3:00 AM – The men go out and start baling hay but get “dewed out,” meaning too much dew comes in so they stop. Baling needs to be done with just the right amount of dew on the hay. Too much dew causes the bales to get “hot” while in the stack. This causes fires – yes, internal combustion! Not enough moisture and the leaves are too dry causing them to fall off the stems.
5:00 AM – The raking crew starts raking. They typically rake two pivots each day. Each pivot is about 120 acres.
It takes roughly 3 1/2 hours to rake both pivots.
The rakes are opened up in a ‘V’ and driven over two swaths of hay. The swaths are raked to the middle creating a windrow.
6:00 AM – Mr. Ferrero Rocher tries baling again. The dew is just right so the other guys will come to bale too.
8:09 AM – Morning chores are underway at home. Breakfast is placed in the oven to cook.
9:11 AM – I go pick up the raking crew who have moved the rakes to a different section for tomorrow’s work. Each section is a mile square (640 acres). 4 full pivots (120 acres each) and 1 small one can fit on a section.
Meet the raking crew! My girls are the ones still in their PJ’s. Leaves more time to sleep that way. 😀
We drive back to the pivots they just raked so the girls can get the trucks left there and drive home.
9:30 AM – We eat breakfast. The rakers go take showers.
10:13 AM – The boys start hauling hay before it gets too hot. They use loaders that have special fork attachments welded by Mr. Ferrero Rocher to spear the hay and load it onto semi’s.
The semi’s are driven to the stack yard and unloaded. Each pivot has its own stack. And each cutting has its own stack. We typically get four cuttings a years.
1:30 PM – Lunchtime! Only an hour late today. We usually have our family scripture study after lunch. Then it’s rest time for about 1/2 an hour.
2:21 PM – During morning chores I cleaned out under the laundry room sink. We had been given some old cola cans. I use the cola in the wash to help get the grease stains out of Mr. FR’s jeans. The cola has phosphoric acid which helps break up the grease. Wonder what it does to people’s stomachs?
We have way too many so we decide to use the extras for target practice.
Don’t mess with these girls! They are regular Annie Oakleys.
3:25 PM – Special Dark requests cookies. We love these Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies (using whole wheat flour instead of white, then we don’t feel as guilty eating them all)
4:43 PM – Children and cousins are on the hammock (playing like it’s a whaling ship) while I’m inside sewing.
7:05 PM – Dinner is fend for yourself around here. Then evening chores need to be done before 8.
7:45 PM – Bathtime!
8:24 PM – Everyone winds down by watching some of Mr. Ferrero Rocher’s favorite shows – “Hogan’s Heroes.”
9:00 PM – The littles are asleep. The older girls are preparing for bed. And Mr. FR is back out baling again.