Just as 2011 was a whirlwind of activty for me the first month of 2012 is keeping up the pressure. As if I didn’t have enough to do with upgrading the poultry houses and trying to keep up with the farm and the kids I found myself nursing a dislocated elbow. I would never have dreamed I’d hurt myself like I did, but I guess that’s why they say “you never know”. One of my hired hands and I were cleaning up brush behind the barn when I decided to hop across the fence. Only problem with that was I’m always running to get from point A to point B. My years of manufacturing taught me that it’s much easier to gain time while moving from task to task than it is to actually gain while doing the task. At any rate I found myself face first in the frozen ground with a dislocated elbow. I’m still not exactly sure what happened other than I got my foot tangled up in the field fence. According to the orthopedic specialist I may never regain full extension of my arm. As of now I’m back to probably 70% with barely any strength in my left hand. All I know to do is use it as much as I can stand and hope for the best!
The weather here has been, well there’s just no other way to describe it, CRAZY! When you need to open windows or run the AC in the cab of your tractor in January that’s insane. Couple the 50 and 60 degree days with all the rain we’ve had this year and everything is a mucky mess. Where we stacked slats to be washed is now a series of ruts from driving the 7010 between the cross ties used to keep them off the ground while they are washed. When both houses are re-assembled and ready for chickens I’m going to have some work to do to get my pasture looking decent. One good thing about the warmer weather and rainfall has been that the grass is already growing again. That saves hay. Most of the winter I have been feeding last years hay on a spot that’s washing in the back pasture. My theory is feeding the lower quality hay without a hay ring on and around the slope that’s washing will allow the cows to pick through the hay and get the most desirable forage while leaving the rest to stop the washing. The cows tromp all thorugh the hay packing it in good and tight. Anywhere cows eat they also fertilize. The hay they dont eat should have plenty of seed in it so hopefully this spring I’ll start to see grass there.
In addition to me being slowed down by my bum arm, my dad who’s been helping a lot with planning and supervising around the farm, suddenly came down with pneumonia and had to be hospitalized for a few days. I would never have guessed he was that sick. One day he was here on the farm helping out and the next he was in the ER on his way to being admitted to the hospital. Seems the older you get the less warning life gives you of your next hurdle. This past few weeks has certainly reminded me of how fragile things can become. I thought I understood and was prepared for my parents aging, but maybe I’m not.
With spring imminent I’ve been working on my seed and plant orders for this coming gardening season. Every year about this time I find myself brimming with excitement thinking of a huge market garden. Then when I get started something always happens to keep me from planting the huge plot I planned. Hopefully this year will be the exception. I’ve made some machinery purchases that should cut down on the time it takes to keep up with a market garden. So far I’ve picked up a cultivator and hiller/furrower to be used with the 3316 HST. My plan is to add a seeder and possibly even a vegetable transplanter. Garett is also putting his request in for a small greenhouse. I’d like to get to the point where I can grow my own transplants and even some to sell. First though I need to test the waters for actually selling some of the produce. I’m like a big kid with dreams of expensive toys and a stand at the farmers market!
Things are finally slowing down a bit with the kids activities. Madison must be missing basketball terribly. For her birthday she chose to rent the gym at the county park for her party. She and her friends hooped it up for 3 or 4 hours and barely took a break to open presents and eat cake. Kaylee’s cheer season will end shortly with another trip to the Can Am National competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C.. This weekend should be interesting for the whole family and Katie. I guess this is the year she comes out of her shell. She’s turned 16 and started to drive and this weekend she’s having her boyfriend over for a visit to the farm. I really am excited to see what he thinks of the operation! Garett and Madison both are still taking Jujitsu and have been asked to compete. Garett is an orange belt now and Madison a yellow belt with 2 stripes. I tease Garett all the time that he better hurry and get to the next belt because I can’t stand to see him as a Tennessee belt plus his sister is gonna catch him.
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