Thursday, August 24, 2017

So, what's going on?

There is little peace or comfort in life
if we are always anxious as to future events.
He that worries himself with the dread
of possible contingencies will never be at rest.
                        Samuel Johnson

Every evening around 5 o’clock our cows come up and stand behind the kitchen window, behind the house. We have always thought of that as them checking up on us. We sit and eat our supper and they will stand there and watch.

When we have company (like our friend Sue) they tend to not do this. There is no reason for their absence. It may possibly be because I bragged to Sue that they do that, and they do not like to be predictable or possibly do not want to become entertainers on demand.

So, what’s going on? That is what I believe they ask. Most days, I do have a story to share with them.

We are still trying to get our hay off. Yes, this season seems to be very, very long. Our old machinery rebels against the extra work that all the constant rain has created. You see the hay gets cut, the hay gets raked. The rain comes again and then the hay needs to be turned over again. Our poor old rake is certainly taking a beating.

The other day as I walked around the field I picked up one of our rake teeth. Now it is a fact that our rake is pretty old so much like ourselves things break down, and possibly our teeth may fall out too. This is not the reason that so many teeth can be found scattered in our fields. The constant turning of wet hay has our teeth under a lot of pressure to perform. I raked hay last week, and although this is usually an easy relaxing job, it is not the case this year.

I was flipping that rained on once and then raked over again hay. I was driving slowly because our fields are so full of tire ruts in the mud. I turned around and there was a gigantic ball of hay jammed in the rake. The rake had stopped, and the hay had just gathered up behind. Well, I could see My Hero in the field behind but I could also see all the hay raked I had just finished.  He was baling fast. Big black rain clouds overhead had me tackle that mess of jammed hay myself so he could continue to rake.

It is a fact that I find these jobs a bit more difficult than they used to be. It is a fact that much like our machinery, I am getting older. It is also a fact that I have not kept up with the proper maintenance over the years and that is certainly catching up to me. I pulled at that hay for a while and then I decided that if I closed up the double rake with no hydraulics, it would unjam itself. Wrong…. Wrong… and wrong. I will save you the not my best moment details. My Hero swept in and fixed the problem. I continued to rake he continued to bale. The rains did come just as he was finishing up.

The baler is now rebelling against all this extra work and the mud and water that slows it down. My Hero and I found ourselves one evening replacing a bearing that did not want to work anymore. The days seem long now but they are actually getting shorter. We are not half done but I look forward to the rest which winter will bring. Or will it?

So, when our cows come to the window I usually open it up and talk to them. They are really good listeners. Last night, I surprised them by getting up close and personal. The flies are bad so they swat their tails to keep them away. The calves gather round to entertain me as I entertain them I suppose. They make me smile.

We will continue our quest to harvest the hay for them. They will continue to check on us, and possibly entertain. Apparently, not for Sue.



  1. Your cows are certainly entertaining. Maybe they are very discreet and or are shy when Sue is around.

    I really feel bad about your difficulty in getting you hay in, and I admire your ability to rake hay.

    We had a bad start but George just finished the first cut and he harvested 2500 big round bales so far. Hay is so thick this year. He's getting ready for the 2nd cut. His wheezing is so bad, especially during haying. He's been selling lots of hay and some farmers in our province have a very poor harvest this year. One year we had to buy hay.

    I hope that you get some drying weather.
    Hugs, Julia

  2. B,

    I'm hoping you and your Hero are able to get your hay baled, and put up for winter feeding.
    It's been raining like crazy here, and the leaves on the tree's are starting to change color. This makes me wonder if were going to have an early winter. I pray it stops raining, and gives us the opportunity to finish what we need to finish before winter actually arrives. Hang in there!!!


  3. They have gathered to thank you for your efforts on their behalf.

  4. I find that cows are very good listeners. Your cows are exceptionally lovely.

  5. Your weather this year has just been a mess!!! I'm glad to hear that you at least got this field finished before the rain came again. your cows rebel against the rained on hay, or do they eat it just fine?

  6. Our goats were always good listeners, and when the got out they always came to the door to say hello. They loved being around us.

  7. It seems so odd that your side of the country is so wet, and our side in drought and burning up. We have had less than a half inch of rain since mid June.

  8. Here's hoping the task gets done soon. So you can spend more time with your cows. Have a good weekend!

  9. I just love the inquisitiveness of cows. Our neighbours have a very friendly bunch and they come to fence every morning when we walk by to hear us say "Good Morning, and how was your night?" They really do make good company, and I look forward to this time of year when they are in that particular pasture.
    Enjoy the rest of your week and I do hope that rain gives you a break. We are having a record dry year, so baling is done by everyone here, although it looks like there are fewer bales than last year.

  10. I hear you on paying the price for a lack of self maintenance. And hope that you get your hay harvested soon.

  11. As I'm getting to know m7y neighbor's cows and bulls too better, I find them to be so calm and so sweet. I'm sure they must be good listeners. Hope you get your harvest in.

  12. Fingers crossed here that all your harvesting gets done in time. In my mind I have an image of you hanging out the window telling the cows about your day while they mill around quietly mooing.

  13. Hope you get some dry weather so that you can finish harvesting your hay.

    I always love seeing photos of your cows. They seem such peaceful creatures and your stories are so enjoyable.

    Have a great Friday and weekend ~ FlowerLady

  14. perhaps they come to the window to say hi, we miss you!! fingers crossed for dry weather, and happy hay days!!

  15. Liked your story but not all your hard work.
    For a minute there I was afraid you were going to tell us
    you caught your hand up in the rake or something!
    Do be careful out there with your haying!
    Liked that final picture of that bunch of calves looking and listening to you!

  16. You are a cow whisperer. Hope the work load eases soon. Take care of your back.

  17. That first shot of your cows is just wonderful. - Hope the hay season wraps up for you soon.


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