Monday, April 30, 2012

Cleaning Up Winter

It seems safe to say that Winter is over in GriggsDakota. 
We may still have a dusting of snow. 
But the stacks of bales have disappeared in GriggsDakota. 
Our thoughts have turned to filling the grain bins for another season. 
 A fence now separates the livestock from the field.
The field's surface contains the season's organic trash from hay, straw and manure. It needs to be cut up and worked into the soil. 
Grandpa Sonny took the Case IH 8950 hooked to the Wishek disc and went to work.  
 The heavy duty Wishek disc can cut through the leftovers from the Winter feeding station and loosen the topsoil. 
We can then smooth the surface with a pass from the Salford RTS before seeding. 
We are ready to plant corn in GriggsDakota.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Seeding Barley Winds Down

 We have continued to seed barley.
In many fields, the ground is too soft to drive the trucks and fill the drills. 
So they come back to the yard, or some other firm ground, where the task can be accomplished safely. 
 The truck above contains seed and will dump the seed. The barley is then taken up to the seed tank by the auger.
 The truck box is raised and the process begins.
Jake is up on the walkway managing the hose as the tank fills. Farmer Fred opens the end gate. 
 The soil temperature has been warming slowly. It is warm enough for barley seed. 
Deer, near the shelter belt, are not afraid of our tractors.
 When we get close, they simply saunter away.
There have been minor breakdowns along the way. Hoses and tires have been repaired this week. 
 There is adequate moisture in our fields, so we have been pleased to miss the showers that have passed through the region.
 As the sun faded last night, Jake made the official announcement: 
All of the barley seed is in the ground of GriggsDakota.
Spring's work progresses in GriggsDakota, but there is snow in the weekend forecast.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Continuing Spring

The geese are feasting on the tender green Winter Wheat  as we wait for green to cover the rest of the world.
Spring has been hot and cold rather than gradual and continuously warming. 
We are not expecting any more snow drifts, so the fence came down. 
Bill is rolling it up as we put thoughts of snowdrifts aside for the Summer. 
After inspecting the Winter Wheat across the lake, we have decided to reseed with another crop. As I have told you before, farmers feed wildlife. The geese can feast until we start over with another crop. 
Life goes on in GriggsDakota.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How to Roll Towels and Washcloths

 I have always enjoyed walking into an elegant restroom and using a fresh washcloth as a hand towel. It is clean, fresh, and gets my hand completely dry. I decided to figure out how to do it at home.
Start with a clean washcloth on a clean dry surface, wrong side up. 
Fold two corners in, allowing the remaining corners to be somewhat centered. 
Flip it over. 
Fold about 1/3 up so that both corners are pointing the same way. 
Start rolling at the fold toward the remaining corner. 
Bring the corner up. 
Tuck it in to secure. 
There is a stack of cloths ready on an old tray in the corner of the bathroom.
I also keep a glass cutting board on the formica counter top. This is where we set our hot curling irons. It saves the counter top from accidental burns.
The more colorful the cloths, the prettier the display.
 I am not pretending that I do this with every washcloth that comes through the laundry. I do a fast fold and keep a stack of often used washcloths in the cupboard. When I had teenagers who seemed to be in the shower almost as much as they were at the table, I kept a bucket of clean, but never folded washcloths within reach of the shower. 
 Now that they are on their own, I use this technique to indicate that the hand towel is indeed clean. 
Just roll and stuff behind the towel bar. Great Aunt Ada told me that old towels are the best. Even guests prefer old towels because they will know that they are clean and fresh. A little wear on a towel is the sign it is a good one. It's fun to give my old things a new twist.
Hand towels are a bit more unwieldy to roll. 
I used the same basic folding technique as for the smaller cloth. 
Then roll and tuck. 
Bath towels are folded simply and rolled so that the pretty ends show. You can easily fold a bath size towel with this technique by first folding it in half to form a square and then following the technique as described for the wash cloth.
And that's how to roll towels and washcloths in GriggsDakota.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Case IH Steiger 385 Tractor Arrives in GriggsDakota

A Case IH Steiger 385 tractor has come to our rescue in GriggsDakota. 
Our workhorse CaseIH 9170 is 25 years old. Robbie and Field hand Joe grew up in that tractor cab. Because it has a PTO, we used it on the grain cart through harvest. It has traveled every inch of the fields in GriggsDakota year after year.
This time, the trouble was more than we have time to fix. 
 Time is of the essence during our short farming season. The 9170 was driven off the field for the final time in GriggsDakota. 
It has been replaced with a Stieger 385. 
Sad Day turns to Glad Day. 
It's not quite new, but it sure does shine. 
After it arrived, the 385 eagerly went to work pulling the Salford RTS.  
It is a pleasure to work with. 
The Farm Inspector and the Ag Analyst approve the buddy seat. 
The Case IH Steiger 385 tractor is a keeper. Welcome to GriggsDakota.