Moving Forward—Thursday, June 4, 2015

StartWe’ve been making siphon tubes.  Seems like this is something we must do every year.  Although the pvc pipe is really sturdy, it does wear out…cracking or splitting, even just plain breaking off at the end.

Oven

We first heat up a PVC pipe, which has been cut to length, in our handy-dandy oven.  It’s my job to turn the tubes until the heat softens them.

Making-T-done

Once soften (they fall down in the oven all warm and pliable), Terry  picks them up quickly and puts them in his hand made siphon tube form.  I showed you this same photo last Friday…Boomer watching.  He is never sure if he should just watch or if we have something for him to do. 🙂

Over and over again we heat, shape and stack. Then when cool and hard  we take them out to the fields…new tubes YAY!  No more packing tubes from one set to another—just pick up a tube, fill with water, set down and done!

We have 30 more to go.  Since we are doing this for ourselves we work at it off and on; a little today maybe some more in a couple of days.  The last set of 30 is sitting out there waiting for us.  Once we get those done we will have all we need for the rest of the farming season.

12The weather is still nice and hot with a rather strong wind in the afternoons, but the weather people are saying this is about to change.  A cold front with heavy moisture is to hit the Four-Corners area this evening then head our way by the week end.  That’s okay…a little cool down is good for the plants and for ME!  🙂

The cold front will be fast moving (unless it stalls) so we should be able to cut the alfalfa next Wednesday.  That’s the plan anyway.

Have a good one everyone…I’m off to mow the lawn!

Your friend on a Western Colorado Farm,

Linda

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Thank you to everyone who wished Fuzzy a Happy Birthday!

Terry and I have been making siphon tubes.  We always have a few that split and/or crack during the year.

Making-siphon-tubes

We first heat up a PVC pipe, cut to length, then put the soften tube into a homemade mold to let the plastic cool back down in the shape we want.  After we get whatever it is we are needing for whatever field we are working on, we take them out and put them right to work.

Hot-sun

The days are hot….really too hot for June, more like July hot…tomorrow we are supposed to hit 102*, yesterday it got to 99*.  Today we will hit somewhere around that again.

Pink-cliffs

Our heat is nothing like the areas that have high humidity with it.  We are considered High Mountain Desert so our heat is a dry heat.

What is nice about desert heat is is does cool down during the night.  Mornings are nice!  When Terry and I went out to change the water this morning at 5:30 we both wore a light jacket…that won’t be the case later in the day or this evening.

Last night Terry stepped wrong and tore his calf muscle.  What a mess…poor guy!  It’s his left leg so I have to do the driving where there is a stick shift and do the walking up and down the ditch bank.  Now we work as a different team…he supervises and I tote and fetch and carry and lay and start the tubes.

I think I liked the other team better—you know like teamwork.  🙂

Evening-work

I’m a little concerned about hauling hay, as I’ve never ran the loader… ever!  I can pick up and move bales by hand, but the loader…..

Maybe he can hook up the loader to the 730 as it has a hand clutch—we will see.  Tomorrow he will go to the Doctor and then we will figure out how to haul the hay.

As they say—where there is a will there is a way!

We will get there, he just needs to take it easy and let the muscle reattach itself.

Hummer-3This is pretty grainy because I was way too far away.

Have a restful and fun Sunday!

Linda

 

Some Days Just Do NOT Seem to End

Getting-Ready-to-Plant

(This is a grain drill)

Yesterday the new alfalfa field was planted,

Hay-Seed

(Alfalfa seed)

Grain

(With oats as a mother crop)

Dirt-Ditch

marked out and water started on it.

Smiling-Talli

Talli came for supper

Bending-Pipe

Then until 10 pm we worked on making more siphon tubes

Making-Pipe

This weekend looks even busier with the planting of the garden.  Spring is my favorite seson, but I do get tired at the end of the days, what with the farm, animals,  and my ‘paying’ job.

Still it is better than the dark, long, cold days of winter!