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Posted June 01, 2016 - 05:18 AM

Those are the kind of days when you look at your boots and can't remember if you are putting them on or taking them off.


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Posted June 01, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Started work at 5:45 this morning. We'll see how long the day will be. Under a shade tree waiting for empty spreader. On 4th load at noon.
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Posted June 01, 2016 - 03:40 PM

I'm one hour into overtime for the week. If rain holds off, then I should have my best paycheck for the year. One larger customer is finished with fertilizers as of noon. I tendered him 3 loads today. Makes me realize I'll kind of miss this hectic pace for some reason. But then I'll enjoy getting home earlier too. But that will be a couple or more weeks away.
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Posted June 01, 2016 - 08:22 PM

Rained me out of my last tender load.  I still worked till almost 8pm helping put everything away & locking up.  Don't go in till 7:30 tomorrow morning.  


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Posted June 02, 2016 - 08:34 AM

Don't go in till 7:30 tomorrow morning.  

 

What on earth will you do with your self with all that time on your hands?   :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:   Enjoy it, sleep in a little bit you've earned it.


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Posted June 03, 2016 - 06:45 AM

Yesterday wasn't productive. Ground too wet and ended up bringing 2 different loads back to the store. Offloaded the first into an empty fertilizer bay. The last load I drove to my place for the night, and now we are back in business spreading this morning.
My friend Dane from work is not doing well after almost 10 weeks from a SEVERE case of double pneumonia. Now he has a nasty secondary lung infection. His eyes are open at times, but no communication of any kind.
I also learned a neighbor lady, only 50ish passed away yesterday. She was a very nice person and great neighbor.
I got in yesterday from work in time to pull up steel fence posts removing a fence at the front of the alfalfa field. Leasing the tired hay field for soybeans and to get his large equipment in the fence had to go. I'll pick up the posts and wire over the weekend.
Likely not working tomorrow due to forecast of rain.
Foggy drive to this field this morning, and thickening. Hope it lifts before moving to next field.
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Posted June 04, 2016 - 08:09 AM

Was to be off work today but awoke to a text asking if I'd come tender. So I'm taking care of a big customer today. This 2 week pay period will be my biggest yet. I know some of you make way more, but over $1,700 in 2 weeks is way more than I ever made in a full month. I love this job!
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Posted June 04, 2016 - 09:28 AM

I know some of you make way more, but over $1,700 in 2 weeks is way more than I ever made in a full month. I love this job!

 

That last sentence is the most important! As long as you make enough to feed your family, a job you love is far better than a monster paycheck that you hate earning. Happy you found a good fit so fast!


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Posted June 04, 2016 - 10:27 AM

As long as you make enough to feed your family, a job you love is far better than a monster paycheck that you hate earning.

 

Amen to that!


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Posted June 04, 2016 - 10:30 AM

This job employ's quite a few of your talents and it doesn't seem to be the same thing every day, much like the farm.  So I can see why you enjoy it so much.  I think you got very lucky finding this job off the bat because it really suits you and your talents and the pay doesn't seem to bad either.  I am really glad your new life is working out for you all.


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Posted June 04, 2016 - 02:30 PM

That last sentence is the most important! As long as you make enough to feed your family, a job you love is far better than a monster paycheck that you hate earning. Happy you found a good fit so fast!


AGREED! Been there done that, no fun.
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Posted June 04, 2016 - 05:58 PM

Found out today that next week will finish up the "spring rush"  season.  Dewey is my store manager (Clint is the area manager over 2 stores).  When Dewey told me season was almost over, I asked him if I would be able to stay on.  He said "I don't see why not".  He was like Clint, kind of non-committal but sent me a definite positive signal.  I've been doing a good job, that I know, but I won't feel comfortable until I hear the magic words.


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Posted June 04, 2016 - 06:12 PM

What do they do in the "off season"?

Or I guess the non spring rush time.

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Posted June 04, 2016 - 06:27 PM

What do they do in the "off season"?

Or I guess the non spring rush time.

Lots of repair work on equipment, and I mean a lot!  Fertilize spreader buggies to go through to get them ready for next year, servicing and repairs to the tender trucks, spreader trucks, spray rigs, nurse trucks, and the fork lifts, 2 wheel loaders and more.  Right now we have several things that desperately need attention that we haven't been able to get to due to the rush.

Then there is still fertilizer to be spread, just not nearly so much.  The spray guys will be busy for another couple months.  There is also the seed side of the business which gears up in the fall with treating bulk seed.  

  Then there is the retail store side, which can be quite busy year round.  I could stay busy every day just doing repairs on equipment.  Clint asked me to repair the fence chargers and set up a "repair center" of sorts, so that made me feel better about my place here since he designated me to do it.  Right now there are 25 or so chargers to be repaired.  I had no idea they did so much fence charger work, and except for the 16 or so I repaired when it was really rainy, no more have been fixed.


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Posted June 04, 2016 - 10:16 PM

but I won't feel comfortable until I hear the magic words.

 

Bet it won't be long in coming.


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