Always Working for the Bos
ho is working who here? I always suspect it is us working for the cows. We picked up another load of straw yesterday for deep bedding. The cows were a little disappointed when they saw the load, they were probably hoping for food instead of linens, but they aren’t in charge all the time. Just most of the time.
The best part of the trip was getting a chance to visit with our friends that we purchased the straw from. Who would think getting a load of straw would be like a vacation. These folks are kind of our tribe…lots of miscellaneous farming talk, and canning talk too. We left some squash and a few eggs, and brought home a pint of homemade ketchup. We definitely got the better deal – I know how long it takes to make ketchup! So well, in fact that I didn’t make any this past year.
The best story from yesterday was about the farmer’s Dad revealing after 40 years of marriage that he didn’t like canned green beans! If you’re a canner you know you what it would mean to have this information a little sooner! Reminded me of my husband finally coming clean about mincemeat having mincemeat. He never realized mincemeat would be actually made with meat until he met me, and then he didn’t tell me about that for 15 years. Not near as good as the bean story but still funny.
The next best story was brought to mind when we looked up and saw their cats checking out the trailer. One time one of their cats hitched a ride in the straw and wasn’t discovered until we started to unload at our house. Rent-a-cat, I guess. We took the cat back a little used, but well-traveled.
I have no idea why, but the dogs absolutely love the bales of straw or hay. They couldn’t wait to check each bale, and sniff and snort their way through the load. Playing with the dogs was fun and made the unloading go a little easier. Until Trace decided to steal one of my gloves.
Then the chase was on. You know the circle game they play? Well, you’ll never catch them unless they let you.
I was relieved when the pups lost interest in my gloves and got back in the trailer and settled down. Visiting earlier and playing with the dogs later made a fairly big farm task go pretty easy. Glad that chore is done for a while.