I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods. Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. ~Wendell Berry
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Yen and Yang of Hauling Trash
I haul my own trash.
Yep, I pile it up in the shop until I have a
then I haul that stinky load to the transfer station.
Lately this is the only thing I use the truck for.
This is a big deal for me because I never know
if the truck will actually make it there and back.
It is always a worry.
Last weekend, it proved true again.
It wouldn't start after I unloaded.
This is always an embarrassment
I don't know why that is my reaction.
Normally Saturdays are busy around there.
But this time it was just me and Betty.
Betty is the somewhat elderly and somewhat bossy
woman who runs the transfer station
but I do like her.
She said she had a battery charger
and walked off to go get it.
I followed her and watched
her slip in some oil on the floor and fall.
She wasn't hurt but couldn't get up
and I couldn't get her up.
She had me go get a chair and she got herself up.
She was fine but I felt so terrible.
She wouldn't have been going over where the oil was
if it weren't for me.
It took just a few minutes to boost the battery
enough to get the truck started.
I then drove over to the scrap wood pile,
which I do each time I haul garbage,
(and left the truck running)
while I loaded up pallets to haul back to the farm.
Pallets are about the handiest thing you can have
around an acreage.
This time I also found something else very useful.
What makes this so cleverly useful
is the board across the middle of it.
When I saw that, the first thing I thought was
"why didn't I think of that?".
You see, this is a perfect goat feeder.
The problem with
They love nothing more than a nice
container to stand on, sleep in, and tip over.
While doing all the above activities to the feeder
they are always sure to "relieve" themselves in the process.
But not so with this box.
That simple little board in the middle
would deter all goat shenanigans.
And there is another bonus.
That board will prevent them from
lunging forward and butting each other.
Goats do that you know.
Imagine my delight in this simple solution.
And I was recycling to boot.
After spending an hour and a half
in the Yankton, SD Walmart
for a new battery installation,
I brought the truck home and unloaded the feeder.
I asked the goats for their opinion.
Rodeo was disinterested
but Ringo tried it on for size.
I could see it needed some work.
He helped by removing a tag that was stapled to the side