My husband showed up for work this morning. It was his normal - everyday - scheduled day to come in to work.
I can only think of a couple times when my husband has taken any personal days off. One of those occasions took place when I had my - very unexpected - complete abdominal hysterectomy.
Beyond that - he has taken only two sick days - over the entire 11 years we’ve been together. And he’s taken vacation time.
This past month has been one hell of a challenge for him. He works 12 hours per work day. He works 4 days on - 4 days off. His schedule rolls. That means - we never have the same days off each week.
It has its pros and cons. But we’re responsible and mature enough to meet the challenges. And we appreciate all the benefits our lives receive... So much that my husband has NEVER called in to work crying “ Sick “ for a hangover.
And during his days off…
This is what he’s been doing.
It’s very difficult for most “ city people “ to comprehend what I’m showing in the photos. But all the new fencing is what my husband has been working on.
Just for the fencing that we've put in thus far:
24 Round Wooden Corner Posts
13 Corner Wire Support Braces
Over 600 feet of woven field fence wire
He put in all the 12-inch round corner posts - all the other round posts - pounded in all the T Posts - and every single corner brace-rigging.
And that was before stapling and clamping ( 4 clamps ea. ) the woven field fence wire to every single round post and T-post.
Most people doing this kind of work have help - family - kids - friends - neighbors.
I wish they would all get out there with cameras and take pictures of each process they take care of - all the fine details - when it comes to ranching and farming.
Maybe this world would learn to appreciate their efforts a little more.
The help my husband has had...
A borrowed Auger
Our ¾ ton Diesel pickup truck
For those that do not know me - I am only 4’ 11” in height - and almost 53 years old.
So far - we’ve had to revamp plans for only having one pasture area ready by April 15th.
But that does not mean the work will be over by then. There is one more pasture area to complete. And more materials to buy.
All this for our new Bull - and other cattle we’ll be raising.
I ended up hyper-extending my left hand ring finger. Thought I was gonna have to run him to the E. R. - when one of the straps snapped like a trap on his hand and shaved a knuckle. The cuts - scrapes - bruises and sore muscles became petty a long time ago.
But we'll just keep putting one foot in front of the other - until we get the job done - even if it gets done by just the two of us.
When it comes to my husband - I can't even find enough words to equal how proud I feel for him - how proud I am to be married to him - how proud I am to bust my butt with him!
We got this far - yesterday - and stopped because we needed time to mow.
I mowed around the house and left side of our property. Dwayne Bush-hogged the section on the right of the Barn for Artie - the acreage on the opposite side of the far fence - and the path around the hay field in the back.
This little wench was in her glory - finding bugs after the Bush-hogging!