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Monday.... went from 60 to 82; from wet dew to sun to clouding up, to black looking to 20 sprinkles to it all dissipating, to clearing off, and then sun back out late this afternoon. Forecast had gone up to 55% rain... I watched it early on the radar looking like we would get a down pour....
DS was not happy that i hadn't raked the stuff at Deb's... and I was not here for a couple hours while at the ins agents office, and a couple other errands... He went and baled the stuff I had raked late Saturday after getting home from the poultry swap. So we had words, then we decided I should go on and rake.... There were a few very green areas directly along the sides along the trees... and a few spots with a little green... what we call "tough spots" but for the most part it raked and he got it baled.
It looked like it would pour, then it just fell apart and that was it. He left the real green rows along the trees, and it didn't get wet, so will tedd it out when I tedd the rest that he was going to cut after he finished there. He had to go to the concrete place to get 4 more of the "blocks"...before closing at 4:30; he can only haul 4 at a time... I was told they weigh 3800 lbs each... I thought it was 1800.....anyway. So, I left, went to get some more feed for the cow and calves, and then went back by the farm to see if he wanted to leave the truck and trailer at the concrete plant later, so they could load 4 more during the day and all he would have to do is trade the truck/trailer with another of his trucks... and this way they could load a load every day... I would have brought him back to the farm to get another truck for him to drive... he was working 3 heifers through the chute that had pinkeye really bad... helped him with the shots and then he said he was going to go mow and did not want to take the truck down. So I came on home for the rest of the day.

I got the 2 leghorns caught up again and put in the box for the night. The hen is an idiot... screams when you catch her, and does everything she can to get back out of the box as soon as I put her in there... Rooster is a little flighty but not nuts.
Got the 2 brahma's in and shut the door and that's it for the night outside.
I scored when I went to Lowe's while out this morning. I was looking at some tin to put on the roof of a "mobile" coop that I think I will put the leghorns in for some time. The roof was plywood and has finally rotted. I want something that will shed water... So priced some 26" wide and it is 15 a 8ft sheet or something like that... I realized that I would have to get at least a 10 ft piece... roof is 48" wide by 32 " long... If it is 26" wide then I need 2 pieces on each side...so that means that cut in quarters... 30 inches long... that would not be ideal...
So, a couple of guys were there and helping me... I said I wanted something cheap didn't care what color, that the chickens would not care... and they laughed....and one said, hey, there is some stuff out back, that has been here forever, that is 14 ft long and we don't sell anything 14 ft long here for as long as I have worked here... So they said they would go talk to a mgr and see what I could get it for... drumroll..... there are 4 sheets, they are a little weathered looking... sold for $32 each... would I want them for $10 each????? HE// YES...... They are called dead stock.... and tomorrow I go back and get all 4... they will load them for me...he said they would put a flag on the end of them too.... ALL PAID for as fast as I could swipe my Lowe's card....
GOD BLESS the guy that remembered they were out there... I can use them for a future coop or a simple calf shelter/barn ... OR SOMETHING. I think I will take the bale truck and a 2x4... drop the arms straight out back of the truck and with the 2x4 across them to make a long platform for the metal to just sit on.... Rather than try to use a ratchet strap and all that to try to hold them on the back of the little truck.... Or just buy a discounted, crooked 2x4 or something to put across the arms sticking out... that will give about another 6-8 ft straight out back of the bed to support them on. I might have one here at the house; have to look.

Got 2 insurance agents looking at prices and will get back to me tomorrow for the vehicle insurance that is due on the 30th... Trying to see if bundled with the house ins, if I can do better... couldn't the last time I checked when I bought and insured the house...so the house ins agent said to just keep my vehicle ins where it was for the price... but now there are 2 vehicles and the Explorer is full coverage..... Also talked about an umbrella policy if I can do it all, for any thing like "lawsuits" etc in the future... it is like $10-12 a month extra with 1 mil umbrella insurance. If I get a dog and it bites someone... or someone gets hurt on the property for whatever reason, even if they are not supposed to be here....people are SUE crazy.... so looking at it. DS has all that on the farm... and if I slowly get less entangled, I want to make sure I am covered for "whatever" might come along.....

So that is about it for today.
 

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Yeah, because I was annoyed that he left, and that we should have been making hay, but then I didn't have the hay that was already down, ready for him to rake at Deb's.....but I did have the other 9+ acres raked and ready... so I should have done this too....
I'm not trying to figure it out anymore... He was in a sh!t mood when he got there on the tractor... not worth the BS.... I left then he called and said that it looked like it was 55% chance at 4:30 so I said do you want me to come back and rake it and he said, yeah, some green/tough spots was better than it all getting wet....
I should have gone and raked it yesterday... then if the friend had mowed, and the windrows were messed up then "oh well".... it would have been a little drier if I did it yesterday and probably no green spots... who knows...
Don't really care at this point.... it got done, except for the row around the trees and that wouldn't have been dry if I had tedded it out on Saturday.... he says he was going to cut this aft... I did not go back to see... but it will have to be tedded if he makes it into sq bales like he says... It would have been tedded on Friday, raked and made into sq bales on Sunday if he had stayed here to make hay.

