Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Ebbs and Flows of Homesteading Progress

Historically homesteaders and farmers have always had good years and bad years in terms of making progress in building up their operation. We are no different. We’ve had a lot of luck in the last few years of making additions to the old farmstead. Although it is only April, I think I’m going to go ahead and chalk this year up as a maintenance year.

We have a large sink hole at the edge of our property. It has increased in size considerably since we first noticed it a couple of years ago. Bodies could be lost inside it at this point.

It is taking awhile to find what we assume must be a broken drainage tile. That hole is now about 8 foot deep and 20 or so feet long. And the Invisible Fence dog fence was in there somewhere. Oops.

We needed new gravel spread on our driveway so we had the same guy widen it a bit so we could move the camper over and out of the way.  Now was the time to do it while all the equipment was already here.  The old camper itself  just returned home from a trip to the spa where it got a bit of a facelift.  Hopefully now it will provide hours of quality entertainment for years to come.

We also had to replace our water softener this week. It is one piece of equipment you don’t want to do without here given the quality of our well water. I’m not going down to take a picture of it for you because like everyone else in Indiana today we have some water in the basement. A foot or so of rain will do that.

Then The Engineer had a flat on the way home the other night. All new tires were put on the car this morning. It was time.

The last thing, I guess, technically could fall into both the maintenance and progress categories depending on how you look at it. I don’t’ know what possessed me to believe that I could muck out the entire sheep barn by hand with a pitch fork? The Engineer did manage to get it finished by hand, but we now own a fancy new tractor. The sticker shock still hasn’t worn off.  They did give me a “free” hat.  I think I should get a complete wardrobe. Oh, and a personal thank you note from the Governor for the sales tax he collected.

After a week like this we’ve decided it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start playing the lottery. Can’t win if you don’t play, right?

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11 comments:

MilkMaid09 said...

As much of a John Deere fan as I am, I LOVE those Kubotas! I worked at a stable in college that had one of these and they're so easy to use and can do just about anything. I'm not allowed on the tractors here (you pop a wheelie one time. . .), but with the Kubota I clean 40 stalls, spread the manure, and drag the arena all by myself!

Me and My Stitches said...

Yikes! Sounds like an expensive spring!

The Barn Door said...

Nice tractor! I know about water in the basement. A call back home confirmed that ours is flooded...again! Maybe I should just stay in Arizona!!
Hope you have a Happy Easter!
Karen

Milah said...

You've got a camper!!!

R O A D T R I P !!!!!!

You know I keep my suitcase packed at all times....just sayin'.

Karen Anne said...

Yikes. Tired just reading about all that.

Very snazzy new tractor, though.

Lori said...

It does seem like one thing leads to another.....good luck on the lotto!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Just when you think you can put your feet up for a moment, something else happens! My husband would have major tractor envy if he saw that! Happy Easter!

Michelle said...

A newer tractor (ours was born in 1940-something) with more power and a front-loader is something we dream about, but footing the bill would be a nightmare....

StitchinByTheLake said...

If it's any consolation to you my father sold farm equipment for a living for many, many years. The Kubota was his tractor of choice. And not because he sold them because he didn't! :) blessings, marlene

Whosyergurl said...

I love that you use the term "Homesteading."
Did you see where the two men from southern IN hit on the powerball for 111 million EACH? (Only 40 million after taxes.) Yeah. Made me want to run out and buy a ticket, too!
Hugs from Bloomington, Cheryl

thecrazysheeplady said...

Oh you DOG!!! We are actually toying with that ourselves. Just toying...