Sunday, October 24, 2010

Stacking it Up!

First and foremost about this weekend is the weather! Today I was outside in shorts and a t-shirt because it was 78 degrees on Oct. 24th.....awesome! And since the weather is awesome, I am on a personal quest to get the barn stacked with hay. Since my Hay Man Mike is a full-time farmer, I have to work with his avalability. Friday evening he was available so after a few quick stops at the store after school, changing clothes, feeding the animals, and loading Dixie up in the truck, we were off to get hay by 5:30.
Now as many of you who read my "most exciting hobby farm blog" I have a BA & MA in history. I did not take Haystacking 101 in college and as Hay Man Mike will tell you, I probably would have had to retake the class a few times. Who would have known that there is an engineering tactic to stacking 50 bales of hay on a pick-up truck? I am only down to 2-5 questions when I get hay now. Mike says he is going to drop a bale on my head if I don't shut up when he is throwing hay down to me. And as I point out to him, he should be impressed that as a single white female pushing 4'10 and almost 43 yrs old, I am running my own hobby farm and I am one of his best customers AND I drive an old F-250 Ford this point in the conversation I have to dodge the bale of hay coming down at me:) I am so excited to finally have a pick-up truck. I bugged the heck out of my brother-in-law and I think he sold it to me just to shut me up. Sure does make a difference having one to do farm chores though;)

Now are you not impressed by my haystacking job? I did a damn good job and I even put my own straps on (thats cuz I lost 2 bales on the last trip;)! Now in case your wondering how I get down once I stack that hay, well I just slid down the front window on to the hood and jump down:) And then Hay Man Mike just shakes his head at me......he really does like me btw LOL

So after a load on Friday (50 bales) and a load this morning (50 bales), I need about 100 more and the barn will be packed. I can hold almost 300 bales up in the loft. THIS WILL NOT LAST ALL WINTER. My plan is to get it all packed and then get 50 more every 3 weeks until the ground goes to crap and I can't get the truck back to the barn. I am getting there, sure is a lot of work though!!

I got all of my new bulbs planted in the garden this weekend...........

................some of the sheep got to play in the yard on Saturday as long as they promised to stay away from the good plants!!

Hard to believe Thanksgiving is only a month away when all of this beautiful weather is here. No complaining of course!! Just enjoying my favorite time of the year one day at a time!
Hope all is well with everyone who stops by to read and say "Hi"!


Michelle said...

Hey, that's just like my truck - color and all! Is yours a turbo diesel? Ours is such a good, dependable truck; I don't plan to ever let it go.

And you go, girl! I think you are doing an awesome solo-farmer job!

Voni said...

I'm with Michelle. Go girl!! Women can do much when they put their mind to it. :)

kristi said...

Michelle & Voni,
no diesel but 4 wheel drive and sounds like a real truck! Every time I drive it some random guy waves to me....cracks me up! I feel so enpowered when I drive it! thanks for stopping by:)

jen said...

That's a very nice truck!

You are one strong woman sis!
Very impressive:)

Laura said...

Good on ya! I've been having to have my hay delivered and stacked, because of 2 new knees in August. I've been restricted to lifting 20 lbs or less... How can I unload feed, or load turkeys into the truck for "harvesting," or...

I feel a kinship! I'm 5'4", and 56, and run my farm and have a full time job, too. It's good to be tough farm stock...

And yes, the pickup is the appropriate tool for the farming job. Having blown up the transfer case on my last one (it's still sitting dead in a friend's yard 140 miles away), I finally bought another one.

You're blessed to have storage room for so much hay - I can hold about a ton and a half, which holds me for about 2 months...

As the others say - You go girl!

Kellee said...

Hey there!
I just found your blog and I must say...Love it! All of your critters are cuties!
Also wanted to say you go girl! You are an inspiration!

Foothills Poultry said...

Bulbs... oh man ... I have to get those bulbs in. I have a 10x15 bed that I cover in Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, and Iris.

I planted a pack of those pink Tulips last year. They all came up and bloomed RED.