Rained yet again today! Very few soybeans in the ground, and frankly, ground temps are too cool. Even some corn ground to plant due to the almost constant rain the last few weeks. Steve who leases my cropland has only about 200 acres of beans in and at least 1,600 more acres to go.
At work we are way behind also of course. We have about 20,000 more acres to spread fertilizer on, so when it dries we have to hit it hard & long days of it. I've been keeping busy in the shop repairing more fence boxes and still organizing things. The larger sprayer needed 2 new strobe lights, but the OE are expensive, so I welded a pair of mounts up to put some cheaper strobes we already had onto it. No missing him on the road now for sure.
One of the warehouse guys has been telling me his days were numbered there, as he was ready to retire. Everyone there said he's always said that for 4 years, BUT today he handed in his keys and said "so long". I didn't hear about it till one of my fellow employees called me this evening & said I needed to jump on this opportunity for full time employment. So I texted Clint (who paid for my breakfast at "Paula's Hot Biscuit" across the street this morning), my area manager, asking if it was a good time for me to call him. He immediately called me, and I think pretty much knew why I called. He said he didn't want to lose me and already had full time in mind for me, but would have to crunch some numbers to know for sure, but would know by time the spring rush was over. I feel pretty good that I'll get the spot. If I do, my worries are over about having enough money to get by.
I can't emphasize how much different a life it is making a living off the farm. I know many of you might dream of life on a farm, but it's tough not knowing if you'll have enough income or any income for that matter. But the main thing is free time. I've worked the last 3 Saturdays, but this weekend is 2 days off, which I rarely ever had when dairy farming. After rush, I'll get every other weekend off, then only work 1/2 the other Saturday. Most weekdays I'm home by 5:15. Plenty of time for whatever that evening, and so much less stress to boot!
Teresa & I are loving our new life, and hoping things continue to get better & better.
Dad is still doing very well also. He was going out the road as I came home, and said he was going out for supper, but wasn't sure where yet. I reminded him about Famous Recipe having fish on Friday (new kind of fish he likes), so he said that's where he'd be going.
Tonight I drove to Mom's grave...the first time since her funeral. I have avoided it, but felt I should go now. Was a strange, very strange feeling, but glad I did. I need to get some fresh flowers soon.