|The pre-sunrise view from our dining room picture window|
|The view from the patio after forcing may way out of the kitchen door.|
|Look at all that white stuff!|
The plan was to do some 'away' job work (the one that pays the bills) until the sun came up, dig out the front door, hop on my little tractor (it lives under a tarp since I don't have an outbuilding that will hold it yet) and clear the parking area, driveway, and the outside edge of the patio. Alas, it was not to be as I had hoped.
Hear (and see) now the sad tale of Mark's hard day:
It starts with shoveling enough snow to get the door open and everyone outside. This is something I had to do either way, but really - Who likes to shovel snow?
|A pile of snow, but I'm not breathing too hard - yet.|
But what's this!!?? It seems the battery on the Kubota is dead, dead, dead on this cold morning. As a lesson learned from last year, the faithful '92 Dodge Dakota sits close to the tractor for a reason. The jumper cables go on, the go-juice flows, and ....... click. One risk of jumping the gun and trying to jump start a vehicle before you get the battery charged is the starter doesn't engage properly and locks up.
|God Bless the guy who invented jumper cables!|
|Off to the barn, blazing the trail as I go - Several times.|
|Allowing snow to build up under a sliding barn door is inviting trouble. Got to take some time to clear it.|
Sure enough, the little tractor does it thing! This is the first winter for Ag tires instead of turf tires and I'm happy with the result.
|Sure enough, we're moving snow!!|
|But what's this!??! You should never, never, ever, ever see this!!|
|This is Mark's little tractor, not moving snow.|
|This is where Mark's tractor is missing a plug, the absence of which is allowing Mark's hydrostat to bleed to death.|
So.... There is still a LOT of snow to be moved. There's a little tractor that's not gonna move it. There's a plug to locate at some not too distance Kubota dealer. There's a "day job" that's still waiting to be done.
A few phone calls on De's part while I'm trying to locate a plug, and it's local Christian community to the rescue. The tractor is still drivable for VERY short distances so it gets moved out of the way. A young man from our church is just getting his snow plowing business going, so for the grand sum of $25 the driveway gets cleared. I locate a plug for something like $15 that I can pick up in a few days.
|The parking area gets cleared.|
|The driveway gets cleared|
|And its a beautiful, cold, sunny winter day. Check out that clear blue sky!|
|Now I AM breathing hard, but at least its done!|
|And look what's waiting for me inside!!|
After drooling over Mama Pea's crisp yesterday, De took pity on a somewhat grumpy old man and made me a apple rhubarb crisp. It was wonderful!
So at the end of the day I have a clear driveway, a tractor that is (presumably) not toast and can be fixed with an inexpensive part and some not-horribly expensive oil, 5 hours of "day job" work on the books, a warm bowl of apple rhubarb crisp with my lunch, and part of a day spent outside on a perfect February day. I'd say, all things considered, I'm still blessed!