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One Long Week

This week has been one of the busiest I can remember. The 6000 has really gotten a workout this week. We have been doing something with the hay everyday. On days that it rained, we moved hay rolls from the field. When there was no rain we were either cutting, raking, or baling. This is one of those times when I don’t know how I am getting it all done. I thought I was done for the year, but as I was picking up the last rolls from a small field I leased, a neighbor approached me about cutting more. The lack of rain has us wondering if we will have enough hay, so I told him I would cut and bale if he could find someone to rake. In return we get half the hay. We plan to buy at least a few cows this fall or winter, so we’ll need the extra hay. It doesn’t help that I have sold every square bale we had. I believe I could sell another 1,000 if I had them.

We finally got shoes on the horses this week too. Now if I can only find time to ride. While we had the colt’s mom (Buttercup) getting her shoes on, the colt couldn’t stand it any longer and broke through the fence to get to her. We had to stop mid process and take another mare over to him and lead him to his mom. I kept thinking “why me man, why me”. I was lucky that he didn’t hurt himself or run in front of a car.

Yesterday after work I went up to a neighbors to move a refrigeration unit for him. He runs a trucking company, Wisham Transportation. “Wisham” and his family moved here from Arizona. He has bought a little over 100 rolls from us this year to feed his Texas Longhorns.

Hopefully I’ll get the time to change the oil in all the vehicles around here this week. The tractor is ready for an oil change and fuel filter replacement too. While I’m at it, I guess I’ll go ahead and change the hydraulic fluid and filter too. That stuff gets kind of dirty with all the implement changes. I was pleasantly surprised to see diesel prices down about 50 cents a gallon. Hopefully oil prices will come down a little too.

Well there is tons to do, so until next time……


2 Responses to “One Long Week”

  1. Jacob Sanders Says:

    Joel, I,m reading your stories here at my night maintenance job and think you’re a fantastic writer.Keep up the good work as I find your stories very inspiring,not to mention entertaining.From your comrade in Gonzales,TX,keep up the good work

  2. joelw Says:

    Thanks for reading!

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