes."

And finally, the the HG found the plow out in a field somewhere destined for the salvage yard where it would have been recycled.

We did other things with the boys, including a trip to the city to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The place was packed with people--Spring Break for Denver. Nathan loved it; his favorite was the Egyptian exhibit.

We also took a drive north to the Prairie, a part of the grasslands that I have never been to. The Soapstone Prairie Natural Area is the location of a major dig of a fire pit of pre-Indian culture on the plains dating back to 10,600-10, 720 B.P. We had hoped to visit the Lindenmeir dig site, but we are not sure that it is open to the public.  Here is the Wikipedia link if you want more information: It is very interesting to see the artifacts that were discovered. It was a major discovery or pre-Indian civilization.

Yes, as far as the eye can see, but look to the east and you will see the Rawhide power plant and more civilization.

If you visit northern Colorado, plan a trip to the prairie where there are bike trails, walking trails, bird sanctuaries, and lots of wildlife to see. This park has a herd of free ranging buffalo--well, they are fenced in, along with Prong horned antelope and a variety of birds. Most often Colorado visitors are quite familiar with the ski areas and mountain resorts, but the prairie, especially in the spring, is a wonderfully quiet and human free zone to visit.

We have had rain. Finally. Today the sun shines, but it is chilly. Snow on the way tomorrow. After a busy week with the boys, I am looking forward to the quiet of the house. 

Wishing you a fabulous week. Thanks so much for stopping by. 


  1. Hello, Sounds like your hubby is a happy camper with the new tractor. I can see you had a wonderful visit with your grandchildren. The prairie land is beautiful, it must be even more so in person. I would love to see the birds and wildlife there. Thanks for sharing the visit. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  2. Anne, I think your husband would get on well with mine, who is an avid tractor aficionado!

  3. You know I would love to visit that much nature to enjoy! Love that old tractor too. Well done! Hugs, Diane

  4. Well, glad you gave in to the joy of your hubby's new toy. Sounds like you filled your time nicely with your grands. Hope you have a good week.

  5. Boys and their toys, luckily mine's into computers not tractors but whatever makes them happy right? I remember when our two nephews were the same ages as your grandsons so I know of which you speak! I bet they'll remember that day with Grandpa and the tractor all of their lives.
    Have a wonderful week, dear friend.

  6. I can understand your husband wanting a tractor he's dreamed of having - it was the same for my husband when he finally got his corvette. After driving it only a few months of the year and never when raining, the novelty wore off and he sold it last year with no regrets.
    The young ones will have great memories of Grandpa and his new tractor.

  7. Sometimes you just have to let your husband have his own toys, since they are so helpful to us in the garden. Mine has dreamed of a riding mower for many years, and I haven't yet convinced him that he is free to indulge himself at any time.