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Posted July 18, 2015 - 05:14 PM

Uncle!  I give!  No more!  The hay roller plugged again.  So being I am physically exhausted, I gave up & came to the house.  I got almost 3/4 of all the Sudex rolled though.  The humidity got so high the hay actually got damper as the day went on.  The sun going in behind the clouds didn't help.  Oh well, done for the day.


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Posted July 18, 2015 - 06:30 PM

I came in earlier and took a nap!


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Posted July 18, 2015 - 06:40 PM

What bothers me a lot is the fact there's not anything left of me to be able to enjoy my GT's.  Nor anything else much for that matter.  Just trying to get through one day at a time.  But what I'm going through is easy enough compared to so many folks with way more issues than me, so for that I am thankful.  I figure if I keep plugging along, things will improve soon enough.

  I haven't had much of anything to post about GT wise, but I try to help when I can with other people's GT questions.  That I can do.


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Posted July 18, 2015 - 06:46 PM

You'll get back to the GT's, Daniel! I spend a lot of time around mine as there is not much else to do. This heat just makes it harder to get things done.


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Posted July 19, 2015 - 08:47 AM

The last of the hay windrows needed busting up to cure enough to bale without problems, so I just took the tedder & exploded the windrows.  Humidity is 84% but with the breeze I hope to get it to dry enough to roll around noon.  I may go ted it again in an hour or more.  I hadn't planned to rake it when Dad said it was ready & he raked it, but it was a bit too early.  If he rolled damp hay with this new roll baler, he'd know how it doesn't like anything but good & dry hay.  In a few minutes I have to go pull the jammed hay out of the baler, and I dread it.  Really makes for a hot, painful job.  But there is a chance of storms this afternoon and I really need to get this wrapped up.  Lots more chances of rain tomorrow.


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Posted July 19, 2015 - 08:53 AM

Any way you could use the angle grind and cutter wheel to cut things loose? Shouldn't have sparks if you stay in the hay!


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Posted July 19, 2015 - 09:00 AM

Any way you could use the angle grind and cutter wheel to cut things loose? Shouldn't have sparks if you stay in the hay!

Cutting is easy enough with a good knife, but it's still jammed tight between the rotating bar & the belts.  Takes a lot of strategic pulling from the right places, then it will finally come out.Gonna go start on it in a few minutes.  I cut it free from the bar yesterday where it was wrapped, but didn't have the energy left to do any more.


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Posted July 19, 2015 - 09:58 AM

Baler is unplugged, but it gave a good fight.  Gonna go ted hay one more time before raking.


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Posted July 19, 2015 - 10:27 AM

Hay tedded again, rake in half an hour, then roll immediately.  Hoping to salvage part of the day to rest.  Last night I got on the bathroom scale, and was shocked.  I lost 7+ pounds in the last 3 days.  Thursday night, before my next morning's Dr appointment, I scaled and was a full 208 on a good balance beam scale.  Last night it was an even 200.  This hot weather sure pulls it out of ya! 


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Posted July 19, 2015 - 12:50 PM

:dancingbanana: WoHoo!  Finally done with this cutting of hay.  Counting the 60 rolls of alfalfa, this cutting produced 128 rolls of hay!  That's pretty good, and brings my stock of hay to around 300 rolls.  Likely 2 more cuttings, so plenty feed for feeding out beef or raising dairy heifers for the guy who bought my herd.  Sure is nice to be finished this cutting.  Still have to bring it all in, but I want to let the bales sweat out a few days first.  Plenty of time, but I'll have to tie weights to Dad, as he'll have a fire under him to get them in.  These 68 rolls, some being somewhat on the damp side, it's best to let them lay a few days before stacking them.  

  Now to take the remainder of the day off.


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Posted July 19, 2015 - 02:48 PM

One thing to think about on raising someone else's heifers, you don't have money tied up in them. Can you do a few head of beef and the dairy heifers to get a start on your beef herd (if that's the way you want to go)? That would give you an income (from the dairy cows) to help along with getting a herd going!


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Posted July 19, 2015 - 07:18 PM

Yes, hoping to do both.  Just hope I can get something going next year.


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Posted July 22, 2015 - 05:08 PM

Mostly just trying to spruce up a little today before Brian & his family arrive.  Did some mowing, and picking junk up near the home area.  

  Brian called & said he got a late start, then he hit some rough storms in Chattanooga.  High winds blew a heavy wheeled road sign out into the middle of the interstate, blocking traffic for a while.  Will be around 9pm before they arrive.  We had talked of going out for dinner, but being late, I'll go pick up a bunch of chicken & fixins at town before they get here.  Gonna make some home made peach ice cream for dessert.

  I decided to tackle putting the new  shoes on my Yamaha XV ll00 Virago today too.  Was a chore not feeling my best, but new shoes are on.  I bought the tires a few months ago, then surgery was scheduled, so I tucked the new tires away.  While not up to any long rides just yet, Teresa & I can take some short rides for now.

 

 

 

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Posted July 22, 2015 - 05:53 PM

I'm cooking chicken for my kids this weekend! Good old homemade tator salad and baked beans. Might throw in a watermelon!


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Posted July 22, 2015 - 06:15 PM

Sure is a purdy bike.


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