As I have mentioned before, harvest is a team effort around here. Every person from the oldest to the youngest has a special part to play. It's times like this that we are especially grateful for many hands....for they do make lighter work!
Harvest is a very busy time for us. A time where we put in long days and a few hours of sleep is a luxury. The weather largely dictates what we will be doing in a day. If it is raining, harvest is on hold, but that doesn't mean we get much of a break because this is the time that all the work that has been put off is done :) For the men this time is usually used for fixing, fixing, fixing, and for the ladies it is yard work, garden work and house work.
Here's what a typical harvest day would look like for us. Now I say that very loosely because no two harvest days are alike :)
We wake up anywhere from 5-8 depending on how late our night was and what we have to accomplish before getting to the field. An average wake up time would probably be around 6:30-7:00. From the time we wake up until around 11:00 or 12:00 we basically run around madly trying to do the things that need to be done in the house, on the machinery and in the yard. For the ladies it is often laundry, house cleaning, gardening and running after kids :) For the guys it's unloading grain, moving grain, testing grain, fixing and anything else that needs their desperate attention!
Then we head out to the field when we think things might be dry and we test the grain. We use a moisture tester. I wish I had pictures to show you how we do it...but I don't. Maybe someday :) Anyway every grain has their own "dry" point. If the grain is not dry enough when we put it in the bin it could mean spoilage. That's why we test it :)
If it's dry enough, then we go go go!!!! And keep on going until we can't anymore....or until we need some sleep!!! And then we go to bed, wake up and repeat :) Except on Sundays.....God sure knew what He was doing when He gave us that day of rest!
So just to give you a visual here are a few pictures (thanks Becca) of us out in the field and those left at home to feed us :)
Let's start with the food :) And the wonderful people who bring it out to us. There is nothing more wonderful, after being in a combine cab all day, than seeing the meal truck come into the field! Yummy :)
Here is Kerri making sure everything is packed.
Every once in awhile someone ends up without a fork or something like that....but not very often :)
They do a great job packing an average of
10 or 11 suppers every day.
And here is the wonderful duo working hard to feed the crew
And they are still smiling :)
Everything labeled with sweet little notes :)
The notes don't happen every day, but it's a treat when it does :)
A tradition started a few years ago to make perogies
and send them out to the field.
It's something we all look forward to
All the meals are delicious but not too many beat this one!
Kerri putting the potato filling in.
Frying them up
(the reason we only have them once in awhile!)
This just makes my mouth water!!!
This is Caleb and I and another passenger (not sure who:)
We have a schedule for which kiddos come out to the field.
We rotate who they go with every day.
This lightens the load at home and gives some great bonding time for those in the field.
How can you not bond when you are in a small cab together for hours on end!!!
The kiddos usually bring something along to play with, read or even school work.
They also love to listen to stories that we have downloaded on our phones.
And they even get to play on the iPad once in awhile (if they come with mom:)
The combines unloading into the grain cart.
The grain cart then empties into the grain truck.
And the trucker brings the grain to the bins.
Unloading the precious cargo into the bin.
This is canola.
The grain cart driver, Jen....reading I think :)
And her little sidekick for the day...Brooke
Jen sometimes gets to have a bit of downtime during the day
while waiting for the combines to fill (depending on the type of crop it is),
but I don't envy her because she is the only one without air conditioning :(
The trucker, Josh, and his side kick for the day (Zach I believe).
We keep him pretty busy most days :)
And then there's the cute little helpers
ready to be taken home from the field!
And who could forget these little sweeties,
Makayla and Elijah.
I can't believe how much they have both grown over the winter!!!
Ahhhh.....I feel much better now!!!
Warm weather will come....it has to!!!
And for now we will try to enjoy the slower pace of life :)
For once it gets warmer and the snow melts and the land dries.....
life will get busy because....
That's life on the farm :)