Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Getting Into Gear!


I say the very things that make the greatest Stir
An’ the most interestin’ things
are things that did not occur.
        Sam Walter Foss


 I sit here at my big window again, the place where all things seem possible and life just seems to creep slowly past me. As soon as I step out into that view I love, the world starts to run, sometimes I feel as if I will never catch up. I sit and I stare.

 Today is the day; the day to bale those last four fields of those six fields that were left. My Hero had cut them all yesterday morning while I baled those two other fields. The dust was blowing and the tractor was humming. My air seat lost its air and apparently could not find it. I know it sounds like I am spoiled, and I guess I am, realistically  I was not out with a fork throwing it on a wagon in the heat like our ancestors used to do long ago. Yet I still complain. Every time I hit a bump the seat would slam down and jolt my tired back, this was compounded by the fact I had shifted  into (at the suggestion of My Hero) third gear rabbit which is different than second gear rabbit (my usual). The speed of the tractor hence being faster making the work finished quicker, but hitting a bump makes your body jump higher landing harder.(Darn those ground hog holes).

Four more fields; I am hoping we get over the 400 mark on the bale counter today. This would make me happy. More hay means more cattle to keep for the winter. I would hate to have to choose which cows go and which ones get to stay. The stockers as usual were going any way to pay the bills but my cows that are all bred back, make this a difficult decision.

I am sitting staring out this window as I was saying I look at the brown lawn which I no longer need to cut unless I would like to get rid of the foot high weeds I have been tripping over. I wonder how they find water to live where the grass cannot. The little Gold finches do not seem to mind the thistle with its purple flower, this little yellow and black bird hangs upside down picking the seeds off and dropping them on to the ground. This will be more growing for them to eat next year (smart bird). I am guessing thistle does not require much rain either.

I can see my tractor sitting in the drive shed, last night My Hero had greased the baler, filled the bin with rolls of twine. He put fuel in the tank and tried to fix the air seat, he tells me it is holding air but “Don’t let too much out or it will collapse again”.  I have to let air out because if it is too full my feet dangle for many hours and go numb, probably not good for you, and the constant beeping of the seat belt signal drives me crazy the warning is regulated by the weight of the driver and My Hero weighs a tad more than I. Everything is ready for me. Now that is what real love is all about.

 I will be leaving soon so I guess I should get myself into gear, maybe second gear turtle. See you tomorrow, maybe I will have time to look for that day of nothingness.


A disclaimer: I do use the seat belt but while baling and sitting cross ways on the seat it does not work. Always wear your seat belt.

Later.

22 comments:

  1. A busy time of year. I will think of you today bumping and grinding your way across the field.

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  2. I wonder the same thing...how do the weeds grow and the grass doesn't. I'm going to mow our yard today. It's cooler out. But the dryness....it's probably a good thing you have hay. I've heard of people selling off their cattle because they don't have enough hay to feed them through the winter months. I saw on the news today where one lady sold some of her cattle because there is nothing left for them to graze on because of the drought. WE NEED RAIN! I hear ya when it comes to 'nothing' to do. I've been helping hang drywall. Just haven't posted those pics yet.

    Cindy Bee

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  3. Having haying.

    It is always a difficult decision when you have to thin. Hope you do not have to go there.

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  4. Happy Hay Season and good luck finishing up those fields! Love the smell of fresh hay in the summer.

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  5. Stay safe! I hope you get the haying done today and get your day of nothingness soon.

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  6. I have not had that sort of a reaction to the wild parsnip, than heaven!! I did not know it was that bad! You are right, though, that there is more of it than there used to be. Maybe I should take my clippers along and trim it from the path I walk, the same as I do the burdock, for other reasons...

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  7. WE had rain after supper last night. I nice light rain but it means raking the hay by lunch hour today for it to dry. Hate when that happens!

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  8. Praying for a good count today!

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  9. i hope you have a very productive and comfortable day. God speed...

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  10. Buttons, hope you had a good day in the field and hope you get some rain soon. I think we all need rain.

    I am with you on the dangling feet thing. The Rancher has to put a block of wood in the tractor for me to rest my feet on.

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  11. Wishing you a safe and successful day!

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  12. Hope you have a great day!! And how fabulous that your your hero is helping out in such sweet ways..

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  13. That sounds tough to do. Best to you. Watch the air.

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  14. I hope your counter hits 400 and beyond! Good luck with the air seat too!

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  15. We got a bit of rain last night but our yard is still "crispy". The back needs a good mowing but the front isn't so bad so I'm not open for the "list maker". LOL! I hope you reached your 400 mark!

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  16. Tall people just don't get that dangling feet numb thing. Hope all goes well for you and your Hero in the storming of the hay fields today.

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  17. Buttons, what a blessing you have your hero to help you. I am also glad for your window, the one that allows time to stand still for you.

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  18. Just reading about the 'dangling feet' brings back memories of the times I drove the truck and would have to stand up to be able to put my weight on the brake when I needed to pull up. It must have looked so funny! Have a good day and look after that back. Hugs Maa

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  19. I never knew tractors had seat belts. Will wonders never cease. Hope you have air and get done soon.

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  20. A tractor with a seat belt? Lol.

    Hoping that your count was high and your feet weren't dangling. :)

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  21. I do hope you had a great day!

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  22. Hope you find the nothingness you are looking for! AND I hope you now have more than 400 bales without your feet going numb.

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