1.13.2012

At the Farm! Friday

Wow.

It has been quite awhile since I have done a farm post. 

Today seems like a good day for one.  :)


The Monday after Christmas, I was getting ready to head back to my place. 
My dad and brother at one point asked if I'd be back on
Wednesday to help with cleaning out a bin.  

Well, I hadn't planned on it.  I didn't have the day off.
I was scheduled to work Tuesday and Wednesday, and then had Thursday and Friday off.  


But, due to having a comp day that I hadn't used yet, I made it happen! 
I went back to work for one day, then headed back to the farm.  :) 
{I probably spent more on gas than I made!}

 I got to join my brother delivering one of the loads to the elevator {local coop}.
I haven't ridden in his 'new' rig, so it was nice to see it...
and feel how loud it can get.  :)


 He and dad also got themselves a 'new' grain hopper.
Very nice, if I do say so myself.


 It cut the number of trips probably in half.
Living about 4 miles from the elevator, 
each round took about 1 hour.  
Loading, driving, weighing, unloading, weighing, returning.


 I really wasn't needed until the bin was mostly empty. 
At first, I was helping the corn into the pit.
But according to dad, I was doing too much work.  Oops!

Eventually he kicked me to the sweep auger to help push it along.
Sure, it has a little wheel on the end. 
But it needed pressure to keep moving in the right direction.


 On either Thursday or Friday, I had the joy of driving the
'newest' tractor to a town that is about 25 miles from the farm.

 It took about 1 hour to get there...traveling just above 20 miles per hour.


It was actually fun...until I got to town.
It does have a stop light.
And it turned yellow right when I got to it.
I didn't stop.  :)

But I made it to the fix-it shop in one piece,
without any new scratches or dents to the tractor!

Driving the tractor to town saved a few hundred dollars instead of loading it on a semi.

It gave me 1 hour to enjoy some countryside I haven't visited in years,
and some that was new to me.
{Took back roads, and avoided all gravel.  It was raining and would have been a mess.}


{I love my iPhone!  It took all these pictures.  Dad even figured out how to take a picture of me working! And yes, I did climb a bin to get a couple of the pictures.  It was a little tricky...climbing the bin, removing gloves, getting out the phone and taking pictures without dropping it, returning it to my pocket, putting gloves back on, and climbing back down.}


Head over to Fresh from the Farm.  You can see the Farm Photo Friday entries, as well as sign up for the Gooseberry Patch cookbook giveaway!



9 comments:

Lynnie said...

This really sounds like a fun day! What a blessing to be a part of that.

Teresa said...

Sounds like a perfect day! I'm impressed with your pictures. I'm not sure I could go that high and take pictures.

Jodee said...

You are so blessed to be a farm girl! What a fun day with the fam!

Mary Ann said...

You are a true farm girl, and I'm so glad I've found your blog.... I'm married to an Iowegian, too!

Dad said...

Paid?

JoyceAnn said...

It's great to see you taking pride in the " Family Farm "!

Farm Blessings

Nicole said...

Looks like a fun day!

traci said...

love your farm posts. i feel right at home.

Farmchick said...

Thanks for joinin farm photo friday!! :) Your pictures look all too familiar.

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