Back in August we had a windstorm that had sustained winds clocked at more than 100 miles per hour. We lost the roof on our house, the roof on our shed, boards off our deck, furniture off the deck and, most importantly, the machine shed blew down on top of our two tractors, hay swather, baler, ATVs, and other miscellaneous equipment that every farm or ranch has.
Our barnyard is actually about a half a mile down the state highway from our house. My mother in law lives in the house by the barnyard, and although she wasn't home at the time of the storm, she was very upset to hear that the barn that she had built in 1982 was blown apart. My husband's mother is nearly 78 years old, so she is not closely involved in the day-to-day chores of farming and ranching, but she is still interested as for many years she was deeply involved! So my husband and I, along with the kids' help, began cleaning up the wreckage and evaluating the damage to the equipment before his mother returned home to the mess!
We'll spend the weekend "moving in" and re-settling the rest of the barns and sheds back to their original shape before we needed it to store the displaced machinery. It will not be an easy job, but it will be fun, compared to the demolition work of the old barn!
Farming and ranching is not all romance--checking calves, moving cows, feeding and cowboying. There are many jobs that are just not a lot of fun on a ranch, but they are important to the well being of our cattle. Making hay and taking care of the equipment are a couple of those jobs. Just another day on the ranch.