Monday, April 1, 2013

The Farming Game and Happiness!

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly,
one-directionally, without regret or reservation.
                                  William Herbert Sheldon


While you are reading this I am probably in the Big City thinking about venturing out this early morning to gather photos and stories of my adventure but first, I had to share the story of our very first Spring Auction Equipment Sale this year that happened on the weekend.

I am now positive spring is here as I look up from this table in the sales barn auction snack bar drinking my coffee while writing and listening to the excited farmers surrounding me. These farmers that have been storing up their own stories all winter waiting to share with those other farmers who were also farm- bound all winter, waiting for this very first spring auction. Oh I love this.


I had already toured around the building checking things out. I have to say I have had quite a few compliments from farmers and their wives about my Pink Cadillac Boots, yes this is their very first auction too. These are the new Muck Boots that were mailed when I sent my blog post to the company and complained about a tear. I deemed these my Auction Pink Cadillac Boots while the torn ones shall be known as the Farm Pink Cadillac Boots. I have to say looking down and seeing them now, I notice they do stand out, they are very bright pink, you could certainly pick me out in a crowd, they definitely attract or should I say demand attention. Oh well, I like them.

This is also the first time I have taken Leo with me to an auction to take the photos, I am pretty sure they are going to be great. I tried to take photos of things that interested me and played with the Pink Cadillac Boots angle because honestly this was an auction of machinery and farm equipment and it is OK to look at for a while but boredom does come from these auctions if I do not play. My Hero was off looking at things he was interested in. I can see him through the window looking at another ladder to go up on the barn roof and I look back down to my paper and try to put those thoughts out of my head. This is also a sure sign of spring. My Hero on the roof with a ladder and a drill, I always have something to write about living with this man I do believe. I secretly hope it goes for a high price and it will leave here with some other farmer.


I finished my coffee and ventured outside again to see if there was anything I had missed. While standing by two farmers looking at a wagon load of round hay bales the one farmer says to the other how he put all his hay on a site on the internet and sold it all in an hour for $50 a bale. The drought of last year has made for a shortage of hay and everyone is very nervous hoping the spring grass comes soon. The older farmer tells us he counts his hay every week and prays he will have enough; I told him we have been doing the same thing. This has been something all the farmers in our area have in common. Many farmers have already sold out and the ones that are holding on are struggling for sure. This auction is full of equipment new and old. The auctioneer is hoping to be selling this machinery to the optimists of this farming game selling the equipment coming from some farmers who have given up or need money. It is a game of risks and some tire of the game. I understand this more with each year I grow older and every year that the weather does not cooperate.


I met my cousin and her lovely family here, she is a farmer too, and I was hoping to see her. I told you every farmer cannot wait for that first sale of the year. We stood there for a long time sharing stories about family and calving and hay shortage. I love having a cousin who understands the game. We bid goodbye and hope to meet each other again at another spring auction before planting and haying begun.


I wander around and meet people I have not met since the last farm auction and I feel that sense of pride in what we do in this game of farming. I finally locate My Hero in the huge crowd and we head to the truck loaded with all kinds of things needed for this game. I help him load that darn long ladder he will have lean against the barn trying to screw those screws in after the first high winds of April while I stand shivering and fretting at the bottom waiting for him to finish. Oh yes this is one game I enjoy even with those worries. This is a game not for the faint of heart.


On the way home My Hero pulls to the side of the road, he saw something and he backs up. I have the best farmer husband in the world and he knows just what I like.
As I have told you many times before my life is full of Pink Cadillac’s and Diamonds, it is all in the way you look at it. Isn’t it beautiful? It may look like an old door knob to you but I think of it as just another wonderful gift with perfect timing.

Later

40 comments:

  1. Love those old glass door knobs. They sure don't make them like that anymore do they? Your new boots are darling too!!!

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  2. I love it when you go to auctions! How fun.

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  3. I love the way you see things. ANd I know about the excitement of those equipment auction- they get the blood going! Now I really want to find myself a pair of those Pink Cadillac boots...

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  4. Sounds and looks like a nice time at the farmers auction . Nice photos to ! I hope you have fun in the city and get to take lots of photos of where you explored ! Have a wonderful trip see ya when you return to the farm !

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  5. I agree with you, Buttons. Farm auctions are a great place to go. We like to go and visit with the neighbors...people we see often, but never really have time to visit with. And the Amish donuts that we eat there aren't so bad either! :)

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  6. That is some diamond! Hope you are feeling well and having a great time with your daughters in Toronto.

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  7. Those old door knobs are beautiful...and they feel so wonderful in hand. What a man you've got to pull over for the sparkle.

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  8. I loved this post. You get at the heart of farming--the worries, the risks, the joys. My father was a farmer, and he went through all of that.

    I love the boots and the doorknob! Have fun in the city, and tell us all about it!

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  9. The glass doorknobs are so pretty!

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  10. It's a beautiful old doorknob! A real treasure, as is your hero. :)

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  11. I am 44 years old , grew up on a working family farm, and still live on one now. The older I get the fewer people I find who truly understand about farming, not just weekend pleasure farming but having to depend on this income and the " gambling" nature of variables you cannot control! This was a wonderful post as we are attending our first auction next saturday- on the " hope to find list" a "new" (to us) 4 furrow plow and bush hog .Of course I go to watch all the old farmers in coveralls chatter.

