I currently have the desire to say 'Jent Out' instead of 10-4 on the 2 way radios, when I emerge from the tractor after several hours I wonder what the atmosphere outside of my 'ship' is like and when things happen I often say out loud to myself "Grain Cart Operators Log, Harvest 2015, Day 4........."
Yes, people a tractor is a lonely place sometimes, I must find ways to entertain myself! Because constantly staring at the phone surfing social media causes you to completely miss the combine passing and the operator to have to call and tell you he really needs you right away - or so I have heard.
This is day 5 of harvest for us and this here is a sample of what my log might look like:
Harvest 2015: Day 1, Morning. The sun is shining bright, equipment lined up, shiny and pointed towards the field. Sky is blue, the corn and beans are ready, everyone is smiling. Not sure what to expect in terms of yield but let's bring this crop home.
Harvest 2015: Day 1, Mid-Afternoon. Down to 2 trucks, but under control. Sun is still shining, most people still smiling.
Harvest 2015: Day 2, Early Afternoon. Panic set in when I realized meal planning didn't pan out this week-family would insist on something for supper, had to send my Mom to the grocery store. Thanks to her my family will live to see another day.
Harvest 2015: Day 3, Morning. So many raido stations and so much good music. I really should move to Nashville, dang I can sing, sounding really good in this tractor cab right now!
Harvest 2015: Day 3, Afternoon. Switching to beans. What a beautiful color brown they are, sunset will be beautiful tonight.
Harvest 2015: Day 4, Early Evening, trip to Tractor Supply for wormer for cows and pigs allowed for a quick stop at grocery store for supper supplies. Hoping that by 9pm supper time I don't accidentally worm the family and feed the chicken alfredo to the cows. Stay posted.
Harvest 2015: Day 5, Early Morning. No clean jeans, but does it really matter? Have to feed hogs and cows anyway, if someone notices I will tell them it was from feeding - that's true it just wasn't today!
Harvest 2015: Day 5, Afternoon. Running beans in a smaller field, don't need the grain cart. Asked to disc ground in front of manure spreader because knives won't go in the hard ground. Jumped in the 4640 stomped between the pedals......and nothing happened. I quickly realized that would not lower the steering wheel, quick glance around to make sure no one noticed and went about my business.
Pretty sure I can guess what the last few days of entries might be:
Harvest 2015: Day 13. I can still sing like nobody's business but the radio stations must only have access to about 5 songs. Still think I should move to Nashville!
Harvest 2015: Feels like Day 3792. Lost in a black hole of time, drank from a measuring cup this morning and fed in my pajamas. My jeans now stand up in corner by themselves and I fear the children have forgotten how to eat at a decent hour and at the table.......the children - where are the children????
In all reality I love the busy seasons on the farm but it does make for long days! Be careful!