Reflections from the seat of a tractor

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I have not been around much lately, if any of you are wondering. It’s that time of the year again, tractor time. While I use the tractor in the winter for feeding hay, it’s the summer time when I wear it out. Right now it’s brush hogging, but soon it’ll be cutting, raking, and baling time. Lots of work.
This morning while I was cutting brush, I got to thinking; what am I doing here?
Well a few years back we bought a farm. Decided to give it a go. This winter was a challenge, our first having cows, pigs, and chickens. It was tough, as we cross our fingers and hoped every calf born would make. It was tough getting up at 0330 to go milk in the cold. It was tough finding dead chickens scattered around. But it was worth it.
I sat on the tractor pouring sweat this morning, as we aren’t rich and can’t buy the nice enclosed cab units with A/C, we opted to not debt finance anything so I got a used one, and choke down all the exhaust, and push the tree limbs away from my face.
I was able to reflect on a few things this morning, and thought I would share them with you.
1. God puts you where you need to be. For years I was in the rat race, working jobs and chasing the dollar. This morning my place was on the seat of the tractor, sweating away. It’s rewarding when you can work your land see it improve.
2. People are always watching. When we moved here the farm was in disrepair. Slowly we’ve fixed fence, added some stuff here and there, and generally improved the entire place, although it isn’t where it needs to be to my standards yet, it’s coming along. More often than not though, when I get to chatting with someone and they ask where we live, and I tell them it’s followed up with a, “that place is looking much better.” It’s a great feeling.
3. Doom and gloom are everywhere, but it doesn’t have to be with you. Yesterday I stopped at the feed store, and heard the typical moaning and groaning. “Gas prices, feed prices, and fertilizer prices.” Yesterday it bothered me some, but this morning, even though I was on the tractor burning fuel, I couldn’t get upset. I couldn’t work myself into cussing what I was doing because of the prices of everything. It’s not worth it.
Lastly, and I won’t number this one, I really feel our existence should be an agrarian one. Maybe it’s just me, well pretty sure it is just me because I see that 95% of the people around are more interested in consuming everything, I feel since I’ve taken a step back, and I’m about to be closing in on my 40’s, I’m feeling much more content in my life. Yes, I don’t sleep much, yes I’m constantly turning a wrench, airing up a tire, or greasing a piece of equipment, but when I get to sit down in the seat of my old tractor, pray that it will start up when I fire it, and take off, I enjoy every minute of it.
Take AA’s advice, leave the city. Buy land and do it.I hadn’t posted in awhile, other than making fun of CuzinFed, but I wanted you all to know, that your best life is out there. I hope you find it!
 

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Be wary of fumes from diesel tractors. Not good for your health.

No cows or chickens for me. Apple trees 🌳 are my pastime. People do not appreciate apple trees. Often I see them neglected or dying. I am like the rescuer of forlorn apple trees. Just today I noticed that an old tree that I have been carefully nursing back to health is about to flower 🌼. All my hard work is finally producing results. Maybe it will be my last snack before we all get nuked. 🙃
 

