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Posted December 24, 2013 - 07:07 PM

Glad you had a productive day. Sometimes being left alone is the best thing.


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Posted December 24, 2013 - 07:11 PM

Glad you had a productive day. Sometimes being left alone is the best thing.

 

Yes, I can do a lot when alone & in the right mood.  Being cold out keeps one hopping as well!  :smilewink:


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Posted December 25, 2013 - 01:50 AM

Daniel, just saw the post about the electric company not covering damages. Double check that with your insurance agent. Sounds like a line of poop to me.
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Posted December 25, 2013 - 05:37 PM

About once a year we'll find a heifer that got knocked into the concrete silage feeders, locked into it upside down, wedged tight.  Today was the day for 2013's stupid calf award.  Didn't take pics, as I needed to get her out asap.  She'd been in there long enough to beat her head senseless till one eye is swelled shut & both knees bleeding.  Got my MF1655D out & used the FEL to pull her head over hear back end to flip her over.  She got up just long enough to get out of the feeder, then collapsed on the dirt.  I left her there to rest & just went around her, filling what I could of the feeders.  Went back 1/2 hour later & she got up...wobbly, but she'll make it.  Teresa helped me put her into a smaller field where I can keep a close eye on her a few days.  And I thought today was gonna be smooth, slick, & easy.  Well, it wasn't THAT hard, and I DID get to use my GT with FEL:thumbs:


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Posted December 25, 2013 - 05:47 PM

It's always 'something' on the farm!


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Posted December 26, 2013 - 04:29 PM

Nothing bad to report today.  Been tending to Dad's stuff today.  But that also means nothing has went wrong on the farm today....yet.  I still have yet to feed this afternoon.


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Posted December 26, 2013 - 06:00 PM

Well, the compressed bags of pine chips don't do as they claim.  The bag says it poofs up to 9 cubic feet, but no way it does.  Maybe 6cf.  I can still use it for emergency bedding, but will cost double what sawmill sawdust costs me....not including my trucking costs.  But, with my time being so limited, it might not be all that expensive when I get to thinking about it.  Until I get a good source of "dry" sawdust, it's gonna have to do.  The last load of sawmill sawdust was so damp it will never dry out, and that makes a haven for bacteria....the last thing I need.  I need my sawmill buddy to fire his mill up very bad!  His sawdust goes directly into my truck UNDER ROOF!  So nice & dry!

  Also, my new tank heater for my Cat loader we load silage with has already bit the dust in less than 2 weeks.  Nothing is made any good these days.  The heater itself developed a leak when it quit heating.  So now the loader is low on coolant.  I had just enough antifreeze to be able to run it.  Gotta pick up another case tomorrow.  I need more to do around here.  :wallbanging:


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Posted December 26, 2013 - 06:04 PM

Boy! It's coming at you from all directions!


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Posted December 26, 2013 - 06:09 PM

Boy! It's coming at you from all directions!

 

Always does.  :(   But I can't hide & think it will go away (though I wish I could).  Gotta keep on keeping at it.   Just when my stress levels drop off....look out, more's a comin down the road!


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Posted December 26, 2013 - 06:11 PM

As long as your are hanging by your toenails, you got it made!


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Posted December 26, 2013 - 06:20 PM

As long as your are hanging by your toenails, you got it made!

 

Yeah, I stopped trimming them so I can get a better hold!  :smilewink:


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Posted December 27, 2013 - 03:21 PM

Just stopped in town to my auto parts store & picked a new tank heater just like the "Zero Start" unit that I replaced with the "KAT" tank heater that went down after just a couple or 3 weeks.  I will take the KAT back to TSC when I have time.  Turns out Dad never had the original Zero Start mounted right in the first place, so likely why it failed....that or the junk quality everything seems to have these days.  But mounted wrong is a big no-no.  Letting loader run to get the coolant system air out, then time to milk soon.  My day off tomorrow & I hope it's a good one.  Weather is calling for sunny & mid 50's, so that sounds great!

  Back out to check on the loader.


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Posted December 29, 2013 - 02:44 PM

Saturday off was not good. Knew I hadn't been feeling well, but too busy to worry about it.  Friday night brought a fever going with a head & chest cold.  Saturday was a bust, and today is worse, as I have milking/feeding chores to myself.  All chores are done except for the milking, and I have a 2 hour rest till then.  Sure does suck being sick.


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Posted December 29, 2013 - 02:59 PM

Seems like most of the time when I make plans on a day off I either get sick or everything melts down and I accomplish nothing
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Posted December 29, 2013 - 03:09 PM

These days I pretty much plan a day off to be just that, a day to rest.  Used to I wanted to mess with my GT's, but I'm so worn down that doesn't even appeal for now.  It'll come back, that I do know.


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