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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


For some reason, I'm so tired today. It's not even funny.  I tossed and turned in bed and ended up in the middle of my king size bed, It never happens. I usually hug my side pretty steady and barely move from my spot by morning. This happened two nights in a row.  Season change is in the making and I'm like a werewolf I think... and it's not even full moon on September 8 yet...

I prepared a big pot of spaghetti for the boys' lunch and I was so tired today that I needed to lay down before lunch. I didn't slept well last night. I woke up around 1:00am and couldn't get back to sleep right away like I usually do.

This afternoon, instead of going to weed in the hot sun, I grabbed my faithful Canon camera and went for a painful walk up the fields. My hips have been bothering some for a while now and when I get up from a sitting position, I walk like an old lady until my joints gets oiled, lol... and I'm only 67.

It was hot and muggy as I walked by the farm and up the field and there was so much dust flying about. There has been so much activity going on for the last several weeks at the farm... Heavy equipment coming and going. My husband George is building a new tarp barn to store his hay as our small hot house for the hay collapsed last winter and was a total loss. There's sand being dug up and top soil being moved and composting cow bedding being moved, hay being cut and raked and baled and silage being wrapped. It's been a beehive of activities, not to mention, cattle pick up, milk pickup and cow calving. We had three calving in the last three days.

For the new tarp barn, a trench was dug and I didn't go take pictures, then the footing forms were put in place and  cement was poured for the footing and then forms went up for the foundation and again cement was poured and the the forms were removed and I  finally went to take pictures because I was too tired to weed in the heat.

Here are some of the things I saw on my walk to the this side of the fields and back. From the farm to the end of the fields is about a mile long. I only went a short distance.

The foundation is ready. The building is a wee bit wider than the old cement floor and the trench will be filled with sand for now.

A truck load of sand driven by a lady.

A load of round baled silage ready for wrapping

A big loader with bucket

The big rake taken a little rest.

 The liquid manure spreader without the pump attachment. That pump is behind the barn and I didn't take a picture of it.

George big patch of squash for the church. he has a good crop this year.

Some stored hay in the old unfinished horse barn

Reid going for another load  with the empty hay wagon. It holds 12 large round bales of hay

The tarp barn built in 2012 filled to overflow at both ends and more hay to store.

The tarp from the dismantled hot house hay storage that collapsed last winter in heavy snow storm.

Another truck coming with a load of either top soil or sand. I didn't ask George as he was busy wrapping silage.

Three long windrows of composting bedding that should be ready for next year.

The over flowing tarp barn

More hay to store

Big piles of sand from our sand pit

 The frame for my old hot house that we had to remove when we had our deep well dug. I miss my hot house. It now sit in one of our many old hay wagon.

I'm now at a split in the road and ahead is a freshly cut hay field. It's the second cut.

This field goes for as far as the eye can see

View from where I came from. You can see the old hay wagons all lined up.

When I turned left there is yet another pasture that goes for ever.

This field had been freshly seeded with the Brillion seeder. The seagulls are having a field day picking earth worm and insects.

The blue truck is coming with another load

At the road junction the white truck driven by a lady is returning empty and is going for another load while Read is coming in with a load of  silage bales.

A bi loader is going to the field to load dirt.

This machine is used to mow under the electric fences otherwise when the grass gets too long it shorts the electric fences when it rains and the cows gets out.

George wrapping silage.

Bales of silage waiting to be wrapped, and in the back ground is the old retired manure spreader but is still usable but unsatisfactory for our operation.

The very old snow blower going to scrap metal.

frames of the of the hay storage hothouse that collapsed last winter and steel rods all going to scrap metal.

I'm not sure what George uses this attachment for. It's parked by the barn and tweeds are covering it.

This is a rock picker and my husband also uses it to clear the fields from driftwood when we get a flood. Picking driftwood used to take days to pick up by hand, now a machine does the work.

This attachment can pick two large bales  at a time weighing around 800 pounds.

Another tractor attachment half hidden in the grass.

This attachment is used to lift pallets. The tines are flat.

This machine is a tiller.

The green plow is 8 feet long and is used in snow removal

A big bucket attachment

The old retired haybine

A manure bucket that was left unclean

The new haybine. That's the hay cutting machine. It cuts hay very fast.

The old Brillion seeder still in use.

The disk attachment

The plow that was used last week to plow the field lost one of the disk in the front,  in the field during plowing by an unexperienced operator.

This is the old David Brown tractor and backhoe digging the base of the old silo. The silage was 30 years old under there and was still fresh  from lack of air and the heifers were eating it like it was fresh silage.

There are still some equipments I haven't showed like the Skid steer in the barn and the baler way out of site in the field.
All these photos on my walk from the barn to the fields.

I apologize again for the long post.
Thanks for visiting and commenting. I always appreciate everyone of you.


