Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I have the Green Lemon sold.

Pending transport to south of San Antone next week hopefully.  I was starting to give up hope selling it for what I wanted, and I did lower my price a little but told myself I would not take less.  But finally I guess it got to be Fall and farmers were starting to shop because I had 4 calls on it within about 10 days.  Two of those were from Mexico.  I was hoping I could sell it to Mexico so I would be sure to not hear anymore about it.  Anyway a really nice guy down state ended up buying it.  I have taken the duals off to make it easier to put on a truck.  The trucker called today and said he would probably be up the first of next week to get it.  I told him it was ready when he was.  

It ended up being a pretty expensive piece of equipment, I'm sure I have made that clear.  But when I think about how many acres I covered with it in 3-4 years I guess per acre it ran fairly cheap.  It got the job done anyway.  The inconvenience and busted knuckles was just as bad as the lighter wallet.  It woulda been fun for Dawson to haul it but his company is too high on their hauling rates from what I can tell.

Friday, October 26, 2012

I always thought round bales in the field looked kinda purty

My little feed crop finally eeked out a little hay.  I got my neighbor Ted to bale it up and he sure did a good job.  It made about a ¼ crop, but better than nothing!  Nice tight, "square" round bales.  Sometimes they come out lopsided or are loose and more or less rounded and the netwrap tends to slip off after handling them a couple times.  This ought to be really really good haygrazer hay since it was short and mostly leaves.  Not a lot of stalk that cattle don't like very much.  They will probably slurp it up just like candy.  We'll see later this winter.  I have some older lesser quality stuff I need to use up first.  It is some of that loose-netwrap-coming-off hay I want to use up.

Here is some of the spotty, half a stand wheat.  Some is worse than this.

I have been lax about posting video.  To upload video to youtube I have to start it at night and let it go all night, so I don't feel like messing with it a lot of the times.

Here is a video of Daniel just learning to ride his bike without training wheels:

Fenton cute as usual:


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Back in the cattle business

We've got a few spotty patches of wheat where we have caught some showers.  I'm awfully proud of this patch here.  It is old CRP (government grass program) that is going back into production.  I just sprayed it once back in June to kill the grass.  In September I sowed wheat, just barely laying the seed in the dust.  We  have had a few showers and it is looking really good.  It is needing more moisture as it has grown about all it will for now.  So, if there is something green growing I want to have calves on it. Our wheat varies from pretty good like here:
To seed still laying in the dry dirt, waiting for enough rain to come up.  It is kinda a mess in places.  


I wanted to put in a little plug for Amanda's blog she has started.  She moved over to Wordpress to have more exposure and more features.  Check it out and be sure to subscribe if you do that sort of thing.  I have the link on the right.  "My Daily Bread"

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I heard a conversation much like this tonight:

Dad: We need to talk about what you have been doing for the last 4 years in college. I spend 5 trillion dollars and you told me you were going to get a degree in engineering! The summer before your Freshman year you had these grand plans for getting a Doctorate in 4 years.  And now you tell me all you have is a lousy degree in Native American cave drawing interpretation?!! You call that success? 

Son: Yeah, I have been really working hard you know, lots of headwinds the first few years and am kinda getting in my groove now. I think in 4 more years I just might have more progress.  My gpa has finally come up 0.1 from where it was.  Besides that you don't care about my girlfriend's [healthcare].

Dad: What are you talking about?  Why is your girlfriend's [healthcare] my responsibility?  You know I don't believe in those methods.  You have messed around long enough, it is time to go do something different.  You obviously are not cut out for this.  I finished college and got 3 degrees and made $100 millions, and thousands of people have jobs now because of my work. 

Son: A bunch of rich people that didn't pay their fair share! Probably took advantage of people that didn't look like them.  I have this plan now to go 4 more years and go for that Doctorate again. I'm getting a feel for it now. Why don't you want me to succeed?  You know I didn't have that great of grades in High School, it was a tremendous uphill battle.  Lots of people not following the rules in the previous classes.  People were trying to hold me back. Aaaaaand there aren't enough teachers in this school I want to have more teachers in education. 

Dad: I thought we were talking about you fooling around for 4 years and having nothing to show for it, what is this about teachers? Why don't you get a job and help pay for some of your ideas?  I'm tired of supporting you and your friends and not getting any results.  And besides all that what about that big wreck you had in my car a while back? Who was responsible? For two weeks you said it was just a freak accident where the parking brake didn't hold. Now I'm hearing reports you were asleep at the wheel. Which was it? 

Son: That is not fair, I cared about your car very much. I would never use a wreck as a tool to extort more money from you for 4 more years. I am bound and determined to find out who was driving that car when they went asleep. Besides that you just assumed since I was borrowing it I was responsible and you started yelling about it.
Dad: When you called me about the wreck the first thing you said was you did not know for sure what happened. You said it was a freak accident! Now you are admitting it was a wreck and somebody went to sleep? 

Son: That is a lie.  I said I did not know at first, but it had something to do with the brake.  And I am determined to find out who did not push the brake when they should have.  And I told you that from day one.  Mom? Mom? Can you help me talk some sense into this guy?

Mom: Well Dad, actually he did say something about the brake when he called.  I heard him.  

Dad: So are you wanting to set the record straight right now?

Son: I will say it again, I will find out who was sitting in the driver's seat when the accident involving the brake happened.  Mom? Mom? See what I have to deal with?  Why do you want to deport my friend Pedro?  He got a degree in engineering in 4 years, and is working a good job now.  Why is it your policy to keep him down?

Dad: (slaps his forehead)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

It's ALIVE, it's ALIVE! Bwah ha ha ha ha ha.

I got the old International tractor back together yesterday.  I meant to take my video camera to record the climatic moment when it first fires up.  But as usual I forgot when I left the house.  You will have to settle for a very short grainy video from my phone.  Gotta get one of them new iPhone 5 thingys I guess one of these days. Smoooooth.  

I still need to pull it hard for a while and 'break it in', but it is running and I could use it if I needed to.  I'm glad to have that project behind me for the most part.

Fenton really likes to mess with our dvd and vcr players on the shelves next to our TV.  He drug the whole shelf out the other day.  It had a glass door on it at one time, but it was gone when the unit was given to us.  Can't look a gift horse in the mouth..... and all that.  I finally got around to making a door to go on it.  If we had a little wood stain it would almost look like it came that way new.  Just a basic wood frame and some wire mesh.  Here he is inspecting my work.  He thought it was pretty nice.
He has been gaining teeth, and somebody else is losing them!
They had "Hillbilly Day" at school for homecoming week.  She was right in character! She wore some old overalls, flannel shirt, and a farm cap.  I did not think to take a picture though.