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My Last Hay Field


This evening I am feeling wistful. I have cut my last hay field. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I had a window of sunny, dry weather. It was perfect for making hay. So I did.

Last summer I made close to 1,000 bales. Most of that hay was unloaded and stacked in the barn by me. I had a helper once in a while. Otherwise, I was on my own. The trouble is I tore my rotator cuff when pitching all that hay. I ended up in surgery in January. My doctor told me no more manhandling hay.

I intended to sell the hay equipment on Craigslist. Then the nice weather came, and the tall grass beckoned. I had to test the equipment out to be sure it worked before selling it, didn’t I?

There’s a wonder for me in farming. My ancestors farmed, on top of running businesses or teaching students or treating patients or working in laboratories. Though they had other “white collar” employment, they farmed. I have an M. B. A., and I write. Yet if I could, I would farm full-time.

That is, when I am not sailing, traveling, gardening, cooking, horseback riding, hiking, mischief-making, and spending time with family and friends. Yes, I would farm.

last hay cutting 2013

On Top of Everything Else


In the real world, writers don’t write when they should.

The real world overwhelmed my writer’s world on 10/10/2012. The quotation I posted that day became my mantra.

Why?

Here’s the text of an e-mail sent to a friend about my day. Read it and you’ll understand. All this on top of getting ready for husband’s surgery. Yikes.

Exhausted tonight. Trying to keep too many balls in the air.  So much to do before hubby’s surgery and to finish harvest and get ready for winter.
Cut hay today. Cut part of main yard and push mowed back yard. Planted fig tree and mulched it. Picked Swiss chard. For dinner used chard, tomatoes, pickled peppers and eggs from our own homestead. Made salmon patties with 2 veggies above as sides. The chard was amazing. Lightly steamed with balsamic vinegar-honey-butter dressing. Killer good.
Garden remnants:
I have ancho peppers to pick, de-seed, slice and dry. Banana peppers will get pickled. Green beans are plentiful and will get canned. Beets will be cooked for dinner. Remaining chard will be frozen. Potatoes have to be dug and stored. Sweet peppers and egg surplus will be frozen.
Got the haybine cleaned up after cutting tonight. It’s tarped and put away for winter. The cut hay looks good. I hope it dries nicely. Dew was still on grass in my yard in shady areas at 3 pm! It’s hard to get hay to dry in those conditions. Warm up will help.
Repairs
Got the gate back on the hay wagon. It’s ready to go. Called the repair guy for the tractor.  Need it to get winter wood out of the woodlot.  I have to take my car for warranty oil change in next day or two.