Monday, February 10, 2014

Quick Attach and a Sure Sign of Spring!

It is the hard environment that develops personality.
                Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  
   
Wow, I forgot what Mother Nature could throw at us during her winters grip and this one with no foreseeable end to it keeps my morning routine extremely busy.

There is that usual dragging your body out of that nice warm bed and wishing you could just stay there all day especially those days you listen to that wind with ice pellets knocking gently at your bedroom window. Pulling on my colourful Gramma Rosie Fleece Socks, a well-known warm comfortable staple to all Snowshoe Racers in our country, I grabbed a warm sweater and immediately headed downstairs to feed the woodstove that had been waiting patiently all night while I slept in relative comfort. My ears perked up as I heard a long forgotten sound.

The sound and my smile grew and grew this was surely a sign of Spring, a Cricket singing. I threw a couple of logs on the fire then stopped and listened to the sound that had stopped while I was banging around. There it was once again. I smiled and pulled on my coveralls, my Pink Cadillac’s and my warm knitted hat and headed outside to start the tractor.


I climbed into the tractor getting away from the biting cold and blowing snow that bounced off my face, the face sporting the huge smile while thinking of that Cricket’s song and impending Spring, who needs a Groundhog I have a Cricket I thought to myself. Spring is surely coming. The tractor hesitated much like I had just done a few short moments ago while trying to get the motivation to get out of bed, there she goes, sputter… sputter… roar. It would warm up while I rushed into the house then undressed and rushed upstairs to get something to eat and get ready for a busy day. Oh the Cricket is very happy to be hiding behind that woodstove out of sight as I rushed past. It sang and I smiled.

After that quick coffee and muffin, I once again pulled on the coveralls and Pink Cadillac’s walked back past that singing made me smile Cricket and headed back to the tractor. Nice and warm, now the fun part comes in.


There is so much snow this year in the laneway that I really needed to plow it out, sounds easy but I had the Hay carrying Prongs on the loader and I needed the big bucket to move the snow. Quick Attach here I come, you have to understand I have not had to plow the laneway in two years. You see I have a four-wheel drive Jeep and am not afraid to use it to get out of my driveway and let My Hero deal with the snow when he gets home, I like that. This year has been different we have a lot of snow and after I had seen that he had some trouble getting out to work that morning in his truck I thought I would help him out even though I may have been a bit rusty at remembering how easy a Quick Attach Bucket works and my technique may have needed a refresher course, I knew I could do it.


Quick Attach Bucket, my foot. It took me longer to drop the Hay Prong Attachment and hook up the Snow Bucket then it did to plow out the driveway. I probably could have shovelled it faster. I did get it on and  I did plow the laneway making it easier for My Hero to get back in the laneway when he arrived home later that night and he did smile when he seen what I had done but it was not as easy as I thought it should have been.
I had a hard time finding places to pile all that snow, the banks are now higher than the fence. 
Oh well it is done and I always did love the thought of living surrounded by the snow covered mountains.


I was tired after all that and thoughts of that nice warm bed I had left bounced around in my head but I still had to drop the Snow Bucket and hook up the Hay Prong Attachment and go feed the girls. Well in case you were wondering, it turned out it was not exactly a Quick Unattach Bucket either.

Oh I do hope the singing Cricket was right. Forget those Groundhogs, I am rooting for the Cricket.

Later


55 comments:

  1. The cricket noise sounds promising. Lots of snow there. Keep warm. Hugs M xox

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  2. You know it's been a bad winter when a cricket's singing can turn your mood around!

    I can't help it, I tried to resist but just can't...

    "If the mountains won't come to Buttons, then Buttons will create her own mountains!"

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  3. No crickets here lately. I probably would've gotten mad over hooking that thing up and just given up until another day.

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  4. ha, anything that says "quick" is usually a lie...same with "tear here"...oh spring, hurry up!

