The past few days around here have been a little off. Friday our big tractor we had been using here at home showed signs that the wheel bearing was worn out. That meant we had to go get our other one which was about an hour away. We were using it to load the straw bales we still have to haul home. While I was going through town I stopped and picked up the mail. Good thing it was after hours and parking was available.
Saturday we woke up to no heat in the house (10C or 50F). The dog (Lexi) was happy but we were not. So with the repair man on his way (2 hour drive to us) we headed out to feed the cattle. At least it would be warm in the tractors.
So our daily routine is that hubby drives the tractor with the wagon and I drive the other tractor with the bucket. We load the wagon with chopped straw, grain, and silage and then he takes the load to feed a group of cattle while I take bales out to the older cows. Then we meet up again and repeat 4 more times.
I jump into the tractor I brought home and it had a blown hose so I couldn’t pick up anything. Good thing the we were able to take one from the disabled tractor and get going.
One of the water bowls had frozen up again, so off to the house to get hot water. The plastic fitting where the float is (just like in a toilet) freezes up sometimes in this one bowl. It is on the list to be replaced if I have any say in the matter.
On one of our rendezvous in the stack yard, hubby said we had to find water for our big bulls. The creek froze over and usually I can just drive on the ice and break the hole open but not this time. I don’t know why they can’t keep it open, the cows keep theirs open… must be a boy thing.
So while I was doing my thing, Hubby was having problems with the wagon because one of the gears are worn and that meant the auger wouldn’t turn because the chain slips. That will be fun to change (not really). So after he was done he found me trying to get water for the bulls and we noticed the hydraulic ram that lifts the loader had broken. Back to the shop with the tractor.
As hubby welded that up, I grabbed the axe and off I went to chop a hole for the bulls. It wasn’t as big as I would have liked but chopping ice is hard work!
Finally around 4 pm we were back in the house, a warm house, and called it a day. What a day! It’s a good thing we love what we do or that might have seemed like a bad day. 🙂