Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Pretty Good Day, Until...

... I pulled into the driveway. I looked to my right and there I saw a Dexter steer. Yes, he is our steer, but he was in the wrong paddock. Which instantly sent me into panic mode.

How in the world did he get over there? I asked myself, He must have escaped, but I don't see anything wrong with the fence. What gives?

I was scheduled to go get some hay, which at this time of year, is difficult to do with the short days. I didn't need a fence problem, which I just knew was the case.

I had to leave him where he was, I had to go get that hay. I found out later that he was loose, wandering and someone in my family put him where he was. My thanks to whomever, let me know who you are and I will thank you personally.

I stewed over the situation all the way there and back. Thankfully, he was still where I left him. Upon investigation, there was a short in the fence, which had to be fixed.

But, it doesn't end there. As I was unloading the hay, I heard that dreaded hissss from one of the rear tires on the van. Great! Now I'm gonna have to change a tire!

I still had to feed the animals, milk the cow and lock up the chickens. Plus I was hungry and I was facing the prospect of missing dinner fixing the fence. Do you know what it is like for a man to miss food?

I was able to get the steer back to where he was, but I had to milk in the dark, which I hate, and listen to starving, lowing bovine waiting for food. All worked out, except for the tire. It seems to be a slow leak so I will inflate it in the morning and drive the van to work and get it repaired over lunch. Lord willing, of course.

I thank the Lord for my wonderful daughters for helping me in my time of distress. Their patience with me is immeasurable as I was a tad grumpy. Now, I am pooped. I'm going to bed.


Rural Writer said...

Oh ouch. Sort of that "never rains but it pours" thing. Hope tomorrow is LOTS better for you.

Adkins Family farm said...

That sounds like a terrible day. The good thing was that you had the help of your family and someone was nice enough to put the cow back in a fence and the leak was a slow one. I hope your luck was better today.

Scott or Pam said...

Well, Wednesday was a bit better, thanks. Unfortunately, it was expensive. I work next door to the tire shop and know them very well. I dropped the van off to get the tire patched. I walked into work and had a phone call. It was the tire guy. He asked if I felt a wobble when I drove to work that morning. I said no. He said that was amazing as the steel belts had seperated. I needed anew tire, to the tune of $92! Man, tires have gotten expensive!