We are working on putting more haylege into the silo. So, since Derek is currently at a summer camp, I get to help with the field work. I was pretty excited to rake the hay (I drive the tractor that has a "rake" behind it that sweeps up the grass and puts it into a nice row). I started raking at 10:45 this morning. By 11:20 I was back in the house because it had started to rain. Well, it only rained for a little bit so dad said I could go back out and rake some more. I went back out and raked for about 15 more minutes and it started to rain a little. I wasn't too worried... it had only rained for a little bit earlier so I kept raking. Well, the drops kept getting bigger and they were coming faster... I looked over at Ryan (who was mowing off some more hay) and he motioned for me to go into the house. By the time I got onto the rode (approx 2 minutes) it was raining for real. Actually, it was pouring so hard I could barely see! Needless to say, by the time Ryan and I made it back to the house we were DRENCHED. Oh, well, maybe it will stop raining and we'll try again. Either way, we needed rain so I can't complain! :)
The haylage silo is now full again! Dad and Ryan finished chopping this afternoon. It is nice to check one big thing off the "to do" list for this spring/summer.
We were all super busy today. Mom had a lot of running around to do again, Jennilea had to go to work, and she also had a job interview, and Derek and I were busy mowing the lawn, mulching, weed-eating, cleaning the garage, and more. We got a lot accomplished today, but I for one, am ready for a Sunday! Not only do we go to church on Sunday, but it is also our "day of rest". We only do the absolute necessary barn chores, which means that the rest of the afternoon and evening is devoted to doing "lazy things" such as reading, watching movies, and taking naps. It is a much needed and enjoyed day!
Living on a farm is full of routine and "sameness" but we have also learned to always expect the unexpected. Today, we had a packed full day. Mom and Jennilea had to do some errands in town, dad and Ryan were working on mowing and chopping hay to put into the silo, and Derek and I were washing off pipelines in the barn. We were all going about our different jobs when we get a phone call. A hay dealer called us (he buys hay and then takes it to other parts of the country and sells it again), he needed to finish filling his tractor trailer with hay within the hour and was wondering if we could help him out... dad told him to come on over. This meant that we had to fit loading out a tractor trailer load of hay (approx 400 bales) into our schedule.
We all adjusted. Dad went out and moved the elevator, I called into work (I work part time at a daycare) and was able to push back my start time a little, and Ryan had to wait to start chopping, then everyone inhaled some lunch. Just as we were finishing eating, the trailer arrived. Dad, Ryan, Derek and I all stuffed our last bites into our mouths and headed out to the barn. Mom stayed inside to take care of lunch dishes, and Jennilea went to her first day of work at a new job (milking cows for a local farmer). By the end of the day, all normal chores were done, some hay had been chopped for the silo, and Jennilea and I worked our normal shifts at our outside jobs. It got crazy... but that is farm life. It is predictable in the unpredictability.
Hello, if you are a follower of this blog you will remember that Angela was doing the blogs. Well, things have gotten busy for her and so Stan, her dad, is filling in for now. I am not as techno savy as her so I am not sure how this will work but I am going to try and post on a hopefully regular basis.