Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Trouble never seems to take a holiday!

Experience has taught me,
when the versions of the same story given by two wire services differ materially, 
to prefer the less exciting.

                        Elmer Holmes Davis
                                 


My half open eyes stare at the clock with its red numbers, 4:37 a slightly cooler breeze blows through the open window a bit of relief from the stifling heat and humidity of the last few days. Debating whether to get up or remain lying in relative comfort under the fan I remember it is Canada Day, and the fact that it is a holiday so My Hero will not have to go to work off the farm today. It has been an incredible weekend, four days off spending time together, working; it is that time of year and there is always so much to do on and off the farm. “No rest for the wicked” comes to mind something my Mom used to say all the time.

We have yet to start haying with the unpredictable pop up rain storms that sneak up and pounded the standing hay into the ground. We ideally need three good drying days to make sure the hay is just right and we have not had that, so we wait hoping it will come. I seen bales all over the county yesterday when we went out to buy parts at the tractor store and I wondered how they could have possibly gotten it off without trouble, the rain is spotty so maybe they were just lucky. Trouble, oh yes it can be that time of year too. I climb out of bed.


Walking into the kitchen and with the windows open just a crack those familiar sounds of the early morning rush to greet me. The robin’s song, the mooing of a mother calling her calf as the herd heads to the bush after staying just behind the house all night as usual (I always think that they like to stay close to us), the cooing of a mourning dove, and those new to us sounds of gigantic cawing ravens that now sit on top of the barn every day, I open the windows wide letting it all in enjoying every sweet sound. A breeze rushes in from the semi dark; it appears I have beaten the sun this morning. I put a pot of coffee on.

I sit at the table and start to write, this is my favourite time of the day. My Hero is still sleeping that is unusual but we have been so busy I am happy he is getting some rest. A shrill ring echoes through the house, I run to the basement stairs knowing it is the smoke alarm downstairs wondering to myself what now. Placing my hand on the door it feels cool so I throw it open and rush down the stairs. Thankfully there was no smoke, I can hear heavy footsteps above my head, My Hero is awake now. It seems the smoke detector does not like this humidity either; I struggle to get the battery out. Trouble comes in many forms; this makes me wonder what today will bring.


Yesterday we drove by brother B’s on our way back from buying tractor parts and we could see his round baler sitting in the driveway of his son next door, it was open near the garage, never a good sign, we pulled in to see if there was anything we could do to help, OK not my help but My Hero’s. Brother B always has a beautiful smile no matter what is going on in his world and the three boys gathered round the machine figuring out how to fix the little or possibly big problem that was going on. Haying season will always bring surprises and having the skills to fix things yourself is a great asset in this farming business.

 I wandered off to take photos of the lovely barn and their two friendly dogs kept me entertained while I played. I could see the boys with their heads all in and under the machine and their laughter and strategizing echoed through the air, I always love watching them interact. After a while we bid goodbye and headed home, I think they figured it out. They, like we have lots of hay to get in this year, it seems to be a very productive season; breakdowns have never been our friend this time of year. I thought of the battery we just installed in our own tractor that cost $410. Oh yes it can be an expensive time of year.


When we did get home we could see Girl standing in the field mooing, calling her calf, the calf she had two days ago, it appeared all the other cows and calves were there and with it being a newborn we headed into the house and got dressed to go into the bush and search. I donned my Pink Cadillac’s, a hat and long pants knowing we would be searching through the prickly ash bushes and the under growth of the bush in the heat and humidity, this is where they usually hide their calves to protect them. We headed out to the bush not knowing what we would find but hoping for the best.


Yes trouble seems to come in many forms some small some large but that is what “Keeps us on our toes”, another Mom saying. The coffee is ready now, I wonder what this Canada Day holiday will bring hoping it will be an easy one I am exhausted.


Later

36 comments:

  1. Smooth, smoothly, going great, no problems, perfect . . .
    just wonder if those words/phrases were created because there had been rocky roads, challenging times.

    I hope your day continued on problem free or . . .
    smoothly . . . perfectly fine . . .

    Happy Canada Day a bit late . . .

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  2. Happy Canada Day, Miss B. Your day sounds like a typical unpredictable farm wife day.

    I hope you get to haying soon and us too. We had so much wind Sunday, Monday and Tuesday we about went crazy. At least the wind helps dry things out.

    We too have neighbors that have made a few bales and we are wondering how that is possible knowing they had to have been wet.

    Hope all worked out for the best with the little calf. We have a crippled cow that has been hanging in there since last fall and is now not doing so good. We pulled her calf off yesterday to start bottle feeding. J and I have a great challenge ahead of us as the calf is very spirited.

    Yeah for coffee!

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  3. Happy Canada Day! I always enjoy reading what you write.

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  4. Oh that is a ridiculous price for a battery! Farming sure can be a challenge. Paul has to charge the battery on our tractor pretty much every time he uses it. Now I see why he is reluctant to just buy a new one!

