I began to really look ahead this past week to the upcoming spring season. Things on the farm are going to be busy, not that its a change, just something else to plan for.
This week a friend helped me unload hay. Good friends are priceless. While I was nervous about running The Alice by myself, no better time like the present to learn, but I called a friend in case I had trouble. The only hitch I had was dropping a bale, having to restab it and take it the rest of the way into the field. My friend was nice enough to be a second pair of eyes and help me restab the bale in the appropriate place to stay on the stabber, as well as push the 2nd bale to be fed back where I was able to stab it.
He officially gave me his seal of approval to be feeding the hay on my own, meaning that I was fully capapble of running The Alice by myself. Probably sounds stupid to many of you, but confidence has always been a weak point for me.
Upon feeding the round bales, and learning more about operating The Alice, allowed me to think ahead further to making hay this summer. I should be able to do much more this year than last year since I am more able to run the tractor. While each implement is different, understanding the tractor is a big part of it.
I have said all of that to say that this spring and summer I have the opportunity to grow as an individual. I hope to take as much advantage of it as I can. Safety is important which is why I have been learning as much about the tractor and implements as possible. I was able to run The Alice and the spreader last weekend. Little things, one day at a time are leading me to be more indepenent.
This spring is going to bring several new challenges and I am looking forward to all of them! I have been doing research about gardening, garden fence and hatching chicks. Going to be a lot to do, but I think each task and job will be worth the work. Hoping to continue making memories with family and friends and learning about how things work everyday. I do not plan to let an opportunity pass to make memories or learn about something new.