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post #7791 of 10636 Old 09-08-2016, 08:42 PM
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This has been a crazy week for me!

Monday was the start of potato harvest. I have never experienced it before as the farm hasn't raised potatoes since I got involved with DH.. but I have heard stories - good, bad, and downright frightening. I wasn't sure what to expect (how many of the stories were accurate?!).. and I was even more surprised when I heard it was tradition for the women to wear prom dresses the first day on the harvester. I only went to my senior prom kicking and screaming.. the last thing I ever expected to wear again was a prom dress!

For those not familiar (and I sure wasn't), potatoes are dug out with the craziest piece of equipment you will ever see, a potato harvester:

That sucker has 5 different conveyors which go 4 different directions! When it's running there is no time to take video, as everyone is frantically picking either rocks out of the potatoes or potatoes out of the rocks.

And yes, I really wore a prom dress (over my tshirt and jeans!).. yay for goodwill 50 cent tag days.

After the digging is done, then it's time for grading. This is the grading set-up:

The process removes the potatoes from the initial truck, moves them along so all the rocks and vines and not-good-enough potatoes can be removed, then loads them into the tractor trailer to get hauled. In this case, the potatoes are going to a french fry factory.

The harvester is actually a lot of fun. It's almost like a video game come to life, as you never know what is going to pop out and need to be ready all the time. I keep joking with Keith and Gina they need to market it not as work, but as gaming practice and get some kids in to help.

The grader is fairly mind-numbing.. it's amazing I haven't been dreaming of potatoes after doing this all week!
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post #7792 of 10636 Old 09-10-2016, 11:41 AM
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Hi everybody! :) I took a little break from HF. It seems so intense over many rules. Also, I tend to over-share and regret it later, and here I cannot go back and edit my posts. I have been posting a bit again, but I think I'll probably stay away from posting on this thread as this is where I tended to overshare the most. It makes me nervous on a public forum. But, I wanted to pop in to say hi and explain my absence. I am on FB all the time so PM me if you'd like to hook up there.
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post #7793 of 10636 Old 09-10-2016, 01:08 PM
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Glad to see you back online. Maybe I am not very observant, but I haven't noticed you saying too much or over sharing or getting in trouble.

I am not posting much either because I am trying to spend more time outside than on the computer.

I have done a few little (very short) solo dirt road rides. Today my girl was an angel. We saw a red-tailed hawk flying over us.

Carpe Diem!
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post #7794 of 10636 Old 09-10-2016, 04:29 PM
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@phantomhorse13 , harvesting potatoes is quite an elaborate production. A friend of mine sells his potatoes to a chips factory and they will only accept a certain size... But fancy dresses on the harvester? Never heard of that, but then, we don't have prom in Switzerland either

@Jan1975 , was already wondering where you are! Don't be a total stranger. Otherwise I have to stalk you on fb

@Celeste , your girl was an angel today and mine reminded me that she is a green horse

It was deceivingly pleasant early this morning and we were expecting a nice, cool trail ride in the woods. But when we started out at 8, suddenly the humidity seemed to increase by the second and the horses were soaking wet with just walking... Needless to say we didn't push them! One would think it was too hot to act silly, but Raya decided that today was the day to act spooky. A car coming up from behind? Normally she would not even acknowledge it, but today it induced jumping to the side, spinning and trying to run off Acting scared of the dog and when the other horse spooked at a horse-eating branch on the ground, Raya decided it would be good to try to turn around and bolt But no reaction to the deer that ran out besides us?!
I think she was simply feeling full of herself and decided it is time to show me what she can do, as she quieted down each time within seconds when I made her behave...

Did anybody hear from @AnitaAnne ? Or did she get lost in the whole HF tech mess?
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post #7795 of 10636 Old 09-10-2016, 05:05 PM
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Have been reading, but this place is more quiet than it used to.
AA, where are you?
Jan, I don't remember you oversharing, just being very enthusiastic about horses, dog and kids. Nice to see you drop by.
PH, I've picked cucumbers on a farm, but no experience with potatoes. Prom dress??? That is a weird tradition. My highschool graduation dress was very ugly. And I NEVER wore dresses, so I felt ackward to say the least. I purposely missed my biology graduation.

Swiss, Raya is just working on your horsemanship skills, you should thank her.

Talking about skills, Buttercup now runs away from me when I get in the paddock with a halter. She will stick to me like velcro if I don't have a halter. She's a sucker for getting a good scratched around the ears and wither. I've tried to change the association "halter=work" this past month, but doesn't seem to work. Well, not yet anyway.

