You cannot change yourself into a character;
You must hammer and forge one for yourself.
James Anthony Froude
Well, we are all packed up and ready to go?
All packed up and ready to stay?
All packed up and ready to change.
It is that time of year again. It is the change of seasons, which means the end of one of our most challenging years here on this farm. I honestly, can say as far as the farm goes I would not want to watch a repeat of this season if it was a series on the television.
All packed up, does not mean the farmers. I am talking about the seasonal equipment that was all packed and put into storage. It was packed up and into the barn, the driveshed and also in another barn. My Hero hooked and unhooked equipment all weekend. There were some things that had to be fixed. There is nothing worse than to pull out your round baler next season and find a belt missing or a bolt broken. You just want to get the job started and get it done when the weather gives you the opportunity. That lesson we learned long ago.
There was the greasing, the oil changing, the little adjustment here and the little adjustment there. Then all was backed into the place where it would ride out the next season and to spend the winter away from the elements (whatever that means).
The elements, now that is always an unpredictable thing. After this year’s unusual spring and then summer we honestly have no idea what to expect as far as snow or cold temperatures go. I do hope we fair better as far as being prepared for whatever will be thrown at us. We were caught off guard a little bit by this last season.
The drought cut our hay supply for this winter in half and that means we will have to cut our herd size in half. This will be a very difficult thing but we farmers, even though we do not like it, we sometimes have to make tough choices. This is one that we had to make and will do. We have no choice. Sometimes life throws you things that test you and you can either, ignore it, and hope all will turn out well, or you grab that proverbial “bull by the horns” and deal with it. We chose the latter.
There are lots of things that went well this summer. I did not ride the tractor all season and it looks like by taking that step I will be ready for next season. My injured back is doing much better and I am hopeful. Honestly, the drought made less hay so it was easier for My Hero to get the hay done by himself with a little help from our friend. See, you can find the good in every situation. There is always one, and you just have to look for it.
I look forward to the snow and to be able to slip on those snowshoes and to explore the bush. To greet the wildlife who probably did not have the easiest of seasons either. Too much heat and not enough rain but plenty of apples. To place hats on cows, and possibly to pick up those knitting needles again.
I have to tell you this was one weird season and I am ready to pack up some things of my own, and move on. The best is yet to come. I do truly believe that. Bring it on I/we are ready.