Tuesday, April 1, 2014
OMG Am I In Trouble
My supervisor/project manager is so mad at me right now she is still meowing her displeasure as she sits on my computer desk looking at me.
You see I tricked her this morning. I went out and took the ladder down from the emergency barn roof repair and then started gathering the tools I needed for the final fence line clearing push. The winds had stopped this morning and there was more rain headed our way but today was perfect for getting this fence line clearing finished.
The trouble is there was no way I was going to be running a chainsaw, pulling fence posts and other debris and throwing around wire etc. with my supervisor under foot. For some reason this cat seems to think that whenever I am around there is absolutely no danger to worry about. Last time I was cutting up a small tree way down in the pasture I looked down to see her sniffing the end of the chainsaw chain. When I moved her she came around the tree and jumped on my back as I was bent over cutting. Then once when I was splitting a load of wood and throwing it into my truck I tossed a big chunk in and did not see her in the truck bed and almost squished her.
So now when I am doing any thing where she can get crushed, pinched, sawed, slashed etc. I leave her in the house.
After I put the ladder away and gathered all the tools up I told her that was all we were doing for the day and since she was already on my shoulder I took her inside and pretended I was going to surf the net for a while. She fell asleep in her spot and I sneaked out the door and did not return until justa few minutes ago.
Yes I had the nerve to leave her inside and out of the loop for almost eleven straight hours today.
But the fence line is cleared. I estimate it at about 125 yards of road frontage that prolly hasn't seen any mending and maintenance for at least 30 years. My arms are bloody from all the rose bush scratches and I had to perform emergency blood stoppage on my dad's finger when he didn't do as he was told and got off the damned tractor.
Ya I had help today. It's much easier to pull all those old posts when I can put my dad on the tractor. He maybe getting old and doesn't get around so well anymore but he can drive the tractor better than me no argument there. We even switched out the post puller blade and brush hogged the entire line. We managed to save the corner posts for the new fence and only ended having to destroy two cattle panels that had been patched into the line. They were buried almost 12 inches into the ground and we finally just yanked em out.
I think we managed to salvage twenty or so good posts too and now that all the little trumpet vines, grape vines, weed and Cedar trees, not to mention those damned wild Rose bushes are all cut out I can keep that section mowed and never have to clear it again.
Just when we dropped the brush hog and I started burning off the first round of broken posts it started sleeting on us.
So my main before the rains start objective for the year is finished. It's still raining outside now and the forecast is for rain the next three days as well but for the moment I don't care. Let it rain.
I am sure I will be pissy about not getting my garden tilled early but getting this fence line cleared was more important than a few early plants this year.
Now I need to catch up on everyone's blogs for the day...
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!