Brother had a field of grass hay down. I was sent out to rake it. It’s a hilly field, but all was going well.


I was going along and having good luck until…


I lost steering on the M. I got stopped and did some looking around after I called for Brother. Yeah, this is a problem. It’s supposed to be attached to the steering and move the wheels when you turn the steering wheel. Now what? Thank goodness Brother is so handy. He and SIL to the rescue. We got it loaded on the trailer and taken to the shop. Since the H wouldn’t stay running I went back out with the 560 to finish raking. It doesn’t exactly drive as well for raking as the M does so I didn’t get to take any pictures with it. Thankfully, Brother came back with the M fixed before to long!


Once done, we got started. I drove the baler for Brother until SIL got there to take over. Then Big Nephew and I were on the rack together. I didn’t mind the hills, except when we had a slick rack.


Once Brother got done loading the flatbed with the hay we were baling, I got moved to shagging racks. Brother and Big Nephew are a pretty good team loading.


We got done with the square bales and Brother finished up with round bales.


Unfortunately, my gloves didn’t make it through the first round of square baling. Had a minor blow out. Oh well, I have two more pairs waiting in the truck!

Friday’s Hunt v1.24

Welcome again for Friday’s Hunt with my dear friend Teresa at Eden Hills. This week our prompts are Starts with X, Weeks Favorite, and Wet or Water

Starts with X is Xerothermic. That is what we have been this week. It means Dry and Hot. Dry and hot is good when you are wanting to bale, not great when you want to chop. So we baled up the rest of the rye Brother had down.

Brother baling while I move them off the field or into stacks of 7 to haul off later
Loading Big Nephews trailer
Waiting in line to unload.
All of us in one. Brother unloading SIL, The Friend in the skidloader behind me, Big Nephew’s load in the corner of the mirror.

Thankfully we got all of them off the field before it rained last night, which according to the weatherman it wasn’t supposed to do! But I think Brother wanted a little rain on the field before he planted the beans, I just hope he can get them in and we don’t get into a really rainy cycle.






For my Weeks Favorite, say hello to my little friend! Big Nephew and I were spading thistles and we saw 2 deer, a coyote (in the middle of day which kind of surprised me) and then this little guy. I love nature!


I found the electric fence wasn’t working and that means walk the fence and figure out why and fix it. It didn’t take long to find the south gap down. Looks like a deer missed a jump. Luckily I had my mud boots on. So into the creek I go.


Wouldn’t you know, I found out that not only was the fence still working once I got it out of the Water,(OUCH!)but suddenly my foot was Wet! Yup I have a leak. Time for new boots!

Hope you all had a wonderful week! If you would like to join the fun of Friday’s Hunt or just check out the other entries, stop on over to Eden Hills .

Chopping Rye

I went back to work this week. Brother and SIL have been getting along pretty well but now they are ready for their third wheel! Brother got the rye mowed so we started chopping Saturday. This is the first time Brother has chopped rye so it’s kind of a learning experience.

My equipment for the next couple days.
My office has the best views.
Meeting up with SIL

SIL runs the chopper. I run the wagons between the chopper and the pit. Brother packs the pit.

Big Nephew waiting while Brother backs the wagon in the pit.

The boys of our operation got the pit lined with plastic and ready to go while I was getting the first load. Brother backs the wagon in to save time. I think I could do it, if I had the better part of a day. Wagons and hay racks are a little more tricky than livestock or bale trailers. But I will keep practicing and one day I will get it. Until then, though, Brother will have to get them where he wants them.

Holding the plastic down a little different this year.

I swear, every time we say we are going to chop, the wind blows 90 miles an hour. Last fall, we had a terrible time keeping the plastic up. We line the bales with plastic to keep the moisture in so it will ferment. We are eventually building a concrete silage pit, but for now, we use bales.

20160604_195710 (2)
SIL and the chopper looked so beautiful in the sunshine.
Looking to the south, you can literally see for miles and miles!
Looking back north to Mom and Dad’s homestead.
There I am, kind of.

We are going to try to go again today. I am going to make a few changes, no tanktops today. Rye is the itchiest, especially when it gets in your shirt or heaven forbid your bra!! Going with a t-shirt (which if you know me is not usual) and a long sleeve shirt since I will be exposed all day.

Wish us luck! Linking with Seasons at St. Germain’s Blog.