Found out today, they went to Pigeon Forge, and Dollywood, and her mother was invited to go..... big secret....Whatever.
 

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Finally all caught up! Now you won’t have to sign on to hundreds of notifications—just the regular ones 😂

I’m seriously getting a hate on for your DS’s GF. What a piece of work! Exploiting his need for a family of his own to manipulate him into bending over backwards for her all while making you out to be the “bad guy.” Yeah, I’ve met a few women like that. It’s awful to watch while being powerless to stop it…and it takes way too long for the guys caught in the web to realize that it doesn’t matter how much he bends over backwards—she’ll never truly reciprocate. Just use him until things get too difficult for her.
Sad.
I’m sorry you’re going through it and have to protect yourself from it. I think your plans of focusing on the heifers and milk cows while he does the steers is a good one. It’ll be nice too that he can move the steers around and it won’t be so frustrating when he doesn’t keep you in the loop.

Big hugs, lady! :hugs:hugs

I’ve really enjoyed catching up on this year of your journal. Definitely brought back a lot of memories of my own time with cows! Good times!—Both sincere and sarcastic 😂

I also wanted to say that I’m always so grateful and impressed by your support for anyone on the forum who needs help. You’re an amazing person and we’re lucky to have you here 🤗
 

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Guess who is in control.
YEAH, NO JOKE.....
It is the "secret" crap that frosts me... no, I wouldn't have gone. Principles of it...
And on the week we needed to be doing more hay... and my birthday no less....
Been looking at some land/property listings... popped up on my screen just a random ad, and started surfing. Gotta get things done here this year, first.
 

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Finally all caught up! Now you won’t have to sign on to hundreds of notifications—just the regular ones 😂

I’m seriously getting a hate on for your DS’s GF. What a piece of work! Exploiting his need for a family of his own to manipulate him into bending over backwards for her all while making you out to be the “bad guy.” Yeah, I’ve met a few women like that. It’s awful to watch while being powerless to stop it…and it takes way too long for the guys caught in the web to realize that it doesn’t matter how much he bends over backwards—she’ll never truly reciprocate. Just use him until things get too difficult for her.
Sad.
I’m sorry you’re going through it and have to protect yourself from it. I think your plans of focusing on the heifers and milk cows while he does the steers is a good one. It’ll be nice too that he can move the steers around and it won’t be so frustrating when he doesn’t keep you in the loop.

Big hugs, lady! :hugs:hugs

I’ve really enjoyed catching up on this year of your journal. Definitely brought back a lot of memories of my own time with cows! Good times!—Both sincere and sarcastic 😂

I also wanted to say that I’m always so grateful and impressed by your support for anyone on the forum who needs help. You’re an amazing person and we’re lucky to have you here 🤗
Thank you. I am sure no saint....
 

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Tuesday. After 1p.m. and back home. Went and got the 4 sheets of "tin".. used the bale truck, I had a 6+ft piece of 2x4 that worked perfect across the back arms of the bale bed... fit perfectly for length... Unloaded at house... truck back at the barn. I will ask him if he wants me to move hay off Deb's and WHERE he wants it...
Next week he is going to the regional "roadeo" with VDOT... not to compete since he got cheated out of the local competition... but as a guest of one of the guys (each gets to take a guest... often they take their wife ) since he was going alone... and they will leave on Sunday so they will have time down there on Monday to do some sightseeing or whatever.

Want to bet I get asked last minute to feed chickens again...???

Also, there is a beef that has to get delivered to the butcher... so I will wind up doing that too.... either Sunday afternoon or early Monday morning.. prefer to do it Sunday aft if possible.

Corn is drying out fast, he is talking maybe them chopping on Friday-Sat???? Don't know if he can get enough blocks up and all... If he wants me to help do anything I will if I can... I am not offering; he can just ask... Done with all that.

Beautiful sunny day. 63 to start, 82 already so it will be warmer.. might hit 90 tomorrow????

Got calls out for the insurance quotes... the insurance I have had for years told me that it will be nearly $100 MORE if I go on quarterly payments than what I am paying for a full year in one payment. I was floored. Got another quote and they do not charge anymore for monthly as opposed to yearly payment... and it is a little cheaper if you figure the increase of the non-yearly payment increase....

Had 2 more farms opt out of testing as they are all busy as bees getting corn chopped and into silos.....that's pretty normal... it will be a "feast of famine" month next month....

Tail pipe on the outback is broken... got to get it looked at. Always something.

Ate a sandwich and a glass of tea. Time to do something constructive.
 

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