Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents
which in prosperous circumstances would have laid dormant.
I grab my sweater, as I come through the door from being outside this early morning. I wanted to take a few morning photos. Well, I must say that those three days with the heat and humidity did not last as long as I had wished they had.
Those dark clouds blanketing the sky were obviously hiding just long enough for us to get a tease of what haying weather really should be. I should not complain; haying weather did last four days here on our farm. Oh yes we had to hustle. We have finally gotten round bales sitting in some fields. I was so excited thinking we could finally get back to business. As per usual, after a long day of baling and then backing the baler inside the drive shed I jumped out of the tractor to check the bale counter.
7…..”What the heck”? I had baled for six hours and it only tells me 7 bales. Drat. The counter must have gotten stuck. I cannot explain my disappointment in seeing that number. This means that after all the baling My Hero and I have been doing, we will have to go out and count the bales in the field ourselves. “Bale counter you are fired” I screamed at it. Usually I would not be as upset but like many farmers, and no matter where you live this summer it has been disappointing to say the least, as far as harvesting goes. Frustration and exhaustion make you, dare I say a bit grumpy sometimes.
I have many farmer friends out there in Bloggerland. This farming thing seems to be the same everywhere this year. My friend Jent was shouting at Mother Nature because their farm fields were flooded and they could not get their crop off. Another friend was commenting that there will be no hay because of drought. Mother Nature you are full of trickery this year. Those forest fires out west could really use that rain, if you are finished teasing us farmers, please go help them.
Sitting here at this moment the sun is coming up. Oh yes the sun is coming up, but the dark clouds still blanket the sky, it is very cool out, strange weather indeed. No doubt about it, this is obviously another tease by Mother Nature. We will get the machinery all ready to go again. We will check the weather every half hour and then decide to take a chance and go cut some more hay. Then bam the skies will open and “rain on our parade” as my Grandma used to say.
Oh yes we have indeed fallen for those teases a few times. We seem to always forget, that if we cut the hay and it is almost dry lying in the fields that those dark clouds will for sure open up and drench the hay. If it has already been raked, all fluffy and dry…. that is almost a given that it will rain.
Well I guess I should go get dressed. Warm clothes to start, but that may change as the day goes on. I will be heading out to go and count those bales in the fields, that we actually did get cut and baled without any rain. There is still a lot more to get off, that was only the beginning.
So as of this very moment the bale count 7. Darn you bale counter. I will have a better number next week to share. Good luck to all my fellow farmers out there who are all probably constantly guessing and hoping. "Stay Calm and remember it will work out." OK.
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