Misener crew harvests a lovely crop near home
By Emma Misener
Tuesday, June 5
This past week, we've had a full house--busting at the seams full. My sister Katie and her family from Kansas came down to visit, as well as my sister Marie and her family from North Dakota. It's always nice to have them come around and catch up on all of the family stories.
I don't know how Mom does it. Every morning she gets up to fix breakfast for this group, and usually cracks around three dozen eggs, puts three pounds of bacon in the oven, makes a gallon of grits or mush, and toasts two loaves of bread. Of course, we can't forget the 24 cups of coffee--and that's just breakfast.
The kids have been enjoying the rides in the combine, and we've been happy to have them. They're really good at taking turns. We ride around the field and look for animals, or just sit fascinated by the spinning reel and unloading on the go.
Wednesday, June 6
The Misener crew has finished cutting wheat around home, and it has been a lovely crop. The wheat is just so much better than last year averaging 33 bushels per acre, 10.5 percent moisture and 61 pound test weight.
These results are a far cry from last year's six-bushel-per-acre wheat due to drought conditions last year. The good news here is it has been raining and getting moisture.
Until we find more harvesting work, we'll be kept busy enough around the shop doing odds and ends. With the early harvest this year, much of the wheat has been ripening all at the same time from Texas to Kansas. To pass the time we'll be doing what we do best and that is doing any job the best we know how while flying by the seat of our pants.
Sunday, June 10
The other day when I was in the shop working I had a strange thought come to my mind: "Am I experiencing what normal folks call summer?" I say that because I can't remember the last time I wasn't behind the wheel of a combine or moving from town to town as the wheat ripened.
This thinking led to more thinking and had me imagining what it would be like to never go on harvest. It was an odd feeling. It made me miss it, and sometimes I get to thinking about what it would be like to spend a summer going to family reunions, chilling by a pool, and taking a family vacation. I guess it really depends on how you look at it, because from my point of view I do have normal summers. I go to family reunions because my family is spread out from Oklahoma to North Dakota. I get to see them all individually.
I like keeping cool in the water, but instead of poolside I get rained on at the end of a hard day's work. I love the way rain feels on my face. And we do take family vacations because those rain days provide the perfect time to see the country.
I read a quote the other day that sums it up for me: "Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. " (Jalal ad-Din Rumi)
What I really love is being with family, being around the crew, and not having a set schedule. Nothing is perfect, and the down time is nice--but I really love what I do.
Emma Misener can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.