The past week and a half have been crazy here. Last week was the county fair, and even though I no longer show or have livestock there, it is always a full week for me. I got to see many kids that I coached just a few years ago meet goals and accomplish major achievements. Square dancing every night kept me dragging myself to work and pushing myself to keep up with the farm.
Fair was busy, but fun thanks to great friends! I would not trade it. Making memories has been a priority this summer and last week was no exception.
New week, new chores, new struggles. This week brings cutting another hay field. Working more with Grandpa to learn about operating equipment, running the tractor and so far unplugging the mower/conditioner. I have been working to expand my knowledge and experience in general this year and this week I have already learned a lot. Like when you put the tractor in gear, make sure its the right one. I thought I was in 2nd and was indeed in 4th, plugged the mower right up and strained the clutch. Lesson learned. Fortunately nothing broke, and after cleaning out the teeth the mower was good to go once again.
I have helped make hay numerous times before, but it is a little different this time. Stepping up and taking the initiative and responsibility to make decisions and push myself to getting the job done has been a little stressful to me, but I will feel very accomplished when it is all said and done. I do not know of any better way to learn other than just jumping in with both feet. Fortunately I have been blessed with an awesome Grandpa who is gladly there to help, guide and direct, teach and patiently work with me as I learn to operate the equipment.
Tonight it is a waiting game, so I am going to get my horses work and prepare for the longer day tomorrow. Full day ahead with hopefully very rewarding results!