The title pretty much says it all. There will be a lot of farming related posts here as well as some ancient family history and photos. Another family history blog I have is at.... http://nevardblog.blogspot.com/
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Sunday, March 19, 2023
March 19 Snow Levels
Preview looks ok, lets see if it works. Spring is officially just a couple of days away but you'd never know it around here. Below normal temps and very little melting going on. Just enough to cause doors to freeze up and become even harder to open than normal. Like great uncle Jack used to say, "We get 6 months of winter and 6 months of poor sleighing".
Monday, March 13, 2023
Hope it ends soon. This latest storm left such hard drifts of snow that the snow blower could hardly cut into it. Just finished and a bearing broke on the auger drive so the blower is down til I can get it apart and a new bearing installed. At least it is not super freezing cold like it has been. I can still move snow with the blade on the bigger tractor but that leaves huge ridges and piles of snow that just catch more snow. And eventually we run out of room to pile snow. Diesel fuel is not getting any cheaper last time I checked. Picture from yesterday's activities. At least the scenery was nice.
Monday, February 20, 2023
I've enjoyed wasting a good many hours of my life putting together jigsaw puzzles over the years. I recently found that there were online jigsaw puzzles that could be made out of my own photos. I can see where that could be pretty addictive. Heres one from 1958 from right here in sunny Saskatchewan. https://jigex.com/NHyoa
Friday, January 6, 2023
Just had to shoot some video today showing the amazing "hoar frost" scenery we have been seeing most of the week. Its been a rare break from the miserable winds that we get way too much of in a normal winter. Fairly mild too for us. I needed to get to town for mail and groceries anyway as it must be a couple of weeks since I was in town. Still working on getting over the last of this cold I've had since the beginning of December. Its definitely one of the longest lasting I can ever remember and I have gone years without having a serious cold. The sunshine and blue sky today definitely adds to the photos and videos. Kind of the Paul Simon "kodachrome effect" in which we are made to think all the world is a sunny day. Ok, I was trying to post the scenic video here but either my Sasktel internet is way too slow to handle it or else blogger is getting stubborn. I'll just try to post the link. https://youtu.be/IDXVZ_8y5V0 And maybe a picture?
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Yes, I'm still alive but have not posted anything since July. Blogger can be difficult sometimes but seems to work tonight. Wow, is it winter, and early. Going below zero (F) tonight and enough snow drifts around to make it heavy walking around the yard. I've shovelled the bare minimum needed to get around and open doors. Everything is starving it seems. Cattle eat up the hay in the feeder real fst and complain for more. Two missing cats returned home to make a total of 7. I have doubled the cat food rations along with some baked potatoes. They clean it up nd will come to the house and sit outside the door accusingly as it they are starving. Ground up a load of oats for cattle feed yesterday. Although it ran over into two days as I got an unexpected late start. The tractor ran out of gas just after sundown and I was not about to try and finish in the dark. The cold Northwest wind was none too encouraging plus I had a bit of a headache and sore shoulder after slipping in the grain hopper tank and landing hard. Finished the job up this morning after feeding hay. The old tractor sat out all night on the belt and was none too eager to start necessitating a trip dragging the big batter booster and cords across the yard to finally get started. The starter drive is getting so bad on this old Cockshutt that I might have to resort to crank starting soon. Then spent a lot of time perusing parts books online and then on the phone ordering what I hope will be the necessary parts to get two tractors back on the job. Yes, currently both my snow clearing tractors are out of commision and I'm beginning to need them. It will take about $1400 worth of steel washers to get the big blade tractor (2090)'s clutch working properly again. The little John Deere 2140 that will run the snowblower currently sits in the workshop waiting for me to finish the fuel injector replacement that I began over a week ago. Complications of course. I somehow lost a critically important part (fuel line nut) in the course of removal and have spent hours with a trouble light and down on the floor searching for it. I finally gave up and ordered a new one today. Sure enough, a few hours later I did find the lost part. Now if I can just get the fuel lines threaded onto the new injectors without cross threading and ruining them I might just get it back to gether and running. l Earlier this week I hauled home the last of this summer's hay bales that had been left out in the hundred acre woods. Being cold and miserable weather I opted to use the comfortable and warm 2 wheel drive 41 year old pickup truck. It took some time and effort to load compared to a front end loader but was much more comfortable on the 5 mile drive home. I guess theres more but I'm not writing a book here. Naturally there is some video to go along with everything I do.
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Roads And Fences
Interesting article from my area about big farmers wanting to farm the roads as well as all the land. For unknown reasons the link did not work so try again. https://saskdispatch.com/articles/view/a-road-allowance-and-the-farming-gold-rush?fbclid=IwAR1ihaiYznxqB8SGD7Q8BPiVmlnVw8JQ7cJ11EYqIZ5741r8Q0mrPYK6Hk0 Good growing conditions for crops and gardens here this year. Much better than last year when it was so dry.
Monday, June 13, 2022
Seeding Done and Video Update
I finished up crops seeding just over a week ago. Just a little later than normal but whats in the ground is off to a good start with plenty of moisture. Chem fallow spraying done as much as possible but due to a shortage of glyphosate of any kind I had to leave a couple of fields for tillage weed control. I'll try not to complain too much about the outrageous high price of diesel fuel and cultivator shovels because I haven't got the bill for the glyphosate yet either. No matter what we want this year it is going to cost way more than it did last year. On the slim chance that many people will actually be interested enough to watch it I have uploaded a video update today to youtube. Garden is doing great. Early potatoes are well up out of the ground and should be eating new ones by mid July. Hope so as the old ones in the bin are pretty rubbery.
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