23 June 0606, Thursday, Home Patch
Going to give reprioritizing the blog a shot. I am putting it out there for my handful of followers that I will make a short blog entry at the beginning of each day. Feel free to nag me if you don’t see anything new after a day or two.
I would like to take this opportunity to disavow some of the ads that Adsense has put on. I’m not a Mormon, I don’t use lipstick, and I don’t deal in giant pink cupcakes. Just thought I would mention it.
Up until about a week ago, mowing was our top priority. Many of the pastures have been taken over by our particular brand of invasive species, the tallow tree. This is a bad weed. They make nice shade trees I guess, but they spread like wildfire, they are not good for wood, they grow stupid fast, and they are hard to kill. The big fields need to be mowed annually or even semi-annually in order to keep this pest down. If that happens, it is relatively easy to cut them down, but if it doesn’t, then the trees get bigger and we have to skip more. For various reasons, we have not been able to complete mowing the Savanna and Savanna II for the last several years. We were making a concerted effort to do this, but were still falling behind. The piece of equipment that we used to do this was a 15’ batwing mower. This is an impressive piece of equipment that can cut a tree that is up to the size of a coke bottle around. (This is an old rule of thumb, so we are talking about the old glass coke bottle size.) After nursing this piece of equipment along for about ten years, we finally decided to haul it off. One of the gear boxes on the deck was hanging on by a thread so we declared it dead. I felt like I needed to pull out a pistol and put it out of its misery. Instead, we hauled it off to the scrap iron place and got a pretty penny for it.
Now, of course, the problem is that we still need to finish our mowing. Trying to figure out if it is better to hire it done, use the smaller mowers, or go buy a replacement. The new ones are upwards of $15,000. They have 20’ mowers now, but I am sure they are even more overpriced.
So, we’ll see what God has in mind. Today, I hope to get out to the fence and finish some of the patchwork that needs to be done. Rain could keep me away, but that’s okay.