  1. oh, i enjoyed this walk! saw some things i recognized but saw a lot of equipment i was not familiar with and thought was just darn cool! the rake is so new-age looking! the rock-picker - neat! the machine the mows under electric fences? brilliant! :) and the tarp barn is like a giant conestoga wagon without the wheels. :) thanks for the great tour!

    i'd be exhausted from allergies with all that seed, hay and dirt flying around!

  2. I also enjoyed walking along with you. My goodness that's a lot of equipment!

    I liked all the pictures and explanations of what they are. Those round disk things are seeders? .. I see those sometimes when I'm driving about on the back roads and wonder what is done with them.

    ANd so now I know... ;) you live in a very pretty serene place ...

    hope you can sleep tonight! hate waking up like that and not being able to go back to sleep... groggy all day the next day...

  3. Thank you for taking us on this walk with you Julia! My honey would love the squash field - she loves making squash soup. I hope you can sleep better tonight!

  4. I really enjoyed this post, Julia! So many of the pictures were familiar to me. We have a Brillion speeder just like yours. Jim uses it for seeding alfalfa. What was George seeding? Rye or barley for a cover crop? It was also fascinating to hear that the silage was still fresh after all that time!

  5. No wonder you are so tired, Julia! How many acres are included in that farm? Is your home located on the property as well? I'm a number of years older than you are (seven, to be exact), and I have begun to slow down considerably due to that presence of arthritis. I send along hugs and wishes for some time to rest and relax! xo

  6. Wow Julia,
    I loved your walk. I love farm machinery. I think it would be so cool to get to use some. I like all of the work going on. It is like you are racing winter.
    I am sorry you are tired and not sleeping well. That your hips are bothering you. When I was forty the doctor said I would have to have a hip replacement surgery. So I am familiar with that pain.
    I hope you get some rest and I love your posts.

  7. Hey, Julia...I do hope you are feeling better! I am much more tired in the hot weather...when Autumn and Winter come, I have more energy!!!! :)
    I find, at 73, that my back and hips bother me if I stand for long periods of time or walk for longer distances!!!
    Ah, the joys of aging!!! Hugs to you, Sunnie :)

  8. I think the change in seasons makes one tired also - now that school has started up I'll be missing my afternoon nap! Love your farm pictures, and by the looks of things I have to agree with the beehive of activity going on around there!

    Get some rest!!

  9. Sweet Julia I am sorry to hear that you are sp tired and I really hope that you can get some much needed rest. The pictures were so much fun to view, I have not seen farm equipment like that in one place ever. You have a very large farm. Some of the equipment brought back some childhood memories for me. Big hugs!!!

  10. My Dad was never anything but a farmer so I grew up with the comings and goings of people and equipment on a farm. Even though I live in the country I don't live on a farm and I miss it so much. Yes, the work never ends but it is a good life. Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed it! Take care and get some rest!!

  11. Thanks for the tour. How about a warm glass of milk before bed, or some chamomile tea? Hoping you have sweet dreams tonight! Sarah

  12. This is why I live in the city. Not too far to walk in my yard so I can't get tired! Looks like an eventful walk. The season change messes with my sleep patterns, as well, but it's still 90-plus degrees here, so my body hasn't gotten the message that the seasons are changing yet! The heat just drains me so I feel tired all the time.

  13. I found your pictures fascinating. I think the heat is hard on a person. - it sure is on me. i should add humidity to that - heat and high humidity, which we have had plenty of lately again. Maybe when it cools off you can sleep better and feel more rested.

  14. On a hot day even a short walk can be tiring. I hope you feel better and can take it easy, but I don't think that's on your menu with all the work needed to run a farm. So many tools and equipment needed! It's amazing. If the tiredness doesn't get better, please see a doctor. Don't let yourself get run down. I know how hard you work!

  15. It wore me out just looking at the pictures. I've had days like that this week.
    You have a lot going on at your place.
    Hope you rested last night.

  16. Julia I think humidity makes one ache more I have noticed that this summer. I loved your walk about it was so interesting . Sometimes we have to listen to our bodies , hugs cheri

  17. As I've said before, I think farming is such a noble and beautiful thing
    (not idealizing it....I know it's hard and dirty work. but so VALUABLE).
    I just shook my head, amazed, while I read your post because my right hip has been keeping me up nights, too. So weird.
    Really hope you sleep sweet in the nights to come and will add you to my prayers tonight.
    love and sleep well, beautiful woman,

  18. That's a big farm you have going there, following you on your walk made me tired too. And all that squash and all the hay just about took my breath away. You guys are doing such great work.

  19. I showed all these farm implements to my husband, he's a farmer at heart. But we don't have half these things here.
    You have a huge spread there.


  20. Olá amiga,vim retribuir sua carinhosa visita ao meu cantinho.
    Obrigada,volte sempre e pegue o meu selinho de agradecimento!
    Beijos Marie.

  21. Julia- what an unbelievable collection of photos-- I had NO idea that your farm was so big or SO busy!! It's truly beautiful there-- I can see why you are so tired!!

  22. Great pictures. It takes a lot of energy and equipment to run a farm. No wonder you are tired. Hope you get some rest.