Monday, August 19, 2013

What Did You Do!

There is a repose which comes from adjustment to present conditions,
acceptance of present limitations,
and victorious recognition of a far-off peace.
                          Hamilton Wright Mabie


Remember that first day of school after returning from your long relaxing summer off and the teacher always made you write an essay answering the question What Did you Do for your Summer Vacation?

I never had anything to write about back then after two months of summer activities but these last couple of weeks, my, oh my I could fill a binder. Times certainly have changed. I think I will write a few essays just in case one of those teachers (not mentioning any name) of mine who thought I could never finish that particular assignment may be reading. I honestly did not have anything to say back then so I do not think that C- was truly deserved.

It has been one crazy, busy, exciting, challenging, scary, satisfying, heart-pounding unforgettable week for me and I am sure you are going to hear all about it eventually. I have not had a chance to sit and process all that has gone on but I will say I may need another week off to sleep and enjoy that Rest & Relaxation you all may have thought I was off doing.


The baling of the first crop of hay is now complete and I am so grateful for that, there were long days and long nights but the counter on the baler is now reading 762. My part of this work is done and My Hero will now be driving around picking those bales up, well I may take a few days to help haul some home too but, I am thinking of retiring from farming (just a thought). My Hero will be putting them where they need to be stored for the upcoming winter.

The cutting of the second crop will be limited to only a few good fields. With the price of fuel and twine and I must mention bearings, (there is a story to tell there I imagine) this is our plan at this time but as a farmer I do know plans change all the time. We will pasture our cows in some of the fields before the winter comes. I cannot believe it is nearing the end of August this must have been the longest haying season for first crop ever.


I have many stories to share about work, play, life and my favourite Mother Nature and the gifts she provided for my viewing pleasure on those long days. There have been a few surprises and I will write about them in the next little while and let me just say WOW. It is nice to be back and I look forward to some kind of normal, whatever that is. See you Wednesday.

Later



42 comments:

  1. Great to have you back and look forward to all those stories you are promising. Have a great week. x

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  2. So glad you are back! It sounds like haying season was a success. I do hope you are getting a little r&r now~

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  3. Great to see you back blogging.
    Bet you are thrilled with the bales being done finally.
    Hugs M xox

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  4. Glad you got the hay in...and it looks beautiful. Look forward to catching up.

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  5. This year is so different from last year when you were struggling to bale enough hay! Glad you have some adventures to share with us!

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  6. Glad to have you back B. The blog-o-sphere was not the same without you :)

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  7. So excited you got a good hay cutting!

    Glad you had a fun time - I'll be excited to hear about it.

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  8. Glad to hear you have your hay!

    You have me so curious, cant wait to read your next post :)

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  9. Glad the hay crop is in, and your round bailer is working. Think of how much "fun" it would be to have square bales instead — each having to be handle at least a couple of times. Besides, your Hereford seems to love that big bale, and is cuddling up to it. (Great picture!)

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
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    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

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  10. So glad to hear the hay is in! And that it was a good crop this year.

    Speaking of bearings....we have a bearing going out on our A/C fan motor. In Texas the A/C is life support equipment! One of my many tasks today is to find a replacement motor before the old one craps out entirely!

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  11. Good to read your post this morning! Back to "normal," whatever that is.

    I always hated those writing assignments about summer vacation. We never did take any special trips or do any special activities during the summer, so there just didn't seem to be much excitement in writing about the usual things.

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  12. Love the first picture. I guess this may be the first time I have seen hay rolled up into a ball which is green and not yellow.

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  13. Pretty, pretty picture at the end - look forward to the stories!

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  14. Welcome back...can't wait to hear all about it.

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  15. I'm glad to see you back, and am anxious to hear all that you've done! 762 bales? Wow! Good for you!

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  16. Didn't you all only get about 400 last year? Wow -- this is great but I know it's alot of work.

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  17. I am happy to see you today b.....farming, I think it's in your blood!!

    762, now that's a great number!

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  18. I hope 762 is a number that means you have plenty of hay to last until next year at this time!
    Waiting for the adventures posts....

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  19. So glad to hear from you!! I sure did miss you. But it sounds like you had some wonderful adventures. And so great about the hay! I'll look forward to reading your stories. :-)

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  20. I'm glad you got your hay cut and baled and so many bales at that! We just put up 200 and I will admit that I am not much help at all, but I did help stack in the barn. It does feel good to actually have good horse hay that doesn't have to be trucked in at 10 bucks a bale!
    Can't wait to hear about your adventures!

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  21. B,

    Welcome back my friend. Can you imagine cutting 762 bales of hay without the heavy equipment?

    Can't wait to read your stories.

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  22. Sounds exciting, Buttons! Can't wait to hear all about your summer vacation! Love the photos. xo

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  23. Wow! You've been busy. Great photos ;)

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  24. Miss B,
    Glad you had a nice break, even if it wasn't relaxing.

    Yay for the last hay bale! A big project in the books for another year.

    Looking forward to stories from your blogging break. I start mine tomorrow.

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  25. I have missed reading your voice, Buttons! I think you just wrote the world's best cliff hanger. lol Now I can't wait to read about all of your adventures and surprises. Welcome back!

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  26. Congrats on the hay cutting! It looks "cow approved" too! I can't wait to hear all about your adventures. :)

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  27. way to go, b! looks like the cows really appreciate all that you and your hero are doing!

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  28. Welcome back. :) Hope you had a good R & R. The cows look happy with that hay. :) Gotta love them Herefords! They know what to do with a bale of hay!

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  29. Your week sounds busy and exciting. Way to go with all the haying! I'm looking forward to all your stories - after you get a little r&r.

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  30. Welcome back Buttons . Wow you sure have been making hay while the sun shines ! :) Look forward to hearing all about it .

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  31. Now you have totally caught our attention...and i can't wait to hear what happened.

    Jen

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  32. I was starting to worry about you... Glad you were having a blast!!!
    Great photo of the helicopter!!!

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  33. I can't believe you got c- for writing at school as you are such a good writer now but then what did you do on vacation is a poor subject for kids.
    Welcome back. I'm looking forward to reading of your exploits.

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  34. oh i am just so happy to see you back!

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  35. Oh the Blessing/Curse of having a writer's mind. Everything can be a story. Just figuring out what to do with those stories is the big challenge. Maybe those teachers have read your blog and are regretting that grade they gave you. Glad you're back.

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  36. Yay, you're back! I've been anxiously awaiting your return :) That sure is a lot of hay. Too bad your vacation wasn't a relaxing one haha.

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  37. Wow - 762 sure is a lot! We used to bale about 50 - puts us to shame!

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  38. " I look forward to some kind of normal, whatever that it." I think I very much like that phrase and it sums up my goals for life.

    Funny, but we do forget that our sister / fellow bloggers' lives are really not contained in their blogs. Many are enduring life-changing moments and ordeals while blogging. many others are simply overwhelmed by events in their lives, and really, when unexpected challenges and grief hit home, blogging is the last thing we think about.

    I hope you're well and even though this summer has passed so quickly , you will have time to savour the last bits of it with joy.

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