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Where do I start?

So much has transpired since my last post I don’t know where to start. Probably the best place to start is with pictures. It has been too long for me to get everything we’ve had happen in a post. I’ll try to hit the most important parts and you can feel free to ask questions. I’ll even promise to do my best to answer them.

Bj is doing alot better, but I’m afraid she probably won’t ever be back to gathering eggs. She has lost a significant amount of the grip in her left hand. Other than that she seems to be pretty much back to normal. Unfortunately normal hasn’t been too good since her first accident at 14. She is trying to find a pain management doctor that will help her with her pain, but at the same time not pump her full of medicine she doesn’t need. I can only imagine what it must be like for people with chronic pain to walk the tightrope between help and addiction.

We all have worked non stop to get the second set of houses ready for chickens, but most importantly to start getting paid. Our hard work seems to be paying off. We now have around 30,000 clucking chickens here on the farm. Really since the birds came for the second set I have been able to relax just a bit. With the contract signed and the loan out of the way I can concentrate more on running the business and less on making sure everything that has to be done is done to suit me. The most difficult thing in all this is getting everyone to do what they are supposed to.

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School will be out for the summer in just a week or so. The kids can’t wait! I think they plan to go to the McCreary County Museum’s Learning Center quite a bit this summer. Don’t know if that’s to get out of working in the chickenhouses and garden or not. Who am I kidding of course it is! So long as they learn something I geuss it’s okay. They have helped me quite a bit around the place since Bjs accident and really deserve a break. Kaylee made the high school cheer team for the second year in a row so it won’t be too long til her days will be filled with cheer and dance routines. Garett is becoming really interested in all different types of things from the paranormal to ATVs. This afternoon he is watching a program on The Discovery Channel about how long things would last after man was gone. Madison and I are seriously shopping horse trailers. I just can’t find what I want used so I’ll most likely buy a new 16 ft Ponderosa horse/stock combo. I’ve promised her we will do more horseback riding this summer. I didn’t realize it until Bj brought it to my attention just the other day, but Katie (my oldest) has been living with us for over a year now. BJ has been urging me to go to court and try to get custody of her again, but I just hate to spend the money on an attorney. On the other hand I don’t think it’s right to pay $385 a month child support for a child who lives with me either.

I’ve had a chance to put almost 100 hours on the 3316HST. I really like the little tractor. I’m really surprised at what it will lift. The backhoe isn’t too shabby either. It’s not going to dig like a commercial hoe but heck for $6000 it was well worth it. We joke all the time about how a shovel doesn’t fit my hands anymore. I seem to find a way to use the backhoe for everything I had to use a shovel for before. So far my only problem with it has been a weeping cylinder that was replaced under warranty. I’ve been having a bit of trouble with the 7010 and it’s wheels. So far I have cracked 4. All have been replaced under warranty, but it’s still an inconvenience. My dad and I had some collars built and put them on the wheels in hopes of stopping any that may crack in the future. Still no problems with the 6000. While working on the new rebranded TYM Mahindra we both commented to each other about how well the “pink” tractor has held up. Aside from the clutch job the 6000 has not seen the dealer for going on 6 years. It’s also obvious looking at the 2 tractors how much heavier built the 6000 is than the 7010. The wheels on the 6000 are 8 lug and over 10 mm thick on alot bigger axle while the 7010 wheels are only 6 lug, 8 mm thick, and on a much smaller axle. The two tractors weigh in roughly the same. I love the size of the 7010 and it’s done everything I have asked of it. For some reason I just long for a bit bigger tractor with more horsepower and would even like to see a few more creature comforts in the cab. Some cool t shirts to wear to show my Mahindra pride would be good too!

I geuss it’s official that we are a farm. The highway department came and put up a tractor sign on the side of the road leading to the farm. We’ve all made jokes about how we’ve hit the big time now with a farm sign. It may be the only farm sign in this whole county! Good to know I’m getting a little bit of my tax money back in a round about way.

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Well by now you know I always have tons to do so I better get at it! Be sure to check back and feel free to comment on the pics I’ve added!


3 Responses to “Where do I start?”

  1. Zach Haas Says:

    Hey there I have been following your post for probably a year now and I dont leave comments often but I just got a chance to catch up on my reading for the first time in about 3 months. I am amazed at how your hard work and dedication has paid off for you. And how you still manage to be a good family man and father on top of it all. I have my first coming in Jan. and I am absolutely intimidated by the aspect of fatherhood. I work as a truck driver myself hauling flatbed for Prime Inc. and I was in Russellville KY the other day picking up a load, dont know if that is out by your way or not. Congratulations on your farm man, its truly amazing and you should be very proud. This Texas boy is kinda jealous lol.

  2. admin Says:

    Zach,
    Glad to have you reading. Don’t be intimidated by fatherhood. It’s more common sense than anything. Most of it comes natural just like with anyone else you love. Bj worries all the time about one of ours not being happy. I just try to remind her that parenting involves making unpopular decisions and if your children are happy all the time your probably not making some good choices for them. My two oldest are teenage girls now. They have to be the roughest. They constantly want to go! Go to ball games, to dances, out to eat, to see a boy. They get down right mad when I say NO. You would think I am Hitler sometimes. Generally they get over it quickly. I think they realize being “huffed up” is only going to get them a NO next time they want to go somewhere.
    Russelville is in western Ky.. Lots more flat land there. Here in south eastern Ky it’s more hills and valleys. More trees here too.
    How do you like driving a truck? I’ve been talking about trying to find the time to get my CDL just because it’s only going to get tougher and more expensive as time goes on. I figure it’s always something to fall back on.
    Thanks for the kind words, thanks for reading, and thanks for the comment! Check back soon!

  3. Tawnya Noble Says:

    Lots of Great information in your posting, I favorited your blog post so I can visit again in the future, Cheers

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