Friday, January 16, 2015
Watching Carefully. Are You Ready?
Ya know I am not even 100% sure what I set out to do today originally. I know I have a list of small projects that need to be finished and I got a few of them done today but I am not sure they were at the top of the list.
After feeding the outside critters this morning and then coming in to feed the inside ones and play referee so no small kittens get chomped while trying to stick their head in the wrong bowl. I got interested in all the bad news coming in from around the globe. Russia making more moves against the petro-dollar, bank runs in Greece, massive inflation in Latvia or some Baltic state. Bare shelves in Venezuela. It seems the experts are into over drive right now too. I think the claims of this being the year for economic pain and maybe a full blown financial collapse is in style once again.
Well bring it. I have been preparing for it far too long to be worried about it any longer.
Sometime around then here comes Mom with another list of "can you help me's" and I ended up hanging more stuff for her. I think it was at that point I lost direction and ended up escaping to the barn and starting up the tractor with some vague notion of moving the brush hog out of the garden before the ground thawed anymore and turned it into a muddy mess.
I started her up and she fired right off the bat on the first try. Moved her over and removed the boom/crane thing then backed her up to the brush hog. I thought she was all lined up but I was on a slight incline so I shut the engine off so she wouldn't roll. Hooked one side up but needed to pull forward a bit to hook the other side, jumped on the tractor and she was deader than a doornail.
No fire at all. No nothing. It was like the battery was unhooked or something. Half an hour later it occurred to me to check the battery cables and terminals and sure enough after a slight cleaning with a wire brush she fired right up again.
Now this is when things went a different direction. I guess I just figured since the brush hog was already hooked up why not use it and I brush hogged about a third of the horse pasture, where I want to put the new sheep pasture in at, and the top third of the hay field where that thrice damned Blue stem grass is creeping in. I'd say overall I brush hogged about five or six acres easy and could have done more but the radiator started clogging up from all the dried weed parts getting sucked into it.
Now you understand the top picture. Took me almost half an hour to clean all that gunk out of the radiator.
By the time I got finished I actually had cockle burrs stuck in my beard. That was a new experience let me tell you.
But the pasture and hay field look good now.
I just wish I could remember what it was I really wanted to do today.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!