ONE of my character flaws is that I expect a day this special to have some kind of major celebration. Nothing is ever big enough - I dream of movie star like celebrations. We all know this is not possible, but a girl can dream.
This dreaming is always interrupted by reality.
Last night we had a major catastrophe when some cows got out and ate someone else's corn. This caused a late supper and then spilled over into this morning, when 22 more cows needed to be found and this group of cows would need to be hauled somewhere else.
|Girls you get home right now - you are in big trouble.|
I went to bed knowing this would change my small plans to spend the day with Jake (so I thought). I also knew it would definitely change the plans where Jake and I would fly to NYC on the 4+ Feeders private jet for dinner and a show. Okay I really never thought that would happen.
I really was just thinking that we would take the girls to Bible School and spend a few hours alone and then maybe lunch. Then later we would make a great dinner including steak and maybe watch a movie when the girls went to bed.
But the day turned out a little better than I thought when Jake announced he would have to haul cows (you know the ones that ate the neighbors corn) after lunch to another pasture.
I've been driving a truck and trailer (an 18 ft. trailer) since a couple years after I got my license. I would haul fat cattle for my dad to Producers and Muskingum Livestock. I have average forward trailer driving ability. Meaning I can't back up and I don't go through the drive thru at McDonalds. I have always had a strong want to learn both of those skills.
Today I decided when Jake said A) He wasn't in a hurry and B) It would be just the girls, him and I, that today was the day I would try to hone my skills of backing a trailer. So I did.
|The truck and trailer I drove today. This trailer is 26 feet long.|
I have been backing up things since before I had a drivers license. Mostly I would back tractors and at one time I was really good at backing a tractor with a square baler around a full load of square bales to hook to an empty wagon. This skill proves to be a problem when backing a truck and trailer, where using the mirrors is detrimental.
|I have a love/hate relationship with this thing.|
After a small disagreement on backing techniques with Jake, I did improve my skill. I have not perfected it yet.
Please share how you make an ordinary day - EXTRAORDINARY.
I would also love to hear who taught you how to drive a truck and trailer and the most challenging places you take a truck and trailer. I may add them to my challenge list for the summer.
Oh- Jake, I and the girls ended up in Pennsylvania for a Texas Roadhouse dinner, which did include steak.