The Farmer has a Bad Day
Last weekend was brutal here in MN. The high was -5, and the windchill was -30. And it was snowing and blowing and looking darned near like a blizzard all day long. The Farmer, still on the mend, was determined to plow the driveway. As is often the case, things rarely go according to plan. She later emailed a friend, and with her permission, I’m plunking that email right down here in my blog:
I went out this morning to plow the drive with my tractor & bucket, and after 10 minutes the tractor stalled. (I’ll skip the details, but I worked on it for a couple of hours, then a friend who’s a tractor mechanic came over and we replaced the fuel filters and did a bunch of other stuff to get it going again.)
I spent about 4 hours outside before the tractor got better again, then over an hour ON the tractor cleaning off the driveway. When I put the tractor back in the shed, I found that one of the front tires was flat. (But only on the bottom…) Criminygoldanganyways! I tried to find the hole by putting soapy water on the tire (then you watch for where it blows little bubbles), but it’s so cold the soapy water froze…Goldangitallcryin’outloud! So I still have a flat tire that’ll have to be fixed soon. I’ll have to bring the whole wheel in the house to warm up.
—end of Farmer’s email
So between the broken tractor and plowing and trying to fix the flat tire and ditching the pick-up, Melissa spent over 6 hours outside in the blizzard. The Caretaker wasn’t too happy about this, but she understands that the Farmer gets VERY determined and doesn’t want to come inside until everything is hunky dory, which of course it rarely is on a farm (or heck, anywhere!) So the Caretaker literally stomped outside and grabbed the jacket of the by-now-exhausted, still-recovering Farmer and dragged her inside. Sometimes ya just gotta throw your weight around.
Tractor tire is now repaired and back on the tractor. Tow truck came and got the pick-up out of the ditch. And the Farmer’s been taking naps, as ordered.