Wet And Soggy

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
May 212023

A few days ago, Travis and Geli came over and helped me get the mid-mount mower out from under my Kubota tractor and the brush hog mower attached to the three-point hitch on the back of the tractor. Getting everything lined up for the three hitch connections was a challenge, and then, as always, hooking up the PTO shaft seemed downright impossible.

The tractor’s PTO and the implement’s PTO shafts each have grooves and splines that can only line up one way and getting them to mesh is way beyond frustrating. People who have been around tractors a long time tell me it’s easy once you get the hang of it, but you could never prove it to me based on my experience.

But we finally got it done, and now I have to level it. That is supposed to be another “easy” task. We shall see about that.

I wanted to try to get some of the tall grass that is threatening to take over the back of the place cut, but not long after we got the brush hog attached it started to rain and kept it up for two days. Everything is wet and soggy, and when just pulling the tractor out to take a picture with the brush hog attached, the mower’s rear wheel was leaving ruts in the ground.

That’s probably just as well, because Terry has been busy doing a final read-through of A Changing World and I have been making corrections as needed. It always amazes me that after being proofread four times by very good proofreaders, typos still manage to slip by. Fortunately, most are in punctuation, but there are other misplaced words that need correcting, too.

Besides making Terry’s suggested corrections, I spent much of yesterday getting my free author’s newsletter ready to send out as soon as the new book is live on Amazon. Hopefully that will be sometime this evening,

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for a copy of the new hardcover edition of the RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.

To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – Don’t worry about getting older. You’re still going to do dumb stuff, only slower.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “Wet And Soggy”

  1. Nick, we have owned , used and continue to love our kabota since we bought it in 2015. I cant tell you how many times hubby has come inside with grease all over his frustrated self from hitching up that @$&!! Brush hog we thought was going to save us from all the spring weeds and grass. I dont want to discourage you but salesmen who told us he’d get the hang of it haven’t tried that hitching process themselves. My job in the process is to carry water out to the brush hog warrior so he doesn’t perish from dehydration. We are at the age now i don’t also have to wear earplugs.

  2. Two thi8ngs you need for the tractor. Speeco quick hitch that needs no bushings. PTO quick connect a few styles available. I use the PTO link one. Those two things will make your life easier. Good luck.

  3. Just a heads up. In the rural south, it’s a bush hog. No matter the brand. No one down here does brush hogging. It’s bush hogging.
    I just bush hogged twenty acres over the past weekend. Good luck with finishing the setup

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