Start Your Engines!
It's time for making hay. The swather cut the first windrows yesterday, and today it's been full-steam-ahead. It's sort of like the Indie 500 of the summer for us. Up and down, round and round. All the engines and all the moving parts have been checked, repaired, greased and tested before sending the machinery out to the hay fields. Tire pressure is right, the windshields are clean, the seats are set (my tractor got a new seat!), the radio is on, and we're off to race against the weather and against time as the hay matures a little more as the days tick off. Every day the hay gets more mature and loses a little more feed value so it's important to keep moving from field to field, getting the very best hay up at the right time. We're hoping for just a few pit stops and no break-downs. The faster we can get the hay up, the better the chance for getting quality hay and not losing any of it to hail or extreme heat.
NumberOneSon is turning the windrows over to dry. Two windrows are raked together into one, and when the moisture is right, the hay will be baled up into big round bales.
This old haying equipment was used back in the old days. It was horse-drawn. My FIL recalls the days of making hay with it very well. All I can say is, "Man, my butt would be sore riding in that seat all day bumping over rough prairie." Of course, they didn't put up nearly the amount of hay we do these days, but golly jee-wiz, would you have butt calluses or what?
I've been laying low this past week and a half and haven't got my turn in the hay field yet. I'm chomping-at-the-bit to go back to work, but I've been "put out to pasture" for the moment. I turned up with shingles and have been taking it easy and trying to get myself well. Let's just say my butt would be sore bouncing on a modern cushy seat all day. That's all I'm gonna say about it. I AM improving though, and I give thanks to God for people who promote using supplements and natural remedies that work.
All the worrying and fretting we did back in March, April, and up to May about another drought situation was all for naught. Now it's a new story. We're happily making hay and giving thanks to God who has dealt bountifully with us.
"Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you...." ~Psalm 116:7