Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bicycle pile

As part of cleaning my hayshed I also removed the ten bicycles I had stored in there.  These are bicycles I bought on the cheap at auctions when they didn't sell.  I bought the bicycles for parts.  Of course it is hard to use parts off them when the bicycles were buried in the hayshed.

Over the part half week, around the rains, I stripped the parts off the bicycles.  It is easier to find and use a part when looking for it in a box.  Today I finished stripping the bicycles.  I kept the one bicycle frame sitting by itself in the middle of the photo.

Shortly after I started working on the bicycles.


I kept 5 wheels.  These will be junked.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Mountain snow

Last week our high temperatures were near 90 degrees.  This week rain and cold and high temperatures near 50 degrees.  This afternoon the clouds lifted for a while and I can see snow on the mountains.  At least the heavy smoke is gone.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hay tarp and more heavy lifting

Now that I have the hay bales inside the hayshed I have been working on cleanup.   I raked and hauled three pickup loads of flaked and loose hay into the barn.  Today I put a large tarp over the hay bales at the entrance to the hay shed.  Tonight a cold front is passing through and the winds are howling.  This will be a test as whether I (probably) need to fasten the tarp better.

I started to move stuff back alongside the hayshed.  The harrow sections, portable wooden fence sections, and concrete blocks.  I moved the sheets of MDF boards inside the garage to protect them from getting wet.  I still have more cleanup work to do before I can move on to my next project.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tractor tire and hay

My tractor's tire was flat again this morning.  It was a mighty struggle to take off the wheel's lug nuts.  I don't think the lug nuts had ever been removed as the yellow paint was still on the threads.  Half of the nuts didn't unscrew - the whole bolt unscrewed out of the rim.

Les Schwab Tires fixed my flat tire for free.  Apparently their free flat repair extends from passenger vehicles to tractor tires too.  They found a small hole in the tire's tube.  No sign of what made the hole.  Their guess was a sharp rock.

The tire is fixed and back on the tractor.

How a front tire should look.

The flat tire

Here is how the hay looks now that it stored inside the hayshed.  As you can see the hay doesn't quite fit inside.

Now on the to-do list is raking and cleaning up the flaked off and loose hay left behind during the move.  Also I need to finish moving and stacking some of the stuff that will now be stored outside, and cleaning up the stuff I plan to get rid of.

Our weather pattern is predicted to finally change on Thursday so I got the hay inside just in time.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Cattle jailbreak and more challenges

My bad luck / terrible year continues.

Shortly before 9 am I heard the cattle mooing.  Mooing in a way that something was up.  I looked out and saw well over half the herd had broken through a fence and were now in the south pasture with the rest mooing and lining up to go through the fence.  Yes, the grass was greener on the other side of the fence.  I had been planning to let the cattle into the south pasture either this afternoon or in a day or two depending on getting a better look at the hayfield once I finished restacking my hay bales.  There is still stuff to eat in the hayfield even though it had been eaten down pretty well.  Once again the cattle forced my hand.  Most likely Maria, cow #7.

I went out as one cow was still in the hayfield.  Apparently she didn't see how the other cattle got through the fence, or she didn't want to go through the fence.  She stood at the gate to the middle pasture and looked at the cows in the south pasture and mooed.  I opened a gate to the south pasture and eventually she came over and through the gate.

I checked and found two old wooden fence posts were broken,  The fence leaned down / over.  Also a top barb wire was broken between two posts.  The cattle jumped over the broken fence.  You know, back this Winter my planned fence rebuilds for this year were the NE pasture fence by the road, the corral to hayshed fence, and the hayfield / south pasture fence.  You know how my year has gone.  I was lucky to have completed the NE pasture fence rebuild and half of the corral to hayshed fence rebuild.  The hayfield / south pasture fence?  Looks like next year.

The main challenge for the day was completing the hay bale move into the hayshed.  I only had 18 bales left to move.  Piece of cake to finish, right?  Wrong!  When I checked on the hay and tractor in the morning I found the right front tractor tire was flat.  Completely flat.

You have got to be kidding me!!!

Yesterday I had driven only around a small area moving hay bales.  But I must have driven over a small nail or something to cause my tire to go flat.  I had to get groceries in the morning so I brought along my portable air tank and filled it.  Someday I will have to buy an air compressor.   It ended up taking two tanks of air to re-inflate my tractor tire.

No sound of air escaping.  And it is Sunday and the tire repair stores are closed.  So I moved the hay bales.  With an urgency as I didn't know how long the tire would stay inflated.  The problem was I again had some bad bales that wanted to fall apart, or bales where the twine loosened when I lifted the bales and started to unravel.  I had to take time to re-wrap as best I could the bales where I could re-wrap the twine.  Else the bales would start to flake and fall apart.  I had two bales that started to fall apart as soon as I lifted them.  One bale lost 1/5 of itself immediately.  The other bale I knew to be a really dicey bale.  But I had a small spot and this was the only bale that would fit.  By the time I set the bale in the spot only a fifth to a fourth of the bale remained.  Then I had to get the pickup and pick up the part of the bale that flaked and fell off outside the hayshed entrance hampering movement.  I filled a pickup bed with this loose hay and later put it in the barn.

I eventually moved all the hay bales.  Notice I didn't say I got all the bales inside the hayshed.  I needed three rows to stack all the bales as in the second to last row I could only have 3-2-1 levels instead of my normal 4-3-2 levels.  That mean I had to have a third row for the last three bales.  This last row of three went past the hayshed entrance by a foot or two.  So I can't close the hayshed gate.  Later I will also have to hang/drape a tarp over the last row of bales as I don't trust the barley/oats/peas loose bales to shed water like a normal large round bale.

Here is the view of the bales taken this morning in the sunlight. It was getting dark when I finished so I don't yet have a final photo of the bales in the hayshed.

I still have lots of loose hay to pick up tomorrow from where the bales used to sit.  And while the tractor tire stayed inflated all day, most likely I will have to take it in to be fixed tomorrow.