Hay and Olympics

On Friday evening our 8 tons of hay was delivered on two trailers.

Then Tom got a chance to catch up with Brad, our hay provider.


We watched the Olympics Opening Ceremonies.


And then Saturday morning we were faced with the task of putting up the hay.

1st trailer

For the first time in many years, it was just Tom and I doing the hay.  Here is one the bales going up the hay elevator.  Sorry it is sideways.

We took it slow and easy.  We stopped every 12 bales and took a break.  I drank lots of Gatorade.  I was hoping this would help with my adrenal insufficiency issues.


I also relied heavily on my hay hook, keeping it away from my injured thumb.

keeping hay hook off thumb

I created shady seats to use for my breaks.

shaded hay bench

Ryeleigh tried to wait patiently for us.  Here she is briefly distracted by the eagles.

Ryeleigh waiting for us, distracted by eagles

And finally, just after noon, we had the first trailer (4 tons) done.


Tom returned the first trailer to Brad, and we went inside, enjoyed some Olympics and ate lunch.  This is handball,


and this is badminton.


At around 5:00, when the shadows were growing, we put 2 more tons in the hay barn.

This morning I watched some fencing, getting ready for more hay bale moving.


We finished the last 2 tons in the hay loft before noon.  Afterwards I was able to scratch George some.  Peppa wanted nothing to do with it.


And we started putting the tools away.  In addition to the hay hooks, ropes and pulleys came in really handy for moving the hay elevator around.  We are trying to work smarter.

hay tools

And here is the 6 tons in the loft.

6 tons in hay loft

Tom brought the second trailer back to Brad.

For the first time ever, I was successful in growing cabbage.  So for lunch, I made coleslaw accompanied by Silvana Meats Smoked German Sausage.


In the afternoon, I did some bottle washing, laundry and cleaning while watching more Olympics.  Here is swimming,


and basketball.


In addition, we have watched skulling, volleyball, beach volleyball, water polo, skateboarding, and soccer.  Tom was able to see some table tennis, kayaking and equestrian events as well.

I put in a ham for dinner.


and fed some leftover cabbage to the chickens.

chickens like cabbage

Now we are relaxing and recovering from 8 tons of hay, watching more Olympics.  I had hoped to weave while watching the Olympics again, but so far I had had no time to even get the warp ready.  Hopefully things will settle down a little, and I will be able to do that.  But so happy to have our hay in the barns for the winter.

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6 Responses to Hay and Olympics

  1. Jeanne says:

    I just can’t imagine you helping move all that hay, in the first place, but then add the injured hand… That’s more than I can imagine! I hope your hand is doing better. So glad you got all that hay!

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Jeanne! My hand is doing better and it doesn’t seem like the hay bale moving adversely affected it. Tom’s back is really sore though.

  2. Denise says:

    glad you were able to get the hay in and not impact your injured hand too much. that’s a lot of bales to move and stack! I haven’t been watching the olympics but keep meaning to….guess I’ll have to catch the highlights after the fact-

    • Donna says:

      It was a lot to move so happy I could protect my thumb in the process. I think they are great. Maybe today I will get my warp ready and watch them while feeling a little bit productive.

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