Whew, it's been pretty hectic here on the ol' stump ranch these last few days. We are full swing into haying season, which could also be called "constantly broke-down and repairing haybine and baler" season, or "pouring money into ancient equipment" season, or "run to town for parts every time you turn around" season, or "never get anything done because you're constantly on the run for something else" season, or "God-damn it, it's raining and gonna ruin our cut hay" season, or "bring some beer to the tractor 'cause the air-conditioning is broken and it's really freakin' hot in here" season.........all of which are much too long, so we just call it haying season.
At the rate we are replacing parts and pieces of the baler, we'll have a brand-new one by the end of the season! Kinda like that Johnny Cash song "One Piece at a Time" except it cost us far more than a dime!
The weather has been good, which is a blessing. It's supposed to stay hot for the next couple of days, too. So hopefully we'll get most of the hay put up in good shape. Not sure what kind of shape the Bag Lady and the Cowman will be in by the time it's all done, though! The Bag Lady almost couldn't get out of bed this morning because everything was hurting her. Climbing in and out of the baler and trying to move those heavy rollers into place is certainly good exercise. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? But sheesh, the Bag Lady is playin' out....
Enough complaining. Here's some prettiness to brighten the day!
The Bag Lady's hollyhocks are blooming:
Here's a close-up of a couple hollyhock blossoms:
Some different types of lilies:
No idea what this one is called - the Bag Lady calls it Tom Dooley because it hangs it's head
(and now she has that song stuck in her own head!!)
Another variety of lily:
And a slightly blurry close-up of one of her flower pots:
That's all she has for you. Have a good day!