The world is moving so fast these days that
the man who says it can’t be done is
generally interrupted by someone doing it.
Elbert Green Hubbard
As most of you have come to know I feed the girls most every day of the week come rain or shine and do not mind one little bit. My Hero is off working his full-time off-farm job in the city and I have always considered this to be my full-time job. I am proud of my job title, Farm Woman.
This past Saturday My Hero was feeling a little under the weather, which was gorgeous I must point out, cold, but gorgeous, he had a special project to work on with brother Dios about twenty minutes away so I offered to feed the cows so he could get an early start and hopefully in turn he would get home early to rest and spend time with the Doctor, Dr. Who of course.
Yes that was the plan, off he went. Since it was Saturday my day off I took my time getting outside. Well to be honest here, I forgot to plug the tractor in on Friday, something My Hero pointed out before he left. This meant it would not start, yes it is that cold. This meant I had some time to putter around the house before I had to go feed the girls; they always have lots to eat so no worries.
After an hour I headed out to go feed the girls just like every other day of the week, and it honestly felt like any other day of the week. I drove down the lane and noticed all the tire tracks that were left behind from my trip down yesterday had completely disappeared after yet another snowstorm last night. No problem, as of late this is beginning to be my new normal so I just kept driving. The snow was getting deeper. I could not see the rail fence as the snow has now drifted over top in many sections.
Suddenly as I tried to make my way through the two gates about halfway down the lane the tractor stopped moving and the tires just kept spinning, this was not like every other day of the week but once in a while this year it has happened and I knew how to keep moving, a skill I am learning well or so I thought.
I have usually rocked the tractor back and forth much like a stuck car and this has usually worked and I would then head down the lane on my merry way with a song in my head but not today. The more I rocked the more I became surrounded by snow, hard snow, the tractor bottomed out and then I knew I was not going anywhere. I tried the differential lock on the tractor. The differential lock is a handy little device on the tractor….. by the flip of a button the huge back tires will turn at the same time and usually this will get you out of any situation, this I knew. Not today, it did not work for me.
I shifted out of gear, turned the tractor off, I knew I was now finished, all that would happen from this point on was I would break something or make things worse. Defeated, I opened the door and climbed down the step. On reaching the bottom step I walked on the snow, not that little hop down to the snow as per usual. Yes indeed the snow was completely packed under the tractor and the front wheels were solid packed with snow. Drat.
I stood there for a bit trying to figure out a plan but knowing there was only one thing to do I hiked through the deep snow up the lane. I walked into the house and grabbed my keys and purse then reluctantly drove the twenty minutes to get help.
Howdy Boys; I have a little problem.
My Hero and his brother Dios are now dancing with two tractors moving mountains of snow after rescuing my tractor from the wall of snow where I had parked it. They are clearing the lane out so there will be no more problems for me in the future, well that is the plan. I stand here watching the dance through the big kitchen window while making a nice lunch, snapping photos and preparing a pot of tea.
When they are finished the dance, the lunch, the tea and the little project that is twenty minutes away I do know I am never going to hear the end of this little incident and the laughter that will always come from this tale that will no doubt get bigger and bigger, like the fish that got away.
In my defense, Saturday…. is my day off. Thank you boys.