Bennett Motor Sports has the hitch attachment for the mule and we'll pick it up on the way up to Red Hand tomorrow.
Jake and I worked from morning 'til dusk Friday and Saturday in ridiculous heat (103 degrees Thursday and 94 on Friday). As if that wasn't bad enough the deer flies wouldn't leave us alone, pesky little buggers. But we made excellent progress with the stand. Framing complete, floor installed, three walls with shooting windows cut in, up and hammered in place. Hoping to put the roof on and the back wall with the door framed and installed by the end of this coming weekend. Will work on the stairs first though as it will make raising the roof easier.
Richie was finishing up discing the two food plot fields after he had plowed them earlier in the week. The plowing is done to break up the root mat of growth in the fields and turn over the soil and stones. Disc preparation chops and grinds the soil clumps further prepping the fields for seeding.
Richie called today and got a great deal on some used farm equipment. He bought himself a 3 point hitch attached spreader and wanted to know if he could bargin down a deal on a cultipacker for $1,000 would I want it. He said it looked brand new so I gave him the go ahead. Spoke to him tonight and we got it. My 1st piece of farm equipment ... yeehaa. We plan to look over some hay and corn equipment if I have time this weekend. Looks like I'll be needing to build a pole barn real soon.
Tomorrow Richie heads down to the local grainery to pick up 4 tons (8,000 lbs.) of lime and 1600 lbs. of fertilizer (800 lbs. of 6-24-24 for the clover and 800 lbs. of 17-17-17 for the Extreme mix). Jake and I will head up as soon as we finish up on our last patient. Marian will meet us there later in the day, with Kellen, Jess, Ben and little Ben coming on Friday. With all that muscle we should be able to finish the deer stand and plant the fields. What doesn't kill ya makes ya stronger. Guess when this is all done I'll be able to take on Hercules ... or be dead ... lol.