Updated: Apr 9, 2019
County got our road filled and graded last Thursday. Ours must have been worse because they didn't do the others yet. Came home last Sunday to find a giant super black fire cloud just East of our place. Luckily the wind was blowing away from us. Called 911 and they said they only had a record of a fire permit for a rubbish clean up fire. I requested a Fire Fighting Crew to check it out. They sent one and soon had about 5 fire trucks out there. Rubbish and pasture fires don't burn solid black. The fire got much larger and then started spreading onto grass land. It came to about 50 feet from my place. The black smoke lasted for hours. I think they were burning old tires or something similar. Last year we had a fire on the West side that burned about 100 acres of our range pasture. Scary!
Started Monday picking up a 5 ton load of grain to make pig feed. Hooked up the tractor to the grinder-mixer. Set it up and started out okay then all of a sudden the auger quit working and a big pile of grain was spilled all over before we could shut down. That was just a beginning of struggling with that machine nearly all day. At the same time the tractor developed a starter-battery problem which had to be fixed. Then a thunderstorm moved in and not only dumped rain all over but stuck around us with lightning strikes followed by a hailstorm. Meanwhile we got the grain loading auger apart to try to fix a failed bearing that was keeping the auger from turning at the proper speed. Couldn't finish repairing it because couldn't get the chain sprocket off the drive shaft with the crushed old worn out bearing. Needed to get the grain unloaded and mixed before it got too wet. So had an idea to drop a sewer flex pipe down from the unloading auger on the trailer and dump the grain directly into the the grinder of the machine. But it still wouldn't work because of the hydraulic drive pumps not working with enough force to turn things. Seems the friction of the damaged motor somehow created problems in the hydraulic system burning up the drive belts and creating an air lock in the hydraulic hoses supplying the main drive pump. By now your surely getting an idea how frustrated and tired I was becoming. Then after re-priming the hydraulic pump and fixing the drive belts we amazingly got one load of grain done and fed to the pigs. Couldn't finish the rest because it was nearly dark and another downpour was threatening us. It's a good thing I'm getting old and understand these old machines. The grinder-mixer was made in the late 1950's and the tractor in 1966. I was made in 1943 so I have a little on them!
Spent the next day feeding the chickens and cattle. Let the cattle out onto another pasture. Didn't check the fences because I was too tired to walk the couple miles and it was too muddy to drive. So early the next morning, sure enough we got a knock on our door to tell us all our cows were out on our neighbors wheat field. Seems they found a opening in the fence and the Spring wheat looked better than the grass! So my Wife and our new Puppy joined me in some long and muddy hiking and rounding up of the cows. I have to say we couldn't of done it with out that Pup. She has all the instinct's of an excellent stock dog and was really fantastic rounding them up and driving them back on to our pasture. As she did it the older cows threatened her and charged her but she dodged the charges and came back at them til they gave up their resistance. Took about three hours and then we had to rush to finish getting the orders packed and loaded for our delivery the same day. We were all pretty tired by the end of the day! Friday morning I had to go to a heart Dr. appointment. He asked me if I do any exercise! Then reported one of my conditions had actually improved since the last annual check up. When we got home all the cows were out of site again! Thankfully we found them in a far corner area of our land behind some trees. Chased them closer to home and fed some hay. The pup, Happy, did her thing again!
Had three new orders for CSA sample boxes. One couple also signed up for a Meat Share. Let's take a look at the next delivery we have planned.
Produce/Eggs - Micro Green Mix, Lettuce Mix, Salad Green Onions, Braising/Salad greens of Chard and Kale, Herb-Parsley, Dry Onion, Carrots, Potatoes, Squash and eggs.
Variety of Meats - Chicken, Ground Beef, Beef Steak, Beef Franks (real hot dogs), Pork Ribs, Bacon, Ground Pork Sausage, Pork Stir Fry/Soup item
Looking Forward to Seeing You!
Gary and So