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*this* John W. Hays’ take on things and experiences

Unfortunate Events

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The day started out so promising. We had an appointment to pick up hay at 10 a.m., and after a run to Hudson to pick up some long tie-down straps, we were in the truck with trailer attached and headed out the driveway. The last weather forecast we had looked at earlier indicated a likelihood for precipitation to begin later in the afternoon, but suddenly the sky looked ominous.

While Cyndie waited to load a view of the current radar on her phone, I practiced backing the trailer up using the side mirrors. There was no question we were about to be hit by a thunderstorm. Cyndie texted our plan to delay until after the rain and I parked the truck.

Then it hit. And hit, and hit. It rained for hours. Finally the radar revealed a break and we checked with the seller, receiving an okay to proceed. With our borrowed trailer and borrowed hay tester, we set off.

It was such a relief to have the reference of a moisture reading to assure us we were laboring over bales worth keeping. It also served to confirm the batch we already stacked in our hay shed was definitely too wet.

The bales on the first wagon we checked were all a little high, so the farmer gladly moved that batch out of the way and I backed the trailer up to the second wagon. The readings were frequently coming in at 14% moisture. Even when Cyndie felt a bale was a little heavy, the moisture reading was still 14%. These bales were just what we wanted.

It felt invigorating.

With the cargo strapped tight, we hit the road and began the trip home. Then Cyndie commented on the dark sky appearing on the horizon. I said it was probably hundreds of miles away. I was wrong.

About three-quarters of the way home, it became obvious a solid line of rain was between us and our hay shed. The dry hay that we were so thrilled to be bringing back with us was about get dowsed. We gritted our teeth and forged our way through varying levels of drenching rain to our driveway.

IMG_iP1477eCyndie jumped out and opened the barn doors while I did my best not to panic over trying to rush the backing of the trailer into the barn while the rain continued. With only a handful of correction maneuvers necessary, I got it between the doors when Cyndie stopped me.

Earlier in the day, while clearing out space in the shed for our new hay, I carefully stacked some bales on pallets in the barn. The trailer was just making contact with those and the wheels would never clear.

With the rain still coming down, we literally chucked those bales to the side, flopped the pallets out of the way, and backed the trailer in the rest of the way.

In hopes of demonstrating to Cyndie that only the outside of the bales had gotten wet, I suggested she re-test the moisture levels. That was a bad idea. They ALL came up more than double the moisture content!

We put some fans on it and let it sit. We’d had enough disappointment for one day.

Before I made it up to the house, the sun had come out and was shining brightly. How’s that for timing?












Written by johnwhays

July 24, 2016 at 6:00 am

4 Responses

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  1. You probably don’t want to hear this but what about delegation? You are wasting Cyndie’s talents on these ventures. Why not let the supplier take the risk? You pay on delivery for hay in good conditions. That is how it is done here. Strangely – in terms of some adverse stereotypes to the contrary – the Portuguese are good at off-setting risks and maintaining a healthy level of efficiency. My take on it – for what it is worth – is that you are overwhelmed, John, taking too much on yourself… such that you are losing perspective. Easy for me to say, on the other side of the world, of course. And, of course, I love you two no matter what! But really you must take care of yourselves better. Yes, what about some delegation… you don’t need to do everything yourselves and there are people there with more experience who can make it work for you AND leave you better off. I only have one helper, Luis, once a week, but he more than pays for himself and everything works out wonderfully. Being born into an environment makes for an understanding beyond anything we can come up with in the short term and working with this makes everything fit suddenly.

    When first you don’t succeed, try something different!!!!

    Ian Rowcliffe

    July 24, 2016 at 8:14 am

    • Saw this quote and thought it might say something useful:

      Make the best of where you are and do your best to line up your Energy from where you are, because any bit of struggle or any bit of regret only holds your cork under the water and doesn’t allow you to connect with the Energy that would allow anything to improve.


      Ian Rowcliffe

      July 24, 2016 at 8:41 am

      • And this one, too, especially with regard to Cyndie:

        “What this country needs is more leaders who know what this country needs.”

        You are so close to making the difference others are looking so desperately for… know that it is within reach…

        Ian Rowcliffe

        July 24, 2016 at 8:51 am

    • Again, thank you so much for sharing your perspective, Ian! It means the world to us. We are definitely in a mode of analysis for cost/benefit on paying others for services. The hay delivery would have been no problem except for the weather. There are other aspects of Agricultural Business, such as improving the soil and grass growth (and managing weeds) of our hay field that we will likely pay someone to manage so we don’t have to.
      There is definitely a big difference for me from last year when I had full time to manage things at home, to now when my attention tends to get consumed by the day-job. I don’t have much in the way of spare mental energy to inspire Cyndie to proceed with her dream. I’m leaving it to her to prioritize what comes next.
      We have made amazing progress here, but may now be in a rest and regroup phase for a time.
      Your quotes and energy are well time and much appreciated!


      July 24, 2016 at 8:48 pm

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