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  12. oh, LOVE that big diamond! and good luck on the ladder escapades to come!

    in the meantime, i hope you enjoy your time with your girls!

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  13. Your Hero...is such a sweet man. He is lucky to have you..and oh, he is such a charmer. Ha,ha..

    Hugs for both of you..
    Auntie M

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  14. My papaw took me to an auction when I was little and I loved it :)

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  15. Love those old doorknobs. We had them on all doors in my childhood home! Hope you are having a great time in the big city!

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  16. Both of you have the eyes of an angel.

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  17. My grandmother's home had glass door knobs and I loved them. That's a great find! Love your pink cadillac boots! :)

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  18. Thank you for sharing the excitement of the farm auction and the realities of the life you live. It's a reality check for those of us who play at it or just fantasize about it. And yet, in all the harsh reality of hay shortages and trying to get through the winter you have time to find a diamond in the rough.

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  19. Buttons, I love that glass doorknob!!! Those are my favourites!!! I am headed south to see my folks this week, and do some cooking for my Mom. She is getting tired right out, spending 4 to 5 hours a day at the hospital with my father, and then coming home to a cold kitchen.

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  20. Holy buckets thats a large "diamond" he found for you - those are the best treasures of all - my foresterman found me an antelope skull yesterday - our men sure know us ;)

    Love your Leo-takin' pictures, esp. the ones that include your boots - or maybe they really are that bright to be the stars of the picture...

    have fun this week - looking forward to hearing about it!

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  21. exactly what I have been thinking about lately...the "building houses" game is a lot like the farming game and I think I am about done...we need to finish this last house and then we will see.

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  22. The game of farming does seem really hard. When you're at the mercy of the weather, something you can't control, that has to be so difficult.

    I love that old doorknob! Looks like a diamond in your photo :)

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  23. I Love when you post of your weekend auction adventures:) Blessings

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  24. I love auctions of all kinds. The old door knob is beautiful! I would glue a cork onto it and make it into a wine stopper :)

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  25. A wonderful gift with perfect timing-oh B, That's the most beautiful sentiment ever! So true!! I love that glass knob and would consider it to be a wonderful treasure too!! (My old house has glass doorknobs-they are mostly all different from each other and I love them!)

    I hope that you, your Cadillac boots and Leo have a wonderful time in the big city!! xx

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  26. Buttons,

    Thank you for sharing with us your auction adventure with your Pink Cadillac boots!

    By the way , I love those boots.

    Glass door knobs are beautiful diamonds. There are so many things one can do with this beautiful knob, enjoy.

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  27. Very best of luck and blessings to you and Your Hero in the farming game. Hoping this year Mother Nature will let you roll some big numbers. Love the doorknob. And the boots.

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  28. I'm loving your huge 'diamond' that is a whopper. :)
    I hope you are having a lovely time with your daughters in the big city :))

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  29. I hope you are able to use that doorknob somewhere you can see it every day. It's very pretty.

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  30. Such a hard but rewarding life! I hope your drought ends soon! How sweet of your hero to find that beautiful 'diamond' for you! I read a quote recently that went something like, I would rather have fresh flowers on my table than diamonds. It's all about what brings you joy! My guy finds me heart shaped rocks. Those mean more to me than any expensive gift. Enjoy your lovely trip with your sweet daughters! xoxo

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  31. Oh, I love, love your glass doorknob diamond!! :)
    Hang on tight to that silly ladder while your Hero is climbing up on the roof later this spring. Men! (grumble, grumble)

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  32. i have one of those knobs too that refuses to stay on the door. :) what a nice little reminded of your day! hope you are now enjoying the city!

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  33. I love old doorknobs! I make them into garden stakes. That one is perfect! Glad you had fun at the auction. Hope your trip to the city is fun.

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  34. Amazing what you find! A jewel in the crown next :) Take care my friend...hugs xox

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  35. Happy Easter, Buttons. Some time in the future I'll be looking at having a clearence sale myself. Might have to get you over here to give me a hand. Hugs Sue and Petal. xox

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  36. Well dang, I am behind. I missed the arrival of the new boots- kudos to the company for sending those to you! I love glass door knobs..I always think of my grandmother's house when I see one.

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  37. Wonderful post! Farming is a hard life I know, I watched my Grandfather farm, but there is a pride in it! Love that doorknob, looks like a diamond! Have fun on your trip!

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  38. Indeed you are lucky to have your Hero who notices such things and then goes about obtaining them for you. Doesn't happen here.

    I'd imagine an auction or other gathering of neighbors after a long winter would be enjoyed by all. Hope spring is good for you.

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  39. LOOL... Not long ago I was telling Scott about visiting my GREAT GREAT Aunt Edna (thats right my Grandmother's Aunt) when I was little and she had a door knob just like this in her house along with beautiful stained glass windows. And I always thought how rich she must be to have diamonds for door knobs. HAPPY RICHNESS to you!

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  40. hi b....i hope you are having fun!! i purchased one of those glass door knobs and the hubs attached it to one on my bird houses that had lost it's perch!!

    it worked perfectly, it glistened in the sunlight and the birds loved it!!

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