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  5. Good for you ! Cold & Frosty here this morning, but the Sun is out Shining full force ! x

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  6. Sounds like some of those Lego building projects that proclaim they are for 3+...yeah.....3+30 plus an engineering degree.
    We need Spring badly here....Go Cricket...give me a C, give me a...

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  7. Hooray for the cricket's song. Actually, now that the days are getting noticeably longer I feel like spring is nearly here. Yeah, I AM ignoring the fact that it sure is COLD outdoors. ;))

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  8. i miss the sound of crickets. or frogs too. so fun!! spring - where are you? ( :

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  9. Hooray for the cricket! I'd forget the groundhog too. I bet your Hero will be thrilled to have that job done when he gets home!

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  10. This post made me want a hot cocoa to stay warm!!!

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  11. Well I can tell you I am impressed first that you drive a tractor and second you can drop the implements and change the prongs to a bucket. I always help my husband I think I could change them but I might be a bit afraid.
    That is so much snow. I am glad you had a cricket to sing to you already.
    Spring will be there before you know it.

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  12. I love all those Summer sounds. Like cicadas and crickets. No sounds here yet. Except for our house groaning and cracking.

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  13. Thank you, and your Cricket, for giving us good news!!!

    Yesssss!!!!

    Gentle hugs,
    Tessa~

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  14. i'm sure he appreciated your hard work. :)

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  15. Buttons, you truly are an inspiration. I am longing for spring and I too side with the cricket.

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  16. I can't wait for the sounds of spring! Hurry, spring, hurry!!

    Great job you did on the snow removal! I know your hubby was happy to see that. Stay warm.

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  17. We are running out of places to pile the snow too! That's one smart cricket, living in the wood pile next to the stove all winter!

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  18. B, I think you had your sequence of jobs out of order today...
    First, feed the girls with the hay prongs on. This makes for happy cows, eh? Then swap to the bucket and move the snow. Then park the tractor next to the hay prongs for your DH to attach tonight when he gets home! You get to go in now, and take a warm nap!

    Vic303

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  19. That does sound encouraging, hearing a cricket chirp in February. But, I think I`m more impressed by the fact that you changed tractor attachments and plowed the driveway! :-)

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  20. Enough snow already! It's a good thing you don't wait for anybody to get the job done! Kudos to all your talents and hard work. That cricket is making things all better!

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  21. Quick or not- you have the satisfaction of a job well done, your Hero's smile, and a Cricket to cheer you on.

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  22. YaY...rooting for the cricket!! The snow looks so pretty against that gorgeous blue sky!!

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  23. B,

    I'm also leaning and rooting for the CRICKET!!!!
    Sending hugs to you and your Hero.
    Sandy

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  24. You are a brave and resourceful girl, Buttons! I can't even imagine driving a tractor, never mind hooking up a plow! Yes, everything does take longer than you think, I have found. Your hero must have been so surprised at your resourcefulness. That is a lot of snow. I love the sound of crickets. We don't have them here much, but where I grew up in New England they would fill the night. Our snow is melted now and all we have is rain. Soooo looking forward to spring - I know you must be,, too! Stay safe. Hugs xo Karen

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  25. That is a lot of snow! I'd love to hear a cricket right now. I miss hearing the bugs at nighttime! I really hope spring comes early this year.

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  26. Haven't heard a cricket here in a very long time! I think they must have hibernated somewhere else.:-) Yay for using the misnamed "quick attach" system!

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  27. Wow, that is a lot of snow! You work so hard, B. I'm sure your Hero appreciated the driveway work. I would have no idea even how to change the bucket!

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  28. it will be fun to see what you accidentally shoved into those manmade snow hills of yours come spring...

    ;p

    XOXOX

    btw crickets eat books...just sayin'...why yes the sun only shined for 15 minutes this morning, WHY DO YOU ASK????

