Looking back from the tractor seat, you can see the wheels and their tines spinning the rows of cut hay into a larger row that will be picked up by the baler when it has dried just enough. We don't want to bale hay too dry or the leaves fall off the alfalfa and it shatters into bits, but we don't want to bale hay too wet or it will mold.
Hubby does most of the baling but NumberOneSon does some too. The FourthBorn either swaths or rakes. It's nice to be able to swap jobs and relieve someone for a few hours.
The sky was picturesque yesterday. The day before, I was raking in a sweatshirt, stocking cap and gloves and was freezing by the end of the day, but yesterday it was hot and dry. It sounds like there will be more hot, dry days ahead.
I started getting really sleepy at about 2:00 in the afternoon. I had to stop and rest awhile. I took a long drink of water, walked around the tractor a few times, and put my feet up for a few minutes. Then it was back to work. Wanna go for a ride with me? There's not much room, but you can sit on the tire cover for a little while. It's pretty bumpy out here so don't fall off. Here we go!