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I have not been around much lately, if any of you are wondering. It’s that time of the year again, tractor time. While I use the tractor in the winter for feeding hay, it’s the summer time when I wear it out. Right now it’s brush hogging, but soon it’ll be cutting, raking, and baling time. Lots of work.
This morning while I was cutting brush, I got to thinking; what am I doing here?
Well a few years back we bought a farm. Decided to give it a go. This winter was a challenge, our first having cows, pigs, and chickens. It was tough, as we cross our fingers and hoped every calf born would make. It was tough getting up at 0330 to go milk in the cold. It was tough finding dead chickens scattered around. But it was worth it.
I sat on the tractor pouring sweat this morning, as we aren’t rich and can’t buy the nice enclosed cab units with A/C, we opted to not debt finance anything so I got a used one, and choke down all the exhaust, and push the tree limbs away from my face.
I was able to reflect on a few things this morning, and thought I would share them with you.
1. God puts you where you need to be. For years I was in the rat race, working jobs and chasing the dollar. This morning my place was on the seat of the tractor, sweating away. It’s rewarding when you can work your land see it improve.
2. People are always watching. When we moved here the farm was in disrepair. Slowly we’ve fixed fence, added some stuff here and there, and generally improved the entire place, although it isn’t where it needs to be to my standards yet, it’s coming along. More often than not though, when I get to chatting with someone and they ask where we live, and I tell them it’s followed up with a, “that place is looking much better.” It’s a great feeling.
3. Doom and gloom are everywhere, but it doesn’t have to be with you. Yesterday I stopped at the feed store, and heard the typical moaning and groaning. “Gas prices, feed prices, and fertilizer prices.” Yesterday it bothered me some, but this morning, even though I was on the tractor burning fuel, I couldn’t get upset. I couldn’t work myself into cussing what I was doing because of the prices of everything. It’s not worth it.
Lastly, and I won’t number this one, I really feel our existence should be an agrarian one. Maybe it’s just me, well pretty sure it is just me because I see that 95% of the people around are more interested in consuming everything, I feel since I’ve taken a step back, and I’m about to be closing in on my 40’s, I’m feeling much more content in my life. Yes, I don’t sleep much, yes I’m constantly turning a wrench, airing up a tire, or greasing a piece of equipment, but when I get to sit down in the seat of my old tractor, pray that it will start up when I fire it, and take off, I enjoy every minute of it.
Take AA’s advice, leave the city. Buy land and do it.I hadn’t posted in awhile, other than making fun of CuzinFed, but I wanted you all to know, that your best life is out there. I hope you find it!
And all the children said AMEN!

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Be wary of fumes from diesel tractors. Not good for your health.

No cows or chickens for me. Apple trees 🌳 are my pastime. People do not appreciate apple trees. Often I see them neglected or dying. I am like the rescuer of forlorn apple trees. Just today I noticed that an old tree that I have been carefully nursing back to health is about to flower 🌼. All my hard work is finally producing results. Maybe it will be my last snack before we all get nuked. 🙃
We planted some apple trees this year. Pretty excited to see them get going.
 

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Beautiful story!

My dad's grandparents had a farm and he told many stories about it - hard work, no break - he labored on it from the time he could walk.

He also learned to fix absolutely anything - because there was no money to have the tractor - or any other piece equipment repaired. He'd take us kids to the fair for years to see the old farm equipment - like the hit or miss engines, which he said were very efficient.

Dad later went on to college because his curiosity was too great - college was free in the state at that time, otherwise there was no way. Ended up with degrees in physics and engineering - I always thought it started with fixing the old farm machinery and being fascinated with old engines used on the farm.
 

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I've been looking into getting some dwarf apple trees.
We actually found an apple tree that was suitable for our hot, dry climate in So Cal, normally, apples don't grow here - the city was giving them away for free. Produces small but delicious apples - so many I invited the neighbors over to take whatever they wanted. We made applesauce and froze it. Great find, but it needs to be trimmed back every year otherwise it shades the yard too much.
 

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We actually found an apple tree that was suitable for our hot, dry climate in So Cal, normally, apples don't grow here - the city was giving them away for free. Produces small but delicious apples - so many I invited the neighbors over to take whatever they wanted. We made applesauce and froze it. Great find, but it needs to be trimmed back every year otherwise it shades the yard too much.
How many seasons from planting them before they started producing fruit?
 

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Man, I'm glad that you're doing ok! Sounds like each year will get better and better with experience.

I've heard that the 0330 is necessary. I could understand 0500, or sunup, but is it REALLY zero-dark-30?

I've had some really bad shit happen in the past couple weeks... this is a big pick me up. Thanks.
 

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3. Doom and gloom are everywhere, but it doesn’t have to be with you. Yesterday I stopped at the feed store, and heard the typical moaning and groaning. “Gas prices, feed prices, and fertilizer prices.” Yesterday it bothered me some, but this morning, even though I was on the tractor burning fuel, I couldn’t get upset. I couldn’t work myself into cussing what I was doing because of the prices of everything. It’s not worth it.
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I would say three. We now cut it back pretty severely and it explodes with apples.
I had 6 trees at one point but one hard winter the deer tore them apart.

I need to plant more.
 

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Man, I'm glad that you're doing ok! Sounds like each year will get better and better with experience.

I've heard that the 0330 is necessary. I could understand 0500, or sunup, but is it REALLY zero-dark-30?

I've had some really bad shit happen in the past couple weeks... this is a big pick me up. Thanks.
Bro, sorry to hear about the bad stuff. Hope things are on the up and up for you!
 
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