I love watching the stars. Granted, right now the nights are a little cold to stay out for too long. That doesn’t stop me from trying. My dad and I used to go and stand outside in our long driveway. We’d face the fields but look up at the stars. He’d point out a few … Continue reading Taking me back
I have always loved ladybugs. They use to come and land on me.
Here's another part of the process I was not too involved with. My part of the job entailed flying around the field in the pickup truck and up-righting any bale that had tipped over. Some bales could be stubborn too. But, we had to make sure that they were all standing up for the harrow … Continue reading The Art of Making Hay – Stacking
I never got to drive the baler. Bummer. It was hooked up to a tractor which my dad didn't think a girl could drive. In this case, he was probably right. So, I never got to drive that tractor. Which means, I never actually baled hay. But I did get to watch plenty of men … Continue reading The Art of Making Hay – Baling
So if irrigating your field is like a writer's life, then we must move to the next act of ranching which is cutting. I should mention that this process I'm writing about is for alfalfa. That's the crop we always grew on the ranch in Nevada, so it's what I know best. Cutting the hay … Continue reading The Art of Making Hay – Cutting
Last week, Brian Rathbone made a comment on Twitter that editing was like baling hay. The ranch girl in me couldn't resist. I could see a certain truth in it. I responded with writing was like raking hay because you were turning over ideas. As I was thinking about this the next day, I wondered … Continue reading The Art of Making Hay — Irrigation