I was a bit apprehensive when I left our house yesterday morning towing my Kubota tractor on the flatbed trailer, only because I had not done that before. But the Ram’s Hemi eTorque engine was more than up to the job and the tractor rode great on the way to Travis and Geli’s house. They live 10 miles down a narrow country road that winds through the hills, but I kept my speed down and did just fine.
Another first was backing the tractor down the ramps and off the trailer, but that was no problem either. Travis had several things he wanted to get done, one of which was moving some dirt from a raised planter that he had torn apart in their side yard to a new location where he’s going to build a new planter.
I started trying to do it with the tractor’s bucket loader, but I quickly realized that if history has taught us anything, it is that my son is much better at that time I am. He just has a feel for how to get the most out of the bucket loader, so I quickly gave up and turned the job over to the Kubota Kid.
He made short work of that project, then I drove the tractor down the hill to one of his garden areas. That also went much better than I anticipated. What didn’t work out at all was one of the main reasons I had come over, to pull a stump that has been in his way. We wrapped a chain around it, but it wouldn’t budge. Travis tried to use a pick and shovel to loosen the dirt around it, but it just wasn’t happening. The root system was just too big for my little tractor.
There were some other things he wanted to get done while we were down there, including moving dirt from a couple of other raised beds. I turned the tractor controls over to him again and let him do his thing.
Much of their land is hilly and overgrown, so once the dirt was moved I tried to clear some of it with the tractor’s mid-mount mower. This was really a job better suited for my bush hog mower, but since I didn’t have it with me I decided to see what I could accomplish. I set off through the brush and managed to get some of it cleared a bit to give them more room for gardening. However, it was so overgrown that I couldn’t see what I was doing, and there were a lot of small stumps hidden in the brush. I had to stop when I whacked one with a mower blades and bent it.
That was about all we could do down there, so we went back to the top again and swapped the bucket loader out for the pallet forks and spent some time moving a bunch of pallets from the pole barn to a place outside where Travis wanted to stack them so he would have room to work on others as he creates his custom wood artwork.
All in all it was a good day, and we got quite a bit accomplished in the five hours I was there. Then we loaded the tractor back onto the trailer and got it strapped down, and Travis and Geli followed me home to help me get it unloaded. It was a fun working with the Kubota Kid and his pretty lady.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of THE CHESAPEAKE: Tidewater Sagas, a collection of short stories of the shared memories of those who lived life to the fullest in the Chesapeake region, donated by my friend Ken Rossignol.
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 Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books and audiobooks to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.
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 – Wisdom is knowing how to apply knowledge.