Sunday, October 02, 2011
We live on a farm. That's good.
This morning, first thing, my husband was all annoyed about a cow being up in the yard...and she wouldn't cross the fence line despite all his efforts. That was bad. He finally got her out of the yard. Good.
THEN, our neighbor came up to tell us we had a cow out. Bad. I dressed and headed out to help. Turned out about half the herd was out! VERY BAD!
My DH was NOT happy. So, we came back to the house, gathered tools and supplies and headed back out to the cow field. He started work on repairing all the messed up fence (a lot!) and I started working on clearing the fence line of all the weedy growth underneath...it interferes with the electric fence when the weeds get tall enough to touch it. We accomplished a lot. GOOD.
I used our push mower to mow under an extensive length of fence ..DH used the weekwhacker once he finally finished all the repairs. GOOD (HUGE workout for me with all that push and pull.) GOOD. Our son is supposed to be maintaining the fences. He is NOT doing good on that.
Lunch break...seems like all is well. DH heads out ahead of me...cows are in the hay field AGAIN! BAD. We herd them back in..again. Good. At least one is getting friendly enough with us to let us touch her (these are beef cattle). BUT the little stinkers had now been in the round bales of hay, too! BAD. The babies are learning to ignore the fence...something is still wrong. BAD. DH is not doing well with patience!
By about 3:30, DH thinks everything is fixed. He goes to weedwhack another section of fence, I decide to mow up here at the house...didn't realize how tired I was getting...I only lasted 20 minutes. THEN, another call! FENCE is not "HOT" and DH IS! Please turn off the fence so DH can work on it more. BAD
I help with the weedwhacking...and the web strapping finally frays right off. BAD. DH is out of sight, so I take the weedwhacker in my lap and ride the riding mower to find DH. I end up back at the house to sew the strap back together. Good I guess.
This went on all afternoon! I had to go back out at 5...to herd the cattle BACK in again, and again. It is now 6:20. I have added another hr of walking on top of weedwhacking, mowing and walking today. DS finally got home and he found two other places the fence was not working and fixed them. FINALLY I think the fence is all "hot" again and hopefully our cows will figure out that they must stay in...it is not as if they don't have plenty of food....though, truly, the grass IS greener in the hay field, just over the fence!
In the midst of all this, I showed DH the lawnmower could be effective at this work...good. I learned to use the weedwhacker again (I hadn't used one in years)... good. I mowed quite a large strip of field with the riding mower...good for the fence line..ridiculous for mowing the field! I also apparently damaged something underneath the mower...it was suddenly smoking when I was almost back to the house...BAD (and scary!) DH found the problem and fixed it. GOOD. Last time there was a bent blade, it was replaced..but the new one comes in a pkg of two..so we HAD one. Good. Will need a new blade for the reg. mower...and a new grass chute as this one came off and got a chunk mowed out of it! Not so good.
Now the fence is working, the cattle are in, DS is home to tend this should there be more...and I am TIRED but well exercised. GOOD.
BUT, we missed our worship today because of all this farm hassle...BAD.
AND I lost my pedometer the second time it fell off. Last time I checked it, I had already walked over 4700 steps (mowing the fence line). I found it the first time it fell off...but now I have NO idea where to look...I have rewalked all the areas I can think of where it might be. How do you find something so small in such a HUGE area...especially when I have been walking all over it all day!!! Bad.
So, I think I have in my exercise for the entire week. LOL I am tired and dirty...but well satisfied. GOOD.
One added note...well, two. I am sorry I didn't think to get some photos!
RE all this exercise...when I started Sparkpeople several years ago, I quickly learned how far backwards I had fallen in my ability to do things physically. I could barely walk a mile...and was breathless when I did! I still haven't gotten off all the pounds I want gone, but Thanks to Sparks, today I was ABLE to walk up and down to and from and in the fields repeatedly; I was ABLE to mow and mow and mow...and weedwhack; I COULD DO IT...not breathless, no chest pains, just steady and feeling healthy. So, THAT'S PROGRESS! THANKS SP!!
So, how was YOUR day?