Jun 212024

Digging in our hard Alabama clay is always tough work, but a while back, someone told me about a tractor implement called a stump bucket. I did some research and talked to some folks who have them and decided it might be a good investment. I ordered it from Good Works Tractors and it was delivered in just a few days. I didn’t even know it had arrived until I looked outside and saw the UPS man had put it in the back of the Kawasaki Mule for me. I appreciated that.

Yesterday I decided to see what my new toy was all about. It is made of solid steel, attaches to the front of the tractor in place of the bucket, has three heavy steel digging teeth in the front and then a series of sawtooth cuts on both sides.

Attaching it to the Kubota tractor was easy with the quick hitch, and when it was on I drove to a big pile of dirt in our back pasture that someone had put there a long time ago. Our son Travis and I used some of this dirt for the shooting backstop we put up a while back, and even with the teeth on the tractor’s loader bucket, it was still hard to break it loose and do anything with it. But it was a piece of cake with the stump bucket. I was surprised how easily it broke the clay dirt up.

This is going to come in handy for a lot of projects around here. As the name implies, it can dig out stumps, but is also handy for digging a trench, digging holes for trees, or anyplace else we need to dig something up or out. I’m impressed with it already!

Even though the temperature was in the mid-90s yesterday, there was a lot of cloud cover and the humidity was lower. Terry and I took advantage of that in the late afternoon to get some mowing done. With her on the Husqvarna riding lawnmower and me using the belly mower on the tractor, it took about three hours to get the front and side yards and the big pasture mowed. Teamwork at its best.

Whenever I’m mowing, I always try to leave some flowers for the bees, including these little patches of yellow flowers in several places. I’m not sure what they are, but I think they’re pretty.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Mountain Angel, the first book in her Northstar Angel’s series. It’s a contemporary Western romance about a woman who returns to her roots, desperate for the tranquility of the secluded valley and plagued by memories of her dead boyfriend and the advances of an obsessive former friend. When her over-protective uncle sends Patrick O’Neil “on vacation” to keep an eye on her she is annoyed, but finds herself irresistibly drawn to the haunted man with a kind smile and sad eyes. He may just be the best thing to ever happen to her…if she can convince him to stay.

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 to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 30 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 – No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better.

Nick Russell

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

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