Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer? Hazy, Maybe. Lazy? Not So Much.

June 21st, the longest day of the year and, according to the hardworking folk around here, in more ways than one.  They were mighty glad to call it quits last night and lay their weary bones down. 


Few dairy farmers still do small square bales and we have considered switching in order to save on physical labour, but the way our barn's set up, small bales work best.  While it's labour intensive, it does make feeding the cattle pretty convenient during those bitterly cold winter months when starting machinery can be somewhat troublesome.  We readily admit though, watching those big balers finish up a field in a fraction of the time sure is tempting... 

"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man."

Proverbs 6:6-11


  1. Linda went today to help a local farmer with haying. He sells good hay at a reasonable price, so it's hard to say no. We understand how hot and tiring a day of haying those small square bales can be. Whew!! Linda was hot enough to literally jump in the pond at a friend's house, and she *hates* swimming. :D

  2. Linda should come help Bethany, Janet! Wouldn't they have fun together?!

    Thankfully, that's it for first cut, and equally thankfully, it wasn't too hot here yesterday. Ordinarily it's in the high 20's, early 30's, and muggy to boot!

  3. Yep, we've moved to large square bales around here. Of course, we also built a parlor and changed the way we feed so it was a natural transition time for us. I don't miss unloading all those bales. :P Large square bales and no-till corn planting are two of the bigger changes Kenton has made in the last few years.

  4. Holly, Caleb's wife asked him if she could get him anything the other day, maybe a Gatorade or something. He said, "Sure, how 'bout a big square baler?" Methinks change is a'brewin'! :-)

  5. I suspect that our families would enjoy meeting. Maybe someday when you head south you could also slip slightly west for a bit. :) No pressure but you are always welcome.

  6. Remind me again where you live, Holly. PA?