Friday, October 03, 2008

Hay Day

Although the weather has been beautiful here in OK, there has been no rain since early September. The weatherman has been forecasting more of the same – no clouds, no rain, no moisture in the air, warm sunny days through the weekend. So why did we have a big thunder/lightning/rainstorm last night? It must be because we cut our hay. Toby says it is a sure rainmaker – kind of like washing your car. For those who are not farmers, the hay is cut and left to dry for a day or two depending on the moisture. Then it is raked up and baled. If it rains on the cut hay, it has to be left to dry longer - maybe raked up and turned over to dry some more. If it is baled too wet, it could mold. Hay can actually combust if put up too wet. We went to bed last night about 10 PM, and our friendly neighborhood hay-baler was still working. It stormed early this morning about 3 AM. By the light of the early morning, it looks like the hay all got baled – yeha!

Although I felt better yesterday, I did not have art. Jesse and I stayed home to rest and try to get well. It was nice to have her home with me – like old times. Too bad we were both sick. We just lay around most of the day. I had to go to an Art Guild meeting last night and it wore me out. This morning, I feel better, but still sound like Mae West. I think another day of rest and recuperation is in order. Thanks for your concern and prayers.

13 comments:

Becky said...

Did you get all the hay baled before the rain? I hope so.

They've been haying down here, too. And pickin the cotton. Sure fire sign of fall.

Dawn said...

feeling better's good! yea!

I just hope Cassie covered the garage sale stuff last night I guess I'll find out today :)

Inquiries said...

I'm glad you are feeling better! I miss art!

Jenn said...

I use to love haying when I was little and I love the smell !

Buck said...

I'm glad you're feeling better today, Lou. This obviously was more than just allergies, eh? I hope Jesse is better, too.

I'm a little confused on the timing here... If the folks baling your hay were still working when you went to bed... and if you had a big rain storm last night, were they baling in the rain? Or did the storm come AFTER all the hay was baled? I think that's probably the case, but given my anal-retentive ways, I had to ask... ;-)

Junk Diva said...

Hope you feel better soon, I missed you twice yesterday. I had furniture I was painting, and Randy had a couple of chain saws amoung other things left outside last night, I was up at 3 hauling furnitue to the shed, fun fun.

Bag Blog said...

Buck, Thanks, I think it is some sort of flu/bug thing going around. Several people have now told me that others have been sick with similar symptoms.

I did mention in my post that it stormed around 3AM. The balers had gone home by then.

Jenn, I like the smell of hay (alfalfa) too, but certain grasses close my throat and make it difficult for me to breath. Our grass is blue-stem and does not even smell.

Becky, not all of the hay was baled, but it was not raked up yet, which helped.

Ashley, Dawn, and Diva, I missed you guys too.

Jenny said...

I guess your days are more humid than ours. As you know, you have to bale when the humidity is just right. We usually can't start til at least 10pm and go on all night if it doesn't get too wet. If so, we start again as soon as the dew burns off. So it's usually an all night job here.

Bag Blog said...

Jenny, my husband grew up in Hobbs. He said he used to bale hay all night and haul it all day.

Knit and fall back in it said...

I don't know anything about baling hay, but I do hope that you had a restful weekend and are feeling better today.

AirmanMom said...

This is my first visit to your blog... hoping you feel better! I'll be back to read you soon!

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

Bob said...

Round or square bales?

Bag Blog said...

Bob, round.

Airman Mom, welcome and do come back.