18 June 2018 – Raining and 49 degrees
This morning, I said to Tractor Dave, “If it was ten degrees cooler, we could have snow!” He said to bite my tongue. While it is untypically cool today, we did have some really hot mid 90-degree weather earlier this week, and of course, those were the days we decided it was dry enough to bale hay.
It was really hot working out there. Dave said it was even ridiculously hot inside Babe, despite the air conditioner. He was sitting there under all that glass. Joey was dying in the heat in his thick black coat and I poured cold water on him about every 30 minutes. He is not quite four months old and hasn’t figured out how to sit still in the shade! Linda and I were burning up in the hot sun, but we knew we were expecting rain and we had to get the hay in the barn. We just kept raking and stacking while the men were baling and stacking!
This year we thought we would try to make it easier on ourselves in the bale-stacking process. We put pallets all over the field and loaded the bales onto the pallets. Then Cowboy Dave used his tractor and loaded the pallets onto the hay wagon. Last year we moved each individual bale multiple times, but this year, we just took the hay wagon up to the barn at the High Lonesome, and used the tractor to lift the bales into the hay loft. I credit my brilliant husband for his ideas in hay efficiency.
Late in the hot afternoon, we were finally done moving bales up to the barn. Funny how we picked the hottest day of the year so far to do all the hard work! We had a few cold Keystones to reward ourselves. The next day, it was about 20 degrees cooler, and we took advantage of the cool weather to finish moving the hay into the hayloft.
Then I got a lesson in baling.
Later, we did get the forecasted rain. It has been raining all weekend and we are happy about that. Not only is it great for the remaining crops in the field, but we get a little break from haying! We will continue when things dry out again, although that looks like it won’t be for a few days.
In other news, the barn project will begin sometime this week, weather dependent. We are also dog-sitting for Vito. Joey and Vito ( the dog mafia) are full of energy and play and wrestle and run continuously. This goes on for about two hours at a time, and then everyone passes out from exhaustion.
The house is a muddy mess and smells like wet, dirty dogs. That is country living though! The weather drives our schedule and we just try to keep up. Every day is completely different and beautiful in its own way. You just have to appreciate the sunshine and the rain!