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  5. Happy Canada Day! I hope all is well with the calf AND that you can fill us in soon!
    Take good care of you, or as much as you can with a farm and wedding keeping you on your toes.

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  6. i wondered whose dog that was. :)

    hoping all is okay with the calf.

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  7. Oh you left us hanging! Is the calf ok?

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  8. Happy Canada Day! I hope it goes smoothly - and hope you found the babe safe and sound.

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  9. happy canada day to you!!

    life can be so exhausting and so exhilarating!!!

    i enjoyed seeing the barn today!!!

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  10. "It never rains but it pours." as the saying goes, and it always pours at haying time.

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  11. Ack - the calf? Hopefully all well and you can have an easy day.

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  12. Happy Canada Day Buttons! I hope the rest of the week is a good one!

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  13. Why is it, I wonder, that trouble usually comes either in the middle of the night, on Sunday morning, or on a holiday?! I hope you found the calf, and were able to enjoy your day!

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  14. Your 'momisms' sound very familiar. ;) I hope you enjoyed the holiday. My hubby had a 5 day weekend so it was nice to have time with him. We played and we worked and all was good. I hope you found the baby. It's very hot and humid here since Friday. A break is coming tomorrow for a few days. Take care. Pam

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  15. Never a dull moment on a holiday...that's my motto...things always get a little out of hand!...:)JP

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  16. Always something to do on the farm .Glad you had a good weekend with your Hero ! We need rain as the storms have bypassed us time and time again ! Yes my mum used those phrases a lot to lol ! Thanks for sharing have a good evening !

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  17. No rest for the wicked and trouble at your heels are often phrases that come to my mind often as well. xx

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  18. no rest for the wicked and the righteous don't need none is what I've always heard. still need to hay my 2 fields; hopefully, next week. hope you did something nice to celebrate Canada Day; I'm still trying to figure what I'm going to do for July 4. haven't any plans.

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  19. ALWAYS something that needs repair/attention on our farm as well. Cannot believe the price of that battery!

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  20. You not only describe your physical surroundings but also the mental challenges that people around you face. I had the thermostat, smoke detector and Co detector all go last winter. They didn't all go in one day but one winter.

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  21. Hope your day went well you should really write a book. I love your writings . Keep cool don't work to hard until next time.

    Saun

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  22. Some mornings just fill you with that little feeling of uncertainty and you have described it so well. That 'What next?' feeling. Hope that everything goes smoothly for your haying and Mother Nature treats you kindly. Love the image of the three guy's around the machinery. xo Karen

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  23. Hope you can get your haying done before too long.
    Hugs M xox

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  24. GOOD GRIEF, I can't wait to know if you found the little bitty calf!! Having grown up among farmers/ranchers I appreciate the perils of your lives. Oh gosh I do hope all turns out well for cows, calves and haying time farmers.

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  25. I love that last shot, since I'm partial to old gates! I can totally relate to the mechanical breakdowns on the farm. We hope to get started cutting wheat again here on Kansas plains. Let's hope we don't have breakdowns and that the rain stays away until we can get the wheat cut (though the corn looks absolutely beautiful from all our June rain). There's always something!

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  26. Hello there girl !
    I hope it wasn't too long before you found the baby for the mooing mom!
    I don't know how you do what you do Buttons .. just reading how your day was made me think how lucky I am.
    You face it with such a positive attitude and enjoy the small things so much : ) I too love hearing the birds .. soon the crickets might start and I love that sound.
    I have my fingers crossed you get the right weather for the haying and it is done soon .. another chore checked off the list for you! haha
    Rake Care !
    Joy : )

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  27. We have the same issues with hay here in Missouri. We can't seem to get away from the pop up showers, and once hay is cut, rain is BAD. We see lots of folks rolling up hay and we still have LOTS to do. Hubby says he thinks some folks aren't as particular about putting up wet hay as he is lol. Praying for a blessed day for you!

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  28. Hope everything goes smoothly for you and the haying gets done. We're waiting for the neighbor to mow our pasture for hay. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week!

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  29. Hope Your Hero and all got the bailer fixed, and that you found the calf.

    Isn't life just full of surprises!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  30. How is the calf? Looks like never a dull moment on the farm. Beautiful images especially the last one of the gate.

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  31. I get tired just reading about your farm chores. Secretly I think you love that life. Farming and problems go hand in hand.

    We have had our share of minor probs over the last few days too.

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  32. I hope you find the calf without much trouble and all is well with it. I didn't realize trouble started so early in the morning! Not much sleep after a smoke alarm.

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  33. Savor that morning cup of coffee B.
    Exhaustion seems to be a reoccurring theme with farmers ~ take care.
    Hugs
    Willow

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  34. It does make for good stories though and I enjoyed reading this one. I hope you get to put the hay up soon. That seems wearing just to have that sort of thing hanging over your head until it's done.

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