Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Year in the Life of the Prairie

It appears that my husband may actually be living with me again. Yesterday he signed a contract with his employer stating that they intend to keep him at their nearby facility for awhile now. That means we will remain out on the prairie for the time being. If I was a betting person, I would wager we won't be here any longer than another year though, because the company is preparing to open a new, huge facility in another part of the United States within the next 12 months.

I am going to try to enjoy the time I have left on the prairie as much as possible though. Today I thought I would show you some more of what we have experienced living here in the last year.

Autumn will come to the prairie again soon. The nights will grow longer and the daytime shorter. The fields will turn golden. Then the harvest will begin.

Winter will arrive suddenly with the howl of a prairie blizzard rattling the windows and pounding on the doors. Then silence will follow in the stillness of the snow covered fields.

Spring is so very slow to arrive on the prairie. The skies open up and gray, dreary rain replaces the snow. The fields turn into acres of black, muddy, muck. Just when you think you can't take the drabness anymore, tiny hints of green appear in the yards and along the roadside. Then one day a gentle breeze blows in the new season and the flowers return. Planting begins.

Summer is my favorite season on the prairie. It is spectacular. Everything is alive again. The land is green as far as the eye can see. The corn grows tall and strong. The breeze blows, and the birds sing their sweetest songs.

A year on the prairie is filled with extremes. There is sweltering heat in summer and frigid cold in winter. There is unceasing rain in the spring and golden sunshine in the fall. Life is ever changing here, yet every season is beautiful in its' own way. You just have to stop for a moment and enjoy what surrounds you. Blessings to you.


  1. A beautiful post and beautiful photos. I hope you enjoy this year on the prairie, especially having your husband with you. Best wishes, Christine

  2. Beautiful pictures. I'm glad you now have some peace in knowing that the next year won't be such a roller coaster ride.
    Take care.

  3. I'm so happy you get to stay for at least awhile! I'm sure your husband will be glad to be back with his family. This was such a wonderful post about the seasons of the prarie. It's obvious you love it there.

    As for the magic attic, it's really just the result of a family who never threw anything away. No matter how worn something was, it might good for something else later! It is special though, especially for hubby. So I deal with the "magic" dust and try to find a way to honor the things we find so they won't just sit up there in the dark!

    Enjoy hubby's homecoming!

  4. What a beautiful post and what beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing your life on the prairie.Living in Florida I don't get to see the seasons change, so I do so enjoy seeing others. So glad you're going to have hubby home with you! :)

  5. I know it has been a rollercoaster life for you lately, but I'm glad that you finally know you'll be staying there for a while yet. I loved the pictures of what a year on the prairie is like! Some of what I saw is much like it is in Iowa, yet it is different in how it is truly prairie land. Take care!


  6. Great post!! I loved seeing the seasons of the prairie through your eyes...It sounds like a wonderful area to live in and I can tell by your words that you love it there! I am so happy for you that your husband will be living at home with you.

  7. Thank you for your kind words everyone. I really appreciate your comments. Blessings to all of you.

  8. this looks like a rugged life even now with all the conveniences of modern life. Imagine it 100 years ago!

    I'm glad your husband is returning!

  9. Hi,
    I love the way you wrote this post.It's like reading poetry. So glad you will be staying for a while. Have a great day.

  10. Great photos. The barn covered with vines is my favorite! Thanks for dropping by Cackleberry Cottage.

  11. Those are some great pics! Wow! Thanks for sharing.... I wish I could visit!!

    Thanks for the birthday wishes too :)