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  29. I will take any signs of Spring! We are running out of places to put the snow too!
    Think Spring :)

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  30. I'm jealous of your tractor cab! Tomorrow I'll set out more hay and get in wood, clean out the stove and lay another fire. I manged to set out hay for the sheep/alpacas today and unload all the feed/minerals. I'm having a Guinness before a supper of white bean chili. I'll have another Guinness with supper and then either soak my bones in the deep tub or go to bed with an Ibuprofen and a book.
    Decisions, decisions.

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  31. Hooray for the cricket, spring must definitely be on the way for all you folks in the Great White North! Kudos to you for persevering with the Quick Attach bucket! :)

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  32. I heard crickets yesterday! But we are expecting another round of ice this week. Bah! Hope you got to return to your warm bed after all your chores. I don't know how you do it!

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  33. I opt for the cricket to ! WOW ! Lots of snow there to , we are running out of space to put ours now lol . I am sure your Hero was tickled pink with all your hard work ! Love your photos . Thanks for sharing , Now rest up and have a good evening !

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  34. I can think spring with out a cricket. It's been minus 32 or so the last few mornings but I know we're on our way to spring.

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  35. Wow, that is a ton of snow! Good thing you have the big machinery! Quick attach/un-attach or not!

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  36. Pretty cool to hear the cricket sing in the winter. That is a lot of snow you have and much work to load the bucket. I really like your reflection shot of you in the last image. Have a good day!

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  37. Quick attach implements don't. It's like interchangeable parts; they aren't.

    I'm sitting here in the -24C evening, where it seems like -28, and I feel your pain. I wonder if the girls know how lucky they were to get fed today?

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  38. You are a hardy and hard-working woman. A woman to be valued anywhere, anytime ! Your Hero must smile to himself every day knowing he hit the jack-pot with you, and you with him. Not because you can work heavy machinery though, but because you did this for him because you love him.

    I don't have to do what you do in this weather, but freezing weather causes me much hard work simply to water my livestock so I understand and appreciate al you wrote about.

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  39. Crickets, butter cups and robins. I'm in! :)

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  40. Jiminey Cricket Buttons I'm with you on that one ~ ground hog can't always be right !

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  41. You really are a Farm girl! Attaching and unattaching buckets on a tractor. I'm impressed. I said the same thing...no where else to put the snow! Rumor is we are going to have some 40 degree days next week. I hope the sun comes out when we do. I need to know if my bees are alive or not. I'm with you...and the cricket. It wasn't even sunny out on groundhog day. Phhfffttt on the groundhog!!!

    Cindy Bee

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  42. I am still alive!! I am now in a room at school with computers, so I am reading as I eat my lunch!
    I heard some birds on Sunday, as I was walking to the bus!! That is my favourite sign of spring!!!
    Btw - is that Annie wearing the hat in the header? Whoever she is, she looks so cozy!!!

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  43. Your quick attach is our PTO. :) Enjoy.

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  44. I always enjoy my stop here! Way to go girl switch out the bucket!! You rock!! Stay warm my friend.

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  45. After all that work, I admire your optimism! It was sweet of you to take care of the snow so that your Hero didn't have to, I bet he had a big smile on his face. Go cricket!

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  46. We have ants running around outside right now. First time I saw them this year.

    You did such a nice thing for your hero, I know he must have felt so loved.

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  47. I am rooting for your cricket too!!! We are also surrounded by huge piles of snow, and there is some more snow forecasted for this week (after a wonderful few weeks with only a few inches - thank you for the break, Mother Nature!!) but I'm hoping we can make it through the rest of the winter without calling in the neighbour with his plow blade on the loader (no word on if that is quick attach!).

    Hugs!!! Stay warm!!!
    Mandi

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  48. I've been hearing frogs. But it's been warm here. You are amazing, the quick attach for me would have been no attach. :)

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  49. That is a lot of snow out there...!!!!

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  50. I'm with you on the cricket. I say we fire the groundhog! Glad that you are surrounded my snow-covered mountains, for awhile, at least. Even if you had to make them yourself!

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  51. Can't believe you heard a cricket! what I would pay to hear that once more??? Such a beautiful sound. I don't believe the groundhog this year!

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