Today was another day of grease, grunt, smash a knuckle, swear, more grease, then more grunting, a wrench slipping off to more knuckle busting, and lots more swearing!!!
Jeremy’s bagger has been a challenge to him this time around…but at least we could try to fix it together…working alone is seldom fun! He was calm and kept his cool, as did I, trying to get the thing apart…doesn’t always work that way for either of us!!!
But at last, everything is apart, the new bearing is here…the part that needs to be welded is out…and to top it all off we’ve got new bolts to put it back together again…Just like Humpty Dumpty, except I think this sucker’s worse!!!
If I was to rate any repair jobs I have done before, this one rates right up there near the top…Like the time the track on an old bulldozer we had came off in the middle of a brook…went up it a ways then out the other side! The only way to get to a wood lot we had back in the ’60s.
When done right under semi normal conditions, putting a track back on is a job…This time it was much more than a job due to being in the middle of the January, during a real old fashioned cold snap! The water was eight to ten inches deep and running real fast.
We did get the track back on, turned the dozer around and made it home at about 10 p.m. in clothes that were frozen solid!!!
Then after changing clothes, chores were done and the next day we found wood closer to home which was much greener than the dead wood and downed trees we would have gotten in the woodlot.
So, it didn’t throw heat you’d like from the wood stove, but it was still heat…not the deep freeze we had spent that day in!!
I still get the chills every time I think about that day…Did I ever mention I don’t like winter or nasty repair jobs???
***Sadie was in the free stall when the cows went out after milking this morning…just makes herself at home!