Friday, January 18, 2013


This morning when I woke up Kris was gone - way earlier than he normally goes.  I texted him to see what was wrong.  Nothing!  I'd forgotten that the mechanic was coming to work on the wheel loader today and Kris wanted to use it to feed the cattle before he got here.  A planned early morning is always better than a rushed get-out-of-the-house-something-is-wrong early morning.

It's a hydraulic leak.  Now, I'm sure you're thinking - wasn't there a hydraulic leak in the wheel loader before?  If so - CONGRATS!  You have a great memory.  (If anyone remembered, it'd be our former co-workers at Caterpillar, since it's a Cat wheel loader.)  And the answer?  Yes.  It's the same leak.  The mechanic thought he fixed it before, but it didn't work. 

The heifers got into the wrong field again, but we were able to fix that ourselves!  The heifers kept going back into the woods, but then when they wanted to go back to the feeder, they couldn't figure out that there was a jog in the fence.  They would see cattle where they wanted to go, so they would just go straight through the fence to get there.  After this happened a few times, Kris decided he would stop trying to train them, and just move the fence posts so there was no jog.  I guess it's possible to teach a young heifer new tricks, but it's far simpler to just move the fence posts to accommodate their travel paths. 

We've had a fairly strange week here - a pig farmer accidentally destroyed my toe by sitting on it with his metal stool, my baby niece had a seizure while we were caring for her and we called 911, my sister had a retinal migraine which made her lose sight in one eye and really scared her, the engineering firm working on our lagoon dissolved ... but the good news is, everyone and everything is okay! 

Let's hope the fixes next week are as easy as moving fence posts.

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