This morning, we had an early meeting to attend and since we were already in town, were able to run a few errands. We even made it home just after 10:30. Hubby went to work on the farm while I got some ESL work done (I had a few assignments to edit for students and a few grammar questions to answer via e-mail). Luckily, that was done before the phone calls started pouring in.
My dear friend (and former workmate and roommate when I lived in Toronto), Gavie’s Gal called me. It was so good to be able to chat with a good friend. I really miss Gavie’s Galand her family! Her hubby is so much fun to talk to and their son is adorable! I haven’t had the chance to meet their newest addition yet. Gavie’s Gal gave birth to a beautiful baby girl a few months ago. Right after we ended our conversation, Hubby’s sister from Barrie called. She’s coming home for Thanksgiving! YAY!!! Remember how I was feeling homesick and down in the dumps the other week? I really do miss having friends and family around all the time 🙂
After lunch, I went out to work on the farm with Hubby. He needed me to follow him with one of the tractors while he pulled the wagon with another. Ummm…I don’t have much experience driving tractor. I don’t even know how to drive manual/standard! You mean not all vehicles are automatic???
Hubby gave me a quick pop quiz before we headed out.
Hubby: Okay, you’re going to take the Kubota and I’m going to take the New Holland. You know how to start this thing?
Me: (puzzled look) Uhhhh…
(Hubby starts the tractor for me)
Hubby: Okay, show me where the clutch is.
Me: (Glancing nervously around the area where my feet are and pointing to the pedal on my left. CLUTCH? What the heck is a clutch anyway?!?!) Is that it?
Hubby: Good! (Haha! I fooled him! That was a total guess! I have no clue what I’m doing)
Now where is the gas pedal?
Me: (Frantically searching the foot area again. Why does this thing have so many pedals, buttons, levers, and switches?!?!) It’s there! (Pointing to the two pedals on the right).
Hubby: No. That’s the brakes. The gas is below on your right.
Hubby: This is how you stop the tractor (shows me how to turn it off). Are you ready to follow my tractor now?
Me: Mmmm…I guess so. Wait! How do I signal you if I need assistance?!?!?!
I actually did pretty well. Hubby was pleased. I even had lots of fun driving tractor. Is City Girl turning “country”? I don’t know about that yet, but I’m trying my best to help Hubby with things on the farm when I’m not teaching or doing ESL work! Wow…is there ever A LOT of work involved in farming! It really makes me appreciate where my food comes from and all the labour involved in getting it from the field to our dinner table! In the city, I never really thought so much about it. I just remember that when we needed food, you just buy it at the supermarket and that was it. I never ever imagined all the work it took to get it to the supermarket shelves!
“Junior” is usually really active at that time of the day, but I didn’t feel him kick at all! Perhaps all the bumps and vibrations from the tractor rocked baby to sleep?I took some Fall photos for Telling Mom and Telling Dad. On one side of the field, the leaves are lush and colourful.When I turned around to see the other end of the field, I was surprised at the stark contrast! The Poplars are defoliated, while the Maples are in all their glory.
Yeah, this photo isn’t so great. I wasn’t able to capture the rich hues of reds and oranges. This photo really does not do the actual scene any justice.