I'm on puppy-watch, as my scottie ruptured a cruciate tendon this week and had surgery yesterday. Poor thing! We got him home this morning.
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post #7796 of 10636 Old 09-10-2016, 06:25 PM
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Jan, I am glad to see you back....honestly, I do not know what you are talking about. I am the mean person who is always in trouble.... Lol! Cyber bullies!

Ph13 that looks like fun, for a little while! Great pictures!!

Eole, sorry to hear you are nursing your poor dog.. Healing thoughts for him! You can torture poor Buttercup by carrying the halter all the time..,

I just got home from a ride! Took Sissy up and explored the other end of the Buffalo Creek trail. Got part way down, and did not like the look of it, being by myself, so I turned around and went back up to Collie Ridge.
I decided I wanted the mileage, so I turned down the Wet Prong trail, which is lovely(not wet !), was riding along marveling at the quiet, the feeling of being totally alone on this place, thinking I was almost to the creek do Sissy could get a drink, and...VOICES, lots of loud ones! I could see at least 6, maybe more, horses coming up, so I spun Sissy around and gaited most of the way back up!

They almost caught me, so they must have been gaited horses. They were loud the whole way.

At the trailer, I had 11.05 miles.

Got home, rinsed Sissy, watered and hayed, then the storm hit, which is the cold front!!! Now the power is off, so I am enjoying the dark, quiet house.
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post #7797 of 10636 Old 09-11-2016, 09:53 AM
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Thanks for the re-welcome, guys. I didn't mean that people here said I over shared, but rather that I gave out some pretty specific details that maybe I'd regret later on a public area that goes away. Maybe I'm being hyper-paranoid (very likely). I've still been reading here and keeping up w/ y'all. :)
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post #7798 of 10636 Old 09-11-2016, 10:35 AM
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Jan, I do not do FB for that very reason, so I understand, !!!! I cannot stand the thought of being tracked, and it gives me the absolute heebeegeebees when old photos pop up as "memories" . DH is always showing me those.....shivers....

Here is a new picture of Elwood.We were sitting on the porch after the storm, waiting for the power company to finish...

Today, we are "landscaping" the new gated entrance to the farm....our neighbor called and said a dog pooped in her yard. So we are putting up a gate to be certain that it is not ours!!!!

Oh and "You MAY Be A Redneck"...... If you cut a little part of your backyard, and make 12 BALES!!!!!
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post #7799 of 10636 Old 09-12-2016, 10:02 AM
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@greentree - Thank you! Sorry I haven't been as verbal on this thread; have barley had enough time to keep my journal current.

But I do have good news: Josie got SAVED Friday! A friend on FB saw my sad post, and worked with a foster rep at a rescue group in OKC to make it happen. She picked her up Friday and is personally paying for her vet treatments at her vet's office; once she's well enough to travel and be with other dogs, she will be transported to a foster home in OKC.
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post #7800 of 10636 Old 09-12-2016, 09:22 PM
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Elwood: he is adorable! I heard that those dogs are as active as border collies and as stubborn\hard to train as terriers: any truth in that? Sometimes myths about breeds are just myths, just like arabians in the horse world. He sure is cute.
Greentree, thanks for the halter advice, I started doing just that: carrying the halter all the time and putting it on and off at random for no reason. She seems puzzled. I was told to make her work and move when she runs away, but my experience with arabians is: 1) they don't mind and actually enjoy it and never get tired 2) it ruins the trust in you (why is she chasing me?)
That is a long ride by yourself. You are ready for endurance! Sorry your ride was ruined by loud riders. I am quite a loner and my quiet ride time is precious. Sometimes I wish I had riding partners, then when I'm with riders chatting non-stop, I miss my lonely rides.

frls I haven't been verbal here either, as I've been busy and trying to wean myself from the screen. Also, I lost HF posts I've written on my computer which is frustrating and turns me off from the whole thing. It takes time to write (English is not my language) and I feel cheated of my time and effort when a message disappears.
How is the new home?

Now I have another animal problem. Onyx, my amazing hunter cat, decided 3-legged Kalou is a prey to erase from the face of the earth. Not kidding here. When I took him on leash to do his business last night, she stalked and attacked him again and again, despite my chasing, hissing and kicking her away. Very scary. There is no way I can manage a sick dog and killer cat here. I decided to get rid of the cat. I'm very sad, as I've never given up on an animal before, but there is no time to "rehab". It's not a behavior problem, she's a hunter with powerful instincts and Kalou is a wounded animal. Desperately looking to re-home. I sent messages to all friends and contacts. Meanwhile, I found a place to board her temporarily until I find a suitable solution. Heart broken, I love all my critters, no an easy choice.
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