A Brand New Feeder

We had been putting it off for a couple of years now and have been bolting, wiring and tying baling twine around all the broken joints of the old feeders for too long in an effort to make do with what we have for round outdoor feeders.

Mike finally broke down, I believe it was because the local feed store happened to have the steel framed feeders on sale, and purchased a new feeder. Since the three pieces were already bolted together at the feed store, he had the fork lift at the store pick it up and place it atop the bed of the pickup for the ride home. It did not fit well but Mike ratcheted it down tightly and headed for home. How he made the wide load through the tunnel without getting the side clipped by the highway traffic is beyond me and frankly I’m glad I wasn’t riding along on this trip because it would have been a nervous wreck. Continue reading

Weather Gives Opportunity

This week has been a welcome relief as we are finally getting some moisture that we desperately needed. Most of the week has been pucker and spit (growing up we always assumed a rain shower was near when people talked about the sky puckering up and spit is just a drop or two, barely enough to get our hopes up before breaking off to sunshine again). But once and a while, we got a good shower to wet things down and to calm the dust. Continue reading

Obvious Trouble

Water leaking from tractor.It’s always a bad sign when you are filling the fluid levels on a vehicle and the ground gets saturated as fast as you are pouring.

The water pump went out in the little tractor. This is the tractor that we use a lot during hay season. It is powerful enough to run the baler, nimble enough to pull the rake, and comfortable to drive the fluffer.

Repairs during the middle of hay season are always a bother, first parts need to be ordered. Then once the parts come into the dealership a trip into town is needed, before the repair can even be started which takes valuable time away from the business of making hay.

In the meantime, we are limping along with one tractor. It much more work to switch equipment for each task, and it takes longer because only one job can be done at a time rather than having one tractor fluffing while another rakes.

Mechanical Dentistry

A rainy day leads to teeth replacement for the hay rake. Unable to go up the hill and work in the woods gave us the time to fine tune the equipment before hay season goes into full swing.

The teeth of the rake work to corral all the drying stems of the drying grass into rows for the baler to pick up.

A Gifted Tool

A dear friend of mine recently gifted me a reciprocal saw that she no longer wanted. Never at a loss for tasks around the farm, it did not take long before the saw was used on a variety of projects.

man using a power saw on a wood plank.A little zip here and a little zip there, the saw makes those jobs easy and quick.

This picture is a little deceiving, we are not making wood with the recip-saw, just using the stack of firewood to lean against as Mike cuts a board for a repair out in the bull barn.

It sure comes in handy to have friends that outgrow their toys and gift them rather than letting them sit unused for decades.

Thank you D.

Boot Goop

I finally departed with my old faithful boots. I had worn so many holes in them, they were no longer useful unless the ground was frozen solid in every spot on the farm. A new pair of boots was purchased at the local farm store (when they were on sale of course).

I have become a Muck Boot devotee, now that I have had several years of the sweet cushion of neoprene uppers and layers of soft pads under my feet I doubt if I will ever be able to go back to plain old rubber boots. I have been pampered, and it is going to have to stay that way. Continue reading