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Tractor Ride

Good Morning!  It is Tuesday, August 16th.  We have had quite a hot summer this year and it has caused us to miss out on a lot of normal summer time activities.  Our garden work gets done and then we head inside – the heat is dangerous this year.  But yesterday was a most welcome surprise.  The high was only 83 and the humidity was very low so we were able to actually go out and enjoy it. 🙂  After Paul got home from work we decided to take a little tractor ride. He has a platform on the back of the tractor and I can ride on it!!!! 

Our little farm is surrounded by acres and acres of forest – pine and hardwoods.  The last couple of weeks the owner of some of the land has been doing some logging and that of course aroused curiousity.  Large equipment has come and gone down our little road and we were interested to see how much is being cut and where, so we decided to take Paul’s tractor up the trail to see.  I got on my little platform and held on tight and we were off.  It has been so dry here that the dirt road is more like a dust road now, so they dust was flying.  It was about 6:00 in the evening so the heat of the day was beginning to cool and the breeze was light – perfect weather. 

If you don’t live in the woods you might not realize that there are a lot of insects that live there.  Well, we found them all I think or they found us.  Riding along, we had yellow jackets, hornets, horseflies, stink bugs, etc, investigating us and the “big Yam” – which is what I call Paul’s orange Kubota tractor.  So amongst the chatting and laughing and “wheeeeeeee” that I do when riding on the tractor, there was also some “git away!” and “shoooooooo!”.  What a funny sight we must have been!!





We finally got to the top of the hill and there in a clearing was some big stuff!!! I mean BIG STUFF!!  All the logging equipment was still there and Paul was ready to inspect.  I think it is so neat how men love big machinery.  SO, we dismounted the Yam and enjoyed our little trek, checking out the tractors and then we saw the mystery machine. It was clothed in large links of chain and had a mouth like a deep dark cave.  All that was missing was the roar which I sure would happen when the men returned the next day.  On closer inspection Paul determined it was to de-limb the logs.  So that was kinda neat.

Ah, the life of adventure we live here on Shepherds Hill.  Not for the faint of heart, mind you!  It is just excitement at every turn – a thrill a minute. NOT!  But I sure do have fun with my sweetie!!!  Thank you Lord for the blessings and joy You give!!


Isaiah 55:12
“For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Psalms 89:15,16
“Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all day long, And in Your righteousness they are exalted.”


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2 Responses to "Tractor Ride"

  1. Shellie says:

    What is it about machinary that is so interesting? I have to confess I love it too! Which I imagine makes it way easier on Don when he’s looking at some because I just tag along. LOL Your outing sounds like it was quite enjoyable! So glad the temps. permitted it. I see in the last photo Bro. Paul’s tractor has a new driver. Could there be his and her tractors in your future? 😉 LOL

    We once visited a huge piece of mining equipment in Kansas called Big Brutus. I’m sending a link. Check out the comparison between the building in the background. Its huge!!! Don and our oldest daughter climbed clear up to the bucket but chicken me stayed on the inside the body of the machine. No way was I going up there! I don’t do heights. 🙂

    Wouldn’t you love to see that tree de-limber at work?!

  2. Lisa says:

    That looked like alot of fun. I too go out with Bobby and look at things like that. You might could check with the logging crew and the land owner, they probably would let you have the stumps that they cut off of the end of the trees for nothing. Might be some firewood in it for you, and you would not have to far to go. Enjoyed your story.

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