18 Oct, 2016
The colors of fall along the roads of SE Colorado this week are stunning; light rusts and lots of bright golds and yellows. It’s worth a few dollars in gas to get out and share in the beauty that is SE Colorado NATURE – at her fall best. (Someone REALLY FAMOUS…once said that “Nature prevails“; indeed!)
We saw a lot of alfalfa bales – large and small, laying in the fields as well as some in neat, tall stacks. Corn has been harvested and some fields appear to have some lower cutting started – maybe for sileage? One field we passed had new growth of alfalfa maybe 6 inches or so high…maybe enough to get another cutting in before winter? Maybe hay prices will remain affordable this year.
The water level at the dam is down a fair amount since spring, but with more than enough wet stuff between shorelines for all you avid boaters and fisher-persons to enjoy! With temps ranging between 40’s at night and 70’s in the day, this is a perfect time to dust off that little rowboat and chase a few unfortunate fish. John Martin is famous for many fish worth bringing to the table; catfish for one are usually available in the stilling basin. If you chose to throw your line off the handicapped pier north of the stilling basin, you can enjoy a peaceful, inspiring view of Hasty Lake. On a quiet morning, I have been blessed to enjoy perfect shoreline reflections along the edges of the lake – a freeze-frame moment for anyone with a few NATURE genes flowing around in their being…
As for our little burg, besides gazillions of Doves sitting and flying around the trees and power lines around town, it’s a quiet time. Hasty Days are over…we’ve all settled into the lovely convenience of Valley Grocery back in our lives, and the tourist traffic is back down to a trickle on weekends.
Speaking of ‘fall colors’, our dear writer friend in Lamar has been slaving over – literally – boxes of apples as he patiently turns them into the prettiest ever pink applesauce – to die for, folks! We were lucky enuf to get a jar…(which, I confess – is now half empty. YUMMILICIOUS!)
Speaking of Hasty…if you folks have anything for sale…ducks, chickens, quilts, eggs, furniture, cars, boats, etc., leave a comment or e-mail me and we’ll get it onto the website. This site will only grow to the extent it is used – for comments and other online traffic. Make it happen; this is our town, our online presence. NOTE: We – have eggs for sale – 3 doz right now – fresh off the nests- at least today’s are! Our generous girls donate about 6 to 8 eggs per day; greenish-blue, white (one of our leghorns lays a huge double-yolked one about every other day), pinky-beige and brown. Call us if you are interested; $2/doz. UNLESS – if you bring several empty egg cartons, the first doz is free! 829.4987.
Do you have recipes to share? Holidays are approaching; maybe “Grandma” made a unique green bean casserole, or Aunt Rosie made the pumpkin pie – of ALL pies! Does your Dad have a special basting for the “main event” at the Thanksgiving presentation? Personally, my Mom used to make the ultimate pea, pickle and celery salad. I know Jan has a few oldie-but-goodie recipes under her bread board; maybe she will do a post for us????… But seriously – let’s get a recipe page going here – it will be fun.
By the by – a neat NATURE moment nite before last; the moon was still in the sky – bright and magnificent per usual, while dawn was creeping ever so pinky/yellow into the eastern sky; National Geographic Photographers should be so lucky as to live here in SE Colorado! But for now…we’ll keep it our little ‘Hasty secret’…
p.s. If you have a neat fall photo – let us know, we’ll post it for you with your byline.