We had a lovely couple inches of rain a couple weeks ago which settled the dust after about 7 weeks of nuthin’! It was dry – and still is – but with warm weather, the grass actually has been squeaking out a bit of growth before the last of this nearly perfect weather gives way to the bitter iciness of winter.
So, we have not had to turn the cows and calves on to winter stockpile yet – we have fed a few bales of hay to stretch the stay on some of the paddocks simply for convenience. Plus it’s dry enough to set out bales with the pickup, so it’s a nice time to feed hay. Once the snow is blowing and it’s cold, snowy, icy, or slick, i would rather just leapfrog another stretch of polywire on the stockpile and let the cows go to grazing.
This is the perfect time to get stock tanks, pump houses, etc winterized. Today, I removed my two marine-type batteries from the solar powered water pump. Drained the pump, pressure tank, intake and out pipes as well as 4000 feet of 1 1/2 inch HDPE water pipe (not as hard as it sounds, just undo the end and it gravity drains itself), and removed the bottom screw from the filter from the pond to drain it. Unplugged and shut off the pump, turned the solar panels off, shut down the door to my portable solar house and latched it, loaded the marine-type batteries (yeah, they are heavy – ’bout 60 lbs a piece!) into the back of my Gator and it is all set for winter. I store the charged batteries in our basement – don’t want them to drain and freeze – they cost about $140 each.
Allen and Dallas are replacing a half a quarter mile of perimeter barbed wire fence on my Buckman 80. It was just getting too worn out to keep cows in with any peace of mind. They set posts and stretched wire today and yesterday. Rick helped yesterday. Such a busy week, they hope to finish up on Monday. Once the end posts settle a couple days, then they’ll stretch the wire. I can help put on the clips. Why don’t i help? Honestly, i’m really not strong enough to do much except put on the clips. If anything ever happens to my guys, I’ll have to hire my perimeter fencing done.
My to-do list today:
Go to my farm – It takes an hour and 10 minutes roundtrip, so a good part of the time is spent in traveling. Once there, i moved a water tank, replaced an anchor and brace post on hi-tensile fence, pulled the fiberglass line posts and moved them. I’m actually moving about 650 feet of existing 2-strand hi-tensile wire over a bit. It just wasn’t working where i had built it four years ago.
Quick trip to Brookfield to buy nappies for Allen’s Aunt June – she is attending a baby shower saturday morning to which i’ll take her. At 96, her eyesight and motor coordination isn’t what is used to be and she no longer drives. Last week, i spent a few hours scrubbing her frig and freezer since it was not working properly and all the food had gone — well, totally nasty. I discovered that the back of the freezer (inside) was frozen solid, so hoped that cleaning, vacuuming underneath and behind, as well as completely defrosting would fix the problem. Thankfully it did. I found a wooden bar to place beneath the front of the unit since it was leaning so far forward. Maybe the doors were not getting shut completely to cause it to freeze up.
We were supposed to have sunny weather today, but that didn’t happen. However, I’d already set Dallas to the task of caring for his lawnmower trailer with linseed oil and mineral spirits on Monday early afternoon. After two days of curing, today would have been the second coat. He had parked it in the barn last night because of the possibility of rain; only a heavy mist, but inside it is dry. Maybe he’ll get that second coat on tomorrow.
Had planned to pain the letters on the Powell Seed Farm sign, but too high humidity and too cool. Ran out of time anyway.
Made some phone calls. One to get the lawnmower picked up for annual maintenance, another to Bill to schedule changing out June’s garbage disposal, amongst others. Received a phone call from the fellow in south Missouri from whom I’m buying hay and he has it all delivered, so will pay him tomorrow.
Well, that’s about it along with preparing beef fillets and stir fry for lunch, three loads of laundry, making up another batch of laundry soap, and washing dishes. I had more on the to-do list, but tomorrow’s another opportunity.