Saturday, July 30, 2011

It's been a ride so far ...

I realized it has been a couple weeks since I posted anything.  What can you do in a couple weeks?You can replace your cell phone because the old one has gotten flaky.  You can finish spraying.

You can enjoy 100 degree days

You can spend a week in VBS. 

Actually you can do the 100 degree thing while doing the others.  You can work down horseweeds taller than the hood of the tractor contract planting wildlife food plots

Talk about bringing back memories of river bottom farming!

And let's not forget irrigators and mowing roads and getting the yard ready for a church fishing tournament / cookout.  Actually, we're kind of waiting to to survey the situation this morning on that one.  We had nearly 3 inches of rain last night and I'm not sure what the pond and back yard will look like by tomorrow.  I have a feeling my plans to burn the brush pile for a weiner roast are going to need changed.  I still have one irrigator running because it is going to require the 4WD Mule to get to it 
 and I chose not to do that in the rain and in the dark with lightning popping all around

Oh, and the big happening since last time is the passing of Aunt Jean.

Yeah, we will be feeling that for a long time.  Even though she has not been an active part of the farm a long time she was and always will be a part of it

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I'm Baaaaacccckkk ......

Frontier DSL was a very bad thing to say for a couple weeks around here unless you wanted to be scowled at.  I was a bit hard to get along with.  Sue was so tired of hearing about it you REALLY didn't want to mention it around her.  But they have it fixed and working like it should and life is wonderful and the grass is green and the sky is blue.

So after being unable to post for two weeks what do I start with?

I have thoughts and pictures and ideas ... but I'll start with a temptation.  Something I don't need and won't buy, but at times I wish I had a bit more spare money and was willing to spend it.  A guy in SE Iowa has a tractor listed online for sale.  A 1964 IH 806 diesel with clamshell fenders

If you know our family farming history you know Dad's first "big" tractor was just like this.  A neighbor had decided he wasn't able to continue farming and Dad bought the tractor and some other equipment.  I don't know what happened to it.  My guess is it was traded for a 1456, but I really don't know.  And I imagine if I owned one I would be a lot less sentimental.  But it's kind of like Ivan's M
 or Gramp's 560
 I just kind of wish I had it.  Not quite the same because I really doubt it is The One.  Now if I could find the right 806 and could prove it I'd be a lot more interested.