Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Time Change is Full of Baloney

An answer is invariably the parent of a great family of new questions.
                                                       John Ernst Steinbeck

There was a time when the generation that I grew up in would say strange things like “That is a load of baloney”. There are many of those little gems that still rattle around in my head and they jump out every now and then without warning.

The other day I read an article about daylight savings and how it was put into effect to it make it easier for the farmers. I laughed out loud. Since I have been a farmer for over 35 years, I think I should be able to jump into this discussion.
“That is full of baloney.”

Since the time change that we farmers apparently need I have been sitting in my kitchen at 5am waiting for the sun to come up. At night I fall asleep before my favourite TV shows are over. I know that has nothing to do with farming but I am going to get to that. “I am on a roll”.

Most of the farmers that I know are reduced to the label “Part-time Farmers”. Most have jobs off the farm which support their farms. This is the way it has been for all of our farming days. Part-time means early mornings, day shifts and late nights it does not mean fewer hours it actually means that you tend to do your farming duties at night and early mornings meaning more hours. Do you see where I am going with this?

In my experience, one partner has always worked off the farm and the other works on the farm and it seems to work. My Hero works off the farm and will continue to, at least till he can become a real “full time” farmer when our old age security kicks in, or not. That decision is still up in the air. I have always worked full time on the farm.

Now back to that time change thing.

Since the weather changed and the pastures were depleted My Hero had been feeding our cows after he gets home from work. This is the way it works for us. Since I have been out of town a fair amount of time and unfortunately these last few weeks found myself incapacitated with the flu which “Knocked the socks off me” (another good one) this has worked out extremely well. That was until that time change (good for the farmers) thing.

My tractor Little Red has no lights, ever since those darn red squirrels moved into the header and feasted on the wires and blew the circuitry. My Hero has spent countless hours trying to figure it out. At least right now we have hazard lights. We cannot see in front of us in the dark but others can now see us flashing.

It is dark around here around 5pm since that time change. My Hero comes home in the dark and leaves in the dark. Therein lies the problem (well, my problem). Now I have to feed those cows in the daylight, which is beginning to slip below 10 hours a day. This is not a big deal you are thinking I am sure but that flu that “Knocked my socks off” made it difficult for me to climb into the tractor. Yes, time does not stop on the farm just because you are sick. It does, however, change one hour here and there because apparently, it helps us, farmers.

Do you see where I am going here? It is 6:30 in the morning and I am still waiting.

“Full of baloney” is all I have to say.



  1. As you know, I am not a farmer, but I totally agree with you that time change is full of baloney! I had always heard that it originated to save candles back in the day when electric lights didn’t exist. I have always thought that now that we have electric lights they should knock it off. By the way I hope you’ve got your socks back on soon! xo

  2. 👍🏻Don't think there is much "saving time" with this flip-flop clock stuff. Especially when you have to wait until it gets light to see where you are going. Hope you find a way to fix your tractor lights. Or better yet, sleep late😘Linda@Wetcreek Blog

  3. I am not much on the time change thing. We are part time farmers and it is useless to us.

  4. Hate it! I want to eat at 3 and be in bed at 7. I retired from farming years ago but "old habits die hard."

  5. The time change has my circadian rhythms all screwed up. I am often up at dawn, but now I’m up in darkness. Like you, I sit with a steaming cup and wait for light. I hope you’re all better now. I never get the flu shot since reacting badly when our kids were young. I wash my hands a lot and keep my fingers crossed!

  6. I'm with you all the way. Things change enough why do we have to control when the sun rises or sets?

  7. I don't like the time change either, never have. It takes weeks to get used to the new time, every time it changes.

    Hope you are over the flu that knocked your socks off.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  8. I hope you’re feeling better, and like most people, I also dislike the time change.

  9. I still use those phrases. My granddaughter bursts into giggles when I do. The time change is just stupid...

  10. I don't understand. I thought daylight saving time was supposed to give you more hours of light.

  11. I wish daylight savings would go away. I think if enough people protested, it would. It's stupid and I don't see it's purpose except to mess up everyone's sleep and schedules. My cat is only one who doesn't mind. She will eat at exactly her scheduled time, whether my clock says five or six...she runs on an internal clock. I'm beginning to think all humans do, and someone needs to stop this baloney.


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