Holy Cannoli, Guacamole!
It's been nearly ONE WHOLE ENTIRE YEAR since I blogged on this here, blog-a-lini! Geesh! It's shocking to me that I haven't made time for stories and documenting and sharing here. I used to thoroughly love it. It was something Iooked forward to. Our family love, love, love to look back at the crazy stuff I've blogged about and laugh and turn red and overall, be so glad it's down on paper (so-to-speak) for GENERATIONS of Longhursts and beyond to relive!!!
A week ago today – Monday, August 18, 2014 we officially started cutting our wheat. Steven was excited about the yields. We had already received quite a bit of rain – in fact, a lot of rain.
We had lots of farmer friends who grow barley that were having issues with their barley sprouting in the field – before it was harvested. We had heard of some wheat with the same damage, but not too much. Our wheat was right on the edge of sprouting, so Steven felt enormous pressure to get it cut and into the grain bin/grain elevator as soon as possible.
He rented a new combine to help expedite the harvesting process. I love that these pieces of farm equipment are like giant toys to Steven. He truly loves to play with them. This HUGE, HUGE, HUGE combine was like Christmas for him and our guys who were helping with wheat harvest.
They had both machines going all day Monday – the rented, new, swanky combine and our older, paid-for and perfectly wonderful combine (that normally could easily harvest all our wheat – if there wasn’t a time sensitivity in the harvest).
The semi trucks were getting filled as fast as they could get unloaded and Donato (our truck driver) couldn’t get back with an empty truck from the grain elevator fast enough. It was truly exciting as harvest usually is every year.
You work hard for months and months and spend lots of money before the crop is even ready to be harvested and sold. And then, when it’s ready – everything gets put on hold to bring in that crop. It's what everything comes down to in that growing season. It's what you work for and the end result of your efforts and risk. It's a big deal, jack!
That afternoon, I took Logan and his buddy Max over to ride in the huge combine with Steven. I took tons of pictures and drove around in the scout for a couple of hours.
I had not taken farming pictures with my ‘real camera’ for a long time and it was truly fun for me. The pictures were so much better than my iPhone camera (even though they normally turn out pretty good). I had so much fun bringing home the camera, downloading the pictures on to the computer and playing with them in Photoshop. I didn’t realize how much I missed that creative process.