A workman ought to have leisure in proportion to the wear and tear of his strength.
Leo X111 (Gioacchino Vincenzo Pecci)
After my summer of not operating any kind of tractor, I am back in the seat again. It seems that the time off was good for what ailed me. With the sun now falling so early and the darkness descending on the farm hours before My Hero arrives home from his day job, I decided I had to get back to work.
It was only fair after he had to do all my baling hay duties while I was resting and wondering if it may be a permanent retirement. Something I had heard long before seems to be true; it is hard for a farmer to retire. They always seem to wait for what ails them to fix itself, and then they jump back in. I must be a real farmer because I missed working and jumped back in with two feet.
Well, just my luck, on my very first day back to work it snowed and the wind was terrible and created drifts. My Hero phoned and said he would feed the cows when he came home (He worries too much about me I think.) I knew it would be dark and it is more difficult to navigate around hungry cows in the dark and in a snowstorm even harder. I would do it.
I dressed in my lined coveralls my Pink Cadillac Boots and a warm knit hat and I slipped out the door. It actually felt like I had never deserted my job and was right back where I belonged.
I started the tractor and drove down the laneway. That was when I noticed, as the tires drove in the snow just below was still mud from the rain a few days before. November has always kept us guessing. The drifts in the laneway were very pretty, just like any other winter day. I climbed out of the tractor and opened the gate to pick up a couple of bales of hay.
There seemed to be a little more mud under the snow drifts which were up to my knees. I could not help think of my snowshoes and reminded myself to make sure they are back behind the seat of the tractor. Now that I was back to some kind of normal I was going to get back to what I love. This day was only the first step.
It has not snowed since my first day and it has almost all melted now. I have been feeding the cows most every day now. There are one or two problems, though. The cows have completely forgotten some safety rules, which we had established long ago.
Do not stand behind the tractor while Buttons is feeding.
“Red!!!! Excuse me I am working here.”
Even the whole hat wearing thing is going to take some time to get back to normal. I picked that darn hat up three times today. Both Bossy2 and Red kept throwing it off and smiling. "Back to normal, my foot." This is going to take some more work. I cannot help but wonder what My Hero has been letting them get away with while I was off.