Sunday, September 25, 2016

Not intimidated by machinery.

One loses all time which he might employ to a better purpose.
                                            Jean Jacques Rousseau

Farm women are not intimidated by machinery of any kind. This is a well-known fact. So, with that line in mind, I am going to talk about one farm woman that I know personally, and yes, that would be me. It would be very wrong of me to assume all farm woman are cut from the very same cloth.

Later, I may, or may not, be going out to drive the tractor and bale a few bales of second cut. The grass is not dry, but I would deliver it to our cows for their dining pleasure. They like that. My Hero, texted me from out of town and told me not to worry about it. You know, I thought about it all night long and even though I have not baled one bale this year, because of a back injury, I have really missed the job. I was good at it.

To keep myself busy lately, I have been putting another machine to good use. My trusty Singer Featherweight sewing machine had been sitting gathering dust (lots of dust). I have realized some similarities between these two machines. The accelerator pedal on both the tractor and the sewing machine each require a bit of concentration and skill. Not getting over-zealous or having a heavy foot makes all the difference.

The tractor, when you go too fast, makes the hay feed fast, and that is a fact. In some cases and if it is too wet, this, will no doubt clog your baler up. Yes indeed, that is something I never liked to correct once it has been done. That is a time consuming, and back breaking job.

Ultimately, too much speed and you will pay the price in the long run. Now, it appears that this concept is also very true for that old Featherweight sewing machine.

Lately I have been focused on work of a different type. I have been playing with different apron styles. I must tell you that I am quite (modestly) proud of the way they have turned out. After about the fourth one, I guess I started to get “A bit cocky” and put “The pedal to the metal.” That turned out to be a big mistake.

Just like the baler, with that clogged up hay, the fabric had all jammed up and sewn itself all together. This required a lot of time to undo with a stitch ripper. It also required lots of patience to completely cut every stitch and start over again. Just like the baler.

Memories, of having to pull an almost full bale out piece by piece, and throwing it on the ground behind the baler to be baled once again, came to mind. It had been a hot sweltering day and I had jammed it up so bad that the hay was coming out the front and top of the baler. Too heavy on the pedal, and more than likely a lack of concentration because the scenery was so beautiful contributed to that.

So, in conclusion, I only have a few things to share. Slow down. Enjoy the view but watch where you are headed. Always pay attention to what you are doing. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It is not, but it will save you some time down the road.

Update: Well, I did go bale that hay and it was “Just like riding a bike”. The first round bale was good, and the cows appreciated that nice green bale.
The second one however; my sister Lizzy showed up just in time, to help me unplug the clog. Yes, I admit, too heavy on the accelerator pedal and the distracting view had everything to do with it. Some things never change. I decided that as far as the rest of that grass lying in the field goes, My Hero can bale it when he gets home.

The most exciting news is that I finally baled hay and drove the tractor. I will be ready for next year’s hay harvest.



  1. i get too impatient, too. i'd have snarls and clogs in hay and fabric as well. :)

  2. I am very, very happy to hear that you will be ready for next years harvest.

  3. The apron is beautiful! I would love to be able to sew, it is definitely on my 'skills to be learned' list! And I am glad you were well enough to get into the tractor. Keep up the mending!

  4. An experienced ranch wife learns to go with the flow of the day and you are good at that, Miss B!
    Glad you got your sewing machine out and are enjoying something creative.
    Hope you have a wonderful week.

  5. What you said is so true. Life was meant to be enjoyed. I love to take the top off and doors off of the jeep and drive slowly to work. Your aprons is wonderful. I used to snarl my mom's Singer like crazy. Since then I have learned to slow down, I don't snarl my sewing machine as much. Glad you got a chance to jump on the bailer. Thank goodness you will be able to get a second cut.

  6. No problem for you. When one thing shuts down you open up another. I hope the back gets better soon and you can get back on the tractor.

  7. I'm glad you got out there and made a bale for the girls to enjoy. There's nothing like remembering how to make you feel good.
    My Janome has gathered so much dust I'm afraid to move it in case of avalanche, but I had things that really need to get sewn, so I'll have to get to it soonish.

  8. The lessons we learn from our buttons!

  9. Hey Lady, Congratulations! I was reading and thinking...don't do it...something could go wrong with the tractor and he told you not to worry about it...but you know what...Good for you for not listening to me! You have to feel so proud of yourself!

    Cindy Bee

  10. Happy to hear you are 'back in the saddle again'. Good advice for life...slow down and watch where you're going.

  11. I'm going to shoot you some advice my grandmother was fond of giving me when she was teaching me to do things: Don't get too far ahead of yourself Girlie!

  12. I'm glad your back is cooperating with you again! Yes...we are not intimidated by machinery! However...there is one tractor that I conveniently have no idea how to start...and it's the one that is hooked up to the manure spreader. If I don't know how to start it, I can't spread it! :)

  13. Yippee! Good for you Buttons! I wish we could grow hay where we are as I love driving tractors and would love to play with the big toys. But alas the land is prohibitive full of often times VW size boulders and such. That is what happens when you live between two still active volcano's.

  14. i always wanted to learn to grandma tried to teach me when i was younger, i just never got the hang of it...she would get frustrated since i'm a leftie lol

  15. There is something intensely gratifying about fresh bales! It helps you forget the knotter troubles, the broken shear pins or the flat tire it took to get them. My father and I had a small square baler that we had a love/hate relationship. I can still hear him at 83.....say firmly "Let the darned thing burn!" The chamber shims had become loose and the plunger was overheating! Ahhh but when it worked it made perfect bales! Often we would sit on the tailgate of the truck at dusk and just look at our bales!

  16. Hey Buttons, nice apron! You sound completely fearless with machinery. Good for you.

  17. agree women are quite away from machinery ,but you seem good at this dear

  18. Grace girl ... well done you !!
    I have been putting off garden chores for literally months .. indecision is a terrible trait .. talk about being careful with the accelerator, I need that PUSH to get going, haha. My accelerator is stuck ?
    Love the apron! ... you are so talented in so many things .. remember that and give yourself some credit : )
    Take care !
    Joy : )

  19. I've never driven a baler, but I've sewn my share of fabric together and had to rip!


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