Saturday, December 22, 2018
Yesterday, the first day of winter arrived, and it sure felt like it! Although the temperature was in the high 30s, the strong 20 mph (32 kph) wind just put a chill on your face when you went outside. The day began with some drizzle in the air, and you might have seen some flakes (just a few) during the morning. The rainfall nor the snow was not enough to measure on our weather station. Just a chilly day, with a sharp wind. My cheeks are chapped and red this morning, and I’m in the grip of a ‘man-cold’. The congestion and runny eyes and nose are uncomfortable and unpleasant, but I’m still able to keep going.
The highlight of the day, for this old farmer anyhow, was taking delivery of a new combine. This was the 2019 JD S780 that John and I traveled to Moline, Illinois to view at the Gold Key event on back on November 30. Took just about 3 weeks from then, to get it to the dealer, get it set-up, and then delivered here. Hutson’s at Jasper, Indiana was the dealer and their transport specialist Gene Williams was the delivery guy. It’s always a happy day when Gene is bringing us something new! He was accompanied by salesman Shane Knoy as his escort, for they hauled the machine here with the duals already on the combine! Gene broke apart his low-boy trailer and and removed all the tie-downs securing the combine to the trailer. Then he drove the 780 down for its official arrival at our farm! We moved it to the shop, in order to install the 2-way radio, and some other accessories.
It was interesting to watch them load the trade-in S680, and tie it down. It was even more interesting to watch it be hauled away. That combine has been a pretty good one, and the farmer who buys it will hopefully have more good experience.
As we enter the last weekend before Christmas, we will be assisting today at church with a funeral dinner for a beloved saint, 91-year-old Joan Long. Such a dear, sweet lady.
Merry Christmas to you all. Just as the old hymn says, this might be a good occasion to ‘count your many blessings’.