So the start of Autumn heralds a flurry of “hurry up and get it done before the snow flies” activity.
This usually involves hauling the rest of the hay bales home, cleaning up the yard so you don’t lose a tool for an entire season because it’s buried, and fixing the home fences for when the cattle come back from summer pastures.
Which by the way cows come home next weekend so we can get calves sold.
Today’s project as well as tomorrow’s is to get the corn chopped into silage, and bagged into two 100 foot rows.
Luckily we have great friends who don’t mind a short notice phone call asking for help as our work crew is downsized due to surgies, and illness.
We’ve got 4 tractors running, one to run the bagger, one to chop the corn and the other two to run the chopper boxes full of chopped up corn from the field to the bagger.
It’s not grueling work, just time consuming, and sometimes frustrating if something breaks down.
For instance, yesterday I was helping run chopper boxes back and forth till one of our friends was able to make it that evening.
What do you get, when you have a VERY heavy load of corn and an old Case 1030 tractor going uphill into our driveway?
A stalled tractor and a FREAKED out wife who can’t get the damned thing to STOP rolling backwards and into the road!
I was saved by the chopper box jackknifing and stopping me from continuing down the hill towards utter disaster.
The worst to happen was the tongue of the chopper wagon got bent. Thank God that’s all. We were even able to bend it back enough to continue using it. Didn’t even lose a bit of silage over it!
So today I’m holding down the fort, cleaning the house, taking care of my kids, making a beer run as I promised free beer and food for the guys helping, and some delicious Beef stew.
No, I’m not even ashamed to admit I used a Pioneer woman recipe! I’d never made this recipe before, but it smells delicious, and what I have taste tested so far, is pretty good. Usually I just throw meat and veggies in the crockpot and let it go.
Oh, and by the way, I was the only one driving chopper boxes back and forth yesterday. It took TWO men to replace me lol. 😃