It's hard to believe... On Sunday, it'll be a year since my grandfather fell down the stairs of their home. For him, it's been a long year of recovery with still some issues to work out and strength to regain. For us, it's been a year of helping out with the mowing and yardwork and planting the garden (Pappy had it prepared before he fell) and learning a lot about the tractor and the brush hog to mow the fields. Now learning to work the plow (and the other equipment) to prepare the garden and amending the soil to plant again.
Yesterday, we spent the afternoon there. There are a few pictures I wish I had gotten...
We loaded the remains of our compost pile onto the truck. (There was a LOT more there than we thought! It filled the truck bed almost to overflowing!) We took it out to spread it on the garden. First, I drove the truck forward through the garden as HandyMan and Kid Two threw off the compost. Then I drove while the Boys threw the compost. But watching those Boys throw shovelfuls of compost off the truck... having such a good time because they're riding on the BACK of truck... Oh, they were a sight!
We spread some fertilizer, lime and plowed.
HandyMan operated the tractor. Plowing away....
I love to see him on my grandfather's tractor... It's an old Farmall-A.
There's still some more work to do to the field and we have lots of stuff to plant! Hopefully Pappy will be able to pull some weeds. It may get him out more and doing something he enjoys. I hope. We share what's out there with them. Afterall, they're letting us plant their garden for our own use.
While HandyMan was finishing with the plowing, the Kids and I went for a walk around the perimeter of the property (it's about 8 acres) picking up sticks along the way and throwing them into the brush. Kid Four rolling down the hill in the back field. Oh, to be 8 again...
We were walking along the old fence row when Kid One found a deer shed!
She was extremely excited! She took it in to show Pappy who, it turns out, has never found one. He was pretty excited to see it and wanted to know where on the property we found it. He also told her that the small buck this year is a big buck this year. She also showed HandyMan who was pretty excited about it, too. Kid Two noticed there was still hair on it. One of those cool gross things they love so much.
All in all, it was a good day.
And they went to bed tired. Very tired. So did HanyMan and I.